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.
Halloooo, Neighbors! It almost feels like spring..sort of. This week, the neighbors convene to discuss the Roseanne reboot; Judd Apatow’s The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling on HBO; Jamie Lee Curtis’s new activism; new Dr. Katz episodes on Audible; and the Best Worst Thing We Saw This Week. And of course, the mystery to end all mysteries—Who Bit Beyonce?! So many things for your eyes and ear-holes! Happy Passover & Happy Easter!
The Margos are back with a new episode suggested to us by a listener–Brokeback Mountain. You didn’t know it was based on a short storywritten byAnnie Proulxand appeared in the New Yorker in their October 13, 1997, issue. It won the National Magazine Award for fiction in 1998. AuthorLarry McMurtryandDiana Ossana adapted it into the screenplay for the 2005 film directed byAng Lee.
The film starringJake Gyllenhaalas Jack Twist andHeath Ledgeras Ennis Del Mar is now considered a masterpiece and the fact it lost the 2006 Academy Award for Best Picture to now widely reviledCrashwas a huge controversy at the time.
In this episode the Margos discuss:
The gorgeous look of the film
The casting of the leads and how revolutionary it was at the time.
Why author Annie Proulx finds the success of the story to be a mixed blessing
How Jake Gyllenhaal had to go to “cowboy camp” to prepare for the part
Trivia and behind-the-scenes insight about the making of the film
Brokeback Mountain trailer
“I can’t quit you” Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger
Lurleen(Anne Hathaway) tells Ennis how Jack died
Outro MusicBrokeback Mountain theme byGustavo Santaolalla
Get your 80s on with another amazing Stephen King bonus ep as we are lucky to havePatrick Bromleyof theF This Moviepodcast join us once again.Patrick is not only a big-time Stephen King fan but he actually owns a copy of the original Cycle of the Werewolf(woot!)
Margo D. & Patrick have a blast talking about the amazing movie and its journey as a pet project of producerDino DeLaurentistoGary Busey’samazing ad-libbed performance.
In this episode the Margo & Patrick discuss:
Key differences between the novella and movie
Choices made by first time directorDaniel Attius
The ridiculous werewolf costume and what the director should have done with the last scene
Fight the Power, Neighbors! This week, Erin & Margo breakdown a busy week filled with monumental events like the March for Our Lives around the country; a BitchSesh live show; the Netflix doc-series Wild,Wild Country (NOT Kingdom!); why the discussion about ‘are women funny’ just takes from me. Look out for that mercury in retrograde and have a great week!
Hooray for another movie review episode! This past November the Margos covered“Murder on the Orient Express”and we were asked online why we did not cover theKenneth Branagh-directed film in that particular show. Well, the answer is simple, we only talk about books and movies that are easy to get and watch. Not everyone lives near a movie theater and going out for that can be far too time-consuming and expensive for some.
In this ep we review the 2017 reboot and give our thoughts and feelings about it. So between the book and several movies–which did the Margos like better? Check out the link below to find out.
In this episode the Margos discuss:
The gorgeous look of the film
The updates made to reflect more modern values
Branagh’s interpretation of the part Hercule Poirot (including that mustache!)
The multiracial casting choices
How this film tackles the denouement of the story
Whether or not we will come back for the follow-up movie by Branagh
Murder on the Orient Express trailer
Outro MusicNever ForgetbyMichelle Pfeiffer (Written by Patrick Doyle and Kenneth Branagh)
Well, hey there, Neighbors! You picked a good week to drop by. Erin takes advantage of some downtime to catch up on some good (and bad) movies & TV; Margo keeps us abreast of any and all douche-bags with her D-Bag alert (Billy Bush, she’s looking’ at you!), finally sees The “Smell” of Water and some a new podcast rec; and Erin’s review of the updated Murder on the Orient Express. Looking forward to some spring, how ’bout you?