Script 2 Script 34: Dune

It’s time to get dried out from all the aquatic themed books we’ve done. What better place than Arrakis, Dune, desert planet. The Frank Herbert novel is getting another adaptation soon-ish. It’s a classic space opera where one family attempts to trap another on a hostile world to be exterminated.

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Script 2 Script 33: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

We want to break things up with an adaptation from comics with League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. We’d both seen the movie in the theaters and found it enjoyable. So when we heard a lot of the fans of the comics were annoyed by the depiction, we added it to our list.

Britain needs to assemble a nineteenth century collection of superheroes drawn from public domain fiction. We agree that the comics are better thought out and the characters are a bit deeper. But we can’t help but like the movie for being fun.

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Script 2 Script 32: Jaws

Do we need to introduce this movie? The grand pappy of the summer tent pole film. The movie that made Spielberg a household name and helped launch a shift in the way movies were made. We bring a discussion of Jaws.

If you read the book, you went into the movie wondering where the dicussion of small town politics was. Or maybe you missed the affair between Mrs Brody and Hooper. All of this chaff is separated from the wheat in the movie and makes the film superior.

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Script 2 Script 31: The Last Unicorn

It’s been a bit since we did a request. What will we choose using our incredible randomization process? The Last Unicorn. The book was written in the late sixties and has a lot of elements of a classic fairy tale. Having somewhat vague magic, ancient kings, curses, and romance.

The movie cuts quite a bit, including the rather important harpy tits dangling all about. It was made in the early eighties and it’s usually noted as being animated by Topcraft. A number of members of Topcraft would break out to found Studio Ghibli.

Our opinion is that the book tops the movie. While beautifully animated, there’s a lot of critical bits skipped over or forgotten story elements within the film.

Script 2 Script 30: The Devil Wears Prada

Our thirtieth episode has a bit of a mid-life crisis and looks back to it’s teen years. So it reached back and grabbed the novel and the film, The Devil Wears Prada.

The overarching premise is pretty straightforward. A regular girl manages to land a job at a prestigious fashion magazine as a personal assistant to the owner. What happens to her when the owner, editor is a workaholic full on bitch? Shockingly, not quitting on the very first day. We settle on the movie as just above the book as Meryl Streep does a great job bringing sympathy to the boss.

Script 2 Script 29: Red Dragon

It’s that time to get around to listener requests again. Picked out for us by Algazero is the much anticipated Red Dragon. It’s the first appearance of one of the most enduring pop culture figures, Hannibal Lecter. Having been adapted twice, first in Manhunter(1986) and again in Red Dragon(2002).

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Script 2 Script 28: Snowpiercer

In the future we will all have to eat bugs. At least according to a bunch of terrible think pieces scattering the internet. And there is no way those are boosted by the elites who are tired of having to pay more for meat because the peasants want some too. Just like all the articles that get written telling people they need to stop wanting a house and space for comfort. In that spirit we talk about Snowpiercer[2013].

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Script 2 Script 27: Blood and Chocolate

Pining after an artsy boy, hating your family, hair where there was no hair before, and turning into a monster once a month all sounds like your average teen girl, werewolf…or both!  That’s right, before True Blood and Twilight there was “Blood and Chocolate” by Annette Curtis Klause adapted by MGM is a mad cash grab to get that sweet money from horny suburban moms and their daughters in 2007.

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Script 2 Script 24: King Stuff

The working version.

Stephen King has a long history with adaptations of his work. No small amount of it has been decent to good books being turned into movies that are best described as “free, please take”. Is this a problem with trying to cram a book big enough to beat a rhino into submission into ninety minutes? We attempt to find out by watching Mangler and Cat’s Eye.

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Script 2 Script 23: Disaster Artist

Being fans of MST3K and Rifftrax, we’ve naturally seen The Room. So when Greg Sestero wrote a book about the making of the movie and his friendship to the Latvian revenant known as Tommy Wiseau we listened to the audio book on a drive across the country. Which meant we had no choice but to watch the movie made and based off the book as well.

This episode is a bit different in that we’re not just discussing the differences between a book and an adaptation so much as the differences between the reality presented in the book and that shown in the movie, the Disaster Artist.

Updated to fix previous mistakes.