The Margos revisit the 1971 novel The Exorcist written by the very interesting William Peter Blatty. Based on a true-ish story about a boy possessed by a demon in the 1950s Blatty changed some of the key details to create this fiction classic.
Director William Friedkin in 1973 just came off an incredible spate of box office successes including 1971’s The French Connection giving him an Academy Award for Best Director. The Exorcist became the biggest financial success of his career but turned out to be something of a curse as well.
The hosts read the book, watched the movie and decide which they like better in this episode. Plus, they talk about trivia about the book and movie.
In this episode they discuss:
The backstory of the “real” exorcism from the 1950s
Author William Peter Blatty’s writing process
The story behind the major casting choices
How some of the more famous scenes were created
The supposed “Exorcist” curse.
Original TV Trailer
Chris (Ellen Burstyn) speaks to doctors
Fathers Karas (Jason Miller) and Merrin (Max von Sydow) cast out the demon
The 1967 classic YA novel Vs. the 1983 cult movie (vs. the “Director’s Version”)
The Margos are back and they are ready to rumble! This was actually one of the more popular episodes back in our first season but we knew we could make it sound so much better so here’s to another REDO ep!
In 1967, 17-year oldS.E. Hintonpublished her first novel,The Outsiderswhich became one of the first YA novels that was a hit with both teachers and students. Susie (as she prefers to be called if you know her) wrote the novel based on experience living on the rough side of the tracks in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Her improbable rise to the top of the YA novel heap is one of publishing’s more interesting stories and the Outsiders still sells almost 500,000 copies per year!
The 1983filmdirected byFrancis Ford Coppolais one of the signature films for a whole generation of tweens in the 80s. Everything in this lush production is discussed in this episode from the amazing cast to the cinematography and the rather unfortunateStevie Wonder theme song.
In this episode the Margo “Stay Gold” as they discuss :
S.E. Hinton’s backstory and how she remains true to her roots to this day.
The main differences between the novel and film
How the cast was chosen and Coppola’s rehearsal process
Behind the scenes trivia and gossip
What the Margos really think about the theme song
S.E. Hinton’s cameo as a nurse
The different versions of the film available (Coppola added 22 minutes of extra scenes and added 60s music to the score in the updated DVD version)
S.E. Hinton intro to her audiobook
Ponyboy chased around Tulsa
Dallas (Matt Dylan) flirts with Cherry (Diane Lane)
Jackson is by far one of the most intriguing authors we have covered and though she only lived to be 48 (spoiler alert) her work has inspired the greats includingStephen King, Neil Gaiman, Richard MathesonandJoyce Carol Oates.
Jackson’s complicated life is discussed in this episode along with the influential film (titledThe Haunting) directed by the much-admiredRobert Wise.Book Vs Movie–which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!
Main topics covered in this episode:
The life story of Shirley Jackson and how her early (family friendly) work inspired moms all over the country–including peerErma Bombeck.
Why she chose to write about fun, family life, andhorror stories. (Thanks to a rather cold mother.)
Her strained marriage which exasperated her health issues
The leads of the 1963 movie includingJulie Harris,Claire Bloom,Richard JohnsonandRuss Tamblyn.
The spiral staircase scene and how it was achieved
How the sexuality of the Theodora character is handled in both the book and film
The Margos go way back to their 20-something youth to discuss the lovely and talentedRenee Zellwegerand 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 in The Guardian) and the 2001 film that also starsHugh GrantandColin Firth.
In this ep we discuss:
The story of Bridget Jones and howHelen Fieldingcreated 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 (Yikes!)
Bridget Jones’ Diary trailer
Outro Music Ain’t No Mountain High EnoughbyThe Supremes
The Margos are back with a new episode suggested to us by a listener–Brokeback Mountain. You didn’t know it was based on a short storywritten byAnnie Proulxand appeared in the New Yorker in their October 13, 1997, issue. It won the National Magazine Award for fiction in 1998. AuthorLarry McMurtryandDiana Ossana adapted it into the screenplay for the 2005 film directed byAng Lee.
The film starringJake Gyllenhaalas Jack Twist andHeath Ledgeras Ennis Del Mar is now considered a masterpiece and the fact it lost the 2006 Academy Award for Best Picture to now widely reviledCrashwas a huge controversy at the time.
In this episode the Margos discuss:
The gorgeous look of the film
The casting of the leads and how revolutionary it was at the time.
Why author Annie Proulx finds the success of the story to be a mixed blessing
How Jake Gyllenhaal had to go to “cowboy camp” to prepare for the part
Trivia and behind-the-scenes insight about the making of the film
Brokeback Mountain trailer
“I can’t quit you” Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger
Lurleen(Anne Hathaway) tells Ennis how Jack died
Outro MusicBrokeback Mountain theme byGustavo Santaolalla
Get your 80s on with another amazing Stephen King bonus ep as we are lucky to havePatrick Bromleyof theF This Moviepodcast join us once again.Patrick is not only a big-time Stephen King fan but he actually owns a copy of the original Cycle of the Werewolf(woot!)
Margo D. & Patrick have a blast talking about the amazing movie and its journey as a pet project of producerDino DeLaurentistoGary Busey’samazing ad-libbed performance.
In this episode the Margo & Patrick discuss:
Key differences between the novella and movie
Choices made by first time directorDaniel Attius
The ridiculous werewolf costume and what the director should have done with the last scene
The 1995 novel by Christopher Priest versus the Christopher Nolan film
Abracadabra! The Margos get a little magical in this listener-suggested book to movie adaptation that features sleight of hand, lots of dead birds, women in jeopardy and a twist ending you either did or didn’t see coming a mile away.
The book features a series of diary entries and family sleuthing which one of the Margos found rather dull. The movie is a strange mix of whimsy and sadness which the Margos enjoyed to differing levels.
So between the book and movie–which did the Margos like better? Check out the link below to find out.
In this episode the Margos discuss:
The numerous differences between book and movie
What the authorreallythinks about the changes in the adaptation
The amazing cast including an American-accented Hugh Jackman
In this episode, the Margos discuss theBen Mezrichbook “The Accidental Billionaire” that was published in 2001 and compare it to the 2010 classic film directed byDavidFincher(our third Fincher adaptation!)
There is SO much to uncover here between what the world was like when Facebook was
created, the state it was in at the time of the film’s release in 2010 and how the world uses
(Trigger warning–we may get a little political here!)
In this episode they discuss:
The interesting non-writing life of author Ben Mezrich
The true importance of Harvard clubs
Mark Zuckerberg’smultiple lawsuits
The amazing cast in the film
The music ofTrent Reznor
How Facebook has changed over the years.
The BIG differences between book, movie and real life
Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) deposition
The Winklevoos Twins (Armie Hammer) at the President’s office
Eduardo Severin (Andrew Garfield) gets fired
Mark Zuckerberg on60 Minutes
Mark Zuckerberg & Jesse Eisenberg onSaturday Night Live
The Gillian Flynn Hit Novel Vs. The David Fincher Film
The Margos take on one of the most contested and debated films of the past books AND movies of the last few years–Gone Girl.If there was ever a story that was picked apart, praised, maligned and worshipped more than the2012 novel by Gillian Flynnwe have yet to hear about it.
Do you love the adventures of “Amazing Amy” Dunne and her husband Nick or do you find them irritating? How believable is the basic plot? Is Amy a sociopath or just a woman scorned? People have all kinds of opinions and the Margos are no different talking about the book and film directed by the always interestingDavid Fincher.(This is our third Fincher movie after we have coveredFight ClubandThe Social Networkin previous eps.)
Some of the highlights from this discussion:
The casting of the leads includingRosamund Pike(Amy Dunne) andBen Affleck(Nick Dunne)
Gillian Flynn’s background in magazine writing and how she adapted her own book into a screenplay
The insanely complicated plot (and how much it relies on the suspension of disbelief)
Big changes between book and movie
The creepy score byTrent Reznor
Gone Girl trailer
The interrogation scene between Nick Dunn, Detective Boney (Kim Dickens) and Officer Gilpin (Patrick Fugit)
The Margos finally get another Margo(t)on the show when we discuss the book to movie adaptation ofMargot Lee Shetterley’sHidden Figures. Discussed are the differences between the book and the film (which was adapted from the 55-page book proposal and not the final book.)
We have some rather strong opinions on which we liked better. Here are some highlights from our discussion:
The amazing cast includingOctavia Spencer, Janelle MonaeandTaraji P. Henson.
The white characters featured in the film that are NOT in the book.