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Book Vs Movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

 

Book Vs Movie

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Margos Discuss Stephen Chbosky’s Book & Film

The Margos continue their back-to-school September episodes with a redo of one of the most asked-for books by our listeners–The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Pittsburgh native Chbosky based the story in his hometown in the early 1990s as we follow the story of freshman Charlie who is dealing with a recent psychiatric hospital stay after his best friend’s death by suicide. He is facing highschool with incredible angst and writes in his journal a mythical friend to relay his feelings. 

Charlie also lost his favorite aunt in a car accident (she was on her way to buy him a present) so he has quite a few demons to face while navigating school cliques. The novel deals with mental illness, rape, sexuality, drugs, and alcohol which made it on to “banned” lists at schools across the country. 

The journey for Charlie includes making new friends, falling in love, making huge mistakes, and dealing with tremendous pain. It’s a beautiful piece of work and the movie is almost up to the task of meeting our expectations. 

The film was a big hit and stars Logan Lerman as Charlie and a young Ezra Miller as his charismatic best friend Patrick Stewart. (Really. That’s the name they give him!) 

There are a few changes between the book & the film and one BIG logic hole that we are still grappling with so check out this episode to hear our thoughts! 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower  trailer
  • “Cheers to Charlie”
  • “The tunnel song”
  • Charlie fights to football players
  • Music: Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners 

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Book Vs Movie: “Clueless” & “Emma”

 Book Vs Movie

Emma/Clueless

The Jane Austen Beloved Novel Vs the 1995 Classic Alicia Silverstone Film

We are continuing our September “Back-to-School” films talking about Jane Austen and possibly her lightest novel–Emma and pair it with the incomparable Amy Heckerling-directed film Clueless. Both are revered for their humor & having a wonderful female lead. 

Released in 1815 (the last novel she published before Austen’s death at 41), Emma tells the story of a spoiled, willful woman (Emma Woodhouse) who enjoys helping make romantic entanglements happen. She is the daughter of widower Mr. Woodhouse and gives Emma a comfortable life. She has no wish to marry but when her governess, Miss Taylor marries Mr. West, she decides her true gift is matchmaking. 

Emma meddles in people’s lives and is constantly being questioned by Mr. Knightey, an older gentleman who lives next door. Harriet Smith is a friend who is shy and awkward compared to Emma. She becomes a project for the meddlesome protagonist who matches people and attempts to create several relationships with varying levels of success. 

Austen never married and enjoyed living in Bath, England where she places several of her stories. This particular novel has been adapted many times over the years but one of the most accessible and funny versions was created by Heckerling who already mined the field of high school with her film Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982. 

Alicia Silverstone was known for Aerosmith videos when she starred in Clueless and quickly became an “overnight” star.  Her Cher (Emma) is kind and a bit ditzy who attends high school in Southern California and is best friends with Dionne (Stacey Dash). The film is filled with so many quotable lines and literally has not one wasted scene to become an instant classic. 

There are many changes between the book & the film. Which did the Margos like more? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The short life of the incredible Jane Austen
  • The central characters and how they differ in the 1995 adaptation 
  • Teen movies in the 80s and how women directors led the pack
  • The cast including Alicia Silverstone (Emma/Cher,) Stacey Dash (Dionne,) Brittany Murphy (Harriet Smith/Tai,) Paul Rudd (Josh/Mr. Knightley,) Donald Faison (Murray,) Elisa Donovan (Amber/Mrs. Elton,) Breckin Meyer (Travis/Robert Martin,) Jeremy Sisto (Elton,) Dan Hedaya (Mel Horowitz/Mr. Woodhouse,) Wallace Shawn (Mr. Hall/Mr. Weston,) Twink Caplan (Miss Geist/Mrs. Weston.) and Justin Walker (Christian/Frank Churchill.) 

Clips Featured:

  • Clueless  trailer
  • Josh realizes he loves Cher
  • Driving on the freeway
  • Ride Home
  • Music: “Rollin with my Homies” by Coolio

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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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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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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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Book Vs Movie: “Top Gun”

 

Book Vs Movie

Top Gun

Yes, it was based on a magazine article so it counts! 

In 1986, a movie entered the popular culture starring Tom Cruise-Top Gun. It was a massively successful hit and San Diegos’ Margo P. as a teenager saw it almost every week that summer which is a thing that teens used to do to pass the time. 

Meanwhile, on the opposite coast, a teen Margo D. stubbornly decided she hates four things: Madonna, Bon Jovi, Tom Cruise, and sushi. None of those things would enter her life. (This is a dumb stand. I am Margo D. by the way.)

The movie is based on a 1983 article in California magazine by writer Ehud Yonay and is a deep dive into the Top Gun naval school based in San Diego. It’s a fun, quick read and it’s easy to think of mega producers Don Simpson & Jerry Bruckheimer knowing they would have a hit here. 

Top Gun is an action-packed film filled with good looking men (that volleyball scene!) a ridiculous romantic subplot and truly impressive camera work. Cruise plays LT Pete “Maverick” Mitchell who is a king among the pilots (“Top Gun”) and he has a best friend named Goose (Anthony Edwards), a girlfriend Charlie Blackwood (Kelly McGillis,) and his real love interest “Lt Tom “Iceman” Kazansky played by Val Kilmer at his swaggering best. 

Margo D. has finally seen the film and we have things to discuss here!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Top Gun  trailer
  • “I was inverted”
  • “A confidence problem”
  • “You can be my wingman anytime!”
  • Music: “Top Gun Theme” by Harold Faltermeyer

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Book Vs Movie “Roxanne” (Screenplay by Steve Martin 1987)

 

Book Vs Movie

Cyrano de Bergerac/”Roxanne”

The 19th Century Play by Edmond Rostand Vs the Steve Martin Movie

 

The Margos are feeling poetic in this play vs movie combo that is a tale of love, bravery, and wit. The original play of Cyrano de Bergerac was written by Edmond Rostand in 1897 and has been adapted several times over the last 120 years. Mel Ferrer was the most famous/acclaimed Cyrano in the 1950s but Steve Martin’s C.D. Bales gives his own take on one of the oddest romantic leads we have covered. 

In the original play, (based on a real-life person) was written in verse and tells the story about de Bergerac who was a cadet in the French Army. He is a smart and gifted warrior but has an extremely large nose which makes him feel insecure. It takes place in 1640s Paris and the object of de Bergerac’s affection is his cousin Roxanne who is known for her beauty and intelligence. He thinks he has no chance for love from an ugly woman much less a beauty like Roxanne. 

Christian de Neuvillette, a young, handsome new cadet also has his eye on Roxanne. She wants to date him but he is insecure about his lack of brains. De Bergerac agrees to write the love letters on behalf of Christian to Roxanne while he is sent away to war. 

There is also a Count de Guiche who wants Roxanne to marry the Viscount Valvert. It’s all sorts of complicated but Roxanne tries to save Christian and de Begerac’s lives but having them not fight on the front lines against Spain. 

 

De Bergerac tries to get Christian to speak to Roxanne the words he writes for him but he refuses and instead speaks off the top of his head. Bad idea. De Bergerac tries to help by speaking in the safety of night to her. Roxanne swoons and she and Christian are secretly married. A jealous de Guiche sends both de Bergerac and Christian to war where they are starving until Roxanne uses her feminine wiles to the front lives and provide them food & drink. 

De Bergerac almost tells Roxanne that he was writing the letters all of this time until Christian unexpectedly dies. He keeps that secret and 15 years later he meets up with Roxanne who is staying at a convent. Someone drops a log on his head and he heads towards Roxanne he reads one of “Cristian’s” last letters to her. She realizes it was him all of this time. Rozanne tells him she loves him and he does with “panache.” 

Steve Martin took this material and wrote the screenplay for Roxanne in 1987. Set in Northern Washington. C.D. Bales (Martin) heads up the local fire department and is loved by most people of the town. Sometimes he runs into men who are bullies but he can usually outwit and beat them. He has a crew of firefighters who are misfits and provide many laughs in the film.

Our Roxanne here is played by Daryl Hannah and she is an astronomist who is spending the summer looking for a comet. C.D. falls in love at first sight but she has a thing for the newbie in town Chris (played by 80s stalwart Rick Rossovich.)

Hilarity ensures and if you are not even slightly charmed by this film–you have no soul!

Between the play and film–which did the Margos like better? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Roxanne trailer
  • Epic joke scene
  • C.D. meets Roxanne
  • “Hunting for words”
  • Music: “Roxanne Theme”

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Book Vs Movie “The African Queen”

Book Vs Movie

The African Queen

The C.S. Forester Novel  Vs the John Houston Classic Film

 

We are feeling the heat and humidity of summer in the city so the Margos decided to have some fun and travel to Africa for early 20th Century adventure with The African Queen by C.S. Forester. The book was published in 1935 and Forester was an expert on nautical tales with his Horatio Hornblower novels. 

The African Queen is the story of missionary Rose “Rosie” Sayer, who has lived and worked in Africa for several years with her brother Samuel who dies suddenly after Germans take over their village. Rose pairs with British explorer Charles “Charlie” Allnutt on his janky ship “The African Queen” down the Ulanga River. She schemes to have explosives on the boat turn into torpedoes to attack the Germans on their boat, “Konigin Luise.” 

Rose and Charlie fall in love as they find their way into the enemies and then the British consul. What becomes of them? Forester wants us to come to our own conclusions. 

The 1952 movie is a classic directed by John Houston and starring Humphrey Bogart & Katharine Hepburn. It’s divine and amazing. Seriously, this may be the best movie we have talked about so far. 🙂

Between the novel and film–which did the Margos like better? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The life of C.S. Forester
  • The plot of the book and movie
  • The cast including Humphrey Bogart (Allnutt,) Katharine Hepburn (Rose,) Robert Morley (Rev. Sam Sayer) and Peter Bull (Captain of Louisa) 

Clips Featured:

  • The African Queen trailer
  • Lauren Bacall talks to Johnny Carson about shooting “The African Queen” (1987)
  • “The Rain Scene”
  • “I Never Dreamed …”:
  • Music: “The Chuch Scene”

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Book Vs Movie “Blue Crush”

 

Book Vs Movie

Blue Crush

The Susan Orlean Article Vs the Kate Bosworth 2002 Film

 

The Margos are ready to hit the beach with this episode devoted to surfing in Hawaii. In 1998 Susan Orlean penned Life’s Swell in Outside magazine talked about a group of Maui girls who loved to surf and dealt with poverty and sexism to enjoy their passion. 

That’s pretty much the whole story and in the early 2000s, dozens of magazine articles were turned into movies which is what happened here. The 14-page article somehow became a 104-minute film which we find–perplexing, to say the least! 

Blue Crush is directed by actor/directed John Stockwell and stars Kate Bosworth as a young woman raising her younger sister in a parentless home and pursuing her dream of being a professional surfer. She has two best friends and dates an NFL player while overcoming her fear of injuring herself again. (We see her accident several times in the movie.) 

Between the Orlean article and film–which did the Margos like better? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Blue Crush trailer
  • Matt gives a pep talk to Anne Marie
  • “Jessica from Billabong”
  • Music: Cruel Summer by Blestenation & Bananarama

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Book Vs Movie “Total Recall”

 

Book Vs Movie

Total Recall

The Philip K. Dick Short Story  Vs the Arnold Schwarzenegger 1990 Film

 

If memory serves, this is the first movie the Margos are covering that stars action star, Arnold Schwarzenegger. This time we are visiting Mars and it is nothing like David Bowie would have enjoyed. 1990’s Total Recall (directed by Paul Verhoeven) is based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by prolific writer Philip K. Dick

The short story (first published in 1966 in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) follows the story of Douglas Quail and an ordinary, earth-bound man who dreams of going to Mars. He works as a clerk at a boring office job and his wife, Kristen, seems to enjoy making fun of his dreams. 

Quail discovers Rekal Incorporated, a company that provides memory implants that takes the place of actual experience. Instead of a fake memory–he actually remembers that he is a secret agent who killed a political operative on Mars and his “real life” is fake. 

The movie is much more complicated and the budget of $55 million for 1990 was considered astronomical for the time (it eventually made over $261 million) and was the 5th highest-grossing film in 1990 (Ghost was #1!) 

The plot? We try to make sense of it in this episode while enjoying the insane special effects and inane dialog. 

Between the short story and film–which did the Margos like better? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Total Recall trailer
  • “Two Weeks”
  • “You Blew My Cover!”
  • Arnold yelling
  • “Take the pill”
  • Music: Soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith The Dream

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