SR Picks: Futuristic Movie Timeline

Published 6 years ago by , Updated July 7th, 2009 at 8:11 am,

timelines SR Picks: Futuristic Movie Timeline

Everyone knows the best way to sell the audience on the veracity of your own nonsense is to accompany it with a graph.  A graph demonstrates your authority, your intelligence, your organization, your analytical skills, and your mad Excel skillz; and most of the time, it need not pertain to the what’s going on.

Case in point: Dan Meth, the creative visionary behind Toy Video, demonstrates his the authority and mad skillz with the latest installment in his Pop Culture Charts series, Futuristic Movie Timeline – an analysis of the year in which classic sci-fi movies take place and their year of release, all in chronological plot order.  Meth plots these films like some modern-day Nostradamus who sees the fate of humanity at 24 frames-per-second through a magic camera lens.

Take a look at the chart:


dan meths futuristic movie timeline SR Picks: Futuristic Movie Timeline

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If fortune be told correctly, right about now we should be capable of a few things:  time travel, body snatching, mind transfer, and taking Mick Jagger seriously as some time traveling techno-genius pirate.  And the future has much to offer!  In the next decade we can expect to see the advent of time travel, the increased popularity of full-contact rollerskating, the mechanization of our police forces, and the reanimation of Sylvester Stallone.

However, what Meth chooses not to include are remakes of the originals, and we thank him for sparing us the embarrassment modern cinema has inflicted upon the past classics. You’ll only find Planet of the Apes on there once, sans Marky Mark, and we’ll never find out if Snake Plissken escapes from L.A., cuz that ain’t on there either.  As well, the remake of Soylent Green in the works for 2012 hasn’t made it on yet but we’ll wait on that to pass judgment.

Regardless of how far or how quickly technology advances in the next decade, you’ll have a hard time convincing me of Mick Jagger’s technical prowess or sneaking human flesh into my diet. But one thing I’m sure of is Dan Meth’s ability to paint a picture with a palette of irony and wit. Bravo.

Source: Dan Meth

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  1. dan forgot irobot

  2. sweet timeline. i likey alot.

  3. Where’s Space 1999, Terminator, 2010 ???

  4. @Foopher

    Yea, I thought the same thing. One of my fav films, I, Robot, 2035.

  5. WOW anyone going to mention “star wars”, not a huge fan but it had bearing on our society.

    Bladerunner. I’m sure we can add a few more that had an impact, Tron

  6. aGeneral, the timeline relates to the time these movies were taking place in. Not when they had an impact on society.. ;-)

  7. @Foopher, I think the world would be better off if we ALL forgot I, Robot.

  8. I would think Dan couldn’t include every sci-fi film made, just too many – and Star Wars takes place in another galaxy, a long time ago. :-P


  9. No excuse on Terminator being left out. (2029)

    Also bizzare since AI’s timeline is never revieled in the film. We only know that it takes place somewhere around 2095.

  10. “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….”

    I love when we catch up to movies that were set ib the future. I would love to have that as a poster for my wall.

  11. The absence of Terminator is a crime, and I agree with others that I, Robot should have made the list, too.

  12. Star Wars is not in the future. – “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away … “.

  13. I will admit to it being in another galaxy, but how some made it in and others didn’t is confusing.

    Why is everyone talking about “iRobot” was there one before ‘Will Smith’ because that wasn’t very good at all.

    I’d like to see one for books though.