Episode 21: Rope

In this episode, we discuss Rope, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 psychological crime thriller, based on the play Rope’s End by Patrick Hamilton, which was in turn loosely based on the Leopold and Loeb thrill killing of 1924.  We talk about the gimmicks and technology that went into making rope, the elephant in the room that the screenwriter wanted you to see but the studio didn’t and give some historical context for the events in the film.  Megan gets to barf forth true crime factoids because in addition to movies SHE LOVES THAT STUFF.

EARLY WARNING: Rope

Next week, we’re taking a look at Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 adaptation of the stage play of the same name, Rope!  Loosely based on actual factual thrill killers Leopold and Loeb, we talk about Hitch’s long take techniques in making a “seamlessly” edited movie, IT – the elephant in the room the studio didn’t want you to notice but the screenwriter did, and why this is one of Megan’s favorite Hitchcock films, even though most people have never heard of it.

Episode 20B – Tommy (Part Two of Two)

In the conclusion of our two-part episode, we discuss Tommy, the Who’s 1975 rock opera directed by Ken Russell!  Based on the album of the same name, we take a look at the music behind the film, the people involved with making it happen and then delve into the nuts and bolts of the actual story.  There was so much to discuss, we ended up with an episode twice our normal length.  So here’s the second part of our discussion!

Episode 20A – Tommy (Part One of Two)

In this two-part episode, we discuss Tommy, the Who’s 1975 rock opera directed by Ken Russell!  Based on the album of the same name, we take a look at the music behind the film, the people involved with making it happen and then delve into the nuts and bolts of the actual story.  There was so much to discuss, we ended up with an episode twice our normal length.  So here’s the first part of our discussion!

Episode 19: Revenge of the Ninja

In this episode, we take a look at Revenge of the Ninja, a 1983 ninja action film from the infamous Cannon Group, starring Sho Kosugi!  The movie has ever ninja thing that has ever ninja’d, plus a dubious drug running subplot, a child beating up adults (sometimes with nunchucks) and Salt Lake City’s most amazing playground fight.

Episode 18: Lady of Burlesque

In this episode, we watched the 1943 film, Lady of Burlesque, starring Barbara Stanwyck, based on “The G-String Murders” by Gypsy Rose Lee!  Megan talks about burlesque, we learn the secrets of the Gazeeka Box and Eric takes us through the ins and outs.  And there are absolutely NO AIR RIGHTS.