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Book Vs Movie Podcast

Book Vs. Movie is the podcast that asks the questions "Which was better...the book or the movie?" Spoiler Alert! We give away the main details, uncover the plot points, discuss casting choices and shower with praise (or pummel with snark) as we see fit. Hosts are Margo P. (She's Nacho Mama's Blog) and Margo D. (Creator of Brooklyn Fit Chick.com) and we are not afraid to tell it like it is!
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Jan 27, 2019

Book Vs Movie

Jurassic Park

The 1990 nonfiction by the legendary author, director, and producer Michael Crichton

Vs the 1993 Steven Spielberg Blockbuster Film

Plus, The Margos pick their "Top 5 Steven Spielberg Properties"

Bring on the special, practical effects (with little CGI, please) because the Margos redo one of their more polarizing takes on a project created by two world-class geniuses--Michael Crichton and his good friend Steven Spielberg. Amazingly, Crichton came up with the original concept in the early 1980s and it took several drafts to create the novel that would be known as Jurassic Park.

At the time (1990) it was a publishing sensation, and Steven Spielberg was smart enough to grab the rights at $2 million. The film, which came out in June 1993, was a mega hit right from the start and it remains a cable TV staple to this day.

So between the book and movie--which did the Margos like better? Guys--it ain’t even close here. Check out the link below to hear our take on both.

Also, in this replay ep, the Margos the Margos pick their "Top 5 Steven Spielberg Productions" with the kicker being--they have not been covered on our show yet. 

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The fascinating life story of Michael Crichton
  • The friendship between him and director Steven Spielberg
  • The annoying kids featured in the book (Ugh--the dialog is brutal!)
  • The cast of the movie including Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Sir Richard Attenborough.
  • The box office records the movie broke
  • Plus, tons of trivia and tidbits

Clips Featured:

  • News clip from KTVU-TV (San Francisco) the day the movie opened
  • Jurassic Park  trailer
  • The first sight of the dinosaurs
  • “Lexi” (Ariana Richards) and “Tim” (Joseph Mozello) meet the T-Rex  
  • “The blood-sucking lawyer (Martin Ferrero) approves”
  • The kids in the kitchen with the Raptors (the importance of sound design in this film)
  • Outro Music “Jurassic Park Theme” John Williams

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Margo D. @BrooklynFitChik www.brooklynfitchick.com brooklynfitchick@gmail.com

Margo P. @ShesNachoMama http://thechingonahomesteader.weebly.com/

 

Jan 22, 2019

 

Book Vs Movie

The Shawshank Redemption”

The Margos finally take on this classic Stephen King/Frank Darabont movie (you’re welcome!)

 

If there is one thing we can say about Book Vs Movie fans--they LOVE the Stephen King eps and cannot get enough of them. In particular, we have been getting requests for The Shawshank Redemption since we launched the show and finally had the time to get it together.

The story of the bromance between Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) and Red Redding (Morgan Freeman) is considered one of the best movies of all time and has continually been on syndicated TV since its debut on the TNT network in June 1997.  (Seriously, this movie is always playing on some channel somewhere!)

Unjustly convicted for the murder of his wife and her lover Andy spends decades of his life fighting to clear his name while learning to adapt to life as a prisoner. It’s a story about friendship, survival, revenge, deception, agony, and redemption.

Originally published as a novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption in 1982’s Different Seasons the differences between the original story and the movie are plentiful. So which did the Margos like better? Book or Movie? Check out the link below to find out!

 

This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House! Song of the Dead is Sarah Glenn Marshall’s followup to her YA hit Reign of the Fallen and will be available on Tuesday, January 29th on Kindle, hardback and on Audible. The story is the continuation of our hero Odessa who is determined to leave the borders of Karthia to mend her broken heart.

She is joined on her journey with Meredy and they find a land where the Dead rule at night and dragons roam the streets. Just as they are being enchanted at the new world (and each other) growing political issues bring them back to Odessa where specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship.

As a member of the LGBT community, author Marshall is especially proud of creating an inclusive fantasy world in which race, gender, and sexuality are non-issues.

 

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The 1982 novella from Different Seasons and how it differs from the movie
  • How director Frank Darabont originally paid one dollar (!) to adapt King’s short story The Woman in the Room in 1983 and how after he wrote the screenplay for Nightmare On Elm Street 3--it gave him the confidence to take on this story.
  • The incredible cast including Robbins, Freeman, Bob Gunton (Warden Norton,) William Sadler (Heywood,) Clancy Brown (Captain Hadley) Gil Bellows (Tommy,) and James Whitmore as Brooks Hatlen.
  • The history behind the casting and setting of the movie
  • A plethora of trivia and behind-the-scenes gossip about the much-lauded film
  • Why King never cashed his $1000 check for the rights to the film!

Clips Featured:

  • The Shawshank Redemption  trailer
  • Andy meets Red for the first time
  • The “rooftop scene” between Andy and Captain Hadley
  • Brooks finds out he is leaving Shawshank
  • The “opera scene”
  • Outro Music:  Duettino--Sull’aria “Le Nozze di Figaro” By Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

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Twitter @bookversusmovie www.bookversusmovie.com

Email us at bookversusmoviepodcast@gmail.com

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Margo D. @BrooklynFitChik www.brooklynfitchick.com brooklynfitchick@gmail.com

Margo P. @ShesNachoMama http://thechingonahomesteader.weebly.com/






Jan 12, 2019

Book Vs Movie

Catch Me If You Can” (Replay) 

The 1980 nonfiction (ish) book by Frank Abagnale & Stan Redding Vs the 2002 Steven Spielberg Film

Plus, The Margos pick their all-time favorite Hanks & DiCaprio performances

The Margos go for the short con here and discuss all things Frank Abagnale, a man who between 16-21 years old was the most competent (and weirdly likable) fraud impersonating a pilot, lawyer, doctor, and teacher before finally getting caught by the FBI. He also cashed fraudulent checks around the U.S. and around the world to the tune of over $2 million.

Frank’s story is incredible and it makes for both a fun read and movie (though we do have a definite preference in this episode!)

The film ultimately adapted by Stephen Spielberg and filmed in over 100 locations in 54 days which is unheard of and adds to the pacing of the movie.  But what changes were made to make Frank’s life seem more “movie-friendly?” Do they add value? What does Frank himself think of Catch Me if You Can? Find out in this episode!

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The real story of Frank Abagnale (and what changes that were made for the movie)
  • The likeability of Frank even though he is kind of a skunk
  • The look of the movie
  • The cast of the movie including  Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, and Christopher Walken
  • The Academy Award nominations the film earned

Clips Featured:

  • Frank Abagnale on To Tell the Truth (1977)
  • Catch Me if You Can  trailer  
  • Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) impersonates being an FBI agent in front of Carl (Tom Hanks)
  • Jennifer Garner’s scene
  • Outro Music “Come Fly with Me”

Book Vs. Movie podcast https://www.facebook.com/bookversusmovie/

Twitter @bookversusmovie www.bookversusmovie.com

Email us at bookversusmoviepodcast@gmail.com

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Margo D. @BrooklynFitChik www.brooklynfitchick.com brooklynfitchick@gmail.com

Margo P. @ShesNachoMama http://thechingonahomesteader.weebly.com/

 

Jan 6, 2019

Book Vs Movie

The Wizard of Oz

The Margos follow the yellow brick road and my, have their been some changes between the book and movie!

“Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore.” The Wizard of Oz is filled with some of the most quoted-lines in cinema history along with a truly scary villain and one of the most covered songs ever--Somewhere Over the Rainbow. So how does it compare to the 1900 book written by the enigmatic L. Frank Baum?

The Margos covered this very topic a few years ago and the results were--let’s just say a bit messy. (We had NO idea how to record properly back then!) However, we loved learning all about Baum and the trivia behind the Judy Garland classic film--that we decided to revisit Oz.

This episode is chock full of information, trivia, and tidbits that you can feel free to drop on unsuspecting friends and family at dinner parties in the future.  Such as, how heavy was the Lion costume? What did Margaret Hamilton’s agent tell her when she was offered the part of the Wicked Witch of the West? The original color of Dorothy’s shoes from the book? What scenes and songs were deleted from the final version?

So after doing all of this research, which version did we Margos like better? Check out the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The interesting life story of L. Frank Baum which includes a rather horrible op-ed piece which he wrote before his career as a beloved writer of children’s books.
  • The unbelievable trials the cast went through filming this movie
  • Not all critics were impressed by this film in 1939. Just check out this scathing review.
  • The excellent cast including Garland as Dorothy, Frank Morgan (Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz, etc.) Ray Bolger (“Hunk”/The Scarecrow,) Bert Lahr (“Zeke”/The Cowardly Lion,) Jack Haley (“Hickory”/The Tim Man,) Billie Burke (Glinda,) and the various Munchkins.

Clips used:

  • The Wizard of Oz original 1939  trailer
  • The Munchkins perform for Dorothy
  • “Don’t pay attention to the man behind the curtain” (Frank Morgan)
  • The Wicked Witch of the West “melts”
  • Outro Music: Somewhere Over the Rainbow  by Judy Garland

Book Vs. Movie podcast https://www.facebook.com/bookversusmovie/

Twitter @bookversusmovie www.bookversusmovie.com

Email us at bookversusmoviepodcast@gmail.com

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Margo D. @BrooklynFitChik www.brooklynfitchick.com brooklynfitchick@gmail.com

Margo P. @ShesNachoMama http://thechingonahomesteader.weebly.com/


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