28 episodes

The real-time, film commentary podcast about films (or film aspects) that may have been overlooked. This podcast is intended to be played alongside the film in question, as you watch.

Overlooked Pictures Jules & David

    • TV & Film
    • 3.7, 6 Ratings

The real-time, film commentary podcast about films (or film aspects) that may have been overlooked. This podcast is intended to be played alongside the film in question, as you watch.

    The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

    The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

    David: A black satire perhaps running overlong with other ideas. It presages a spate of dark, disillusioned and memorably bleak films from the following year 1969. What does this say about the realities of 1968? The swinging 60s was as dead as the Summer of Love and the young boomers came out of it a cynical lot. This telling of the famous doomed  British cavalry charge overviews the production of cannon fodder, from street  urchins to gold-buttoned mounties of imperial glory and, with one blunder from overconfident under-experienced aristocrats of bought rank, into the valley of death. A reminder that war is most famous for its disasters. A stellar 60s British cast is present, featuring what must be Trevor Howard’s greatest role.
    Jules: Is warfare a matter of duty, ambition, or efficient management? Tonal confusion meets tragicomedy in this anti-war epic.

    • 2 hr 9 min
    Spirits of the Dead - Toby Dammit (1968)

    Spirits of the Dead - Toby Dammit (1968)

    Jules & David commenteer on Frederico Fellini's contribution to the three-part Edgar Allen Poe adaptation from 1968.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Spirits of the Dead - William Wilson (1968)

    Spirits of the Dead - William Wilson (1968)

    Part Two of the Vadim-Malle-Fellini moral ménage à trois.
    David: Does the shadow have its own shadow? Does a remorseless psychopath have a suppressed or intermittent conscience, or none at all? What if they were one day confronted by one?
    Jules: One is accustomed to thinking of oneself as having a dark side; implying that one is essentially good. But what if one discovers that one is the shadow, repeatedly assailed by the light?

    • 42 min
    Spirits of the Dead - Metzengerstein (1968)

    Spirits of the Dead - Metzengerstein (1968)

    Part one of a 3-in-1 Poe anthology, baton passed between directors Vadim, Malle and Fellini.
    Jules: Are soulmates real, even if one or more of the parties behave soullessly? What is the price to save one's soul, once it it lost? Roger Vadim and his beautiful entourage seek answers beneath the surface of things.
    David: A tragic ghost myth? A seminal precursor to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not? Or both plus a costume rehearsal for the immediately subsequent intramarital collaboration by Vadim and Fonda, Barbarella.

    • 49 min
    Matriculated (2003)

    Matriculated (2003)

    Jules: Whether or not machines can, should, or will become self-aware are perennial debates in the field of artificial intelligence. They are perfectly capable of performing any number of tasks without it, and it's unclear how one might go about installing or eliciting it in a machine. Peter Chung of Aeon Flux fame engages in these questions by way of the interaction between human agents with a killer machine that has been trapped in a virtual world.

    • 45 min
    The Parallax View (1974)

    The Parallax View (1974)

    Jules: If politics is theatre, and the public are the audience, and the affairs of the day are the script, who are the writers, and where do the actors come from? Can the actors perceive the truth they are playing a role in a work they have mistaken to be their own lives? What if they should? 
    David: Considered part of Alan J. Pakula’s “paranoia trilogy”, along with Klute (1971) and All the President’s Men (1976), The Parallax View is a reporter cum detective story surveying the creation of homegrown chaos agents and fall guys of obscure origin, or what we refer to today as terrorists. This birthplace seems to be is a rabbit hole so deep and tortuous that exploring it, you might find yourself turning into the perp without even realising. Can the great conspiritocracy recruit even its enemies? Are we all in some way doomed to be recruited by a machine that no one is even driving?

    • 2 hr 20 min

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