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Basic White Men Failing Upward – Episode #203

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 203

“Basic White Men Failing Upward”

 

What up, Neighbors? How is your Sept. going? This week, we have a bevy of recs for ya, & recaps galore. We start w/ 90 Day Fiance, then get into our beloved Real Housewives of Potomac & NYC; Elona Holmes; Great British Bake-Off, & The Challenger doc on Netflix; and lots more. Hope you’re feeling those autumnal vibes. 

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What a Creep: Gwyneth Paltrow & GOOP

What a Creep

Season 7, Episode 10

Gwyneth Paltrow/GOOP

Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the most lauded actresses of her generation with an Academy Award for acting and appearing in the Avengers movies—probably the most successful series of films in history. Her books on healthy living and cooking are best sellers. She is a busy working mom and a successful business owner.

Gwyneth is also one of the biggest proponents of woo and iffy science which sends actual scientists and doctors into a dizzy. She laughs all the way to the bank while trolling like an expert along the way. Love her or loathe her—she provokes a reaction from people. 

Since this is What a Creep—guess where we are leaning? 

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Trigger Warnings: diet talk, eating disorders and body dysmorphia 

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Book Vs Movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

 

Book Vs Movie

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Margos Discuss Stephen Chbosky’s Book & Film

The Margos continue their back-to-school September episodes with a redo of one of the most asked-for books by our listeners–The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Pittsburgh native Chbosky based the story in his hometown in the early 1990s as we follow the story of freshman Charlie who is dealing with a recent psychiatric hospital stay after his best friend’s death by suicide. He is facing highschool with incredible angst and writes in his journal a mythical friend to relay his feelings. 

Charlie also lost his favorite aunt in a car accident (she was on her way to buy him a present) so he has quite a few demons to face while navigating school cliques. The novel deals with mental illness, rape, sexuality, drugs, and alcohol which made it on to “banned” lists at schools across the country. 

The journey for Charlie includes making new friends, falling in love, making huge mistakes, and dealing with tremendous pain. It’s a beautiful piece of work and the movie is almost up to the task of meeting our expectations. 

The film was a big hit and stars Logan Lerman as Charlie and a young Ezra Miller as his charismatic best friend Patrick Stewart. (Really. That’s the name they give him!) 

There are a few changes between the book & the film and one BIG logic hole that we are still grappling with so check out this episode to hear our thoughts! 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower  trailer
  • “Cheers to Charlie”
  • “The tunnel song”
  • Charlie fights to football players
  • Music: Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners 

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That’s Steppenwolf, the Screaming – Episode #202

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 202

“That’s Steppenwolf, the Screaming”

 

RIP to Brooklyn’s Own, RBG!! We won’t despair-we carry on—& now, these garbage fires! RHOP (aka T’Challah’s revenge); the final reunion ep of RHOBH (girls, bye); & the 2nd of RHONY’s reunion (The Return of Tinsdale); We also discuss Netflix’s Ratched & I’m Thinking of Ending Things; Hulu’s PEN15. Happy Fall, Neighbors!!

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What a Creep: John Kricfalusi (John K.) “Ren & Stimpy”

What a Creep

Season 7, Episode 9

John Kricfalusi (aka John K.)

John Kricfalusi, also known as John K., was the creator of “Ren & Stimpy.” From 1989 to 1992, he was heavily involved with the first two seasons of the show, including doing the voice of Ren and other characters. He’s also a total creep who was an asshole to work with and preyed on underage girls. 

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Trigger warning: Sexual abuse and child pornography

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Book Vs Movie: “Clueless” & “Emma”

 Book Vs Movie

Emma/Clueless

The Jane Austen Beloved Novel Vs the 1995 Classic Alicia Silverstone Film

We are continuing our September “Back-to-School” films talking about Jane Austen and possibly her lightest novel–Emma and pair it with the incomparable Amy Heckerling-directed film Clueless. Both are revered for their humor & having a wonderful female lead. 

Released in 1815 (the last novel she published before Austen’s death at 41), Emma tells the story of a spoiled, willful woman (Emma Woodhouse) who enjoys helping make romantic entanglements happen. She is the daughter of widower Mr. Woodhouse and gives Emma a comfortable life. She has no wish to marry but when her governess, Miss Taylor marries Mr. West, she decides her true gift is matchmaking. 

Emma meddles in people’s lives and is constantly being questioned by Mr. Knightey, an older gentleman who lives next door. Harriet Smith is a friend who is shy and awkward compared to Emma. She becomes a project for the meddlesome protagonist who matches people and attempts to create several relationships with varying levels of success. 

Austen never married and enjoyed living in Bath, England where she places several of her stories. This particular novel has been adapted many times over the years but one of the most accessible and funny versions was created by Heckerling who already mined the field of high school with her film Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982. 

Alicia Silverstone was known for Aerosmith videos when she starred in Clueless and quickly became an “overnight” star.  Her Cher (Emma) is kind and a bit ditzy who attends high school in Southern California and is best friends with Dionne (Stacey Dash). The film is filled with so many quotable lines and literally has not one wasted scene to become an instant classic. 

There are many changes between the book & the film. Which did the Margos like more? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The short life of the incredible Jane Austen
  • The central characters and how they differ in the 1995 adaptation 
  • Teen movies in the 80s and how women directors led the pack
  • The cast including Alicia Silverstone (Emma/Cher,) Stacey Dash (Dionne,) Brittany Murphy (Harriet Smith/Tai,) Paul Rudd (Josh/Mr. Knightley,) Donald Faison (Murray,) Elisa Donovan (Amber/Mrs. Elton,) Breckin Meyer (Travis/Robert Martin,) Jeremy Sisto (Elton,) Dan Hedaya (Mel Horowitz/Mr. Woodhouse,) Wallace Shawn (Mr. Hall/Mr. Weston,) Twink Caplan (Miss Geist/Mrs. Weston.) and Justin Walker (Christian/Frank Churchill.) 

Clips Featured:

  • Clueless  trailer
  • Josh realizes he loves Cher
  • Driving on the freeway
  • Ride Home
  • Music: “Rollin with my Homies” by Coolio

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Twice the Train Wreck – Episode #201

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 201

“Twice the Trainwreck”

 

Howdy, Neighbors! Hope you’re keeping cool this week. Let’s dive in. On RHOBH, Denise is dunzo; RHONY, Dorinda is deflecting & Tins drops a bomb; RHOP, T’Challah is a full-blown cast member & better be at the reunion! We’re done w/ parts of 90 Day but Darcy & Stacy delivers! Tons more recs including The Vow; Netflix’s The Home Edit & The Last Dance; & HBO’s Coastal Elites. Stay safe, friends! 🙂 

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What a Creep: Evel Knievel (Daredevil Creep)

What a Creep  

Season 7, Episode 8

Evel Knievel “Creepy Daredevil”

Evel Knievel is a true American-made superstar who is considered the father of extreme sports and the idol of several generations of folks who love the thrill of this death-defying jumps he created and the personae he created.

He presented himself as THE American modern-day hero who tried to inspire people to reach for their dreams and be upstanding citizens. But underneath his red, white, and blue uniform, the capes, the bravado, and his rugged good looks was a troubled man who could at times, quite frankly, be a huge abusive asshole.

He won it all and lost it under 15 years. But even though he has been gone for over 13 years now, his name and his legend are still revered by many who found him an inspiration in a dreary time in the world.

Trigger Warnings: Physical abuse, child abuse, verbal abuse, racism, misogyny, and anti-Semitism.

Our main sources for this episode:

Wikipedia Evel Knievel

Maxim: You Can’t Kill Evel by Pat Jordan

Rolling Stone interview with Johnny Knoxville

“Being Evel” (2015) documentary

“Evel Knievel” starring George Hamilton (1971)

“I Am Evel Knievel” 2015 documentary

“Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel” by Leigh Montville

“Evel Incarnate: by Steve Mandich”

“Chasing Knievel: The Robbie Knievel Story

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Book Vs Movie: “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”

 Book Vs Movie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Muriel Spark Novel Vs the 1969 Maggie Smith Film

The Margos are celebrating September with a series of “Back to School” episodes starting with 1961 classic The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. Brodie is a popular teacher at a girls’ school in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1931. Each year she picks a group of students to be an elite part of the “Brodie set”–under her tutelage learning mostly about the arts & beauty (and not science!)

Brodie is single and considers herself at her “prime” with two gentlemen vying for her affection. Mr. Lloyd who is a painter, father of six, and a bit of a letch. Mr. Lowther is a kind person but a bit wishy-washy. The competition for her attention and affection marks their relationships and is a game the girls enjoy watching. 

Turns out Brodie is a Fascist which is her ultimate undoing. The complicated story about education and mentorship is an indictment on giving one person too much power over a young mind. 

The 1969 movie was not a huge hit at the time but when Dame Maggie Smith won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1970, it went back into the theaters and became a classic. 

There are many changes between the book & the film. Which did the Margos like more? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The interesting life story of Muriel Spark
  • The central characters and how they differ in the adaptation 
  • The moral quandary of liking Maggie Smith and despising Brodie
  • The cast including Maggie Smith (Brodie,) Robert Stephens (Teddy Llloyd,) Pamela Franklin (Sandy,) Gordon Jackson (Gordon Lowther,) Celia Johnson (Miss Mackay,) Diane Grayson (Jenny,) Jane Carr (Mary McGregor,) and Shirley Steedman (Monica.) 

Clips Featured:

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie  trailer
  • Miss Brodie confronts Miss Mackay
  • Sandy confront Miss Brodie
  • Miss Brodie shows her vacation slides
  • Music: “Jean” by Rod McKuen

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What a Creep; Jon Voight (Actor Creep)

What a Creep

Season 7, Episode 7

Jon Voight

 

Jon Voight used to be an exciting actor. He took interesting parts from MIDNIGHT COWBOY to DELIVERANCE. He won an Academy Award for playing a paraplegic Vietnam vet in COMING HOME in 1978. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his work in 1985’s RUNAWAY TRAIN. 

 

But now he’s probably more famous for being a shitty dad to Angelina Jolie, playing an asshole dad on RAY DONOVAN, and acting like everyone’s ignorant grandpa.

Trigger warning: This episode contains infidelity, crappy dads, and astounding ignorance.

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