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Season's Greetings from Another Kind of Distance!

We've got an extra special (or, at any rate, an extra long) episode for you this time out.

Our chronogically confused Christmas begins with the great Alastair Sim version of Dickens' Christmas Carol, which hit British screens as Scrooge  in 1951.

Then we try our hands at giving out wings by wringing all of the meaning we can out of one of the finest Hollywood films ever made: Frank Capra's It's Wonderful Life (1946). 

We 'd write more, but you've got a lot of listening to do here, so we don't want to detain you.

External Reference Section (Sublime to Ridiculous Edition):

1. Elise Moore alluded to George Toles's book of film essays, A House Made of Light, which features one of her favourite essays on Capra's film

2. Meanwhile, David Fiore mentioned this not-really-a-gem from Saturday Night Live

Please don't hesitate to contact us, either at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, on our Facebook Page, our Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms), or David's Tumblr (where you'll find a bunch of images). 

We're now on all of the podcast delivery services, including iTunes, TuneIn radio and Stitcher, so please rate/review us there, if you can!

And remember, through the years, we all will be together. 

 

Direct download: AKOD_-_Christmas_Carol_and_Its_a_Wonderful_Life.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

Interstellar

In an AKOD first,  Elise Moore and David Fiore cover a film that is playing at your local cinema right now (unless you're listening to this in the future - and, if so, I hope you like corn). 

It's Christopher Nolan's Interstellar! Starring Matthew McConnaghy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, some robots, and a whole bunch of other people who wanted to hang out with the Nolan brothers for some reason. 

As befits a current-release discussion, we get more intertextual than usual, tossing out references to fellow podcasters on Sound on Sight and /FilmCast

Join us as we struggle to justify our decision to pay $40 to see this thing in a theatre - and utterly fail to discern what room that bookshelf is in.

Please don't hesitate to contact us, either at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, on our Facebook Page, our Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms), or David's Tumblr (where you'll find a bunch of images). 

We're now on all of the podcast delivery services, including iTunes, TuneIn radio and Stitcher, so please rate/review us there, if you can!

 

 

 

Direct download: akod_-_Interstellar_2014.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41pm EDT

12 Monkeys (1995) and The Jacket (2005)

Hello everyone!

This evening, Elise Moore and David Fiore accompany a pair of distraught time troopers through the Foucauldian looking glass, wondering the whole time whether any of this stuff is really happening.

Our first film is Terry Gilliam's justly-celebrated 12 Monkeys (1995), starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, and Brad Pitt. Yes, it's based on Chris Marker's La jetée, but we'll get to that one some other time, okay? 

The second item on our double-consciousness double billing was suggested by friend of the show Siskoid. We were quite impressed with The Jacket (2005), which had somehow flown under our time sensors. It was directed by John Maybury and it stars Adrien Brody, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keira Knightly, Kris Kristofferson, Kelly Lynch, Brad Renfro, and Daniel Craig. Also, it was filmed in Ormstown, Québec, a place David knows well. For those listening at home, the final tune wasn't sung by Bryan Ferry (as we suppose on the cast), it's actually Iggy Pop! 

Please don't hesitate to contact us, either at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, on our Facebook Page, our Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms), or David's Tumblr (where you'll find a bunch of images). 

We're now on all of the podcast delivery services, including iTunes, TuneIn radio and Stitcher, so please rate/review us there, if you can!

 

 

 

Direct download: akod_-_12_monkeys_the_jacket_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:29pm EDT

Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future II (1989), and Back to the Future III (1990)

Rev your volume up to 88 and get set for our marathon discussion of all three Back to the Future films! Spoiler alert - these films have some pretty serious problems - perhaps best exemplified by Elisabeth Shue's TWO MOVIE-long nap! Back to the Future II makes About Time seem like a major advance in gender representation. But for better or worse, David Fiore and Elise Moore grew up in the 1980s, and we can't go back there and make ourselves not care about these movies! Moreover, there are a lot of time travel conundrums to ponder here.

Download this before some dumb time traveler makes you disappear.

Please don't hesitate to contact us, either at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, on our Facebook Page, our Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms), or David's Tumblr (where you'll find a bunch of images). 

We're now on all of the podcast delivery services, including iTunes, TuneIn radio and Stitcher, so please rate/review us there, if you can!

Direct download: AKOD_-_Back_to_the_Future.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25pm EDT

Timecrimes (2007) and Primer (2004)

This is the one you've been waiting for! Elise Moore and David Fiore tackle two of the preeminent weisentimer puzzle films in the chrono canon (note: one of these puzzles comes complete with missing pieces). 

First up is Nacho Vigolando's Timecrimes (2007), featuring Karra Elejalde, Barbara Goenaga (tellingly cast-listed as "La Chica en el Bosque" - although we were just calling her The Cyclist), and the director himself. 

Then, we do our best to enter the Primer (2004) fray - battling the film, each other, and the whole internet in an effort to come up with something useful to say about director/star Shane Carruth's work of engineer outsider art.

And if you're keeping score at home, please help yourselves to these fine aids to reflection upon the movie:

1. THE chart

2.  Jason Gendler's "Primer: The Perils and Paradoxes of Restricted Time Travel 

Narration." 

Enjoy! (And keep your eyes peeled for a more in-depth Elise essay on the FB page). 

Please don't hesitate to contact us, either at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, on our Facebook Page, our Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms), or David's Tumblr (where you'll find a bunch of images). 

We're now on all of the podcast delivery services, including iTunes, TuneIn radio and Stitcher, so please rate/review us there, if you can!

Direct download: AKOD_-_Timecrimes_and_Primer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:34pm EDT

The Elements of Time Travel - A Look Back

This episode, Elise Moore and David Fiore try to stop time and pause to reflect upon what has come before. We explore a few scientific theories regarding the possibility of time travel (from a lay perspective, of course), and then wade into the narratological uses of time in the movies we've watched with you. We hope former fellow Torontonian Northrup Frye would be proud of our efforts to anatomize anachronicity.  

Please don't hesitate to contact us, either at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, on our Facebook Page, our Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms), or David's Tumblr (where you'll find a bunch of images). 

We're now on all of the podcast delivery services, including iTunes, TuneIn radio and Stitcher, so please rate/review us there, if you can!

Direct download: AKOD_-_Episode_6_-_the_elements_of_time_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02am EDT

It's Rom-Chron time on Another Kind of Distance! Elise Moore and David Fiore confront the ecstasies and the banalities of quixotic, tick-tockic love amongst the comfortable classes.

On the menu this week: a glimpse of the ways in which the amnesia narrative and the time travel narrative proper become virtually indistinguishable; some discussion of the relationship between subjectivity and timelines; Schrödinger's Braces; and a lot of trash talk directed at Alain De Botton and Chuck Woolery.

Our films?

We start with Gary Winick's 13 Going on 30 (2004), starring Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, and Andy Serkis. 

Then we fall into the callow chasm that is Richard Curtis' About Time (2013). This one has Domhnall Gleeson, time travel vet Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, and Lydia Wilson. 

We were going to do some listener feedback, but we decided that we ought to push that to the next episode, since this one is already well over 2.5 hours. 

We would, however, like to take this opportunity to thank Siskoid for his encouragement and bloggish support!

In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact us, either at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, on our Facebook Page, our Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms), or David's Tumblr (where you'll find a bunch of images). 

We're now on all of the podcast delivery services, including iTunes, Stitcher, and TuneIn Radio so please rate/review us there, if you can! 

Direct download: AKOD_-_ep_5_-_finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT

The Butterfly Effect (2004) and The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

This time out, Elise Moore and David Fiore explore the heartbreak of chrono displacement syndrome. Perhaps because their parents watched too many time travel movies during the gestation period, each of our wayfarers are genetically predisposed to kick against the ticks of the clock - although they do so in spectacularly different ways.

First up, we've got Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber's grim The Butterfly Effect (2004), starring Ashton Kutcher (that's not easy to say), Amy Smart, Melora Walters, and Eric Stoltz as no one's candidate for father of the year. 

Our second film is Robert Schwentke's The Time Traveler's Wife (2009), based on Audrey Niffenegger's much-loved novel. This one stars Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston, and Stephen Tobolowsky.

The pairing gave us a great chance to talk about the differences between "time loop" films and the "timeline" entries in this vast genre.  

So get set for 2.5 hours of time talk, spiced with our inevitable musings about masochism and male panic as our heroes fall upon the thorns of time, they bleed!

Please don't hesitate to contact us, either at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, on our Facebook Page, our Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms), or David's Tumblr (where you'll find a bunch of images). 

Direct download: AKOD_-_episode_4_-_finished_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

The Time Machine (1960) and Time After Time (1979)

In this week's episode, Elise Moore and David Fiore journey back to genre basics with a pair of O.G. time machine movies - both of which feature the orginal time machine itself.

We're speaking, of course, of H.G. Wells' eponymous chrono contraption from the great science fictioneer's 1895 novel. 

We begin with George Pal's 1960 adaptation of The Time Machine, starring Rod Taylor, Alan ("Uncle Scrooge") Young, Tom ("Gavin Elster") Helmore, and Yvette Mimieux.

From there, we jostle around through the ages until we get back to H.G.'s basement for the beginning of Nicholas Meyer's Time After Time(1979). This one stars sweethearts Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen, along with David Warner and some delicious pomme frites. 

One of the great things about our topic is that pretty much everything happens in time, and that's what we'll be discussing during the weeks to come. Everything. In this case, we do a fair bit of speculating about the possibility of human progress and the unfortunate ubiquity of the serial killer narrative.  

Please don't hesitate to contact us, either at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, on our Facebook Page, our Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms), or David's Tumblr (where you'll find a bunch of images). 

We're now on all of the podcast delivery services, including iTunes and Stitcher, so please rate/review us there, if you can!

Direct download: AKOD_-_episode_3_-_finished_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38pm EDT

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

This time out, Elise Moore and David Fiore set forth to explore the interior distances within the human psyche. Along the way, we question the proprietary nature of memory and gesture toward a theory of romantic stoicism. 

First up is Francis Ford Coppola's wistful PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, starring Kathleen Turner, a young Nicolas Cage (voice-acted by Nicolas Cage's most impish impulses), Jim Carrey, Catherine Hicks, Joan Allen, Kevin J. O'Connor, Barry Miller, Don Murray, Maureen O'Sullivan, Leon Ames, and the immortal John Carradine. 

Then we venture into the twilit battleground between fruitfully incompatible auteurs Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry for a discussion of ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND. The movie stars Jim Carrey (decidedly less manic in this one), Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Jane Adams, David Cross, and Tom Wilkinson.

We hope you enjoy the program!

Please don't hesitate to contact us, either at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, on our Facebook Page, our Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms), or David's Tumblr (where you'll find a bunch of images). 

We're now on all of the podcast delivery services, including iTunes and Stitcher, so please rate/review us there, if you can - we really want to get this podcast fluxing!

 

 

Direct download: another_kind_of_distance_2_-_official_Peggy_Sue_and_Spotless.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:19am EDT