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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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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Book Vs. Movie: “Mildred Pierce” by JM Cain & Starring Joan Crawford

 

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

“Mildred Pierce”

The HM Cain Hard-Boiled Classic Novel to Slightly Gritty 1945 Classic Film

The Margos put on some extra shoulder pads and finish out their Joan Crawford movie streak with the 1945 classic film noir Mildred Pierce which is based on 1941 novel by JM Cain.  In this pot boiler of an ep they discuss

  • Joan Crawford’s amazing performance
  • The handsy-ness of the male characters
  • Differences between the book and movie (Thank Hays Code!)
  • The awfulness of Veda
  • The sexiness of the 2011 Mini Series starring Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce
  • Ann Blyth and her amazing voice
  • The sad fate of Butterfly McQueen

Audio Clips:

Official Trailer for Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce” by Sonic Youth

Joan Crawford & Jack Carson

Joan Crawford & Ann Blyth

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Check out this NEW episode of Book Vs. Movie!

Book Vs. Movie Podcast: “Mary Poppins” #Disney

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Mary Poppins

P.L. Travers vs Walt Disney (with a touch of “Saving Mr. Banks” and “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers“)

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Our newest episode is “perfectly perfect in every way” (well, we come pretty damn close!) Here we discuss the classic 1934 children’s novel versus the 1964 Walt Disney multiple Oscar winning film. Topics we cover:

  • The interesting (and complicated) life of P.L. Travers/Helen Lyndon Goff/”Ginty”
  • The Sherman brothers who wrote all of the music and lyrics
  • Walt Disney’s vision of the film versus the author’s intentions for the character.
  • The plethora of differences between the novel and film.
  • Differences between the relationship of Mary and Bert between the book and movie.

Clips used in this episode:

“supercalifragilisticexpialidociousl” Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke

Feed the BirdsJulie Andrews

P.L. Travers and Disney staff discuss the script (the last clip from “Saving Mr. Banks“)

 

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