We’ve officially begun our two-part “Man, Isn’t Plastic Surgery Scary?” series. Plastic surgeons were the worst surgeons, according to filmmakers in the early sixties and “Circus of Horrors” is a prime example of that sentiment. It’s lucky it’s such a great movie!
Who’s ready for some Akira Kurosawa!? NOT US! Ollie and I sit and chat about “Throne of Blood” a movie that liberally adapted from “MacBeth” but that goes its own way. I liked it a lot. Ollie . . . had thoughts. It’s pretty rad and pretty sad and everyone acts pretty bad. But, it’s a classic!
This week, we’re back with more Preston Sturges! Only, instead of taking a hard look at America and wealth and art, we’re taking a hard look at trying-to-kill-your-wife! Yes, it’s 1948’s “Unfaithfully Yours” where Rex Harrison really overreacts to a couple of lines in a detective’s report and plots to kill his maybe-not-actually-cheating wife and then hilarity ensues.
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!
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!”
“Gooble Gobble!” everyone! This week, Ollie and I learn to not make fun of differently abled people, because you could end up . . . different yourself? It’s Tod Browning’s “Freaks” from 1932 and is it ever a trip! Like a good trip. It’s good.
We’re alive! This week, Ollie and I tackle one of the classics of monster movie history: James Whale’s “Frankenstein!” Why do we need to know the monster has an evil brain? Why would you send Fritz to do anything? Can you forgive a child killer? What’s the point of Victor? Find out!