Beyond Clueless Reviews

  • Jan 21, 2017

    2.0/5.0 stars Much darker than I was expecting.

    2.0/5.0 stars Much darker than I was expecting.

  • Dec 06, 2015

    A very alternative experience than I had anticipated. The soundtrack is a particular highlight.

    A very alternative experience than I had anticipated. The soundtrack is a particular highlight.

  • Oct 18, 2015

    OK but just seems to give abbreviated plot points and doesn't really give much in the way of insight or analysis

    OK but just seems to give abbreviated plot points and doesn't really give much in the way of insight or analysis

  • Spencer S Super Reviewer
    Sep 30, 2015

    Baby director Charlie Lyne is a mere twenty-four years young, but the guy has already found his footing in the world of film. A constant contributor to faire such as Buzzfeed, Vice, and The Guardian, Lyne understands the complexities and nuances of modern filmmaking as well as the nostalgia that we millennials crave. In his first full-length film Lyne tackles the teen genre of filmmaking, ranging from comedy, to horror, to drama, looking to the undercurrent that threads together all these films for the core teen audience. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/9/17/beyond-clueless

    Baby director Charlie Lyne is a mere twenty-four years young, but the guy has already found his footing in the world of film. A constant contributor to faire such as Buzzfeed, Vice, and The Guardian, Lyne understands the complexities and nuances of modern filmmaking as well as the nostalgia that we millennials crave. In his first full-length film Lyne tackles the teen genre of filmmaking, ranging from comedy, to horror, to drama, looking to the undercurrent that threads together all these films for the core teen audience. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/9/17/beyond-clueless

  • May 19, 2015

    good analysis of teen movies,also,an excellent look back to hollywood stars,back when they were young talented and beautiful,but mostly young.

    good analysis of teen movies,also,an excellent look back to hollywood stars,back when they were young talented and beautiful,but mostly young.

  • May 12, 2015

    Save yourself and find something else to watch. This "documentary", excuse me, "essay film", as director Charlie Lyne calls it, was so terrible that I feel it is my duty as a human being to warn others to avoid it at all costs. The director just stitched together 200 clips from movies somewhat related to adolescence and then pretended that simply describing the plot of each movie counts as deep analysis. The viewer is dragged through five insufferable chapters in which Lyne spends about 30 seconds on each film and then brusquely switches to another one without you even realizing it, so you're just confused most of the time. And the montages dotted throughout the film are just a jumble of random scenes weakly connected to each other and set to angsty music. It's like Lyne said, hey, I found a bunch of movies with scenes of people swimming in pools, so here's a five minute montage of that! And now here's a bunch of clips of people dancing around a fire! Ta-dah, film theory! Anytime Lyne does attempt any kind of actual analysis, it fails. He forces these deep analyses on movies that don't merit them. He also uses this ominous, horror movie-esque soundtrack throughout the film to add an in-your-face layer of angst to the whole thing. Most times it's laughable because it doesn't match the tone of what's actually happening in the clips, like in the "Euro Trip" section. I mean, it's "Euro Trip", not "28 Days Later", so chill. Also, please know what you're getting into. The description for this "essay film" should advertise that it's about horror/slasher teen flicks, because that's where the majority of clips in this film are from. If you don't like gore, don't watch this. There's little critical reason for including the bloody sequences from "Idle Hands", "Jeepers Creepers" or "Final Destination". There's also a desperate-to-be-subversive montage of violence that makes no sense in the context of the film and is just unnecessary and immature. The whole thing reeks of a desperate attempt by its director to be hip and angsty. But in his attempt to be deep, Lyne instead succeeds at making the movies he chose to include seem even more superficial and shallow. And to top it all off, the narration by Fairuza Balk is terrible. Her voice drones on and on, with this know-it-all, smug tone that matches the attitude Lyne probably had making this movie. She sounds like that pretentious self-proclaimed genius that sat in your Film Theory 101 class who thought that everything that came out of their mouth was just beyond the comprehension of mere mortals. This film just misses the mark in so many ways. I don't know how it was so popular in the festival circuit, but I really do hope this is not indicative of the future of film analysis. Because with this film, Charlie Lyne is just beyond clueless.

    Save yourself and find something else to watch. This "documentary", excuse me, "essay film", as director Charlie Lyne calls it, was so terrible that I feel it is my duty as a human being to warn others to avoid it at all costs. The director just stitched together 200 clips from movies somewhat related to adolescence and then pretended that simply describing the plot of each movie counts as deep analysis. The viewer is dragged through five insufferable chapters in which Lyne spends about 30 seconds on each film and then brusquely switches to another one without you even realizing it, so you're just confused most of the time. And the montages dotted throughout the film are just a jumble of random scenes weakly connected to each other and set to angsty music. It's like Lyne said, hey, I found a bunch of movies with scenes of people swimming in pools, so here's a five minute montage of that! And now here's a bunch of clips of people dancing around a fire! Ta-dah, film theory! Anytime Lyne does attempt any kind of actual analysis, it fails. He forces these deep analyses on movies that don't merit them. He also uses this ominous, horror movie-esque soundtrack throughout the film to add an in-your-face layer of angst to the whole thing. Most times it's laughable because it doesn't match the tone of what's actually happening in the clips, like in the "Euro Trip" section. I mean, it's "Euro Trip", not "28 Days Later", so chill. Also, please know what you're getting into. The description for this "essay film" should advertise that it's about horror/slasher teen flicks, because that's where the majority of clips in this film are from. If you don't like gore, don't watch this. There's little critical reason for including the bloody sequences from "Idle Hands", "Jeepers Creepers" or "Final Destination". There's also a desperate-to-be-subversive montage of violence that makes no sense in the context of the film and is just unnecessary and immature. The whole thing reeks of a desperate attempt by its director to be hip and angsty. But in his attempt to be deep, Lyne instead succeeds at making the movies he chose to include seem even more superficial and shallow. And to top it all off, the narration by Fairuza Balk is terrible. Her voice drones on and on, with this know-it-all, smug tone that matches the attitude Lyne probably had making this movie. She sounds like that pretentious self-proclaimed genius that sat in your Film Theory 101 class who thought that everything that came out of their mouth was just beyond the comprehension of mere mortals. This film just misses the mark in so many ways. I don't know how it was so popular in the festival circuit, but I really do hope this is not indicative of the future of film analysis. Because with this film, Charlie Lyne is just beyond clueless.

  • May 05, 2015

    With an off putting premise and an previously unseen style, Beyond Clueless is an unexpected delight. Lyne has the ability to present a series of clips brought together by a narration and yet provide the audience with a film that is somehow a collection of all the films studied as well as it's own story in itself. An extremely enjoyable debut that truly stands out as an original piece with a soundtrack that the films being studied could only dream of.

    With an off putting premise and an previously unseen style, Beyond Clueless is an unexpected delight. Lyne has the ability to present a series of clips brought together by a narration and yet provide the audience with a film that is somehow a collection of all the films studied as well as it's own story in itself. An extremely enjoyable debut that truly stands out as an original piece with a soundtrack that the films being studied could only dream of.

  • May 04, 2015

    A rather pointless visual essay looking at the mechanics of US high school life as seen in the spate of teen-angst films of the 90s. Fairuza Baulk narrates the film with a sleep inducing tone and the whole thing has little to say. It's just a bit of a nostalgia clip show really. You're time would be better spent just watching one of the many films showcased. Well maybe not Carrie 2. No-one needs to see that again.

    A rather pointless visual essay looking at the mechanics of US high school life as seen in the spate of teen-angst films of the 90s. Fairuza Baulk narrates the film with a sleep inducing tone and the whole thing has little to say. It's just a bit of a nostalgia clip show really. You're time would be better spent just watching one of the many films showcased. Well maybe not Carrie 2. No-one needs to see that again.

  • May 04, 2015

    A documentary about teen movies from Cluess to Mean Girls. Idle hands to The girl next door. Fairuza Balk narrates

    A documentary about teen movies from Cluess to Mean Girls. Idle hands to The girl next door. Fairuza Balk narrates

  • Apr 29, 2015

    Sous sa forme franchement brute, Beyond Clueless se trouve être une étude passionnante des teen movies et de ses codes, de ses thèmes et de sa profondeur insoupçonnées. En effet, écouter Fairuza Balk nous expliquer pourquoi Sex Trip n'est pas un film abruti mais une description d'un homosexuel refoulé est une expérience passionnane, même si parfois capillotractée. Mis en musique par Summer Camp, Beyond Clueless parvient à donner envie de revoir des films oubliés, sans jamais leur apposer de jugement de valeur ni de comparaison entre eux. C'est peut-être sa plus grande qualité.

    Sous sa forme franchement brute, Beyond Clueless se trouve être une étude passionnante des teen movies et de ses codes, de ses thèmes et de sa profondeur insoupçonnées. En effet, écouter Fairuza Balk nous expliquer pourquoi Sex Trip n'est pas un film abruti mais une description d'un homosexuel refoulé est une expérience passionnane, même si parfois capillotractée. Mis en musique par Summer Camp, Beyond Clueless parvient à donner envie de revoir des films oubliés, sans jamais leur apposer de jugement de valeur ni de comparaison entre eux. C'est peut-être sa plus grande qualité.