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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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Nov 29, 2019

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

Die Hard”

Yes, it was a novel based on the sequel to a 1968 Frank Sinatra movie first

But, is it a Christmas movie?

 

It’s hard to believe but the classic action film Die Hard was released 30 years ago and the Margos wrapping firehoses around our waists and jumping for joy.  

In case this is big news for you, yes--Die Hard the 1988 movie is actually based on a book published in 1979 called Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorpe. That novel (which is a pretty nifty thriller by the way) was a sequel to his 1968 book adapted into a film--The Detective which stars none other than Frank Sinatra. In it, Frank plays a hard-boiled detective named Joseph Leland who is middle-aged, world-weary and getting tired of the politics of being a cop in the late 60s New York City.

Nothing Lasts Forever sees Leland as retired, older, and visiting Los Angeles to celebrate the Christmas holiday season with his daughter Stephanie who works for the Klaxon Oil Corporation. Stephanie (who is a mother of two and in the middle of a divorce) is involved with a sleazy boss, using cocaine and her building is being taken over by German terrorists during their office Christmas party. Can our hero save the day?

So how does Die Hard the movie compare with the book it based on and is it true that the offer for the lead (now named John McClane) was first offered to Sinatra? Did Hollywood seriously freak out over Bruce Willis’ $5 million payday for the role? And finally, is this a Christmas movie or not?

In this show, we discuss the differences between book and movie, and there are several to dive into here. Which version did the Margos like better? Check out the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The story behind the 1968 movie The Detective and how the lead character is portrayed in the book that is filled with 70s cynicism and a frankly depressing ending (spoiler)
  • How Die Hard came to be and the impact it made on how movies are marketed
  • The brilliant supporting characters (with beefed-up roles due to Willis’ filming of TV’s Moonlighting at the same time)
  • The sheer awesomeness that is Alan Rickman (Hans Gruber) in his American film debut
  • The casting of the movie including Bonnie Bedelia (Holly Gennaro McClane,) Reginald VelJohnson (Sgt. Al Powell, ) Paul Gleason (Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson,) William Atherton (Richard Thornburg,) Hart Bochner (Harry Ellis,) and Alexander Godunov (Karl)

Clips used:

  • Die Hard trailer
  • Hans “meets” John for the first time aka the “Yippie Kie-Yay!” scene
  • Hans gets Karl’s brother’s body delivered
  • John is fooled by Hans’ fake American accent
  • John meets Al (finally) and Al shoots Karl
  • Outro Music: Christmas in Hollis by Run DMC

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Nov 24, 2019

 

Book Vs Movie 

The Help

The 2009 novel by Kathryn Stockett vs the

Tate Taylor 2011 film

 

The Margos remake one of the first shows they recorded together as a duo--The Help. The 2009 novel was a surprise hit for first-time author Kathryn Stockett who draws inspiration from her life growing up Jackson, Mississippi. Stockett went to the University of Alabama and graduated with a degree in English and Creative Writing. After living in New York City for several years working on magazine marketing, she decided to write her book after the September 11th attacks

Five years (and dozens of rejections later) her book was eventually published and would go on to sell over ten million copies and been translated into 42 languages. In 2010 her childhood friend Tate Taylor directed the movie which went on to be a huge hit at the box office as well. 

The story centers on several African American maids in the early 1960s who worked for white wealthy families. Our protagonist is Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a 23-year-old who dreams of being an important writer and living in NYC. Her big idea is to record the true stories of maid life in Mississippi during the height of Jim Crow South. She eventually (with the help of most of the domestic workers in town who are scared to expose themselves to abuse for snitching on their terrible, racist bosses) writes a book that exposes the bigotry of the south. 

The movie has an incredible cast including Emma Stone as “Skeeter,” Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark, and Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson. Spencer, a friend of the author, would eventually win an Academy Award for her performance. 

So between book & movie--which did we like better? Have a listen to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The backstory of Kathyrn Stockett and Tate Taylor
  • The popularity of the book and why we think we each missed it the first time around
  • The cast of the movie including Bryce Dallas Howard (Hilly Holbrook,) Jessica Chastain (Celia Foote,) Allison Janney (Charlotte Phelan,) and Cicely Tyson as Constantine Jefferson (we have thoughts about her casting!) 
  • Our favorite scenes from the movie

Clips Featured:

  • The Help trailer
  • Hilly & Skeeter talk about the bathroom laws
  • Celia & Minny bond over oppression & violence 
  • Hilly eats a sh*t pie 
  • Outro music Mary J Blige The Living Proof 

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Nov 16, 2019

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

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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Nov 11, 2019

Book Vs Movie 

Rocketman

Elton John’s Best Selling Autobiography Me Vs the Dexter Fletcher Hit Film

The Margos are both Elton John fanatics, so when the Book Vs Movie Podcast Group on Facebook came up with the idea to cover John’s #1 New York Times bestseller Me and pair it with the hit film directed by Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle, Bohemian Rhapsody) we immediately put on our platform shoes and bold glasses and got to work. (You see, we are always game to do a thing called the Crocodile Rock!) 

Elton’s life is full of amazing highs and tragic lows. The man has been to the brink of self-destruction and made it back to become an icon for the ages. (Can you imagine a world without his music? Tragic, right?)

At 73, Elton and his co-writer and lifelong BFF Bernie Taupin are the creators of some of the best music of the 20th Century and hearing about how they write in two different places (Taupin creates the lyrics first) is a real treat. And to see their friendship on screen reminds us of all the power of platonic love. 

Rocketman takes the standard music biopic and tips it on its ear. People break into song out of nowhere. There are suicide attempts and awful parenting failures. There’s also a recreation of Elton’s first big success in America--his string of performances at Los Angeles’s Troubadour theater which cemented his reputation for songwriting and as a daring piano player. 

The performance of Taron Egerton is a thing of beauty as well (the man can sing and play like an angel!) and the Margos have so much to say about both the book and movie here. (This is seriously going to be a gush fest!)

So which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The incredible life of Elton and the relationships that defined his life
  • The unusual way he creates music with Bernie Taupin
  • Our favorite Elton John tunes
  • The cast of the movie including Edgerton (Elton John,) Jamie Bell (Bernie Taupin,) Richard Madden (John Reid,) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Elton’s mother Sheila.)
  • Our favorite scenes from the movie

Clips Featured:

  • Rocketman trailer
  • The real Elton & Bernie at the movie premiere
  • Elton & Bernie meet for the first time
  • Elton at the Troubadour
  • Elton tells his mother he is gay
  • Outro music “I’m Still Standing” sung by Taron Egerton

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