A warm welcome from your hosts, Jules and David, to Overlooked Pictures, where we review films in real time, as you watch, via the wonders of the internet, podcasts, and some listener ingenuity. It’s a bit like a director’s commentary, only the guys doing the commentary weren’t the directors of the film being watched.
A NON-DIRECTOR’S COMMENTARY?
WHAT MAKES YOU THINK ANYONE WOULD WANT THAT?
One of the limitations of written film commentary is that the film itself is absent, and therefore it’s possible for the critic to get away with (in our opinion) way too much. This way, you can see for yourself if we’re full of it, or on the money, or (as is often the case) both. Think of this as a way to identify some interesting films you, or people you know, may enjoy. Or as a way to get more out of films you already know.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY ‘OVERLOOKED’?
Either that a film seems to have been overlooked – even forgotten – in some sense, by somebody, or that some aspect of a well-known, even celebrated film may have been overlooked.
HOW DO I LISTEN TO YOU GUYS WHILE WATCHING A FILM ANYWAY?
After subscribing to the podcast feed via iTunes, downloading a specific commentary, and transferring it to your iWhatever, you should be able to play us alongside the film’s soundtrack via a speaker system that’s separate from your video playback. On a Mac or PC, you may be able to do that all within the same laptop or desktop. If you want the podcast to work with your huge cinema-like entertainment system you could try playing us via some clever mixing of sound sources, a separate boom-box, or even via loosely-fitted ear beads, so that you can still hear the film.
DO YOU REALISE HOW SILLY THIS IS?
Yes, but as Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.”
COME ON! I REALLY DON’T WANT TO WATCH THE MOVIE AGAIN AND MESS AROUND WITH ALL THAT GEAR AND TRY TO KEEP EVERYTHING IN SYNCH! CAN’T I JUST LISTEN TO THE PODCAST?