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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!

 

 

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{{Discaimer}}

This episode sounds a bit "hollow", as we tried to record it with a fan on and then removed the noise in edits. Think of it as a communique from the liminal realm beyond the 4th dimension. 

{{End of disclaimer}}

We begin in a state of heated passion, with a pair of meditations on love, artistic inspiration, renunciation, and the tragic fate of time tossed muses. 

 

Our travels commence with Jeannot Szwarc's Somewhere in Time (1980), starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, and Teresa Wright. 

 

Then it's on to William Dieterle's magnificent Portrait of Jennie (1948), Luis Bunuel's favourite Hollywood film (and who are we to disagree with Bunuel?).

 

 

We hope you've enjoyed our ramblings - there's a lot more to come!

We'll be setting up a Facebook account for the podcast in the not too distant future, but, for now, you can always write to us at anotherkindofdistance[at]gmail.com. 

Please let us know what you think of our approach - and chime in with your own impressions. We're all living in the same time period - we ought to take advantage of that, don't you think?

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:10am EDT

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