Episode 11 – Rum Punch/Jackie Brown

We’re back! Apologies for the hiatus, but these books don’t read themselves! We were saddened to hear about the passing of the great Elmore Leonard, so in honor of his life and illustrious career, we are discussing the first of several of his novels that have been adapted to film. First up, Jeff’s favorite Tarantino flick, Jackie Brown! It was adapted from Leonard’s late 90’s novel Rum Punch, with a few changes here and there, some minor, but a few VERY drastic changes. Did they work? Only one of us can tell you for sure, so listen and find out what Brynna thinks of the adaptation, and hear Jeff go on and on about his respect for Robert Forster’s performance. It’s good to be back, folks!

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Episode 10 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Do you like Chocolate? How about snozzberries? What about little orange men with green hair? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then THIS show is for you! If you answered NO to any of them, you’re probably Jeff. This time out, our fearless leaders tackle the last in their Roald Dahl-a-thon as they discuss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and it’s FIRST big-screen adapation, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Why the name change? Listen and find out! It’s both amusing and slightly depressing, much like the film itself!

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Episode 9 – The Witches

Did you ever wonder about the lady down the street with all the cats? The one that seemed to stare at you as you walked past her house? The one house you NEVER trick-or-treated? Clearly your parents raised a smart kid, and Roald Dahl would be pleased. In this edition of The Loosely Based Podcast, Brynna puts the film adaptation of one of her favorite Dahl books to the test as she and Jeff discuss The Witches. Listen in and find out if the ruby slippers fit. (Yeah, I know, wrong witch, and wrong story, just go with me here.)

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Episode 8 – Matilda

Danny DeVito Directs!!!!!!! Alliteration aside, maybe he should stick to working in front of the camera. Or should he? How will you know the answer unless you listen to The Loosely Based Podcast take on his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s MATILDA! Listen and find out why Jeff hates little Mara Wilson soooooo much.

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Episode 7 – James and the Giant Peach

“I could eat a peach for days”….wait, sorry, wrong movie. Although you COULD eat THIS peach for weeks and weeks, because it’s a GIANT PEACH. That’s right kids, it’s time for The Loosely Based Podcast’s ROALD DAHL marathon! We kick off the retrospective with James and the Giant Peach and its 1996 film adaptation, released by Disney (Jeff never knew that!) So listen and find out if Roald Dahl’s words and Randy Newman’s music are a peach of a combo, or if it’s just the pits.

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Episode 6 – A Princess of Mars / John Carter

Run for your lives, or you’ll be up to your armpits in Martians! Not really, but Jeff and Brynna DO dive head-first into the world of Mars as presented by Edgar Rice Burroughs in his book A Princess of Mars, which was recently adapted into the film John Carter, directed by Andrew Stanton and dumped into theatres by the Walt Disney Company.  Did Burroughs agree with H.G. Wells that we should be afraid of the people from the Red Planet? Or did he give us a kinder, gentler Mars? And did Mr. Stanton have any idea what he was doing when he made the film? Listen in and find out!

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Episode 5 – Coraline

In honor of Brynna’s favorite holiday (Halloween) we are discussing Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and its Henry Selick-directed film adaptation of the same name! Listen in and find out why Jeff gets creeped out by creatures with no eyes, why Henry Selick has gotten the shaft, and discover if Brynna is really a Goth in disguise on this edition of The Loosely Based Podcast!

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Episode 4 – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep/Blade Runner

Here it is, folks! A show that was requested from the moment we announced this podcast. Your fearless hosts tackle a VERY tall order: Brynna and Jeff discuss the Philip K Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and Ridley Scott’s VERY loosely based adaptation, Blade Runner. Listen now and find out which Rick Deckard is the REAL Rick Deckard, and which is just  a replicant.

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Episode 3 – Fletch

I know what you’re thinking: They made a book outta that? YES! Before Chevy Chase mugged it up as Irwin M. Fletcher, Gregory McDonald wrote a series of novels chronicling the adventures of the intrepid reporter. In this edition of The Loosely Based Podcast, Brynna and Jeff discuss the first in the series, titled simply “Fletch” and the Chevy Chase film that it was VERY loosely adapted into. Listen in and find out if the Fletch in the novel was as witty as Chevy Chase’s version of the character.

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Episode 2 – Jurassic Park

In this edition, our fearless leaders discuss Michael Crichton’s 1990 thriller Jurassic Park and it’s 1993 film adaptation, um, Jurassic Park. Listen in and find out just how much trouble a prehistoric mosquito can cause.

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Episode 1 – The Body/Stand By Me

In this edition of The Loosely Based Podcast, Brynna and Jeff discuss Stephen King’s novella The Body and it’s film adaptation, 1986’s Stand By Me. Is the book better? Or does the movies surpass it’s source material? Listen to find out, and watch out for leeches.

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