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Project Almanac – Out Now – Ten Movies You Have To Watch After Project Almanac

20 February 2015

A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger.

Project Almanac hits cinemas this week and it has all the makings of a fun adventure movie: teens, tomfoolery, and time travel.

The film pays homage to its influences and even makes direct references to their favourites, so we’ve made a list of the ten films you should see after watching Project Almanac...

Back to the Future

Kicking off our list is the ultimate time travel movie, Back to the Future. It follows Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) on his accidental journey through time where he meets his parents, ruins their first encounter, and threatens his own existence. Marty’s every effort to make his future father seem cool fails to impress, but ultimately Marty’s influence helps right all the wrongs in the timeline, leading the McFly family to become much more successful and happy in the future. The kids in Project Almanac might not go back in time to save their parents’ marriage and preserve their own existence, but they definitely get themselves into some sticky situations, and the film even borrows its name from Biff’s fortuitous sports guide.


Joe (Bruce Willis) doesn’t like how his life was supposed to end, and he isn’t happy with the future that he comes from, so when Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is told to end his contract, things start to go a bit wrong. Old Joe won’t go down without a fight, and wants to do everything he can to ensure that his past self never has to go through the same thing. This is one of the movies that the characters in Project Almanac reference directly, and they even try a trick they’ve seen in the film… in this film. Meta.


Shane Curruth’s hyper-intelligent film about four friends who discover time-travel is Project Almanac with a far denser script and much calmer approach to proceedings. It takes a couple of viewings to fully understand what’s going on, and some people have even taken to creating incredibly detailed linear timelines to follow as you watch the film. Definitely worth a watch if you want to see how David might have tackled time travel a few years after he left MIT.

Groundhog Day

TV weatherman and all round misanthrope Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is tasked with covering the weather over Groundhog Day, and he tries his best to make it enjoyable by flirting with his producer Rita and generally make fun of the event. But Phil needs to learn be a different man, a better man, before he can move on with his life. There’s a lot of this in Project Almanac, the difference being that the kids dictate the time loops, and it makes for some super fun sequences, especially in chemistry class when they hoodwink the teacher.


Chronicle asks the question, “What would you do if you had super powers?” Three teenagers discover a strange object in the woods that causes them to develop super powers, starting off simply as basic level telekinetic powers, culminating in flight and very high level telekinesis. Probably the most obvious comparison to Project Almanac with its found footage premise and teens with a ‘superpower’ at its centre.

Time Cop

It is the future, the year is 1994 and time travel has been invented (no, seriously), and is almost immediately outlawed. Starring Jean Claude Van Damme, it’s so bad, it’s actually pretty great. One of the characters bring this up in Project Almanac making it essential viewing.

The Goonies

Stephen Spielberg is a talented director, but his talents shine most when he works his magic with a cast of unruly, curious, every day kids. For the best examples of this see E.T., Jurassic Park, and of course, The Goonies. Project Almanac harnesses the same haphazard, chaotic, we-can-do-anything energy that comes with being young and on feeling like you’re on an adventure.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Theodore Logan and Bill S. Preston, AKA Bill and Ted AKA WYLD STALLIONS are the most awesome, most totally excellent buds in movies. When they stumble across their very own time machine/phonebox, they go on, well, excellent adventures (and even a Bogus Journey at one point). If Bill and Ted had incorporated their video camera into their adventure we can easily see how their journey through time might have looked a little manic and fun like Project Almanac, though it’s certainly not as dark. Strap in for an awesome ride!

Weird Science

You can’t make a list like this without including a John Hughes movie! Especially one where teenagers meet a science experience gone so right. Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchel-Smith), two lonely nerds who are desperate for a girlfriend manage to create the perfect woman (Kelly LeBrock), but she turns out to be a lot more than they bargained for. Wish-fulfilment, teens and crazy science? Line it up after you see Project Almanac!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

On top of everything, Project Almanac is about the important of having friends, and allowing yourself a little wish-fulfilment. Perhaps the ultimate in wish-fulfilment movies, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off treats you to a no-consequences, high risk day in the life of high school student, Ferris Bueller, the fast talking, intelligent, wise cracking senior, only a week away from finishing school forever, not unlike our cast of time travellers.

Have we missed any films? Tell us in the comments!

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