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Fan Film Friday: ‘Back to the Future’ by the Kai Universe

Great Scott! In celebration of October 21, 2015 (a.k.a. Back to the Future Day), the historic and cinematic day Doc Brown and Marty McFly traveled to 2015 in Back to the Future II, we watched and reviewed a Back to the Future inspired fan film by The Kai Universe. Was it heavy or kirgo? Watch our review to find out what we thought!

Watch Back to the Future – Short Fan Film by the Kai Universe here!

What did YOU think, GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments!

Check out our other articles honoring Back to the Future, including what the film got right about 2015, the sad history behind the DeLorean, and a video review of the fan film OUTATIME.

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Watch: Marty & Doc Visit ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ in a DeLorean

Michael J. Fox and Christopher LLoyd stopped by (well, time traveled by) the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live in a DeLorean last night in celebration of Back to the Future Day, and, needless to say, hilarity ensued. Check out the video below:

If you had a time traveling Uber, where would you go? Let us know in the comments!

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What ‘Back to the Future II’ Got Right About 2015

Happy Back to the Future day, folks!

In case you didn’t know, October 21, 2015 marks the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to, well, today in Back to the Future Part II. 

While Robert Zemeckis‘ vision of what 2015 would be is strikingly different from the reality that we are living now, BTTF Part II did manage to hit the nail on the head with a few of it’s outlandish predictions, and honestly, some of the technology we have today may only be here because of BTTF Part II.

So without further adieu, here’s a short list of the technology in BTTF that ended up being pretty spot on:

Fingerprint Scanning

One of the most spot on predictions in BTTF Part II was the notion that everything could be unlocked with your fingerprint. In the film, Jennifer (Marty’s girlfriend/future wife) is able to unlock her house with just her fingerprint, even though it technically belongs to the her 30 years in the future.

Today you can do just that, and more. We have fingerprint scanners built into our cell phones for crying out loud.

Wearable Technology

What human alive didn’t want a pair of those super sweet self lacing Nikes? Well, luckily for all of us Nike has actually begun producing them! We still won’t have them on our feet for quite a while, but just knowing that we will be getting them is enough for now.

The same can’t be said for another piece of technology made famous by BTTF, the self drying, self fitting jacket.

..Honestly, I don’t think we’re ready for that one quite yet (but our kids are gonna love it).

Video Calling

With Skype, Facetime, Facebook video and more, video calling is totally a thing in 2015! I’m pretty sure people get fired over it, as well.. sorry.

Virtual Reality

Remember that scene in BTTF Part II where Marty’s kids are all sitting around the dinner table using their headsets to watch TV and answer the phone? Well with Google Glass and virtual reality headsets currently in production, it’s pretty clear that the future is in fact here.

Drones

From walking the dog to producing a newscast, drones did absolutely everything in BTTF Part II. And while we do have them in our version of 2015, they aren’t utilized like they were in the film…at least not yet.

Drones are used more in military operations, but some civilians do use them as a hobby, and retail giant Amazon has even considered employing drones to deliver packages.

Honorable Mention: Flying Cars

“Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”

One of the most iconic lines in the entire Back to the Future trilogy is simply just a huge lie. Roads (some of which haven’t even been paved SINCE the mid 1980’s) are more important than ever, and we aren’t even close to having FAA regulated flying cars on the road, or, er, sky.

But in 2015 we technically do have flying cars, they just aren’t being mass produced.

Ladies and gents, meet the AeroMobil:

The AeroMobil first went into concept stage in 1989, which just so happens to be the year that Back to the Future Part II was released. Coincidence? Probably not.

So if 10 years down the road we have these bad boys on the street (and skies), you’ll know who to really thank.

What piece of technology from Back to the Future II do you wish we had in the real 2015? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Sad History Behind the DeLorean

 

The DeLorean DMC-12 became an instant icon in Hollywood automotive history when Back to the Future was released exactly 30 years ago today on July 3, 1985.

And while most people know of the DeLorean thanks to the film, many don’t realize that underneath the flashing lights, extensive wiring, and that super awesome flux capacitor lay a production car that was anything but normal.

The DeLorean DMC-12 was truly one-of-a-kind, and it was the only vehicle ever produced by the DeLorean company.

But as iconic as the car was, it was doomed to have a not-so-Hollywood ending.

The man behind the machine

The DeLorean can be credited back to one man, and one man alone: John DeLorean.

DeLorean was born in the automotive capitol of the world, Detroit, in 1925. In the 1950s he began working as an engineer for the Packard Motor Company, later moving to General Motors (GM), where he developed the Pontiac GTO – a vehicle often described as the first “muscle car.”

He rose quickly through the corporate ranks at GM, eventually becoming the youngest general manager of the Pontiac division.  In only a few years time he would become the youngest head of Chevrolet in history.

Due to his success with GM, DeLorean was naturally well known and respected in the automotive industry. He lived a lavish lifestyle (as one would expect from a man of his caliber) but that lifestyle would eventually lead to his fall from grace.

Rise of the DeLorean DMC-12

DeLorean resigned from GM in 1973 and formed his eponymous company.

His goal was to create his dream sports car, a dream he could not accomplish whilst being inhibited by GM’s ideologies and goals.

Delorean DMC-12

This dream also couldn’t be completed without a considerable amount of money. In all, $175 million was required to get the project into motion. But with the financial help of the British government, as well as celebrities such as Johnny Carson and Sammy Davis Jr. pitching in, he was able to get the project off the ground.

The first prototype DeLorean DMC-12 was completed by American automotive chief engineer William T. Collins (who was formerly chief engineer at Pontiac), but it would be a long and grueling process before the DeLorean was to be set into mass production.

Many of the original plans for the car were deemed unsuitable, and it eventually underwent a complete re-engineering, which Colin Chapman (founder and owner of Lotus) oversaw.

DeLorean DMC-12 Head on photo with doors open ...

Official production of the DMC-12 began in 1981 in DeLorean’s factory in Dunmurry, Ireland.

The DMC-12 was fitted with a PRV (Peugeot-Renault-Volvo) fuel injected V6. Its speedometer maxed out at 85 MPH (which Back to the Future fans may find especially interesting, as the DeLorean time machine needed to hit 88 MPH in order to travel through time).

Its gull-wing doors, unpainted stainless-steel body panels, and rear-mounted engine were definitely not common within the automotive industry, and many considered the car highly unusual.

But if the DeLorean’s appearance didn’t scare potential buyers away, its price sure did. It carried a then-hefty price tag of $25,000.

…& the fall

The financial burden that the DMC-12 took on the DeLorean company eventually became too large for production to continue.

On October 19, 1982, the British government announced the plant would be shuttered.

The burden had fallen hard on John DeLorean as well, who was arrested for drug-trafficking in Los Angeles on that very same day.

DeLorean had been approached by a former drug smuggler turned federal informant several months before his arrest, and the two men engaged in a series of discussions regarding a deal involving cocaine smuggling and money laundering. The hope was that the money from the drug smuggling would save DeLorean’s business.

His trial was highly publicized, and all the while DeLorean maintained that he had been set up by the government. A jury eventually acquitted him in August 1984, but by then the DeLorean motor company was all but a memory.

DeLorean died at age 80 from a stroke on March 19, 2005.

& the rise again?

The DeLorean DMC-12 regained public interest after being showcased in Back to the Future, one year after DeLorean’s acquittal.

It quickly became a collector’s item, and a rare one at that: only about 9000 DMC-12’s were ever produced.

So, perhaps the story did in a strange way have a happy ending. DeLorean may not have created a prestigious car company, but he did create a car that will remain legendary perhaps forever.

Did that outweigh his pain and suffering? Most likely not… but at least the man will always remain a legend and a success in the eyes of Back to the Future fans everywhere.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Best Scenes in “Back to the Future”

This week marks the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future in theaters. In honor of that, I am counting down the Top 10 best scenes from the original movie. Be warned there are spoilers in this Top 10, so if you haven’t watched the movies yet…what are you waiting for? A flux capacitor?

Also be sure to let us know if any of your favorites scenes made or didn’t make the list!

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