Tag: Book vs. Movie

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 “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 “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” American Gangster

 

Book Vs Movie

The Return of Superfly Vs American Gangster 

The 2000 New York magazine article from Mark Jacobson Vs the 2007 Ridley Scott Film

The Margos are heading back to NYC in the gritty 1970s talking about the New York magazine article The Return of Superfly by Mark Jacobson which appeared in their August 14, 2000 issue and was immediately bought as a film property for Imagine Entertainment/Universal Pictures. It took seven years and went through many different hands before Ridley Scott filmed the 2007 movie starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe

The story focuses on a heroin dealer from North Carolina (Frank Lucas/Washington) who came to Harlem in the late 1960s and became a million-dollar dealer/drug kingpin taking over 118th Street & 8th Avenue for years before being caught by an undercover team of “not-on-the-take” Newark police headed up by Richie Roberts (Crowe.) 

When Roberts is not investigating Lucas, he is studying to be a lawyer and dealing with a stressful divorce and child custody issue. 

Lucas inherited the territory from noted Harlem gangster Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson after his death and used the Viet Nam War to his advantage to get 100% pure heroin that sold on the streets as “Blue Magic.” Thousands become addicted to it and Lucas is now the drug king of New York City. 

What makes this episode extra special is that we interview Erin Hennicke of the Best Neighbors Podcast (Margo D. co-hosts that show!)  Erin was the person who bought the rights to the article for Universal in 2000 and talks about the long journey to the Ridley Scott film. She also talks about the whole process of getting books and magazine articles to screen and offers advice to potential writers out there. 

This is an extra special episode and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The story behind the New York article 
  • The journey between different actors and directors attached to the project
  • How crafty Frank Lucas was in transporting the drugs straight from Bangcock, Thailand and the multiples of people he was forced to pay off
  • How a chinchilla coat broke his “cover”
  • The really bad makeup job done on actor Joe Morton!
  • The cast which includes: Denzel Washington (Frank Lucas,) Russell Crowe (Richie Roberts,) Chiwetel Ejiofor (Huey Lucas,) Josh Brolin (Detective Trupo,) Lymari Nadal (Eva,) Ted Levine (Lou Toback,) Ruby Dee (Mama Lucas,) Carla Gugino (Laurie Roberts,) Cuba Gooding Jr (Nicky Barnes,) Clarence Williams III (“Bumpy” Johnson,) Armande Assante (Dominic Cattano,) RZA (Moses Jones,) Common (Turner Lucas,) Joe Morton (Charlie Williams,) and Idris Elba (Tango.) 

Clips Featured:

  • American Gangster trailer
  • Frank & his mother argue
  • Frank takes out Tango
  • Music by Anthony Hamilton Do You Feel Me

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Book Vs Movie “Double Indemnity”

Book Vs Movie 

Double Indemnity 

The Novella by James M. Cain & Film Noir Classic from Billy Wilder 

We are heading back to the Film Noir well with writer James M. Cain and the classic novella & later movie Double Indemnity.  The Margos talk about the life of Mr. Cain (who also wrote Mildred Pierce) and find out the true story behind his fictional account of two lovers trying to get away with the perfect murder. 

The novella originally was published in 1936 in serial form with Liberty magazine in 1936 and is based on the real-life crime duo Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray. Snyder wanted her husband dead and asked her lover, Gray, to help her and then split the insurance money. After several attempts, they finally succeeded in killing Albert Snyder. Alas, they were caught right away and both went to the electric chair. 

The movie, directed by one of the most revered filmmakers of the 20th Century–Billy Wilder, was released in 1944 and is considered a classic. (You will usually find on the TMC Network!)  There are quite a few changes between the novella and film and the author preferred their storyline to his own! 

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

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Double Indemnity trailer
  • Neff meets Phyllis
  • Neff tries to escape Keyes
  • Outro music: “Tangerine” by Les Brown & His Band of Renown (Johnny Mercer & Vincent Schertzinger)

 

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Book Vs Movie “The Warriors”

 

Book Vs Movie 

The Warriors

(Yes, the Cult Classic Film is Based on a Book!)

The Margos are picking out our costumes for this special episode devoted to the cult classic The Warriors (yes, it was based on a book by Sol Yurick.) The movie, directed by Walter Hill, was a hit when it was released in 1979, but the glory of that was marred by real-life gang violence at the time which caused the movie studios to cease advertising the film. It was a staple of syndicated television throughout the 80s and is considered a modern classic and one of the earliest films to bring a comic book sensibility to urban decay. 

Yurick wrote the original story in 1965 and based it on his experience working for the welfare department in New York City after graduating college in the 1940s. He became fascinated by the teenagers he met and how they navigated living in a big city. (At the time, the term “juvenile delinquent” was used to describe young people who got into trouble.)

The basis for the story is a fictional account of gang life and the Greek story Anabasis

In the mid-1970s, producer Lawrence Gordon bought the rights to the book and Paramount Pictures became the home of the film adaptation. 

There are several differences between the book and film including the names and costumes of the multitude of gangs and its depiction of women. 

So between the book and the movie, which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • The Warriors  trailer
  • “Warriors, come out to play!” (David Patrick Kelly)
  • Luther “Can you dig it?” (Roger Hill)
  • The D.J. warns The Warriors (Lynne Thigpen)
  • Outro music: Composer Barry DeVorzon 

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Book Vs Movie “Matilda”

 

Book Vs Movie 

Matilda

The Classic Book from Roald Dahl Vs the 1996 Film Adaptation

The Margos tackle one of the most beloved children’s books of all time–Matilda by Roald Dahl. We have had so many requests over the years for this book & movie and it has certainly lived up to the hype!

Dahl is a fascinating subject all on his own. Born in Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents, the 6’6″ Dahl was larger than life in every imaginable way. A veteran of the Royal Air Force (RAF,) Dahl crash-landed his Gladiator in Marsa Matruh, Egypt, in 1940 and managed to crawl to safety before it blew up. He survived a skull fracture and totally smashed his nose and was blinded temporarily. 

He recovered and eventually worked for the English Embassy in Washington D.C. and went to cocktail parties where he as known as a charmer & dancer. Dahl worked in Intelligence during WW2 and was friends with writers C.S. Forester and Ian Fleming

He became a well-known adult & children’s author with several titles being viewed as masterpieces including Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, and James & the Giant Peach. 1998’s Matilda was one of Dahl’s last book and it had been included in multiple lists as one of the best children’s books of all time. 

The story of the brilliant but unappreciated by her parents Matilda Wormwood is full of humor and pathos as she learns to use her psychic powers for the forces of good. Characters like Miss Honey, Miss Trunchbull, and Lavender are unforgettable and Danny DeVito’s film makes some interesting choices in the 1996 adaptation. 

So between the book and the movie, which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Matilda  trailer
  • Kate Winslet reads Matilda intro
  • Matilda accuses her father of bad behavior
  • Trunchbull throws the girl with pigtails
  • Outro music: Little Bitty Pretty One written by Bobby Day & performed by Thurston Harris

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Book Vs Movie “Valley of the Dolls”

Book Vs Movie 

Valley of the Dolls 

The 1968 Jacqueline Susann Novel Vs the 1967 Camp Classic Film

“Sparkle, Neely Sparkle!”

The Margos are still enjoying the swinging 60s and what better way to celebrate than talking about the amazing Jacqueline Susann  who is the first author to have three consecutive #1 books on the New York Times bestseller list. Though her work was critically panned at the time and she was considered a self-promoting hack by the literary elite (how dare they!) Susann is now an icon for fun-living women who dare to take up space. 

Valley of the Dolls caused a scandal at the time with its frank discussions about sex, sexism in show business, drug use, and cancer. But Susann had a flair for publicity, had a super-sharp wit and a husband (Irving Mansfield) who promoted her work with incredible enthusiasm. This woman practically invented the book tour and became just as famous as Truman Capote and Phillip Roth but for the fun, camp set. 

The movie directed by Mark Robson was rushed into production in 1967 and was seen as a bit trashy and embarrassing at the time. Today it is known as a camp classic. 

In this episode, we talk about the many differences between the original book & the movie to decide which we like better. (P.S. We adore Jacqueline Susann!)

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The incredible life story of Jacqueline Susann
    • The world of the 1960s and why her work caused a scandal.

Clips Featured:

    • Valley of the Dolls  trailer
    • BBC Interview with Jacqueline Susann (1973)
    • Neely O’Hara & Helen Lawson fight
    • Neely & Tony Polar “sing” 
    • Outro music “Theme from the Valley of the Dolls” composed by Dionne Warwick

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Book vs Movie “The Color Purple”

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

The Color Purple”

The Alice Walker Pulitzer-Prize Winning Novel Vs the Steven Spielberg Multi-Academy Award Nominated Film

The Margos finally take on the Alice Walker classic The Color Purple which won both the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the National Book Award in 1983. It went on to be adapted into a film by none of than Steven Spielberg who has appeared on this show several times so we may just have to change our name to the “Steven Spielberg Presents” show soon! (Kidding!)

Celie Harris is our lead character who is African American, poor, uneducated and being raised in America’s south in the early part of the 20th century. Her entire life she is abused by men including her stepfather (from whom she has two children) and then eventually her husband who is only referred to as “Mr” in the book and leaves his three wild children for her to raise.

Celie’s sister Nettie is sent away with a religious couple to a mission in Africa after almost being raped by Mr and the letters they exchange to make up the telling of the rest of the novel.

Spielberg’s movie is sort of the PG-version of what happens in the book with major subplots about lesbianism and the colonialism in Africa barely being hinted or discussed. However, the performances are next-level amazing which counts for its multiple Academy Award nominations.

So what are those changes? Which version did the Margos like better? Check out the link below to hear for yourself!  

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The interesting history of the author Alice Walker including years of feminist activism and her controversial political views these days.
    • How the novel is told in an epistolary form and how it makes it challenging to read at times
    • The road to the adaptation by Steven Spielberg and his rather restrained choices about racism, sexism, child molestation, and adult sexuality  
    • The controversy over how the African American male characters are depicted

Clips Featured:

    • The Color Purple (original trailer)
    • Whoopi Goldberg wins the 1986 Best Actress Golden Globe Award
    • Alice Walker gives her opinion on the film adaptation BBC Desert Island Discs May 19, 2013
    • Sofia confronts Celie
    • Celie meets her children for the first time as adults
    • Outro music Miss Celie’s Blues vocals by Tata Vega

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Book Vs Movie: Steve Harvey’s “Think Like a Man”

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

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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