Tag: Susan Orlean

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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Check out this NEW episode of Book Vs. Movie!

Book Vs Movie: “Adaptation” vs “The Orchid Thief”

Book Vs Movie

“The Orchid Thief” Vs “Adaptation”

 

The Margos are back and taking on their most interesting episode yet with a compare and contrast of the Susan Orlean novel The Orchid Thief (which began as a New Yorker article) and the hit Charlie Kaufman/Spike Jones movie Adaptation. If there has ever been a reason for this podcast to exist –this material is the one to tackle!

So many differences between the book and movie here, we are not quite sure where to begin but let us give it a try.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The interesting history between when the magazine article appeared to several years later where Charlie Kaufman took several liberties with the material.
  • The intense performance by Nicolas Cage (which earned him an Academy Award nomination)
  • The past work of Charlie Kaufman and why he chose to adapt the material as he did.
  • The ingenious casting of Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper and Tilda Swinton.
  • The totally bananas plot twists and turns.
  • How Susan Orleans really feels about this adapted piece of her work.
  • The many, many passages devoted in The Orchid Thief to the history of stealing orchids over the last centuries.

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