Ep-80 Game of Thrones (1996 novel & 2011 TV series) chapters 17-46 & episodes 3-6

Relive the season of Game of Thrones that started it all with Luke & James as they discuss all the political intrigue, backstabbing, sexposition, and changes both good & bad between the book and the HBO series. They combine their book + TV show coverage into a single episode that arrives at the gruesome crowning of Viserys Targaryen at the hands of Khal Drogo.

WARNING: This episode contains spoilers for the first 7 seasons of the Game of Thrones HBO television series & the five currently released novels of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series.

Questions posed: Did Jaime act on behalf of the smallfolk when he killed the Mad King or was he more of an opportunist interested in saving himself and his family? How does Robert Baratheon in his prime stack up against the great warriors of Westeros? What do the guys think of the “Bran the Timewalker” theory? Does Ned Stark make any morally wrong decisions? And, finally, is GRRM the King Robert of fantasy fiction?

Join the guys next week when they cover the final chunk of season 1 of the HBO series & the book by George RR Martin!

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Ep-79 Game of Thrones (2011 TV series) episodes 1-2

People all over the world are revisiting the early seasons of Game of Thrones before season 8 arrives, so why not join Luke & James as they go all the way back to the first two episodes of season 1? Last week they read the associated chapters, and this week they react to all the differences big and small from book to screen. They begin by exploring David Benioff & D. B. Weiss’s careers before Thrones, before tackling each episode on its own.

WARNING: This episode contains spoilers for the first 7 seasons of the Game of Thrones HBO television series & the five currently released novels of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series.

Topics include: Sexposition in action, the infamous unaired pilot, the consequences of male gaze, Ned vs. Jaime in a sword fight—who would win?, the possible reason for Ned not to tell Catelyn about R=L=J, Robert Baratheon’s cowardice, Dany’s fireproofing, and the HBO series’ effect on our larger culture.

Join the guys next week when they cover another large chunk of the HBO series & book by George RR Martin!

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Ep-78 A Game of Thrones (1996 Novel) chapters 0-16

With the worldwide sensation of a TV series returning soon for its final season, there’s no better time to go back to the source and discuss George R. R. Martin’s A GAME OF THRONES. Often called the “American Tolkien” Martin is one of the most influential fantasy writers of modern time, and his work has greatly affected both Luke & James’ lives. They begin by diving into GRRM’s biography before reliving the early chapters of the novel that started the phenomenon. 

WARNING: This episode contains spoilers for the first 7 seasons of the Game of Thrones HBO television series as well as the five currently released novels of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series.

GRRM Bio Discussion Ends: 30:53

Topics include: Ink to Film’s special connection to Game of Thrones, Martin’s feelings about Stan Lee, the first Hugo Loser’s Party, the story seed for the series, the subversion of reader expectations, the Stark family motto’s meaning, the expert use of prophecy, the conflation of the book & TV series especially concerning Daenerys & Khal Drogo, Tyrion Lannister & Jon Snow’s relationship, Ned’s secret about R+L=J & what it has done to his marriage, Jaime & Cersei’s dastardly deeds, Joffrey being a sh*t, Sandor Glegane the nihilist, the new Robert Baratheon, and Luke & James get emotional talking about the dire wolf Lady’s fate at Ned Stark’s hand. 

Join the guys next week when they dive into the HBO series by Dan Weiss and David Benioff starring Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Lena Heady, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, and so many more!

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Ep-77 Jesus' Son (1999 film)

Named one of the year’s best films by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Roger Ebert, Jesus’ Son by Alison Maclean tackles the surreal, disjointed narrative first created by author Denis Johnson. F**khead, played admirably by Billy Crudup, meets a woman named Michelle (play by Samantha Morton) and their romance is as kinetic and exciting as it is destructive. An impressive cast provides memorable performances, include standout moments by Jack Black, Denis Leary, Will Patton, Michael Shannon, Holly Hunter, and Dennis Hopper. 

Topics: The look & tone of the film, the overt symbolism, the pros & cons of using verbatim dialogue from the source material, Denis Johnson’s cameo, the meaning of a cartoon octopus, the over-the-top drug sequence, and the potential message about the author that movie may be trying to convey.

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Ep-76 Jesus' Son (1992 short story collection)

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Denis Johnson’s landmark short story collection Jesus’ Son tells the story of a drug-addict searching for meaning and purpose in life. The book’s erratic, surreal style lends itself to a truly memorable read as the narrator (F**khead) recounts the story of his life filled with robbery, sex, murder, and more. He struggles throughout, hitting rock bottom over and over again before landing on a path of possible recovery.

Stories Covered: Car Crash While Hitchhiking, Two Men, Out on Bail, Dundun, Work, Emergency, Dirty Wedding, The Other Man, Happy Hour, Steady Hands at Seattle General, Beverly Home.

Topics: how autobiographical is the book, the search for meaning, potential meanings behind the title of the book, Luke talks about his own car accident, Georgie’s desire to be heroic, Luke & James’s trip to Seattle, FH wanting to be saved by the women in his life, and the disconnect between the broken and the well-adjusted of this world.

Join us next week for Jesus’ Son the film directed by Alison Maclean and starring Billy Crudup, Samantha Horton, Jack Black, Michael Shannon, Denis Leary, Holly Hunter, and Dennis Hopper!

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Ep-75 Silver Linings Playbook (2012 film)

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David O’ Russell’s adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK was nominated for 8 Academy Awards for good reason. The story takes on new dimensions here, changing in subtle but profound ways to create something unique. Dynamite performances out of Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker further help to heighten the experience. And Luke got to watch it for the first time!

Topics Include: The overall shift in perspective, Jukebox Heroes, David O’ Russell’s filmography, Pat Solitano’s complete lack of filter, Tiffany Maxwell’s willingness to manipulate, the magic of filmmaking, the true purpose of the dancing scenes, and the big dance sequence changes for the movie.

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Ep-74 Silver Linings Playbook (2008 novel)

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Matthew Quick’s debut novel hit big, launching a career many aspiring writers can only dream of. His romantic drama highlights important issues of mental health, how to live with it, and how it effects all our lives. Pat Peoples is an engaging character and his unusual relationship with Tiffany plays out in a surprising and engaging tale that earns its “heartwarming” description by the end.

Spoilers begin: 22:18

Topics Include: Ink to Film housekeeping, Pat Peoples similarities to AMERICAN PSYCHO’s Patrick Bateman, the Nikki question, the lies people tell to protect people, side character’s different mental illnesses, the role of the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles has to the narrative, Tiffany and the Manic-Pixie Dream Girl trope, similarities to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and end with a discussion on the value of depressing fiction in literature.

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Ep-73 The Martian (2015 film)

Director Ridley Scott delivered an uplifting version of Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN, doing the book justice in many ways. Matt Damon makes for a compelling Mark Watney, and even brings a little something to the role that James & Luke found lacking in the novel. The incredible ensemble cast also consists of Jessica Chastain, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Mackenzie Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Kristin Wiig, Michael Piña, and Benedict Wong.

Topics: Watching the extended edition, Barack Obama’s taste in movies, Andy Weir’s surprising phobia, Glorfindel and the Council of Elrond, the challenges of conveying alternate gravity, the surprising definition of Watney’s choice of profanity, the salt-shaker trope, and the potential weaknesses with the changes made to the ending of the story.

And stick around for the end where Ink to Film’s next project is announced!

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Ep-72 The Martian (2011 novel)

New year, new look, new planet, who dis? Join Luke & James as they kick off 2019 on Mars with Andy Weir’s hard SciFi adventure-survival novel, THE MARTIAN. Mark Watney has quickly become a classic character, but what made him so compelling? Does the novel succeed in holding reader interest with all that math and science?

Topics: New logo discussion, what it was like growing up on the Space Coast of Florida, Andy Weir’s background & relationship with Ready Player One author Ernest Cline, the publication history for the novel, the research necessary to achieve that high-level of verisimilitude, the theme of the triumph of the human spirit, hard SciFi as a genre, Weir’s prose and writing style, the multiple POV shifts, the one MAJOR scientific inaccuracy in the novel, the Trolley Problem, and what food they would choose to live off of for years.

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Ep-71 Last Looks 2018

Luke & James are taking one final look back at all the books and their film adaptations they covered in 2018. This special year-end retrospective is spoiler-free!

Topics include:  

Book of the year / least-favorite book of the year

U.S. states with the most downloads

Adaptation of the year / least-favorite adaptation of the year

Countries outside of the U.S. with the most downloads

Most surprising project

Most downloaded Ink to Film episode

Missed feedback

And an advance look ahead into 2019!

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Ep-70 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002 film)

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from your friends at Ink to Film! What did they get you? An episode where they completely forgot to mention the holiday at all. That’s right, the guys are back at Hogwarts one final time for the follow-up movie by director Chris Columbus starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Kenneth Branagh, Jason Isaacs, and more!

Topics include: Ranking the first two Harry Potter movies, use of the Dutch Angle, how Gilderoy Lockhart might have been written differently, Hermione’s illicit spell-casting, James' recitation of the Howler, a listener correction about Dobby’s magic, the host’s favorite characters, Snape kicking ass, comparison’s to Home Alone, trying to connect the movie to the Fantastic Beasts films and J. K. Rowling's canon, Lord Tommy, and Harry calling out Dobby at the worst time. 

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Ep-69 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

If "Christmas at Harry Potter World" can be a thing, then surely we can choose it for our holiday project! We return to Hogwarts with J. K. Rowling’s sequel to her bestselling debut. Pour yourself some butterbeer and join us in the Great Hall for some Christmas cheer, Pottermore-style.

Topics include: The “mudblood” slur and themes of racism, structural similarity to the first novel, Dobby’s self-harm, villains belonging to houses other than Slytherin, what would you rather battle: basilisk or swarm of spiders, the phoenix ex-machina, Ginny being catfished by Voldemort, Dumbledore’s secret scheming, and the comparisons to Medusa.

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Ep-68 The Godfather part II (1974 film) ft. Fonda Lee

World Fantasy Award-Winning Author Fonda Lee returns for her 3rdstraight appearance on the podcast to discuss Francis Ford Coppola’s THE GODFATHER PART II, another historic film that Luke had never even seen! Fonda Lee is the author of the fantasy novel JADE CITY and fans of her book should stick around for the end where Luke & James ask her questions and make observations after their experience reading the novel. She’s also the author of a series of Young Adult Novels, EXO, ZEROBOXER, and CROSS FIRE as well as holding black belts in both karate and kung fu.

Topics include: Fonda’s trilogy of episodes on Ink to Film, the challenges of writing a good sequel, Robert De Niro’s portrayal of Vito Corleone, Clemenza’s absence from the story, The Godfather and the American Dream, the mystery of the open curtains, the difference between Don Vito and Don Michael, Connie’s bizarre character arc, the return of the oranges, Al Pacino’s slap heard round the world, Michael’s true relationship with Tom Hagen a.k.a. Robert Duvall, and one of the most heartbreaking closing scenes in cinematic history. And stick around for a conversation about Jade City!

Jade City Discussion: 1:20:09

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Ep-67 The Godfather (1972 film) ft. Fonda Lee

World Fantasy Award-Winning Author Fonda Lee returns to the show to discuss Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, a landmark film in cinematic history that one host had never even seen! Fonda Lee is the author of the fantasy novel JADE CITY and discusses the ways in which the film influenced her work toward the end of the episode. She’s also the author of a series of Young Adult Novels, EXO, ZEROBOXER, and CROSS FIRE as well as holding black belts in both karate and kung fu.

Topics include: Fonda’s inspirations, Francis Ford Coppola’s career and place in the “New Hollywood Wave”, legendary performances from both Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, the fight to get the movie made, the density of the story, the “Prince of Darkness,” the Fruit Theory, Michael Corleone’s transformation into a Don both different and similar to Don Vito, cold vengeance, and the mutual respect for great work in the artistic community.

JADE CITY Discussion: 1:23:37

Join them next week when Fonda Lee joins the show again to discuss Godfather pt. 2!

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Ep-66 The Godfather (1969 novel) ft. Fonda Lee

Special guest & 2018 World Fantasy Award-Winning Author Fonda Lee joins the show to discuss Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, which influenced her novel JADE CITY! Ink to Film’s Thanksgiving Special focuses on the source material for Francis Ford Coppola’s legendary film. Fonda is also the author of a series of Young Adult Novels, EXO, ZEROBOXER, and CROSS FIRE as well as holding black belts in both karate and kung fu.

Topics include: not knowing the film is based off a book, the mixed reaction to the brilliant yet flawed novel, Puzo’s background in pulp men’s magazines, the fantastic nature of his gangsters, the fable-like quality of the story, the fantastic use of subtext, the succession of the Corleone Family, the cold brutality of Michael & Vito, the wish-fulfillment sections, Tom Hagen’s position in the family, the disappointing women who embrace their role in the patriarchal family, Johnny Fontane’s dubious plot-line, Luca Brasi’s memorable yet minor role, and whether or not the Corleone's can ever go straight.

Join them again next week when Fonda returns to discuss the film starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Cann, and more!


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Ep-65 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001 film)

“You’re a wizard, Daniel Radcliffe!” one imagines Chris Columbus, director of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, might have said after casting Radcliffe for a role that would go on to define so much of his life. Join Luke Elliott & James Bailey as they return to Hogwarts as first years one more time to study the film based off the novel by J. K. Rowling before the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald. 

Topics include: Other potential directors for the movie like Stephen Spielberg, the performances of Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, as well as the adult actors like Alan Rickman, Warwick Davis, John Hurt, Richard Harris, and Maggie Smith! The guys also make a Polar Express connection, discuss the anti-bullying themes, react to the many changes Rowling has made over the years for her canon, compare troll-battles, and end by revealing their Ilvermorny Houses!

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Ep-64 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1997 novel)

Head over to Platform 9 ¾ and board the Hogwarts express and join the guys as they take their first trip into the Potterverse with J. K. Rowling’s initial novel in her bestselling series. They begin by touching on the author’s personal history leading up to writing the novel as well as its storied publication. Take a moment to revisit a warm and inviting series that has touched millions around the globe.

Topics include: the hosts’ personal experience with the material, JK Rowling’s activism, the hero’s journey story type, is Harry Potter a Mary Sue, the guys share their own House allegiances, the pedagogy of Hogwarts, and the anti-climactic ending.

Join them next week for the film starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, and more! Just in time for Fantastic Beasts the Crimes of Grindlewald.

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Ep-63 The Shining (1980 film) ft. Remy Nakamura

Special guest author Remy Nakamura returns to the show to discuss Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING, which he had never seen! Ink to Film’s Halloween Special focuses on the legendary adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. Remy is a writer of weird, dark and Lovecraftian fiction. You can find his stories in Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and a variety of anthologies.

Topics include: Kubrick’s history of adapting fiction, how the director creates unease, Remy’s personal reaction to the story’s intimate violence, Shelley Duvall’s underappreciated performance, the supernatural vs. the rational, Jack Torrance as a the monster, Jack Nicholson’s method madness, the conspiracy theories surrounding the film, Jack’s role as caretaker, the romance of a typewriter, the difference of Dick Halloran’s role in the story, and finally Luke & James weigh in on which was better: the book or the movie.

Also, stick around to the very end to hear the announcement of our next project!

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Ep-62 The Shining (1977) ft. Wendy Wagner

Special guest author Wendy Wagner joins Luke & James to discuss the last 3rdof Stephen King’s THE SHINING (part 5). Wendy is an author of three novels (latest: AN OATH OF DOGS) and over 40 pieces of short fiction, as well as being as the managing/associate editor of Lightspeed Magazine & Nightmare Magazine. 

Topics include: What writers can learn from King, the SK Multiverse, a which-is-scarier debate axe vs. mallet, just how frightening plants can be, how much do we blame Jack Torrance, and ending in ice instead of fire.

Wendy Wagner’s latest: An Oath of Dogs

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Ep-61 The Shining (1977 novel) part two

Is Jack Torrance sympathetic? The Overlook Hotel is clearly poisoning his mind against his family, but how much of a push he actually needs to turn violent is up for debate. The guys discuss that and more in this episode covering parts 3 & 4 of Stephen King’s THE SHINING (the middle section). Join them as they enter room 217 and throw back the shower curtain!

Topics include: Luke wiping his lips like Jack Torrance, Danny’s POV inconsistencies, writer tools for the toolbox, did Dr. Who steal from King, the horror clinic that is the room 217 scene, “a real artist must suffer,” a billionaire who writes blue-collar fiction, the one scene that Luke didn’t find creepy, and finally, would the guys stay in The Overlook Hotel’s infamous room 217 in real life?

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