I Do Movies Badly hall-of-famer Gavin Mevius returns to bring some joy back to the world (or, at the very least, to the podcast) by recommending some comedies from Britain's Ealing Studios! Gavin fills us in on the studio that, though only active from 1947 - 1957, gave us Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers as well multiple comedies of manners that responded to World War II not with cynicism and film-noir, but with laughter. Sadly, he can only recommend three titles, so he goes with Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Man in the White Suit (1951), and - in the absence of streaming rights for Whisky Galore - The Ladykillers (1951).
October month wraps up with Opera, the best example of what makes up a Dario Argento film both for good and ill. But mainly ill. Jim's done with torturing and objectifying women, thanks very much.
Happy Halloween everybody! And please get out and vote on November 6th!
In order to appreciate Dario Argento, one must first fully appreciate the giallo genre. So, Jim sets out to do just that in this episode, analyizing what constitutes good giallo in order to understand what makes The Cat o' Nine Tails exemplary.
Somehow, Jim and James manage to get sidetracked before the discussion on Argento even begins, but the two eventually do get around to talking about the legendary giallo filmmaker. The two discuss what typifies giallo, how Argento stands apart from Italian compatriots Lucio Fulci and Mario Bava, and how - if at all - viscera for the sake of viscera can be considered art. Also there are tangets. Lots of tangents. And recommendations too!: The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971), Phenomena (1985), and Opera (1987). You read that right - no Suspiria.
Past Jim had 3 main complaints the last time he watched Crimson Peak: everything was too on-the-nose, the scares weren't scary, and the relationships didn't work. Current Jim is here to explain why those complaints are stupid and why Crimson Peak is excellent.
Perhaps we shouldn't say Guillermo del Toro makes "horror" films, but rather "terror" films. Don't get me wrong - there are plenty of things to be scared of in The Devil's Backbone, but "The One Who Sighs" isn't one of them. After all, what's so scary about ghosts when there's so many horrible things of which the living are capable?
In the first NEW I Do Movies Badly episode in over a year, Jim talks with Sean "Undercooked Ryan Gosling" Meehan to discuss the films of Guillermo del Toro. The boys discuss the relationship between DPs and directors, del Toro's childlike wonder and empathy for the Other, before disagreeing about if del Toro should finally adapt "At the Mountains of Madness" (he shouldn't) and, ultimately, getting to the recommendatons: The Devil's Backbone (2001), Crimson Peak (2015), and Cronos (1993).