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Book Vs. Movie is the podcast that ponders the question: "Which was better...the book or the movie?" We spoil away the details, uncover the plot points, discuss casting choices and shower with praise (or pummel with snark) as we see fit. Hosts are Margo P. (She's Nacho Mama's Blog) and Margo D. (Creator of Brooklyn Fit Chick.com) and we are not afraid to tell it like it is!

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    • 4.7 • 171 Ratings

Book Vs. Movie is the podcast that ponders the question: "Which was better...the book or the movie?" We spoil away the details, uncover the plot points, discuss casting choices and shower with praise (or pummel with snark) as we see fit. Hosts are Margo P. (She's Nacho Mama's Blog) and Margo D. (Creator of Brooklyn Fit Chick.com) and we are not afraid to tell it like it is!

    Christmas With the Kranks (2004) John Grisham, Tim Allen, and Jamie Lee Curtis

    Christmas With the Kranks (2004) John Grisham, Tim Allen, and Jamie Lee Curtis

    Book Vs. Movie 

    Christmas With the Kranks

    Yes, the 2004 movie is based on a book!

    The Margos have more holiday spirit than Luther & Nora Krank, the main characters of the John Grisham novel Skipping Christmas. Luther & Nora normally go all out during the holidays in equal zeal with their neighbors, who seem to think Christmas celebrations are THE most important thing in the world. (One Margo liked the movie more than the other!)

    But with their daughter spending the holidays in Peru for the Peace Corps, they decide to forgo decadent spending and take a vacation on a cruise instead. Mayhem ensues. 

    The movie (titled Christmas With the Kranks) stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis as Luther & Nora Krankd and even though the film has been out for 15 years now--neither Margo has seen it before! 

    So between the book & movie--which did we like better? Have a listen to find out!

    In this ep the Margos discuss:

    John Grisham’s incredible life story and success in publishing
    The basic differences between the book & movie. 
    The cast of the movie including Dan Aykroyd (Vic Frohmeyer,) M. Emmet Walsh (Walt Scheel,) Cheech Martin (Officer Salino,) Jake Busey (Officer Treen,) Felicity Huffman (Merry,) Caroline Rhea (Candi,) and Tom Poston (Father Zabriske.) 
    Our favorite scenes from the movie

    Clips Featured:

    Christmas with the Kranks trailer
    Nora Krank gets the ham
    Blair Krank (Julie Gonzalo) comes home for the holidays
    Luther Krank surprises neighbor for Christmas
    Outro music Run DMC Christmas in Hollis

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    • 51 min
    A Christmas Carol & Top 5 Favorite "Scrooges" (Replay from 2019)

    A Christmas Carol & Top 5 Favorite "Scrooges" (Replay from 2019)

    Book Vs. Movie Podcast

    "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens

    the 2009 Jim Carey Animated Movie

    Plus, the Margos Pick Their "Top 5 Scrooge Performances"

    The Margos continue their holiday celebrations with the all-time classic "A Christmas Carol"  by Charles Dickens. There have been hundreds of adaptations on the theme of Scrooge and his ultimate salvation, but only one features stop-motion animation and Jim Carey so we pair the discussion with Disney's A Christmas Carol, directed by Book Vs. Movie favorite Robert Zemeckis.

    We had SO much fun recording this episode!  

    Topics we cover here:

    The Margos each pick our favorite "Scrooge" adaptation
    The incredible life story of Charles Dickens and the reasons he wrote A Christmas Carol
    How England changed how they celebrate Christmas after the publication
    Our favorite adaptations of the work
    Jim Carey’s frenetic performance

    Clips used:

    Sir Patrick Stewart reading

    Jim Carey as the Ghost of Christmas past & Scrooge

    Vanessa Williams's “Sleigh Ride”

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) Rankin/Bass, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth,, & Dick Shawn

    The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) Rankin/Bass, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth,, & Dick Shawn

    Book Vs. Movie: The Year Without a Santa Claus

    The Rankin/Bass 1974 Classic Special Based on a Light Verse Book 

    For many 70s kids, the Rankin/Bass specials with their catchy music and stop motion animation, were high art. From Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to Santa Claus is Coming to Town, their specials garnered big ratings and helped popularize holiday music. One of their most iconic specials was based on a 1956 Phillis McGinley book, The Year Without a Santa Clause which told the story of a burnt-out Kris Kringle who wanted to take leave for one Christmas. 

    McGinley (1905-1978) was a master of the “light verse” and used humor to describe everyday life. Throughout her writing career (as a poet and children’s author) she loved to talk about humility and living a simple, suburban life. She was not aligned with Sylvia Plath or Betty Friedan who questioned the purpose of being a woman in the 20th Century. McGinley was a lonely child who married at 32 (late for the time) and lived a Mad Men kind of life in Larchmont, NY. 

    The Year Without a Santa Claus was first printed in Good Housekeeping magazine and was later published as a book. Boris Karloff recorded a version for Capitol Records shortly before his death in 1969. In the story, Santa has a bad cold just before the holidays and feels like he is no longer important to kids. When the world's children learn this, they gladly send him their toys to finally give him the Christmas of his dreams. Knowing he is loved sends him back to his old Santa ways.

    The TV special adds elves Jingle & Jangle, who, along with reindeer Vixen, look for children who still care about Santa. They are shot down (!) by competing Snow & Heat Misers who want to control the weather. In the southern part of the United States, they get into all kinds of trouble with some incredibly catchy tunes and performances by Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, and Dick Shawn. Does the spirit of Christmas win out? Duh! 

    So, which did we prefer between the original story and the classic TV special? 

    In this ep the Margos discuss:

    The incredible career of Phyllis McGinley
    The holiday specials of the 1960s and 1970s
    Stop-motion used a form of animation.  
    Starring: Shirley Booth (Mrs. Claus,) Mickey Rooney (Santa Claus,) Dick Shawn (Snow Miser), and George S. Irving as the Heat Miser.

    Clips used:

    Boris Karloff reads The Year Without a Santa Clause
    The Year Without a Santa Clause  trailer
    Heat Miser
    Cold Miser 
    Santa rescues the elves
    Music by Maury Laws

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    • 39 min
    Last Christmas (2019) George Michael, Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, & Emma Thompson

    Last Christmas (2019) George Michael, Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, & Emma Thompson

    Book Vs. Movie: Last Christmas
    The George Michael Classic Song Vs. the 2019 Holiday Film



    Happy Holidays!

    The Margos have covered so many Christmas-themed episodes in the past that we had to reach out and use a classic holiday song, Last Christmas, written and produced by the late great George Michael, and talk about the adorable 2019 film adaptation written by the revered Emma Thompson.

    The song is one of those “earworm” ditties that you either hate or love (similar to Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmas Time) that several major artists have sung since its debut in 1984. It’s a holiday story about love and longing that anyone can relate to, and if you hate it, you might as well skip this episode!

    Before he passed away on Christmas day in 2016 (the irony!), Michael said he would only accept Thompson as the screenwriter if it were ever made into a film. The result is a delightful mixture of wonderful acting (Emilia Clark, Henry Golding, and Michelle Yeoh,) direction by Paul Feig, a bevy of Michael’s best tunes, and gobsmacking London locations that will melt the biggest Scrooge into a puddle of holiday happiness.

    Clarke plays Kate Andrich, a Yugoslavian immigrant who is having a rotten time in life. She works as an “Elf” at a year-round Christmas shop, has no place to live permanently, and is strained from her family. Eventually, she befriends Tom, a nice man who mysteriously shows up to help her learn to grow up, be more responsible, take care of her health (Kate had a heart transplant!), give back to her community working at a shelter, and finding out that her dream man is an angel who saved her life. SWOON!

    Most critics don’t get it, but who cares? It’s a sweet confection! Which did we like better, the song or the movie? Listen to find out!

    Kensington Books and the novel Colorado Country by Diana Palmer sponsor this episode!


    New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer takes readers to Christmastime in Colorado with two of her celebrated novellas in one collection featuring solitary, silent cowboys who find their restless hearts tamed by women of uncommon grace and strength. This a gift for readers who love heartwarming contemporary romance, gorgeous rugged cowboys, and fans of Carolyn Brown, Linda Lael Miller, and Delores Fossen.
    Meadow Dawson is struggling to manage the enormous ranch she just inherited. Too bad she’s not on speaking terms with the one man who can help her out. Cattleman Dal Blake wishes Meadow’s dog would quit digging under his fence—and that his pretty neighbor wasn’t just as good at getting under his skin. . .
    Widowed schoolteacher Katy is starting over with her young daughter, and she knows the perfect place—her grandmother’s Colorado ranch. A runaway Palomino brings reclusive horse wrangler Parker to her door. Parker knows all there is to know about horses, but with Katy, he’s learning about the gift of family.
    Diana Palmer is the author of over 100 books and was voted one of the top 10 romance writers with over 40 million books in print. She is known as the “queen of desperado quests for justice and true love” (Publisher’s Weekly)
    You can find her at Diana Palmer.com.


    In this ep the Margos discuss:
    The life and career of George Michael
    The durability of the song and how hard it is to write a Christmas classic
    The plot twist of the movie
    Margo D’s attempt to “sing” on the Troubled Waters podcast
    The cast: Emilia Clarke (Kate,) Henry Golding (Tom,) Emma Thompson (Petra Andrich,) Boris Isakovic (Ivan Andrich,) Lydia Leonard (Maria Andrich,) Michelle Yeoh (Santa,) Ritu Arya (Jenna,) Jade Anouka (Alba,) Patti Lupone (customer,) and Rob Delaney as the theater director.

    Clips used:
    Kate talks about her heart transplant to Tom
    Last Christmas 2019 original trailer
    Margo D on the Troubled Waters...

    • 1 hr
    Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Stanley Kubrick, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, & Alan Cumming

    Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Stanley Kubrick, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, & Alan Cumming

    Book Vs. Movie: Eyes Wide Shut
    The 1999 Classic Stanley Kubrick Film Vs. The 1926 Short Story by Arthur Schnitzler

    Do you know the password? The inside password? The Margos look at the 1999 Stanely Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut, which was released after the director’s death in March and at the SAME time as The Blair Witch Project and is one of the most debated of his works. A sex drama about an impossibly beautiful couple (then married Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman), the film explores the themes of marriage, fidelity, identity, consequences, and …masks? This is either one of the best films of Kubrick’s career or the dullest. Let’s get ready to discuss!

    Having bought the rights to the German author Arthur Schnitzler’s novella Traumnovelle/Rhapsody: A Dream novel in 1968, Kubrick wanted to create a masterpiece about love, sex, and identity but often felt he was not ready to film the version in his mind. When he met Cruise and Kidman in 1996, he finally met his essential “Bill and Alice Hartford,” two extraordinarily beautiful people who can convey insecurity and lust. (He tried filming with Harvey Keitel and Jennifer Jason Leigh, but they both had to leave production when he took longer than they had time to commit to the project.) The shooting began officially in November 1996 in England as Kubrick (a Bronx native) moved there in the 1970s to avoid flying to any set.

    It finally wrapped in June 1998, becoming one of (if not THE) longest film production of all time. Kubrick was able to show his final version before his death, and from there, we get controversies about how “final” this version was.

    The 1925 original story is very close to the filmed adaptation about a couple who attend a masquerade ball and then confess/or deal with urges to confess infidelity. The masks, orgies, and walking around in a stressful state of being are similar to the 1999 film, as is much of the original dialogue.

    Which did we like better, the 1926 novella and the 1999 film? You have to listen to find out!!

    In this ep the Margos discuss:
    The films of the late Stanley Kubrick and why Eyes Wide Shut was so controversial
    Critic's reaction to the film (including Roger Eberts’s outburst at an Eyes Wide Shut critic’s screening)
    The chemistry between the leads
    The explicit sex scenes and nudity
    What is this story really about?
    The cast: Tom Cruise (Dr. William “Bill” Harford,) Nicole Kidman (Alice Hartford,) Sydney Pollack (Victor Ziegler,) Todd Field (Nick Nightingale,) Marie Richardson (Marion Nathanson,) Sky du Mont (Sandor Szavost,) Rade Serbedzijja (Milch,) Thomas Gibson (Carl,) Vinessa Shaw (Domino,) Fay Masterson (Sally,) Alan Cumming (Hotel Desk Clerk,) Leelee Sobieski (Milch’s daughter,) Julienne Davis (Mandy,) Madison Eginton (Helena,) Abigail Good and Gary Goba (naval officer.)

    Clips used:
    “What’s the second password?”
    Eyes Wide Shut original 1999 trailer.
    Dr. Bill and Alice, before the party
    Bill & Alice flirting at the party
    Alice confessors her secret Danish crush
    Domino meets Dr. Bill
    Alice has a bad dream
    Alan Cumming!
    Mr. Milliach, after the party
    Dr. Bill and Alice at the end
    Roger Ebert in 2000
    Music by Jocelyn Pook and Chris Isaak Bad Bad Thing

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) Joe Mantegna, Laurence Fishburne, Joan Allen, & Max Pomeranc

    Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) Joe Mantegna, Laurence Fishburne, Joan Allen, & Max Pomeranc

    Book Vs. Movie: Searching for Bobby Fischer

    The true story of a chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin, his father’s New York Times article, and the 1993 film


    The Margos gently enter into the world of chess (a game neither of us knows very well so, please be patient!) with Searching for Bobby Fischer. Josh Waitzkin was considered a chess prodigy when he played in tournaments around thew country as a young child. In 1985 his father, Fred Waitzkin, wrote an article for The New York Times “Fathering a Chess Prodigy” about the struggle to raise a son who is gifted in a sport/game.

    Fred wants his son to achieve his dreams, but he is fearful Josh won’t be a normal kid (Josh eventually became an International Chess Master at 16.) The book Searching for Bobby Fischer came out in 1988 and the 1993 film was directed by Steven Zaillian and earned praise for its cinematography and performances.

    Bobby Fischer led a very complicated (and frankly, sad) childhood as a chess champion which later turned him into a hermit. Did the chess bring on his mental illness, or was that always going to happen? Why is he an ardent antisemite and an enemy of his country? Why did he disappear for so long?

    Between the 1985 article and the film--which did we like better? You have to listen to find out!!

    In this ep the Margos discuss:
    The controversial Bobby Fischer (1943-2008)
    Josh Waitzkin & his father’s Fred’s writing career
    What it means to raise a child prodigy
    The cast: Joe Mantegna (Fred Waitzkin,) Max Pomeranc (Josh Waitkin,) Joan Allen (Bonnie Waitzkin,) Laurence Fishburne (Vinnie,) Ben Kingsley (Bruce Pandolfini,) David Paymer (Kalev,) William H. Macy (Tunafish father,) Dan Hedaya (tournament director,) and Laura Linney as Josh’s teacher.)

    Clips used:
    Max learns about the word “contempt.”
    Josh Waitzkin selling his book The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance (video)
    Bobby Fischer on Dick Cavett's show August 5, 1971
    Searching for Bobby Fischer original trailer 1993
    Josh and his dad have a chat
    Josh’s teacher thinks chess is like penocle
    Music by James Horner

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    • 54 min

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