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Lost in Austen (2008)

What happens when Jane Austen meets Back to the Future? In LOST IN AUSTEN (2008), a modern-day Pride and Prejudice fan travels to the fictional past and tries not to screw up the canon pairings, but it's hard when you're irresistible to every man in the story, and some of the women. Dave and Elise try to figure out if Mary Sue can ever be an adequate substitute for Elizabeth Bennet, and whether the latter would really choose the internet over Mr. Darcy. Elise struggles to remember what she actually discovered as a research assistant on the Cambridge Edition of Jane Austen's Juvenilia (2006) except that Austen hated babies, and Dave laments his Stereo Mouth.

The discussion leads inexorably to the interesting quetion: Are ALL time travel tales "Mary Sue" narratives?

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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!

 

Direct download: AKOD_-_Lost_in_Austen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:43pm EDT

Terminator: Genisys (2015)

It's sequel time on Another Kind of Distance as Elise Moore and David Fiore tackle Alan Taylor's Terminator Genisys (2015). We attempt to peel away its Primer-like layers of plot complexity and find ourselves wondering if the writers even realize that those layers are there. Is it possible that they forgot to cast the "prime" mover of the alternate universe that takes shape in this film?

Also: David finds a flimsy pretext for working in a reference to old Marvel comics.  

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We're 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_-_Terminator_Genisys.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm EDT

Midnight in Paris (2011) and Sleeper (1973)

In this episode Dave and Elise accompany Woody Allen on his temporal travels, to the past (MIDNIGHT IN PARIS) and future (SLEEPER), and discover, without much surprise, that he likes the past better. Find out why Woody Allen has it in for utopias, why Elise has it in for Woody Allen, and why Dave and Elise think that MIDNIGHT IN PARIS may be the ultimate Valium movie. Also – we celebrate the receipt of our first e-mail at anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com. Oh frabjous day!

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Direct download: AKOD_-_Woody_Allen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21pm EDT

Groundhog Day (1993) and Edge of Tomorrow (2014}

The two movies Elise Moore and David Fiore discuss in this episode epitomize the maxim, “If at first you don't succeed...”. In Groundhog Day, Bill Murray, at the splendid height of his original sarcastic comedic persona, is given apparently limitless chances to accept limitation and adjust his attitude, which is the amount he needs; while the curious Edge of Tomorrow examines the ways in which the structure of Groundhog Day (although nothing else about it) resembles a video game, and slaps a weirdly generic, Sirkean title on the results.

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We're 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_-_Groundhog_Day_and_Edge_of_Tomorrow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

Dave and Elise contemplate two movies that share a warped sense of time and humour and the kind of reticence about meaning and what's even actually happening that induces hyperinterpretation. In the process we discover that we can talk about a David Lynch film for two hours even when it's not one of our favourites. 

We need your help figuring out what's happening in these movies - the time travel, if there is any, and the rest of it too! Send your theories to anotherkindofdistance@gmail.com, or contact us through our Facebook Page or Twitter account (@TimeTravelFilms). 

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And remember to DREAM.

Direct download: AKOD_-_Lost_Highway_and_Donnie_Darko.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:20pm EDT

City on the Edge of Forever (Star Trek TOS) and The Girl in the Fireplace (New Who)

In Part 2 of our Nimoy tribute, we look at two TV episodes dealing with time travel romance. If you've been listening to the show for a while (or even just listened to the first episode), you may already suspect that time travel + romance =/= good times all around. We contemplate the problems for writers of tragedy created by having a time-travelling hero. Also, Elise would like to apologize once and for all for always saying "cyberpunk" when she means "steampunk" (or in this case, gearpunk) in an attempt to show off her non-existent knowledge of cutting-edge sci-genres. 

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Direct download: AKOD_-_City_on_the_Edge_of_Forever_and_The_Girl_in_the_Fireplace.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24pm EDT

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek (2009)

In this episode we join the rest of the internet in paying tribute to Leonard Nimoy and his indelible creation, Mr. Spock, by looking at two time-travel movies in which he plays a key role. First we look at the Nimoy-conceived-and-directed Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), a lighthearted adventure in which Spock discovers his affinity for humpback whales and his uncanny naivety seems to spread to the rest of the crew – including Kirk, who has trouble mackin' under these conditions. Then we consider the very different, badass-centric interpretation of these characters in J. J. Abrams' reboot Star Trek (2009). Kirk has some trouble mackin' in this movie too, come to think of it – Spock not so much. 

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). 

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Direct download: Star_IV_The_Voyage_Home_and_Star_Trek_2009.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

The Terminator; Terminator 2: Judgement Day; Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

"Come with us if you want to listen!"

Elise Moore and David Fiore examine James Cameron's (and James Mostow's) Terminator mythos, which offers several different perspectives on the time travel story. Is this a loop narrative? An alternate universe tale? Depends which entry in the series you happen to be watching. 

Join us for another lengthy podcasting triathlon! Along the way, Elise will delight in her discovery of Arnold Schwarzeneggar's Garboesque qualities and you will no doubt share in our confusion as we wonder how John Connor managed to become a preteen Edward Furlong by 1991 despite the fact that he was born in 1984. 

You might have noticed that Terminator:Salvation is not here. That's because it sucks (and David can't remember any time travel in it).

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_-_Terminator_Triathlon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

Happy Accidents (2000) and Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

In their first podcast of 2015, Elise Moore and David Fiore examine a pair of wistfully off-kilter comedies that are lightly haunted by the suggestion of temporal alterity.

First up, we've got Brad Anderson's Happy Accidents (2000), which is about the closest thing to a Capra time travel comedy-drama that you are ever likely to see, complete with a Mr. Deed (Vincent D'Onofrio) and with Marisa Tomei playing the Jean Arthur role in a slightly more likely to hit you with something key.

Then it's onward to Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), directed by Colin Treverow and featuring a nice lineup of personable folk line Aubry Plaza, Jake Johnson, Mark Duplass, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. This one plays like the very best combination of Ghost World and First Blood you can imagine - with a little flux. 

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_-_happy_accidents_and_safety_not_guaranteed.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54pm EDT

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