Book Vs Movie: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” 0

Book Vs Movie

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

The Ransom Riggs Book vs the Tim Burton Film

 

The Margos delve into the world of fantasy in this episode discussing the Ranson Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which spent 70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in 2012 and spawned two sequels Hollow City and Library of Souls.

 

Normally Margo P. doesn’t go for the scary stuff but when her preteen told her this was her favorite book of all time and though she will never see the movie (she loathes adaptations–go figure!) she thought we should give it a go.

 

The book is a wonderful journey of a young man exploring his grandfather’s old photographs that lead him on an amazing journey on a Welsh Island. Does that sound boring? Believe us, it is a very funny and entertaining read with incredible vintage photos telling the story and a very funny & charming lead in the character of Jacob Portman.

So how does the Tim Burton movie stack up compared to the YA novel?

In this episode we discuss:

  • The excellent Audible book ready by actor Jesse Bernstein.
  • Eva Green’s portrayal as Miss Peregrine.
  • What scenes are different between book and movie (Jake  (Asa Butterfield) meeting Emma (Ella Purnell) the first time!)
  • How Miss Peregrine’s capture is handled between the two.
  • The character Barron (Samuel L. Jackson)
  • Switching Emma’s superpower (fire) with less character Olive (breath)
  • Jake’s truncated backstory between book & film
  • The fight scenes & CGI at the end of the film
  • The changes in character of Dr. Golan (Allison Janey)
  • How really mean the movie dad (Chris O’Dowd) is versus the book.

 

Outro Music: “Bedtime Stories” by Mike Higham & Matthew Margeson (Miss Peregrine soundtrack)

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The Mist Recap Ep. 5 Plus, “Top 5 Scariest Stephen King Stories” 0

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

Stephen King Bonus Ep:”The Mist” Recap

Episode 5 “The Waiting Room”

Plus: Our “Top 5 Scariest Stephen King Stories”

It’s episode 5 of the Stephen King’s The Mist TV series and in this special bonus ep of the Book Vs. Movie podcast Margo D. and Deana of the Twisted Philly podcast offer their weekly recap of the Spike TV production.

This episode is titled “The Waiting Room” as we now have a new location–the hospital. (Thankfully they ditch the church and mall in this episode!).

It’s one of the gorier chapters so far and had some genuine scares but unfortunately, they still have some pretty lame dialogue.  

Here are the basics of this episode:

The Hospital: Kevin (Morgan Spector), Mia (Danica Curcic), Bryan (Ozekie Morro) and Adrian (Russell Posner) arrive at the hospital just in time for Bryan to have emergency surgery for his bullet wound. The hospital has only 2-days worth of power and food left and people are becoming panicked.

Kevin sees his creepy brother Mike (Peter Murnik) who was attacked in The Mist and has some metal stuck in his abdomen. The doctors can’t operate on him so Kevin offers to do it even though his brother is being SUCH A TOOL. They have a contentious relationship due to the ever-sexy Eve (Alyssa Sutherland.)  

(More on that later.)

Mia looks for Bryan (who is in room 237) and another gentleman is in his bed. We are reminded that our Bryan has amnesia and assumed who he was based on the ID he had on him. Mia freaks out and leaves the hospital with their truck.

Adrian meets up with the jock from high school who has hassled him in the past and who drops the F word like a maniac. (Not the F bomb which is bleeped throughout the show.) Adrian kisses him, the jock beats the snot out of him and then they make out and have sex. Because, of course.

Mike operates on his brother and The Mist shows up bringing lots of blood and leeches. Kevin reluctantly kills his brother and runs away.

The Past:

Eve and Kevin have a very fraught relationship. When they move into their house he surprises her by setting up Alex’s bedroom as a little girl’s paradise. Eve tells him she has never felt this happy and yet less like herself. (Mixed messages, Eve?)

She has an awkward encounter with his brother Mike (did THEY have sex in the past?) and later has afternoon sex with Kevin which apparently never happens. This is when we learn she had a reputation in high school and Alex is not Kevin’s daughter. (Wut?)

Topics covered :

  • The reveal that Alex (Gus Birney) is NOT Kevin’s daughter!
  • The use of the “F” word both bleeped and not.
  • Mia’s mood swings!
  • What is it with sex and this show?
  • The “Room 237” reference
  • What is the deal with Bryan Hunt?
  • The leeches!!!
  • Is Adrian up to no good?
  • What are the rules of The Mist!

Plus, Margo and Deana each pick their “Top 5 Scariest Stephen King Stories!”

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Book Vs. Movie: “Julie and Julia” 0

Book Vs Movie

“Julie & Julia”

The Julie Powell Book vs. The Nora Ephron Film

Is it us, or does the very suggestion of reading and watching this best selling book and popular film make you crave a life in Paris or what?!  The Margos are back with a full episode talking about Julie Powell’s 2005 Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen which was based on her 2002 Blog “The Julia & Julia Project.

Julie went from NYC cubicle drone to a popular food blogger in a short span of time when she chronicled her year’s journey into cooking every single recipe in Julia Child’s masterpiece Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Nora Ephron wrote and directed the 2009 film starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep. It seems people are divided on which part of the film they prefer. (Oh, let’s be honest–it’s “Julia and Paul” by a landslide!)

But how different is the book “Julie” to the cinema version versus the real live woman who wrote Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession chronicling her affair on her husband and journey into meat cutting?

The Margos get very meta in this episode where try to make sense out of all of this craziness between what we assume about Julie Powell in the book and the Nora Ephron version we get in the movie.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The tone of the book versus the movie directed by the amazing Nora Ephron.
  • Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci as Julia & Paul Child and the incredible love story of the characters they play.
  • Amy Adams‘ winsome portrayal of Julie Powell.
  • The FOOD in every scene!
  • Our desire to move to Paris. (Mais, oui!)
  • The importance of New York City as a backdrop to the story post 9/11.
  • Discussing Julia Childs’ reaction to the Blog. (Big hint, she was NOT a fan!)
  • We touch a bit on Cleaving as Margo D. became kind of obsessed with Julie Powell’s marriage after hearing about the aftermath of the movie on her relationship.
  • Plus, My Life in France is mentioned which is the story about Julia and Paul’s years in France (1948-1954) based on the many letters he wrote to his brother.

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Book Vs. Movie “The Mist” Recap Ep: 4 Plus, Top 5 Stephen King Heroes 0

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

Stephen King Bonus Ep:”The Mist” Recap

Episode 4 “Pequod”

Plus. Top 5 “Stephen King Heroes”

Welcome to episode 4 of the Stephen King’s The Mist TV series and in this special bonus ep of the Book Vs. Movie podcast Margo D. and Deana of the Twisted Philly podcast offer their weekly recap of the Spike TV production.

Now we are at episode 4 titled “Pequod” which is the name of the whaling ship in Herman Melville’s  Moby Dick and it was named for the Pequot tribe that was based in New England.

This episode has a bit of everything– paranoia, mist beasts, foul language, dead kids and a little bit of “end of time/wrath of God”-type stuff. The action takes place in three places: A gas station, the mall and the church and people are at various levels of stressed out and frightened.

In essence for each location the following is happening:

The Gas Station: Kevin (Morgan Spector), Mia (Danica Curcic), Bryan (Ozekie Morro) and Adrian (Russell Posner) can’t seem to get their car moving so they meet up at a gas station. There they find Clay (Teagle F. Bougere) who is armed and knows Kevin because Eve is his son;s teacher. Clay wants to stay and he gives his survivalist care to the gang. (He thinks he will reunite with his son at the station. Poor Clay!)

The Mall:

Eve (Alyssa Sutherland) confesses she is glad Kevin isn’t there because she blames him for Alex’s (Gus Birney) rape. Alex takes a young child to the bookstore to hang out and forget their troubles for a bit. The game show bros think it would be a fine idea to get a harpoon and bring the dead bodies from the parking lot. The mist shows up and causes one death and one bro getting kicked out for good. Also, the mist has no interest in Alex (!)

Church:

Father Romanov (Dan Butler) thinks it is the end of times and wants his new parishioners to join him in fighting the mist with faith and prayer. Natalie (Frances Conroy) thinks a spider she caught in a jar is God. Father Romanov thinks that is bunk and squashes it.

Topics covered :

  • Is the group correct in getting rid of bro Vic(Erik Knudsen)?
  • Why take a little girl and not a teenager?  
  • Is there something wrong with Eve and Kevin’s relationship?
  • Why is Natalie breaking down so fast?
  • Should Clay have joined them in leaving the gas station?

Plus, Margo & Deana pick their top 5 “Stephen King Heroes!” 

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Not Fade Away Podcast Ep 2: Aaliyah 0

Not Fade Away Podcast

Ep 2: Aaliyah

Welcome to the second episode of the Not Fade Away podcast! This time we are getting to know R&B goddess Aaliyah who sadly passed away in 2001 and the age of 22. I am lucky enough to be friends with someone who worked for Aaliyah for several years–Michelle Cramer.

I invited Michelle over to talk about her time with the Hip Hop queen and am so thankful for her input. In this show we really get to know the sweet person who was so beloved by her family, peers and most of all her devoted fans. I really want to take a moment and thank her for being so generous with her memories. She really poured her heart out talking about her late friend. 

In this ep we discuss:

  • Aaliyah’s musical upbringing (she was related to Gladys Knight!)
  • Her insistence on  being a good role model to her fans.
  • The rather unfortunate rumors/truth about her relationship to R. Kelly.
  • Her rise to the top of the Billboard charts
  • The acting career that could have been.
  • Her professionalism and attitude about how she treated folks who worked with her.
  • The boys who had a crush on her.
  • The sad details about her death.

I do not own the music rights to her work so I use some news clips as well as Michelle’s interview to tell this story. If you like what you hear–please subscribe and leave a review. Also–send me a note via social media (@NotFadeAway) if you want to reach out.

Thanks for checking out this podcast! If you have any suggestions for future eps–please reach out!

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“The Mist” Recap: Ep 3 “Show and Tell” PLUS Top 5 Stephen King Villains 0

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

Stephen King Bonus Ep:”The Mist” Recap

Episode 3 “Show and Tell”

It’s episode three  of the Stephen King’s The Mist TV series and in this special bonus ep of the Book Vs. Movie podcast Margo D. and Deana of the Twisted Philly podcast do their weekly recap of the Spike TV production. Is the show getting better each episode?

To be honest, we have been struggling to really enjoy this series. As two die-hard King fans we have been a little disappointed in this particular effort (feeling shades of Under the Dome versus the strange awesomeness of 1991’s Golden Years miniseries.) Is it the writing? Direction? Special effects?

In this podcast we talk about what happened in the “Show and Tell” episode and offer our thoughts.

Plus, Margo D. and Deana pick their “Top 5 Stephen King Villains!”

Major points discussed here:

  • Gus attempting to maintain order not carry out a “Hurricane Katrina situation”
  • What to do with the bodies of the dead soldiers who killed themselves in the previous episode?  
  • The legend of “The Black Spring” of 1860
  • Mia having withdrawals in the basement of the church
  • The continuing ickiness  of Connor the Cop
  • The moth tattoo!
  • Natalie seeing “god”
  • Was Eve some type of warrior before?
  • The slickness of Adrian.

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“The Mist” Recap: Episode 2 “Withdrawal” 0

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

Stephen King Bonus Ep:”The Mist” Recap

Episode 2 “Withdrawal”

It’s episode two of the Stephen King’s “The Mist” TV series and in this special bonus ep Margo D. and Deana of the Twisted Philly podcast talk about episode two of the Spike TV production. Did they like it better than the less than spectacular pilot?

 

Major points discussed here:

  • Is mall manager Gus (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) a good guy or no?
  • What is the deal with Arrowhead?
  • The deal with Mia’s drug problem
  • “Let me see you, Babydoll!”
  • The reliability of Connor the Cop
  • The cool use of drones (nice update to the material)
  • Who is this Clint person and why did his friends hang themselves?
  • Is this show going to disappoint us like “Under the Dome?”

 

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Book Vs Movie: “Adaptation” vs “The Orchid Thief” 0

Book Vs Movie

“The Orchid Thief” Vs “Adaptation”

 

The Margos are back and taking on their most interesting episode yet with a compare and contrast of the Susan Orlean novel The Orchid Thief (which began as a New Yorker article) and the hit Charlie Kaufman/Spike Jones movie Adaptation. If there has ever been a reason for this podcast to exist –this material is the one to tackle!

So many differences between the book and movie here, we are not quite sure where to begin but let us give it a try.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The interesting history between when the magazine article appeared to several years later where Charlie Kaufman took several liberties with the material.
  • The intense performance by Nicolas Cage (which earned him an Academy Award nomination)
  • The past work of Charlie Kaufman and why he chose to adapt the material as he did.
  • The ingenious casting of Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper and Tilda Swinton.
  • The totally bananas plot twists and turns.
  • How Susan Orleans really feels about this adapted piece of her work.
  • The many, many passages devoted in The Orchid Thief to the history of stealing orchids over the last centuries.

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Book Vs Movie Bonus Ep: “The Mist” TV Recap Ep 1 “Pilot” 0

Book Vs. Movie Podcast Bonus ep

“The Mist” TV Series

Ep. 1 “Pilot”

Margo D. is co-hosting this series recap with Deana of the Twisted Philly podcast (Margo P. avoids the scary stuff!) We are excited to talk about Spike TV’s take on the Stephen King novella and really hope it will be cool! (Margo D. is still smarting after the dreadful “Under the Dome” effort.)

In this ep they discuss:

  • The backstory about the original novella and the 2007 movie which are considered classics.
  • How we see the story unfolding so far
  • What we like (and don’t like) about the first episode
  • The main characters and the actors playing them
  • How weirdly dated it feels
  • Hoping it gets better as the series progresses!

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Book Vs Movie: “Bridget Jones’ Diary” 0

Book Vs Movie Podcast

“Bridget Jones’ Diary” 

The Margos go way back to their 20-something youth to discuss the lovely and talented Renee Zellweger and 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 at The Guardian) and the 2001 film that also stars Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

In ths ep we discuss:

  • The story behind Bridget Jones and how Helen Fielding created 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

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