Episode #182: Knives Out – Consolation Rewatch

This week, we’re discussing one in every of our all-time favourite consolation watch films for decor and residential inspiration. That is an ongoing collection 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 plenty of inexperienced detailing.
  • It has lots of customized stained glass.
  • The home is full of props and antiques.
  • There’s a hidden window.
  • It’s a bit of 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 put up: 5 Ways to Make Invisible Ink

Fee 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 very best 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 every of our all-time favourite consolation films for decor and residential inspiration. That is an ongoing collection 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 every of my favourite films of all time. Truly, I believe it’s my favourite film. 

Elsie: Yeah, I believe 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 to start with or manslaughter or suicide, you type of should uncover that. After which all through the film, you understand that there’s much more to it, and that’s type of the thriller that you simply’re uncovering. So it’s a few rich crime novelist named Harlan, and he’s invited his prolonged household. So all his youngsters, their family members, their wives, their husbands, their kids for a giant celebration, and his mother can also be there. Who appears to be a lot, a lot older than him, she’s a bit of outdated girl in a chair who by no means actually speaks. They’re all gathered for this massive birthday dinner collectively and all through the evening you see that he has a bit of, probably not fights, however like they every have a motive for homicide, principally. They usually’re having some form of tiff with Harlan. So he additionally has a younger girl who works for him as a nurse, I assume, you’ll say, so she helps give him his medicine and various things like that, and she or he’s with him when he dies. It looks as if 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 lots of bizarre colloquialisms. 

Elsie: There’s a faux 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 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 lots of that as a result of the principle character who dies is a criminal offense novelist. So I believe they’re form of attempting to offer us just like the traditional detective and his complete home is embellished and we’re gonna speak about his home so much, however his complete home is embellished with issues from his books. So there’s lots 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 form of barely see. You actually get to see plenty of angles, plenty 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 recollections from if you first noticed this film. Do you bear 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 bear 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 form 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 believe 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 understand, I believe I’m in love with darkish wooden and carved wooden and large curtains and rugs and similar to antiques. I didn’t know that was a method that I might 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 particularly. 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 12 months of 2019. I noticed it in theaters and I bear 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 might 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 cherished 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 really like him. I wanna see a complete collection 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 have got. 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 have a look at it from the road. And there are not any footage on Zillow, imagine me, we’ve tried. Anyway, it’s only a sort of home, it’s a brick mansion. Simply Google Knives Out home should you 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, attractive, however very bizarre and creepy mansion cuz it’s like a brick mansion however with plenty of inexperienced detailing and I believe a inexperienced roof. I want to have 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 massive the land is, nevertheless it sits on a chunk of land. They do a number of drone photographs of this home within the film, and it simply seems to be like in some methods a tiny fortress however not. Not like an precise fortress. It’s only a very massive residence and appears a bit of bit gothic. Somewhat bit spooky. It’s pretty. 

Elsie: Okay, confirming that it has an everyday shingled roof and we have been unsuitable, nevertheless it has lots 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 lots of customized stained glass. Not in only one place in the home, simply form of in all places you look it’s heaps 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 lots of his novels made into films. There are simply plenty 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 presumably 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 all places.

Elsie: There’s a two-story library. 

Emma: Yeah. After which heaps and many framed images and art work. They usually do the factor the place the matting is form of completely 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 a tremendous 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 appears like a home the place somebody has collected so many issues and cherished so many issues. They usually defined all through the film that lots of the issues are props he’s had comprised of 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 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 appears like I might like to stroll round this home. I might love to have a look at the whole lot. I may in all probability spend hours strolling round this particular person’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 once we have been youngsters. Now that I’m fascinated with it, and that’s actually bizarre. That was truly actually spooky now that I’m fascinated with it. However they have been cool. They have been similar to, 

Elsie: We appreciated enjoying with them. 

Emma: We appreciated enjoying with them, yeah, we appreciated it they usually have been bizarre and in some methods it made me really feel that it was only a one that may admire plenty of completely 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 one in every of my favourite issues to play with. You possibly can maintain a blown-up blowfish. 

Emma: There was additionally a piranha and you may see its tooth, and it was dried out. It was the stuffed piranha. We might 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 may get an image. I believe what I aspire to about the home is the extent of element. To have a home that’s considerate of recollections and relics and particulars which have some form 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: Considered 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 should you’ve ever tried to construct a room like I’m doing proper now in an attic, you perceive that it’s vital factor that it’s important to do is be very inventive with angles. Yeah, they made one thing within the tippy prime of the home that optimized the area. I really 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 one in every 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 can 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 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. Should 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 can be, however there are such a lot of little creeks and it appears like an outdated home as a result of it appears 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 an ideal job. You may’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 unbelievable. And one final thing 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 forms 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 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 might go there each week in all probability. It’s attractive. 

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 perimeters 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 appears like Norway or Sweden or one thing. One thing about it simply feels a bit of bit worldwide to me, in such a comfy, pleased, 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 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 to be 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, nevertheless it’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 it is a film to look at should you’re about to go vintage procuring or should you’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 enjoying a recreation collectively and it’s so candy and it’s simply the whole lot, I really like how the whole lot in the home seems to be outdated as a result of one in every of my issues, that is positively one in every of my poisonous traits. Once 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 to be like an vintage. I can’t spot a single factor in it that I imagine is from Amazon. Which is so cool. 

Emma: The one factor, and I believe this makes it good, is there’s this espresso mug. The servants carry 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 up 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 outdated mug. It does seem like one thing newer, nevertheless it’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: Some other 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, nevertheless it’s this boxy, modern-looking home, nevertheless it doesn’t look essentially model new. It seems to be prefer it was fashionable. 

Elsie: It’s a mid-century home for positive. It’s attractive, nevertheless it’s very misplaced it suits his character rather 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 aside from this one, and he’s the black sheep. It’s like, nicely, I don’t know if I might even say that, however. It form of exhibits the distinction between him and Harlan. As a result of in some methods I believe they’re so comparable and even Harlan says that they’re very comparable individuals, however there are these form of main variations, form of like what’s of their coronary heart. And I believe they’re displaying that via structure a bit of bit in a manner as a result of it is a very completely different model of residence. And it actually seems to be form of like a bond villain too. I dunno if villains are all the time in these fashionable 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 needed to say is there’s this scene within the film, it’s from the social gathering the place they’re all sitting in the lounge and the fireside goes. There are candle sconces and there’s a lamp lit, nevertheless it’s very darkish. And that was in all probability my final, I wanna be in that room. I wish to reside 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 fireplace and speaking, I take into consideration politics like households have you learnt? And combating a bit of 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 type 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 pleased. 

Emma: And he or she performed plenty of video games along with her father and it was clear that she knew straight away like, oh, this shall 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 type 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 not too long ago did a put up on childhood magic that’s 5 methods to do invisible ink. And three of them it’s important to warmth up the paper beneath, similar to she does within the film. And I used to be fascinated with her after I was photographing it. I believe I made a bit of video for it too, so you’ll be able to see the way it reveals the message, nevertheless it’s enjoyable.

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

Emma: Yeah, let’s do it. 

Elsie: A number of artworks and window designs within the mansion characteristic 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 might be mortal in standard and Victorian occasions and used to remind people that dying comes for all individuals, 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 lots of fights together with his household about cash. There are lots 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 enjoying characters at the hours of darkness have been as confused because the individuals they have been portraying, which I believe would make it a lot simpler as an actor. Should you didn’t know who the assassin was, that will make your job simpler now since you don’t should 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 scenario, 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 seen that earlier than. However they confirmed the portraits shut up so many occasions. It makes a lot sense, however I by no means seen it. I’m so pleased. 

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 do this. And I by no means even seen 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 find it irresistible. That’s so cool. 

Emma: Regardless of enjoying his mom within the movie, Kay Kellen, I believe 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 Women. The golden woman who is meant to be the oldest was truly I believe 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 outdated 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 big glasses and she or he barely talks. So it truly form of stunned me as a result of I really feel such as you couldn’t even inform how outdated she is. They’re attempting to make her seem to be she’s 100 years outdated.

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

Emma: Yeah, I assume so. 

Elsie: Greater than that in all probability. So it’s fairly wonderful. I believed it was, I believed that was a enjoyable truth too. I wouldn’t have seen actually, nevertheless it’s positively humorous. Okay, in keeping with Ryan Johnson, whereas making the movie, he found that Apple has a rule of not permitting villains to make use of iPhones on digicam, presumably speaking about Jacob’s telephone in movies the place the stated product seems. Out of concern that doing so would harm the model’s picture of their product. So that they’ve apparently made this rule that extends to any film involving their product. That may be annoying. I’ve to say, that will be annoying as a result of should you’re going to make a contemporary film, you form of should put iPhones in it. I all the time discover once they put the prop telephones. I simply assume it’s extra pure to place iPhones in fashionable 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 sooner or later, that’s a bit of 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 believe we must always do villain costumes once we’re doing our Halloween movies this 12 months. 

Emma: So now we’re gonna get to charge 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 the very best film. And I’ll say some individuals have messaged me about like, what do you concentrate on 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. It’s best to positively watch it should you loved Knives Out and should you take pleasure in mysteries, it’s tremendous enjoyable, nevertheless it’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 distinct aesthetic for positive. It doesn’t have what this film has the place I might rewatch it 50 occasions, nevertheless it’s 100% simply pretty much as good of a narrative.

Emma: Yeah, it has the identical detective. The detective is identical character. However yeah, aside from that, it’s only a very completely different homicide thriller. And I believed it was a blast, nevertheless it’s not this. I don’t actually see why it’s important to examine. I wasn’t anticipating a Knives Out two. I used to be simply anticipating one other homicide thriller, and I believe it actually delivered on that personally.

Elsie: Sure, I agree. It was very enjoyable. I appreciated it. However yeah, I don’t assume we’d in all probability do it on the podcast, simply because it’s not an aesthetic film and lots of what we speak about right here is the homes. It’s cool in a nasty manner, nevertheless it’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 truth with Nova. Right here’s Nova, Nova this week do you have got a joke for us or a truth? 

Nova: Reality. 

Elsie: A truth. Okay, go forward. 

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

Elsie: Oh, actually? How’d you be taught that? 

Nova: I discovered it at college, 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 think about 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 listing episodes, so we’ll see you subsequent week.