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.
Original TV Trailer
Chris (Ellen Burstyn) speaks to doctors
Fathers Karas (Jason Miller) and Merrin (Max von Sydow) cast out the demon
Welcome dear Neighbors to this week’s episode featuring Erin & Margo breaking down the latest with Real Housewives of Bev Hills; Kanye’s latest rant; Stormi Daniels on SNL; Junot Diaz; Seth Rogen’s Vulture interview, and a bright spot, the John Mulaney Netflix special, Kid Gorgeous. We have our usual dose of TV/podcast recs and a few shout-outs sprinkled throughout. Pass the Claritan, Spring is here!
The 1967 classic YA novel Vs. the 1983 cult movie (vs. the “Director’s Version”)
The Margos are back and they are ready to rumble! This was actually one of the more popular episodes back in our first season but we knew we could make it sound so much better so here’s to another REDO ep!
In 1967, 17-year oldS.E. Hintonpublished her first novel,The Outsiderswhich became one of the first YA novels that was a hit with both teachers and students. Susie (as she prefers to be called if you know her) wrote the novel based on experience living on the rough side of the tracks in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Her improbable rise to the top of the YA novel heap is one of publishing’s more interesting stories and the Outsiders still sells almost 500,000 copies per year!
The 1983filmdirected byFrancis Ford Coppolais one of the signature films for a whole generation of tweens in the 80s. Everything in this lush production is discussed in this episode from the amazing cast to the cinematography and the rather unfortunateStevie Wonder theme song.
In this episode the Margo “Stay Gold” as they discuss :
S.E. Hinton’s backstory and how she remains true to her roots to this day.
The main differences between the novel and film
How the cast was chosen and Coppola’s rehearsal process
Behind the scenes trivia and gossip
What the Margos really think about the theme song
S.E. Hinton’s cameo as a nurse
The different versions of the film available (Coppola added 22 minutes of extra scenes and added 60s music to the score in the updated DVD version)
S.E. Hinton intro to her audiobook
Ponyboy chased around Tulsa
Dallas (Matt Dylan) flirts with Cherry (Diane Lane)
Hey, hey, hey, he’s guil–ty! This week, the Neighbors cups runneth over with news, especially in the true-crime sector. First, Cosby found guilty on 3 counts and could serve 10-30 years in jail; then the capture of the Golden State Killer. We also break down the first two eps of Season 2 of the Handmaid’s Tale, and our usual helping of Real Housewives talk, including Kim’s rant on race–a real WTF moment. And to add some positivity, Margo talks about the Bowie exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. Come on in and pull up a chair! We’ve got a lot to discuss!
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!
If you are looking for a little inspiration and wisdom for your ear holes, then get ready for our guest today: Olympian, author, life coach and advocate Silken Laumann . Her multitude of accomplishments includes winning the bronze medal in rowing in 1992 (and doing so just after a brutal leg injury!), as well as the silver medal in Atlanta in 1996.