August 17 in Sci-Fi History: Father Time (Machine)

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Aug 17, 2017, 8:30 AM EDT

Kind of amazing, the things you find when you celebrate the birthday of an actor and go down their filmography searching for sci-fi movies. Wanna see a weird collection of movies that don't belong together?

Let’s track the sci-fi career of Robert De Niro, who turns 74 today.

It started with Brazil (1985). Which is legitimately brilliant.

And then some horror and a bunch of other stuff. Cape Fear (1991) is great. But there aren't a lot of sci-fi or fantasy movies to be found until Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994). He plays a great monster, actually.

Then there's Stardust (2007). And let’s not talk about this one at all. Ever. Because Double U. Tee. Eff.

And you know what movie you probably didn't see but is actually incredible? Stone (2010):

Listen, De Niro can make anything better. Except Stardust, which he somehow makes worse. But you should definitely look up at the stars this evening and whisper "Happy Birthday Bobby" into the night sky.

Also, on this day in 1960, The Time Machine premiered. It stars Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, and Alan Young. It's super '60s ("How do they wear their hair? The women of your time?") but fun and safe for kids. So get in there.

Tomorrow: Brian Michael Bendis and Shelley Winters.