45. Father of the Bride

In this very special Father’s Day episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Edward Streeter’s Father of the Bride!

For this episode, we read and watched:

  • Edward Streeter’s original 1949 novel.
  • Father of the Bride, the 1950 movie directed by Vincente Minnelli, written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, and starring Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Bennett. Watch it on iTunes or Amazon.
  • Father’s Little Dividend, the 1951 sequel, directed by Minnelli, written by Goodrich and Hackett, and starring Tracy, Taylor, and Bennett. Watch it on Amazon.
  • Father of the Bride, the 1991 remake, directed by Charles Shyer, written by Shyer and Nancy Meyers, and starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, and Martin Short. Watch it on iTunes or Amazon.
  • Father of the Bride Part II, the remake’s 1995 sequel, also directed by Shyer, also also written by Shyer and Meyers, and also also also starring Martin, Keaton, Williams, and Short. Watch it on iTunes or Amazon.

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44. Jane Eyre, Part 2

In this, the conclusion of our first two-part episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre!

In part one, we covered the original novel, Robert Stevenson’s 1943 movie, Delbert Mann’s 1970 TV movie, Joan Craft’s 1973 BBC miniseries, and Julian Amyes’ 1983 BBC miniseries. In this episode, we’ll discuss:

  • The 1996 movie, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, written by Zeffirelli and Hugh Whitemore, and starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Hurt. Watch it on iTunes or Amazon.
  • The 1997 TV movie, directed by Robert Young, written by Richard Hawley, Kay Mellor, and Peter Wright, and starring Samantha Morton and Ciarán Hinds. Watch it on iTunes or Amazon.
  • The 2006 BBC miniseries, directed by Susanna White, written by Sandy Welch, and starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. Watch it on iTunes or Amazon.
  • The 2011 movie, directed by Cary Fukunaga, written by Moira Buffini, and starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. Watch it on iTunes or Amazon.

Footnotes:

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43. Jane Eyre, Part 1

In this, part one of our first two-part episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre!

For these two episodes, we read Jane Eyre and watched eight screen adaptations. In this episode, we’ll discuss:

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42. Freaky Friday

In this very special Mother’s Day episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Mary Rodgers’ mother-daughter body-swap classic, Freaky Friday!

For this episode, we read and watched:

  • Mary Rodgers’ original 1972 novel.
  • The 1976 movie, directed by Gary Nelson, written by Rodgers, and starring Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. Watch it on iTunes and Amazon.
  • The 1995 TV movie, directed by Melanie Mayron, and starring Gaby Hoffman and Shelley Long. Watch it on YouTube.
  • The 2003 movie, directed by Mark Waters, written by Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon, and starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. Watch it on iTunes and Amazon.

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41. The Ten Commandments

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss the book of Exodus—the story of The Ten Commandments!

For this episode, we read and watched:

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40. A Star is Born

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss every version of A Star is Born!

For this episode, we watched versions of A Star is Born from:

  • 1937, directed by William A. Wellman, produced by David O. Selznick, written by Robert Carson, Dorothy Parker, and Alan Campbell, and starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. Watch it on iTunes and Amazon.
  • 1954, directed by George Cukor, produced by Sidney Luft, written by Moss Hart, and starring Judy Garland and James Mason. Watch it on iTunes and Amazon.
  • 1976, directed by Frank Pierson, produced by Jon Peters, written by John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion, and starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. Watch it on iTunes.
  • 2018, directed by Bradley Cooper, written by Eric Roth, Cooper, and Will Fetters, and starring Cooper and Lady Gaga. Watch it on iTunes.

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39. Godzilla

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Godzilla!

For this episode, we watched:

  • Godzilla (Gojira), 1954. The original. Directed by Ishirō Honda, produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, and starring Akira Takarada, Momoko Kōchi, Akihiko Hirata, and Takashi Shimura. Watch it on Amazon.
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, 1956. The “original.” Directed by Ishirō Honda and Terry Morse, and starring Raymond Burr. Watch it on Amazon.
  • Godzilla, 1998. The modern “classic.” Directed by Roland Emmerich, written by Emmerich and Dean Devlin, and starring Matthew Broderick, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, and Jean Reno. Watch it on iTunes and Amazon.
  • Godzilla, 2014. The newer American one. Directed by Gareth Edwards, and starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, and Bryan Cranston. Watch it on iTunes and Amazon.
  • Shin Godzilla, 2016. The Japanese reboot. Directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, and starring Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, and literally every other actor in Japan. Watch it on iTunes and Amazon.

Footnotes:

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38. Brokeback Mountain

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain!

For this episode, we read and watched:

  • Annie Proulx’s original short story, first published in the New Yorker on October 13, 1997, an expanded version of which was published in Close Range: Wyoming Stories. Read Close Range on iBooks or Amazon.
  • Brokeback Mountain, the 2005 movie directed by Ang Lee, written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, and starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Watch it on iTunes or Amazon.

Footnotes:

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37. True Grit

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Charles Portis’ True Grit!

For this episode, we read, watched, and discussed:

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36. Mary Poppins

In this practically perfect episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins!

For this episode, we read and watched:

  • P.L. Travers’ original novel, published in 1934, the first in the Mary Poppins series which ran until 1988. Read it on iBooks or Amazon.
  • Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins, 1964, directed by Robert Stevenson, written by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi, with music by Richard and Robert Sherman. Starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and David Tomlinson. Watch it on iTunes or Amazon.
  • Saving Mr. Banks, 2013, directed by John Lee Hancock, written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith, and starring Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. Watch it on iTunes or Amazon.
  • Mary Poppins Returns, 2018, directed by Rob Marshall, written by David Magee, music by Marc Shaiman, and starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, and Emily Mortimer. Pre-order it on iTunes and Amazon.

Footnotes:

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35. Airplane!

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Airplane!

You can also hear us on the Sherlock Holmes-themed podcast I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere to discuss our own Sherlock Holmes episodes. We appeared on Episode 160: “Adapting Sherlock Holmes,” and we hope you give their show a listen!

For this episode, we watched and discussed:

  • Airplane!, the 1980 spoof, written and directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker, and starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, and Robert Stack. Watch it on iTunes and Amazon.
  • Zero Hour!, 1957, directed by Hall Bartlett, written by Arthur Hailey, and starring Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, and Sterling Hayden. Watch it on iTunes.
  • Airport 1975, 1974, directed by Jack Smight, written by Don Ingalls, and starring Karen Black, Charlton Heston, and George Kennedy. Watch it on iTunes and Amazon.

Footnotes:

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So there.

34. Romeo and Juliet

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet!

For this episode, we watched and discussed:

  • Romeo and Juliet (1936), directed by George Cukor, and starring Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer, with John Barrymore and Basil Rathbone. Watch on iTunes.
  • Romeo and Juliet (1968), directed by Franco Zeffirelli, and starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, with Michael York and Robert Stephens. Watch on iTunes and Amazon.
  • BBC Television Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet (1978), the first episode of BBC Television Shakespeare, which ran from 1978 to 1985, and attempted to film and televise the complete works of Shakespeare. This episode was directed by Alvin Rakoff, and starred Patrick Ryecart and Rebecca Saire, with Alan Rickman and John Gielgud.
  • Romeo + Juliet (1996), directed by Baz Luhrmann, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, with John Leguizamo and Pete Postlethwaite. Watch on iTunes and Amazon.
  • Romeo & Juliet (2013), directed by Carlo Carlei, adapted by Julian Fellowes, starring Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld, with Stellan Skarsgård and Paul Giamatti. Watch on iTunes and Amazon.

Footnotes:

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33. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe!

For this episode, we read and watched:

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32. The Hunt for Red October

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October! Merry Christmas, everyone!

For this episode, we read and watched:

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31. Where the Wild Things Are & Fantastic Mr. Fox

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox!

For this episode, we read and watched:

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30. Sherlock Holmes

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes! This is the second of three episodes that we’re releasing on the character. We covered The Hound of the Baskervilles here.

For this episode, we watched 15 different actors portray the world’s greatest detective. Here they are in chronological order, with the piece or pieces that we watched:

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29. Pete's Dragon

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Disney’s Pete’s Dragon!

For this episode, we watched and discussed:

  • The original 1977 movie musical, directed by Don Chaffey, written by Malcolm Marmorstein, and starring Helen Reddy, Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, and Shelley Winters. Watch on iTunes or Amazon.
  • The 2016 remake, written and directed by David Lowery, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Karl Urban, Wes Bentley, Oona Laurence, and Oakes Fegley. Watch on iTunes or Amazon.

Footnotes:

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One Year Spectacular: Top 10 Adaptations

One Year Spectacular: Top 10 Moments

In our One Year Spectacular, we created four Top 10 lists. Best cast roles, worst choices, best moments, and Top 10 adaptations of the past year of Adapt or Perish. Here’s the third in a series of posts detailing each list.

First, our nominees. Click each to go to that episode! ( As much as possible, I tried to link to a clip of each moment.)

And here’s the final list!

  1. “‘Tomorrow, there’ll be more of us.’ - Miranda, American.” A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
  2. Ring of Keys, Fun Home
  3. “As you value your life or your reason keep away from the moor.” The Hound of the Baskervilles (1998)
  4. “I am of an age where I know what I like and what I do not like…” Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
  5. “OH FUCK, THERE’S A SHARK.” Jaws
  6. “She’s my daughter!” Anne with an E
  7. “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Pride & Prejudice (1995)
  8. “I want a word with the maid!” Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
  9. “Fuck.” The Handmaid’s Tale (2017–)
  10. “This is what she wanted.” “What, to be dead?!” Fried Green Tomatoes

One Year Spectacular: Bottom 10 Choices

In our One Year Spectacular, we created four Top 10 lists. Best cast roles, worst choices, best moments, and Top 10 adaptations of the past year of Adapt or Perish. Here’s the second in a series of posts detailing each list.

First, our nominees. Click each to go to that episode!

And here’s how our final list shook out after the draft:

  1. The subtle pedophilia of The Little Prince (1974)
  2. Making The Hobbit into three movies, The Hobbit Trilogy (2012–2014)
  3. Casting adults as children in the 1933 and 1949 Little Women
  4. Failing to turn The Producers BACK into a movie, The Producers (2005)
  5. The lack of dialogue in The Joy Luck Club
  6. Giving Willy Wonka a backstory (and casting Johnny Depp), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  7. Pigs in the house (and the overall ignorance of proper etiquette), Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  8. Dwarf Boyfriend and Elf Girlfriend, The Hobbit Trilogy (2012–2014)
  9. Anne’s blue dress, Anne of Green Gables (1985)
  10. Making Dr. Watson a buffoon, The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

Just…questionable choices, all around.