27 December 2020
Professor and PhD Michaël Opgenhaffen, my new media tutor at Lessius College Antwerp in the period between 2009 and 2010, contacted me via Facebook Direct Messaging with this photo on the left, and the caption 'Introducing my daughters to a film with historical and cinematographic significance'. 'Excellent!', I replied, and asked whether or not his offspring (two girls aged twelve and fourteen) actually liked Back to the Future. 'They want to watch the sequel right now!', he responded.
I'm guessing that's a "yes", then. Kudos, Mr. Opgenhaffen. Parenting done right.
25 December 2020
I had missed the initial batch of Back to the Future 4K collector's editions. Scalpers were quickly asking $200 and more. Luckily, I didn't bite, and waited a little longer. Today, Amazon.co.uk came through and offered a new batch of collector's boxes for a much more reasonable £90. Sigh of relief. My BTTF home video collection will remain complete. Well, not ever truly complete, but at least a little more complete than before.
13 April 2020
Some time ago, Anouck Ionita, super talented graphic design wizard (and, coincidentally, my cousin), and her boyfriend Rik Van Humbeeck
dressed up as Marty McFly and Doc Emmett L. Brown for a movie-themed party. Just look at them. Supremely awesome customes,
and their expressions are golden. Straight out of the movie.
Be sure to visit Anouck's portfolio website here,
and if you're in the market for an accomplished cinematographer / editor / all-round television maker, who are you gonna call? Rik, naturally.
7 April 2020
Tired of online bullies and trolls? Just post this GIF I just made thanks to GIPHY, turn the page, walk away, and stay awesome.
'Have some respect for yourself. You let people walk over you now, they'll be walkin' over you for the rest of your life.' (Goldie Wilson)
11 March 2020
Caroline Vermeir's official Back to the Future print (see below 14 February 2020 post) is available to pre-order/buy as of now via Zavvi.
She's as talented as near-name ally Johannes Vermeer.
Support indie artists: https://www.zavvi.com/home-accessories/back-to-the-future-giclee-print-by-caroline-vermeir/12509060.html
7 March 2020
Art house cinema CINEMATEK in Brussels is hosting a Back to the Future marathon. Starting tomorrow, and continuing the two following Sundays,
the greatest trilogy of all time will be shown on the silver screen as a one-off event organized by Offscreen Film Festival (in their own words, 'the indispensable gathering for film fans with a taste for the unconventional'). Place to be: 9 Baron Horta, 1000 Brussels. As always: be there, or be square.
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/600807467318404/?event_time_id=600807473985070
25 February 2020
On 22 and 23 February 2020, three veteran Back to the Future actors visited Belgium to attend Comic Con Brussels in, you guessed it, Brussels. Claudia Wells (the original Jennifer Parker), Donald Fullilove (Mayor Goldie Wilson) and James Tolkan (Mister Strickland, the principal of Hill Valley High School) posed for selfies, signed autographs on prints and items, and answered nerdy questions in a couple of Q and A sessions. I had made a drawing for each actor (click here and here for two examples), and Mister Tolkan graciously offered me a free autograph in return. I had him sign my copy of the relatively uncommon Japanese MUSE Hi-Vision LaserDisc. Later that day, I had the chance to interview the lovely Miss Claudia Wells. I have interviewed many talented musicians and actors in the past, but never before one from my favourite movie of all time. You can imagine how very honoured, and how extremely thrilled I was. To top it all off, Mister Fullilove suggested to take a group picture as a thank-you for my drawing. Quite the awesome Back to the Future day, then.
14 February 2020
Caroline Vermeir, of STUDIO CARO fame, is a Belgian freelance visual artist
and 3D illustrator. Her favourite movie is Back to the Future, which means she has great taste in movies. Just in time for the 35th anniversary of BTTF, she has been commissioned by UK entertainment retailer Zavvi to create a digital print, highlighting one of the movie's, well, highlights. The results are absolutely stunning. Pre-orders aren't live yet, but we'll keep you updated. You will want this on your wall, next to your Huey Lewis 'Sports' poster.
9 October 2019
'De Cinema', the beautiful arthouse cinema in the center of Antwerp, Belgium, is holding a special screening of
Back to the Future on 21 October 2019. Yes, indeed, on Back to the Future Day, no less. A very rare
opportunity to experience the Best Movie of All Time™ on the silver screen with crystal-clear sound.
Be there or be square, 'Enchantment Under the Sea'-wise. Get your tickets here. If all goes well, yours truly will introduce the movie with a short lecture before the lights dim.
16 March 2019
Karen François, graphical designer and meme maestro par excellence, tweeted this photo on 13 March 2019.
She and a friend (the featured chap) visited a Belgian snack bar called 'Back to the Frituur'. Quite the nice pun - for those who speak Dutch.
'Frituur' closely resembles the word 'Future', and literally means friterie or chip shop.
I don't know how legal this is, but it sure is hilarious.
Photo © Karen François
23 July 2018
An older tidbit I had yet to post: on 21 October 2015, the news programme on Belgian TV channel 'één' made special mention of Back to the Future. As coincidence would have it, the channel had contacted me earlier that day
and had asked me to talk about my favourite movie of all time. I gladly obliged. I've subtitled the clip for international audiences. © VRT
3 November 2017
Willem Raymaekers, one of my oldest friends, was driving on the Ring in Antwerp, when he spotted a DMC-12 DeLorean automobile.
He made a quick photo, and posted the result on his social media channels. I asked him if I could repost the photo, and he gladly agreed. As such, all credit and copyright is his.
7 September 2017
Ferrero SpA, the Italian manufacturer of chocolate and the company responsible for ever-expanding love handles, offers
its customers the chance to create wrappers (stickers, actually) to decorate their Nutella jar. The promotion is
free of charge and postage costs, and runs through the company's website. Naturally, I opted for a Back to the Future wrapper.
Hey, what did you expect?
16 December 2016
F.A.C.T.S. is the biggest comic/film/geek/bröl convention in the Benelux (BElgium-NEtherlands-LUXembourg). On 26 September 2015, exactly one day after my birthday and one odd month prior to Back to the Future day, mister Christopher Lloyd was one of the attending guests. Ready to take selfies with fans, pose for photos inside a provided DeLorean and scribble autographs, in exchange for a hefty sum ($40-$60).
I had made a drawing for Mr. Lloyd, welcoming him to Belgium, surrounded by Belgian iconography, and had planned to hand it over. Unfortunately, photo opportunities took longer than expected, and the last signing session of the day was cancelled. All I could do, was give my drawing to Mr. Lloyd's personal assistant. She promised me she would give it to her boss. I sure hope she did.
15 April 2016
Yesterday, I was driving towards the city of Lier, Belgium, when I spotted a DeLorean standing on the parking lot of JB Cars. This was not news to me. I was aware of the existence of this particular car, for I had seen it standing there before. I had even asked the owner of JB Cars about possible purchase chances, but he doesn't intend to sell his DMC-12. He just uses it as an eyecatcher for clients and newbies. Which works. I'm writing about him right now. Lots of accidental bypassers stop to take photos.
Continuing my drive, I spotted another DeLorean, driving around in the city center of Lier. Now that was a veritable first. I had never seen the car breathing, cruising, revving, gearing, being alive. Quite the geeky thrill. The driver took a turn to the left and parked his automobile. I approached him, and told him about my love for Back to the Future and my eventual desire to one day own a DeLorean. For ten minutes, he kindly answered all my nerdy questions, and then left. As a last favour, I asked him if I could snap some photos of his DMC-12 while he wasn't around. He politely agreed, and even proposed to make some photos with me behind the wheel. Wow, just wow. For the first time in my life, I have actually sat in the iconic time machine. Standing on the shoulders of Marty, Doc and Old Biff. Thanks, kind man!
What are the odds, by the way, of seeing two DeLoreans in one day? In Belgium? Very slim, I'd say.
Marty: "Check out that 4x4. That is hot. Someday, Jennifer. Someday. Wouldn't it be great to take that truck up to the lake? Throw a couple of sleeping bags in the back. Lie out underneath the stars."
16 March 2016
For every three portions of Kellogg's the customer buys, he gets to order a personalized spoon. How very nice. Sadly, copyrighted names and items are strictly forbidden, which explains why my The Goonies spoon never passed the preproduction stage. 'Outatime' does sound copyrighted to me (I've never seen or heard it mentioned outside of the Back to the Future mythos), but Kellogg's didn't protest. Thanks to these spoons, my cereal bowls and breakfast tables will never look more stylish.
Marty: 'Hey! What the hell is this?'
21 October 2015
Today earns its place in pop culture history as the date of Marty McFly's arrival in the future. Or, as of now, the present. On 26 October 1985,
after an eventful week in November 1955, Marty travelled to 21 October 2015 to save his kids' future. To commemorate this joyous occasion -
after all, Back to the Future is my favourite movie of all time - I'd like to drink a Pepsi Perfect (problem: Pepsi only released 6500 bottles for
the American market) and I'd love to wear futuristic Nikes (problem: the fashionable shoes were produced in limited quantities and fetched
high prices - luckily, the money went towards the Michael J. Fox Foundation), but I will see the entire trilogy for the very first time on the silver
screen later today. The three movies will be screened as part of the Ghent Film Festival. This is heavy! Great Scott!
20 October 2015
On 14 November 2015, deejays N8N and Alain Deloin will host a one-off event called 'The Love Below Back to the Future', to welcome Marty McFly to the present day.
For this special evening, they have adopted the monikers 'N8N McFly' and 'Doc Deloin'. Expect a mix of old and new classics from the worlds of soul and funk. Place to be: Rijnkaai 1, 2000 Antwerp. Even if you're a wallflower (like yours truly), you can't afford to miss this. After all, the song 'Wallflower (Roll With Me Henry)' is
on the first movie's soundtrack. Free entrance if you bring your hoverboard!
13 October 2015
This folder has nothing to do with Back to the Future.
"Okay. Time circuit's on. Flux capacitor, fluxing. Engine running. All right."
8 October 2015
On 26 September 2015, author and Doctor of Philosophy Peter De Voecht and yours truly saw a DeLorean on the highway to Ghent (sadly no accompanying AC/DC tunes on the airwaves). A stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 sports car in the wild remains quite the rare sight, and we initially passed it. Instead of moaning about the missed picture opportunity (as I ever so professionally did), Peter had the brilliant idea to abandon the highway. I took a right turn, and he snapped the DMC as it went straight ahead. As such, all credit and copyright is his.
6 August 2015
Belgian license plates follow a strict pattern: the number 1, hyphen, three letters, hyphen, three numbers (e.g. "1-XXX-000").
Older plates can have variations: it's not uncommon to come across "XX-000" or "X0000".
I love to play with words, so some plates are a source of amusement when discovered.
'ELB' - Emmett Lathrop Brown - comes straight from Back to the Future Part III, when Doc blurts out: "My initials! Just like in Journey To The Center of the Earth!
That means the time machine must be right through this wall!" While his middle name 'Lathrop' was never mentioned in the movies, the animated series did spell it out.