episode 005: The Wizard of Speed and Time (1989)

Jen welcomes special guest Paul Jay (Twitter: @pauljaycomic) for today’s episode, in which we discuss The Wizard of Speed and Time! We’re a little hard on filmmaker Mike Jittlov, perhaps unfairly— WoSaT producer Richard Kaye allegedly absconded with the film’s completion money, and Jittlov himself considers the project to be only 75% done.

Jittlov started as a math and language major at UCLA back in the 60s, but an animation elective awakened him to his true calling. His breathtaking, award-winning short films led to work at Disney, where he clashed with execs over his desire to be credited for his work. After The Wizard of Speed and Time’’s drawn-out production period, Jittlov worked on some major film projects (including Ghost, in which he was responsible for animating the dark spirits that drag Tony Goldwyn to hell). Later, he spent the 90s making the rounds of conventions and screening his only feature for his devoted fans. He still lives in the LA area, and if anyone knows what he’s up to lately, please drop us a line!

The Night Flight website has an excellent write-up about Jittlov and The Wizard of Speed and Time here.

Mike Jittlov’s personal website

Directed by Mike Jittlov
Produced by Richard Kaye
Written by Mike Jittlov

Starring:
Mike Jittlov
Paige Moore
Richard Kaye
Deven Chierighino
Steve Brodie
John Massari
Gary Schwartz
Frank LaLoggia
Philip Michael Thomas
Paulette Breen
Will Ryan
Stephen Stucker

Music by John Massari
Cinematography: Russell Carpenter
Edited by Mike Jittlov
Distributed by Shapiro-Glickenhaus Entertainment

Release dates:
September 22, 1989 (USA)

The theme music for Have You Seen This? is “B005” by Monroeville Music Center.

episode 004: Under the Cherry Moon (1986)

What better tribute to Prince for a movie podcast than to watch the man’s directorial debut? Jen and Darren also discuss the Dionysian, the epicene, and how much The English Patient sucks.

For the curious, here’s the art for The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak that caught our fancy:

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Under the Cherry Moon (1986)

Directed by Prince

Produced by:
Robert Cavallo
Joseph Ruffalo
Steven Fargnoli

Screenplay by Becky Johnston

Starring:
Prince
Jerome Benton
Steven Berkoff
Emmanuelle Sallet
Alexandra Stewart
Kristin Scott Thomas
Francesca Annis

Music by Prince and The Revolution

Cinematography: Michael Ballhaus

Edited by:
Éva Gárdos
Rebecca Ross

Distributed by Warner Bros.

Release date:
July 4, 1986

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The theme music for Have You Seen This? is “B005” by Monroeville Music Center.

episode 003: Harlequin, aka Dark Forces (1980)

For this episode, HYST welcomes its first guest! Darren Herczeg, CEO of DarrenCorp, is a filmmaker, performance artist, and gentleman of leisure. Watch his film Barbariana: Queen of the Savages here on YouTube.

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Harlequin (1980)
(aka Dark Forces)

Directed by Simon Wincer
Produced by Antony I. Ginnane
Written by Everett De Roche

Starring:
Robert Powell
David Hemmings
Carmen Duncan
Broderick Crawford
Gus Mercurio

Music by: Brian May

Cinematography by Gary Hansen

Edited by Adrian Carr

Production company:
Ace Productions
The Australian Film Commission
Caidin Film Co.
Farlight Investments
Western Australian Films

Distributed by Greater Union Organisation

Release date:
20 March 1980

The show’s theme is “B005” by Monroeville Music Center.

episode 002: Split Second (1992)

In this episode, Tim and Jen are unexpectedly charmed and delighted by sci-fi/horror/thriller/schlock/something-or-other Split Second! We discuss the wrong-headed marketing for the film and the delights of mini-guns and cigars shared by two dear male friends.

Split Second (1992)

Directed by:
Tony Maylam
Ian Sharp

Produced by Laura Gregory
Written by Gary Scott Thompson

Starring:
Rutger Hauer
Kim Cattrall
Neil Duncan

Music by: Francis Haines
Stephen W. Parsons

Cinematography: Clive Tickner

Edited by: Dan Rae

Production company: Muse Productions
Distributed by Astro Distribution

Release dates:
1 May 1992

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The theme music for Have You Seen This? is “B005” by Monroeville Music Center.