This blog will turn 3 in less than two weeks, but it would not even exist if not for two people: The Girl Who I Try Not To Mention Anymore, who basically forced me to start this blog as a way to keep myself occupied while she was off at graduate school, and Doc Brown, my friend, mentor, idol, and the blog’s largest financial backer.
Yes, Modern Philosophers, it is a generous grant from the Emmett Lathrop Brown Foundation that keeps the Deep Thoughts flowing, and the fridge permanently stocked with Snapple.
Thank you, Doc, for your friendship, support, guidance, and all the rides through time in the DeLorean.
Today might be all about Back to the Future, that amazing biopic about Doc Brown’s most well known invention, but to this Modern Philosopher, it’s all about the man in the lab coat, who is Bernie Sanders’ doppelganger.
Happy Back to the Future Day, Doc!
Marty is an amazing guy, looks sharp in a vest, and can play the guitar like nobody’s business. In other words, he is my polar opposite.
I haven’t tried to replace Marty in Doc’s life. I just try to distract him from how much he misses his old companion and foil.
Great Scott, Marty! Happy Back to the Future Day to you, my friend!
Sure, the Cubs still have a shot at winning the World Series, but it looks like the Mets are going to keep that from happening.
There are no flying cars, no clothes and shoes that adjust themselves, and saddest of all…no hoverboards!
Not only do we not have hoverboards, but on Back to the Future Day, my laptop’s spell check does not even recognize “hoverboard” as a word.
Doc has sworn, time and again, that he has invented a working hoverboard, but he said the world isn’t ready for his creation yet.
Just like it’s not yet ready for a fleet of DeLoreans equipped for Time Travel.
“The future isn’t now, Austin, it’s in the future,” Doc loves to say with a chuckle whenever I beg him for a hoverboard.
There was a part of me that truly expected to return to The House on the Hill tonight and find a hoverboard waiting on the porch as a Back to the Future Day present.
I know it has a lot to do with the Time Travel aspect, but my love for the movie is mostly because of the affection I hold for the man whose life is depicted in it.
Doc doesn’t like me to gush about him, so I’m going to talk about another aspect of Back to the Future that’s had a great influence on my life: the screenplay.
Written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, the script is a work of art. In fact, when I was reading books on how to write a screenplay during my days at NYU, Back to the Future was often cited as the perfect script.
It is a remarkable story, which follows screenwriting structure to a tee, and there isn’t a wasted bit of information in its pages.
If you’ve never taken the time to read the script, I highly recommend that you do, especially if you want to be a screenwriter.
I heard Back to the Future Day mentioned on the radio several times, and I can’t go anywhere on the internet without seeing a reference to it.
How cool is it that a movie can leave this kind of an impression on the world? It makes me proud to be a Screenwriter!
What did you do to celebrate Back to the Future Day? Do you have a favorite scene from the trilogy? Would you rather have a hoverboard or a Time Traveling DeLorean?