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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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May 18, 2019

Book Vs Movie Podcast (Replay)

Rebecca

The Classic 1938 Novel by Daphne du Maurier Vs. the 1940 Film

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

The Margos are dreaming about Manderley in this listener-suggested episode--Rebecca. The Daphne du Maurier 1938 novel which was a bestseller at the time and has never been out of print. In 1940--Alfred Hitchcock adapted it as his first American feature.  (You can watch it on YouTube!)

Du Maurier is a fascinating subject as she was a cousin of the Llewelyn Davies boys who were the object of the obsession of J.M. Barrie--the creator of Peter Pan. The Margos talk about her love of Cornwall, England, her distaste for small talk and how her marriage resembled the one featured in Rebecca.

We decided to visit again due to the news that new poems written by DuMaurier have been discovered. 

The book & movie are both considered classics and we have all of the tidbits, trivia and behind the scenes gossip.  Get ready for a gothically good time!

In this episode the Margos discuss :

  • Du Maurier’s backstory (and rumors about her plagiarizing materials)
  • The main plot of book & movie (and how they differ)
  • The style (and temper) of Alfred Hitchcock
  • The casting of the movie including Sir Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson and George Sanders
  • The gay subtext in the movie
  • The different endings between book and movie

Clips Featured:

  • Rebecca  trailer  
  • “Mrs. de Winter” (Joan Fontaine) meets Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson)
  • Mrs. Danvers and Rebecca’s nightgown
  • Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) confesses her never loved his late wife
  • “Theme to RebeccaFranz Waxman

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May 16, 2019

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

Stephen King Bonus Ep: "It Chapter 2" Trailer Review

Plus, Replay of Our 

 “It 2017 Review!”

Stephen King’s It Chapter 2 is the focus of this special bonus ep of the Book Vs. Movie podcast! Margo D. and Deana Marie of the Twisted Philly podcast checked out the newly released trailer and have thoughts about what to expect from the new movie. (Oh wow-do we have thoughts about this!

Plus, we replay our 2017 review of the first movie and discuss the 1986 novel. 

We also gave our picks for who should be in the adult cast set to film next year. (At least one of them turned out to be true!) 

The podcast clip is at the bottom of this post but here are the basics of this week’s show:

  • Main differences between the book and original TV movie (and how that affected the rated-R version of the movie.)
  • How the cast measures up in the 2017 reboot
  • The number of genuine scares in the film
  • Compare and contrast the different Pennywise the Clown
  • What we liked best and worst about the movie
  • “That” last scene in the book versus what has been adapted so far

Guest Host Info:

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May 12, 2019

Book Vs Movie

Shoeless Joe & Field of Dreams

(Yes, it was based on a novel from 1982!)



Batter up! The Margos are feeling like getting out in the sunshine after all of the months of cold and rain so we are redoing our Field of Dreams ep. (You’re welcome!) Yes, it was based on a book by Canadian author W.P. Kinsella called Shoeless Joe which was published in 1982.

The Phil Alden Robinson-directed movie was released 30 years ago (!) and is now considered one of the best films about baseball of all time. Kevin Costner plays Ray Kinsella and boy are there HUGE differences between the novel and the movie. Such as--Ray has a twin brother who left home to join the circus and he kidnaps none other J.D. Salinger to take him to a ballgame. (The reclusive writer was famously litigious and therefore his name could not be used on screen.)

In addition to all of that, we offer trivia and behind-the-scenes gossip on one of the most beloved male weepy films ever made.

So between the novel and the movie--which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out.

This episode is once again sponsored by Penguin Random House!

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins returns with HER ROYAL HIGHNESS – a timely, laugh-out-loud and completely swoon-worthy queer romance about a whip-smart American girl who falls head over heels for a wild-child Scottish Princess.

When Millie Quint scores a free ride to an elite prep school in the Scottish Highlands, she has no idea she’ll be rooming with Flora, the wild-child princess of Scotland. At first, they can’t stand each other, but before long Millie and Flora are… well, not enemies. And definitely more than friends. But they know that the Scottish nobility – not to mention the Scottish people – may not accept a relationship between their princess and a girl, and an American at that. After all, real life isn't a fairy tale… or is it?

This standalone companion to the 2018 hit Prince Charming, is the ultimate summer read for fans of The Royal We, Becky Albertalli, and Meg Cabot. From the gorgeous Scottish setting to the will-they-won't-they love story, from the hilarious mishaps and witty banter to the classic “down-to-earth American dropped into the world of royals” plotline, there’s a little something for everyone—including those who are obsessed with the royal family, and anyone who loved early 2000’s rom-coms like The Prince and Me, What A Girl Wants, Bridget Jones’ Diary, and The Princess Diaries.

So whether you’re poolside, on a beach, on a plane, or in between Netflix binges, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS is the perfect escape: a breezy read that will keep you laughing and swooning from cover to cover

Read the entire series—on sale now wherever books are sold. And you can follow @PenguinTeen for more great reads.

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Field of Dreams (original trailer)
  • “Annie sticks up for freedom” (Madigan)
  • “People will come, Ray” (Jones, Costner, Hoffman, and Busfield)
  • “Ray meets his father” (Costner, Liotta, Madigan, and Brown)
  • Outro music Shoeless Joe  by James Horner

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May 4, 2019

Book Vs. Movie Podcast (Replay) 

Moneyball

Margo D. & Margo P. talk about the Michael Lewis 2003 book Moneyball and the 2011 film directed by Bennett Miller.  The movie stars Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill and we have lots of thoughts about which we prefer between the book and movie.   

This episode originally ran in May 2016. 

In this ep we discuss:

  • Sabermetrics in baseball
  • The paltry salary cap of the Oakland A's
  • Margo's wanting to add an "s" to the title
  • The performances in the movie including Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill
  • Which we liked better--the book or the film

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Apr 28, 2019

Book Vs Movie

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”

The 2001 YA Classic Novel Vs. the Beloved 2005 Movie




We needed a break here from the intense and decided to dip back into the YA novel waters with the lovely first installment (of five!) of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants from author Ann Brashares and what a delight it is!

In this episode, the Margos talk about the main plot points in the book with the characters of Lena Kaligaris, Tibby Rollins, Bridget Creeland and Carmen Lowell and their unique friendship. It’s such a sweet, loving tale--we can’t stop gushing about it!

What’s not to love about this story, really? It has strong female characters, an interesting premise, summer vacation locales, real family issues and a great message about keeping your friends close and embracing every wonderful opportunity that comes your way.

We compare all of this with the 2005 film directed by Ken Kwapis and stars Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, and Blake Lively.

So between the novel and the movie--which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out.

This episode is once again sponsored by Penguin Random House!

All for One  (Book three of the “Alex & Eliza Trilogy”) by Melissa De La Cruz

  1. New York, New York.

As a young nation begins to take shape, Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler are on top of the world. They're the toast of the town, keeping New York City buzzing with tales of their lavish parties, of Eliza's legendary wit, and of Alex's brilliant legal mind.

But new additions to Alex & Eliza's little family mean change is afoot in the Hamilton household. When they agree to take in an orphaned teenage girl along with Eliza's oldest brother, John Schuyler, Eliza can't help but attempt a match. It's not long before sparks start to fly . . . if only Eliza can keep herself from interfering too much in the course of true love. After all, she and Alex have an arrival of their own to plan for, though Alex's latest case brings a perilous threat that may destroy everything.

Read the entire series—on sale now wherever books are sold. And you can follow @PenguinTeen for more great reads.

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The backstory of author Ann Brashares
  • The way sadness, family, and sexuality are discussed in both the book and movie
  • The major differences between the book and the film
  • The amazing chemistry between the leads in the movie
  • How much we now want to travel to Greece!

Clips Featured:

  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (original trailer)
  • Tibby (Lively) flirting with Eric (Mike Vogel)
  • Carmen ( Ferrera) confronts her father (played by Bradley Whitford) about abandoning her
  • Lena ( Bledel) & Papou (George Touliatos)
  • Outro music Closer to You  by Brandi Carlile

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Apr 20, 2019

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

The Godfather”

The Margos Leave the Gun and Take the Cannolis in this Ep

We are here to make an offer you can’t refuse--a redo of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. The Margos originally covered this book and movies (well, really movies) three years ago when we were both fighting the flu.  The result was kind of a meandering mess which we have always been embarrassed by vowed to redo one day as the material calls for nothing less than our best efforts.

This episode is a reflection of our years of fondness for the material and how far we have come along as podcasters. The 1969 novel by Puzo is a real treat to discuss and who doesn’t love talking about Marlon Brando and Al  Pacino? You can listen to the episode in the link below.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The backstory of author Mario Puzo and why he felt compelled to tell the story about a mafia family even though he had no expertise on the subject.
  • The many, many ways the book is different from the two movies it is based on.
  • Why Francis Ford Coppola has such a complicated history with these films.
  • The cast of the movie including Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, Robert DeNiro, Talia Shire, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton.
  • Our favorite scenes from both films
  • Plus, movie trivia and more!

Clips Featured:

  • Author Mario Puzo & Screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola talk about The Godfather script
  • The Godfather  trailer
  • Don Corleone (Marlon Brando) making deals on his daughter’s wedding day
  • Moe Green (Alex Rocco) with Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) and Fredo Corleone (John Cazale)
  • Outro Music “Theme to the Godfather” Carmine Coppola

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Apr 14, 2019

 

Book Vs Movie

I Am Legend”

The Richard Matheson Novel Vs. the Will Smith Movie




The Margos are back and ready to get a little post-apocalyptic with the 1954 classic novella I Am Legend from prolific storyteller Richard Matheson. Set in 1970s Southern California, the novel is about  the life of Robert Neville, the seemingly only survivor of a worldwide pandemic which causes people to turn into vampires.

Robert’s life is filled with drinking, madness and fear and Matheson’s writing becomes venerated by future horror writers like Stephen King.

The film has been remade three times and the Margos decided to focus on the 2007 Will Smith film directed by Francis Lawrence (even though we both forgot about THAT dog scene--yikes!)

So between the novel and the movie--which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out.

 

 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The life and incredible body of work of Richard Matheson
  • The main aspects of the book and how it is different from the 2007 movie
  • The fact that the dog featured in the movie is still alive!
  • The main cast members including Smith as Robert Neville, Alice Braga (Anna,) Charlie Tahan (Ethan,) Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Zoe Neville,) Willow Smith (Marley Neville,) and Emma Thompson (Dr. Alice Krippin)

Clips Featured:

  • I Am Legend (original trailer)
  • Robert Neville talks with Anna about Bob Marley
  • Outro music Three Little Birds  by Bob Marley

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Apr 6, 2019

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

The Stephen King Bonus Ep

With Deana Marie (Twisted Philly)

Pet Sematary (Original & Remake)

 

It’s time for another Stephen King Bonus ep and Margo D. is joined by Deana Marie of the Twisted Philly podcast to talk about the remake of Pet Sematary directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes) and comparing it to the 1989 movie directed by Mary Lambert.

Plus, we delve into the 1983 novel that was inspired by author King’s stay at a residence in Maine for a year that was located by a busy roadway. In real life, his daughter’s cat was run over by a truck and his son was almost struck down by one as well.

King took these events and created the creepy story of the Creed family who moves to Ludlow, Maine to escape the city life. Instead of finding tranquility they discover their home is located near a pet cemetery that has some supernatural powers.

So between the book and two films--what do we think of Pet Semetary? Click on the link below.

Discussed in this episode:

Clips used:

Pet Semetary (2019) final trailer

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

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Apr 1, 2019




Book Vs Movie

Gone With the Wind”

The Margaret Mitchell Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel Vs the David O. Selznick Film

Fiddly dee! The Margos are feeling the vapors as we finally tackle Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel Gone With the Wind and this time, us two Yankees admit we need some help understanding the history of the book and its author. So for the first time ever--we asked another podcaster to join us for this discussion--Alicia from the Trashy Divorces podcast!

Alicia is a sassy southern bred, Atlanta-based podcaster who loves this book and has tons to say about the iconic author. The Margos found the material to be challenging (to say the least!) so we really wanted to give the fans the opportunity to hear from a Mitchell Stan.

Now the big question, which version did the Margos like better? Check out the link below to hear for yourself!  

This episode is once again sponsored by Penguin Random House!

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie

Who do you become when you have nothing left to lose?

There is something Poe Blythe, the seventeen-year-old captain of the Outpost’s last mining ship, wants far more than the gold they tear from the Serpentine River.

Poe has vowed to annihilate the river raiders who robbed her of everything two years ago. But as she navigates the treacherous waters of the Serpentine and realizes there might be a traitor among her crew, she must also reckon with who she has become, who she wants to be, and the ways love can change and shape you. Even—and especially—when you think all is lost.

Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched trilogy, returns with an intricately crafted and emotionally gripping story of one young woman’s journey to move beyond the grief and anger that control her and find the inner strength to chart her own course.

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe is one of the most anticipated YA novels of 2019 author Ally Condie will be going on a national tour to promote this Spring & Summer.

You can follow her on social media @AllyCondie @PenguinTeen #PoeBlythe

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The life story of the incredibly brilliant (and frustrating!) Margaret Mitchell and her unlikely contribution to a large number of African American doctors and dentists just before she died.
  • The history of the book and how it became a juggernaut in the publishing industry
  • How David O Selznick turned the property into the number one film of all time (and how he still managed to die completely broke)
  • The casting of the movie and how the African American actors were treated at the movie premier and Academy Awards
  • Why the book & film are considered to be controversial
  • The incredible cast including Clark Gable (Rhett Butler,) Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O’Hara,) Leslie Howard (Ashley Wilkes,) Olivia de Havilland (Melanie Hamilton,) Thomas Mitchell (Gerald O’Hara,) Barbara O’Neill (Ellen O’Hara,) Hattie McDaniel (Mammy,) Butterfly McQueen (Prissy,) George Reeves (Brent Tarleton,) Fred Crane (Stuart Tarleton,) and Oscar Polk (Pork.)

Clips Featured:

  • Gone With the Wind (original trailer)
  • Scarlett first meets Rhett
  • Scarlett, Mammy, and Prissy get ready for the BBQ
  • “I will never be hungry again!”
  • “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”
  • Outro music Gone With the Wind (Theme) by Max Steiner

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Mar 23, 2019

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

Cold Comfort Farm”

The Margos Take a Trip to the Countryside with the 1932 novel by Stella Gibbons Vs the 1995 TV Movie Directed by John Schlesinger

 

We have NO idea why it took us so long to finally tackle this charming book and movie--but we are so grateful to the listeners for suggesting this idea to us! The story of 19-year-old Flora Poste (recently orphaned) who comes to Cold Comfort Farm with a pittance of an inheritance who has the gift of helping people achieve their dreams.

In this story, we meet Flora, the unique Strakadder family, Aunt Ada Doom, Mary Smiling, Adam Lambsbreath as she guides them to forget about “something nasty in the woodshed” and enjoy their lives at Cold Comfort Farm.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The interesting life story of author Stella Gibson who wrote over 22 novels and books of poetry but Cold Comfort Farm remained her one and only hit.
  • The social satire of the time (writing about living on farms in England was all the rage in England in the 20s and 30s)
  • Kate Beckinsale's incandescent performance
  • The cast of the movie including Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Eileen Atkins, Rufus Sewell and Sir Ian McKellen
  • Plus, movie trivia and more!

Clips Featured:

  • Cold Comfort Farm  trailer
  • Seth Starkadder becomes a movie star
  • Mr. My Bug (Stephen Fry) attempting to woo Flora Poste
  • Ian McKellan preaching “No butter in hell!”
  • Outro Music “Music from Cold Comfort Farm” Robert Lockhart

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Mar 19, 2019

 

Book Vs Movie

The Color Purple”

The Alice Walker Pulitzer-Prize Winning Novel Vs the Steven Spielberg Multi-Academy Award Nominated Film

The Margos finally take on the Alice Walker classic The Color Purple which won both the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the National Book Award in 1983. It went on to be adapted into a film by none of than Steven Spielberg who has appeared on this show several times so we may just have to change our name to the “Steven Spielberg Presents” show soon! (Kidding!)

Celie Harris is our lead character who is African American, poor, uneducated and being raised in America’s south in the early part of the 20th century. Her entire life she is abused by men including her stepfather (from whom she has two children) and then eventually her husband who is only referred to as “Mr” in the book and leaves his three wild children for her to raise.

Celie’s sister Nettie is sent away with a religious couple to a mission in Africa after almost being raped by Mr and the letters they exchange to make up the telling of the rest of the novel.

Spielberg’s movie is sort of the PG-version of what happens in the book with major subplots about lesbianism and the colonialism in Africa barely being hinted or discussed. However, the performances are next level amazing which counts for its multiple Academy Award nominations.

So what are those changes? Which version did the Margos like better? Check out the link below to hear for yourself!  

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The interesting history of the author Alice Walker including years of feminist activism and her controversial political views these days.
  • How the novel is told in an epistolary form and how it makes it challenging to read at times
  • The road to the adaptation by Steven Spielberg and his rather restrained choices about racism, sexism, child molestation, and adult sexuality  
  • The cast of the movie including Whoopi Goldberg (Celie Johnson,) Danny Glover (Albery “Mr” Johnson,) Margaret Avery (Shug Avery,) Oprah Winfrey (Sofia,) and William E. Pugh (Harpo Johnson)
  • The controversy over how the African American male characters are depicted

Clips Featured:

  • The Color Purple (original trailer)
  • Whoopi Goldberg wins the 1986 Best Actress Golden Globe Award
  • Alice Walker gives her opinion on the film adaptation BBC Desert Island Discs May 19, 2013
  • Sofia confronts Celie
  • Celie meets her children for the first time as adults
  • Outro music Miss Celie’s Blues vocals by Tata Vega

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Mar 16, 2019

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

The Stephen King Bonus Ep

With Special Guest Adam Riske (F This Movie)

Two podcasting, movie geeks talk about two classic Stephen King stories

Sleepwalkers” & “Sometimes They Come Back



In this special “Stephen King” ep, Margo D. and Adam Riske who is a contributor to the excellent movie podcast F This Movie, get together to talk about two rather weird Stephen King productions that they both love for nostalgic reasons. Then we wander off into some unexpected pop-culture tangents-- but let's get into the movies first.

Adam begins with 1992’s Sleepwalkers which stars Brian Krause, Madchen Amick, and Alice Krige. King penned the screenplay based on an unpublished story and it is directed by his pal Mick Garris who also helmed King's The Stand and the updated The Shining.

What is this movie about? Well, it has a mother and son who are not only creepy supernatural creatures who feed on virgins and then skip town. They are also involved with each other romantically!  Amick plays his love interest and her parents are played by Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward who played “Ferris Beuler’s” parents (they have since divorced.)

There are all kinds of strangeness with this movie including the herding of cats, a graveyard picnic date scene and an appearance by Mark Hamill! It’s pretty fantastic.

Margo D. chose Sometimes They Come Back which was first featured in King’s collection of short stories Night Shift. The 1991 CBS-TV movie starred Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams and Nicholas Sadler (whom Adam and Margo recall from his famous appearance in a 1990 episode of The Cosby Show.)

Matheson plays Jim Norman, a school teacher who lost his brother to a tragic gang attack and now must face his past as they all somehow show up in his life to raise hell once again.

The original in printed form scared the bejeebus out of a young Margo. The TV adaptation? Not so much but it makes for an amazing discussion with the following topics covered:

  • HBO’s original sex comedy Dream On starring Brian Benben
  • Chanteuse Jane Child and her amazing 90s hit Don’t Wanna Fall in Love
  • Our differing opinions on the upcoming Pet Semetary remake. (Adam is not sure about that one)

Hope you enjoy this different take on our usual Stephen King bonus eps. (Margo breaks out into several giggle fits here.)

You can listen to it using the link below.

Clips used:

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

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Mar 13, 2019

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

“The Stephen King Storytime Bonus Ep

Special Guest Juliette Miranda

Just a couple of lady podcasters talking about their favorite Stephen King stories

The Breathing Method” & “You Know, They Got a Hell of a Band

 

 

The Stephen King bonus eps do so well for us at Book Vs Movie that we decided to have fun with the format and talk about favorite King short stories/novels/screenplays and works that have necessarily been turned into a movie (or a really cheesy one--stay tuned for those coming up!)

In this ep, Margo D. talks with Juliette Miranda of the amazing Unwriteable Rant podcast and we have a grand old time imbibing our refreshments (Margo enjoys a nice wine out of a can!) while each discussing one our favorite King short stories.

Margo D. starts with the novella The Breathing Method which appeared in the book Different Seasons in 1982. It’s the story that takes place in 1935 and told by Dr. Emlyn McCarron who meets a young pregnant woman named Sandra Stansfield. She is single and determined to have her baby in the most natural way possible and learns the then-new Lamaze method breathing from Dr. McCarron who soon falls a bit in love with her.

The ending of this book scared Margo D. so much that she waited 20 years to attempt it again. It has not been adapted as a film yet but is technically in development with director Scott  Derrickson (Doctor Strange and The Day the Earth Stood Still) attached.

Juliette Miranda then talks about one of her favorite king short stories “You Know, The Have a Hell of a Band” which originally appeared in the 1992 collection of rock and roll based stories--Shock Rock which was edited by Jeff Gelb.

In this story, a bickering couple (King’s specialty!) are hopelessly lost while driving on vacation. They eventually wind up in a town which just happens to be haunted by the ghosts of famous dead musicians such as Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, and Buddy Holly just to name a few.

Because it is a Stephen King story--things get weird and creepy in no time. There was an adaptation of this story which appeared in the anthology series Nightmares & Dreamscapes and it is--kind of stinky. But it’s also fun and we have a great time discussing what we like about the Shock Rock book as well.

Margo D. also talk about her favorite story Shock Rock--Bob Dylan, Troy Johnson and the Speed Queen by F. Paul Wilson.

Hope you enjoy this different take on our usual Stephen King bonus eps.

You can listen to it using the link below.

Clips used:

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

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Mar 10, 2019

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

A Wrinkle in Time”

The Margos Discover that Not All Things Featuring Oprah Are Made of Gold

 

The Margos dive into a children’s classic novel--A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and offer their thoughts on the 1962 novel that spawned four sequels and earned the love of millions of fans all over the world. The story of a plucky 13-year-old heroine (Meg Murry) who is smart, awkward and lonely due to her father missing for over four years has inspired readers for decades to truly be themselves and trust their instincts.

L’Engle won the Newbery Medal in 1962 for her “junior novel” and its fans have been demanding for years a proper adaptation that honors the material. So does the 2018 film directed by Ava Duvernay make the cut? The Margos discuss in this episode which you can listen to using the link at the bottom of this post.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The biography of author Madeleine L’Engle and common themes in her books
  • The changes made in the 2018 movie adaptation
  • The past films of director Ava Duvernay
  • The multiracial casting of the movie including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, and Chris Pine
  • Plus, movie trivia and more!

Clips Featured:

  • A Wrinkle in Time  trailer
  • “The Gifts” Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey
  • Outro Music “Flower of the Universe” Sade

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Mar 3, 2019

 

Book Vs Movie

The Manchurian Candidate”

The Richard Condon Novel Vs. the 1962 John Frankenheimer Cult Classic

 

The Margos have a thing for espionage and intrigue in this ep talking about the Richard Condon 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate which was bought by Frank Sinatra and United Artists films and made into a controversial movie in 1962. Detailing the life of former infantrymen who are brainwashed by the Soviet Union while captured in the Korean War and who later aim to overthrow the United States via a presidential election--it was considered a classic “bad book” by Time magazine (which meant it as a compliment) and seems prescient considering what is happening in politics today.

The story of Major Bennett Marco and Sergeant Raymond Shaw and how deal with recurring nightmares over what they experienced makes up the rest of the book. In short, Shaw can become an assassin when given a “posthypnotic trigger” and his mother is married to Senator Johnny Iselin. She and Ray have an incestual relationship and she is working with the Communists to get her husband elected president.

The movie stars Sinatra as Marco and was directed by John Frankenheimer to little excitement in 1962 (go figure!) One year later President Kennedy was assassinated and the film was pulled from the public with fears it influenced Lee Harvey Oswald who was known to be a regular movie-goer.

The Margos discuss the book and the movie and decide which we like better. (Spoiler--it’s not even close here!) Check out the link below to listen to the episode.

This episode is once again sponsored by Penguin Random House!

FOUR DEAD QUEENS by Astrid Scholte

A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

 

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process.

Four Dead Queens is one of the most anticipated YA novels of 2019! Get your copy today!

Four Dead Queens is one of the most anticipated YA novels of 2019 and a stand-alone that will answer all of your questions!

You can follow her on social media @AstridScholte and follow the hashtag #fourdeadqueens

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The backstory about the author Richard Condon who went from Hollywood publicist to bestselling author
  • How the brainwashing theme was new in the late 1950s when it was introduced here.
  • The charges of plagiarism that came out years after he died.
  • How Sinatra helped put together a masterpiece of a film by working a short day (Frank never showed up before 11 am on a set!)
  • The cast of the 1962 film including Laurence Harvey (Raymond Shaw,) Janet Leigh (Eugenie Rosie Chaney,) Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin,) James Gregory (Senator Iselin,) Leslie Parrish (Jocie,) and John McGiver (Senator Jordan)
  • Why the film was considered so controversial, it was not considered a classic until a 1987 re-release.

Clips Featured:

  • “I Wanted a Killer” (Angela Lansbury & Laurence Harvey)
  • “52 Red Queens” (Frank Sinatra & Laurence Harvey)
  • “The Killing of Senator Jordan and Jocie” (Laurence Harvey, John McGiver, and Leslie Parrish”
  • “Meeting Rosie on a train” (Frank Sinatra & Janet Leigh)
  • “The Assassination scene” (Frank Sinatra & Laurence Harvey)
  • “The Garden Club Scene”

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Feb 24, 2019

Book Vs Movie Podcast (Replay)

“Brokeback Mountain” 

(Wait? That was based on a short story?)

The Margos are back with a new episode suggested to us by a listener--Brokeback Mountain. You didn’t know it was based on a short story written by Annie Proulx and appeared in the New Yorker in their October 13, 1997, issue. It won the National Magazine Award for fiction in 1998. Author Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana adapted it into the screenplay for the 2005 film directed by Ang Lee.

The film starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Jack Twist and Heath Ledger as Ennis Del Mar is now considered a masterpiece and the fact it lost the 2006 Academy Award for Best Picture to now widely reviled Crash was a huge controversy at the time.  

In this episode the Margos discuss:

  • The gorgeous look of the film
  • The casting of the leads and how revolutionary it was at the time.
  • Why author Annie Proulx finds the success of the story to be a mixed blessing
  • How Jake Gyllenhaal had to go to “cowboy camp” to prepare for the part
  • Trivia and behind-the-scenes insight about the making of the film

Clips Featured:

  • Brokeback Mountain  trailer
  • “I can’t quit you” Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger
  • Lurleen (Anne Hathaway) tells Ennis how Jack died
  • Outro Music Brokeback Mountain theme  by Gustavo Santaolalla

Promo courtesy of the Unwriteable Rant podcast

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Feb 22, 2019

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

Mudbound

The Hillary Jordan Novel Vs The Dee Rees Film

 

 

Welcome back to a new episode of Book Vs. Movie! This week, we are talking about the book/movie Mudbound which was written by Hillary Jordan (her debut novel) and directed by Dee Rees (Pariah, Bessie) who also co-wrote the adapted screenplay.  The Margos are not too ashamed to admit that this particular story and film gave us a big case of the sads. However, we are so in love with the writing, storytelling and acting here that we had a very hard time figuring out which we liked better.  

To find out, click on the link below!

In this show they discuss:

Audio clips:

  • Mudbound trailer
  • Carey Mulligan (Laura) talking about life on the farm
  • Garrett Hedlund (Jamie) and Jason Mitchell (Ronsel) become friends
  • Mary J Blige Mighty River

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Feb 17, 2019

 

Book Vs Movie

In Cold Blood”

Truman Capote’s “Non-Fiction Novel” Vs the Richard Brooks Movie

 

The Margos tackle true crime in this episode that features Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood which was a sensation when it was first published in 1966 and started a new genre called the “non-fiction novel.” Capote first read about the Clutter family murders in early December 1959 in a small section of the New York Times. Based on that one clip, he decided to go to Holcomb, Kansas (along with lifelong friend Harper “Nell” Lee as his assistant) on behalf of The New Yorker to get the story about how a small town handles a horrific crime.

It never occurred to Capote that though he himself comes from a small town (Monroeville, AL) his years of celebrity as a New York City writer and novelist would enchant even the most grounded folks in Holcomb. With Lee’s help, Truman spent years getting to know the residents of Holcomb along with dozens of members of the police and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to get close to the killers Perry Edward Smith and Richard Eugene “Dick” Hickock.

Capote became a millionaire after its publication but his friendship with Lee faltered and he was said to be haunted by the executions of Smith and Hickock for the rest of his life. In Cold Blood is now the second best-selling true crime book of all time behind Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi.

The story of the creation of the book was the premise of two movies in 2005--Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman (who won the Academy Award for Best Actor) and Infamous with Toby Jones.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The incredible life and sad decline of Truman Capote
  • The true story of the Clutters and how disappointed their friends and family were by Truman’s limited view of them
  • How Truman Capote created a sexier image of Smith and Hickock by using photos from celebrated photographer Richard Avedon
  • The way In Cold Blood introduced true crime to the masses
  • Movie trivia and the incredible use of “real” people and locations to give it a “cinema verite” look and feel
  • The casting of Robert Blake (Perry Smith,) Scott Wilson (Dick Hickock,) John Forsythe (Al Dewey) and Brenda Currin (Nancy Clutter.)
  • The truly awful remake from 1996 starring Anthony Edwards (Dick Hickock) and Eric Roberts (Perry Smith.)
  • The excellent mini-series that features interviews.] with the descendants of Herb & Bonnie Clutter--Cold Blooded.
  • The episode about the murders from the ID TV A Crime to Remember

Clips Featured:

  • In Cold Blood  trailer
  • Truman Capote describing why he took on the Clutter murder as his first non-fiction novel (From the mini-series Cold Blooded)
  • Dick Hickcock talks his way into writing a bad check
  • Perry Smith talks about his abusive childhood
  • Truman Capote talks about how to write about difficult topics (from the 1966 Maysles Brothers documentary “A Visit with Truman Capote

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Feb 9, 2019

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

Stephen King Bonus Ep

"The Stand”

The 1994 Movie Cast & Our Picks for the Cast of the Upcoming TV series

 

It’s another special “Stephen King Bonus Ep” and Margo D. and Deana Marie of the Twisted Philly are back and wanting to discuss quite possibly the biggest piece of Stephen King news that we have heard in ages. For many years there have been rumors of adapting King’s 1978 novel The Stand to either a TV series or as a film trilogy.

So far we have had one adaptation--Mick Garris’ 1994 mini-series which ran on ABC-TV and is either beloved or reviled by hardcore fans.

None other than Ben Affleck himself wanted to create a movie trilogy but the project never took off and remained in turnaround.

So CBS All Access decided to say “hold my beer!” and create their own 2020 limited TV series which has King fans buzzing.

The story is about an apocalyptic flu virus (“Captain Trips”)  that is spread across the U.S. and wipes out 99% of the population is one of King’s most revered works. The people who survive the flu break up into two camps:

  • The “good people” (including Stu Redmond, Frannie Goldsmith, and Mother Abigail Freemantle) head off to Boulder,  CO.
  • The “evil people” (including Trashcan Man and Lloyd Henreid) make Las Vegas their home

In 1990 King released an unabridged version of the novel with an additional 400+ pages. There are scenes including a character called “The Kid” and Stu meeting Jim Morrison--but the1994 mini-series is mostly based on the abridged version.

Will CBS All Access include anything from the 1990 version?

In this ep, Margo D. & Deana are all about casting. We go in depth on how we feel the 1994 casting of our favorite characters and then each pick our personal choice for the new show. CBS casting people--please let us know if you are listening!

You can listen to this episode using the link below.

 

In this special Stephen King bonus episode Margo & Deana discuss:

  • A quick story behind The Stand and why SK fans revere it so much.
  • Our personal history with both the novel and the 1994 TV mini-series
  • Our favorite (and least favorite) casting choices for the mini-series
  • Our top casting picks for the new TV series
  • Just how close to the book will the shows be compared to the 1994 mini-series?

Clips used:

The Stand 1994 trailer

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

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Feb 3, 2019

 

Book Vs Movie

Forrest Gump”

Yes, it was a book first and WOW are their differences between the two!



The Margos know that life is more and better than a box of chocolates and one of our favorite books to movie adaptations, Forrest Gump, deserves the full Book Vs Movie treatment. Did you not know that it was a book? Well, get ready to hear the story about author Winston Groom’s background and his real feelings about the 1994 film. (Spoiler--he is NOT a fan!)

So just how different is the book from the movie? Well, the book Forrest is a 6’6” and 240-pounds--large enough to draw attention everywhere he goes just in his appearance below. During his lifetime he is a high school football phenom, joins a folk music band with his on and off sweetheart Jenny (more on her in a bit!), joins the army and serves in Viet Nam, is a ping pong champion in China and then works for NASA.

Want more? How about the fact he winds up in the stranded in a jungle for years, has an orangutan for a companion, dabbles in chess, becomes a professional wrestler called “The Dunce,” is a stuntman who runs into a naked Raquel Welch, and eventually he winds up running a shrimp business in honor of his deceased friend Bubba.

The book is a heck of a ride, let’s just say.

And most of the characters you know from the film are featured in the book but are very different in attitude and behavior. For example, Forrest lifelong love Jenny is much more level-headed in the novel and “Momma” is not nearly as sweet as Sally Field portrays her in the movie.

There are so many more changes and tons of movie trivia to impart here, so be sure to click on the link at the bottomed to listen to what we think and decide which we like more.

This episode is once again sponsored by Penguin Random House!

New York Times bestselling author Brendan Reichs has created an incredible YA action “Fie Lake” trilogy--first with Nemesis which was described as “Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies” and became an instant hit in 2017. Here we are introduced to the world of Fire Lake and a vast conspiracy involving 64 students and an enormous asteroid threatening all life on earth.

Genesis is the followup to Nemesis and continues with the students struggling to live in a world where morals have no meaning and brute force passes for leadership. It is now available in paperback!

This March will be the launch of the final book in the series--Chrysalis and it is an action-packed conclusion to an amazing series.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The life and writing career of author Winston Groom and the plot to his follow up novel Gump & Co.
  • How the cast was chosen including Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump,) Sally Field (Mrs. Gump,) Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan Taylor,) Mykelti Williamson (Bubba,) Robin Wright (Jenny,) and Hayley Joel Osment (Forrest Gump Jr.)
  • The fact that there is a “Margo” in this movie! (Margo Moorer plays the maid, Louise)
  • The many changes between book & movie
  • The use of music and popular songs to help move the plot along. (A little too on the nose? Maybe?)
  • A plethora of trivia and behind-the-scenes gossip about the much-lauded film

Clips Featured:

  • Forrest Gump  trailer
  • Young Forrest  (Michael Conner Humphries) and Jenny (Hanna Hall)
  • Young Forrest teaches “Elvis” (Kurt Russel’s voice!) how to dance.
  • Bubba dies in Forrest’s arms
  • Mama Gump dies
  • Outro Music:  On the Road Again by Willie Nelson

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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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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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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”

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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/


Dec 31, 2018

Book Vs. Movie Podcast (Replay)

"The Cider House Rules"

The 1985 John Irving Novel Vs. The 1999 Miramax Adaptation

Plus, the Margos pick their "Top 5 Hope-to-Cover" eps for 2019!

 

Finally! The Margos have been asked to cover John Irving ‘s The Cider House Rules many times so we decided to tackle it during the coldest winter known in the U.S. for ages.  Here we discuss the interesting career of Irving and how he adapted his own sprawling novel into a neat and tidy Miramax film. Book Vs Movie--which did we like better? Tune in to find out! (Link below.)

Also, in the pre-show, we each pick our "Top 5 Hope-to-Cover in 2019" books/movies! 

In this episode the Margos discuss:

  • John Irving’s writing career
  • The world of Miramax films in the early 2000s
  • The changes Irving himself made with the adaptation
  • Michael Caine’s incredible performance
  • The social politics of the movie (would it fly these days?)
  • The gorgeous New England locations used in the film.

Clips used:

The Cider House Rules original theatrical trailer

John Irving winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Ukelele Lady by Vaughn De Leath

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

Find us in Apple Podcasts

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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