3x3: passage of time reveals


We discuss our favorite passage of time reveals at the 1:30 mark of the Qt3 Movie Podcast of Thor:Ragnarok.

3.Grosse Pointe Blank
2.The Natural

Tom Chick
2.Spider-Man: Homecoming
1.LaLa Land

Kelly Wand
3.Cast Away
2.King Kong
1.El Incidente

What are your favorite passage of time reveals in movies? Listen to the show to hear us talk about ours, and to hear Kelly read some listener picks.

Send in your picks for the next topic–which isn’t going to be included in the next show, which we have to record early, but the following week–to 3x3@quartertothree.com

  1. Does 2001 count? Or is that just a cut?
  2. Army Of Darkness (alternate ending)
  3. Primer


I think it does. I was surprised when Kelly did not choose it.

I wish I knew what your other two picks meant. If you have time, please do fill in some of the details.


-You see…something’s going to happen.
-What? What’s going to happen?
-Something wonderful.

P.S. Yes I know. I know.


The Notebook?
The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything


Interstellar would get a vote from me.


Sure counts in my book, and is the greatest of all time IMO.

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Crap. I’m an idiot.

“That’s a weird misprint.”

“That’s weird. This thing has the same misprint as that magazine.”




Also, kind of a cheat, but this scene has always freaked me out. (Don’t watch if you don’t know the movie’s story.)


The Fortress of Solitude passage in the Donner Superman holds a special place in my heart.


It’s such a dumb fun movie and the reveal at the end of The Final Countdown just tops it off nicely.


It’s TV, not movies, but the Year Spent in Baltar’s Hair is a mind-blowing moment.


The transition from young Private Ryan to old Private Ryan in the end of Saving Private Ryan is the one that comes to my mind for some reason.

Army of Darkness

In the original ending for the US theatrical release, he’s given a time travel potion and told to recite the words exactly. Ash rides off into the distance, and the screen fades to Ash telling the story to his S Mart co-worker, before being attacked by deadites, because he fucked up the words, of course. In the alternate ending (which was the UK theatrical one), he goes into a cave, seals it up, starts drinking a time travel potion, gets distracted, loses count and takes too many drops, and after a long passage of time montage, wakes up in a post-apocalyptic future.

There’s any number of scenes I could choose, but I’m mainly thinking of Abe explaining the core discovery to Aaron - namely, that they haven’t done anti-gravity, they’ve discovered a time machine.


I was going to come give you
this big speech about how we’ve been…
friends for a long time and built up trust,
that whole thing.
But how about this instead?
If you ditch work this afternoon and promise
to do the few small things I ask you…
I will in return show you
the most important thing…
that any living organism has ever witnessed.
Well, it looks like mustard to me.
I know, but it’s a film. It’s a protein…
secreted by a fungus
called Aspergillus Ticor.
He told you that?
No, he knew it was a protein
but didn’t know where it came from.
All he really did was just take some pictures
with their equipment.
Guess where we’re going.
-Do you know where Will is?
-No, why?
The Ariel meeting
is pushed back till Wednesday.
I thought he was waiting around for it.
Where are you going?
What do they do with engineers
when they turn 40?
-What, Bradshaw?
-Exactly. You know what?
I do know where Will is.
I’ll let him know on my way out.
-Okay. Thanks.
-Can you meet me out front?
-You got to drive.
-Okay, here. Take my keys.
Okay, if you can, just pretend
that this is the first time I came in.
And if you would just
tell him exactly what you told me…
-Okay, so what is it?
-Protein buildup.
-Okay, can you just tell him?
-Protein buildup.
-But what kind?
-Some fungus.
-Some fungus.
-Where did it come from?
-I don’t know. You were to take it to the lab.
-Yeah, that’s next.
-You were in design, weren’t you?
How did you get over here?
Do you know what they do
with engineers when they turn 40?
They take them out and shoot them.
What the hell, Abe?
You could have just shown me the pictures.
-I want you to believe it.
-Believe what, the protein?
-I believe you.
-Okay, look…
this guy already thinks it’s a joke,
so he may be a little defensive.
Really? Why would he think that?
Aspergillus Ticor.
This is a fungus that’s everywhere.
It’s in our bed, our skin,
sometimes even our GI tract. Everywhere.
It’s basically the reason you don’t leave
things in dark, damp, closed-off places.
Thank you.
Do you have that sample I brought?
There it is. Terger. T-E-R-G-E-R.
Okay, when I showed you this,
tell him what you thought.
-You thought it was a joke, right?
-It is a joke.
Right, but how did you know?
Will you show him? Please?
This is how I get protein A
out of Aspergillus Ticor. We sweeten it.
We agitate it. We spin it around.
We sweeten some more.
-Takes about a month.
-To get the same amount I brought in.
To get the same amount I brought in.
So if it’s an incubatorforfungus,
is that valuable?
-That’s not what it is.
-Then what is it?
There’s another way to secrete
that much protein. Do it naturally.
But that takes a lot longer.
If it has a little moisture and it’s left alone,
it’ll start secreting and it’ll build up…
-and build up, but it takes a long time.
-How long?
-A long time.
-More than a few days? Then how long?
To get the same amount of protein
that we have…
the amount that I was wiping off
every five days…
and five days later it would accumulate…
he says it would take about five to six years.
I don’t want to belittle this guy.
So, I said screw it
and I put my watch in there.
-I want you to do it.
-Where is it? The box?
-I took it back to the shop.
-Wait, digital or old mechanical?
-Exactly. I did both.
-And what?
-I want you to do it.
We thought
that we were degrading gravity, right?
That we were blocking that information.
I think we’re doing more than that.
I think we’re blocking more than that.
When you were controlling the feed,
did you notice it was parabolic?
It’s important. Parabolas are important.
Here, look at this.
I don’t know, Abe.
I’m going to start it up
and let it run for 60 seconds…
with nothing in it. It’s empty this time.
That’s 22–
In all the equations that describe motion
and heat and entropy.
In all Feynman diagrams what’s the
one variable that you can turn negative…
and still get rational answers for?
It’s not mass.
Twenty-two hours, 27 minutes in the box.
-It’s an odd number.
-That’s 1,347 minutes.
-1,347, man, you got that fast.
-How did you know it’s odd?
Because this is it. This is what’s going on.
There’s an “A” end and a “B” end.
Let’s say the A end is 12:00,and the B end is 12:01.
All right? We start the machine
with the Weeble at the A end.
-It travels forward–
-You got to write this down.
-There’s nothing to write down.
-I’ll write it down.
It travels forward normally
towards the B end.
When it gets there,
the feed runs down parabolically…
until it should stop, but it curves
back around towards the A end.
When it gets back to the A end…
Curve that around. The Weeble…
has experienced a total of two minutes,
and again it curves–
-Back around. It curves parabolically.
It comes back around
and it does this about 1,300 times.
When it finally exits on the B end…
it’s traveled an odd number
of forward and backward trips.
What is so special about 1,300?
Why is it about 1,300? Why isn’t it exact?
-This is not empirical.
-Here, give me that.
I don’t know why it’s not exact.
There’s some sort of probability there.
Every time it hits the B end
there’s a chance…
a small chance it won’t
curve back around towards the A end.
And for some reason, it takes
about 1,300 trips before it finally does.
It does have to exit, or else
we wouldn’t be able to see it afterwards.
Okay, let’s take a look at this.
Twenty-two hours, 14 minutes.
-1,334 minutes.
Enter at the B end.
Exit at the B end.
-ljust want you to see it the way I saw it.
-I am trying, okay?
Everything we’re putting in that box
comes ungrounded.
And I don’t mean grounded to the earth,
I mean not tethered.
We’re blocking whatever keeps it
moving forward, so they flip-flop.
Inside the box, it’s like a street,
and both ends are cul-de-sacs.
This isn’t frame dragging or wormhole
matching. It’s basic mechanics and heat.
This is not mechanics and heat.
-We can publish.
-Yeah, we can publish.
No, I mean we can really publish.


Not a movie, but too good not to post.

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