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Book Vs Movie "In Cold Blood" (Replay)

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Release Date: 11/16/2019

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (Replay)

Book Vs Movie Podcast

We needed a break here from the intense and decided to dip back into the YA novel waters with the lovely first installment (of five!) of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants from author Ann Brashares and what a delight it is!

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Shrek"

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Did you not know that Shrek was a book first? Well, it certainly was and the Margos are so excited to talk about the interesting beginnings of the 1990 children’s book by author/illustrator William Steig. The movie, directed by Andrew Adamson, (we talked a bit about him in our "Chronicles of Narnia" episode) stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow became a smash and produced two sequels. 

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society" (Replay)

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Are you ready for a little 1940s weepy? The Margos sure are as they talk about the novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society that was started by Mary Ann Shaffer who brought on her niece Annie Barrows to help her finish when she became ill. Shaffer spent some time fogged in at the airport on the island of Guernsey which is located by the English Channel.

Book Vs Movie: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe show art Book Vs Movie: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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The Margos travel to Narnia and back to bring you the story about fascinating author C.S. Lewis and his classic children’s tales that make up The Chronicles of Narnia. Lewis, an Irishman who attended schools in England, went from being an avowed atheist to a proponent of Christianity and he used his stories based on Pevensie children as the basis of having people understanding the power of God. 

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (Replay)

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Ciao! The Margos wanted to go back a few decades in time and take in the sumptuousness of Italy in the 1950s with one of the most brilliant and evil fictional characters of all time--Tom Ripley.  The Talented Mr. Ripley was first released in 1955 and had themes of homosexuality, classism, and the main character who was somehow enjoyable despite his murderous deeds. (He appears in five “Ripley” novels between 1955-1991.

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Polar Express"

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It’s our last new episode of the year and the Margos had to celebrate with one of our most requested titles ever--The Polar Express from author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg.  have a listen! Happy Holidays!

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "It's a Wonderful Life" (Replay)

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“No man is a failure who has friends.” The Margos wanted to fit in one more holiday movie this year and what better way to celebrate than with the number one weepie of all time--It’s a Wonderful Life? (Yes, it was based on a short story The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern and you can read it for yourself in under 15 minutes.)

Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "A Christmas Carol" Plus, Top 5 Favorite "Scrooge" Adaptations

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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 is 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.

Book vs Movie Book vs Movie "Christmas With the Kranks" Vs "Skipping Christmas"

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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 book more than the other!)

Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "Die Hard" (Replay)

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It’s hard to believe but the classic action film Die Hard was released 30 years ago and the Margos wrapping firehoses around our waists and jumping for joy.  (But is it a Christmas movie? We answer that!) Plus, we talk about the thrilling book it is based on!

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In Cold Blood”

Truman Capote’s “Non-Fiction Novel” Vs the Richard Brooks Movie


The Margos tackle true crime in this episode that features Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood which was a sensation when it was first published in 1966 and started a new genre called the “non-fiction novel.” Capote first read about the Clutter family murders in early December 1959 in a small section of the New York Times. Based on that one clip, he decided to go to Holcomb, Kansas (along with lifelong friend Harper “Nell” Lee as his assistant) on behalf of The New Yorker to get the story about how a small town handles a horrific crime.

It never occurred to Capote that though he himself comes from a small town (Monroeville, AL) his years of celebrity as a New York City writer and novelist would enchant even the most grounded folks in Holcomb. With Lee’s help, Truman spent years getting to know the residents of Holcomb along with dozens of members of the police and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to get close to the killers Perry Edward Smith and Richard Eugene “Dick” Hickock.

Capote became a millionaire after its publication but his friendship with Lee faltered and he was said to be haunted by the executions of Smith and Hickock for the rest of his life. In Cold Blood is now the second best-selling true crime book of all time behind Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi.

The story of the creation of the book was the premise of two movies in 2005--Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman (who won the Academy Award for Best Actor) and Infamous with Toby Jones.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The incredible life and sad decline of Truman Capote
  • The true story of the Clutters and how disappointed their friends and family were by Truman’s limited view of them
  • How Truman Capote created a sexier image of Smith and Hickock by using photos from celebrated photographer Richard Avedon
  • The way In Cold Blood introduced true crime to the masses
  • Movie trivia and the incredible use of “real” people and locations to give it a “cinema verite” look and feel
  • The casting of Robert Blake (Perry Smith,) Scott Wilson (Dick Hickock,) John Forsythe (Al Dewey) and Brenda Currin (Nancy Clutter.)
  • The truly awful remake from 1996 starring Anthony Edwards (Dick Hickock) and Eric Roberts (Perry Smith.)
  • The excellent mini-series that features interviews.] with the descendants of Herb & Bonnie Clutter--Cold Blooded.
  • The episode about the murders from the ID TV A Crime to Remember

Clips Featured:

  • In Cold Blood  trailer
  • Truman Capote describing why he took on the Clutter murder as his first non-fiction novel (From the mini-series Cold Blooded)
  • Dick Hickcock talks his way into writing a bad check
  • Perry Smith talks about his abusive childhood
  • Truman Capote talks about how to write about difficult topics (from the 1966 Maysles Brothers documentary “A Visit with Truman Capote


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