Friday, June 21, 2024

Episode #182: Knives Out – Consolation Rewatch


This week, we’re discussing one in all our all-time favourite consolation watch films for decor and residential inspiration. That is an ongoing sequence for us, and this week’s choice is Knives Out!

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Present Notes:

Harlan’s Mansion:

  • It’s a brick mansion with a number of inexperienced detailing.
  • It has loads of customized stained glass.
  • The home is stuffed with props and antiques.
  • There’s a hidden window.
  • It’s slightly bit gothic and spooky.
  • There’s a chair with prop knives throughout it.

Favourite Wardrobe Piece:

  • The sweater Ransom is carrying on the restaurant with Marta

Different Cozy Inspiration:

  • Classic video games
  • Ransom’s mid-century home

We point out Emma’s weblog submit: 5 Methods to Make Invisible Ink

Charge the Film from 0 to five Prop Knives: 

Emma – 10 out of 5 – Favourite film of all time!

Elsie – 10 out of 5 – It’s the most effective film!

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Episode 182 Transcript:

Elsie: You’re listening to the A Stunning Mess Podcast, your cozy consolation hear. This week we’re discussing one in all our all-time favourite consolation films for decor and residential inspiration. That is an ongoing sequence for us, and this week’s choice is Knives Out written and directed by Ryan Johnson. Hell sure. I’m so excited.

Emma: It’s one in all my favourite films of all time. Truly, I feel it’s my favourite film. 

Elsie: Yeah, I feel it’s my favourite film of all time, particularly since I watched it yesterday and now I’m like all seven out about it. It’s the whole lot to me. Okay, so are you able to describe the film to those that haven’t watched it earlier than?

Emma: Yeah, so it’s a homicide thriller they usually do a enjoyable factor the place you see the homicide at first or manslaughter or suicide, you kind of must uncover that. After which all through the film, you understand that there’s much more to it, and that’s kind of the thriller that you just’re uncovering. So it’s a couple of rich crime novelist named Harlan, and he’s invited his prolonged household. So all his youngsters, their family members, their wives, their husbands, their youngsters for a giant party, and his mother can also be there. Who appears to be a lot, a lot older than him, she’s slightly previous woman in a chair who by no means actually speaks. They’re all gathered for this large birthday dinner collectively and all through the evening you see that he has slightly, not likely fights, however like they every have a motive for homicide, principally. And so they’re having some form of tiff with Harlan. So he additionally has a younger woman who works for him as a nurse, I suppose, you’ll say, so she helps give him his remedy and various things like that, and she or he’s with him when he dies. It looks like he’s overdosing on a drug that she’s given him, after which he kills himself. I suppose, in order that she wouldn’t get in bother, that’s the thought. The detective who exhibits up doesn’t know who’s employed him, so he’s kind of determining two mysteries in a means. And he additionally has probably the most hilarious accent of all time, and he simply has loads of bizarre colloquialisms. 

Elsie: There’s a pretend American accent from films that’s like Kentucky Fried Hen accent or no matter. 

Emma: Sure, it’s very foghorn, leg horn. I do declare form of factor. 

Elsie: It’s very enjoyable. I’ve by no means heard of an actual one that had that accent. However I really like that it’s a trope or no matter. 

Emma: Yeah, they do loads of that as a result of the principle character who dies is a criminal offense novelist. So I feel they’re form of making an attempt to present us just like the traditional detective and his complete home is embellished and we’re gonna discuss his home quite a bit, however his complete home is embellished with issues from his books. So there’s loads of homicide weapons round seemingly as a result of he’s a criminal offense novelist.

Elsie: Sure. It’s magical. From the very opening scenes of the film, they’re displaying the home. They present the home like loopy, it’s not like that in each film. There are such a lot of films with nice homes that you just form of barely see. You actually get to see a number of angles, a number of photographs. A big a part of the film is filmed in the home, in order that’s actually enjoyable for us to geek out on. Let’s get into the decor inspiration.

Emma: Wait, I wanna know your reminiscences from if you first noticed this film. Do you keep in mind the primary time? Did you see it in theaters? 

Elsie: I didn’t, I noticed this film for the primary time at first of Covid in our home, so it wasn’t actually that way back, and I keep in mind instantly, clearly I felt obsessive about it. I actually like previous films and it actually captures the spirit of previous films, like Clue. Lots of people would say it’s impressed by Clue. I watched The Clue from the seventies just lately additionally, and I’ll say, it’s not even near this entertaining, however they’re each actually entertaining it. It form of outdoes its personal class. It’s only a shining star, it’s an A plus. After which on high of all of it, it gave me the home inspiration of a lifetime as a result of actually I feel from this film I found part of myself as a result of I used to be nonetheless in my mid-century period and I began to comprehend, I feel I’m in love with darkish wooden and carved wooden and massive curtains and rugs and similar to antiques. I didn’t know that was a mode that I’d personally like for my own residence on the time after I first watched this film. So it’s form of life-changing. 

Emma: Yeah, these set designers, we bow down as a result of they love the entire units on this film a lot however Harlan’s Home specifically. I didn’t watch it an excessive amount of earlier than you then, as a result of it truly got here out in November, or December of 2019. So it hadn’t been out tremendous lengthy earlier than 2020, it was the very finish of the yr of 2019. I noticed it in theaters and I keep in mind when it was over I simply had the sensation of, I may watch that complete film once more and that’s fairly uncommon for me. That’s occurred three or 4 occasions in my complete life. So I knew it was simply a kind of films that I cherished that I’d watch once more proper now. In the event that they had been gonna play it once more and I used to be allowed to remain on this theater. I used to be thrilled about discovering out the thriller. I additionally simply cherished watching the whole lot and the second that the detective comes on along with his loopy accent, I used to be like, what are we doing, and by the tip of the film, I used to be like, I really like him. I wanna see an entire sequence the place he does homicide mysteries. I really want to see extra. I must know the place he got here from. I wanted the whole lot about this film I really like. 

Elsie: 10 out of 10. Okay, so let’s begin breaking down the decor inspiration. There’s a lot, so it’s cherished, hated, sturdy reactions, something you might have. Let’s begin with the mansion. So Harlan Thrombi’s mansion, it’s form of like each of our dream homes in our particular neighborhood in Missouri. There’s this one home that form of resembles it.

Emma: I name it the knives outhouse. 

Elsie: Yeah. It’s form of elusive as a result of you’ll be able to’t actually get an excellent take a look at it from the road. And there are not any photos on Zillow, consider me, we’ve tried. Anyway, it’s only a kind of home, it’s a brick mansion. Simply Google Knives Out home if you happen to haven’t seen it in order that you recognize what we’re speaking about. As we undergo this, however yeah, beginning with the outside, it’s similar to a shocking, beautiful, however very bizarre and creepy mansion cuz it’s like a brick mansion however with a number of inexperienced detailing and I feel a inexperienced roof. I want to take a look at it. 

Emma: I really feel prefer it has a inexperienced roof, but in addition I do know the home that I name the knives outhouse has a inexperienced roof so I’m like, have I simply put these homes collectively? A lot on my thoughts. It additionally sits on, I don’t understand how large the land is, but it surely sits on a chunk of land. They do a couple of drone photographs of this home within the film, and it simply seems like in some methods a tiny fortress however not. Not like an precise fortress. It’s only a very large dwelling and appears slightly bit gothic. Slightly bit spooky. It’s pretty. 

Elsie: Okay, confirming that it has a daily shingled roof and we had been unsuitable, but it surely has loads of inexperienced on the detailing. Anyway, it’s spectacular, it’s a spooky mansion, a dream come true. So a few of my favourite issues about it, it has loads of customized stained glass. Not in only one place in the home, simply form of all over the place you look it’s tons and plenty of stained glass. So that’s actually magical. After which in each room, it appears to be that the whole lot is both an vintage or a prop. You’d think about it’s from a few of his films as a result of he’s a well-known author and he would have a lot of his novels made into films. There are simply a number of relics in the home. There’s this chair with prop knives throughout it. There’s a big dollhouse, I’ll by no means, ever, ever be capable of forgive that it doesn’t present the within of the dollhouse. And I’m like mad about it until I die. I wanna see that dollhouse. After which, simply so many rooms with candles and sconces and each little gothic element that you may probably think about. 

Emma: Yeah. It’s additionally a home that simply has tons of rugs and tons of wallpaper. So many books, books, books, books all over the place.

Elsie: There’s a two-story library. 

Emma: Yeah. After which tons and plenty of framed pictures and paintings. And so they do the factor the place the matting is form of totally different. It’s not like a wall the place it’s like, plain black frames with excellent matting and it’s very eclectic. The set designers did such an incredible job as a result of it does really feel like a home that somebody has lived in for many years and many years. It looks like a home the place somebody has collected so many issues and cherished so many issues. And so they defined all through the film that lots of the issues are props he’s had created from his books or no matter, or simply issues he purchased from Spirit Halloween and made seem like his ebook or no matter. He’s only a collector of issues, he’s a really dramatic older man as a result of he likes to jot down dramatic homicide mysteries. And there’s not any explicit wallpaper in the home that I’m like, that one wallpaper, I would like that in my home, or that one statute. Simply the entire thing simply looks like I’d like to stroll round this home. I’d love to take a look at the whole lot. I may in all probability spend hours strolling round this individual’s home and taking a look at all their little collected issues. In some methods, it jogs my memory of our grandmother, our late grandmother, Karina as a result of she was fairly the collector of issues. She even had these spooky masks that she had hung up above the bunk beds after we had been youngsters. Now that I’m serious about it, and that’s actually bizarre. That was truly actually spooky now that I’m serious about it. However they had been cool. They had been similar to, 

Elsie: We appreciated taking part in with them. 

Emma: We appreciated taking part in with them, yeah, we appreciated it they usually had been bizarre and in some methods it made me really feel that it was only a one that may respect a number of totally different kinds.

Elsie: Let me say one factor about our grandma so everybody will perceive. She had a taxidermy blowfish, blown up with spikes throughout it and it was one in all my favourite issues to play with. You may maintain a blown-up blowfish. 

Emma: There was additionally a piranha and you might see its enamel, and it was dried out. It was the stuffed piranha. We’d play with that on a regular basis. Why she had this piranha, I don’t know. 

Elsie: It’s the whole lot although, for positive. By these two issues, you will get an image. I feel what I aspire to about the home is the extent of element. To have a home that’s considerate of reminiscences and relics and particulars which have some form of story or that means simply to the proprietor is probably the most particular factor on the earth. I can’t think about something higher. 

Emma: One in every of my favourite little spots in the home is his research, which is the room the place he dies early within the movie and it has this built-in arch that appears to have all paintings and books throughout it. 

Elsie: Form of like a rounded ceiling. It’s a really unique-shaped room, and if you happen to’ve ever tried to construct a room like I’m doing proper now in an attic, you perceive that it’s crucial factor that it’s a must to do is be very inventive with angles. Yeah, they made one thing within the tippy high of the home that optimized the house. I really like that room and I additionally love the hallway that has a trick window. And so they say at one level within the film, one of many detectives, that is one in all my favourite characters, is there’s a detective that’s a mega fan who’s learn all of the books. And thru the entire film, his operate is just about simply calling out issues which might be from books, which I really like and it was very good. Anyway, he says, that’s the trick window and he says what ebook it’s from, from some well-known novel and I simply thought that was superb. And it’s additionally used within the film as part of the thriller. So yeah, hidden doorways, I’ve a factor, an affinity for hidden something. 

Emma: Hidden home windows, hidden doorways. For those who don’t like that, get outta right here. I additionally suppose whoever did the sound modifying or, I don’t know what their title could be, however there are such a lot of little creeks and it looks like an previous home as a result of it appears like an previous home. There’s one explicit scene the place the creeks wake one other character up and so she’s giving an alibi for sure folks cuz she was awake cuz she heard all of the creeks within the flooring. However even all through the film, they do such an amazing job. You possibly can’t odor a film however apart from that, the whole lot about it to me is like that is an previous home. That is somebody’s actual previous home that they’ve lovingly curated with spooky stuff for years and years and years. 

Elsie: Sure, it’s unimaginable. And one last item I wanna point out is if you’re watching the film, simply take note of the rugs as a result of his rug assortment is a ten and people sorts of rugs, you’ll be able to actually purchase them on Etsy for a pair hundred {dollars}. It’s not an unattainable factor they usually’re so lovely and so inspiring. So I’m like filling my Etsy cart proper now. It’s so cool. After which, we wished to say, there’s additionally an exquisite restaurant the place Ransom and Marta eat lunch. And it’s very lovely. It’s very cozy. If it had been a restaurant in my city, I’d go there each week in all probability. It’s beautiful. 

Emma: What they serve her is like this very rye bread, it’s very brown bread. I’m assuming it’s rye, I don’t actually know. And it’s like arising the edges of a bowl after which a bunch of beans within the center, and that’s the meal they serve. It’s one thing about this restaurant and the meal and simply the whole lot. It may additionally be the sweater that Chris Evan’s character Ransom’s carrying. It’s a cable knit cozy, it looks like Norway or Sweden or one thing. One thing about it simply feels slightly bit worldwide to me, in such a comfortable, completely happy, chilly means. A chilly place is what I imply. 

Elsie: I’m glad you talked about it as a result of that sweater is my favourite piece of wardrobe from the film. It’s what everybody needs from a false sweater. Now, if you all watch the film, you’ll see it too. It’s like the proper fall sweater.

Emma: It seems like it’s a nice quantity of itchy, you’ll be able to’t put on it on a heat day. It’s gonna be too thick, but it surely’s the coziest factor on the proper day.

Elsie: Sure. Okay, so different cozy inspiration, there are such a lot of issues. I really feel like this can be a film to look at if you happen to’re about to go vintage buying or if you happen to’re ever about to for a giant vintage hunt, positively watch this film first. However I wanna get some classic video games now as a result of there’s a scene with that the place they’re taking part in a sport collectively and it’s so candy and it’s simply the whole lot, I really like how the whole lot in the home seems previous as a result of one in all my issues, that is positively one in all my poisonous traits. After we watch television I’ll be like, that cup is from Creighton Barrel, that’s not what a billionaire would have. I simply know issues about homes and name them out. However this set is so genuine, each single factor seems like an vintage. I can’t spot a single factor in it that I consider is from Amazon. Which is so cool. 

Emma: The one factor, and I feel this makes it good, is there’s this espresso mug. The servants deliver his breakfast within the morning and that’s when she discovers his physique and the mug says one thing like my home, my guidelines after which on the very finish of the film when Marta is taking on and her character has risen as not the assassin, and it wasn’t her fault, she’s holding that mug, watching the household go away from the home and that mug once more says, my home, my guidelines. However it doesn’t seem like an previous mug. It does seem like one thing newer, but it surely’s very poignant why they’ve included this mug, feeds into the story since you see the mantle has been handed actually as a result of this mug has been given from Harlan to Marta.

Elsie: I find it irresistible. Oh my gosh, I’m so excessive off this film. I really feel like I’m being form of annoying. 

Emma: We in all probability are. I’m not sorry. 

Elsie: Another cozy inspiration you’ll be able to consider? 

Emma: I used to be simply gonna say, I do love Ranson’s home. They don’t present it a ton, but it surely’s this boxy, modern-looking home, but it surely doesn’t look essentially model new. It seems prefer it was trendy. 

Elsie: It’s a mid-century home for positive. It’s beautiful, but it surely’s very misplaced it matches his character very well. Mm-hmm. 

Emma: Yeah, as a result of he’s the entire household’s form of odd. It’s not like they’re all the identical apart from this one, and he’s the black sheep. It’s like, effectively, I don’t know if I’d even say that, however. It form of exhibits the distinction between him and Harlan. As a result of in some methods I feel they’re so comparable and even Harlan says that they’re very comparable folks, however there are these form of main variations, form of like what’s of their coronary heart. And I feel they’re displaying that by way of structure slightly bit in a means as a result of this can be a very totally different fashion of dwelling. And it actually seems form of like a bond villain too. I dunno if villains are all the time in these trendy homes like they don’t care in regards to the world.

Elsie: That’s true. Yeah. Like why is that? That’s humorous. 

Emma: They’re sterile, they’re not heat and comfy. I don’t know. 

Elsie: Too many home windows. One thing suspicious about that. 

Emma: Very suspicious. 

Elsie: The very last thing I wished to say is there’s this scene within the film, it’s from the get together the place they’re all sitting in the lounge and the hearth goes. There are candle sconces and there’s a lamp lit, but it surely’s very darkish. And that was in all probability my final, I wanna be in that room. I wish to stay in that home kind of second. 

Emma: They’re all like magic birthday cake too, cuz it’s at his household dinner. In order that they’re simply consuming birthday cake round this fireplace and speaking, I take into consideration politics like households have you learnt? And combating slightly bit and it simply felt magical. 

Elsie: Additionally, there’s an element within the film the place he does invisible ink for his daughter and she or he reveals the ink by holding a cigarette lighter behind the letter and kind of like warming it up, not burning it, however warming it up and I really like that half a lot. His character is like dwelling all of his little thriller issues, which makes me so completely happy. 

Emma: And she or he performed a number of video games along with her father and it was clear that she knew instantly like, oh, this can be invisible ink. And I’ll learn what my dad cherished me and is simply actually candy to consider that form of relationship that’s kind of like playful and eccentric and I don’t know, significant. And he’s handed, he dies early on within the film and so it’s very particular. Additionally simply mentioning this for funsies, I just lately did a submit on childhood magic that’s 5 methods to do invisible ink. And three of them it’s a must to warmth up the paper beneath, similar to she does within the film. And I used to be serious about her after I was photographing it. I feel I made slightly video for it too, so you’ll be able to see the way it reveals the message, but it surely’s enjoyable.

Elsie: Unimaginable. That’s tremendous cool. I find it irresistible. Okay, so trivia time. Ought to we travel and skim some trivia? 

Emma: Yeah, let’s do it. 

Elsie: A number of artworks and window designs within the mansion function the Motif Memento Mori depicting scenes of on a regular basis life populated by skeletons or skulls. The motif, which roughly interprets to recollect, you’re mortal in well-liked and Victorian occasions and used to remind people that demise comes for all folks, whether or not wealthy or poor. I find it irresistible. I’m screaming. I find it irresistible a lot. I wanna make a stained glass window that claims that. That’s so cool.

Emma: Yeah. And the film is a kind of sorts of themes, I suppose it’s a little about class and wealth. He has loads of fights along with his household about cash. There are loads of fights about cash. And so wealth and wealth inside a household positively is a theme. One other piece of trivia, the director Ryan Johnson, stored strict management over how a lot every actor knew in regards to the script to verify these taking part in characters at nighttime had been as confused because the folks they had been portraying, which I feel would make it a lot simpler as an actor. For those who didn’t know who the assassin was, that might make your job simpler now since you don’t must even act. You actually don’t know. That may be enjoyable. 

Elsie: That is my favourite one. The portraits of Holland modified to replicate the state of affairs, culminating on the finish with a satisfying smile. I used to be screaming after I first learn this as a result of I by no means observed that earlier than. However they confirmed the portraits shut up so many occasions. It makes a lot sense, however I by no means observed it. I’m so completely happy. 

Emma: I positively noticed the portraits of him and I used to be like, how cool to have portraits of your self up in your house? I wanna try this. And I by no means even observed that they’re altering all through the film to inform us what chapter we’re at, which could be very cool.

Elsie: It’s magical. Oh, I find it irresistible. That’s so cool. 

Emma: Regardless of taking part in his mom within the movie, Kay Kellen, I feel that is likely to be the way you say her identify is six years and 27 days youthful than Christopher Plumer, who performs her son. That is kinda like Golden Women. The golden lady who is meant to be the oldest was truly I feel the youngest actress out of the group. Have you ever ever heard that? Anyway, that’s actually humorous as a result of they actually do go outta their technique to make her appear very previous within the film, very feeble. She’s all the time in form of a cloak and all the time sitting down and she or he has these enormous glasses and she or he barely talks. So it truly form of shocked me as a result of I really feel such as you couldn’t even inform how previous she is. They’re making an attempt to make her seem to be she’s 100 years previous.

Elsie: Effectively, to have an 85-year-old whose mom is at his party, I feel is fairly uncommon. And she or he could be 100 years previous, proper?

Emma: Yeah, I suppose so. 

Elsie: Greater than that in all probability. So it’s fairly superb. I assumed it was, I assumed that was a enjoyable reality too. I wouldn’t have observed actually, but it surely’s positively humorous. Okay, based on Ryan Johnson, whereas making the movie, he found that Apple has a rule of not permitting villains to make use of iPhones on digital camera, presumably speaking about Jacob’s telephone in movies the place the stated product seems. Out of concern that doing so would damage the model’s picture of their product. In order that they’ve apparently made this rule that extends to any film involving their product. That may be annoying. I’ve to say, that might be annoying as a result of if you happen to’re going to make a contemporary film, you form of must put iPhones in it. I all the time discover once they put the prop telephones. I simply suppose it’s extra pure to place iPhones in trendy films. But when in a homicide thriller like this the place any character might be the villain they usually all form of seem to be a villain in some unspecified time in the future, that’s slightly complicated. I don’t know what the rule means for a film like that. 

Emma: I additionally suppose a few of my favourite characters are villains, so I’d like iPhones extra as a result of the villain’s utilizing them. 

Elsie: That’s true. Yeah. I feel we should always do villain costumes after we’re doing our Halloween movies this yr. 

Emma: So now we’re gonna get to charge the film. Possibly we should always do 10 out of 5 prop knives is what I’m gonna give it. It’s superb. Probably the most superb film, my favourite film of all time. 

Elsie: 10 out of 5, I agree. It’s the most effective film. And I’ll say some folks have messaged me about like, what do you consider Glass Onion in comparison with, and I simply suppose, don’t evaluate them as a result of Glass Onion is a extremely enjoyable film. It’s kind of like half two of Knives Out. You need to positively watch it if you happen to loved Knives Out and if you happen to take pleasure in mysteries, it’s tremendous enjoyable, but it surely’s not on this home, and a giant a part of what we like in regards to the film is the home and the aesthetic. So it has a unique aesthetic for positive. It doesn’t have what this film has the place I’d rewatch it 50 occasions, but it surely’s 100% simply nearly as good of a narrative.

Emma: Yeah, it has the identical detective. The detective is similar character. However yeah, apart from that, it’s only a very totally different homicide thriller. And I assumed it was a blast, but it surely’s not this. I don’t actually see why it’s a must to evaluate. I wasn’t anticipating a Knives Out two. I used to be simply anticipating one other homicide thriller, and I feel it actually delivered on that personally.

Elsie: Sure, I agree. It was very enjoyable. I appreciated it. However yeah, I don’t suppose we might in all probability do it on the podcast, simply because it’s not an aesthetic film and loads of what we discuss right here is the homes. It’s cool in a foul means, but it surely’s not cool in a great way. 

Emma: Yeah, I don’t know the factor that’s inspiring us, like this Harlan’s home. Harlan’s home is the whole lot. 

Elsie: Sure. Okay, so now’s time for our particular section a joke or a reality with Nova. Right here’s Nova, Nova this week do you might have a joke for us or a reality? 

Nova: Reality. 

Elsie: A reality. Okay, go forward. 

Nova: At the moment’s reality is, do you know that pickles had been product of cucumbers? 

Elsie: Oh, actually? How’d you study that? 

Nova: I discovered it in school, as a result of I’ve a instructor, Ms. Thompson, and she or he loves studying about just like the previous and like issues that world. 

Elsie: Good. Thanks for sharing. 

Nova: Bye everybody. 

Elsie: Have an excellent week. We hope you loved this episode. Please proceed to ship us your request anytime. We love listening to what films you need us to do on our rewatch episodes, and we’ll take into account just about something so long as it’s inspiring. E mail us at Subsequent week we’re going to do our summer season bucket checklist episodes, so we’ll see you subsequent week.


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