Book Vs Movie: “Rocketman” (Elton John’s “Me)

Book Vs Movie 

Rocketman

Elton John’s Best Selling Autobiography Me Vs the Dexter Fletcher Hit Film

The Margos are both Elton John fanatics, so when the Book Vs Movie Podcast Group on Facebook came up with the idea to cover John’s #1 New York Times bestseller Me and pair it with the hit film directed by Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle, Bohemian Rhapsody) we immediately put on our platform shoes and bold glasses and got to work. (You see, we are always game to do a thing called the Crocodile Rock!) 

Elton’s life is full of amazing highs and tragic lows. The man has been to the brink of self-destruction and made it back to become an icon for the ages. (Can you imagine a world without his music? Tragic, right?)

At 73, Elton and his co-writer and lifelong BFF Bernie Taupin are the creators of some of the best music of the 20th Century and hearing about how they write in two different places (Taupin creates the lyrics first) is a real treat. And to see their friendship on screen reminds us of all the power of platonic love. 

Rocketman takes the standard music biopic and tips it on its ear. People break into song out of nowhere. There are suicide attempts and awful parenting failures. There’s also a recreation of Elton’s first big success in America–his string of performances at Los Angeles’s Troubadour theater which cemented his reputation for songwriting and as a daring piano player. 

The performance of Taron Egerton is a thing of beauty as well (the man can sing and play like an angel!) and the Margos have so much to say about both the book and movie here. (This is seriously going to be a gush fest!)

So which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The incredible life of Elton and the relationships that defined his life
    • Our favorite Elton John tunes
    • Our favorite scenes from the movie

Clips Featured:

    • Rocketman trailer
    • The real Elton & Bernie at the movie premiere
    • Elton & Bernie meet for the first time
    • Elton at the Troubadour
    • Elton tells his mother he is gay
    • Outro music “I’m Still Standing” sung by Taron Egerton

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What a Creep: Jian Ghomeshi (Season 3, Episode 5)

What a Creep

Season 3, Episode 5

Jian Ghomeshi

Jian Ghomeshi was once a superstar in Canada. He was in a popular band in the 90s that was nominated for Juno Awards and then as a CBC TV & Radio presenter. His talk show “Q with Jian Ghomeshi” was a huge hit across Canada airing twice per day with a popular YouTube channel and it aired on over 170 public radio stations at its peak between 2007-2014.

Then he was accused of sexual assault and battery losing his big gig and being a precursor to the string of men who would be indicted in the #MeToo movement that began in 2017. He tried to reshape his narrative with a factually challenged essay in 2018 which served to show he really hadn’t learned any lessons at all.

Then we talk about a Bay Area broadcaster who ISN”T a Creep!

This episode is helped by our friends at:

Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation by Kevin Donovan (Investigative journalist The Toronto Star)

The Guardian: “Jian Ghomeshi Essay Met with Backlash”

The Guardian: Jian Ghomeshi Apologizes to Former Employee

The Guardian: Jian Ghomeshi Verdict

The Guardian: “I Dated Jian Ghomeshi”

The Guardian: How One Essay Brought Down a NY Institution

Canadaland: Fact-Checking Jian Ghomeshi Essay

New York Review of Books

The Star: Jian Ghomeshi is Fired Over Sex Allegations

The Star: Ghomeshi used CBC phone to tape abuse

The Star: Kathryn Borel Statement

Wikipedia: Jian Ghomeshi

Jian Ghomeshi interviews Billy Bob Thornton (2009)

CTV-TV “Jian Ghomeshi Video All My Fans Make Me Sick” (1996)

CBC-TV “What is a Peace Bond”

The Cut: “What I Know About Jian Ghomeshi”

CBC-TV “The Unmaking of Jian Ghomeshi” 5th Estate

CBC-TV “The Trial of Jian Ghomeshi”

CBC Radio Interview with author Kevin Donovan 

Global News.Ca: Jian Ghomeshi Facebook Post in Full

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It’s a Shanda! Episode #156

Welcome one & all, Neighbors! Let’s get right to it—on RHOC, did Gina look like a huge a**hole, or what? More on that Mad Hatters’ Tea Party; on RHOD, it’s finally Leanne’s wedding & we have notes! Is Mama Dee pure evil or is D’Andra just spoiled? We also got the return of Castle Rock; Nell Scovell’s latest article (& Letterman apology!); a review of Apple+’s The Morning Show; some podcast recs & Twitter follows. 

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What a Creep: Scott Adams (“Dilbert”)

What a Creep

Season 3, Episode 4

Scott Adams (“Dilbert” Creator)

“Dilbert” is a comic strip about office drone Dilbert and his dog Dogbert. It’s about office culture, micromanaging bosses and annoying coworkers, and it’s syndicated in more than 2,000 newspapers and is being read in 57 countries, and in 19 languages. It’s created by Scott Adams. You’d think that the creator of Dilbert would be on the side of workers. Unfortunately, Scott Adams is just another rich jerk who doesn’t want to pay his fair share in taxes. Oh, he’s also a big believer in the men’s rights movement.

This episode is put together with a little help from our friends at:

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Book Vs Movie: Stephen King “You Know They Have a Hell of a Band” (Replay)

Book Vs. Movie Podcast (Replay)

“The Stephen King Storytime Bonus Ep

Special Guest Juliette Miranda

Just a couple of lady podcasters talking about their favorite Stephen King stories

The Breathing Method” & “You Know, They Got a Hell of a Band

 

The Stephen King bonus eps do so well for us at Book Vs Movie that we decided to have fun with the format and talk about favorite King short stories/novels/screenplays and works that have necessarily been turned into a movie (or a really cheesy one–stay tuned for those coming up!)

In this ep, Margo D. talks with Juliette Miranda of the amazing Unwriteable Rant podcast and we have a grand old time imbibing our refreshments (Margo enjoys a nice wine out of a can!) while each discussing one our favorite King short stories.

Margo D. starts with the novella The Breathing Method which appeared in the book Different Seasons in 1982. It’s the story that takes place in 1935 and told by Dr. Emlyn McCarron who meets a young pregnant woman named Sandra Stansfield. She is single and determined to have her baby in the most natural way possible and learns the then-new Lamaze method breathing from Dr. McCarron who soon falls a bit in love with her.

The ending of this book scared Margo D. so much that she waited 20 years to attempt it again. It has not been adapted as a film yet but is technically in development with director Scott  Derrickson (Doctor Strange and The Day the Earth Stood Still) attached.

Juliette Miranda then talks about one of her favorite king short stories “You Know, The Have a Hell of a Band” which originally appeared in the 1992 collection of rock and roll based stories–Shock Rock which was edited by Jeff Gelb.

In this story, a bickering couple (King’s specialty!) are hopelessly lost while driving on vacation. They eventually wind up in a town which just happens to be haunted by the ghosts of famous dead musicians such as Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, and Buddy Holly just to name a few.

Because it is a Stephen King story–things get weird and creepy in no time. There was an adaptation of this story which appeared in the anthology series Nightmares & Dreamscapes and it is–kind of stinky. But it’s also fun and we have a great time discussing what we like about the Shock Rock book as well.

Margo D. also talks about her favorite story Shock RockBob Dylan, Troy Johnson and the Speed Queen by F. Paul Wilson.

I hope you enjoy this different take on our usual Stephen King bonus eps.

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Clips used:

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

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Book Vs Movie: “Rosemary’s Baby” RIP Robert Evans (2017 Replay)

Book Vs Movie (RIP Robert Evans)

Rosemary’s Baby”

Special Podcast Guest Juliette Miranda and Margo D. Take a Close Look at the Classic Book and Movie

Today we learned that Paramount Chief Robert Evans passed away at the age of 89. So we decided to replay one of our favorite episodes is honored. Margo D. (co-host of Book Vs. Movie) and Juliette Miranda of the Unwritable Rant podcast turn up the spookiness talking about the classic Ira Levin novel and the venerated film directed by Roman Polanski.

This originally ran in 2017. Enjoy!

In this episode we discuss:

    • The incredible work of Ira Levin
    • Mia Farrow’s incredible performance and offscreen troubles with husband Frank Sinatra (!)
    • The near-perfect direction by Roman Polanski and how he frames his shots.
    • The weird rape scene featuring a rather unfortunate “hairy paw”
    • How strong (or weak) the character of Rosemary is at different times in the movie.

Clips used:

Rosemary’s Baby  TV trailer

Rosemary’s dream sequence

The morning after Rosemary’s baby ceremony

Rosemary and Dr. Hill

“His eyes!”

Outro Music: Rosemary’s Baby theme by Mia Farrow, Krysztof Komeda

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O.C. or OH NO?! Episode #155

Hey there, Neighbors! We’re back w/ another episode of the usual garbage fire that is the Real Housewives franchise. It’s OC Fashion week on RHOC, apparently–that’s a thing; On RHOD, we have the 15,879th party for Leanne’s infernal wedding & Cameron can’t grasp basic concepts, like school pageants. Also, Margo watched Eddie Murphy’s new movie, & Erin has a doc-rec–both on Netflix. All that and a lot more! 

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Book Vs Movie: “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

Book Vs Movie 

The Raven

The Classic Edgar Allan Poe Poem vs the Roger Corman/Vincent Price 1963 Film

The Margos both hear a rapping, rapping at our podcast door but we are not afraid. Because this episode is dedicated to all things “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe and the 1963 Roger Corman movie that stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, and a young Jack Nicholson

We first dive into the fascinating and mysterious Poe (who went by Eddie Poe most is his life) who became famous after writing the classic poem in January 1845 but never seemed to make any money to live on. He died under mysterious circumstances on October 7, 1849, at the age of 40 in Baltimore and has since been celebrated as the inventor of the “detective story” with the publication of “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” in 1841. To this day, there are references to Poe and The Raven every year during Halloween (including a very famous 1990 episode of The Simpsons.)

Roger Corman is the “Pope of Pop Cinema” who after a decades-long career as a director, producer, and actor–is still with us and giving hope to independent filmmakers around the world. 

And Vincent Price along with Boris Karloff in a comedy horror film? What is better than that? So, between the poem and the 1963 movie–which did the Margos like better?  

Click the link at the bottom to find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The intense and short  life of Edgar Allen Poe 
    • The legacy of his work that still resonates to this day
    • Roger Corman’s influence on independent films
    • The biggest differences between the poem and movie 
    • Our favorite scenes from the movie

Clips Featured:

    • The Raven  trailer
    • Vincent Price reading “The Raven”
    • Dr. Erasmus (Vincent Price) meets Dr. Bedlo (Peter Lorre) as a raven

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What a Creep: Matt Lauer (Season 3, Episode 3)

What a Creep

Matt Lauer

Season 3, Episode 3

Welcome back to What a Creep! Today we have a newsy Creep who finally lost his job after 20 years of inappropriate behavior (to say the least!) and was shielded by a corporate culture that took care of their big star and made several women sign Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) to hide his actions and provide him cover.

Matt Lauer is gross, y’all and he was basically hiding in plain sight. (Margo presents this week and she basically needed a “Silkwood Shower” when she was done!)

Then, Margo & Sonia talk about a morning show anchor who is definitely NOT a Creep.  

This episode is put together with a little help from our friends at:

Ronan Farrow’s Catch & Kill

Wikipedia Matt Lauer

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Variety

People

People (2017)

People Magazine 1997 (Matt Lauer Wedding)

People (Staffers had to flirt with him to keep their jobs)

Glamour.com

The Cut: 5 Times Matt Lauer was Inappropriate

Fast Company

The Vox

Daily Beast NBC News Noah Oppenheim Harvard Writings

Phil Griffin MSNBC & Maria Menounos

Newsbusters.org Matt Lauer 2008 Roast Jokes

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Book Vs Movie “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (Replay)

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

The Washing Irving Short Story Classic  Vs the Tim Burton Movie

The Margos are back and talking about spooky books & movies since, duh–it’s October! This is our favorite month of the year and we have so much fun talking about one of our best-loved stories from our childhood– The Legend of Sleepy Hollow written by the fascinating Washington Irving.  The only hard part about this episode was deciding which version of the movie we should cover (there are several!) In the end, we decided to stick with one of our favorite directors, Tim Burton and his reimaging of the tale– Sleepy Hollow.

We begin by looking at the incredible life of the author and how a yellow fever epidemic (prevalent in his childhood) made him familiar with the ghost stories of Hudson Valley, New York. Also, how the youngest of eleven children named for the first President of the United States took his lifelong love of writing and history to become America’s first famous “man of letters.”

(If you are a fan of New York City trivia and/or the origin of Christmas traditions–you will be especially happy with this ep!)

After that, we once again go into the film archives of Tim Burton and check out his unique take on not only the character of the historically smarmy, school teacher and not-handsome-at-all Ichabod Crane (played as a hot NYC police investigator by Johnny Depp) and the plot of the story which here centers around magic and spells.

So which did the Margos like better? Book or Movie? Check out the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss :

    • The NBC Halloween special which starred Jeff Goldblum and is unfortunately not available by streaming service.
    • The 1949 Disney movie (The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad) that scared both Margos in our childhoods.
    • The opportunity to choose from over 40 different versions of the audiobook.
    • How the term Nickerbocker (“The Nicks,”) Gotham and the phrase “the almighty dollar” are all attributed to Washington Irving.
    • The various interpretations of the short story and the meaning behind Ichabod’s disappearance.
    • The incredible look of Tim Burton movies and the art direction by Rick Heinrichs and Peter Young who won the Academy Award in 2000.
    • The main differences between the short story and movie.
    • Plus, we are movie trivia and our thoughts on the casting including Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken, and Miranda Richardson.

Clips Featured:

    • Ichabod by Bing Crosby and Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaries (Ichabod 1949)
    • Sleepy Hollow  trailer
    • The story behind the Headless Horseman
    • Outro Music: The Headless Horseman by Bing Crosby and Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaries (Ichabod 1949)

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