This week’s episode will be delayed at least a day, sadly. I recently switched my Adobe software from CS4 (!) to CC, and I’m having to learn an entirely new audio mixing process. In the meantime, why not enjoy the trailer for the subject of episode 8?
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Jen invites author, artist, and asshole Mike Rosen on the show to discuss Jerry Lewis’s unfinished Holocaust, um, comedy-drama The Day the Clown Cried. Thanks to Flemish TV and Australo-German filmmaker Eric Friedler, enough footage from the notorious project has surfaced for us to discuss it. Shoutout to Friedler and the Library of Congress curator who were too important to talk to us.
CONTENT WARNING: Besides the usual immaturity, this episode covers a film whose plot involves rape and incest. Use caution!
Jen welcomes filmmaker and burger expert Yfke van Berckelaer to discuss one of about three Dutch horror films, The Johnsons! Yfke provides an excellent survey of the Dutch film industry (it’s not just Paul Verhoeven!) and gives some background on the making of the film, which is a bit of an undiscovered horror classic.
Yfke is a Dutch genre filmmaker who lives in Los Angeles and is obsessed with everything that sparkles and yes, that includes the 80s. She also writes about awesome things for the cult magazine Schokkend Nieuws, and you can follow her burger adventures at www.burgerists.com and @burgerists on Instagram and Twitter.
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!
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)
Produced by Laura Gregory
Written by Gary Scott Thompson
Music by: Francis Haines
Stephen W. Parsons
Cinematography: Clive Tickner
Edited by: Dan Rae
Production company: Muse Productions
Distributed by Astro Distribution
1 May 1992
The theme music for Have You Seen This? is “B005” by Monroeville Music Center.
What’s left to say about Ishtar? Even the title of the film has become synonymous with Hollywood failure. But is it fair to brand it a one-star fiasco? For the inaugural episode of Have You Seen This?, Jen and Tim dare to travel to Ishtar.
Jumping off from Peter Biskind’s recounting of the production, Jen and Tim discuss Elaine May’s directing style (and missteps), the performances of Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, and whether or not Ishtar is actually, you know, funny.