036 – Great Expectations!



One of these days we’ll get back to spooky scary movies with monsters and ghouls, I promise! Until then, however, we’re looking at David Lean’s cinematic classic “Great Expectations” from 1946. Del Toro himself said that Lean’s Dickens adaptations “skate[d] the line between poetry and horror.”

It’s a beautiful film and really the only question I’m seriously left with. WHY IS PIP 40 YEARS OLD?


Twittersode 003 – La Chienne (1931)


This Twittersode, I look at “La Chienne” from 1931. It’s not fun, but it’s really really good.

Guillermo del Toro’s original Tweet is here.

035 – Dragonwyck!


Ollie and I are delighted to be covering “Dragonwyck” from 1946! IT’s got everything: creepy mansion, damsel in distress, brooding lord, mysterious ghosts – wait. Haven’t we done this one before? Nnnnnnnno? No. It’s “Dragonwyck!”

034 – La Belle et la Bête!


This week, Ollie and I cover the beautiful and ethereal “La Belle et la Bête” from 1946. Jean Cocteau’s fairy tale masterpiece has captivated audiences for generations. Will it captivate us? Yes. I’ll just go ahead and say that, yes, it does.

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!