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Are you the sort of person who likes to read the book before you see the movie? So are Luke and James—a writer and filmmaker respectively who bring their backgrounds studying stories to the table for in-depth discussions of the adaptations of the past and present. If you love delving into the craft behind the art you love, then Ink to Film is for you.
 
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Bruce Miller’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s famous novel has pulled in numerous accolades, but what is it that makes the show so noteworthy? In episode 198, Luke & James react to the first five episodes of season 1, explore the directorial decisions, what lighting can mean for a scene, the purpose of extreme closeups, and theorize why the show s…
 
Margaret Atwood’s dystopian feminist novel drew praise and outrage alike when it was first released for its controversial subject matter, but the modern classic has only grown in relevance over time, with perhaps no moment in American history since its publication more apropos than the one we’re in now. In episode 197, Luke & James wade into the po…
 
Nia DaCosta’s spiritual follow-up to the 90s cult classic synthesizes the 30-year history of the legendary Candyman mythos and its real-world reach with the social problems of today, creating something truly special. In episode 196, Luke & James revel in their return to theaters, revisit the powerful on-screen presence of Yahya Abdul Mateen II, lin…
 
Clive Barker invented the Candyman character in his short story “The Forbidden,” but it wouldn’t be until Bernard Rose’s adaptation hit theaters that the iconic Black antagonist would go mainstream and become a part of horror history. But which is the superior version? In episode 195, Luke & James discuss a strange choice in titles, Barker's signat…
 
Joe Wright created a commercially successful adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel that appealed to modern audiences, but does it lose anything in the process? In episode 194, special guest author Jennifer Hudak joins Luke & James to talk loaded looks, secret hand-flexes, hidden references, and some spectacular performances all over this star-s…
 
Jane Austen is widely considered among the greatest authors of all time, but she never knew it, dying well before her work would rise to fame. In episode 193, Luke & James discuss the tragic story of Austen as an anonymous novelist who lived a life remarkably similar to the characters she wrote about. Join them next week when they discuss Joe Wrigh…
 
Wolfgang Peterson traumatized scores of children with his harrowing depiction of Atreyu losing his horse Artax in the Swamp of Sadness, but is there any truth to the urban legend about the real-life horse dying in the scene? No, but there is a lot you might not know about what went into that iconic moment, which included a dangerous close call to a…
 
Michael Ende’s famous novel explores the nature of storytelling and the value of reading books all while wrapped up in a meta-exploration of a surrealist fantasy adventure written for children. This book goes way beyond where Wolfgang Peterson’s iconic adaptation, exploring what it means to literally lose yourself in a story. In episode 191, Luke &…
 
Is George Roy Hill’s adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s most famous novel a lesser-known gem released before its time? Or does it struggle to truly rise above? In episode 190, Luke & James discuss which viewers the movie might appeal to most, the wizardry of film-editing before CGI, the extremely high level of difficulty in adapting such strange materia…
 
Kurt Vonnegut’s enduring anti-war novel rocketed him into fame by coming to American readers when attitudes were ripe for the sort of novel he wanted to write, one that fictionalizes his experiences as a POW in World War II and the trauma of surviving the bombing of Dresden. In episode 189, Luke & James revel in the unique style of a master, try to…
 
In this former Patreon-exclusive episode, Luke & James discuss all of season 1 of HBO's WATCHMEN television series. Topics include Regina King's remarkable performance, Damon Lindelof's oeuvre & affinity for mystery boxes, and finally the possible meanings intended by the show's ending. Become a Patron for hours of more exclusive content like this:…
 
From the horrific tragedy that marred production to the up and down quality of each segment in this anthology-style 80s film, this former Patreon-exclusive episode gave Luke & James plenty to discuss! The film features four different directors: John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, and George Miller. Become a Patron for hours of more exclusive …
 
Now that the guys have seen Mike Flanagan’s entire vision, does it change their view of the show as an adaptation? In a word, yes, but also not completely. In episode 188, Luke & James geek out about "oners," get floored by a particular jump scare, and have their minds blown in the Red Room. They finish out the project with a final vote on which wa…
 
Mike Flanagan has made a name for himself as an adapter of famous works of horror, including several Stephen King projects, but it is his 2018 Netflix series adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s famous novel that may be his most notable outing yet. In episode 187, Luke & James don't always agree as they discuss how the vibe of the show differs from the …
 
Shirley Jackson is one of the most beloved horror writers of all time, and for good reason. In episode 186, Luke & James discuss what makes "The Haunting of Hill House" into one of, if not THE, greatest haunted house story of all time. Shirley Jackson’s masterful prose, her tragic death, and her monumental legacy are all on the table. And join them…
 
Take a ride into cinema history with Sidney Lumet’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous train murder-mystery. In episode 185, Luke & James discuss a star-studded cast (Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, and many more), an iconic filmmaker in his prime, and a story about Albert Finney’s makeup regimen that…
 
Agatha Christie is the single most best selling fiction author of all time, with 2.3 BILLION copies of her work sold. What makes her work such a sensation with a legion of devoted readers and more still discovering her today? In episode 184, Luke & James discuss the life of the Queen of Mystery herself, delve into her real-life disappearance, and w…
 
Joel and Ethan Coen won 4 Oscars for their acclaimed adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name starring Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, and Tommy Lee Jones. In episode 183, Luke & James discuss all the ways the material aligned with the Coen Brothers’ artistic vision, the indelible scenes filled with sights and sounds that…
 
Cormac McCarthy is widely considered one of the greatest living writers, famous for his sparse yet vivid prose stripped of almost all punctuation. In episode 182, Luke & James discuss the life of the reclusive author, the power of the language, the bleakness of its themes, and grapple with what message to ultimately take away from this post-western…
 
The hosts of the “Positively Pop Culture” podcast (authors K. W. Taylor & Carrie Gessner) join to discuss the second half of Netflix’s hit new show, "Shadow and Bone." In episode 181, Luke, James, K. W., and Carrie enter the Grishaverse together to explore the series as its first season comes to a close. They finish by casting their votes on which …
 
Eric Heisserer’s adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse series gets off to a memorable start, making some smart changes and bringing in characters from later books to round out the world. In episode 180, Luke & James calm down, hug the goat, and discuss the first four episodes of Netflix’s latest hit series starring Jessie Mei Li, Ben Barnes, Fr…
 
Leigh Bardugo’s debut marked her first entry in the bestselling Grisha Trilogy that launched a franchise about to soar to unknown heights with the release of the upcoming Netflix series adaptation of the same name. In episode 179, join Luke & James as they learn about the Small Science, the Sun Summoner, the Darkling, all the while delving into the…
 
Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is a foundational piece of American Literature whose influence is still being felt well over two centuries later as it continues to inspire adaptations. One standout came in 1999, when Tim Burton’s Johnny Depp-led film took the tale in a new direction, changing major elements of the story. In episod…
 
Douglas Adams’s iconic novel was posthumously adapted to the screen by Garth Jennings and features a star-studded cast (Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, etc.), but does it do the novel justice? In episode 177, Luke & James are joined by Tyler Clawson of the Between Lewis & Lovecraft podcast to talk …
 
Douglas Adams is a legend in Science Fiction for good reason, and his radio comedy turned novel is where it all took off. In episode 176, Luke & James discuss the absurdity linking cosmic horror to cosmic humor, the ineffable meaning of life, and the unforgettable genius of Adams’s dry British wit. Join them next week for the film adaptation by Gar…
 
Is the biopic about Tolkien’s life worth seeing or does it fail to do the fantasy-icon justice? Luke & James discuss where it shined and where it stumbled in this former Patreon-exclusive episode. Become a Patron to access more content like this: www.patreon.com/inktofilmShop in the NEW Ink to Film Bookstore! Ink to Film's Twitter, Facebook, Instag…
 
David Fincher crafted an ultra-popular adaptation with a screenplay penned by the author herself, Gillian Flynn, but were there important things lost in the process? In episode 175, special guest Rebecca Drake (ONLY EVER YOU, JUST BETWEEN US) joins Luke & James to talk Ben Afleck's and Rosamund Pike’s performances, improved scenes, adaptation casua…
 
Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel features an iconic pair of characters that will make you doubt love itself. In episode 174, Luke & James talk master-level craft, unreliable narrators, controversial women characters, and the latent power of True Crime fans. Join them next week for the 2014 film adaptation by David Fincher starring Ben Affleck and …
 
Edgar Wright brings his brand of fast-paced and kinetic filmmaking to his adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comics, but does his version ultimately outshine the original series? In episode 173, Luke & James talk Manic Pixies, a cast for the ages (Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Brie Larson, and so m…
 
Bryan Lee O’ Malley’s breakout comic series stars a slacker/loser protagonist for the ages who simultaneously bumbles through life and takes part in an epic genre-bending, form-blending, 4th-wall-breaking hero’s journey. In episode 172, Luke & James discuss the intersection of problematic tropes, endearing art, and legitimate life-lessons that evol…
 
This Josh Boone led CBS adaptation began with promise, but it ends in disappointment. Where did they go wrong along the way? Is there good to be found? In episode 171, Luke & James discuss the final episodes of Hollywood’s latest Stephen King adaptation, including an episode written by the man himself that adds *LIGHT SPOILER-WARNING* an all new sh…
 
“The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet.” -Stephen King. In episode 170, Luke & James discuss the final 3rd of this epic novel, and compare it to the other books by King they’ve read. Each of the remaining main characters are revisited: Stuart Redman, Frannie Goldsmith, Larry Underwood,…
 
After years in and out of development, Benjamin Cavell and Josh Boone finally put together a big time adaptation of "The Stand," taking another shot at the iconic Stephen King pandemic novel. Is it worth your time? In episode 169, Luke & James take the plunge into CBS All-Access and discuss whether the show is living up to their expectations, what’…
 
In the middle third of Stephen King’s epic tale, the survivors of the Captain Trips superflu make their way to Boulder, Colorado to form a new society. To the West, Randall Flagg rallies an army in Las Vegas with dark intent. In episode 168, Luke & James grapple with the brutal realities on display in a post-apocalyptic world and react to losing on…
 
Stephen King’s apocalyptic epic is one of his most well-known novels, but how does it hold up in the time of COVID-19? In episode 167, Luke & James kick off Ink to Film’s fifth season with the first 1/3rd of the iconic novel. Each of the characters main characters are discussed, including Stuart Redman, Nick Andros, Frannie Goldsmith, Larry Underwo…
 
Pop the champagne, you’ve made it out of 2020. In episode 166, Luke & James pick the best/ worst adaptations of the year! Topics: Most Surprising Project Top 5 States (downloads) Worst Source Material Best Source Material Top 5 Countries (downloads) Worst Adaptation Top 10 Ink to Film Episodes (downloads) Best Adaptation Looking forward to 2021 Bec…
 
Everyone’s favorite beleaguered reindeer takes center-stage for this holiday special, spanning from the original story to the stop-motion animated classic. In episode 165, Luke & James learn all about the tragic story of Robert L. May--the inventor of a Christmas sensation that would go on to inspire chart-topping singles and a Rankin/Bass animated…
 
Vampires get fabulous and sexy while retaining some real darkness in this Neil Jordan adaptation of Anne Rice’s seminal novel. In episode 164, Luke & James compare the film starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, and Christian Slater to its source, and ultimately cast their votes on which was better the version of this story! Topics: Which s…
 
Anne Rice has defined vampire fiction for a generation, but it all began with her debut novel where Louis de Pointe du Lac tells the story of his 200 year life to a mortal interviewer with a tape recorder. In episode 163, Luke & James visit the dark and fantastic world of a New Orleans long past. Topics: Anne Rice’s legacy in genre fiction, the pot…
 
John McTiernan’s action films are undeniable hallmarks of the 80s and 90s, so how does this Tom Clancy adaptation stack up to his other noteworthy entries? In episode 162, Luke & James compare the source material to the film adaptation and ultimately decide which is the better version. Topics: Alec Baldwin as a leading man, Sean Connery’s toupee, a…
 
Tom Clancy was one of America’s bestselling authors of all time, and his character Jack Ryan has cemented a place in pop culture, but how did he get his start, and what's his lasting legacy? In episode 161, Luke & James go back to the beginning of the storied career with the book that started an empire and popularized the techno-thriller for mainst…
 
Cinderella is an ancient story, but the most well-known literary version is the tale by The Mother Goose AKA Charles Perrault, first published in the late 1600s. But what does it have in common with a Whitney Houston and Brandy led Cinderella musical adaptation from the 90s? In episode 160, Marci & Ako of the Colored Pages Book Club podcast join Lu…
 
Does Jaws 2 live up to its classic predecessor or sink into bad sequel territory? Does it have anything to do with Peter Benchley's novel? James reacts to his first time watching the movie in a discussion that touches on "Sharknado," "Alien," "The Fast and the Furious," and more in this former Patreon-exclusive episode! Become a Patron to listen to…
 
Author, voice actor, audiobook narrator, and podcast host J. S. Arquin joins to discuss James McTeigue’s adaptation of Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s comic series. In episode 159, Luke, James, and J. S. discuss this classic antifa tale on the eve of the 2020 American Presidential Election. Topics: What it is like covering this project in the midst of…
 
V, the romantic anarchist, incites revolution in a fictional future dystopian England with many striking similarities to our very real present in America. In episode 158, Luke & James revisit the work of the legendary Alan Moore, paired with David Lloyd, as a young Moore begins to cement his legacy in comics. Topics: a reaction to Thatcherism, anar…
 
Writer Remy Nakamura returns to discuss the final five episodes of Misha Green’s HBO series adaptation of Matt Ruff’s novel. In episode 157, Luke, James, and Remy explore the many lessons this ambitious, genre-bending show has to teach. Episodes covered: “Meet Me in Daegu” “I Am.” “Jig-a-Bobo” “Rewind 1921” “Full Circle” Topics: the history of tent…
 
Writer and friend of the show Remy Nakamura joins to weigh in on the second half of Matt Ruff’s novel, his own relationship to H. P. Lovecraft’s work, and shout out some other amazing authors worth checking out if you want more socially-conscious cosmic horror. In episode 156, Luke, James, and Remy react to the conclusion of this uniquely American …
 
Misha Green helms the HBO adaptation of Matt Ruff’s novel starring Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Wunmi Mosaku, and Michael K Williams in a show that has purpose. In episode 155, Luke & James unpack what they can from the first five entries of this important and timely series. Episodes covered: “Sundown” “Whitey’s on the Moon” “Holy Ghost” “A Hi…
 
Matt Ruff inverts the inherent racism of Lovecraft’s fiction by tying it to white supremacy in this supernatural horror novel about America’s racist history. In episode 154, Luke & James take their first few steps into the unimaginable horror lurking in the era of Jim Crow laws. Sections covered: "Lovecraft Country" "Dreams of the Which House" "Abd…
 
Was this 1978 animated film inspiration for Peter Jackson's trilogy? Does this original adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's work hold up today? On this (former patreon-exclusive) episode Luke and James recount the experience of watching this rotoscoped film as first time viewers in the modern day. Become a Patron to listen to even more content like th…
 
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