Episode 9: Hitchcock Vol. 1 / Keith Bodayla

Keith Bodayla joins the Shame Cast to divulge the fact that he hasn’t watched The Birds or Vertigo, so James makes him watch Lifeboat and Rope instead for the first of hopefully a number of conversations about the work of Alfred Hitchcock.

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Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – First watched Psycho at a very impressionable age.

Keith Bodayla (@theactualkeith) – Occasional writer, podcaster on shows including But You’re Wrong and The Documentary Show. Find all things related to him at theactualkeith.com.

Music Contained in this Podcast:

“Funeral March of a Marionette” – Charles Gounod

“Sink the Bismarck” – The Blues Brothers

“Trois Mouvements Perpetuals” – Francis Poulenc

“Constant Elevation” – Gravediggaz

Supplementary Links:

Hitchcock – Francois Truffaut

Rope on Blu-ray

Lifeboat on Blu-ray


Recorded in January 2018. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.

My Shame Statement, by J. Murphy (@BasementScreams)




I received the invite to take part in Cinema Shame over two weeks ago. I had decided at the beginning of the year that I was going to knock as many titles off the shame list this year as possible, so it seemed only logical to make my shame public and share with you all a portion of my cinematic redemption. I have gone back and forth as to what titles I wanted to use for this project, and believe me it wasn’t easy to knock it down to twelve. So i tried to pick as varied a list as possible, featuring heavy hitters and genre classics both. Okay, let’s get it on…

My Cinema Shame List 2014 (in chronological order)

1. Rope (1948; Alfred Hitchcock)

2. Paths Of Glory (1957; Stanley Kubrick)

3. Rio Bravo (1959; Howard Hawks)

4. Lawrence Of Arabia (1962; David Lean)

5. Cool Hand Luke (1967; Stuart Rosenberg)

6. The Devils (1971; Ken Russell)

7. The French Connection (1971; William Friedkin)

8. Battles Without Honor & Humanity (1973; Kinji Fukasaku)

9. Salo, Or 120 Days Of Sodom (1975; Pier Paolo Pasolini)

10. The Deer Hunter (1978; Michael Cimino)

11. Irreversible (2002; Gaspar Noe)

12. Inland Empire (2006; David Lynch)

A few quick notes on my list:

1. Like I said, I tried to make this list as varied as possible so I could keep things fresh. Trust me there are certain genres that I could have devoted entire lists to (westerns, for example, are a pretty big blind-spot for me)

2. If I absolutely had to choose one decade that was my favorite for film, it would probably be the seventies. The fact that forty percent of my list are absolute genre staples from that decade, well I’m disgusted with myself, and you should all throw stones at me.

3. The title that I’m absolutely, positively, wholeheartedly filled with shame for never seeing is the most current on the list, Inland Empire. For two reasons. One, David Lynch has had a spot firmly cemented in my top three favorite directors for about twenty years now, so for me to have never seen this fills me with shame. To make matters worse…. I own the dvd. I’ve owned it for a few years now. It’s been neatly filed away in the “I”s on the shelf for quite some time and I have absolutely no excuse to have never watched it.




Alright, there you have it. I’m going to go start working on my redemption. Since I’m starting this late, I’ll have to double up on a couple of months. Not sure when, but you’ll know when I do! Cheers.

@Peaceman630, a lifelong procrastinator, ready to face my Cinema Shame

I was a premature baby.

I decided I just had to be born a few weeks early despite the fact that I hadn’t yet finished cooking. Aside from that it’s hard to recall too many things in my life that I haven’t waited until the last possible minute to address or creative projects that I haven’t stretched long past the due date. Case-in-point, here I am writing my first post to this wonderful blog on February 1st. I’m late to the party but happy to be here.

I’ll give you another example: @MisterGreggles, who is my best friend, gave me a DVD of the John C. Reilly film “Hard Eight” back in 2007 for my birthday. I wanted to watch it. I had the time to watch it. But perhaps not the will. Each time we’d hang out he’d ask me if I’d watched the film hoping to engage in a lively discussion on its merits. “Nope, not yet. I’ll get to it eventually though, I promise” was the common refrain. It got to the point where I resolved to watch the film and made a semi-serious, mostly-jokey ultimatum. Something to the effect of: “If I don’t watch this film by the end of the week I will renounce our friendship, that’s how much watching this means to me because I consider you my dearest friend.”

Technically speaking we haven’t been friends since 2007.

In any case, you get the extent to which I need to change my evil ways and I think this blog will be a great opportunity to do so while also meeting you fantastic people and sharing in your stories as well. Thank you to @campbelldropout and @007hertzrumble for allowing me to contribute, and thank you to @mistergreggles for encouraging me to get with the program.

And now the list:

January (oops, already off to a late start) –  The Artist

February – The Stunt Man

March- Smokey and the Bandit

April – Lawrence of Arabia

May – The Man with the Movie Camera

June – Chinatown

July – Jaws

August – High Noon

September – Animal House

October – Rope

November – Breakfast at Tiffanys

December – Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

You’ll notice Hard Eight didn’t make the cut for this year, but don’t worry Greg I’ll get to it eventually.
I promise.