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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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Jul 6, 2020

 

Book Vs Movie

The Return of Superfly Vs American Gangster 

The 2000 New York magazine article from Mark Jacobson Vs the 2007 Ridley Scott Film

The Margos are heading back to NYC in the gritty 1970s talking about the New York magazine article The Return of Superfly by Mark Jacobson which appeared in their August 14, 2000 issue and was immediately bought as a film property for Imagine Entertainment/Universal Pictures. It took seven years and went through many different hands before Ridley Scott filmed the 2007 movie starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe

The story focuses on a heroin dealer from North Carolina (Frank Lucas/Washington) who came to Harlem in the late 1960s and became a million-dollar dealer/drug kingpin taking over 118th Street & 8th Avenue for years before being caught by an undercover team of “not-on-the-take” Newark police headed up by Richie Roberts (Crowe.) 

When Roberts is not investigating Lucas, he is studying to be a lawyer and dealing with a stressful divorce and child custody issue. 

Lucas inherited the territory from noted Harlem gangster Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson after his death and used the Viet Nam War to his advantage to get 100% pure heroin that sold on the streets as “Blue Magic.” Thousands become addicted to it and Lucas is now the drug king of New York City. 

What makes this episode extra special is that we interview Erin Hennicke of the Best Neighbors Podcast (Margo D. co-hosts that show!)  Erin was the person who bought the rights to the article for Universal in 2000 and talks about the long journey to the Ridley Scott film. She also talks about the whole process of getting books and magazine articles to screen and offers advice to potential writers out there. 

This is an extra special episode and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Between the article and film--which did the Margos like better? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The story behind the New York article 
  • The journey between different actors and directors attached to the project
  • How crafty Frank Lucas was in transporting the drugs straight from Bangcock, Thailand and the multiples of people he was forced to pay off
  • How a chinchilla coat broke his “cover”
  • The really bad makeup job done on actor Joe Morton!
  • The cast which includes: Denzel Washington (Frank Lucas,) Russell Crowe (Richie Roberts,) Chiwetel Ejiofor (Huey Lucas,) Josh Brolin (Detective Trupo,) Lymari Nadal (Eva,) Ted Levine (Lou Toback,) Ruby Dee (Mama Lucas,) Carla Gugino (Laurie Roberts,) Cuba Gooding Jr (Nicky Barnes,) Clarence Williams III (“Bumpy” Johnson,) Armande Assante (Dominic Cattano,) RZA (Moses Jones,) Common (Turner Lucas,) Joe Morton (Charlie Williams,) and Idris Elba (Tango.) 

Clips Featured:

  • American Gangster trailer
  • Frank & his mother argue
  • Frank takes out Tango
  • Music by Anthony Hamilton Do You Feel Me

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Jun 29, 2020

 

Book Vs Movie

Urban Cowboy

The 1978 Esquire article from Aaron Latham Vs the 1980 John Travolta Film

 

The Margos are ready to rock out in cowboy boots after reading the Aaron Latham Esquire magazine article “The Ballad of the Urban Cowboy: America’s Search for True Grit” from 1978. He also wrote the “Perfect” article from Rolling Stone which became another John Travolta film. (Travolta is our movie lead here.)

In 1977 Lathan married CBS News anchor Lesley Stahl and they have one daughter together, Taylor. Check out this article from People magazine which features quite a bit of shade being thrown at Latham’s former friend and Washington Post co-worker Sally Quinn!) 

Back to the article---it follows the story of Dew & Betty who are married, in their late teens and spend most of their free time at Gilley’s bar in Houston. They fight quite a bit and the women at Gilley’s use the mechanical bull to establish their dominance over sensitive/abusive men who are not sure where they fit in the world. 

The movie stars John Travolta and Debra Winger (known as Bud and Sissy here) and features amazing music and some pretty ridiculous dialog. (God bless the 80s!) Seriously, this film started a whole wave of country/pop music fans as well as the rise of mechanical bulls in bars around the country. It’s a paper-thin plot somehow stretched to over two hours. 

Between the article and film--which did the Margos like better? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Urban Cowboy Trailer
  • Forget it--let’s get married!
  • Bud & Wes fight
  • Sissy rides the bull
  • Music by Johnny Lee “Lookin for Love”

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Jun 22, 2020

 

Book Vs Movie

Like Water for Chocolate

 

The Margos are ready to talk about “magical realism” in Laura Esquivel’s 1989 novel (that later became the 1992 movie of the same name) Like Water for Chocolate. This may sound familiar to long time fans but we originally recorded this topic five years ago and the quality of that show--left much to be desired. 

This is a story filled with interesting characters and set in Mexico in the early 1900s. We meet Tita, a 15-year-old girl who was basically born into family servitude by being the youngest daughter. Being the youngest daughter in her family means she is expected to never marry and support her overpowering widowed mother Elena. 

Esquivel’s husband, director Alfonso Arau, filmed the movie in Mexico with a small, independent film budget. It went on to make over $20 million, one of the most successful foreign-language films of the 90s. 

Between the novel and film--which did the Margos like better? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • A clip from the audiobook narrated by Kate Reading
  • Like Water for Chocolate trailer
  • “Quail in Rose Petal Sauce”

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Jun 15, 2020

 

Book Vs Movie

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

The Anita Loos 1925 novel Vs the 1953 Howard Hawkes classic film 

The Margos are heading back to the 50s (well, really the 20s if you want to be technical about it!) Gentleman Prefer Blondes was first published in 1925 by Anita Loos in Harper’s Bazaar magazine as a serial. The book itself was so popular at the time that Edith Wharton dubbed it “the Great American Novel” considering it came out the same year as Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby--that is incredible praise. 

The story itself is a simple tale about a “professional lady” making her way in the world trying to nab a wealthy suitor. Lorelei Lee is a blonde flapper from Little Rock, Arkansas and men can’t help but so attracted to her she winds up getting whatever she wished for in life. 

Dorothy Shaw is Lorelei’s best friend and has her own romantic struggles (one of them being a brunette which makes her work harder to get men to pay attention to her.)

The movie was directed by Howard Hawkes and stars Jane Russell as Dorothy and Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei. It was a huge hit in 1953 and the stars got along famously. It’s considered a classic musical and pre-feminist statement. 

Between the novella and Howard Hawkes film--which did the Margos like better? (Is it even going to be close?) 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Lorelei is accused of stealing in Paris
  • Gentleman Prefer Blondes trailer
  • Lorelei and Dorothy meet Henry Spofford
  • Lady Beekman (Norma Varden) shows Lorelei her tiara
  • Outro music: “Is There Anyone Here for Love” Jane Russell

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Jun 8, 2020

 

Book Vs Movie 

Saturday Night Fever

Based on a short story in New York magazine, the 1977 movie is dissected in this special episode 

The Margos are suffering from a case of “Night Fever” and the only sure is taking a deep dive into one of the most successful films of the 1970s--Saturday Night Fever. The film was directed by John Badham and stars John Travolta in his first Academy-Award nominated performance as an actor. 

The idea for the film comes from an article from New York magazine in 1976 “Tribal Rights of the New Saturday Night” by reporter Nik Cohn. At the time, Cohn said it was based on a real group of people from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. In fact, it turns out he pretty much made up the whole thing. The story of “Vincent” a teenage dance phenom who is just trying to earn and living and forget about living in a working-class neighborhood caught the eyes of Hollywood and a screenplay was created as a starring vehicle for Travolta who was seen by millions every week on the ABC-TV hit sitcom Welcome Back Kotter.

Badham inherited the movie two weeks filming was supposed to start without film locations set and without the role of Stephanie filled. We have so much behind the scenes gossip and trivia here to talk about in addition to the fabulous soundtrack! (The Bee Gees at their finest!) 

Between the article and film--which did the Margos like better? (Is it even going to be close?) 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • How Nik Cohn came to writing the article for New York magazine
  • How the film overcame so many obstacles to become a classic 
  • How the dancing was received 
  • The incredible music! 
  • The cast which includes: John Travolta (Tony Monero,) Karen Lynn Gorney (Stephanie,) Barry Miller (Bobby C.,) Joseph Cali (Joey,) Paul Pape (Double J,) Donna Pescow (Annette,) Martin Skakar (Frank Jr.,) and Fran Drescher (Connie.)

Clips Featured:

  • Saturday Night Fever trailer
  • Tony and his family “You Hit My Hair’
  • Tony’s brother leaves the priesthood
  • Fran Drescher’s film debut
  • Tony and Connie on the dance floor
  • Outro music: “You Should Be Dancing” The Bee Gees (from the movie scene)

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Jun 1, 2020


Book Vs Movie 

Double Indemnity 

The Novella by James M. Cain & Film Noir Classic from Billy Wilder 



We are heading back to the Film Noir well with writer James M. Cain and the classic novella & later movie Double Indemnity.  The Margos talk about the life of Mr. Cain (who also wrote Mildred Pierce) and find out the true story behind his fictional account of two lovers trying to get away with the perfect murder. 

The novella originally was published in 1936 in serial form with Liberty magazine in 1936 and is based on the real-life crime duo Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray. Snyder wanted her husband dead and asked her lover, Gray, to help her and then split the insurance money. After several attempts, they finally succeeded in killing Albert Snyder. Alas, they were caught right away and both went to the electric chair. 

The movie, directed by one of the most revered filmmakers of the 20th Century--Billy Wilder, was released in 1944 and is considered a classic. (You will usually find on the TMC Network!)  There are quite a few changes between the novella and film and the author preferred their storyline to his own! 

Between the novella and film--which did the Margos like better? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Double Indemnity trailer
  • Neff meets Phyllis
  • Neff tries to escape Keyes
  • Outro music: “Tangerine” by Les Brown & His Band of Renown (Johnny Mercer & Vincent Schertzinger)

 

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May 24, 2020

Book Vs Movie 

2001: A Space Odyssey

The Acclaimed Work by Arthur C. Clarke & Stanley Kubrick Examined (and Demystified?) by the Margos

The Margos attempt to decipher one of the most lauded (and examined) films of the 20th century--2001: A Space Odyssey that is the combined effort of two geniuses--Arthur C. Clarke and Stanely Kubrick. The film released in 1968 and the 1951 short story (titled The Sentinel) have been a subject of thousands of thesis papers and movie nerd YouTube tutorials, but what does it all mean? 

Sentinel of Eternity (as it was first known) was written by Clarke in 1948 for a BBC competition--which he lost. It’s about the discovery of an artifact on the Earth’s moon left by aliens and transmitting signals into deep space. This “sentinel’ was a “warning beacon’ on the possibility of intelligent life outside our solar system.

In 1964, Stanely Kubrick contacted Clarke (a now revered science fiction writer) to ask him if he wanted to collaborate on a film screenplay. Kubrick started his career as a photographer and was now considered an edgy filmmaker with recent hits Lolita and Dr. Strangelove. Clarke later said he was intrigued by the “enfant terrible” and could not understand why he described him as a recluse. (By this point, Clarke was living full time in Sri Lanka where he would stay until his death on March 19, 2008.)

In simple terms, the film is about two mission pilots who are sent to Jupiter to retrieve a device with extravehicular activity (EVA). Their computer is the HAL 9000 and it has a mind of its own. 

There is so much to discuss here mainly with the movie and not the short story as much. (Clarke would totally agree with that!) 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The life story of Arthur C. Clarke & Stanley Kubrick
  • The special effects used in 2001
  • The strange history of its initial run and long-lasting popularity
  • The cast which includes: Keir Dullea (Dr. Dave Bowman), Gary Lockwood (Dr. Frank Poole,) William Sylvester (Dr. Heywood R. Floyd,) Daniel Richter (Moon-Watcher,) Leonard Rossiter (Dr. Andrei Smylov,) Margaret Tzack (Elena,) Robert Beatty (Dr. Ralph Halvorsen,) Sean Sullivan (Dr. Bill Michaels,) and Douglas Rain (Hal 9000 voice.) 

Clips Featured:

  • 2001  trailer
  • Hal goes rogue
  • Hal “dies”  
  • Outro music: “Blue Danube” by Johan Strauss (2001 Soundtrack)

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May 17, 2020

Book Vs Movie 

Tuck Everlasting

One of the Top-Requested Shows in Finally Happening!

Who wants to live forever? Is it better to have an average lifespan filled with love or an eternity of new adventures? The 1975 children’s book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt and features the Tuck family who drinks the spring water from rural Treegap and now lives a life that will never end. 

Our heroine is Winifred “Winnie” Foster, at 11 years old (in the book) she is spending her summer as an only child on a rural farm. As she contemplates running away, Winnie happens upon 17-year-old Jesse Tuck who is wearing old tattered clothes and tells her she should never drink the spring water. 

After she meets his family, Winnie learns that they drink from the spring water every ten years which gives them eternal life. Jesse is 104-years-old but will perpetually be 17. Winnie realizes that if she drinks from the spring water, she will stay 11-years-old forever. 

The family is being chased by The Man in the Yellow Suit who knows about the secret spring water and wants to sell it as a cure-all. He is willing to kidnap Winnie to get the land which sets off a string of events that forces Winnie to make a huge decision about her life. 

The book has received tremendous praise over the years and has millions of fans. The 2002 adaptation was directed by Jay Russell and stars Alexis Bledel as Winnie and Jonathan Jackson as Jesse Tuck. 

There are several differences between the book and film, so which did the Margos like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Tuck Everlasting  trailer
  • Jesse & Winnie say goodbye
  • Winnie learns to swim
  • Jesse visits Winnie’s gravesite 
  • Outro music: Composer William Ross

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May 10, 2020

 

Book Vs Movie 

The Warriors

(Yes, the Cult Classic Film is Based on a Book!)



The Margos are picking out our costumes for this special episode devoted to the cult classic The Warriors (yes, it was based on a book by Sol Yurick.) The movie, directed by Walter Hill, was a hit when it was released in 1979, but the glory of that was marred by real-life gang violence at the time which caused the movie studios to cease advertising the film. It was a staple of syndicated television throughout the 80s and is considered a modern classic and one of the earliest films to bring a comic book sensibility to urban decay. 

Yurick wrote the original story in 1965 and based it on his experience working for the welfare department in New York City after graduating college in the 1940s. He became fascinated by the teenagers he met and how they navigated living in a big city. (At the time, the term “juvenile delinquent” was used to describe young people who got into trouble.)

The basis for the story is a fictional account of gang life and the Greek story Anabasis

In the mid-1970s, producer Lawrence Gordon bought the rights to the book and Paramount Pictures became the home of the film adaptation. 

There are several differences between the book and film including the names and costumes of the multitude of gangs and its depiction of women. 

So between the book and the movie, which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • The Warriors  trailer
  • “Warriors, come out to play!” (David Patrick Kelly)
  • Luther “Can you dig it?” (Roger Hill)
  • The D.J. warns The Warriors (Lynne Thigpen)
  • Outro music: Composer Barry DeVorzon 

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May 4, 2020

 

Book Vs Movie 

Matilda

The Classic Book from Roald Dahl Vs the 1996 Film Adaptation

The Margos tackle one of the most beloved children’s books of all time--Matilda by Roald Dahl. We have had so many requests over the years for this book & movie and it has certainly lived up to the hype!

Dahl is a fascinating subject all on his own. Born in Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents, the 6’6” Dahl was larger than life in every imaginable way. A veteran of the Royal Air Force (RAF,) Dahl crash-landed his Gladiator in Marsa Matruh, Egypt, in 1940 and managed to crawl to safety before it blew up. He survived a skull fracture and totally smashed his nose and was blinded temporarily. 

He recovered and eventually worked for the English Embassy in Washington D.C. and went to cocktail parties where he as known as a charmer & dancer. Dahl worked in Intelligence during WW2 and was friends with writers C.S. Forester and Ian Fleming

He became a well-known adult & children’s author with several titles being viewed as masterpieces including Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, and James & the Giant Peach. 1998’s Matilda was one of Dahl’s last book and it had been included in multiple lists as one of the best children’s books of all time. 

The story of the brilliant but unappreciated by her parents Matilda Wormwood is full of humor and pathos as she learns to use her psychic powers for the forces of good. Characters like Miss Honey, Miss Trunchbull, and Lavender are unforgettable and Danny DeVito’s film makes some interesting choices in the 1996 adaptation. 

So between the book and the movie, which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Matilda  trailer
  • Kate Winslet reads Matilda intro
  • Matilda accuses her father of bad behavior
  • Trunchbull throws the girl with pigtails
  • Outro music: Little Bitty Pretty One written by Bobby Day & performed by Thurston Harris

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Apr 26, 2020

 

Book Vs Movie 

Road to Perdition

The Margos Return to Graphic Novels in This Special Episode



The world of midwest Prohibition-era gangster life is the subject of this episode of Book Vs Movie with Road to Perdition--the 1998 graphic novel from Max Allan Collins and the 2000 film directed by Sam Mendes.  This returns the Margos to the graphic novel genre for the first time since Batman. 

The novel is the first in a series on a gangster family--the O-Sullivan’s. Michael O’Sullivan Sr. works for the Looney family and sees the head boss Michael Looney as a father figure. Michaels is known as the “Angel of Death” and a ruthless enforcer for the Looney family. You owe them money and don’t pay--Michael will make you pay the ultimate price. He is played by Tom Hanks in the movie. 

Michael has a wife (Annie) and two sons--Michael Jr. and Peter. One day, Annie and Peter are murdered and it’s up to Michael Sr. and his son as an unlikely duo to find the killers and avenge their loved one’s deaths. 

In the novel, we meet a cast of characters including real-life criminals Al Capone and his enforcer Frank Nitti. Eliot Ness also makes an appearance and John Looney is quite a bit different than his movie counterpart played by Paul Newman (called John Rooney in the film.) 

The movie sticks mostly with the basics of the plot with just a few name changes and without the appearance of Ness of Capone (Anthony LaPaglia filmed a scene as Capone that never made it to the final cut.) And Conrad L. Hall won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography who had passed away just before the award season. 

So between the graphic novel and short story--which did the Margos like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The author’s journey to this particular story
  • The biggest differences between the short story and the 2002 film 
  • Trivia about the shooting of the film
  • The cast includes Tom Hanks (Michael Sullivan Sr.), Paul Newman (John Rooney,) Daniel Craig (Connor Rooney,) Jennifer Jason Leigh (Annie Sullivan,) Stanley Tucci (Frank Nitti,) Tyler Hoechlin (Michael Sullivan Jr.), Jude Law (Maguire,) and Dylan Baker (Alexander Rance.) 

Clips Featured:

  • Road to Perdition  trailer
  • Michael Sullivan Sr. confronts Rooney
  • Connor Rooney “apologizes”
  • Maguire meets Michael Sullivan Sr. 
  • Outro music: Score by Thomas Newman

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Apr 20, 2020

Book Vs Movie 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)

The Margos fight off the urge to daydream while we talk about the James Thurber short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the 1947 adaptation starring Danny Kaye in the title role. Mitty is a character that loves to get lost in his thoughts and in the original story--he spends a day in Waterbury, Connecticut thinking of a few heroic episodes that star him and his incredible imagination. 

The 1947 film takes place in New York City with Mitty being a magazine editor who daydreams while chasing a lovely Virginia Mayo. We have some thoughts about this particular adaptation.

So between the short story and the 1947 movie, which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The life story of James Thurber 
  • The biggest differences between the short story and the 1947 film
  • The cast includes Danny Kaye (Walter Mitty,) Virginia Mayo (Rosalind van Hoorn,) Boris Karloff (Dr. Hugo Hollingshead) and Fay Bainter (Mrs. Eunice Mitty.)

Clips Featured:

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty trailer
  • “The Anatole of Paris”
  • “The Professor of Music”
  • Outro music “The Professor of Music”

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Apr 11, 2020

 

Book Vs Movie 

Coal Miner’s Daughter 

The Margos Head to Butcher Hollow to Talk About One of the Top Country Music Artists of All Time

Loretta Lynn is a multi-hyphen: singer, songwriter, musician, wife, mother, and author. The Margos were thrilled to discover that the 1980 movie Coal Miner’s Daughter was based on her 1976 autobiography of the same name. As superfans--we needed to bring this episode to our followers--you are all welcome!

Loretta began her life in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky and later became one of the most revered & successful artists in recorded music. She was the oldest of eight children and by the time she was just shy of 16--she married her life mate Oliver “Doolittle” Webb. The film stars an incandescent Sissy Spacek as Lynn, Tommy Lee Jones as “Doo” Lynn, and Levon Helm (of “The Band” fame) as her father, Ted Webb. 

Sure, you can argue that the movie follows the “music biopic” re the humble beginnings, the creation of the first hit song, drugs, loneliness, and the downside of fame. But dammit if this film isn’t first-class entertainment features incredible live singing performances and a complicated love story. And the hair in this film? To die for! 

Spacy won an Academy Award for her performance and the film aired on cable TV in the United States repeatedly throughout the 1980ss which means there is an entire generation that knows this movie backward & forwards. 

Lynn just released her second book Me & Patsy: Kickin’ Up Dust which is all about her friendship with the legendary Patsy Cline. At 87--she continues to be creative and vital. An example of resiliency to us all!

So between the autobiography and the movie, which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The life story of Loretta Lynn 
  • How Sissy Spacek got into character for the part of her lifetime
  • Behind the scenes tidbits from the set
  • The cast Sissy Spacey (Loretta Lynn,) Tommy Lee Jones (Doo Lynn,) Levon Helm (Ted Webb,) Phyllis Boyens-Liptak (Clary Webb,) William Sanderson (Lee Dollarhide,) and Beverly D’Angelo (Patsy Cline.)  

Clips Featured:

  • Coal Miner’s Daughter  trailer
  • Doo walks Loretta home
  • Doo and the “studio engineer”
  • Beverly D’Angelo as Patsy Cline
  • Doolittle in the studio
  • Outro music Coal Miner’s Daughter (Performed by Loretta Lynn)

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Apr 4, 2020

Book Vs Movie 

Stand By Me

The Margos take on another Stephen King classic with Different Seasons’ story The Body and the Rob Reiner adaptation Stand By Me

The Margos are going back to Stephen King’s 1982 Different Seasons which features four novellas with a focus on the “summer” tale “The Body.” As written in the story, four young boys from Castle Rock Maine in 1960 who go on a quest to see the deceased body of Ray Brower--a 12-year-old who was most likely hit by a train. 

The boys (Gordie Lachance, Chris Chambers, Vern Tessio and Teddy Duchamp) all come from different levels of homelife abuse and/or neglect and the overnight journey gives them a chance to confront their fears of entering a new school in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, they are being chased by longtime Kind villain Ace Merrill and his mean, dimwitted crew of juvenile delinquents who want to find the body first for themselves. 

Rob Reiner’s 1986 adaptation is considered a modern classic featuring some amazing performances from the entire cast including Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, and Kiefer Sutherland just to name a few standouts. It also managed to bring Ben E. King back into the music charts with the use of his hit song “Stand By Me.” 

So between the novella and the movie, which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The different stories from Different Seasons which were turned into films 
  • The process of changing the scenery and key plot points between book & movie
  • Trivia about the film and life for the young actors on the set
  • The cast  Wil Wheaton (Gordie Lachance,) River Phoenix (Chris Chambers,) Corey Feldman (Teddy Duchamp,) Jerry O’Connell (Vern Tessio,) Kiefer Sutherland (Ace Merrill,) Casey Siemaszko (Billy Tessio,) Gary Riley (Charlie Hogan,) Bradley Gregg (Eyeball Chambers,) Bruce Kirby (Mr. Quidacioluo,) John Cusack (Dennis LaChance,) and Richard Dreyfus (The Writer.) 

Clips Featured:

  • Stand by Me  trailer
  • Gordie confronts Ace
  • The “leeches” scene
  • The “train” scene
  • Chris talks about stealing money
  • Outro music Stand By Me (Performed by Ben E. King)

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Mar 28, 2020

Book Vs Movie 

All About Eve

The Margos talk about one of the most famous fictional “Margos" in entertainment

The Margos are All About Eve in this Bette Davis-centered episode and considered us buckled up for this bumpy ride!

The story is based on actress/writer Mary Orr’s short story for Cosmopolitan magazine “The Wisdom of Eve” published in December 1946. It tells the tale of an actress (Margo Channing) who is threatened by a younger ingenue, Eve Harrington. At the time, people suspected it was secretly about the supposed rivalry on Broadway between Tallulah Bankhead and her understudy Lizabeth Scott. Orr claims it was actually about Martina Lawrence and Elizabeth Bergner. 

The story was bought by 20th Century Fox for $5000 and writer/director Joseph Mankiewicz created the script that would become the classic film that won six Academy Awards, fantastic performances, and a plethora of quotable lines that have lasted to this day. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The All About Eve origin story
  • Which actors did (and did not) get along
  • Trivia about the film and behind the scenes gossip
  • The amazing women in the film
  • The unusual number of retakes created a year after the film was first made
  • The cast  Bette Davis (Margo Channing,) Anne Baxter (Eve Harrington,) George Sanders (Addison DeWitt,) Celeste Holm (Karen Richards,) Gary Merill (Bill Simpson,) Marilyn Monroe (Miss Casswell,) and Thelma Ritter (Birdie Coonan.) 

Clips Featured:

  • All About Eve  trailer
  • Eve meets Miss Casswell
  • “Fasten your seatbelts…”
  • Bill loves Margo
  • Margo describes what it means to be a woman
  • Eve now belongs to Addison
  • Outro music Bette Davis Eyes (Performed by Kim Carnes)

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Mar 22, 2020

Book Vs Movie 

The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler’s Novel Vs the Bogie/Bacall Classic Film

The Margos are both working from home these days so we have some extra time to devote to the show. Meaning--a new episode each week for the foreseeable future. (Huzzah!)

This episode is devoted to Raymond Chandler and one of his best-known novels--The Big Sleep. This is the first novel to feature Detective Philip Marlowe and this story is filled with witty lines, nefarious people and double-crossing aplenty. If you are under the impression that this story will be slow and/or easy to understand because it was created almost 100 years ago--guess again. This is one of the most complicated plots we have tried to explain on this show and that is saying something!

The film was directed by Howard Hawks and features a script by William Faulkner and Leigh Brackett. We talk about all of the film trivia we can get our hands on and the incredible performances. So, if you are looking for differences between book & movie, click on the link below and listen! 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The life of Raymond Chandler
  • The popularity of detective stories and film noir in the 1940s
  • How Chandler created the novel out of several short stories
  • The tension between Hawkes, Bogart & Bacall
  • The unusual number of retakes created a year after the film was first made
  • The cast  including Humphrey Bogart (Philip Marlowe,) Lauren Bacall (Vivian Rutledge,) John Ridgley (Eddie Mars,) Martha Vickers (Carmen Sternwood,) Dorothy Malone (Acme Book Shop Proprietress,) Peggy Knudsen (Mona Mars,) and Louis Jean Heydt (Joe Brody.) 

Clips Featured:

  • The Big Sleep  trailer
  • Bogart & Bacall talking about “horses”
  • Bogart & the Book Shop Proprietress
  • Bogart & Martha Vickers scene
  • Bogart & Bacall last scene
  • Outro music And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine (Music by Stan Kenton & Charles Lawrence. Lyrics by Joe Green. Sung by Lauren Bacall)

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Mar 15, 2020

Book Vs Movie 

Valley of the Dolls 

The 1968 Jacqueline Susann Novel Vs the 1967 Camp Classic Film

“Sparkle, Neely Sparkle!”

The Margos are still enjoying the swinging 60s and what better way to celebrate than talking about the amazing Jacqueline Susann  who is the first author to have three consecutive #1 books on the New York Times bestseller list. Though her work was critically panned at the time and she was considered a self-promoting hack by the literary elite (how dare they!) Susann is now an icon for fun-living women who dare to take up space. 

Valley of the Dolls caused a scandal at the time with its frank discussions about sex, sexism in show business, drug use, and cancer. But Susann had a flair for publicity, had a super-sharp wit and a husband (Irving Mansfield) who promoted her work with incredible enthusiasm. This woman practically invented the book tour and became just as famous as Truman Capote and Phillip Roth but for the fun, camp set. 

The movie directed by Mark Robson was rushed into production in 1967 and was seen as a bit trashy and embarrassing at the time. Today it is known as a camp classic. 

In this episode, we talk about the many differences between the original book & the movie to decide which we like better. (P.S. We adore Jacqueline Susann!)

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Valley of the Dolls  trailer
  • BBC Interview with Jacqueline Susann (1973)
  • Neely O’Hara & Helen Lawson fight
  • Neely & Tony Polar “sing” 
  • Outro music “Theme from the Valley of the Dolls” composed by Dionne Warwick

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Mar 9, 2020

Book Vs Movie Podcast (Replay)

The Exorcist”

RIP Max von Sydow (1929-2020)


The Margos revisit the 1971 novel The Exorcist written by the very interesting William Peter Blatty.  Based on a true-ish story about a boy possessed by a demon in the 1950s Blatty changed some of the key details to create this fiction classic.

Director William Friedkin in 1973 just came off an incredible spate of box office successes including 1971’s The French Connection giving him an Academy Award for Best Director. The Exorcist became the biggest financial success of his career but turned out to be something of a curse as well.

The hosts read the book, watched the movie and decide which they like better in this episode. Plus, they talk about trivia about the book and movie.

In this episode they discuss:

  • The backstory of the “real” exorcism from the 1950s
  • Author William Peter Blatty’s writing process
  • The story behind the major casting choices
  • How some of the more famous scenes were created
  • The supposed “Exorcist” curse.

Clips used:

Original TV Trailer

Chris (Ellen Burstyn) speaks to doctors

Fathers Karas (Jason Miller) and Merrin (Max von Sydow) cast out the demon

“The Devil” and pea soup

Outro Music: “Tubular Bells”  

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Mar 7, 2020

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 their 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.

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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Mar 1, 2020

 

Book Vs Movie 

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

The 1964 Ian Fleming Novel Vs the 1969 Film Featuring George Lazenby

 

The Margos are feeling shaken and not stirred talking again about Ian Fleming and his most famous character--James Bond. For this episode, we are covering On Her Majesty’s Secret Service  (OHMSS) which was published in 1963 and the 1969 adaptation starring Australian George Lazenby who remains the youngest Bond ever cast and he stands out as having only played the part for one film. 

In OHMSS, (the second in a “Blofeld Trilogy”) James Bond seems to have matured and has even decided to enter a monogamous relationship with Contessa Tracy who comes from an unusual background. This is a more emotional Bond who wants to be a hero to Tracy and even turns down a $1million dowry from her father (Draco) because his feelings for her are sincere. 

In the meantime, Bond fights bad guys, meets a group of brainwashed women, skis to the rescue and gets married. All of this action is matched with a movie that only received fair reviews at the time but is now seen as one of the better 007 films. 

In this episode, we talk about the many differences between the original book & the movie to decide which we like better. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service trailer
  • George Lazenby at BAFTA Tribute to James Bond in 2002 (with Michael Parkinson)
  • George Lazenby's first scene as Bond
  • Outro music “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” composed by John Barry. 

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Feb 21, 2020

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

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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Feb 17, 2020

Book Vs Movie 

How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Terry McMillian’s 1997 Book vs the 1998 Movie Starring Angela Bassett

It’s African American History Month plus the Margos are having a case of “winter-fever” so we decided to cover “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” by Terry McMillan. The story of Stella Payne and her unusual search for love feels like a warm, tropical embrace during the cold New York winters. 

In this episode, we talk about the many differences between the original book & the movie to decide which we like better. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • How Stella Got Her Groove back trailer
  • Stella & Winston meet their bartender
  • Stella & Winston dance/flirt
  • Outro music “Make My Body Hot” by Diana King

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Feb 9, 2020

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

Act Like a Lady. Think Like a Man

The 2009 Self-Help Book from Comedian Steve Harvey Vs the 2012 Movie

With Special Guest Kristen Meinzer of the By the Book podcast



Hey BVMers! The Margos are trying their first self-help book, Steve Harvey’s Think Like a Lady. Act Like a Man (2009) along with our special guest this week--Kristen Meinzer of the By the Book podcast. Let’s just say this, for self-identifying feminists --this book was a challenge to get through. 

Harvey is a man with a dozen different jobs including the Steve Harvey Morning Radio Show and as host of the Family Feud. His premise is that dozens of women over the years called into his show to ask for advice on their heterosexual relationships (he is very “traditional”) and he wanted to offer them the best tips for how women can manage their men. 

It involves not giving up “the cookie” for 90s days and basically be happy taking on most of the emotional labor in any relationship you have with a “good man.” (And if be misbehave--maybe YOU did something wrong?)

The movie (Think Like a Man directed by Tim Story) follows the story of several beautiful women who need Steve’s help to figure out their relationships. It’s filled with beautiful people. 

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

In this ep the Margos and Kristen discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Think Like a Man trailer
  • Different types of men featured in the movie (as described by Kevin Hart)
  • Outro music Think Like a Man by Jennifer Hudson

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Feb 3, 2020

 

Book Vs Movie 

Beloved

The Toni Morrison Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel Vs. the Oprah Winfrey Movie

 

It’s African American History Month and the Margos are eager to start with Toni Morrison’s 1987 widely-acclaimed novel Beloved which was turned into a movie with the help of Oprah Winfrey in 1998. 

This novel is a story about an escaped slave, Sethe (played by Winfrey in the film) who when was threatened with capture, killed her daughter rather than have her face a life of being in chains.  Her other children survive and eventually, they live a life as free people in Cincinnati. 

Sethe lives with her daughter Denver while two of her sons have long ago runaway.  Sethe and Denver believe their home is haunted by the spirit of her dead daughter. They rarely leave home and Denver is shy and lonely. Paul D. is a former slave of Sweet Home which is where Sethe and her family were kept before their escape across the Ohio River. 

He catches up with Sethe in Cincinnati and convinces her and Denver to enjoy an evening out when they come across “Beloved”--the spirit of her dead child in a woman’s form. Beloved is feral and causes a great deal of strife in Sethe’s life. 

The themes of the book cover everything from racism, sexism, class, spirituality, and the mother-daughter family dynamics and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 and was a runner up for the National Book Award that year. (This caused quite a bit of controversy in the African American literary community!)

It is now considered one of Morrison’s best work while concurrently being banned from high school curriculums across the country. 

In this episode, we talk about the many differences between the original book & the movie to decide which we like better. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The incredible life of Toni Morrison
  • The more controversial aspects of the book and why it is banned from so many schools 
  • The basic differences between book & movie. 
  • How Oprah Winfrey finally brought the adaptation to life
  • The cast of the movie including Danny Glover (Paul D.,) Kimberly Elise (Denver,) Thandie Newton (Beloved) and Hill Harper as Halle.

Clips Featured:

  • Beloved trailer
  • Paul D. & Sethe get closer
  • Young Sethe meets Amy Denver (Kessia Embry)
  • Outro music “Storise Khoro Goliamo” by Mita Stoychera

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Jan 25, 2020

Book Vs Movie (replay) 

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.

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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