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A podcast about books and their film adaptations. It's a safe place for those who really did like the movie better than the book.

A podcast about books and their film adaptations. It's a safe place for those who really did like the movie better than the book.

Location:

United States

Description:

A podcast about books and their film adaptations. It's a safe place for those who really did like the movie better than the book.

Twitter:

@littolens

Language:

English

Contact:

(571) 234-7514


Episodes

64. SHE SAID

11/21/2022
The guys discuss the film adaptation of SHE SAID, the book about the reporting behind the New York Times article bringing the sexual harassment and assault allegations against prominent Hollywood film producer, Harvey Weinstein, to light. The book was written by the two reporters of the New York Times article, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, but tells the story of how information was obtained, how difficult it was to convince victims to go on the record, and what exactly went into the...

Duration:01:32:58

63. The Greatest Beer Run Ever

10/8/2022
The guys discuss the adaptation of THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER (starring Zac Efron, Russell Crowe & Bill Murray) and how the film compares to the eponymous novel from Joanna Molly and John “Chickie” Donohue about a man who travels to front lines of the Vietnam war to deliver beers to his buddies from his neighborhood back in New York City. ---------------------------------------------------------------- (0:00) Excerpt from the novel...

Duration:01:43:21

62. BULLET TRAIN

8/26/2022
The guys discuss the adaptation of BULLET TRAIN (starring Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Shannon, Hiroyuki Sanada, Bad Bunny, Zazie Beetz, Logan Lerman, and Sandra Bullock) and how the film compares to the novel (originally titled “Maria Beetle”) from the author Kōtarō Isaka. The conversation begins with the light-hearted, but ultimately exhausting and confusing narrative of the novel (11:52). Then we breakdown the differences of the film adaptation and whether...

Duration:01:14:04

61. The Gray Man

7/27/2022
The guys discuss the adaptation of THE GRAY MAN (starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas) and how the film compares to the eponymous novel from the author Mark Greaney. The conversation begins with the struggles of reading a particularly predictable plot and what draws readers to these kinds of stories (12:52). Then we breakdown the differences of the film adaptation and whether those differences diminish or enhance the story (37:24). Other topics include the potential for a...

Duration:01:30:39

60. Where The Crawdads Sing

7/20/2022
The guys discuss the adaptation of WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, and how the film compares to the worldwide sensation from author Delia Owens. — The conversation begins with the seemingly obvious reasons why this novel was adapted for the big screen, whether the book lived up to the hype or not, and if the storyline is even all that convincing (13:08). — Then we breakdown the differences of the film adaptation and whether those differences enhanced or diminished the...

Duration:01:35:47

59. Spiderhead

6/20/2022
The guys discuss the recent Netflix adaptation, SPIDERHEAD, starring Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller and how it compares to the George Saunders short story it was based on, ESCAPE FROM SPIDERHEAD (available for free online from The New Yorker). The conversation begins with the short story and why Hollywood might want to adapt it for the big (or in this case, small) screen (12:55). ------------------------- We are introduced to George Saunders, the short story King, and what makes his style...

Duration:01:29:45

58. Pachinko (Ep. 6-8)

6/10/2022
In this episode, the guys discuss part three in our trilogy of episodes for ‘Pachinko’ (episodes 6-8), an Apple TV+ series adaptation of the very popular and critically-acclaimed Min Jin Lee novel. The series was created by Soo Hugh and directed by both Kogonada (‘Columbus’, ‘After Yang’) and Justin Chon (‘Blue Bayou’) and stars Soji Arai, Jin Ha, Jun-woo Han, In-ji Jeon, Min-ha Kim, Lee Min-ho and Jimmi Simpson. The conversation ranges from the problems with the narrative structure, the...

Duration:01:28:51

57. Pachinko (Ep. 2-5)

5/9/2022
In this episode, the guys discuss episodes 2-5 for ‘Pachinko’ (2021), an Apple TV+ series adaptation of the very popular and critically-acclaimed Min Jin Lee novel. The series was created by Soo Hugh and directed by both Kogonada (‘Columbus’, ‘After Yang’) and Justin Chon (‘Blue Bayou’) and stars Soji Arai, Jin Ha, Jun-woo Han, In-ji Jeon, Min-ha Kim, Lee Min-ho and Jimmi Simpson. The conversation ranges from the seemingly slow pace of the TV show, where the story could take us in subsequent...

Duration:01:15:30

56. Pachinko (Ep. 1)

4/10/2022
In this episode, the guys discuss the pilot episode for ‘Pachinko’ (2021), an Apple TV+ series adaptation of the very popular and critically-acclaimed Min Jin Lee 2017 novel. The series was created by Soo Hugh and directed by both Kogonada (‘Columbus’, ‘After Yang’) and Justin Chon (‘Blue Bayou’) and stars Soji Arai, Jin Ha, Jun-woo Han, In-ji Jeon, Min-ha Kim, Lee Min-ho and Jimmi Simpson. The conversation ranges from the differences of the adaptation’s narrative structure, what a Pachinko...

Duration:01:01:44

55. The Tragedy of Macbeth

3/26/2022
In this episode, the guys discuss ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ (2021), an adaptation of the very famous William Shakespeare play ‘Macbeth’ (1623). The film was written and directed by Joel Coen (‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’, ‘No Country for Old Men’) and stars Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell, Corey Hawkins, Harry Melling, Brendan Gleeson, Kathryn Hunter, Stephen Root and Ralph Ineson. The conversation ranges from the film’s (minor?) differences from the source...

Duration:01:20:49

54. After Yang

3/21/2022
In this episode, the guys discuss ‘After Yang,’ an adaptation of the Alexander Weinstein short story 'Saying Goodbye to Yang' in the collection 'Children of the New World' (2016). The film was written and directed by Kogonada ('Columbus') and stars Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Justin H. Min, Maela Emma Tjandrawidjaja, and Haley Lu Richardson. The conversation ranges from the film's expansion from the source material, a distinct visual style and aesthetic from the director, and whether...

Duration:01:20:13

53. Nightmare Alley

2/21/2022
In this episode, the guys discuss ‘Nightmare Alley,’ an adaptation of the William Lindsay Gresham novel (1946). The screenplay was penned by Guillermo del Toro and Kim Morgan and and the film directed by del Toro. It stars Bradley Cooper as the ambitious mentalist, Stanton Carlisle, who rises the ranks of the carney circuit. Also in the film is Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Willem Defoe, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman and David Strathairn, The conversation ranges from the heavy...

Duration:01:25:39

52. The Power Of The Dog

1/25/2022
In this episode, the guys discuss ‘The Power of the Dog,’ an adaptation of a Thomas Savage novel. The novel was written by Thomas Savage and published in 1967. Annie Proulx (author of 'Brokeback Mountain') is quoted as calling it a "literary artwork" and wrote the Afterword in the 2001 edition (and subsequent) of this novel. The film was written and directed by Jane Campion (The Piano.) The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The conversation...

Duration:01:24:04

51. 2021: An Adapted Year In Review

1/2/2022
One last conversation before we bid adieu to 2021, a year that wasn't much better than the previous. But nonetheless, we discuss our Top 3's of the year. Our favorite movies released this and books we read this year (regardless of when they were released). Cheers to 2021, may 2022 be infinitely better! Happy New Year to all you LTLiens out there! Give it a listen! If you have time, please rate and review! We want to find more listeners like you! Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens...

Duration:00:33:47

50. Season 10: 2022 Oscar Bait

1/1/2022
In this episode, the guys introduce the tenth (10) season of the podcast: 2022 Oscar Bait. What does that mean? Well, this season we'll be reading and discussing the (likely?) Best Adapted Screenplay nominees for the 2022 Academy Awards. The adaptations include 'Dune', 'Drive My Car', 'The Power of the Dog', 'Nightmare Alley', and 'The Tragedy of Macbeth'. The conversation ranges from why we chose this season, what we are most excited to read and watch, why IMDB has such horrible synopses,...

Duration:00:37:11

49. Drive My Car

12/29/2021
In this episode, the guys discuss ‘Drive My Car,’ an adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story. The short story was written by Haruki Murakami and published in in 2014 (Japan) in 'Men Without Women,' a short story collection by Murakami. The collection was well received and ended up on Barack Obama's best books list of 2019. The film was directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, Wife of a Spy, Storytellers) and written by Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe. The film stars...

Duration:01:23:39

48. Dune

11/13/2021
In Episode 1 of Season 10: Oscar Bait, the guys discuss the adaptation of ‘Dune’. The novel was written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965, winning both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for that year, and becoming a timeless classic of the Science Fiction genre. The novel has had the stigma of being “unadaptable” attached to it for over four decades due to failures of the adaptations during that period of time. Originally, the novel was almost adapted in mid-1970’s by Alejandro Jodorowsky, and...

Duration:01:46:20

47. Big Sur

10/13/2021
In Episode 3 of Season 9: The Beat Generation, the guys discuss the adaptation of 'Big Sur' and whether or not bringing this story to the screen really makes sense. The book was written by Jack Kerouac, published in 1962, and was adapted for the screen in 2013. The film was written and directed by Michael Polish, and stars Jean-Marc Barr, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, and Kate Bosworth. The conversation ranges from the unique reading experience of a Beat novel, the very literal nature of the...

Duration:01:03:49

46. Howl

10/10/2021
In Episode 2 of Season 9: The Beat Generation, the guys discuss the most famous of all Beat poems: "Howl" The poem was written by Allen Ginsberg, published in 1956, and adapted for the screen in 2010. The film was written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, and stars James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels. The conversation in this episode ranges from anaphora in poetry to the framing of the film (which is, frankly, bad). Erik gets heated...

Duration:01:20:54

45. The Green Knight

8/9/2021
In this episode, the guys discuss the new film, "The Green Knight". The film was based on the poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" written by an unknown individual, who has been referred to as the "Pearl Poet", in the 14th century. The film was written & directed by David Lowery ("A Ghost Story", "Ain't Them Bodies Saints", "The Old Man & The Gun", "Pete's Dragon") and stars Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, and Joel Edgerton. The conversation in this episode ranges from the structure of the...

Duration:01:12:01