Book vs Movie “Practical Magic”

Book Vs Movie 

Practical Magic

Alice Hoffman 1995 Novel Vs the 1998 Cult Classic Film

The Margos are feeling very witchy in this episode dedicated to Alice Hoffman’s novel Practical Magic and the 1998 adaptation from director/actor Griffin Dunne. This is one of the most requested subjects in our five-year history and we had a ball talking about the 90s look and feel from the film. 

The story revolves around the Owens sisters (Sally & Gillian) who come from a long line of witches in their Massachusetts town and experience bullying and taunting from the locals. Sally becomes introverted as a result while Sally goes a little wild and takes off as a teenager. Sally & Gillian have a bond that is strong and when Gillian comes home in deep trouble–the women use their powers to vanquish their foe. 

The film features the shiniest hair imaginable and a soundtrack that practically screams “90s!” So between book and film, which did we like better? 

Click the link at the bottom to find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The career of author Alice Hoffman
    • The biggest differences between the book and movie 
    • Our favorite scenes from the movie

Clips Featured:

    • Practical Magic  trailer
    • Aunt Jet & Aunt Francis create a potion
    • Detective Hallet flirts with Sally Owens

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Book Vs Movie “The Shawshank Redemption” 25th Anniversary Special

Book Vs Movie

The Shawshank Redemption” (Replay)

The Margos Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this

Classic Film

If there is one thing we can say about Book Vs Movie fans–they LOVE the Stephen King eps and cannot get enough of them. In particular, we have been getting requests for The Shawshank Redemption since we launched the show and finally had the time to get it together.

The story of the bromance between Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) and Red Redding (Morgan Freeman) is considered one of the best movies of all time and has continually been on syndicated TV since its debut on the TNT network in June 1997.  (Seriously, this movie is always playing on some channel somewhere!)

Unjustly convicted for the murder of his wife and her lover Andy spends decades of his life fighting to clear his name while learning to adapt to life as a prisoner. It’s a story about friendship, survival, revenge, deception, agony, and redemption.

Originally published as a novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption in 1982’s Different Seasons the differences between the original story and the movie are plentiful. 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 1982 novella from Different Seasons and how it differs from the movie
    • How director Frank Darabont originally paid one dollar (!) to adapt King’s short story The Woman in the Room in 1983 and how after he wrote the screenplay for Nightmare On Elm Street 3–it gave him the confidence to take on this story.
    • The incredible cast including Robbins, Freeman, Bob Gunton (Warden Norton,) William Sadler (Heywood,) Clancy Brown (Captain Hadley) Gil Bellows (Tommy,) and James Whitmore as Brooks Hatlen.
    • The history behind the casting and setting of the movie
    • A plethora of trivia and behind-the-scenes gossip about the much-lauded film
    • Why King never cashed his $1000 check for the rights to the film!

Clips Featured:

    • The Shawshank Redemption  trailer
    • Andy meets Red for the first time
    • The “rooftop scene” between Andy and Captain Hadley
    • Brooks finds out he is leaving Shawshank
    • The “opera scene”
    • Outro Music:  Duettino–Sull’aria “Le Nozze di Figaro” By Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

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Book Vs Movie “The Maltese Falcon”

Book Vs Movie 

The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 dark novel Vs the 1941 Bogart film noir classic

This episode is the stuff that dreams are made of with the Margos talking about The Maltese Falcon which was written by Dashiell Hammett originally in five parts in Black Mask magazine in 1929 and later became the first film directed by John Huston and starring a 42-year old Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade. 

The story begins with private detective Sam Spade who along with his partner Miles Archer metts the lovely “Miss Wonderly” who hires them to find out is her sister has run off with a gentleman named Floyd Thursby. Archer and Thursby are soon killed and Sam is the suspect. 

In this intriguing tale, we also meet Effie Perrine, Joel Cairo, and Casper Gutman and learn about a Maltese Falcon that jewels from the King of Spain who was captured by pirates. It was coated in black enamel to hide its value. 

But who is lying and who is on the side of truth? The peppy mystery and old-timey San Francisco setting keep the audience guessing until the end. This is a fun ride with a super-exciting film to match. 

So between the book and the movie–which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The interesting life of Dashiell Hammett
    • The definition of film noir and why it applies here 
    • The biggest differences between the book and movie 
    • Our favorite scenes from the movie

Clips Featured:

    • The Maltese Falcon trailer
    • “The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of…” (Sam Spade & Detective Polhaus)
    • Sam Spade gets his confession from Brigid O’Shaughnessy
    • Sam Spade finds out who “Miss Wonderly” really is and he is skeptical
    • Sam Spade offers Joel Cairo as the fall guy 
    • Sam Spade meets Joel Cairo

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Book Vs Movie “Think Like a Man”

Book Vs Movie 

Act Like a Lady. Think Like a Man

The 2009 Self-Help Book from Comedian Steve Harvey Vs the 2012 Movie

With Special Guest Kristen Meinzer of the By the Book podcast

Hey BVMers! The Margos are trying their first self-help book, Steve Harvey’s Think Like a Lady. Act Like a Man (2009) along with our special guest this week–Kristen Meinzer of the By the Book podcast. Let’s just say this, for self-identifying feminists –this book was a challenge to get through. 

Harvey is a man with a dozen different jobs including the Steve Harvey Morning Radio Show and as host of the Family Feud. His premise is that dozens of women over the years called into his show to ask for advice on their heterosexual relationships (he is very “traditional”) and he wanted to offer them the best tips for how women can manage their men. 

It involves not giving up “the cookie” for 90s days and basically be happy taking on most of the emotional labor in any relationship you have with a “good man.” (And if be misbehave–maybe YOU did something wrong?)

The movie (Think Like a Man directed by Tim Story) follows the story of several beautiful women who need Steve’s help to figure out their relationships. It’s filled with beautiful people. 

So between the book and the movie–which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out. 

In this ep the Margos and Kristen discuss:

    • Steve Harvey’s life as a comic and thrice-married person and pondering why anyone would ask him for dating tips? 
    • The different types of relationship books released in the last twenty years that caught the American imagination 
    • The biggest differences between the book and movie 
    • Our favorite scenes from the movie

Clips Featured:

    • Think Like a Man trailer
    • Different types of men featured in the movie (as described by Kevin Hart)

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Book Vs Movie “The Wizard of Oz” (Replay) 80th Anniversary Celebration

Book Vs Movie (Replay) 

The Wizard of Oz

The Margos follow the yellow brick road and my, have their been some changes between the book and movie!

“Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore.” The Wizard of Oz is filled with some of the most quoted lines in cinema history along with a truly scary villain and one of the most covered songs ever–Somewhere Over the Rainbow. So how does it compare to the 1900 book written by the enigmatic L. Frank Baum?

The Margos covered this very topic a few years ago and the results were–let’s just say a bit messy. (We had NO idea how to record properly back then!) However, we loved learning all about Baum and the trivia behind the Judy Garland classic film–that we decided to revisit Oz.

This episode is chock full of information, trivia, and tidbits that you can feel free to drop on unsuspecting friends and family at dinner parties in the future.  Such as, how heavy was the Lion costume? What did Margaret Hamilton’s agent tell her when she was offered the part of the Wicked Witch of the West? The original color of Dorothy’s shoes from the book? What scenes and songs were deleted from the final version?

So after doing all of this research, which version did we Margos like better? Check out the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss :

    • The interesting life story of L. Frank Baum which includes a rather horrible op-ed piece which he wrote before his career as a beloved writer of children’s books.
    • The unbelievable trials the cast went through filming this movie
    • Not all critics were impressed by this film in 1939. Just check out this scathing review.
    • The excellent cast including Garland as Dorothy, Frank Morgan (Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz, etc.) Ray Bolger (“Hunk”/The Scarecrow,) Bert Lahr (“Zeke”/The Cowardly Lion,) Jack Haley (“Hickory”/The Tim Man,) Billie Burke (Glinda,) and the various Munchkins.

Clips used:

    • The Wizard of Oz original 1939  trailer
    • The Munchkins perform for Dorothy
    • “Don’t pay attention to the man behind the curtain” (Frank Morgan)
    • The Wicked Witch of the West “melts”
    • Outro Music: Somewhere Over the Rainbow  by Judy Garland

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Book Vs Movie “The Iron Giant” 20th Anniversary Celebration

Book Vs Movie 

The Iron Giant

The 1968 Science Fiction Novel Vs the 1999 Cult Classic Film 

In honor of the 20th Anniversary release of The Iron Giant, the Margos decided to take a look back at the now cult-classic movie and get the details about the author of the 1968 children’s book it is based on–Ted Hughes

The story revolves around an “Iron Man” who arrives at a small village and seems to exist on farm equipment scarps of metal. He scares the humans enough to trap him and leave him buried “alive.” Soon enough, a dragon moves to earth and demands that mankind provide him with food. 

The Iron Man eventually challenges the dragon to a contest of strength. 

Author Hughes (who has a rather complicated past starting with his relationship with poet Sylvia Plath) was a strong proponent for peace and the message of The Iron Man  (the original title for the book) has been popular around the world for decades now. 

In 1999, director Brad Bird was at the helm of the critically praised film which did not exactly set the box office on fire at the time but is now considered a classic. 

So between the novel and the movie–which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and his very tragic life. 
    • The biggest differences between the novel and the animated film
    • Our favorite scenes from the movie 

Clips Featured:

    • The Iron Giant  trailer
    • The Iron Giant saves the town
    • Outro music by Michael Kamen

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Book Vs Movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Book Vs Movie 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

A return to Truman Capote & the classic film he detested 

Get out that LBD (Little Black Dress) and croissant because we are going to visit Tiffany’s at dawn. The Margos reach back to an old episode and replace it with a brand new redo with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. 

Published in 1958 as a novella by Truman Capote–the story centers around 19-year-old party girl Holly Golightly who makes her living by accepting $50 tips at the bathroom (that is roughly $750 in today’s dollars!) of the Upper East Side nightspots. Holly and her neighbor (who is unnamed in the novella) have an unusual friendship, to say the least. Their adventures together and her ultimate hold on the people who love her makes for an intriguing tale. But how close is it to the movie? 

Turns out the movie directed by Blake Edwards and written by George Axelrod is a big departure from the original material. They move the timeline to 1961 from the post World War 2 years and adds an alluring Patricia Neal and an irritating Mickey Rooney. There are so many differences that in this episode that it is basically jam-packed with trivia and behind the scenes gossip.  

So between the novel and the movie–which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • Truman Capote’s life and literary career
    • The biggest differences between the book and the movie. 
    • How adorable George Peppard was in this film (swoon!)
    • The sheer racist and awfulness of Mickey Rooney (Mr. Yonioshi)
    • Our favorite scenes from the movie. 

Clips Featured:

    • Breakfast at Tiffany’s trailer
    • Holly & Paul meet for the first time
    • Paul & Holly visit Tiffany’s 
    • Paul tells Holly they “belong together”
    • Outro music Moon River by Audrey Hepburn

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Book Vs Movie: “Ready Player One” (Replay)

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

Ready Player One”

The Margos Put on Their Game-Faces in This Hyper 80s Ep

The Margos are feeling stoked about this 1980s-centric soaked episode talking about a much-requested book/movie Ready Player One from first time author Ernest Cline. This pop-culture stuffed tale features more gamer references than anything we have remotely covered in the past so we are a bit nervous about how accurate we will be, (Be kind if you are a first-time listener!)

Both book and movie have the same basic plot–set in the miserable 2040s, Wade Watts is a teenage orphan who wishes for a life outside the stacked trailer parks. In fact, most people are unhappy with the real world and choose to escape to the virtual world known as OASIS. Created by shy genius James Halliday, the OASIS survives after his recent death but he left several clues (“easter eggs”) for one person to discover and inherit his entire fortune and corporation.

Wade (who goes by the moniker Parzival in OASIS) along with his crush Art3mis, best friend Aech and pals Daito and Sho is determined to find every easter egg in the hunt and his vast knowledge of both popular and obscure pop culture trivia sends him on an amazing journey.

Cline sold the book and movie within days of each other in 2010 and serves as the co-screenwriter of the Steven Spielberg adaptation. (We seem to cover a ton of Spielberg on this show!)

Which version did the Margo like better? Check out the link at the bottom of the page to find out.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

    • The interesting “slam poetry” past of author Ernest Cline
    • The major differences between the book and the Spielberg movie
    • The plethora of pop culture references featured in both
    • Which artists and musicians the Margos feel were wrongfully excluded
    • The casting of the movie including Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, and Simon Pegg.

Clips Featured:

    • Ready Player One first trailer
    • Parzival/.Wade (Tye Sheridan) and Art3mis/ Samantha (Olivia Cooke) at the nightclub
    • Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) meets Wade
    • Aech/Helen in “The Shining
    • James Halliday (Mark Rylance) gives Wade the “jade egg”
    • Outro Music: Jump by Van Halen

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Book Vs Movie “The Commitments”

Book Vs Movie 

The Commitments

The First of Roddy Doyle’s “The Barrytown” Trilogy Starts Off on a Rockin’ Beat 

How much soul do you have? You may be filling to the brim with it after this latest episode of Book Vs. Movie talking about the 1987 Roddy Doyle novel, The Commitments and the 1991 Alan Parker-directed film which brought soul music back on the charts in the early 90s. 

Not everyone knows that The Commitments is a part of a series of books set in the 1980s/1990s in Dublin, Ireland. This particular story is about a group of young adults who form a band to brighten their dreary lives in “The Barrytown.” (After this, Doyle wrote The Snapper and The Van as part of the trilogy.) 

The Margos go into the background of Doyle who is one of Ireland’s most successful and celebrated authors. Then they talk about the well-received movie featuring a cast on unknown actors and a soundtrack that become an early 90s staple at parties. 

So between the novel and the movie–which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • Roddy Doyle’s literary achievements 
    • Our favorite scenes and songs in the movie

Clips Featured:

    • The Commitments trailer
    • Jimmy meets Joey Fagan
    • The Commitments play their last gig
    • Jimmy explains why Dublin needs soul music
    • Outro music Treat Her Right by The Commitments

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Book Vs Movie “Fried Green Tomatoes”

Book Vs Movie

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

The 1987 Fannie Flagg Novel Vs the 1991Classic Film

“Towanda!” It’s Pride Month here in the States so the Margos decided to revisit a classic Book Vs Movie ep–Fried Green Tomatoes and redo it altogether. We loved talking about Fannie Flagg (a regular of game shows like Match Game for years) and the BIG questions from the book & movie

    1. Who is Ninny Threadgoode, exactly?
    2. Are they or aren’t they? (Spoiler–they are!)

At the time, there were major films that had a lesbian romance that was front & center to the plot. Many folks were confused as to the exact nature of the relationship between Idgie Threagoode and Ruth Jamison. (Just take a look over at Good Reads and you will still find confusion on that!)

However, the Margos get right into the relationship between our leads plus the other cast of characters including Evelyn Couch, Sipsey, Big George, Smokey Lonesome and Buddy Threadgoode. There is so much southern goodness here, you will be craving fried green tomatoes when you are done listening to our show!

So between the novel and the movie–which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out.

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The intriguing life story of Fannie Flagg and her passionate feminism
    • The controversial nature of Ruth and Idgie’s relationship as it is described in the book and film
    • Why Margo D. is terrified of bees
    • The one plot point in the movie that drives Margo P. crazy!

Clips Featured:

    • “Towanda” crashes her car
    • Idgie on trial for Frank’s murder
    • Idgie and Big George rescues Ruth
    • Outro music by Thomas Newman

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