Starring Michael J. Fox! Episode # 357

Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 357

“Starring Michael J. Fox!” 

We’re feeling all the Autumnal feels, Neighbors. Hope you are, too. This week, we talk about our usual RHOP/RHOSLC/ & RHOBH reunion, pt 1. We also tackle Halloween Kills; What Happened, Brittany Murphy? Wild Crime; Buried, & a true-crime podcast rec to boot. We also continue our frustration over The Morning Show, plus a lot of New York/fall movies. 

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What a Creep: Casey Affleck & James Franco (Duo of Acting Creeps)

What a Creep: Casey Affleck & James Franco

Season 13, Episode 1

A Duo of Acting Creeps

 

Casey Affleck is a successful actor, writer, and director who was nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Supporting Actor in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in 2007. He also had roles in a string of hit films like To Do For, Good Will Hunting, Oceans 11, 12 & 13, plus Gone Baby Gone directed by his older brother Ben.

In 2009, he and his buddy Joaquin Phoenix decided to direct a Spinal Tap-Esque film where Joaquin would play a hyped-up version of himself becoming a hip hop star after winning an Oscar for Walk the Line. It was called I’m Still Here and was a flop in many ways, artistically and financially (he used his own money to fund it) plus, he was later sued by two women who worked for him for sexual assault and continual harassment on the set by him and his buddies on the set. This lawsuit has not stopped the press fawning over his talent.

In this episode, we will talk about the two lawsuits and their aftermath.

Trigger warning: sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gaslighting.

Sources are:

James Franco

Actor James Franco co-starred on Freaks and Geeks and eight movies with Seth Rogen, including Pineapple Express, This Is The End, and Sausage Party. He was nominated for Best Actor in 2010 for the movie “127 Hours,” and won a Golden Globe for Best Actor for The Disaster Artist

He’s directed almost 30 low-budget indie features and shorts, written books, and taught film classes at New York University, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Palo Alto High School, Playhouse West, and Studio 4.

Such an accomplished fellow – too bad he’s also a big creep.

Sources for James Franco 

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Book Vs Movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956)

Book Vs. Movie: Invasion of the Body 

The 1955 Novel by Jack Finney Vs the 1956 Classic Film

Our “Spooky Movies in October” continues with Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a novel by Jack Finney, and the movie starring Kevin McCarthy (who also made a cameo in the 1978 remake!) The story of aliens invading earth and creating “pod people” to take over the human race was (probably) an allegory for the House Unamerican Activities that was looking for Communists in the U.S. during the 1930s-1950s. The author would go on to even greater success with his novel Time and Again in 1970 which dealt with time travel.  

The 1956 movie was directed by Don Siegel (Escape from Alcatraz, Dirty Harry) and produced by Walter Wanger who was starting his career over after a 1951 scandal when he shot his wife’s (Joan Bennett) agent and lover. (Check out Karina Longworth’s podcast Love is a Crime to learn more!)

The film made a few changes to the source material and was made with mostly a group of unknown and character actors to become a huge hit. The story here takes place in fictional Santa Mira in the mid-1950s (unlike 1970s Mill Valley, CA in the novel.) Our lead, played by McCarthy, is a psychiatrist and not a physician and in the end–well, you need to listen to our show to find out!

In 1994, the film was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. There have been several remakes and similar stories told over the years but the 1956 version remains a classic. 

So, between the novel and the movie–which did we prefer? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The biography of Jack Finney
  • The political atmosphere in the 1950s about space & science
  • The main differences between the novel & film. 
  • Starring: Kevin McCarthy (Dr. Miles Bennell,) Dana Wynter (Becky Driscoll,) King Donovan (Jack Belicec,) Carolyn Jones (Teddy Belicec,) and Richard Deacon (Mel from The Dick Van Dyke Show!) as Dr. Bassett. 

Clips used:

  • Kevin McCarthy in the first scene of the film
  • Invasions of the Body Snatchers  trailer
  • The last scene with Dana Wynter
  • The group finds the first pod
  • Music by Carmen Dragon

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The Return of Eliot Mintz! Episode #356

Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 356

“The Return of Eliot Mintz!”

Happy Autumn, Neighbors! Hope you’re ready to deep dive w/ RHOBH (the reunion trailer is EVERYTHING!); RHOSLC (so much to discuss); & RHOP’s tossed salad fight. We also talk Ted Lasso & The Morning Show; Great British Bakeoff & Maid; First & Last Challenge; Patton Oswalt’s live show & so much more! 

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Book Vs Movie “The Invisible Man” 2020 (Elisabeth Moss)

Book Vs. Movie: The Invisible Man

The 1897 Novel by H.G. Wells  Vs the 2020 Elisabeth Moss Adaptation

The Margos love the spookiness of October and this episode is dedicated to the classic H.G. Wells The Invisible Man which was first published in 1897 as a serialized story. The tale of a mysterious man who shows up at an inn in an English village and becomes a monster that frightens everyone around him has been adapted several times over the last 100+ years. 

For this episode, we have a more feminist slant with Universal Pictures (which cornered the market on monster movies in the 40s & 50s) initially wanting to create an Invisible Man/ Mummy as a shared “dark universe.”  However, when the Tom Cruise movie flopped, it was given to Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions to revive and market. 

Elisabeth Moss plays a woman (Cecilia Kass) trying to escape an abusive relationship when he seemingly late boyfriend attacks her wearing an invisible suit. Her character is gaslit everywhere she goes including at the police station where they decide she is mentally unstable and causing her own problems. The film takes many liberties from the source material and was a huge hit bringing in $143 million at the box office and on streaming (it was released just before COVID took over movie theater viewing.) 

So, between the novel and the movie–which did we prefer? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips used:

  • Cecilia thinks he is in her room 
  • The Invisible Man  trailer
  • Cecilia escapes
  • Cecilia meets her sister for lunch
  • Last scene of the film
  • Music by Benjamin Wallfisch

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What a Creep: “Les Moonves” (Former CEO & Creep at CBS)

What a Creep: Les Moonves

Season 12, Episode 10

CBS CEO Honcho & Creep

For almost 30 years, Leslie Moonves was one of the most powerful media executives in America. He was the chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation, overseeing news shows like “60 Minutes” to dramas and sitcoms like “CSI” and “The Big Bang Theory.” He was also in charge of Showtime, the publishing house Simon & Schuster, and the streaming service, CBS All Access. He was one of the highest-paid CEOs in the country, sometimes earning more than $50 million in a year. 

He’s also guilty of sexual harassment and sexually assaulting a lot of women, including actresses, writers, producers, doctors, massage therapists, and CBS staff members. Les Moonves is a creep.

Sources for this episode:

Trigger warnings: Sexual assault and sexual harassment

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The Bigger the Hair, the Closer to God – Episode #355

Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 355

“The Bigger the Hair, the Closer to God”

Hey there, Neighbors! How’s your October going so far? This week, we talk the gem that is RHOBH; RHOP’s driveway party; as well as HBO Max’s The Way Down; Ted Lasso; The Morning Show, and The Many Saints of Newark, the new Sopranos movie–much to say on that topic! 

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What a Creep: Alex Kelly “The Preppy Rapist”

What a Creep: Alex Kelly

Season 12, Episode 9

“The Preppy Rapist” 

Alex Kelly was considered a golden boy in his hometown of Darien, CT. Born to a wealthy family and growing up in a peak New England fancy neighborhood (meaning rich & white) he was good-looking, athletic, and popular.  That all changed in February 1986 when the HS senior was arrested for suspicion of two rapes of girls in the span of four days.  The Dairen police and district attorney decided to charge and try him for both at the same time which worried his family that he was being railroaded.

So Alex decided to take off for parts unknown rather than face the consequences. Nine years later he was caught and brought back to trial. His story is bat shit insane and remains so to this day.  He was dubbed “The Preppy Rapist” by the media much like Robert Chambers in 1986 was called “The Preppy Killer” for the killing of Jennifer Levin. The media works overtime to make white men likable. UGH!

Trigger Warnings are sexual assault and delayed justice.

Our sources are:

This episode’s Not a Creep: Chanel Miller

Know My Name” (book)

I Am With You” (Animated short film)

Chanel-Miller.com 

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Book Vs Movie “The Parent Trap” (1961) Hayley Mills Maureen O’Hara

Book Vs. Movie: The Parent Trap

The 1949 Novel by Erich Kastner Vs the 1961 Disney Classic Film

The Margos are twinning this week talking about Lottie/Lisa & Sharon/Susan–the lead characters from the Erich Kastner german novel Das Doppelte Lottchen. The author’s life is fascinating and we discuss it in this episode. A pacifist who fought for Germany in WW1, Kastner became a leftist, pacifist who warned about german authoritarianism. The Nazi party actually burned his books and forbade him to work during WW2. 

The story that will soon be known as The Parent Trap is about twin girls who meet at summer camp and learn they are sisters and a product of a divorced family. They decide to switch places (and homes) to get to know the parent they never met before. Also, to bring their parents back together. The book features illustrations of Walter Trier which really brings the story to life. It’s considered a classic in children’s literature and Kastner earned the Hans Christian Anderson Award for writing in 1960 and was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature four times in his lifetime. 

The 1961 film was written and directed by David Swift and features an incredible performance by 15-year-old Hayley Mills who would go on to be a Disney superstar. (We don’t touch on the 1998 remake with Lindsay Lohan, sorry for those fans!)

So, between the novel and the movie–which did we prefer? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips used:

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He Nice, the Jesus! Episode #354

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 354

“He nice, the Jesus!”

 

Hey there, Neighbors! So much stuff to cover! Margo’s back from Chi-town & Erin’s started her new job, & yet, we got to our Housewives garbage watching!! On RHOSLC, Jen is a sociopath, even when ice-fishing; RHOBH, Lisa & Erika are straight-up villains; We also talk CODA on Apple+; 9 Perfect Strangers; Wellington Paranormal; DCC: Making the Team; David Sedaris & so much more.

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