Episode #182: Knives Out – Consolation Rewatch

This week, we’re discussing considered one of 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 plenty of customized stained glass.
  • The home is crammed with props and antiques.
  • There’s a hidden window.
  • It’s a little bit bit gothic and spooky.
  • There’s a chair with prop knives throughout it.

Favourite Wardrobe Piece:

  • The sweater Ransom is sporting on the restaurant with Marta

Different Cozy Inspiration:

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

We point out Emma’s weblog publish: 5 Ways 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 one of the best film!

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Episode 182 Transcript:

Elsie: You’re listening to the A Stunning Mess Podcast, your cozy consolation pay attention. This week we’re discussing considered one of 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 considered one of 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 and so they do a enjoyable factor the place you see the homicide to start with or manslaughter or suicide, you type of need to uncover that. After which all through the film, you notice that there’s much more to it, and that’s type of the thriller that you simply’re uncovering. So it’s a couple of rich crime novelist named Harlan, and he’s invited his prolonged household. So all his children, their family members, their wives, their husbands, their youngsters for an enormous celebration, and his mother can also be there. Who appears to be a lot, a lot older than him, she’s a little bit outdated woman in a chair who by no means actually speaks. They’re all gathered for this huge birthday dinner collectively and all through the evening you see that he has a little bit, probably not fights, however like they every have a motive for homicide, principally. They usually’re having some type of tiff with Harlan. So he additionally has a younger woman who works for him as a nurse, I assume, 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 assume, in order that she wouldn’t get in hassle, that’s the concept. The detective who exhibits up doesn’t know who’s employed him, so he’s type of determining two mysteries in a manner. And he additionally has essentially the most hilarious accent of all time, and he simply has plenty of bizarre colloquialisms. 

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

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

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

Emma: Yeah, they do plenty of that as a result of the primary character who dies is a criminal offense novelist. So I feel they’re type of making an attempt to present us just like the basic detective and his entire home is embellished and we’re gonna discuss his home loads, however his entire home is embellished with issues from his books. So there’s plenty 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 simply type 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 while 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 initially 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 outdated films and it actually captures the spirit of outdated films, like Clue. Lots of people would say it’s impressed by Clue. I watched The Clue from the seventies not too long ago additionally, and I’ll say, it’s not even near this entertaining, however they’re each actually entertaining it. It type of outdoes its personal class. It’s only a shining star, it’s an A plus. After which on prime of all of it, it gave me the home inspiration of a lifetime as a result of really 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 appreciate, 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 type 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 particularly. I didn’t watch it an excessive amount of earlier than you then, as a result of it really 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 entire film once more and that’s fairly uncommon for me. That’s occurred three or 4 instances in my entire life. So I knew it was simply a kind of films that I beloved that I’d watch once more proper now. In the event that they have 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 beloved watching the whole lot and the second that the detective comes on together with his loopy accent, I used to be like, what are we doing, and by the top of the film, I used to be like, I like him. I wanna see an entire sequence the place he does homicide mysteries. I actually need to see extra. I must know the place he got here from. I wanted the whole lot about this film I like. 

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

Emma: I name it the knives outhouse. 

Elsie: Yeah. It’s type of elusive as a result of you possibly can’t actually get an excellent take a look at it from the road. And there are not any footage on Zillow, consider me, we’ve tried. Anyway, it’s only a sort of home, it’s a brick mansion. Simply Google Knives Out home for those who haven’t seen it in order that what we’re speaking about. As we undergo this, however yeah, beginning with the outside, it’s similar to a surprising, 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 would like to take a look at it. 

Emma: I really feel prefer it has a inexperienced roof, but additionally 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 know the way huge 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 citadel however not. Not like an precise citadel. It’s only a very huge house and appears a little bit bit gothic. A bit of bit spooky. It’s pretty. 

Elsie: Okay, confirming that it has an everyday shingled roof and we have been fallacious, but it surely has plenty 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 plenty of customized stained glass. Not in only one place in the home, simply type of in every single place you look it’s tons and many 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’ll 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 large dollhouse, I’ll by no means, ever, ever have the ability to 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 you can 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 in every single place.

Elsie: There’s a two-story library. 

Emma: Yeah. After which tons and many framed photographs and art work. They usually do the factor the place the matting is type 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 a long time. It looks like a home the place somebody has collected so many issues and beloved so many issues. They usually defined all through the film that most 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 appear like his guide 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 specific wallpaper in the home that I’m like, that one wallpaper, I need 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 most likely spend hours strolling round this individual’s home and 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 once we have been children. Now that I’m fascinated by it, and that’s actually bizarre. That was really actually spooky now that I’m fascinated by it. However they have been cool. They have been similar to, 

Elsie: We favored taking part in with them. 

Emma: We favored taking part in with them, yeah, we favored it and so they have been bizarre and in some methods it made me really feel that it was only a one who may admire a number of totally different types.

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 considered one of my favourite issues to play with. You could possibly maintain a blown-up blowfish. 

Emma: There was additionally a piranha and you could possibly 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 certain. 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 type of story or which means simply to the proprietor is essentially the most particular factor on the earth. I can’t think about something higher. 

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

Elsie: Type of like a rounded ceiling. It’s a really unique-shaped room, and for those who’ve ever tried to construct a room like I’m doing proper now in an attic, you perceive that it’s mandatory factor that you must do is be very artistic with angles. Yeah, they made one thing within the tippy prime of the home that optimized the area. I like that room and I additionally love the hallway that has a trick window. They usually say at one level within the film, one of many detectives, that is considered one of 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 perform is just about simply calling out issues which are from books, which I like and it was very good. Anyway, he says, that’s the trick window and he says what guide it’s from, from some well-known novel and I simply thought that was wonderful. 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. When you don’t like that, get outta right here. I additionally assume 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 outdated home as a result of it feels like an outdated home. There’s one specific scene the place the creeks wake one other character up and so she’s giving an alibi for sure individuals cuz she was awake cuz she heard all of the creeks within the ground. However even all through the film, they do such a terrific job. You’ll be able to’t odor a film however aside from that, the whole lot about it to me is like that is an outdated home. That is somebody’s actual outdated home that they’ve lovingly curated with spooky stuff for years and years and years. 

Elsie: Sure, it’s unimaginable. And one very last thing I wanna point out is while you’re watching the film, simply take note of the rugs as a result of his rug assortment is a ten and people kinds of rugs, you possibly can actually purchase them on Etsy for a pair hundred {dollars}. It’s not an unattainable factor and so they’re so stunning and so inspiring. So I’m like filling my Etsy cart proper now. It’s so cool. After which, we needed to say, there’s additionally a lovely restaurant the place Ransom and Marta eat lunch. And it’s very stunning. It’s very cozy. If it have been a restaurant in my city, I’d go there each week most likely. 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 developing 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 sporting. It’s a cable knit cozy, it looks like Norway or Sweden or one thing. One thing about it simply feels a little bit bit worldwide to me, in such a comfy, completely satisfied, chilly manner. 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 desires from a false sweater. Now, while you all watch the film, you’ll see it too. It’s like the right fall sweater.

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

Elsie: Sure. Okay, so different cozy inspiration, there are such a lot of issues. I really feel like it is a film to look at for those who’re about to go vintage purchasing or for those who’re ever about to for an enormous vintage hunt, undoubtedly 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 like how the whole lot in the home seems outdated as a result of considered one of my issues, that is undoubtedly considered one of 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 depart from the home and that mug once more says, my home, my guidelines. Nevertheless it doesn’t appear like an outdated mug. It does appear 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 like it. Oh my gosh, I’m so excessive off this film. I really feel like I’m being type of annoying. 

Emma: We most likely are. I’m not sorry. 

Elsie: Some other cozy inspiration you possibly can 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 certain. It’s beautiful, but it surely’s very misplaced it matches his character rather well. Mm-hmm. 

Emma: Yeah, as a result of he’s the entire household’s type of odd. It’s not like they’re all the identical aside from this one, and he’s the black sheep. It’s like, properly, I don’t know if I’d even say that, however. It type of exhibits the distinction between him and Harlan. As a result of in some methods I feel they’re so related and even Harlan says that they’re very related individuals, however there are these type of main variations, type of like what’s of their coronary heart. And I feel they’re displaying that via structure a little bit bit in a manner as a result of it is a very totally different model of house. And it actually seems type 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 comfortable. I don’t know. 

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

Emma: Very suspicious. 

Elsie: The very last thing I needed to say is there’s this scene within the film, it’s from the celebration the place they’re all sitting in the lounge and the fireside goes. There are candle sconces and there’s a lamp lit, but it surely’s very darkish. And that was most likely my final, I wanna be in that room. I wish to dwell in that home sort of second. 

Emma: They’re all like magic birthday cake too, cuz it’s at his household dinner. So that they’re simply consuming birthday cake round this hearth and speaking, I take into consideration politics like households are you aware? And combating a little bit bit and it simply felt magical. 

Elsie: Additionally, there’s a component 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 type of like warming it up, not burning it, however warming it up and I like that half a lot. His character is like residing all of his little thriller issues, which makes me so completely satisfied. 

Emma: And she or he performed a number of video games together with her father and it was clear that she knew straight away like, oh, this will likely be invisible ink. And I’ll learn what my dad beloved me and is simply actually candy to consider that type of relationship that’s type of like playful and kooky 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 not too long ago did a publish on childhood magic that’s 5 methods to do invisible ink. And three of them you must warmth up the paper beneath, similar to she does within the film. And I used to be fascinated by her after I was photographing it. I feel I made a little bit video for it too, so you possibly can see the way it reveals the message, but it surely’s enjoyable.

Elsie: Unbelievable. That’s tremendous cool. I like it. Okay, so trivia time. Ought to we trip 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 widespread and Victorian instances and used to remind people that dying comes for all individuals, whether or not wealthy or poor. I like it. I’m screaming. I like it 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 plenty of fights together with his household about cash. There are plenty of fights about cash. And so wealth and wealth inside a household undoubtedly is a theme. One other piece of trivia, the director Ryan Johnson, saved strict management over how a lot every actor knew in regards to the script to verify these taking part in characters at midnight have been as confused because the individuals they have been portraying, which I feel would make it a lot simpler as an actor. When you didn’t know who the assassin was, that may make your job simpler now since you don’t need to even act. You actually don’t know. That might be enjoyable. 

Elsie: That is my favourite one. The portraits of Holland modified to mirror 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 instances. It makes a lot sense, however I by no means observed it. I’m so completely satisfied. 

Emma: I undoubtedly 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 do 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 may be very cool.

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

Emma: Regardless of taking part in his mom within the movie, Kay Kellen, I feel that could be the way you say her title is six years and 27 days youthful than Christopher Plumer, who performs her son. That is kinda like Golden Ladies. The golden woman who is meant to be the oldest was really 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 method to make her appear very outdated within the film, very feeble. She’s all the time in type 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 really type of shocked me as a result of I really feel such as you couldn’t even inform how outdated she is. They’re making an attempt to make her seem to be she’s 100 years outdated.

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

Emma: Yeah, I assume so. 

Elsie: Greater than that most likely. So it’s fairly wonderful. I assumed it was, I assumed that was a enjoyable truth too. I wouldn’t have observed actually, but it surely’s undoubtedly 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 cellphone in movies the place the mentioned product seems. Out of concern that doing so would damage the model’s picture of their product. So that they’ve apparently made this rule that extends to any film involving their product. That might be annoying. I’ve to say, that may be annoying as a result of for those who’re going to make a contemporary film, you type of need to put iPhones in it. I all the time discover after they put the prop telephones. I simply assume it’s extra pure to place iPhones in trendy films. But when in a homicide thriller like this the place any character may very well be the villain and so they all type of seem to be a villain in some unspecified time in the future, that’s a little bit complicated. I don’t know what the rule means for a film like that. 

Emma: I additionally assume 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 must always do villain costumes once we’re doing our Halloween movies this yr. 

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

Elsie: 10 out of 5, I agree. It’s one of the best film. And I’ll say some individuals have messaged me about like, what do you consider Glass Onion in comparison with, and I simply assume, don’t examine them as a result of Glass Onion is a very enjoyable film. It’s type of like half two of Knives Out. You need to undoubtedly watch it for those who loved Knives Out and for those who take pleasure in mysteries, it’s tremendous enjoyable, but it surely’s not on this home, and an enormous a part of what we like in regards to the film is the home and the aesthetic. So it has a special aesthetic for certain. It doesn’t have what this film has the place I’d rewatch it 50 instances, but it surely’s 100% simply pretty much as good of a narrative.

Emma: Yeah, it has the identical detective. The detective is similar character. However yeah, aside 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 you must examine. 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 favored it. However yeah, I don’t assume we might most likely do it on the podcast, simply because it’s not an aesthetic film and plenty of what we discuss right here is the homes. It’s cool in a foul manner, 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 could be time for our particular phase a joke or a truth with Nova. Right here’s Nova, Nova this week do you’ve gotten a joke for us or a truth? 

Nova: Reality. 

Elsie: A truth. Okay, go forward. 

Nova: At present’s truth is, do you know that pickles have been product of cucumbers? 

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

Nova: I realized 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 contemplate just about something so long as it’s inspiring. E-mail us at [email protected]. Subsequent week we’re going to do our summer season bucket checklist episodes, so we’ll see you subsequent week.