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Another Kind of Distance: A Time Travel Podcast

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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

Ben Days of Our Lives - New Teen Titans (Baxter Series) #5 and Tales of the Teen Titans #50

3/20/2019
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Dave and Elise bid adieu to the Wolfman/Perez Titans, going out on a pair of unconventional crescendos. In the epic wind-up to the Baxter series’ opening pentalogy, the team is pushed to the sidelines by an Azar/Trigon clash that’s been brewing since the beginning of time, give or take an eon. Then, over at your friendly neighbourhood newsstand, the group pulls together for that rarest of miracles, an event where everything goes not merely as planned, but “right” in the most comprehensive...

Duration:05:22:50

Ben Days of Our Lives - New Teen Titans (Baxter Series) #3 & #4

3/16/2019
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Wolfman and Perez put their protagonists through a diabolically dialectical doppelganger wringer this time. First Raven turns against the team. Then she turns each of the Titans against their own sneering doubles, whom they kill. Then they all turn against Raven. And kill her. Or do they? Or is she Raven? Anyway, a ‘roided up Trigon seems to think so. Pretty rough way to wind up this superheroic struggle session. Credits: Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Duration:03:39:00

Ben Days of Our Lives - New Teen Titans (Baxter Series) #1 & #2

3/8/2019
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Trigon Warning! After several years of brooding behind the scenes and occasionally popping out of her room to assault her closest friends, Raven returns to the centre of the Titans narrative, unwittingly egged on toward full demon/dad possession by new teammate Jericho. Boasting full pencils and inks by George Perez, these issues got the new format series off to a rollicking (if off-schedule) start. Credits: Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Duration:03:19:03

Red Time For Bonzo – Episode 16A: Hell’s Kitchen (1939)

3/5/2019
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After a long winter’s recording layoff, the Red Time For Bonzo crew reassembles to discuss Hell’s Kitchen, a Warner Dead End Kids programmer powered by the studio’s characteristic Late New Deal fervor. The Gipper doesn’t have a whole lot to do in this remake of 1933’s The Mayor of Hell, but he once again finds himself playing a mediating role as the collegiate consiglieri to gangster-cum-reformer Stanley Fields. Scripted by correctional connoisseur Crane Wilbur, the film traces folk hero...

Duration:02:13:37

Ben Days of Our Lives - Tales of the Teen Titans Annual #3 + lettercol reactions to The Judas Contract

3/1/2019
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We bring down the curtain on The Judas Contract and on the vertiginously villainous career of Terra, who goes out screaming “NO” in thunder at the canons of psychologically realistic characterization (her shrill self-analysis echoed by Wolfman’s perverse narrator). We spend much of the episode fumbling toward the meaning of this interloper’s unique anti-appeal (to us, to 1980s Titans readers, and to the creators). In the final analysis, much like Lynch’s characters in Mulholland Drive’s...

Duration:05:43:18

Ben Days of Our Lives - Tales of the Teen Titans #43 and #44

2/21/2019
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It’s the middle episode of our 3-part examination of The Judas Contract! We discuss Wolfman/Perez’s penchant for framed tales, consider the Deathstroke’s trajectory, argue quite earnestly that Gar Logan ought to be canceled for his vile workplace harassment tactics, and try to remember exactly what the hell happens with Jericho much later in the decade. Credits: Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Duration:03:10:58

Another Kino Distance: Our Film Discussion Podcast - Arzner, Auteur (Part II)

2/20/2019
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In the second half of our Dorothy Arzner marathon, we cover the remaining entries in the recent TIFF retrospective (Christopher Strong, Merrily We Go To Hell, and Dance, Girl, Dance), along with a pair of items we scrounged up on our own (Nana and Craig’s Wife). Dance, Girl, Dance is justifiably considered the director’s summative work, gathering all of Arzner’s countervailing preoccupations and themes into its sui generis structure like a bull in the narrative shop. The other four films...

Duration:02:48:40

Another Kino Distance: Our Film Discussion Podcast - Arzner, Auteur (Part I)

2/16/2019
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Inspired by TIFF Lightbox's Winter 2019 Dorothy Arzner retrospective, Elise and Dave dive into a lengthy discussion of this absurdly neglected auteur's career and context. On leg one of the journey, we examine WORKING GIRLS (1931), THE WILD PARTY (1929) and THE BRIDE WORE RED (1937), zeroing in on the director's penchant for dichotomously paired protagonists (Judith Wood/Dorothy Hall; Clara Bow/Shirley O'Hara; Joan Crawford/Joan Crawford - with MVP kibitzing from Mary Phillips), her...

Duration:02:09:15

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