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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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.

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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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