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Book Vs Movie: "Rocketman" (Elton John's "Me)

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Release Date: 11/11/2019

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956)

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a novel by Jack Finney, and the movie starring Kevin McCarthy. The story of aliens invading earth and creating “pod people” to take over the human race was (probably) an allegory for the House Unamerican Activities that was looking for Communists in the U.S. during the 1930s-1950s.The 1956 movie was directed by Don Siegel (Escape from Alcatraz, Dirty Harry) and produced by Walter Wanger.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Invisible Man" 2020 (Elisabeth Moss)

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This adaptation of the 1897 H.G. Wells novel has Elisabeth Moss playing a woman (Cecilia Kass) trying to escape an abusive relationship when her seemingly late boyfriend attacks her wearing an invisible suit. Her character is gaslit everywhere she goes including at the police station where they decide she is mentally unstable and causing her own problems.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Parent Trap" (1961) Hayley Mills Maureen O'Hara

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The Margos talk about the 1961 Disney classic film "The Parent Trap" and the fascinating author Erich Kastner who was banned by Nazis in Germany! The 1988 remake is mentioned but our focus is on the Hayley Mills & Maureen O'Hara film. Between book & movie, which did we like better? Have a listen!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "In a Lonely Place" (1950) Humphrey Bogart & Gloria Grahame

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The film noir classic was directed by Nicholas Ray and stars Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. Considered a bit of a flop at the time, it is now considered a classic a love has gone wrong duo and the loneliness of post-WWII LA.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "AI: Artificial Intelligence" (2001) Haley Joel Osment & Jude Law

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The Margos talk about "AI: Artificial Intelligence" on the 20th anniversary of its release. Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a Brian Aldiss short story, the film was originally a project for Stanley Kubrick. Stars Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, and William Hurt.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "A Face in the Crowd" (1957) Andy Griffith & Patricia Neal

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The original story, Your Arkansas Traveler, was featured in a collection from Some Faces in the Crowd by Budd Schulberg and published in 1953. The 1957 movie directed by Elia Kazan stars Andy Griffith as Lonesome Rhodes, a thoroughly terrible man in a humble performance that fools millions. No, this is not a documentary!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988) Glenn Close & John Malkovich

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The Margos get a little sexy and wicked with this 1782 “libertine novel” from Pierre Chodlerlos de Laclos, a French writer and Army General who ten years before the French Revolution published four volumes of “Les Liaisons dangereuses” about a pair of manipulative rivals in the bourgeoisie. Also, we discuss the 85 play and the 1988 film by Stephen Frears with John Malkovich, Glenn Close, & Michelle Pfeiffer

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Heartburn" (1986) Nora Ephron, Meryl Streep & Jack Nicholson

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The Margos talk about the fascinating life of writer/director Nora Ephron who was taught to treat everything in life "as copy." In this show, we compare the 1983 novel "Heartburn" and the major changes made to the 1986 Mike Nichols adaptation. Nora was married to Carl Bernstein ("All the Presidents Men" and their son Jacob Bernstein directed the documentary "Everything is Copy." We also talk about Mike Nichols and the Mark Harris bio.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Almost Famous" (2000) Kate Hudson & Billy Crudup

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The Margos discuss the writing and directing career of Cameron Crowe who was a teenager when he started writing for Rolling Stone magazine in the 70s. He based 2000's "Almost Famous" on his days with The Allman Brothers and has some of the best actors in the business in this film. Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, and Philip Seymour lead an all-star cast. Hudon & McDormand earned Academy Award noms. Cameron Crowe won for best screenplay.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Dog Day Afternoon" (1976) Al Pacino

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The Margos talk about the true crime story of John Wojtowicz (called Sonny Wortzik and played in "Dog Day Afternoon" by Al Pacino) who robbed a bank with two others on August 22, 1972, in #Brooklyn. He claimed to commit a crime as an act of love for his wife. The story gets more unusual and it's all true! Director Sidney Lumet's masterpiece!

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Rocketman

Elton John’s Best Selling Autobiography Me Vs the Dexter Fletcher Hit Film

The Margos are both Elton John fanatics, so when the Book Vs Movie Podcast Group on Facebook came up with the idea to cover John’s #1 New York Times bestseller Me and pair it with the hit film directed by Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle, Bohemian Rhapsody) we immediately put on our platform shoes and bold glasses and got to work. (You see, we are always game to do a thing called the Crocodile Rock!) 

Elton’s life is full of amazing highs and tragic lows. The man has been to the brink of self-destruction and made it back to become an icon for the ages. (Can you imagine a world without his music? Tragic, right?)

At 73, Elton and his co-writer and lifelong BFF Bernie Taupin are the creators of some of the best music of the 20th Century and hearing about how they write in two different places (Taupin creates the lyrics first) is a real treat. And to see their friendship on screen reminds us of all the power of platonic love. 

Rocketman takes the standard music biopic and tips it on its ear. People break into song out of nowhere. There are suicide attempts and awful parenting failures. There’s also a recreation of Elton’s first big success in America--his string of performances at Los Angeles’s Troubadour theater which cemented his reputation for songwriting and as a daring piano player. 

The performance of Taron Egerton is a thing of beauty as well (the man can sing and play like an angel!) and the Margos have so much to say about both the book and movie here. (This is seriously going to be a gush fest!)

So which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The incredible life of Elton and the relationships that defined his life
  • The unusual way he creates music with Bernie Taupin
  • Our favorite Elton John tunes
  • The cast of the movie including Edgerton (Elton John,) Jamie Bell (Bernie Taupin,) Richard Madden (John Reid,) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Elton’s mother Sheila.)
  • Our favorite scenes from the movie

Clips Featured:

  • Rocketman trailer
  • The real Elton & Bernie at the movie premiere
  • Elton & Bernie meet for the first time
  • Elton at the Troubadour
  • Elton tells his mother he is gay
  • Outro music “I’m Still Standing” sung by Taron Egerton

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