Episode 37, June 29, 2017: The Birds

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A fifty-four-year-old with an eleven-year-old daughter, Karina pays penance for her lack of questions, kids singing insane children's songs, and a whole bunch of kamikaze birds are discussed.


Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.



Show Notes:


2DudeReview - Episode 37: The Birds

I. Introduction
- Discuss site, Twitter, etc.

II. Our bet

III. Tidbits/Things to Discuss

- Based on the novelette by British writer Daphne du Maurier and an event on August 18, 1961 in Capitola, California when a bunch of seabirds started to pellet houses around 3 a.m. They went after houses because they were most likely looking for light and got confused and aimed for the street lights and lights on the homes. People went outside and said, "FUUUUUCK that," when they saw the birds plummeting into the houses. They woke up the next day to find the streets covered in dead birds. They would later find out that the reason for this was domoic acid. Domoic acid is produced by algae and accumulates in shellfish, sardines, and anchovies. The birds ate the anchovies and lost their minds.
- Our thoughts in 30 seconds or less?
- That song. What was with the song when Melanie is outside the school that the kids were singing?

I married my wife in the month of June. Ristle-tee, rostle-tee, Mo, mo mo!
I carried her off in a silver spoon. Ristle-tee, rostle-tee, hey bombosity, knickety-knackety, retro-quo-quality, willoby-wallaby, Mo, mo, mo!
She combed her hair but once a year. Ristle-tee, rostle-tee, Mo, mo, mo! With every rake, she shed a tear. Ristle-tee, rostle-tee, hey bombosity, knickety-knackety, retro-quo-quality, willoby-wallaby, Mo, mo, mo!
She swept the floor but once a year. Ristle-tee, rostle-tee, Mo, mo, mo!
She swore her broom was much too dear. Ristle-tee, rostle-tee, hey bombosity, knickety-knackety, retro-quo-quality, willoby-wallaby, Mo, mo, mo!
She churned the butter in Dad’s old boot. Ristle-tee, rostle-tee, Mo, mo, mo!
And for a dasher she used her foot. Ristle-tee, rostle-tee, hey bombosity, knickety-knackety, retro-quo-quality, willoby-wallaby, Mo, mo, mo!
The butter came out a grizzle-y-grey. Ristle-tee, rostle-tee, Mo, mo, mo! The cheese took legs and ran away! Ristle-tee, rostle-tee, hey bombosity, knickety-knackety, retro-quo-quality, willoby-wallaby, Mo, mo, mo!
I brought my wife a horse one day. Ristle-tee, rostle-tee, Mo, mo, mo! She let the critter get away. Ristle-tee, rostle-tee, hey bombosity, knickety-knackety, retro-quo-quality, willoby-wallaby, Mo, mo, mo!
I asked my wife to wash the floor. Ristle-tee, rostle-tee, Mo, mo, mo! She gave me my hat and showed me the door! Ristle-tee, rostle-tee, hey bombosity, knickety-knackety, retro-quo-quality, (the song slows – it is near the end) willoby-wallaby, Mmmmmmmo, Mmmmmmmo, MO!

- What was up with Mitch's relationship with his mother? Follow-up, what is up with Hitchcock and movies where there is a strange mother/son dynamic?
- Jessica Tandy's (Lydia) was born in 1909 which would have made her 54 in 1963. Her character had an eleven-year-old daughter so she gave birth at 43? Fewer than 1% of women from age 40-44 have babies and they have a 5% chance of getting pregnant per any month. Of that, one-third of pregnancies in that time frame end in miscarriages and have a much higher chance at birth defects. So, can we assume that Cathy Brenner is an anomoly at best?
- Tippi Hedren who plays Melanie is the mother of Melanie Griffith. Hitchcock gave Griffith a doll with her mom's face and the same type of dress she wore in the movie that scared her.
- They used real birds in the final scene. They told Tippi Hedren that they would be fake birds but the fake birds didn't work which was a lie since there were no fake birds. After she was injured in the scene they wanted her to get medical attention but Hitchcock said no since she still had scenes to do.
- Hitchcock would later become "obsessed" with Hedren making constant sexual advances and tried to take over her life including not allowing her to go to accept an award for the movie Marnie. She lost it and called him fat which was a big no-no and wanted out of her contract. He threatened to ruin her career and refused to speak to her only referring to her as, "that girl."

IV. How rotten is The Birds? The Birds was given an % by Rotten Tomatoes. Do the following films fall higher or lower than %?

V. Mention next film, plus reiterate the Web site and social media feeds

VI. Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: B+
Brian's Grade: B+
Karina's Grade: A