Twittersode 001 – The General (1926)


Slotting in nicely bertween “Greed” and “Frankenstein” it’s Buster Keaton’s “The General!” It’s also only me talking about it! It’s also only 15-minutes long!

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032 – The Uninvited!


That a ghost! Ollie and I are back with the Ecstasy of Influence to talk about 1944’s “The Uninvited!” We’re also getting increasingly frustrated at movies about women in which the women the movie is about have no voice but are assumed to be bad and also maybe lesbians and also young women are given to older men. It’s a thing and we’re . . . kinda tired of it?

032 – I Walked With a Zombie!


Are you ready to WALK?


Well then let’s walk. With a zombie. Ollie and I are back with more Ecstasy of Influence and yet ANOTHER retelling of the Jane Eyre . . . myth? Is it a myth at this point? Because it sure seems like Hollywood was only telling one story and that story was Jane Eyre. Regardless, two things stand out about this one. 1) it’s quite good and B) every movie from here on in is about repressed homosexuality. That’s certainly the case with “I Walked With A Zombie!” ENJOY!

031 – Shadow Of A Doubt!

We’re back with our third (and final?) Hitchcock film (Ollie: Good) 1943’s “Shadow of a Doubt!” Even though we’ve actually enjoyed each and every one of Hitch’s films, we’re ready to move on, away from the theme of “naive young woman gets taken in by a seemingly malevolent older man.”

In “Shadow of a Doubt” a naive young woman gets taken in by a . . . well, you get it. This is a big turning point for Hitchcock, though, as he finally settles in to small-town America and really brings the humor and charm that will stand as a contrast to the darkness in his films. Ollie and I really liked this one a lot!

030 – Jane Eyre!

Orson Welles! John Houseman! Aldous Huxley! Joan Fontaine! Uncredited Elizabeth Taylor! It’s a cavalcade of disparate talents as Ollie and I watch Robert Stevenson’s “Jane Eyre” from 1943! This rounds out our “Funtaine!” trilogy and ends on a bang. What have we learned? Don’t date creepy guys with secrets. Seems like a good lesson, really.

029 – Suspicion!

The Hitch is BACK, BABY! We’ve got another Hitchcock film and it brings back our favorite Joan Fontaine! In “Rebecca” Fontaine played a mousy young woman, swept away by a charming, if sinister, good looking man into a world where she began to feel like her life might be on the line. In “Suspicion” . . . that . . . that kinda happens, too.

Ollie and I pick apart the plot, characters and poor Beaky’s unusual and easily avoidable death. It’s 1941’s “Suspicion!”

028 – Sullivan’s Travels

Ollie is NOT convinced that they will like “Sullivan’s Travels” BUT . . . well, maybe they do? It’s always hard to tell with teens.