ITF Read: Watchmen (1987 graphic novel) ft. Daryl Gregory

In episode 110, SPOONBENDERS author and comic book writer Daryl Gregory joins the podcast to discuss Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s WATCHMEN--a graphic novel that influenced his work and is considered a masterpiece by many critics. Daryl chats with Luke & James about the comic that changed everything, and even shares the surprising inspiration for one of his characters!

Topics: Daryl’s experience reading Watchmen during its original run, the power of repeated phrases and symbols, the deconstruction of comic tropes, Neil Gaiman’s story seeds, the SPOONBENDERS pilot on Showtime, Alan Moore’s biography, the work-for-hire nature of comics, the illustrator/writer relationship, the sexual & gender politics, the power of the alternate history, and the legacy of the graphic novel and its modern adaptations. 

 

The episode ends with an exploration of each of the following characters: The Comedian, Rorschach, Silk Spectre, Nite Owl, Dr. Manhattan, and Ozymandias.

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ITF Watch: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004 film)

Alfonso Cuarón’s darker version of the world of Harry Potter was enormously important to the series going forward. He’s a talented filmmaker just starting to come into his own for this movie, but how does it hold up as an adaptation? Are there flaws to be found? Luke & James discuss in episode 109 of Ink to Film.

Topics include: clever filmmaking techniques expertly employed by Cuarón, the artistic concept of “one for them and one for me,” the tale of two Dumbledores, the performance of Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, the LOTR-like design of the dementors, what the Boggart would become for Luke & James, what animals the guys would chose for their Animagus, and laying out some potential plot holes (and whether or not they matter).

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ITF Read: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999 novel)

Fall is here and it’s time to go back to school--Hogwarts to be exact! Grab your Firebolt racing broom and take to the skies for this exploration of J.K. Rowling’s third entry into her iconic young adult fantasy series in episode 108 of Ink to Film.

Topics include: the injustice in the Wizarding World, the terror of the dementors, what makes Sirius Black’s story surprising, Snape’s longstanding jealousy, the Patronus explained, Hermoine’s potentially story-breaking Time-Turner, Lupin the loveable Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and the more-adult themes of the series that begin here.

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ITF Watch: Arrival (2016 film) ft. Mark Niemann-Ross

Sci-Fi author Mark Niemann-Ross re-joins the podcast for episode 107 to discuss Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. Storm Area 51 this week as the guys come face-to-whatever-that-thing-is with the heptapods. Listen to this episode to learn how to win a signed copy of Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life,” the story that the film was based on!

Spoilers begin: 34:50

Topics: the appreciation for cinematography that Luke has gained, the strategy behind the design for the aliens and their ships, how this movie differs from Sci-Fi standard fare, being a rebel by loving a thing, the potential Hollywood-ification of the plot, the Kuleshov Effect, the meaning behind calling the aliens “Abbott and Costello,” and whether or not the explosive plot-twist works for the film or detracts from the movie's overall message.

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ITF Read: Story of Your Life (1998 novella)

Sci-Fi author Mark Niemann-Ross joins the podcast for episode 106 to discuss Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life.” The conversation surrounding this story gets philosophical, scientific, abstract, and even bizarre at times. The tale is an unusual one that leads the group down some intriguing pathways in their analysis as they wrestle with concepts like the “variational principle” in physics and “Fermat’s Principle of Least Time.”


Spoilers begin: 36:29


Questions Include: What makes this time-travel story--if you can call it that--different from the countless others out there? What do we personally believe about Free Will vs. Determinism? Were Ted Chiang’s observations about parenting accurate? How much science is too much, and how much is not enough? What do chickens know about mathematics?

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ITF Watch: It Chapter Two (2019 film)

The Losers Club made a promise to go back when Pennywise returned, and so did Luke & James. Well, the time has come for their final visit to Derry, Maine. Episode 105 delves into the second Stephen King film by Andy Muschietti comparing both to the classic novel and the original miniseries.

Spoilers begin: 36:29 

Topics include: The IT supercut fans want, surprising cameos and Easter eggs, CGI magic, Bill Hader’s improvisation, Pennywise haunting Bill Skarsgård’s dreams, changes to Eddie and Richie’s relationship from book to screen, multiple references they caught in the film to other Ink to Film podcast projects, Beverly’s role reversal with Ben, and whether the changes made to the ending of the story work.

 

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ITF Watch: It (1990 miniseries)

Return to Derry for the project that started it all this week with Tommy Lee Wallace’ 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s It. With “It Chapter 2” on the horizon, Luke & James round-out their exposure to the material by watching and weighing in on the Tim Curry performance as Pennywise that people still rave about today. But does this bit of nostalgia hold up? Find out in episode 104.

Topics include: Why IT chooses a clown for its form, the bizarre hurricane connection, the most striking reveal in the entire series, the Deadlights & other cosmic horror elements of the book that might make it on screen, predictions for Andy Muschietti’s “It Chapter 2,” and some reminiscing about the earliest episodes of the podcast. 

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ITF Read & Watch: Snow White (1812 story & 1937 film)

Snow White is the ultimate throwback project, so Luke & James went all the way back to the source to read "Little Snow-White" collected by the Brother’s Grimm, then compare it to the animated Disney-classic that launched an empire! From the violent details of the old fairy-tale to the behind the scenes brilliance of Walt Disney’s revolutionary animation, episode 103 of Ink to Film is loaded with history.

Questions include: What do fairy tales say about the times where they are written? Was Snow White based on a real person? What’s the moral of this story? Is Grumpy the dwarf the modern comment section of the internet? And finally, was Snow White actually a powerful witch in her own right?

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ITF Read & Watch: Enemy Mine (1979 novella & 1985 film)

Watch out for meteor showers! This week on episode 102, Luke & James are tackling Barry B. Longyear’s Enemy Mine and Wolfgang Petersen’s adaptation at the same time. From the story’s still-relevant allegories to the mainline of 80s Sci-Fi nostalgia, this cult-classic starring Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr. gives them plenty to discuss.

Questions include: Was the film ahead of its time? When did PG-13 become an official rating? What does the various designs of aliens in Sci-Fi films mean? Does the book or film depict asexual reproduction better? Which has the better final act? And who should watch this film or read this book?

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ITF Read & Watch: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1981 book & 2019 film)

Grab a flashlight and pull the covers over your head--it’s time for some scary stories! Luke & James read all three of Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell’s classic collections for episode 101, including Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. They also watched the documentary from 2019, as well as the Guillermo Del Toro and André Øvredal film.

Movie Talk Begins: 39:01

Movie Spoilers Begin: 55:42

Topics include: Luke’s personal connection to these books, Stephen Gammell’s iconic art-style, the satanic-panic of the 80s, favorite stories, the power of tropes and archetypes in genre, the value of jump-scares, the trouble with picking an audience for the film, and metaphorically connecting the characters to the monsters they encounter.

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Ep-100 The Greatest Adaptation of All Time

Luke Elliott and James Bailey set out to answer the question once and for all: What is the greatest adaptation of all time? But first, they set the stage with discussions over upcoming adaptations they and the Ink-to-Film community are excited about, and even make some picks for books deserving adaptations of their own. 

Listeners and friends of the podcast alike chime in for this celebratory episode, including authors Fonda Lee, Wendy N. Wagner, J.L. Gribble, and Mike Arnzen, as well as podcasts hosts from “Stories of Yore and Yours,” “33% Pulp,” and “Watch. Review. Repeat.”

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Ep-99 Memento (2000 film & 2001 short story)

Jonathan Nolan’s short story “Memento Mori” formed the basis for his brother Christopher Nolan’s MEMENTO--a film that came out prior the story it was adapted from! Learn how that came to pass and more in this discussion of some of the early work of the iconic Nolan Brothers. The film stars Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano.

Topics include: the neo-noir influence on the film, structure meets story, how memory informs identity, deliberately confusing an audience, what’s the truth about Sammy Jankis, the meaning behind some hidden frames, and why we need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are.

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Lessons from the Screenplay: Memento—Telling a Story in Reverse

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Ep-98 Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964 film)

How does Stanley Kubrick’s Cold War satire hold up for a modern audience? Join Luke & James as they discuss all the behind the scenes stories, social themes, dark comedy, and brilliant acting of this legendary film adapted from the novel “Red Alert” by Peter George.

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Topics Include: the phallic symbolism, Peter Sellers playing 3 incredible roles, George C. Scott’s over-the-top effort as Buck Turgidson, Sterling Haydin’s Jack D. Ripper and his obsession with bodily fluids, Slim Pickens not knowing he was in a comedy, parallels in idiocy in the modern US government, and the wild, memorable antics inside The War Room.

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Ep-97 Red Alert (1958 novel)

Did you know that “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” was based on a novel by a former member of the British Royal Air Force? Before Stanley Kubrick’s classic film, Peter George (a. k. a. Peter Bryant) wrote a deadly serious thriller about escalating tensions brought to a boil when one man goes rogue in an attempt to start World War III. Originally published as Two Hours to Doom, the story of this novel and its relationship to Dr. Strangelove is worth a listen.

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Spoilers Begin: 22:38

Topics Include: the important historical context, why Peter George choose to write as Peter Bryant, the author’s tragic demise, the Fail-Safe lawsuit, the nature of the US war-machine, the absurdity of calmly discussing genocide in the pursuit of fairness, and a comparison to another title previously covered by Ink to Film.

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Ep-96 Children of Men (2006 film)

Alfonso Cuarón’s apocalyptic masterpiece CHILDREN OF MEN is a modern classic starring Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, and Michael Caine. His adaptation of P. D. James’ novel of the same name differs significantly but stands on its own as breathtaking art and perhaps even rises above. 

Topics: The horrors of U.S. detention centers, the effect of the long take “oners”, the special rig necessary to get an iconic scene, the use of classic works of art hidden in the film, a story of a mishap that is the stuff of filmmaking legend, how Harry Potter paved the way for this movie to be made, and the completion of Theo Faron’s character arc.

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Ep-95 The Children of Men (1992 novel) part two

Theo joins the dissident group called the "Five Fishes" and is on the run from the law with the fate of the world in the balance in the second half of THE CHILDREN OF MEN by P. D. James (a. k. a. Phyllis Dorothy James).

Topics: Their reaction to all of the Christian symbols and references, an appearance by the famous dramatic principle of Chekov’s Gun, an absurd dance, “eugenics are bad”, the juxtaposition of the human with the divine, a reading from scripture and a stab at the meaning of the title, some flimsiness in the ending, and whether or not this story’s conclusion is actually a hopeful one.

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Ep-94 The Children of Men (1992 novel) part one

P. D. James (a. k. a. Phyllis Dorothy James) wrote her classic dystopian tale of a world dying a slow death in the 90s that led to an iconic film adaptation more than a decade later. In THE CHILDREN OF MEN, the reader follows Dr. Theodore “Theo” Faron as he navigates the new political and theological questions of a world without a future. Luke & James explore the questions raised by the first half of the novel.

Spoilers begin: 34:15

Topics: the book’s style and prose, authoritarianism as a response to fear, Theo’s privilege, exploring the speculative element at the heart of the story, the proposed effect on sexual relationships as suggested by the author, a potential lack of humanism, the politics of the Five Fishes, and finally, would Luke & James recommend movie-fans read this book?

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Ep-93 Good Omens (2019 TV series) episodes 4-6

The four horsemen ride to start the Apocalypse and to meet the Antichrist (Adam Young) in the last 3 episodes of Neil Gaiman’s feel-good TV series about the end of the world. Join Luke & James as they discuss the second half of the show, before putting a bow on their coverage.

Topics include: overall takeaways from the project, Michael Sheen & David Tennant's potential to pull off each other’s roles, the CGI used, Luke shares a “duh moment,” Anathema & Newt’s hook-up, the are they/aren’t they relationship of Aziraphale & Crowley, a demon’s taste in whisky, and finally a discussion on the potential for a season 2 possibly based off of Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s unfinished manuscript.

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Ep-92 Good Omens (2019 TV series) episodes 1-3

Neil Gaiman serves as writer & showrunner for the adaptation of his own work in Amazon Prime’s GOOD OMENS TV miniseries! Luke & James have seen half the show and discuss what it’s like watching a show so lovingly made to honor the late Terry Pratchett.

Topics include: the Terry Gilliam movie we almost got instead, Michael Sheen & David Tennant's charisma, the story behind Jon Hamm as the angel Gabriel, ideas from the unmade Good Omens sequel, the nature of Crowley & Aziraphale’s relationship, the influence of Doctor Who & Sherlock on this show, Easter eggs hidden in these episodes, and the symbolic nature of the demon/angel in this story.

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Ep-91 Good Omens (1990 novel) part two

The End is now! Join Luke & James as they finish out the 2nd half of Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s GOOD OMENS in preparation for the brand-new Amazon Prime Video series premiering soon. If you would like a refresher on the classic novel before the series begins, this episode has got you covered!

Topics include: Alternate names for the Other Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Crowley’s secret weapon, Aziraphale’s trip to America, a particular line that Luke swears was written by Gaiman, the potential humanist themes of the novel as expressed by Adam Young, the message of the novel’s final lines, and finally some predictions about the upcoming series!

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