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Stained Chews! It Always Comes Back to Manson – episode 347

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 347

“Stained Chew! It Always Comes Back to Manson!” 

Happy August, Neighbors! Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far. Let’s jump right in–this week, we have our beloved Housewives, RHOP & RHONY (no RHOBH this week); we also watched the doc Woodstock ’99; The White Lotus, which is just true escapism, Amazon’s Making the Cut. Plus, we have a bunch of fun podcast recs. Stay cool, Neighbors! 

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Book Vs Movie “Logan’s Run” (1976) Michael York, Jenny Agutter & Farrah Fawcett

Book Vs Movie: “Logan’s Run”

The Cult Classic Novel & Film That Inspired Generations of SciFi Fans 

Imagine living in a world where you can live as free as you please, but you have to allow yourself to be killed at 21 (or 30?) This dystopian tale comes from two science fiction authors, William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johson in 1976 with Logan’s Run. Logan is a “Sandman” who chases “runners” who wish to escape their creepy fate. 

The original story was inspired by the turbulent campus life in the 1960s and caught the imagination of SciFi fans everywhere. The setting is 2116, and from the “Little War,” it was decided that in order for earth to survive, the population needed to be kept artificially down. People live with a “palm flower” that changes color as they age. When they hit 21, it is called their ‘last day” and to report to “Sleepshop.” It is there they are killed using a pleasure-increasing toxic gas. 

Logan being a Deep Sleep Operative, he can tell when people are trying to escape their fate and run to a free land called “Sanctuary.” He uses a gun called a “homer” because it can “home” their body heat and evaporate them. Sandmen also use martial arts and generally have no sympathy for runners. 

Logan’s love interest in “Jessica 6” distrusts him at first but eventually along with Logan’s friend Francis they off to the Sanctuary. Francis, it turns out, is an oldster of 42 whose palm flower malfunctioned and he got by with plastic surgery to change his appearance Jessica and Logan are then sent off on a rocket outside of Mars to start their lives over. 

The 1976 movie stars Michael York as Logan 5 and Jenny Agutter as Jessica 6. The movie changes the maximum age to 30 and this time the “last dayers” end their lives in a game called the “Carrousel” which causes them to evaporate in front of an audience. 

In 2274, every person is implanted with a “life clock” that shows their age. Logan 5 and his friend Francis 7 are both Sandmen who one day kill a runner who had an “ankh” jewelry symbol. Turns out this symbol is for people who are looking for “Sanctuary” and that is how he identifies Jessica 6. 

They go on the run together and there is quite a bit of wackiness with a robot named Box who wants to freeze and eat them, Washington DC mossed over and an old man with cats who wants to help them. There are also sexy costumes and special effects which were considered a big deal at the time. (Wow!) 

So, between the original novel and the movie–which did we prefer? Have a listen and find out! 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The journey of the 1967 story to the 1976 movie
  • Biggest changes between book & movie
  • The 1977 TV series that surprisingly did not take off
  • The special effects of the time
  • The cast: Michael York (Logan 5,) Jenny Agutter (Jessica 6,) Richard Jordan (Francis 7,) Roscoe Lee Browne (Box voice), Farrah Fawcett-Majors (Holly 13), and Peter Ustinov as the Old Man. 

Clips used:

  • Logan decides to run
  • Logan’s Run trailer
  • “The Carousel” 
  • Logan procures Jessica 6 
  • Jessica and Logan meet “The Box”
  • Music by Jerry Goldsmith

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What a Creep: Ted Bundy (2021 update & 2019 replay)

What a Creep: Ted Bundy (Replay) 

Season 11, Episode 10

Because Hollywood Cannot Stop Telling This Horrible Story! 

This week we decided to replay one of our episodes from the first season about killer Ted Bundy because once again–Hollywood decided to have a hot actor play the disgusting garbage person who took the lives of dozens of women and children. 

Chad Michael Murray is the lead for the new film Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman which is set to release in August 2021. 

Trigger Warnings: Murder, sexual assault, assault of children, and delayed justice. 

Sources:

Previous actors who have played him:

  • The Deliberate Stranger (1986), played by Mark Harmon
  • Ted Bundy (2002), played by Michael Reilly Burke
  • The Stranger Beside Me (2003), played by Billy Campbell
  • The Riverman (2004), played by Cary Elwes
  • Bundy: A Legacy of Evil (2008), played by Corin Nemec
  • The Capture of the Green River Killer (2008), played by James Marsters
  • Serial Thriller: Angel of Decay (2015), played by Ryan Gage[404]
  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019), played by Zac Efron

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Now That’s a Switchback! Episode # 346

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 346

“Now That’s a Switchback Episode”

Hey there, Neighbors! This week on BNP, we learn what a switchback is and that’s the only thing we learned from Erika J’s tearful confession on RHOBH. Was Tom thrown from the car or not? Like Sutton, we are not following this. Our thoughts drift to the honkin’ huge holiday candle Kathy brought Kyle. We also have RHOP & Karen’s Love Lunch, where we learn Mia was probably a stripper; & on RHONY, Sonja smashes an extinguisher in a fight we see in the flashback? Huh? Snoozeville.  Erin’s rewatching The Sopranos in anticipation of The Many Saints of Newark & Margo rec’s HBO’s doc, Woodstock ’99. Stay cool, Neighbors! 

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What a Creep: Hillsong’s Carl Lentz (Former Bieber BFF & Creep)

What a Creep: Carl Lentz

Season 11, Episode 9

Justin Bieber’s Former BFF and Hillsong Church’s Former Star & Creep

Hillson Church is based in Australia with dozens of outposts worldwide, and over 150,000 attend weekly services. If you check their YouTube channel for Hillsong Worship, Hillsong United, and Hillsong Young & Free–their music is the main draw with millions of streams and downloads for their spiritually uplifting attitude.

The church services seem youthful and look more like concerts than stuffy congregations. They have attracted a big celebrities, including Chris Pratt, the Kardashians & Jenners, Vanessa Hudges, and Justin Bieber. 

Several scandals have been attached to them over the years, and it would take a multi-part episode to cover them all. In this episode, we focus on the founders of Hillsong and one pastor, Carl Lentz, who went from being their biggest star to another inflated person whose ego took over their instinct for being decent to the people who worked for them.

Trigger Warnings: Religious guilt, bullying, homophobia, sexual assault, and attempts to pronounce Australian locations. 

Sources:

Hillsong Church (Wikipedia)

ABC News Australia 2006

Preda.org

The Guardian (2019)

Religion News

NBC News

Vanity Fair

New York Times

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Book Vs Movie “Legally Blonde” (2001) Reese Witherspoon

Book Vs Movie: “Legally Blonde”

The Amanda Brown Story Vs the Reese Witherspoon Movie 

The Margos are donning their pink outfits and getting our nails done in preparation for one of our most fun episodes–Legally Blonde. The original writer is Amanda Brown who based some of the stories about Elle Woods on her experience as a  law student at Stanford University. As she said at the time ‘I wrote it all on pink paper with my furry pink pen.” It has an unusual publishing history as it was rejected by every major publishing house but became a bidding war with the movie studios. MGM won the bid and Reese Witherspoon was set to star. 

Screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith spent two weeks at Stanford Law School in 2000 to get a flavor of what campus life is like. Reese Witherspoon spent hundreds of dollars on a bar tab for a group of sorority girls to pick up their lingo and a movie was created. 

The original story is missing a few things from the beloved film including the character of Emmett Richmond (played by Luke Wilson) and Elle actually working hard to get into law school. 

At first, in the age of raunchy films like American Pie being popular with audiences, the movie had an edgier quality. But writers McCullah Lutz & Smith decided to add more romance (and NOT with her law professor,) give her favorite manicurist her own backstory and change the plot of the murder trials. 

The film was a massive hit when released and its feminist slant and fashions inspired generations of women to become lawyers. There was a sequel in 2003 and a musical that appeared on both Broadway and the London stage. 

So, between the novel and the movie–which did we prefer? Have a listen and find out! 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The journey of the novel to screenplay
  • Biggest changes between book & movie
  • The casting process and how the wardrobe is the main factor of the film’s popularity
  • The cast: Reese Witherspoon (Elle Woods,) Moonie (Bruiser Woods,) Selma Blair (Vivian,) Luke Wilson (Emmett Richmond,) Matthew Davis (Warner,) Victor Garber (Professor Callahan,) Jennifer Coolidge (Paulette,) Holland Taylor (Professor Stromwell,) Ali Larter (Brooke,) Jessica Cauffiel (Margot,) and Linda Cardellini (Chutney Windham.) 

Clips used:

  • Elle’s entrance video
  • Legally Blonde trailer
  • First day of school
  • Elle meets Emmett 
  • Bend and Snap!
  • Perfect Day by Hoku 

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A Rude Interlude – Episode #345

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 345

“A Rude Interlude”

RHOP  is back, baby! & We are better for it. This week, we break down the RHOP premiere; RHOBH w/ the Erika Jayne Crying Show; & RHONY (Ramona, get thee to an internist!! Your IBS should not be a plot-point!) We also saw Hulu’s McCartney 321; Peacock’s DR. DEATH; & a bit of Apple+’s SCHMIGADOON. Enjoy, Neighbors!

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What a Creep: Imelda Marcos (Dictator & Creep)

What a Creep: Imelda Marcos

Season 11, Episode 8

The Dictator’s Mrs. Did More Than Buy Shoes! 

Known as the “Steel Butterfly” for her combination of fashion sense and political ambition, Imelda Marcos is the former first lady of the Philippines. Her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, was president of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. During that time, the couple embezzled $10 BILLION from the government. In fact, Imelda and her husband hold the Guinness World Record for the Greatest Robbery of a Government. Oh, and they committed hundreds of human rights abuses during a brutal period of martial law.

Sources for this episode:

Trigger warnings: Political assassinations, torture, and animal abuse.

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Book Vs Movie “The War of the Worlds” (2005) H.G. Wells, Tom Cruise, & Steven Spielberg

Book Vs Movie: “The War of the Worlds”

The H.G. Wells Science Fiction Classic Vs the 2005 Steven Spielberg Movie

The Margos go back to both the world of science fiction and the film work of Steven Spielberg talking about the H.G. Wells classic novel The War of the Worlds (1898) which has been adapted as a successful radio program, films, and a TV series. 

The novel is about a martian invasion that hits London and an unnamed narrator who escapes, is separated from his wife, and then has up close and traumatic interactions with the Martians who are taking over England. They use heat rays as a weapon and depend on human blood to feed themselves. The narrator meets with people underground on his way back home who want to fight the invaders. He eventually gets home (after being taken care of by a kindly family) and reunites with his wife who somehow survives the alien attacks. In the end, the Martians were killed by “earthly pathogens.” 

Considered one of the first novels that supposed that otherworldly creatures could be smarter than humans–the story is a classic and the basis/inspiration for science fiction work for decades afterward. 

In 1938, Orson Welles’s radio program, created a one-hour play based on the story (which Welles most likely never read) and included some of his favorite writers and produces for The Mercury Theatre on the Air including John Houseman and Howard Koch. The setting was central New Jersey and the resulting panic was caused by an unsuspecting audience who thought the drama was real. Welles had to perform a mea culpa for the press (which he loved!) and it is considered one of the best radio dramas ever produced. 

In this episode, we focus more on 2005’s The War of the Worlds directed by Spielberg which stars Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, and Tim Robbins and is set in New Jersey and New England. Two other members of the cast were in the 1953 adaptation--Ann Robinson and Gene Barry. 

So, between the novel, radio program, and the movie–which did we prefer? Have a listen and find out! 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The life of author H.G. Wells and how he changed science fiction
  • Orson Welles’s influence on the storytelling of the 1938 radio play
  • The major differences between the novel and the movie
  • The cast: Tom Cruise (Ray Ferrier,) Dakota Fanning (Rachel Ferrier,) Justin Chatwin (Robbie Ferrier,) Mirando Otto (Mary Ann Ferrier,) Tim Robbins (Harlan Ogilvy,) Ann Robinson (Grandmother,) and Gene Barry (Grandfather) 

Clips used:

  • The Mercury Theatre 1938 production
  • The War of the Worlds trailer
  • “Ferry Disaster”
  • “Fight on the Hill”
  •  “No Shield”
  • Music by John Williams

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Who is Hunky Dory? Episode #344

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 344

“Who is Hunky Dory?”

Keeping cool, Neighbors? This week, we have our usual dose of Housewives, with RHOBH’s Italian luncheon, featuring the continuing feud of Bird Bones vs. Crystal; RHONY goes to Salem, & shows them what real witches look like. We also have a special treat–a reading of some entitled Bridezillas that will make you want to punch everything. Plus, more recs from Netflix, Discovery+ & Amazon Prime. Stay cool as we all try & fit in our skinny shorts. (listen to the end for that to make sense). 

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