Episode 43: Ri-cray-culous

0043 AdaptationsThis week, we talk about a fine selection of book-to-movie adaptations! And yes, dear listeners, even though this episode runs extra long, not all of it is about The Lord of the Rings.

If you would like to drink along while we get down with our literary selves, we suggest a bottle of Foghead Red Wine. That’s right. Just plain Red wine this week, baby!

Show notes behind the cut!

Movies mentioned:
The Harry Potter series
The Lord of the Rings series
The Hobbit series
The DaVinci Code
Johnny Got His Gun
The Princess Bride
A Clockwork Orange
Adaptation. / The Orchid Thief
Apocalypse Now / Heart of Darkness
Hearts of Darkness
The Three Musketeers

Books mentioned (aside from the titles above):
The Jaws Log

People mentioned:
Alfonso Cuaron
Imelda Staunton
Kenneth Branagh
J K Rowling
Viggo Mortensen
Peter Jackson
Philippa Boyens
Fran Walsh
J R R Tolkein
Daniel Craig
Paul Giamatti
Mark Ruffalo
Nicolas Cage
Richard Dreyfuss
Dalton Trumbo
Timothy Bottoms
Peter Falk
Fred Savage
Drew Barrymore
Robin Wright
Amy Pohler
Malcolm McDowell
Charlie Kaufman
Meryl Streep
Chris Cooper
Marlon Brando
Francis Ford Coppola
Oliver Platt


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  1. William Goldman wrote adapted The Princess Bride for the screen – after he bought back the rights to the novel. Best of all possible worlds for doing a good film version of a book.

    1. I forgot about that! William Goldman is magic. (See also: All the President’s Men, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, etc.)

    • Crista Anderson on December 9, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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    After having toasted a bottle of Trader Joe’s Gypsy Red to this podcast, I apparently requested a copy of Shiloh Walker’s novel “The Departed” . Now that I’ve received it here at work (the Library), I have no fucking memory of having requested it, and it looks *nothing* like Scorsese’s title.
    I’d call it the Holds of Shame, but this one looks like something I’d read without having given a thought to the Scorsese title.

  2. The Kiefer & Platt rendition of the Three Musketeers features Tim Curry. Thus, it wins all competitions, unquestionably.

    Also? Total agreement on The Hobbit. Two movies at most. Could’ve been just one tightly scripted funhouse of a movie. What the HELL, Jackson?

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