Ep-60 The Shining (1977 novel) part one

The podcast goes back to the beginning with their first revisit to the works of Stephen King since their inaugural coverage. This time, they discuss his landmark 1977 horror novel, THE SHINING. This episode covers Parts 1 & 2 (of 5) for the book, where the reader is introduced to the principle characters and the setting/premise. Jack Torrance agrees to stay on at the Overlook Hotel as its winter caretaker along with his wife, Wendy, and their son, Danny. The threat of cabin fever looms as Danny has dark premonitions featuring the mysterious “redrum.” 

Topics include: Stephen King’s impact on pop culture, King’s recounting of how he came up the idea for the novel, the sometimes confessional nature of fiction, James’ stay at a seedy motel, why Stephen King doesn’t like Stanley Kubrick’s famous adaptation, what the creeping of the boiler could represent, the SK extended universe, King’s love of telepathic children, and the guys’ personal feelings about the existence of premonitions and déjà vu.

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Ep-59 Edge of Tomorrow: Live. Die. Repeat. (2014 film) ft. Watch. Review. Repeat.

Colton Brown & Andrew Meadows of the “Watch. Review. Repeat.” Podcast join the show to discuss Doug Limon’s 2014 sci-fi action film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blount. "Edge of Tomorrow" follows Cruise’s Cage as he relives a horrendous battle over and over as each day resets with his death in a mysterious Groundhog’s-Day-type scenario. He learns more about the enemy with every loop, but also develops feelings for Blounts’ Rita Vrataski. The discussion begins with spoiler-free general thoughts.

SPOILERS begin: 24:59

Topics Include: Rita’s cool f**cking sword, Tom Cruise’s performance, RIP Bill Paxton, the strengths and weaknesses of the tone of the movie, 4-act structure, the newsreel apocalypse montage, keeping an episode scoreboard, Rita’s version of the ISO push-up, issues with the final act, and a debate over suggested alternate endings.

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Ep-58 All You Need is Kill (2004 novel) オール・ユー・ニード・イズ・キル

Live. Die. Repeat. Military Sci-Fi meets anime in this popular light novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, which formed the basis for the English language film “Edge of Tomorrow.” The novel follows Keiji Kiriya as he experiences multiple time loops and uses them to become a better warrior with each reset, as well as get to know and eventually fall in love with the legendary soldier Rita Vrataski, a.k.a. the Full Metal Bitch. The story ends in a dramatically different fashion than the film by Doug Limon (featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blount).

Topics include: Anime tropes & archetypes, the tit update, video game influence, the author’s bio, similarities to learning to write, the Stephen King of killing mimics, a pair of POV shifts, the story behind the mimics NOT provided in the movie, and the huge twist that leads to an ending very different from the film.

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Ep-57 Coraline (2009 film)

Henry Selick’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s CORALINE is a marvel of craftsmanship and artistic vision, featuring memorable vocal performances by Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, and Ian McShane. Laika Studios has gone on to further a legacy of incredible stop-motion production in an age where CGI is king. The adaptation does introduce a few significant changes to the story, in particular, the inclusion of Wybie changes some of the dynamic of the novella. The Other Mother beckons you through the door, will you follow? 

Topics include: The Uncanny Valley with stop animation, Henry Selick’s unique career, James’ dream job, why Wybie might have been invented, the differences in movie parents vs book parents, the Other Mother’s spider-ness, Mr. Bobinski’s possible secret origins, the philosophies behind the film, and which characters were better or worse in each version.

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Ep-56 Coraline (2002 novella)

Neil Gaiman is a living legend in the writing community and beyond, and CORALINE is one of his most famous works, and rightfully so. The novella tells the story of young Coraline Jones as she does battle with an otherworldly and sinister “Other Mother” who wants to steal her soul but is thwarted by the little girl’s bravery and wit. 

Topics include: Neil Gaiman’s bio, Coraline’s characterization, Gaiman’s mastery of prose, the meaning behind “don’t mention the Scottish play,” Adder stones, how the scares are made palatable for young readers, subtle authorial choices to make the story play as intended, the viability of a personally tailored paradise, cat projectiles, and Gaiman’s method of discovery writing. 

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Ep-55 Sharp Objects (2018 TV series & 2006 novel) episode 8 & chapters 17-18

The twisted, hellish descent into Camille Preaker’s life in Wind Gap comes to an end in the finale episode of HBO’s series as well as in the final two chapters of Gillian Flynn’s novel. Series creator Marti Noxon and director Jean-Marc Vallée stick the landing with a gripping, shocking hour of television that will have people talking for years to come. The differences in the book vs show make for a lively debate.

Topics include: How to tie the myth of Persephone to this story, the phenomenon of false confessions, the criminal justice system’s handling of minors, the meaning behind “don’t tell mama,” the secret father theory, and the choice to include post-credit scenes.

Speaking of, don’t the end of the show where Luke rants about post-credits scenes!

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Ep-54 Sharp Objects (2018 TV series) episodes 5-7

Director Jean-Marc Vallée combines with Gillian Flynn to create three more powerful installments of quality television in episodes 5, 6, and 7 of Sharp Objects. From Adora’s histrionics at Calhoun day when Amma goes missing to Camille’s personal life spinning out of control, it all builds to a penultimate episode that delivers. Amy Adams can definitely add this one to her Emmy reel.

Episode 5: 15:16

Episode 6: 35:59

Episode 7: 51:10

THE PLAN: Next week they finish up with a combination book and film episode covering the final two chapters and the finale of the TV series!

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Ep-53 Sharp Objects (2006 novel) chapters 9-16

The sordid mysteries of the Wind Gap murders and Camille Preaker’s tragic past begin to reveal themselves in these eight chapters from Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects. Luke and James have seen half of the HBO series starring Amy Adams and compare their experience with the show to what they get in the novel. This coverage does not include the final 2 chapters of the book, so all has not yet been revealed.

Topics include: The role of Camille’s scars in the book, the value of different perspectives in fiction, the differences in detective Richard Willis in the book, the awfulness of Adora, the games a talented mystery writer can play, OxyContin abuse, Amma’s insane tolerance, cycles of abuse passed on through the generations, John and Camille’s relationship, and Camille’s gambit to expose her mother.

THE PLAN: In episode 51 the guys cover chapters 1-8, in ep. 52 they cover episodes 1-4 of the TV show, then this week swing back to the novel for chapters 9-16, then next week will cover episodes 5-7 of the show, then finish up with a combination book and film episode covering the final two chapters and the finale of the TV series. 5 podcast episodes in total.

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Ep-52 Sharp Objects (2018 TV series) episodes 1-4

HBO’s limited series “Sharp Objects” proves to be a powerful adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel from the jump. Creator Mari Noxon and director Jean-Marc Vallée craft a sweaty, oppressive, and bloody look at small town life in Middle America. Amy Adams’ portrayal of journalist Camille Preaker returning to Wind Gap to cover a young girl’s murder is heartbreaking and bleak, but undeniably captivating to watch as she wrestles demons who aren’t remotely tackled, only mildly concussed.

Episode 1: 17:23

Episode 2: 36:51

Episode 3: 51:59

Episode 4: 1:01:31

THE PLAN: This week they cover chapters 1-8, next week episodes 1-4 of the TV show, then back to the novel for chapters 9-16, then episodes 5-7 of the show, then finish up with a combination book and film episode covering the final two chapters and the finale of the TV series. 5 podcast episodes in total.

 

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Ep-51 Sharp Objects (2006 novel) chapters 1-8

Gillian Flynn’s debut novel SHARP OBJECTS has been adapted for HBO in a limited series starring Amy Adams, so the guys have devised an experiment in how they will cover this project to fit the release (described below). This episode begins with a spoiler-free chat for the curious, followed by some interesting author bio tidbits, before the full-spoiler discussion begins.


SPOILERS BEGIN: 19:57

Topics include: Similarities to Stephen King’s IT, Flynn’s impressive prose, the cruelty of the mean girls of Wind Gap, Amma the psychopath, Adora strikes a familiar chord with James, Camille Preaker’s connection to Bill Denbrough, how Adora could be linked to the murders, and the guys try to sort the red herrings from the legitimate leads. It’s early days, but they finish the episode by touting some theories about what’s going to happen in this small-town murder mystery. 

THE PLAN: This week they cover chapters 1-8, next week episodes 1-4 of the TV show, then back to the novel for chapters 9-16, then episodes 5-7 of the show, then finish up with a combination book and film episode covering the final two chapters and the finale of the TV series. 5 podcast episodes in total.

 

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Ep-50 Jaws (1975 film)

The original summer blockbuster, directed by none other than Stephen Spielberg himself, provides the perfect subject matter for Ink to Film’s 50th episode. Luke and James begin with a brief retrospective, then charge into an iconic piece of cinema history. Reading Peter Benchley’s novel only deepens the experience of watching the movie again. Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Schneider, and Robert Shaw each deliver iconic performances that stand the test of time.

Topics include: the creation of the water-based-monster genre, Spielberg’s Hitchcock influence, the legacy of Jaws, problems with shark sleds, a whisky comparison to adaptations, dogs freaking out, Luke’s upcoming trip to Martha’s Vineyard for the Viable Paradise workshop, the role of humor in this story, Chekov’s old sea dog, subtext in dialogue, male bonding, the famous misquoted line, the scars on-upping scene, the U.S.S. Indianapolis story and how it defines Quint, Hooper’s change of heart, and Brody rising to the occasion once all safety nets are gone.

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Ep-49 Jaws (1974 novel)

It’s been long enough since JAWS was released in theaters that there are people who may not be aware that it was based off a very popular novel at the time by Peter Benchley. Those familiar with the characters of Brody, Hooper, and Quint might be surprised to find how different the book’s versions are from the ones in Spielberg’s landmark film. Luke & James break the book down into four quarters and cover each chronologically.

Topics include: the story of how the novel came to be, Benchley’s turn to conservationism, the shark’s famous POV, info-dumps, the problematic representation of Ellen, the problematic rape fantasy, the effect returning to land multiple times has on the tension, Quint’s similarity to Ahab, Hooper’s different fate, and whether the ending felt satisfying.

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Ep-48 American Psycho (2000 film)

Christian Bale’s portrayal of a deranged serial killer in high society helped make Mary Harron’s American Psycho into a cult classic. The film takes a sprawling narrative from Bret Easton Ellis’s novel and turns it into a more focused, deliberate story. Much like the book, the movie was condemned in its time for its violence, misogyny, and overall brutality.

Topics include: the pros and cons of voiceover in film, the effect certain roles can have on actors’ careers, the typography of the business card scene, Tom Cruise’s humanity, Patrick Bateman as a Martian, the possibility that Bateman did actually kill Paul Allen, and the meaning of the ending. 

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Ep-47 American Psycho (1991 novel)

Bret Easton Ellis is (in)famous for his controversial novel about suave serial killer Patrick Bateman, the famously unreliable narrator of AMERICAN PSYCHO. A book that was critically panned on its release and caused such an uproar with its portrayal of sadistic violence, misogyny, racism, and more that it was dropped by its publisher shortly after release. Yet, the legacy of the book lives on and even evolved over time. Luke & James discuss their experience reading the classic inspiration for the film and try to understand what makes it compelling.

Topics include: Patriotism, The History of the Novel, Donald Trump and How Bateman Might View Him Today, Narcissism, the Emptiness of Materialism, Ambiguity in Fiction, One-Upping Serial Killers, Pathological Lying, a Surprise Cameo by Tom Cruise, Patterns with Serial Killers, Using Form to Indicate Mental State, Privilege, and Bateman’s Constant Cruelty.

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Ep-46 Jurassic Park (1993 film) ft. Taylor Zajonc

Ep-46 Jurassic Park (1993 film) ft. Taylor Zajonc

Special guest author Taylor Zajonc (THE MAW, WRECKING CREW, RED ROGUE SUN) joins Luke & James this week to discuss one of Stephen Spielberg’s all-time classics, Jurassic Park! Taylor’s bio is filled with real-life adventures like travelling 3-miles down in a soviet-era submersible and he brings that knowledge along with his storytelling insights into their discussion of the film.

Topics include: The dawn of CGI in blockbuster films, incredible character development for each of the major players, hidden symbolism in the seatbelts, the brilliance of the first T-Rex scene, Luke tells a story about running out of the theater in terror, the amazing feats people can do with adrenaline, Luke makes a Dark Souls reference, a case for a demonic reference surrounding the raptors, then they end their coverage by considering the movie’s ongoing legacy.

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Ep-45 Jurassic Park (1990 novel) part three ft. Emily Suvada

Special guest author Emily Suvada joins Luke & James to discuss the last third of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. Emily’s book, This Mortal Coil, is a gripping dystopian Sci-Fi novel about gene hacking and a horrifying plague, so she brings a wealth of expert knowledge when it comes to writing a genetics-focused thriller. And that’s not even mentioning her background in coding, mathematics, and astrophysics. This episode covers “iterations” 5-7 of the novel.

Topics include: Jurassic Park River Adventure, Tim as only POV character, tentacle tongue, The Malcolm Stretch, The Universal Blue Glow of Sci-Fi, children in crisis situations, the danger of unnecessarily complicated user interfaces, Emily’s take on the science of the book, Hammond’s horribleness, liminal spaces, and whether or not Emily would go to Jurassic Park in real life.

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Ep-44 Jurassic Park (1990 novel) part two

What would YOU do if a T-Rex started attacking a car full of children in front of you? Turns out Dr. Grant and Dr. Malcolm behave quite differently in the novel than their movie counterparts do. Join Luke and James as they discuss the third and fourth (of seven) “iterations” of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. 

Topics include: What makes children love dinosaurs, Grant being rough with a velociraptor, chaos theory predicts literally everything, Nedry’s gruesome end, Ed Regis’s just desserts, what a GRRM version of this book might look like, the motion-based vision problem, the T-Rex river raft chase, and finally how James would escape from the park!

Join them next week for part 3, and then for their movie episode the week after when they finish with Stephen Spielberg’s 1993 film.

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Ep-43 Jurassic Park (1990 novel) part one

Michael Crichton wrote many famous novels, but arguably none made as huge an impact as his 1990 Sci-Fi thriller, Jurassic Park. In this episode (AKA “The Dino Hour”), Luke and James cover the first and second “iterations” (of seven) in the novel. But first, who was Michael Crichton? They begin by discussing the author’s run-in with a professor at Harvard and his scientific background.

Topics include: the pacing of good thrillers, the novel’s darker tone, differences in the principal characters, some male-gaze issues, the plausibility of a miniature elephant, the utility of wearing the same color every day, and finish with revealing whether they would visit a real life Jurassic Park.

Join them next week for part 2, and part 3 the week after, then for their movie episode where they finish with Stephen Spielberg’s 1993 film.

 

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Ep-42 Fahrenheit 451 (2018 film)

Ramin Bahrani made an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic Sci-Fi novel, “Fahrenheit 451” starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon. That much can be said without reservation. Well, you might argue it was an extremely *loose* adaptation, but, dammit that’s a reservation… Anyway, Luke and James saw it and have thoughts.

SPOILERS BEGIN: 14:02

Ideas include: how the actors performances stack up, the highlights and lowlights of the dystopian world, the omnis’s role in the movie and how it affects the story, 3D-printing food, (un)sexy harmonicas, the huge changes made to Clarisse’s character, plot lines that don’t lead anywhere, and their reaction to Douglas’ ultimate fate.

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Ep-41 Fahrenheit 451 (1953 novel) part two

The troubling concepts and ideas of Ray Bradbury’s prescient 1953 Sci-Fi classic Fahrenheit 451 come to a stirring crescendo in the last two parts of the novel. This episode covers part two: The Sieve and the Sand, and part three: Burning Bright.

Ideas include: The confluence of religion and capitalism, those who build vs those who burn in society, the superficiality of some voters, the staggering effect of poetry on someone who has never heard it, Montag’s shocking turn against Beatty, the danger of state-run news agencies and propaganda, and the surprisingly grim and melancholy end to the novel and what Bradbury was trying to say with it. 

Luke and James finish by checking in with Reddit to see what the internet has come up with, then make some predictions for what they might expect in HBO’s upcoming film adaptation starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon. 

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