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:

Footnotes:

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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:

Footnotes:

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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:

Footnotes:

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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.

28. Frankenstein

Happy Halloween! In this very special, spooky episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus!

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

  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s original 1818 novel, celebrating it’s 200th anniversary this year! Read it on iBooks or Amazon.
  • Frankenstein, 1931, directed by James Whale, starring Colin Clive as Henry Frankenstein and Boris Karloff as the monster. Watch it on iTunes or Amazon.
  • The Bride of Frankenstein, 1935, directed by Whale, starring Clive and Karloff as Frankenstein and the monster, with Elsa Lanchester as both Mary Shelley and the titular bride. Watch it on iTunes or Amazon.
  • The Curse of Frankenstein, 1957, the Hammer Film Production, directed by Terence Fisher, starring Peter Cushing as Victor Frankenstein and Christopher Lee as the monster. Watch it on iTunes or Amazon.
  • Frankenstein: The True Story, the 1973 made for television movie, directed by Jack Smight, and written by Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy. It starred Leonard Whiting as Frankenstein, Michael Sarrazin as the monster, James Mason as Dr. Polidori, and Jane Seymour as “Prima.” Don’t watch it on Amazon.
  • Victor Frankenstein, 2015, directed by Paul McGuigan and written by Max Landis. It stars James McAvoy as Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor. Watch on iTunes or Amazon.
  • Young Frankenstein, 1974, directed by Mel Brooks and written by Brooks and Gene Wilder. Starring Gene Wilder as Frederick Frankenstein and Peter Boyle as the monster. Also starring Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, and Gene Hackman. Watch it on Amazon.
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, 1994, directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Steph Lady and Frank Darabont. Starring Branagh as Frankenstein, Robert De Niro as the monster, and also starring John Cleese, Tom Hulce, Ian Holm, and Helena Bonham Carter. Watch on iTunes or Amazon.

Footnotes:

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One Year Spectacular: Top 10 Cast

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 first in a series of posts detailing each list.

We mentioned that we came up with a list of nominees that we both chose from for our draft. Some were individual actors, some were pairings, and some were groups. Here’s that complete list. Each will bring you to that episode!

Here’s how our Top 10 Cast came together:

  1. Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988)
  2. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as Armand and Albert in The Birdcage
  3. Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice (1995)
  4. Trini Alvarado, Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, and Samantha Mathis as the little women in Little Women (1994)
  5. The cast of The Princess Bride
  6. Amybeth McNulty as Anne Shirley in Anne with an E
  7. Stephen Fry as The Book in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
  8. Ingrid Bergman as Greta in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
  9. Elisabeth Moss as June in The Handmaid’s Tale (2017)
  10. Bruce the Shark in Jaws

I still can’t believe that Bruce the Shark made his way onto the list. Michael Caine and Patrick Stewart didn’t make it to the list.

27. One Year Spectacular!

In this episode, we look back on one year of Adapt or Perish in our One Year Spectacular!!!

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

  • Everything ever.

Footnotes:

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26. Fried Green Tomatoes

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe!

For this episode, we read and watched:

Footnotes:

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25. A Wrinkle in Time

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time!

For this episode, we read and watched:

  • Madeleine L’Engle’s original novel, published in 1962. Read it on iBooks or Amazon.
  • The 2003 TV movie, directed by John Kent Harrison, and starring Katie Stuart, Kate Nelligan, and Alfre Woodard. Watch on Amazon or iTunes.
  • The 2018 theatrical movie, directed by Ava DuVernay, written by Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell, and starring Storm Reid, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey. Watch on Amazon or iTunes.

Footnotes:

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24. The Little Prince

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince!

For this episode, we read and watched:

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23. Dial M for (A Perfect) Murder

In this episode of Adapt or Perish, we discuss Dial M for Murder and A Perfect Murder!

For this episode, we watched and discussed:

  • Dial M for Murder, 1954, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Grace Kelly, Ray Milland, and Robert Cummings. Watch on iTunes or Amazon.
  • A Perfect Murder, 1998, directed by Andrew Davis, and starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, and David Suchet. Watch on iTunes or Amazon.

Footnotes:

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