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Elise Moore and David Fiore aspire to cover every time travel film ever made (in this continuum, at least). Together, we'll dive deeply and dialogically into this eternally compelling genre. Our discussions will draw from philosophy, psychology, anthropology, history, narratology, and aesthetic theory. We'll even try to wrap our minds around the physics, when the films demand it. It's an ode to paramours and paradox by two people who really give a flux. 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?

Elise Moore and David Fiore aspire to cover every time travel film ever made (in this continuum, at least). Together, we'll dive deeply and dialogically into this eternally compelling genre. Our discussions will draw from philosophy, psychology, anthropology, history, narratology, and aesthetic theory. We'll even try to wrap our minds around the physics, when the films demand it. It's an ode to paramours and paradox by two people who really give a flux. 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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Toronto, ON

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Elise Moore and David Fiore aspire to cover every time travel film ever made (in this continuum, at least). Together, we'll dive deeply and dialogically into this eternally compelling genre. Our discussions will draw from philosophy, psychology, anthropology, history, narratology, and aesthetic theory. We'll even try to wrap our minds around the physics, when the films demand it. It's an ode to paramours and paradox by two people who really give a flux. 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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Episodes

Red Time For Bonzo - Episode 15B: The Hasty Heart (1949)

2/9/2019
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Based on John Patrick’s popular 1945 play, The Hasty Heart became a smash screen hit four years later – taking an already-Cold-War-weary public back to the waning days of a marginally less cynical conflict. Our characters are convalescing British Empire conscripts at a MASH unit in Burma – along with one gruff, pragmatic “Yank” (Reagan, dusting off his Brother Rat roommate persona). All of the acting accolades went to Richard Todd, as a singularly standoffish Scot, who refuses to reveal...

Duration:01:03:06

Ben Days of Our Lives - Tales of the Teen Titans #41 and #42

2/8/2019
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We bid a bewildering farewell to Brother Blood and the Zandian knot this week - and then are bidden into the bewitching and bothering machinations of The Judas Contract. This is the big one, as far as Elise is concerned - the high point of the Wolfman/Perez collaboration. Were you reading at the time? Or did you come to the story later (as Dave did), knowing how it all turned out? Was this Terra Incognita or Tarraconensis? Let us know! Credits: Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Duration:04:45:45

Red Time For Bonzo - Episode 15A: Naughty But Nice (1939)

2/5/2019
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The Gipper’s fourth and final supporting appearance in a Dick Powell buffoon-and-crooner finds Reagan headed in the wrong direction down the cast list. To be fair, it’s quite an assemblage, with Ann Sheridan, Helen Broderick, Allen Jenkins, ZaSu Pitts, Gale Page, Granville Bates, William B. Davidson, “Slapsie Maxie” Rosenbloom, and Quarter-Million-Dollar-Moustache-Man Jerry Colonna hoovering up most of the comedic oxygen. The film also benefits from a set of mildly diverting novelty tunes...

Duration:01:40:29

Ben Days of Our Lives - New Teen Titans v1 #39 and #40

1/30/2019
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Big life changes this week for Dick Grayson and Wally West – although their respective thunders are kind of stolen the next issue by our pal Brother Blood (points don’t come much more pivotal than rebirth in a caldera of molten blood). Also: newly-made editors Wolfman and Perez maneuver Terra further along her Titanic tightrope between psychopathy and salvageability; and Elise gives a lesson in how to play super team with your Barbies. Credits: Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Duration:04:40:58

Red Time For Bonzo - Episode 14B: Louisa (1950)

1/26/2019
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The Gipper’s slow segue out of the Warner fold began with this tone-setting suburban sitcom for Universal-International. Part of his new sometime-studio’s “Big Push” at the dawn of the television decade, Louisa shows how easily Reagan might have stepped into a Father Knows Best/My Three Sons-style second career. If only he had done so, American (and Canadian) marginal tax rates might still be at 70%. As usual (and as per Gareth’s thesis), Reagan mainly holds down the stage for the benefit...

Duration:01:27:34

Ben Days of Our Lives - New Teen Titans v1 #37 and #38; Batman & The Outsiders #5; George Perez Retirement Tribute

1/25/2019
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We devote a good chunk of our program this week to an appreciation of artist George Perez, who announced his retirement very recently. As luck would have it, we’ve also arrived at one of Perez’s greatest contributions to the medium (NTT #38 – “Who is Donna Troy?”)! And, for the sake of narrative coherence, we assess some exogenous excitement in Batman and the Outsiders, with the Fearsome Five caught in the crossoverhairs. Credits: Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Duration:04:59:16

Red Time For Bonzo - Episode 14A: Code of the Secret Service (1939)

1/19/2019
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It’s the return of Brass Bancroft! (In Reagan’s own least favorite of his films.) This episode was recorded on August 27th, 2018, with your humble panel suffering through the embarrassing Ballet McCainique that had a stranglehold on the American media that week. After venting our collective spleens on that particular topic, we turn our attention to the film at hand – also kind of an embarrassment to Warner’s vaunted Foy unit. They fell down on the job here. In The Films of Ronald Reagan,...

Duration:01:07:13

Ben Days of Our Lives - New Teen Titans v1 #35 and #36

1/19/2019
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No George Perez this month, as he was dragooned into producing bonus material for Atari's Swordquest video game, but Elise discovers that she likes fill-in penciller Keith Pollard nearly as much! Too bad about the stories in these issues, though... First, we come to a turning point in the life of Sarah Simms, who almost dies in the crossfire between an ex-coworker's toxic sense of sexual entitlement and Vic Stone's subtler form of wounded masculinity. Then, the return of Thunder and...

Duration:03:49:39

Red Time For Bonzo - Episode 13B: Storm Warning (1951)

1/11/2019
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It's Ginger Rogers, Doris Day, and the Gipper himself against the all-corrupting power of the Klan! If you listen to one episode of Red Time For Bonzo in 2019, this is the one! Also discussed: the then-impending death of John McCain (we recorded this in August 2018), the miserable life of actor Steve Cochran, the coal-fired crocodile tears of Michael Barbaro, and the ideological barrenness of anti-corruption politics. Novel suggestion: Peter Delacorte's Time on My Hands Follow us...

Duration:01:36:13

Ben Days of Our Lives - New Teen Titans v1 #34 and Annual #2

1/10/2019
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Terra revealed! D.A. Chase concealed! Scarapelli congealed! Also: who is "The Monitor" (apparently, the multiverse's most overqualified mob muscle recruiting agent) and the macabre menace of... Donna Omicidio! Credits: Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Duration:05:24:39

Ben Days of Our Lives - New Teen Titans v1 #32 & #33

1/3/2019
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Who would've thought Dave and Elise'd miss Zandia? The title's grand arc storytelling takes a temporary back seat this time out to a pair of less-than-compelling orphaned tales. Thunder and Lightning? Triton? These are not villainous names to conjure with. However, your faithful hosts were buoyed up in their banter by the survival of those Wolfman/Perez subplots! Raven's grim struggle for self-mastery! Dick Grayson's search for a new psychotic dad! Wally West's "normie" dreams! And...

Duration:04:29:02

Another Kind of Christmas 2018 - MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944) and LITTLE WOMEN (1949)

12/22/2018
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Happy holidays from Elise and Dave! This year's X-Mas offering was inspired by Elise's new piece in The Threepenny Review and by Dave's lifelong obsession with New England Transcendentalism. See you in 2019!

Duration:02:23:43

Red Time For Bonzo - Episode 13A: Dark Victory (1939)

12/21/2018
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Join a radically divided panel as they discuss and dissect the biggest film Ronald Reagan made during "Hollywood's Golden Year" of 1939 - Dark Victory. Is this a prime example of "Prestige""/"Too-Extra-By-Half""/"Middlebrow"/"White Elephant" filmmaking? Or is it a gossamer haymaker born of the nearly miraculous fusion of Edmund Goulding's auteurist preoccupations and Bette Davis' acteurist ambitions? Are we to interpret Judith Traherne's autumnal days in "that pinched up little state on the...

Duration:01:48:05

Ben Days of Our Lives - New Teen Titans v1 #30 & #31

12/14/2018
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Brother (Blood) fights Brotherhood (of Evil) - with the Titans trapped in the crossfire! Big doings in these issues. Terra joins the team, with absolutely none of the fanfare promised on the cover of #30; the team gets Bethany Snowed with some wacky story about Zandian meddling in the American electoral process; Kid Flash considers the Greeleyan dictum "Go away, Young West"; and Raven's Dark Phoenix-like descent reaches a possible turning point. Audio Credits: Intro music: Debbie Harry -...

Duration:04:33:28

Red Time For Bonzo - Episode 12B: Bedtime For Bonzo (1951)

12/12/2018
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Received as an innocuous time-waster on first release, Bedtime For Bonzo later blossomed into the go-to "President Cheeto"-style resistance pseudo-witticism of the '80s. However, from your panel's point of view, this film furnishes nigh-inexhaustible avenues of inquiry into mid-20th Century American modalities and myths. Join us as we delve into/debate the semantic availability of proto-animal rights discourse in 1950 (alongside the monstrous treatment of animal actors themselves), the...

Duration:01:41:19

Ben Days of Our Lives: New Teen Titans v1 #28 & #29

12/8/2018
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This time on Terra Talk: Gar's obsession with his Earth (moving) Angel takes deep root; Dick lives up to his name; Donna throws some (lamp)shade; and Zandia is back in the news, big time! Audio Credits: Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Duration:04:42:52

Red Time For Bonzo - Episode 12A: Secret Service of the Air (1939)

12/5/2018
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This week, we find the Gipper embarking upon his self-described "Errol Flynn of the Bs" period with the first of 4 "Brass Bancroft" not-so-extra-vaganzas. Loosely based on "material compiled" from the memoranda of ex-Secret Service honcho W.H. Moran (a close second in sexiness to Admiral Chester Nimitz), the films deliver a nice little wallop on behalf of the New Deal Deep State. This unassuming programmer comes out swinging with a scene of callous criminality that's sure to shock even...

Duration:01:34:27

Ben Days of Our Lives : New Teen Titans v1 #26 & #27

12/1/2018
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Join Elise and Dave as they tackle Wolfman and Perez's omnibus "Very Special Issues" of the New Teen Titans, wherein our intrepid creators and superheroes bear witness to the threat of DRUGS (and teen prostitution, and parental violence, and homelessness, and rogue district attorneys, and telepathic assault, etc.) Also: Tara Markov attacks the Statue of Liberty and Elise brings in another 1980s Marv Wolfman interview from The Comics Journal (this one conducted by Heidi MacDonald) Audio...

Duration:05:19:01

Red Time For Bonzo - Episode 11B: The Last Outpost (1951)

11/28/2018
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The Last Outpost aka Cavalry Charge is the quintessential (although certainly not the best) "Civil War Western", a staple mid-century genre which performed yeoman ideological work on a pair of dubious fronts: 1. Doubling down (often literally, by offering up equally likable brothers on either side of the conflict) on the "revisionist" take on the "War Between The States" that dominated the historiography from the 1920s into the early 1960s; and 2. painting the "unsettled" western frontier as...

Duration:06:11:21

Ben Days of Our Lives: New Teen Titans v1 #25, Annual #1 and Stan Lee Tribute

11/22/2018
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Dave takes a little time at the beginning of this episode to laud Stan Lee and express his continued dissatisfaction with The Comics Journal. Then your hosts launch into a discussion of Wolfman and Perez's most space operatic effort yet. Topics include: the narrator's shabby (and contradictory) treatment of those cuddly purple Branx warriors, Dark Phoenix/X'Hal, the Titans' tenuous-to-nonexistent commitment to the sanctity of non-human life, and the utter useless of Demonia. We conclude the...

Duration:06:15:11