Book Vs Movie “A Room With a View”

Book Vs Movie

A Room With a View

The  E. M. Forster 1908 Novel Vs the 1985 “Merchant/ Ivory” Film

The Margos are closing out our “80s in August” with the James Ivory/Ismail Merchant film A Room With a View which is based on the 1908 novel by E.M. Forester. The book took a few years fro Forster to complete before his better-regarded works Howards End and A Passage to India but he felt it was “much nicer.” 

The story centers on Lucy Honeychurch who comes from a strict English background and is traveling with her spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett when she meets exciting George Emerson in Florence, Italy. They share a moment of romance but she must return home to her drab Edwardian life with its social structure. 

This means marrying Cecil Vyse, even though he’s dull and she doesn’t love him. George comes snack into her life by staying at a rental cottage nearby and the romance heats up again. But will George & Lucy take a chance on love even though her family doesn’t consider him an equal? 

The 1985 movie stars Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy, Maggie Smith as Charlotte, Julian Sands as George, and Daniel Day-Lewis as Cecil.  It made a fortune at the box office and won dozens of awards including an Academy Award for best-adapted screenplay. 

This is one of those rare occasions that neither Margo has read the book or seen the film before recording this show. So between the two, which did we like better?

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The biography of E.M. Forster
  • What it was like to travel as an English person in early 20th Century Europe. 
  • Changes between book & movie
  • The cast including Carter, Smith, Sands, Day-Lewis, Denholm Elliott (Mr. Emerson,) Rosemary Leach (Mrs. Honeychurch,) Rupert Graves (Freddy Honeychurch,) Judi Dench (Eleanor Lavish,)  and Simon Callow (Reverend Beebe.)

Clips Featured:

  • A Room With a View  trailer
  • George loves Lucy
  • Emerson’s come to visit
  • Mr. Emerson tries to help Lucy 
  • Music: A Room With a View soundtrack Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” 

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Book Vs Movie: “The Age of Innocence” (1993)

Book Vs Movie: The Age of Innocence

The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel Vs the Martin Scorsese Film

 

The Margos take a trip back in time when the social strata in America were restrictive in all aspects of your life from where you lived, worshipped, and mostly–who you wanted to marry. Our author this time is Edith Wharton who grew up in America and Europe in a luxury lifestyle with the top aristocracy of the mid 19th century. 

Born Edith Newbold Jones (the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses refers to her father’s family) the future Pulitzer prize winner was a world traveler at a young age who would become fluent in French, German, and Italian. She eschewed the usual fashions and expectations of women at the time. 

She also wrote poetry and short stories which were not considered proper for a woman in the high society of the time. In the 1880s she returned to New York and put her writing to the side as she became a debutant and looked for a proper husband. 

We talk more about the fascinating life of Edith Wharton and how she came to write The Age of Innocence in 1920. (And why she won the Pulitzer Prize versus the always political Sinclair Lewis.) There have been a few adaptations over the years from stage to screen but this time we want to focus on Martin Scorsese’s 1993 film. 

The story of Newland Archer who is engaged to the lovely (and kind of boring) May Welland and is intrigued by soon-to-be divorcee Ellen Olenska. Ellen is older than May and considered a rebel for not only ending her marriage to a Polish Count (he’s an abusive creep) but she treats her staff as equals and prefers to travel alone. 

Newland and Ellen have a passionate (but chaste) romance which causes tension. Does he leave the social world of New York behind and live with Ellen? Or should he stay home and marry May as a proper gentleman should. 

Listen to this episode to hear us talk about the book & movie and decide which we like better. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips used:

  • The Age of Innocence trailer 
  • May offers him a chance to end their engagement
  • Ellen and Newland have a brief encounter
  • The final end of the affair
  • Music by Elmer Bernstein 

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Wayland Flowers And/Or Madam – Episode #212

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 122

“Wayland Flowers And /Or Madam”

 

Hi ya, Neighbors? Hope you all had a lovely & safe Thanksgiving. Now that it’s almost December, bring on the trash TV! This week, we do our usual spin around the Real Housewives Universe (RHOP/RHOSLC) & we’ve turned the corner w/ Brooks; Mary is an enigma, wrapped in Chanel, & coated in crazy! We also have a ton of true-crime docs; music docs, Hillbilly Elegy, & loads more. Get ready for leftovers! 

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What a Creep: Keith Raniere (NXIVM Cult Creep)

What a Creep: Keith Raniere (NXIVM)

Season 8, Episode 9

Rapist, Liar, and Cult Creep

 

Keith Raniere made national news in the fall of 2017 when the New York Times exposed the self-help guru as a megalomaniac, a fraud, a user of women, and a person who allowed (if not blatantly enforced) a secret society of women in his NXIVM group to have sex rituals and human branding to show his loyalty to him.

He claims to have one of the highest IQs ever recorded, to have been a judo expert at the age of 12.

By thirteen, he taught himself three years of college math.

That he can cure anyone from crippling things like smoking addiction to Tourette Syndrome. He told women if they had sex with him—they would see a blue light of magic in their heads.

He called himself “Vanguard” and created a self-help program called NXIVM which for thousands of dollars—could help men and women be their true selves and achieve enlightenment.

His office in Albany, NY had a retreat every year at the end of August called “Vanguard Week” where his most devoted followers from around the world would praise him.

Some of his followers included the wealthy & elite from politics, entertainment, and being lucky enough to grow up wealthy with no boundaries on your trust fund. 

He is also a total fucking creep who scammed people out of their money, dignity, and youth. He is a pedophile and a fucking asshole of the highest order.

Trigger Warnings for this episode: scam artists, sexual assault, cults, pedophilia, and shitty human behavior unchecked.

Sources:

Albany Times Union (2012)

Albany Times Union (2012)

Albany Times Union (2019)

South China Morning News

New York Times October 17, 2017

Vice (2020)

CNN (2020)

Forbes (2003)

Vulture (2020)

Los Angeles Times (2020)

Oxygen

Rolling Stone

HBO’s “The Vow”

Starz “Seduced”

Escaping NXIVM podcast/CBC”

The Ringer

Bustle

Mark Vincente Blog Post

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Book Vs Movie “Enola Holmes”

 Book Vs Movie: Enola Holmes by Nancy Springer

The 2006 Novel Vs the 2020 Millie Bobby Brown Movie

The Margos feel the love of mystery and the thrill of self-reliance with the lively Enola Holmes as our main character. The teenage younger sister of brothers Mycroft and Sherlock.  Both are brilliant and confounded by their sister’s pluckiness and determination. 

When we first meet Enola,  we meet her mother Eudoria who wants her daughter to be independent and clever. When she goes missing, Enola travels to London to find out what happened to her. 

There are quite a few BIG differences between the novel (Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquees. Author Nancy Springer wrote several books throughout her long career and has been nominated for the Edgar Award several times for her work. 

The movie, directed by  Harry Bradbear (Fleabag) and starring Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes (a brilliant casting decision!) also features Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter and, Louis Partridge. It’s a delightful production and we had so much fun delving into this world. 

Listen to this episode to hear us talk about the book & movie and decide which we like better. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The life story of the author Nancy Springer
  • The multiple “Sherlock Holmes” iterations over the years and the strange lawsuit against this film  
  • Why “breaking the fourth wall” is important to tell the story about our lead. 
  • The cast: Millie Bobbie Brown (Enola Holmes,) Henry Cavill (Sherlock Holmes,) Sam Claflin (Mycroft Holmes,) Helena Bonham Carter (Eudoria Holmes,) Louis Partridge (Tewkesbury,) and Fiona Shaw (Miss Harrison.) 

Clips used:

  • Enola Holmes trailer 
  • Enola escapes to find Tewkesbury
  • Enola meets Tewkesbury on a train
  • Sherlock Holmes being kind to Enola 
  • Music by Daniel Pemberton

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We Gather Together to Talk Garbage Fires – Episode #211

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 211

“We Gather Here Together to Talk Gabrage Fires”

 

We Gather Together to talk garbage fires! & Neighbors, we’ve no shortage of those! This week, we talk about our usual dose of RHOP & RHOSLC, which continues to amaze; as well as The Crown, Season 4, Queen’s Gambit; and new recs like Hulu’s Gameface & the Hulu original movie, RUN. Also, HBO’s Murder on Middle Beach. Hope you all stay healthy & well–we give thanks to you! Happy Thanksgiving! 

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What a Creep: Pablo Picasso (Art Creep)

What a Creep

Season 8, Episode 8

Pablo Picasso 

Pablo Picasso is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His art career lasted 78 years, creating more than 147,800 works of art, including 13,500 paintings or designs, 100,000 prints or engravings, 34,000 book illustrations, and 300 sculptures or ceramics.

Yes, he was an amazing artist, but he was a garbage human being.

Picasso was unfaithful to every woman he claimed to love, and, at least indirectly, drove two of them to suicide. He used them for his own self-serving needs, for inspiration, and then moved on to his next inspiration.

Trigger warning: Domestic abuse, suicide, and cheating, lots and lots of cheating

Sources for this episode:

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Book Vs Movie: “The Turn of the Screw” & “The Innocents”

Book Vs Movie: The Turn of the Screw/The Innocents

The 1898 Henry James Novella & the 1961 Classic Horror Film

The Margos decided to go back to being a little spooked as we were in October by tackling the Henry James classic The Turn of the Screw (neither one of us had read it before!) Originally published in 1898, the ghost story has been adapted several times. 

The basic plot is an unnamed narrator is reading the experience of a governess who is tasked with looking after two small children whose parents have died. Their Uncle gives her the orders of looking after the boy & girl and not communicate with him as he is not interested in parenting. 

The kids are named Miles and Flora. Miles was expelled from his school but no one wants to bother with having to bring up why. The governess starts to see ghosts in the house and is convinced Flora is being visited by the spirit of their former caretaker Miss Jessel. 

Miss Jessel and a co-worker Peter Quint had a relationship and both of the kids loved them.

Flora is taken away and Miles is shielded from seeing the ghost of Quint by the governess. 

The original script of The Innocents (directed by Jack Clayton) was written by William Archibald and treated the paranormal as real. Clayton’s friend Truman Capote (who used Archibald’s stage play as primary text) created a more psychological explanation for why the governess is convinced the house is haunted. (We LOVE the dialog in this film!)

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In this ep the Margos discuss:

 

Clips used:

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What a Creep: James “Whitey” Bulger (Gangster Creep)

What A Creep: Whitey Bulger

Season 8, Episode 7

In his 89 years of life, James “Whitey” Bulger mostly did whatever the hell he pleased—and usually got away with it. The notorious Boston gangster held his hometown in his clutches as the leader of the Winter Hill Gang. He was involved with everything from racketeering, extortion, murder, narcotics, and money laundering. He was eventually charged with the murder of 19 people (that we even know about) after being on the lamb for 16 years.

His story was told (not very well) in the Johnny Depp movie Black Mass (the book is much better!) The character of “Costello” in The Departed (played by Jack Nicholson) was inspired by the story of Whitey Bulger.

(Spoiler alert) He wound up killed by a younger version of himself on his first day at a prison in West Virginia. His whole life he railed against rats and snitches—but it turns out he was one of the biggest FBI informants in the 70s & 80s which shielded him from the law.

His legacy of mayhem and murder continues in the culture of Boston and the number of supposed “good guys” who were complicit in his crimes will blow your mind.  

Trigger Warnings:

Murder, violence, sexual assault, and Margo’s frequent attempts at a Boston accent.

The main sources for this episode.

Whitey Bulger Wikipedia

NY Times

The Mob Museum

Biography

CNN

Boston Globe

NBC News

NBC News Boston

Boston Magazine

“Whitey: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger” directed by Joe Berlinger

The Irish Mob” (Amazon Prime)

“Manhunt: Kill or Capture”

Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill

Black Mass (film) directed by Scott Cooper

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Book Vs Movie: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939)

 

Book Vs Movie: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

The 1939 Classic Film Based on a Story by Lewis R. Foster and Starring Jimmy Stewart

 

The 2020 election season is over (finally!) and the Margos want to celebrate by talking about one of the most celebrated films about American politics ever made–Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Director Frank Capra’s ode to decency and fighting the most difficult battles for America’s soul. 

The story “The Gentleman from Montana” (an unpublished story by Lewis R. Foster) was a fictionalized version of the life of Montana Senator Burton Wheeler who investigated then-President Warren G. Harding in 1921over the Teapot Dome scandal. That scandal involved (which involved oil companies, land deals, and payoffs) caused the first U.S. Senator to go to prison–Albert B. Fall and was considered the biggest D.C scandal of the 20th Century (until Watergate in the 70s!) 

Director Frank Capra faced a great deal of opposition bringing the film to life as the media and politicians based in Washington D.C. were completely offended at their portrayal as crooked and dishonest. It didn’t matter, the film became a hit and is now a revered classic nominated for 11 Academy Awards (losing most to Gone With the Wind.

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The basics of the Teapot Dome scandal and why it was such a scandal for the 20th century
  • Frank Capra’s movies and main characters
  •  Why the film was controversial for the time
  • The cast: Jimmy Stewart (Jefferson Smith,) Jean Arthur (Clarissa Saunders,) Claude Rains (Senator Joseph Paine,) Thomas Mitchell (Diz Moore,) Harry Carey (President of the Senate,) and Beaulah Bondi (Ma Smith.) 

Clips used:

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington  trailer 
  • “I Will Not Yield!”
  • “Lost Causes”
  • “What do you believe in?”
  • Music by Dimitri Tiomkin

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