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A podcast about books and their film adaptations. It's a safe place for those who really did like the movie better than the book.

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A podcast about books and their film adaptations. It's a safe place for those who really did like the movie better than the book.

    64. SHE SAID

    64. SHE SAID

    The guys discuss the film adaptation of SHE SAID, the book about the reporting behind the New York Times article bringing the sexual harassment and assault allegations against prominent Hollywood film producer, Harvey Weinstein, to light.

    The book was written by the two reporters of the New York Times article, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, but tells the story of how information was obtained, how difficult it was to convince victims to go on the record, and what exactly went into the reporting process for that story and others that helped ignite the #MeToo movement.

    The adaptation was released in theaters on November 18, 2022 and stars Zoe Kazan, Carey Mulligan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Morton and Ashley Judd.

    Listen to the episode to find out how the film stack up to the book.

    Stay tuned for our next episode on BONES & ALL.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    63. The Greatest Beer Run Ever

    63. The Greatest Beer Run Ever

    The guys discuss the adaptation of THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER (starring Zac Efron, Russell Crowe & Bill Murray) and how the film compares to the eponymous novel from Joanna Molly and John “Chickie” Donohue about a man who travels to front lines of the Vietnam war to deliver beers to his buddies from his neighborhood back in New York City.
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    (0:00) Excerpt from the novel
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    (1:11) Hello, Fast facts, Recap, Two Truths One Lie, Over/Under
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    (11:27) Ad
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    (11:51) Pitch me, daddy
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    (17:20) The book
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    (27:59) Trailer
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    (31:08) The Domino Theory
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    (37:14) Literal, loose, or reimagined
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    (38:32) Difference 1: Chickie’s motivation for going to Vietnam
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    (46:12) Difference 2: Chickie’s Vietnamese friend
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    (52:02) Difference 3: The role of the “tourist”
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    (1:11:42) Difference 4: The journalist
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    (1:21:06) Difference 5: The reveal
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    (1:25:55) Was the adaptation successful
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    (1:35:59) Hot takes
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    (1:39:05) Book or movie
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    (1:40:38) Final thoughts
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    (1:41:15) Signing off and next episode
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    (1:42:54) Surprise ad
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    Our next adaptation will be SHE SAID, the story about how Harvey Weinstein came to justice.
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    62. BULLET TRAIN

    62. BULLET TRAIN

    The guys discuss the adaptation of BULLET TRAIN (starring Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Shannon, Hiroyuki Sanada, Bad Bunny, Zazie Beetz, Logan Lerman, and Sandra Bullock) and how the film compares to the novel (originally titled “Maria Beetle”) from the author Kōtarō Isaka.

    The conversation begins with the light-hearted, but ultimately exhausting and confusing narrative of the novel (11:52).

    Then we breakdown the differences of the film adaptation and whether those differences diminish or enhance the story including the wacky tone, the diminishing role of The Prince, and the outrageously chaotic ending (35:08).

    Other topics include the inevitable conversation around whitewashing, the emerging Sandra Bullock-Channing Tatum-Brad Pitt trifecta, and whether or not the Hollywood CGI workers need a day off.

    Our next adaptation is still being considered so let us know if you have an idea for an episode!

    We hope you enjoy and don’t be shy to let us know what you think at our socials below:
    Twitter: @littolens
    Instagram: @littolens

    • 1 hr 14 min
    61. The Gray Man

    61. The Gray Man

    The guys discuss the adaptation of THE GRAY MAN (starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas) and how the film compares to the eponymous novel from the author Mark Greaney.

    The conversation begins with the struggles of reading a particularly predictable plot and what draws readers to these kinds of stories (12:52).

    Then we breakdown the differences of the film adaptation and whether those differences diminish or enhance the story (37:24).

    Other topics include the potential for a sequel (or a series), Chris Evans’ wardrobe, and whether or not this was just an advertising vehicle for Tag Heuer.

    Our next adaptation will be BULLET TRAIN (Aug 5th) starring Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Logan Lerman and Bad Bunny based on the eponymous novel by Kotaro Isaka.

    We hope you enjoy and don’t be shy to let us know what you think at our socials below:
    Twitter: @littolens
    Instagram: @littolens

    • 1 hr 30 min
    60. Where The Crawdads Sing

    60. Where The Crawdads Sing

    The guys discuss the adaptation of WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, and how the film compares to the worldwide sensation from author Delia Owens.

    The conversation begins with the seemingly obvious reasons why this novel was adapted for the big screen, whether the book lived up to the hype or not, and if the storyline is even all that convincing (13:08).

    Then we breakdown the differences of the film adaptation and whether those differences enhanced or diminished the story (50:34).

    Other topics include the controversy surrounding the author’s connections to the murder of a poacher in Africa in the 1990’s, Daisy Edgar-Jones’ chops as a lead actress, and which state has the most linguistically diverse population in the US.

    Our next adaptation will be THE GRAY MAN starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas and Billy Bob Thornton based on the eponymous novel by Mark Greaney.

    We hope you enjoy and don’t be shy to let us know what you think at our socials below:
    Twitter: @littolens
    Instagram: @littolens

    • 1 hr 35 min
    59. Spiderhead

    59. Spiderhead

    The guys discuss the recent Netflix adaptation, SPIDERHEAD, starring Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller and how it compares to the George Saunders short story it was based on, ESCAPE FROM SPIDERHEAD (available for free online from The New Yorker). The conversation begins with the short story and why Hollywood might want to adapt it for the big (or in this case, small) screen (12:55).
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    We are introduced to George Saunders, the short story King, and what makes his style of writing so unique (35:45).
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    Then we get a breakdown of the film adaptation and whether it was able to strike the same tones as its source material (41:15).
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    Other topics include Hollywood’s recent admiration for short stories, Miles Teller’s rebound into the mainstream, and whether or not Erik is a home wrecker.
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    We hope you enjoy and don’t be shy to let us know what you think at our socials below:
    Twitter: @littolens
    Instagram: @littolens
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    Co-host/Writer: Erik Payne
    Co-host/Producer: Will Sloan

    • 1 hr 29 min

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