Episode #16 -- The Remains of the Day


So, in this episode we watch 1993's The Remains of the Day, a Merchant-Ivory movie based off of the book of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro. Look, we try to go into these movies with as few preconceived notions as we can, but it's difficult sometimes. It's the kind of movie whose title conjures mental images of a person sitting stiffly drinking tea from an ornate cup. Is that fair? Not particularly. Is it far off the mark? Not particularly. It's a movie about butlers and repressed emotions and (tangentially) Nazis. If we were going for accuracy it would have been more relevant to select an image of Anthony Hopkins being a butthole to Emma Thompson for the trailer thumbnail, but that's the kind of thing that doesn't translate to still images very well, so we instead opted to go for an image from a scene with a bunch of dogs in it, which is almost as good in terms of conveying the themes of the movie.