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Book Vs Movie: "Top Gun"

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Release Date: 08/10/2020

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Logan's Run" (1976) Michael York, Jenny Agutter & Farrah Fawcett

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The Margos go back to Sci-Fi with Logan's Run. The original story from William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson came out in 1967 and the film starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter & Farrah Fawcett was released in the summer of 1976. The CBS TV series aired for one season in 1977. Which version did we like best? Have a listen to find out!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Legally Blonde" (2001) Reese Witherspoon

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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. 

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

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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. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Fast and the Furious" (2001) Vin Diesel & Paul Walker

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Book Vs Movie: “The Fast and the Furious” The 1998 Kenneth Li article from Vibe Vs the 2001 Film  Since the Pandemic started in Mach 2020, we gave committed to bringing a weekly show and that means we often use shorter literary sources as the basis for the episode. Novellas, songs, plays, and yes--magazine articles which is happening in this show.   In 1998, Daily News writer was writing tech and feature stories when he heard about a racing circuit happening late at night in New York City. Instead of muscle cars of yore, these new riders used brands like Mitsubishi and...

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009) Wes Anderson & George Clooney

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One of the most covered authors on Book Vs Movie is also one of the most controversial and we discuss why in this episode dedicated to Roald Dahl and his 1970 children’s novel Fantastic Mr. Fox. In 2009, director Wes Anderson directed a stop-motion animation version of the tale with George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Bill Murray among the big-name cast providing the voices.

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Book Vs. Movie: Book Vs. Movie: "Argo" (2012) Ben Affleck & Bryan Cranston

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The Margos talk about the 2012 multiple award-winning film "Argo" and the true story originally published in Wired magazine in 2007. Writer Joshuah Bearman wrote about the CIA's work to release six American hostages in Iran in 1980 which included creating a fake Sci-Fi film crew. Ben Affleck stars and directs (very well!)

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Little Prince" (2015) Jeff Bridges & Paul Rudd

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The Margos discuss the classic novel "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and the 2015 animated film directed by Mark Osbourne and how amazing they both are! (Spoiler!) #FrolicNetwork #ladyPodSquad #JeffBridges #PaulRudd #Animation #CesarAward

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "To Sir, With Love" (1967) Sidney Poitier

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The Margos talk about the 1967 Sidney Poitier film "To Sir, With Love" and the 1959 novel by E.R. Braithwaite. Plus, we discuss 60s London, the power of Poitier, and the amazing LULU in her first film. Come for the 60s nostalgia. Stay for the hot takes!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Whip It" (2009) Drew Barrymore & Elliot Page

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The Margos get their roller derby on with this look at the 2007 novel "Derby Girl" by Shauna Cross and the fun 2009 movie starring and directed by Drew Barrymore. Also features Elliot Page, Kristen Wiig, Eve, Marcia Gay Harden, Daniel Stern, and Jimmy Fallon.

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The Margos are screaming "Stella!" and talking about Tennessee Williams, Elia Kazan, Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Vivian Leigh, Karl Malden, Post WW2 America, and more in this episode devoted to all things 'A Streetcar Named Desire" (Yes, we know it is based on a play. We talk about both here!)

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Book Vs Movie

Top Gun

Yes, it was based on a magazine article so it counts! 

In 1986, a movie entered the popular culture starring Tom Cruise--Top Gun. It was a massively successful hit and San Diegos’ Margo P. as a teenager saw it almost every week that summer which is a thing that teens used to do to pass the time. 

Meanwhile, on the opposite coast, a teen Margo D. stubbornly decided she hates four things: Madonna, Bon Jovi, Tom Cruise, and sushi. None of those things would enter her life. (This is a dumb stand. I am Margo D. by the way.)

The movie is based on a 1983 article in California magazine by writer Ehud Yonay and is a deep dive into the Top Gun naval school based in San Diego. It’s a fun, quick read and it’s easy to think of mega producers Don Simpson & Jerry Bruckheimer knowing they would have a hit here. 

Top Gun is an action-packed film filled with good looking men (that volleyball scene!) a ridiculous romantic subplot and truly impressive camera work. Cruise plays LT Pete “Maverick” Mitchell who is a king among the pilots (“Top Gun”) and he has a best friend named Goose (Anthony Edwards), a girlfriend Charlie Blackwood (Kelly McGillis,) and his real love interest “Lt Tom “Iceman” Kazansky played by Val Kilmer at his swaggering best. 

Margo D. has finally seen the film and we have things to discuss here!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Top Gun  trailer
  • “I was inverted”
  • “A confidence problem”
  • “You can be my wingman anytime!”
  • Music: “Top Gun Theme” by Harold Faltermeyer

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