Think time travel is all action and no tears? Think again.
The goal of this series is to show that being "manly" and being disconnected with your emotions do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. While the approach to these articles is one of comedy and satire, the emotional core of these movies is very valid. Manly movies make guys cry, for example:
Time Travel Movies
Time travel movies are always a source of contention in my household. My wife is a biology nut and I'm partial to quantum mechanics, so whenever a show or film starts talking about tachyons, she flies into a fit of rage. "Why focus on science that can only ever be theorized?" she says, directed both at the TV and myself simultaneously. As of yet, excluding global satellites that auto-adjust for time dilation, time travel is contained firmly within science fiction...for now. That doesn't stop movies about time travel from being excellent, gripping, exciting, and a little emotional. Here's a list of the top time travel movies that'll make your eyes want to travel back to when they weren't tearing up.
OMG Looper. It's like a reduction, where all fluff has been removed and all that's left is heartache and eyebrow makeup. You want innocent kids being killed for mistaken identity? It gives you that nice and slow. You want old men regretting their entire life's choices? We've got that with the same person in multiple timelines. But the crowning achievement in gut-wrenchery is watching Uncle Ben (at least the actor who played him in the Sam Raimi films) getting tortured through time.
The bad guys (pretty much the definition of everyone in the film) get a hold of this poor sap's younger self. First they carve a message into the young arm, so that the old guy sees the scar. Then fingers go missing. Then things get worse. The horrible sub-human creature that this old man becomes before he's finally shot is bad, but the implied life that his younger self had to live is worse. Horribly mutilated yet painstakingly kept alive for decades so his older self would still exist but be barely alive...ouch.