For the holiday season, Unseen Footage has decided to tackle a comedy classic and its recently-released sequel! That's right, David and Claire talk about the iconic 90s comedy Dumb and Dumber, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as the idiotic Lloyd and Harry trying to return a briefcase to Mary Swanson, the girl of Lloyd's dreams. They discuss Daniels' placement in the movie, the awkward characterization of almost everyone in the movie, and the bits that are still the best. In part 2 (or To) the duo discuss the sequel that's quite obviously twenty years too late. This time, it's Harry's adventure, to meet his daughter he didn't know about, and who soon becomes the girl of Lloyd's dreams. They discuss the forced comedy, the shift of the audience's tastes in characters and comedy, and try their best to redeem this difficult sequel. Included: a spoiler alert for the first episode of January! Also, NOTE to the listeners: there's a bit of volume level discrepancy between part 1 (a bit low) and 2, so just be aware! Thanks!
Happy Halloween! To celebrate, Claire and David retread some familiar ground with director Tim Burton, and his other movie with Michael Keaton: 1988's BEETLEJUICE! What follows is a discussion of the film's overall flaws and shortcomings. Claire wants to give the whole movie an extreme makeover, but David argues for the approach taken, warning about worse things that could have happened, both lighter and darker. Does the movie work on its own, or is it just full of good ideas? Who exactly are we supposed to root for in the proceedings? And find out what Claire would do given eternity in this month's Unseen Footage!
With the summer over, it's nice to look back with fondness by revisiting a summer blockbuster: 1991's Point Break, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. An unexpected hit when it first arrived in theaters, the movie combines action sequences with existential conversation, buddy cop detective work with surfer culture. It's action and bromance, with a 90s flair. Join Claire and David as they discuss audiences sympathizing with unsympathetic characters, merits of action movies, and just how coherent is this movie, really? We also have a spoiler alert for our October movie, so get ready for that!
Claire and David head into the Labyrinth for one incredibly puppet-laden and frustrating journey. Well, for Claire anyway. It's a rather fitting end to the summer here, with Claire and David discussing exactly what this movie was trying to accomplish, the implications of Jareth and Sarah's relationship, and does the spectacle of the puppetry make up for the lack of character depth, plot clarity, and lack of stakes? David says, "Probably!" Claire says, "Probably not."
It's the summer edition, and the third episode of Unseen Footage! This month, David and Claire take on the successful girl comedy that is Clueless. They delve into opinions both on comedic standpoints and gender standpoints. They talk about the dialogue and the character depth. They wax nostalgic on maps. We've also added a spoiler at the end for next month's movie! Enjoy!
Episode 2 of Unseen Footage! Claire's seen the Nolan trilogy of Batman films, but not the 1989 Burton classic that started the entire comic book movie movement. We discuss this Batman, both of our larger theories on Bruce Wayne as a character, Joker as a villain, Kim Basinger's Vicki Vale as a powerless female character, and just exactly who is Michael Keaton?
Our debut episode of Unseen Footage! Join us for our inaugural discussion of Hook, the story of adult Peter Pan battling an old man Captain Hook for custody of his kids! It's been 20 years in the making for Claire, who's lived comfortably outside this staple of pop culture throughout her life. Does the Boy Who Never Grew Up make a good father? Was it all a dream? What is the Anne Hathaway List of Hated Actresses? Find out in this month's episode!