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:


Under the Cherry Moon (1986)

Directed by Prince

Produced by:
Robert Cavallo
Joseph Ruffalo
Steven Fargnoli

Screenplay by Becky Johnston

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

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.


Harlequin (1980)
(aka Dark Forces)

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

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

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

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

episode 001 – Ishtar

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.

Read Peter Biskind’s post mortem of Ishtar, excerpted from his biography of Warren Beatty.

Ishtar (1987)

Directed by Elaine May
Produced by Warren Beatty
Written by Elaine May

Dustin Hoffman
Warren Beatty
Isabelle Adjani
Charles Grodin
Jack Weston

Music by:
Dave Grusin
Paul Williams

Cinematography: Vittorio Storaro

Edited by:
Richard P. Cirincione
William H. Reynolds
Stephen A. Rotter

Production company: Delphi V Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
The theme music for Have You Seen This? is “B005” by Monroeville Music Center.