Part 1 of Suzanne Collins’ Trilogy Vs. the Jennifer Lawrence Megahit Film
TheBook Vs. Movie podcast finally takes on the Suzanne Collins’ classic 2008 novel The Hunger Games and compare it to the 2012 movie–both smash hits. We were a little scared to take this on as the trilogy as it has someveryfervent fans. But the Margos are as fearless as a tribute from District 12 so we grab our bow & arrow and take aim at each work of art.
What are the differences between the two? Which did the Margos like better? Click the link below to find out.
In this episode we discuss:
The popularity of the trilogy
The casting of all of the leads
How Suzanne Collins adapted her book to screen
Why dystopian novels are all the rage
Our favorite scenes from the book and how well the movie captured them.
The Hunger GamesTV trailer
Katniss volunteers to tribute
Katniss declares her ‘love” for Peeta
Outro Music:“The Hunger Gamesby Simon & James Newton Howard
Spring is in the air–can ya feel it, neighbors? This week, Erin & Margo break down their recent trips (to London & Reno, respectively); Tony Robbins’s #notmetoo moment; Facts of Life’s sexual politics; Molly Ringwald on John Hughes through a modern lens; Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events; and British theatre fire codes. You in?
Jackson is by far one of the most intriguing authors we have covered and though she only lived to be 48 (spoiler alert) her work has inspired the greats includingStephen King, Neil Gaiman, Richard MathesonandJoyce Carol Oates.
Jackson’s complicated life is discussed in this episode along with the influential film (titledThe Haunting) directed by the much-admiredRobert Wise.Book Vs Movie–which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!
Main topics covered in this episode:
The life story of Shirley Jackson and how her early (family friendly) work inspired moms all over the country–including peerErma Bombeck.
Why she chose to write about fun, family life, andhorror stories. (Thanks to a rather cold mother.)
Her strained marriage which exasperated her health issues
The leads of the 1963 movie includingJulie Harris,Claire Bloom,Richard JohnsonandRuss Tamblyn.
The spiral staircase scene and how it was achieved
How the sexuality of the Theodora character is handled in both the book and film
The Margos go way back to their 20-something youth to discuss the lovely and talentedRenee Zellwegerand her most celebrated role as Bridget Jones.
In this episode, we talk about author Helen Fielding’s background and how her friendships influenced the book and the film. We compare and contrast between the 1997 novel (that began as a weekly column in The Guardian) and the 2001 film that also starsHugh GrantandColin Firth.
In this ep we discuss:
The story of Bridget Jones and howHelen Fieldingcreated her (at first) anonymously produced work.
The obsession with looks and weight that is mentioned throughout the novel.
The awesomeness of all of the leads
How much Margo P. loves the fight scene
How little Margo D. likes the music choices
The not so awesome sequels (Yikes!)
Bridget Jones’ Diary trailer
Outro Music Ain’t No Mountain High EnoughbyThe Supremes
This winter keeps creepin’ along and we are SO ready for Spring. How about you, Neighbors? At least we have our shows to keep us warm. Speaking of, the Bravo gods have blessed us with season 10 of Real Housewives of NYC! Thank the lord these crazy bitches are back! (#cartengacruiseorbust); Margo has good news about the Ball-Sweater and gets mansplained to–again! Erin reviews Yerma at the Amory and Trust on F/X. We’re cultured AF. Have a terrific week, Neighbors!
Halloooo, Neighbors! It almost feels like spring..sort of. This week, the neighbors convene to discuss the Roseanne reboot; Judd Apatow’s The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling on HBO; Jamie Lee Curtis’s new activism; new Dr. Katz episodes on Audible; and the Best Worst Thing We Saw This Week. And of course, the mystery to end all mysteries—Who Bit Beyonce?! So many things for your eyes and ear-holes! Happy Passover & Happy Easter!
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 storywritten byAnnie Proulxand appeared in the New Yorker in their October 13, 1997, issue. It won the National Magazine Award for fiction in 1998. AuthorLarry McMurtryandDiana Ossana adapted it into the screenplay for the 2005 film directed byAng Lee.
The film starringJake Gyllenhaalas Jack Twist andHeath Ledgeras Ennis Del Mar is now considered a masterpiece and the fact it lost the 2006 Academy Award for Best Picture to now widely reviledCrashwas 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
Brokeback Mountain trailer
“I can’t quit you” Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger
Lurleen(Anne Hathaway) tells Ennis how Jack died
Outro MusicBrokeback Mountain theme byGustavo Santaolalla
Get your 80s on with another amazing Stephen King bonus ep as we are lucky to havePatrick Bromleyof theF This Moviepodcast join us once again.Patrick is not only a big-time Stephen King fan but he actually owns a copy of the original Cycle of the Werewolf(woot!)
Margo D. & Patrick have a blast talking about the amazing movie and its journey as a pet project of producerDino DeLaurentistoGary Busey’samazing ad-libbed performance.
In this episode the Margo & Patrick discuss:
Key differences between the novella and movie
Choices made by first time directorDaniel Attius
The ridiculous werewolf costume and what the director should have done with the last scene
Fight the Power, Neighbors! This week, Erin & Margo breakdown a busy week filled with monumental events like the March for Our Lives around the country; a BitchSesh live show; the Netflix doc-series Wild,Wild Country (NOT Kingdom!); why the discussion about ‘are women funny’ just takes from me. Look out for that mercury in retrograde and have a great week!