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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. 

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: AKOD_-_City_on_the_Edge_of_Forever_and_The_Girl_in_the_Fireplace.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24pm EST

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 EST

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). 

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Direct download: AKOD_-_Terminator_Triathlon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm EST

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 EST

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). 

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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 EST

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 EST

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). 

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

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST