Book Vs Movie “The Poseidon Adventure” (1971)

Book Vs Movie: “The Poseidon Adventure” (1971)

The differences between the super gross book and the really fun movie (We are not going to hide our bias here!)

At Book Vs Movie, whenever people say “Duh–the book is always better than the movie!” the Margos would say “yeah–have you ever read Jaws?” Well, now we have another book to movie adaptation that features a horrible, racist, sexist, homophobic, and misogynistic novel that became a fun hit film. 

Sportswriter Paul Gallico helped many stories become excellent films including Pride of the Yankees, The Snow Goose, and the stage musical Carnival! He wrote over 40 books, numerous short stories, and dozens of TV and movie scripts. 

He began his career working for the sports desk at the New York Daily News and later became a prolific travel writer spending 10,000 miles on the road in the U.S. for Reader’s Digest

In 1969, he published The Poseiden Adventure to little fanfare. The tale of a wayward ship that is sunk while traveling to Africa features some of the most loathsome characters we ever had the displeasure of reading. (The audiobook featuring narration by actor Dylan Baker makes it slightly more palatable.)

Trigger warning: This story features a character being raped who then comforts her attacker and then wishes she was pregnant by him. (Seriously!)

The movie by producer Irwin Allen and director Ronald Neame became an instant classic which began a slate of many disaster films in the 1970s. It would become the highest-grossing film of 1973 grossing over $125 million worldwide. It won an Academy Award for best special effects and for the best original song “The Morning After.” 

 

Our lead actor is Gene Hackman as Reverand Frank Scott who is a renegade preacher who turns into a hero for the passengers of the S.S. Poseidon (partly filmed on the RMS Queen Mary.) at the time, he was a hot property after the success of The French Connection and his performance is very passionate. 

Co-star Shelley Winters won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Belle Rosen–a middle-aged swimmer who gives her life to protect the survivors. (Spoiler!)

Have a listen to find out our real feelings between book & movie as this one will go down as one of our biggest takedowns of a horrible piece of work. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips used:

  • The Poseidon Adventure  trailer 
  • A tidal wave hits the shit
  • The immediate aftermath of the ship turning over
  • Stella Stevens “panties” scene
  • “Lindaaaaaaaaaa!!!”
  • Reverend Scott sacrifices himself for the good of the group
  • The group is rescued 
  • Closing music “The Morning After” written by Al Kasha & Joel Hirschorn and sung by Maureen McGovern

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What a Creep: Joel Osteen (Greedy Creep) & NON Creep Beyonce!

What a Creep

Season 9, Episode 4

Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen is an American pastor and televangelist based in Houston, Texas. His televised sermons are seen by approximately 10 million viewers in the US and several million more in over 100 countries every week. Osteen has also written several best-selling books with titles such as “Your Best Life Now” and “The Power of I Am.”

He’s also a greedy creep with a big toothy grin that even Jesus wouldn’t love.

Sources for this episode:

Houston Chronicle

Fort-Worth Star-Telegram

Huffington Post

Oprah Winfrey 2012 interview

Vox

Buzzfeed

Indy Star

The Hill

The Advocate

Joel Osteen’s Twitter

Wikipedia

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How Big is Your Cult? Episode # 216

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 216

“How Big is Your Cult?”

Hey Neighbors, how was everyone’s holiday? Hopefully safe & relaxing. This week, we talk our usual Real Housewives smack (Brooks, we’re over you & your vocal fry), for RHOP & RHOSLC; we also dive into some movies–Wonder Woman 84; Pixar’s Soul; & some traditional holiday classics. We also caught up on some great TV (Mandolorian; Bridgerton; the Heaven’s Gate doc); & have a couple of great podcast recs for you. Come on, 2021, we need to be done with this year already! 

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Book Vs Movie “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story” (1971)

Book Vs Movie: “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story” (1971)

The Basis of the Waltons TV Series Started as a TV Movie!

The Margos decided to get into the Depression-era holiday spirit with a look at “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story” which was written by author & creator of The Waltons TV series–Earl Hamner, Jr. 

Hamner has a fascinating career as a writer with several scripts of “The Twilight Zone” including the famous The Bewitchin’ Pool, (the very last episode of the original American series.)

He also created 80s TV nighttime soap, Falcon Crest!)

In between, he wrote the 1961 novel Spencer’s Mountain which became a movie starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara as Clay and Olivia Spencer. They play a couple living in the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming and their eldest son “Clay-Boy” is set to become the first in his family to go to college. 

Ten years later he wrote, “The Homecoming” which told a similar story with a twist–the Walton family was based in the Blue Ridge mountains during the depression. The TV movie was on December 19, 1971, in the U.S. and was such a big hit–it was immediately turned into a TV series. 

Hamner narrated every episode which ran for almost ten years and started the phrase “goodnight John-Boy!” 

In this episode, the Margos talk about the author, his original novella, the 1971 TV movie, and try to decide which we like better. Have a listen!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips used:

  • The Homecoming  trailer 
  • An early ad for The Homecoming
  • Olivia Walton is suspicious of John-Boy
  • Earl Hamner, Jr opening scene narration

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What a Creep: “Merry Creepmas” Top 5 Christmas Creeps

What a Creep: Merry Creepmas!

“Top 5 Christmas Creeps”

Season 9, Episode 3

Happy Holidays to all of you cohorts in Creepitude! 

Let’s face it, 2020 was a dumpster fire and we are more than happy to let the door hit it on the ass on the way out!

So we decided to have a little fun and offer our picks for the things that make the holidays a little (or a lot!) creepy. We hope you enjoy it with the intention of having some fun during the time of COVID!

Trigger warnings: The possible destruction of your childhood!

Margo’s Top 5:

Sonia’s Top 5:

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Book Vs Movie: “Little Women” (1994)

Book Vs Movie: Little Women

The Louisa May Alcott Classic Novel Vs. the 1994 Winona Ryder-Starring Film

 

The Margos take a trip back to mid-19th century America with the Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 & 1869 and became a smash hit. To describe the life story of Alcott as fascinating does not do it justice. Hers was a life filled with riches and poverty, with humiliation and joy, with love and hate, with incredible access to the best writers in the world and the worst images of the Civil War and the damage it did to humanity. 

Alcott’s father, Amos Bronson Alcott,  was a transcendentalist and educator who belonged with the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau in the Concord area of Massachusettes. She was raised to be an abolitionist and feminist and was raised to be independent. In her peripatetic life, she moved over 20 times in 30 years before becoming a successful writer and the highest-earning author in her generation. 

Little Women is loosely based on her own family story of the protagonist, Jo, being a substitute to Alcott. In the novel we have Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March who are being raised by their mother “Marmee” and their father is serving as a chaplain during the civil war. The sisters are poor but smart and kind. They all have special talents and want to live life to the fullest. 

Jo is the most modern with a lack of concern for marriage and society’s expectation of women. She is spunky and whip-smart. A hero to generations of girls, she had been played by Saoirse Ronan, Katharine Hepburn, Maya Hawke, and in the 1994 Gillian Armstrong-directed film Winona Ryder.  

Released on Christmas Day 1994, it became an instant classic. 

In this episode, the Margos talk about Alcott’s life, the original novels, and how they differ from the 1994 adaptation. So which did they like better? Have a listen and find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips used:

  • Little Women  trailer 
  • Jo declines Laurie’s proposal
  • Amy declines Laurie’s sorta proposal
  • Beth gets a piano for Christmas
  • Music by Thomas Newman

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They’re in Big Trouble – Episode #215

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 215

“They’re in Big Trouble”

Neighbors, we’ve got a jammed-pack episode as a holiday treat for ya. Of course, we break down Tom Cruise’s recent rant (Margo has some theories); both RHOP & RHOSLC; & of course we talk about RHOBH’s Erika Jayne & her divorce woes (guys, they’re in BIG trouble); the new version of The Stand; the new Netflix doc, The Ripper, and lots more. Merry, Merry, Neighbors! Wishing you all the happiest of holidays! 

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What a Creep: Charles Dickens

What a Creep: Charles Dickens

Season 9, Episode 2

Old-Timey Author Creep

Charles Dickens is one of the most successful authors of the 19th Century who attracted a rock star-like following around the world for his dramatic readings. He is considered as close to Father Christmas as any man has ever been and was a champion of working-class people and liberal causes.

His work influenced writers for several generations including Willkie Collins, Jules Verne, Gorge Orwell, Roald Dahl, and Jonathan Nolan (screenwriter for The Dark Knight.)

He was also a massive creep to several important women in his life which is what we will focus on today. 

Trigger warnings: Shitty husbands

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Book Vs Movie: “His Girl Friday” (1940) & “The Front Page”

Book Vs Movie: His Girl Friday

The 1928 Play (The Front Page) Vs the 1940 Howard Hawks Film

Writers Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur changed Broadway (and later Hollywood) forever when they created The Front Page,  a comedy about irascible, mean reporters in Chicago who are waiting for the hanging of Earl Williams–a communist who killed an African American policeman which makes him a pariah in Cook County. 

The reporters who hang around the jail to write about his fate couldn’t care less about justice–they just want a story. Our lead, Hildy Johnson, is ready to leave the newspaper business for good and marry a New York City gal. He claims to be eager for more money and respectability–but his cohorts in reporting know better.

As does his boss, Walter Burns, he schemes to keep him on duty and in Chicago. (Even “kidnapping” Hildy’s mother in law!)

Earl Williams escapes jail and manages to find Hildy alone in the press room. Realizing that Williams is innocent of the charges, Hildy hides him in the company desk and comedy ensues. 

The “rat-a-tat” style dialog was a revelation at the time which may explain why it had been adapted several times for film, TV, radio, and on Broadway several times. 

The 1940 adaptation from Howard Hawks is titled His Girl Friday switches genders for Hildy with Rosalind Russell playing the part against Cary Grant as Walter Burns. The script was credited to Charles Lederer but Ben Hecht most certainly had a hand in the dialog. (He would later be credited as one of the most successful screenwriters in history with Scarface, Spellbound, and Wuthering Heights in his official credits.)

The Margos talk about the original play and the most successful movie adaptation and decide which we like better. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • How The Front Page changed Broadway
  • Ben Hecht and Herman Mankowitz in Hollywood
  • The biggest changes between the original text and the 1940 script
  • The many problematic themes of the original material
  • The cast: Cary Grant (Walter Burns,) Rosalind Russell (Hildy Johnson,) Ralph Bellamy (Bruce Baldwin,) and John Qualen (Earl Williams)

Clips used:

  • His Girl Friday  trailer 
  • Walter Burns, Hildy Johnson, and Bruce Baldwin have lunch
  • Hildy returns to quit
  • Walter convinces Hildy to stay

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Don’t Play with Those Boys! – Episode #214

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 214

“Don’t Play With Those Boys!”

Whoa, Neighbors, this was a WEEK! So much to discuss–RHOP finale–chef’s kiss to the ladies of Potomac; they bring it so hard. RHOSLC, these ladies are a close 2nd for their delusion & sheer insanity. The BeeGees Doc on HBO was a hit for Margo, as was Netflix’s The Prom for Erin. We also have a podcast rec for your earholes. Saddle up!! 

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