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: Stephen King “You Know They Have a Hell of a Band” (Replay)

Book Vs. Movie Podcast (Replay)

“The Stephen King Storytime Bonus Ep

Special Guest Juliette Miranda

Just a couple of lady podcasters talking about their favorite Stephen King stories

The Breathing Method” & “You Know, They Got a Hell of a Band

 

The Stephen King bonus eps do so well for us at Book Vs Movie that we decided to have fun with the format and talk about favorite King short stories/novels/screenplays and works that have necessarily been turned into a movie (or a really cheesy one–stay tuned for those coming up!)

In this ep, Margo D. talks with Juliette Miranda of the amazing Unwriteable Rant podcast and we have a grand old time imbibing our refreshments (Margo enjoys a nice wine out of a can!) while each discussing one our favorite King short stories.

Margo D. starts with the novella The Breathing Method which appeared in the book Different Seasons in 1982. It’s the story that takes place in 1935 and told by Dr. Emlyn McCarron who meets a young pregnant woman named Sandra Stansfield. She is single and determined to have her baby in the most natural way possible and learns the then-new Lamaze method breathing from Dr. McCarron who soon falls a bit in love with her.

The ending of this book scared Margo D. so much that she waited 20 years to attempt it again. It has not been adapted as a film yet but is technically in development with director Scott  Derrickson (Doctor Strange and The Day the Earth Stood Still) attached.

Juliette Miranda then talks about one of her favorite king short stories “You Know, The Have a Hell of a Band” which originally appeared in the 1992 collection of rock and roll based stories–Shock Rock which was edited by Jeff Gelb.

In this story, a bickering couple (King’s specialty!) are hopelessly lost while driving on vacation. They eventually wind up in a town which just happens to be haunted by the ghosts of famous dead musicians such as Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, and Buddy Holly just to name a few.

Because it is a Stephen King story–things get weird and creepy in no time. There was an adaptation of this story which appeared in the anthology series Nightmares & Dreamscapes and it is–kind of stinky. But it’s also fun and we have a great time discussing what we like about the Shock Rock book as well.

Margo D. also talks about her favorite story Shock RockBob Dylan, Troy Johnson and the Speed Queen by F. Paul Wilson.

I hope you enjoy this different take on our usual Stephen King bonus eps.

You can listen to it using the link below.

Clips used:

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

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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: Stephen King’s “Carrie” (1976) Replay Ep

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

Carrie”

The Margos Take On the Stephen King Classic in this Redo Ep

It’s October and the Margos are SO excited to revisit a classic Stephen King tale–Carrie which we originally covered in 2014 (using the old, old way we recorded back in the early days.)  This is not only King’s first movie adaptation but it is also based on his first published novel. There are so many changes between book & movie that we wanted to give it a modern treatment (meaning better sound and lots of clips!)

Just how different is the original novel versus the Brian DePalma masterpiece of horror?  Whoo boy—there were some major changes made (and for very good reason in many instances.)

So which did the Margos like better? Book or Movie? Check out the link below to find out!

Once again, we are SO lucky to have Penguin Books sponsor this episode! The Margos are thrilled to be asked to talk about author Ransom Riggs‘ newest “Miss Peregrine’s story”–A Map of Days which is on sale right now.

This is the fourth novel in the series and lead character Jacob Portman’s life in the United States is the setting for this newest adventure. Get your copy today! (It makes for a great gift, by the way.)

In this ep the Margos discuss :

Clips Featured:

    • Stephen King interviewed by MPR’s “Talking Volumes” in 2009
    • Carrie  1976 trailer
    • Carrie White being told she is a sinner by her mother
    • Miss Collins (Betty Buckley) talks with Tommy Ross and Sue Snell
    • Carrie unleashes her power at the prom
    • Outro Music: Carrie closing credits (Music by Pino Donaggio)

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Book Vs Movie “The Birds”

Book Vs Movie 

The Birds

The Daphne du Maurier 1951 Short Story Vs the Alfred Hitchcock 1963 Classic Film

The Margos both have stories about the first time we saw the Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds and knew they also wanted to return to the fascinating life of Daphne du Maurier so it made sense to include her short story in our season of “scary” books and movies. 

The author was famously NOT a fan of the Hitchcock adaptation as she felt her story taking place in post War England and not in Northern California was important to the actual meaning behind her message. Which version do we better? 

Click the link at the bottom to find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The interesting life of Daphne du Maurier 
    • The movie The Girl which starred Sienna Miller as Tippi and describes her real life torture working on the film. (Fun fact: Hitch threw REAL BIRDS to attack her for over a week!) 
    • The biggest differences between the book and movie 
    • Our favorite scenes from the movie

Clips Featured:

    • The Birds  trailer
    • The scene at the schoolyard
    • The “hysterical mother in the diner” (Doreen Lang)
    • Tippi Hedren interviewed for Huff Post in 2011
    • The last scene of the movie

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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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