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How Infinite Time Loop Movies Have Avoided Their Own Groundhog Day

A list of the most well-received infinite time loop movies and how they managed to keep it fresh. Analysing how each one, like the recent Palm Springs and TV equivalents like Russian Doll, handled this well-known concept but changed enough to keep audiences interested.

  • Thanks for the note, the piece was actually more to acknowledge how popular this type of movie is despite how many of them there have been over the years. I think going into too much detail on one would go against the idea of it and instead some shorter analyses on a few different films would be better. Showcasing their varied approaches. – Marcus Dean 3 years ago

The Worst Time Loops of Anime

If someone ever though the Endless Eight were bad, use this list to show them the most despicable time loop shenanigans ever shown in anime. Did the time loop have some obvious logical fallacies that make people wince? Did the reasoning for time travel come straight from left field — or have no reason at all? Was the time loop so convoluted that it made Homestuck look like nothing? Explain what made these time loops bad for the show as a whole, and contributed negatively to the experience of the show.

  • An interesting topic suggestion and you get my vote. I'm perhaps one of the few who actually appreciated 'Endless Eight' as it has hidden depths and contributes greatly towards the development of a certain humanoid interface, but I can see why some disliked it. There is an inherent problem with all time-loop tales - the logical fallacies you've mentioned, but perhaps the point is to encourage the viewer to consider how he or she would handle the same predicament. – Amyus 6 years ago
  • I don't know many examples of this but there is one, done very effectively, that I know of. It might be interesting in discussing Masaaki Yuasa's Tatami Galaxy since the entirety of the show is built around the time loop aspect. A lot of people even consider it one of the best anime series ever. Maybe people don't hear about the bad ones very often but the controversy behind "Endless Eight" has always been interesting. Some people love it while others hate it. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it has to be more objective, the pros and cons of this plot device. Again, some people actually enjoyed the time loop in Haruhi Suzumiya. – Connor 6 years ago