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Elise and Dave begin their quasi real-time coverage of Hulu's much anticipated adaptation of Stephen King's 11.22.63 with an in-depth look at the show's debut episode. There's a lot to discuss here - from the relative ontological fixity of "major" and "minor" historical events (why would "time" care? wouldn't any change be as important or as unimportant as any other change?) to the long-range historical impact of the Vietnam War.  Along the way, we struggle to pin down the enduring appeal of old-timey diners, Elise takes our lives in her hands by calling out the CIA, and both hosts agree that, if nothing else, old Al's pantry wormhole showed up just in time to whisk James Franco out from under that death mask goatee.

We'll be here every week for the duration of the 8-part series, and you're on our permanent invitee list - no de Mohrenschildt name-drop required!

Episode-related Links:

Peter Delacorte's Time on My Hands

Eyes on the Prize

 

Fellow (Time) Travelers:

11.22.63 Event Podcast with Christopher DeFilippis & Skipper Martin

The Time Travel Nexus

time2timetravel

Time Travel Trio 

 

Time (Travel) Table

1min 30 secs 11.22.63 (2016) "The Rabbit Hole"

No mailbag this week - we'll bring it back next time!

 

We've got a time-Tumblr! Please do check it out and interact with us there!

Don't forget, you can always write us at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, or contact us through our Facebook Page or Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms). 

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

Finally, as suggested by listener Jay, here's an Amazon link to Dave's time travel novel, Hypocritic Days (published by Insomniac Press), which is set in the pulp magazine and film worlds of the early 1930s. And the book is now available for Kindle! Please do let us know if you check it out.

Intro Credits:

 

 

Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, "Stay" 

Original Another Kind of Distance artwork by Lee McClure

Direct download: 112263episode1.level.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:40pm EDT

“I want to drive a truck straight through her head”: it's the Valentine's Day episode at AKoD! Where we're taking a look at a couple of under-appreciated movies about couples getting a second chance at happiness through a strange twist of fate, starring women struggling with unfortunate of-the-moment haircuts, three names, and trying to get credit for being able to both act and sing. We admire the tricky structure of If Only (2004), with Jennifer Love Hewitt and some British guy who does a lot of TV; and defend the John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John vehicle Two of a Kind (1983), recipient of a puzzling amount of critical venom, on the basis of its auteurish idiosyncrasy and class realism. We hope our podcast, and these movies, enhance your Valentine's Day, whether for giggles or as part of a nihilistic anti-VD campaign!

Episode-related Links:

The Time Travel Nexus Portal!

William Sleator's The Green Futures of Tycho (1981)

and The Last Universe (2006)

Fellow (Time) Travelers:

The Time Travel Nexus (now with 100% more Mary Helen Norris!)

time2timetravel

And... fellow podcasters Jenn, Hyde, and Matt at:

Time Travel Trio 

 

Time (Travel) Table

0:00 Two of a Kind (1983)

1:43 If Only (2004)

3:02   Mailbag!

 

We've got a time-Tumblr! Please do check it out and interact with us there!

Don't forget, you can always write us at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, or contact us through our Facebook Page or Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms). 

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

Finally, as suggested by listener Jay, here's an Amazon link to Dave's time travel novel, Hypocritic Days (published by Insomniac Press), which is set in the pulp magazine and film worlds of the early 1930s. Please do let us know if you check it out.

Intro Credits:

The Dream Syndicate "That's What You Always Say"

Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten (along with Debussy's music) in William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie (1948)

  

Outro Credits:

Bette Davis + lounge singer in Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory (1939)

 

Original Another Kind of Distance artwork by Lee McClure

Direct download: AKOD_-_Two_of_a_Kind_and_If_Only.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:17am EDT

David and Elise contemplate the sweater chauvinism of Bing Crosby, the charms of William Bendix, whether or not women on the internet ogling Gene Kelly's butt is categorically different from objectionable objectification, the timeline of Scottish witch trials, and the pros and cons of purity-obsessed utopias that don't allow people to go to university in this episode devoted to two time-travel Technicolor musicals, or semi-musicals, A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT (1949) and BRIGADOON (1954). Note: in response to listener complaints about both Dave's and Elise's volume (depending on the episode and/or your ears, one or the other of us is always too loud), this episode has been run through the Levelator, which is neither a lost sci-fi novel by Henry James nor a new James Cameron movie, but some type of software. Let us know if it's an improvement and some day soon we'll do the same for our back catalogue!

Episode-related Links:

Ethan Mordden's The Hollywood Studios: House Style in the Golden Age of Movies

Journeyman (TV series)

World of Tomorrow (short film)

Upcoming Hulu TV adaptation of Stephen King's 11.22.63

 

Fellow (Time) Travelers:

The Time Travel Nexus

time2timetravel

And... fellow podcasters Jenn, Hyde, and Matt at:

Time Travel Trio 

 

Time (Travel) Table

0:00 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)

1:11 Brigadoon (1954)

2:16 Mailbag

 

We've got a time-Tumblr! Please do check it out and interact with us there!

Don't forget, you can always write us at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, or contact us through our Facebook Page or Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms). 

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

Finally, as suggested by listener Jay, here's an Amazon link to Dave's time travel novel, Hypocritic Days (published by Insomniac Press), which is set in the pulp magazine and film worlds of the early 1930s. Please do let us know if you check it out.

Intro Credits:

The Dream Syndicate "That's What You Always Say"

Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten (along with Debussy's music) in William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie (1948)

  

Outro Credits:

Bette Davis + lounge singer in Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory (1939)

 

Original Another Kind of Distance artwork by Lee McClure

Direct download: AKOD_-_Connecticut_Yankee_in_Brigadoon_-_Leveled.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:01pm EDT

Dave and Elise go on a most excellent adventure... that's right, it's BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (1989), paired with Terry Gilliam's TIME BANDITS (1981), two comedic tours through history. But do these films have anything interesting to say about history? How about modern life? Why does everyone have it in for Napoleon? Why would Joan of Arc want to lead a jazzercise class? Why is Sean Connery so cool? Elise runs into trouble trying to avoid the buzzphrase “on point.” (Seriously, where did that even come from? A confusion of the ballet term with “sticking to the point”? Please write in with your urban etymology.) Dave protests the Twinkie treatment of Genghis Khan.

As discussed in our feedback section - please check out Craig Richardson's righteous new project: The Time Travel Nexus (which has already sucked Paul Wandason of time2timetravel into its temporal vortex).

 

Time (Travel) Table

0:00 Time Bandits (1981)

1:31 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

2:54 Feedback

 

We've got a time-Tumblr! Please do check it out and interact with us there!

Don't forget, you can always write us at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, or contact us through our Facebook Page or Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms). 

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

Finally, as suggested by listener Jay, here's an Amazon link to Dave's time travel novel, Hypocritic Days (published by Insomniac Press), which is set in the pulp magazine and film worlds of the early 1930s. Please do let us know if you check it out.

Intro Credits:

The Dream Syndicate "That's What You Always Say"

Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten (along with Debussy's music) in William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie (1948)

  

Outro Credits:

Bette Davis + lounge singer in Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory (1939)

 

Original Another Kind of Distance artwork by Lee McClure

Direct download: Bill_and_Ted_and_Bandits.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm EDT

Scrooged (1988) and The Family Man (2000)

 

In our second holiday 'cast, we look at a couple of movies influenced by the classic tales/tellings of last year's episode. First, SCROOGED (1988) gives a Reagan-era spin to the Dickens standard, and also prepares Bill Murray for GROUNDHOG DAY (a great time-travel comedy that we've already 'casted about). Then, THE FAMILY MAN (2000) stars a shockingly subdued Nicholas Cage in a movie that nods to Dickens, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and even GROUNDHOG DAY, but still – so Elise thinks – can't make its billionaire bachelor protagonist's dilemma wholly sympathetic. And what happened to those kids? We wish you happy holidays with your loved ones, whether “real” or part of your own private bubble universe, and will return in the new year!

 

Time (Travel) Table

0:00:00 Scrooged (1988)

1:39:00 The Family Man (2000)

 

 

We've got a time-Tumblr! Please do check it out and interact with us there!

Don't forget, you can always write us at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, or contact us through our Facebook Page or Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms). 

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

Finally, as suggested by listener Jay, here's an Amazon link to Dave's time travel novel, Hypocritic Days (published by Insomniac Press), which is set in the pulp magazine and film worlds of the early 1930s. Please do let us know if you check it out.

Intro Credits:

The Dream Syndicate "That's What You Always Say"

Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten (along with Debussy's music) in William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie (1948)

  

Outro Credits:

Bette Davis + lounge singer in Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory (1939)

 

Original Another Kind of Distance artwork by Lee McClure

Direct download: Holiday2015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT

Mr. Nobody (2009) & A Thousand Kisses Deep (2011)

Elise and Dave consider a narratively complex alternate reality extravaganza, MR. NOBODY (2009), and a time travel movie with a complex, A THOUSAND KISSES DEEP (2011). Each film offers a different answer to the question: are we doomed by our radical freedom of choice or our radical lack of it? Elise gets out the knives. Dave soft-pedals frantically. In the feedback section, we take David O. Selznick and Jennifer Jones seriously.

 

Time (Travel) Table

0:00:00 Mr. Nobody (2009)

1:35:00 A Thousand Kisses Deep (2011)

2:37:00 Mailbag

 

We've got a time-Tumblr! Please do check it out and interact with us there!

Don't forget, you can always write us at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, or contact us through our Facebook Page or Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms). 

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

Finally, as suggested by listener Jay, here's an Amazon link to Dave's time travel novel, Hypocritic Days (published by Insomniac Press), which is set in the pulp magazine and film worlds of the early 1930s. Please do let us know if you check it out.

Intro Credits:

The Dream Syndicate "That's What You Always Say"

Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten (along with Debussy's music) in William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie (1948)

  

Outro Credits:

Bette Davis + lounge singer in Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory (1939)

 

Original Another Kind of Distance artwork by Lee McClure

Direct download: NobodyKissesDeep.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18pm EDT

Man of the Century (1999) and The Sticky Fingers of Time (1997)

Elise and Dave look at two late-90s, low-budget, little-known indies, the high- concept/single-gag (depending on your point of view) MAN OF THE CENTURY (1999) and the ahead-of-its time (linearly speaking) THE STICKY FINGERS OF TIME (1997). Frank Gorshin's presence in the former film occasions autobiographical digressions about your hosts' abortive adventures in screenwriting. Dave inexplicably neglects to mention that the protagonist of his screenplay was a nicotine-addicted rabbit who substitutes carrots for cigarettes. Elise, prompted by the title and imagery of STICKY FINGERS, gets off-the-chain explicit. And in the feedback section: some breakthroughs.

 

Time (Travel) Table

0:00:00 Man of The Century (1999)

1:13:00 The Sticky Fingers of Time (1997)

2:28:00 Mailbag

 

We've got a time-Tumblr! Please do check it out and interact with us there!

Don't forget, you can always write us at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, or contact us through our Facebook Page or Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms). 

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

Finally, as suggested by listener Jay, here's an Amazon link to Dave's time travel novel, Hypocritic Days (published by Insomniac Press), which is set in the pulp magazine and film worlds of the early 1930s. Please do let us know if you check it out.

Intro Credits:

The Dream Syndicate "That's What You Always Say"

Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten (along with Debussy's music) in William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie (1948)

  

Outro Credits:

Bette Davis + lounge singer in Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory (1939)

 

Original Another Kind of Distance artwork by Lee McClure

Direct download: stickyfingersofthecentury.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:29pm EDT

Sapphire & Steel: Assignment #1 - Escape Through a Crack in Time (1979)

Dave and Elise are assigned to guide you through the "bloody-minded impenetrability" (in the words of THE SCI-FI FREAK SITE) of obscure, no-budget British TV cult show SAPPHIRE AND STEEL (1979-82), about the strangest time police possibly in the history of the concept. In "Assignment 1," sometimes known as "Escape Through a Crack in Time," a cozy, isolated bourgeois household is invaded by the horrors of history when a nursery rhyme opens a time corridor that snatches away the parents, and only interdimensional beings with a Mulder-and-Scully-like thing going on, sent by a semi-transparent helmet floating through space, can save the day. But then a time monster's flashlight babies start making some really weird things happen, and, well... we try to explain.

 

Time (Travel) Table

0:00 Introductory ramblings and Sapphire and Steel

1:36:00 Mailbag

 

We've got a time-Tumblr! Please do check it out and interact with us there!

Don't forget, you can always write us at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, or contact us through our Facebook Page or Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms). 

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

Finally, as suggested by listener Jay, here's an Amazon link to Dave's time travel novel, Hypocritic Days (published by Insomniac Press), which is set in the pulp magazine and film worlds of the early 1930s. Please do let us know if you check it out.

Intro Credits:

The Dream Syndicate "That's What You Always Say"

Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten (along with Debussy's music) in William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie (1948)

 

Interlude Music:

"Magnet and Steel" Walter Egan

 

Outro Credits:

Bette Davis + lounge singer in Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory (1939)

 

Original Another Kind of Distance artwork by Lee McClure

Direct download: SapphSteel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06am EDT

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and Uncanny X-Men #141-142 (1981)

Dave and Elise concentrate on one movie, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014), in this episode, in order to leave time for grappling with mixed feelings about the cinematic legacy of superhero comics. We even went back to the original texts (Uncanny X-Men #141 and #142), just to get into the proper spirit of this thing. Then it's on to Bryan Singer's opus. Is Peter Dinklage's performance as Bolivar Trask a “big turd that just lies there”? Can anyone defend Magneto's trajectory in this film as psychologically consistent? Is mild sexism a sufficient motivator for Mystique's illogical course of action? And where was Wolverine's 2023 consciousness hanging out all those years, waiting for his body to show up? We ask the hard questions here at AKoD.

And remember: this episode.... everybody dies!!!!

Time (Travel) Table

0:00 Comic Book Talk and previous X-Men film talk

24:00 X-Men: Days of Future Past

2:22:00 More comic book talk and Mailbag!

 

We've got a time-Tumblr! Please do check it out and interact with us there!

Don't forget, you can always write us at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, or contact us through our Facebook Page or Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms). 

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

Finally, as suggested by listener Jay, here's an Amazon link to Dave's time travel novel, Hypocritic Days (published by Insomniac Press), which is set in the pulp magazine and film worlds of the early 1930s. Please do let us know if you check it out.

Intro Credits:

The Dream Syndicate "That's What You Always Say"

Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten (along with Debussy's music) in William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie (1948)

 

Outro Credits:

Bette Davis + lounge singer in Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory (1939)

 

Original Another Kind of Distance artwork by Lee McClure

Direct download: X-Men.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49pm EDT

Twilight Zone Time Travel Sampler - Walking Distance; A Stop at Willoughby; The Trouble With Templeton

In this “sampler” 'cast we consider three classic-series TWILIGHT ZONE episodes, “Walking Distance,” “A Stop at Willoughby,” and “The Trouble with Templeton,” which cover a range of narrative possibilities for time-travel scenarios of longing for the personal or cultural past. But what does it have to do with Freud's death drive? Or Leslie Fiedler's interpretation of American masculinity in LOVE AND DEATH IN THE AMERICAN NOVEL? Does Rod Serling's critique of the mid-century, middle-class American male gender role the key to the sub-genre Elise wants to call “morbid time travel”?

 

Special addendum: a rewatch of "Trouble With Templeton" reveals that the much-discussed script pages wind up in Templeton's pocket by accident - he grabs the script away from Laura at the table in order to stop her from using it as a prop in her flibbertigibbit act. So, in fact, she does not seem to have intended for him to have it. (Or did she wave it around in order to make him want to take it?) Please discuss!

 

Time (Travel) Table

0:00 Walking Distance

48:00 A Stop at Willoughby

1:21:00 The Trouble With Templeton

2:06:00 Mailbag!

 

We've got a time-Tumblr! Please do check it out and interact with us there!

Don't forget, you can always write us at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, or contact us through our Facebook Page or Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms). 

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

Finally, as suggested by listener Jay, here's an Amazon link to Dave's time travel novel, Hypocritic Days (published by Insomniac Press), which is set in the pulp magazine and film worlds of the early 1930s. Please do let us know if you check it out.

Intro Credits:

The Dream Syndicate "That's What You Always Say"

Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten (along with Debussy's music) in William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie (1948)

 

Outro Credits:

Bette Davis + lounge singer in Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory (1939)

Direct download: Twilight_Sampler2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:51am EDT