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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Book Vs Movie “A Room With a View”

Book Vs Movie

A Room With a View

The  E. M. Forster 1908 Novel Vs the 1985 “Merchant/ Ivory” Film

The Margos are closing out our “80s in August” with the James Ivory/Ismail Merchant film A Room With a View which is based on the 1908 novel by E.M. Forester. The book took a few years fro Forster to complete before his better-regarded works Howards End and A Passage to India but he felt it was “much nicer.” 

The story centers on Lucy Honeychurch who comes from a strict English background and is traveling with her spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett when she meets exciting George Emerson in Florence, Italy. They share a moment of romance but she must return home to her drab Edwardian life with its social structure. 

This means marrying Cecil Vyse, even though he’s dull and she doesn’t love him. George comes snack into her life by staying at a rental cottage nearby and the romance heats up again. But will George & Lucy take a chance on love even though her family doesn’t consider him an equal? 

The 1985 movie stars Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy, Maggie Smith as Charlotte, Julian Sands as George, and Daniel Day-Lewis as Cecil.  It made a fortune at the box office and won dozens of awards including an Academy Award for best-adapted screenplay. 

This is one of those rare occasions that neither Margo has read the book or seen the film before recording this show. So between the two, which did we like better?

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The biography of E.M. Forster
  • What it was like to travel as an English person in early 20th Century Europe. 
  • Changes between book & movie
  • The cast including Carter, Smith, Sands, Day-Lewis, Denholm Elliott (Mr. Emerson,) Rosemary Leach (Mrs. Honeychurch,) Rupert Graves (Freddy Honeychurch,) Judi Dench (Eleanor Lavish,)  and Simon Callow (Reverend Beebe.)

Clips Featured:

  • A Room With a View  trailer
  • George loves Lucy
  • Emerson’s come to visit
  • Mr. Emerson tries to help Lucy 
  • Music: A Room With a View soundtrack Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” 

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A Class Action – Episode #200

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 200

“A Class Action”

Welcome to our 200th Episode, Neighbors! Thanks for hanging out with us. This week, have so much to get to. We start with RHOP & Karen Huger’s party for Ray (that’s mostly about Karen & her Beyonce dance); In RHOBH, the jig is up for Denise in this finale. We’ll see how the reunion goes. On RHONY, we celebrate Leah’s 15th anniversary for her clothing line, the other ladies freak out about going downtown; & Dorinda has her b-day celebration where Luann annoys us all. We also have recs from Netflix, HBO Max, Showtime, an IG, and a YouTube follow. RIP, Chadwick Bosman. 

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What a Creep: Ira Einhorn “The Unicorn Killer” (Hippie Creep)

What a Creep  

Season 7, Episode 6

Ira Einhorn aka “The Unicorn Killer”

Ira Einhorn was known as the pied piper of the Hippie movement in Philadelphia in the 1960s & 70s. He was embraced by the counterculture as well as local politicians. He was the person to know in Philadelphia if you wanted to mediate an issue. He claimed to be clued-in to the trends happening with the human mind 20 years into the future.

He was a part of the first Earth Day festival in 1970, was a hardcore environmentalist who ran “Sun Weeks” to celebrate solar energy. He was friends with CEOs and billionaires who were interested in his thoughts about the latest in computers, mind control, paranormal & psychic matters.

Ira was also an abusive narcissist who killed his girlfriend of five years, Holly Maddux in 1978, and managed to hide in France for several years before he was finally put away with a life sentence.

Trigger Warnings: Domestic Violence, murder, coercive control, smelly people, and delayed justice. 

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Book Vs Movie “Steel Magnolias”

 

Book Vs Movie

Steel Magnolias

The 1987 Play Vs The 1989 Classic Film

The Margos are making sure Shelby drinks her juice and that Drum doesn’t shoot Oiuser in this special episode talking about a play to movie adaptation from the 80s. Based on a true story about his sister’s death at a young age after giving birth, Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias is the smart, funny tale of strong women who are underestimated by the men in their lives. 

The play, which opened Off-Broadway in 1987, is notable for having one setting (Truvy’s beauty parlor in Northern Louisiana) and an all-female cast. The lines are so witty and sharp, audiences embraced it very quickly. 

Soon Hollywood came calling, and now we have one of the ultimate “chick flicks” of all time which came out in 1989 and stars the soon-to-be-famous Julia Roberts as well as a huge cast of amazing actors. (This is truly an ensemble piece.) 

This is one of the most quotable films of the last 30 years and we have a ball dissecting the differences between the play and film.  

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Steel Magnolias  trailer
  • “30 minutes of wonderful vs. a lifetime of nothing special”
  • “Hit Ouiser!”
  • Music: Steel Magnolias soundtrack George Delerue 

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Who Eats Rice Cakes Anymore? Episode #199

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 199

“Who Eats Rice Cakes Anymore?”

Hi ya, Neighbors! Thanks for dropping by. This week, we talk about what jerks Elizabeth & Andrei from 90 Day Fiance truly are; also some RHOP (more fighting); and RHOBH (Brandi’s back & this time, she has texteses!); & RHONY, in case you weren’t completely convinced what a monster Ramona is. Also, a bunch of great podcast recs & a side-note about Selling Sunset. Hope you’re all enjoying your summer & staying safe!  

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What a Creep: John Wayne (Old Timey Hollywood Creep)

What a Creep

Season 7, Episode 5

John Wayne

 

John Wayne starred in 142 films, and he was one of the top box office stars for three decades. He was an actor, director, and producer, making him a triple threat. He was also a racist, sexist, homophobe, which makes him a double-triple threat. 

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Book Vs Movie “The War of the Roses”

 

Book Vs Movie

The War of the Roses

The Warren Adler 1981 Novel Vs the Danny DeVito 1989 Film

The Margos are still hanging out in the 80s and this episode is devoted to a book and film that were considered controversial for the time. (Some of our Facebook fans said “no thank you!” to this one.) The War of the Roses is based on a novel by Warren Adler and Danny DeVito directed the dark comedy. 

In the book (which author Adler based on a conversation he had with a gentleman getting divorced in 1978 and was still living with his ex-wife) Jonathan and Barbara Rose decide to divorce after 20 years of marriage and two kids. Jonathan is crushed because she did not visit him at the hospital when he had a heart issue. Barbara realizes she hates him after giving him her youth and creating a beautiful home. 

They live in a Washington D.C. suburb and at the time, there was no “no-fault divorce” so they are stuck living together until they can work out an amicable settlement. The fact is, they both the house and possessions than each other and their anger builds to violent action. 

The movie stars Michael Douglas (named Oliver Rose,) Kathleen Turner (Barbara Rose,) and Danny DeVito (Gavin D’Amato) and after it’s release (one month after Betty Broderick killed her husband after a contentious divorce!) it was considered controversial for its dark themes and comedy. This is 10 years before The Sopranos which regularly mixed unlikeable characters with violence and humor. 

So between the book & movie–which did we like? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The story Warren Adler’s book
  • Why some audiences were turned off by the ending (spoiler alert!) 
  • Biggest changes between book and movie
  • The cast including Douglas, Turner, DeVito, Marianne Sagebrecht (Susan,) Sean Astin (Josh Rose,) Heather Fairfield (Carolyn Rose), and Dan Castellaneta (Man in Chair.) 

Clips Featured:

  • The War of the Roses  trailer
  • Barbara and Oliver “meet cute”
  • Dinner Party 
  • “Get out of the car”
  • Barbara attempts to seduce Gavin
  • Music: “Only You” by The Platters

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