The Versus Machine Podcast

The Versus Machine takes on two works of art, one source material and one adaptation, and processes it through to discover the differences and similarities of the two. Whether those differences are good or bad is up to you! After all, it’s what happens when you transform one medium into another.

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The Versus Machine Podcast: “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (the Book) VERSUS “The Adventures of Huck Finn” (the 1993 Disney Movie)

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Modern children have a very different environment surrounding them than they did when “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was written. Of this, we’re certain. But what liberties were taken with the classic Mark Twain tale as it was translated to a major 1993 Disney motion picture? We take it all on here inside this episode of The Versus Machine!

Links from this episode:

— “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (the book)
— “The Adventures of Huck Finn” (The 1993 Disney movie)
— Richard Gibson’s review of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (the book)

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The Versus Machine Podcast: “The Giver” (The Book) VERSUS “The Giver” (The Movie)

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“The Giver” (The Book) VERSUS “The Giver” (The Movie)

What if you lived in a community which never got angry? In fact, what if you lived in a community that didn’t have lying or pollution or anything negative at all? Welcome to Jonas’s community in “The Giver”! You’ve probably read the book. You probably saw the movie. You’d think an adaptation of a perfect world would be perfect, right? It’s time for the Versus Machine Podcast to have another comparison of great things when we run them both through our machine. Who will win? Only you decide! Join us for critical thinking, awesome comparisons, and more as we ask you if “The Giver” is a classic.

Links from this episode:

— Is “The Giver” a classic? Check out the book on Amazon now!
— Will this movie ever become a true “film”? Check it out on IMDB!
— You’ve read the book in school and seen it in the movies, but does the book really shine? Check out Richard Gibson’s review of “The Giver” now!
— You’ve heard the comparison, you’ve heard the hype, now see if Joseph Burge thinks “The Giver” stands as a good movie! Check out his review and take your injection!

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The Versus Machine Podcast: “The Fault in Our Stars” (The Book) VERSUS “The Fault in Our Stars” (The Movie)

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“The Fault in Our Stars” (The Book) VERSUS “The Fault in Our Stars” (The Movie)

The book was a sensation. The movie was a blockbuster. That’s why it’s a great way to start our second season! Teen angst isn’t just a magnetic property. It is the gravity-tell for a movie that takes cancer, high school hormones, and nationwide audiences to a level of excitement and awareness that hasn’t really yet been harnessed. Enjoy our very special look at “The Fault In Our Stars” (the book) VERSUS “The Fault In Our Stars” (the movie). Also be sure to look for a special live coverage version, featuring you in our recent on-site live podcasting event! It was great to have you all and we can’t wait to share our podcast with you!

Links from this episode:

— Check out what is fast being called a classic and decide for yourself! Check out the book that spawned the movie, “The Fault in Our Stars!”
— It’s the movie that wants to be a film! But is it just a sad teenage love story? Check out the movie that spawned a podcast “The Fault in Our Stars!”
— Is it a classic? Will it live forever in infamy? You decide! Check out Richard Gibson’s review of the book “The Fault in Our Stars” now!
— Is it a film? Is it the best movie ever? You decide! Check out Joseph Burge’s review of the movie “The Fault in Our Stars” now!

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“The Fault in Our Stars” (the book) VERSUS “The Fault in Our Stars” (the movie) 

They are a book and a tale that have taken the world by storm! The Versus Machine has been honored to be invited to The Spencer Road Library in St. Peters, Missouri to engage young minds in the critical discussion of the differences between “The Fault in Our Stars” (the book) VERSUS “The Fault in Our Stars” (the movie), and you’re invited! Look for more details as we approach the first of many great live Versus Machine Podcast events. Our thanks to the organizing people at The Spencer Road Library!

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The Versus Machine Podcast: “Little Shop of Horrors” (the 1960 Movie) VERSUS “Little Shop of Horrors” (the Musical)

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“Little Shop of Horrors” (the 1960 movie) VERSUS “Little Shop of Horrors” (the musical)

They’ve both got a green plant, they’ve both got vibrant characters, but just what are the differences between “Little Shop of Horrors” when we compare the musical (1982) VERSUS the movie  (1986) ? Versus Machine podcasters Joseph Burge and Ryan Stephens put both entries squarely into the Machine and hit the “GO!” button!

Links from this episode:

— “Little Shop of Horrors” (The 1960 Film)
— “Little Shop of Horrors” (The Musical)

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The Versus Machine Podcast: “A Christmas Carol” (the Book) VERSUS “A Christmas Carol” (the 1999 Hallmark Movie)

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“A Christmas Carol” (the book) VERSUS “A Christmas Carol” (the 1999 Hallmark movie)

It’s another holiday dipped in holiday spirit, courtesy of The Versus Machine! We put Christmas inside the crosshairs of this episode with the true, festive, emotional roller coaster ride of “A Christmas Carol!” We put two greats into opposing ends of the Versus Machine and let them go! In this corner, Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” (The book) VERSUS “A Christmas Carol” (the Patrick Stewart version)! We’re eager to know what you thought of our calls of similarity, opposing forces, and instances of where Patrick Stewart should have said “make it so!” that appear here inside this episode of The Versus Machine!

Links from this episode:

— “A Christmas Carol” (the book)
— “A Christmas Carol” (the 1999 Hallmark movie)
— Richard Gibson’s review of “A Christmas Carol” (the book)
— Joseph Burge’s review of “A Christmas Carol” (the 2013 animated movie)

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The Versus Machine Podcast: “Oliver Twist” (the Book) VERSUS “Oliver!” (the 1968 Musical)

 

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“Oliver Twist” (the book) VERSUS “Oliver!” (the 1968 Musical)

We’ve all just finished a weekend where full plates, even fuller hearts, and shopping sprees galore score the tastes on our palates. But what about those that don’t have? Just about everyone’s familiar with the story of “Oliver Twist”, a take that dialogues the lives of orphans, the forgotten, and those that don’t have. But what about a comparison of the beloved, striking novel “The Adventures of Oliver Twist” VERSUS the unique and strangely-rounded “Oliver!”? It’s all right here inside the most recent episode of The Versus Machine and we invite you to tell us what you think!

Links from this episode:

— “The Adventures of Oliver Twist, OR The Parish Boy’s Progress” (the book)
— “Oliver!” (the 1968 musical)
— Richard Gibson’s review of “The Adventures of Oliver Twist” (Book)

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The Versus Machine Podcast: “V for Vendetta” (the Graphic Novel) VERSUS “V for Vendetta” (the Movie)

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“V for Vendetta” (the graphic novel) VERSUS “V for Vendetta” (the movie)

“Remember, remember the fifth of November.” An iconic and awe-inspiring story, “V for Vendetta”, is jam packed with action, romance, and, most of all, intrigue. Come see The Versus Machine Podcast as it takes Alan Moore’s title under its crosshairs as it runs “V for Vendetta” (the graphic novel) VERSUS “V for Vendetta” (the movie) through the machine!

Links from this episode:

— “V for Vendetta” (the graphic novel)
— “V for Vendetta” (the movie)

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The Versus Machine Podcast: “The Shining” (the Book) VERSUS “The Shining (the 1980 Stanley Kubrick Movie)

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“The Shining” (the book) VERSUS “The Shining (the 1980 Stanley Kubrick movie)

What could be more disturbing than reading through Stephen King’s “The Shining?” Well, how about a viewing of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining?” Well, we’ve got that beat, too. How about an axe murderer and a sorcerer comparing “The Shining” (the book) & “The Shining” (the movie)? That we’ve got, and it’s not just a reminiscence in tremendous horror, it’s a wonderfully educational experience that delivers perspective on two great classics.

Links from this episode:

— “The Shining” (the book)
— “The Shining” (the 1980 Stanley Kubrick movie)

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The Versus Machine Podcast: “Resident Evil” (the Video Game) VERSUS “Resident Evil” (the Movie)

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“Resident Evil” (the video game) VERSUS “Resident Evil” (the movie)

Originally conceived as inspiration from Capcom’s classic “Sweet Home,” “Resident Evil” has since taken the world by storm. Through theme park exhibits, video games, comic strips, movies, and everything else, it has become a staple in this world of zombie phenomena. There is no better example of the way a zombie should be than that of this game. When making a movie out of such a sensitive source material, it’s important to note that all ideas are important ones. No matter what, the script has to be solid. And sometimes, we have to take the advice coming to us.

Links from this episode:

— “Resident Evil” (the video game)
— “Resident Evil” (the movie)

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The Versus Machine Podcast: “The Hobbit” (the Book) VERSUS “The Hobbit” (the 1977 Animated Movie)

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The Versus Machine Podcast “The Hobbit, OR There and Back Again” (the book) VERSUS “The Hobbit” (the 1977 animated movie)

A fantasy book is a way to make us see something we had never previously imagined. New worlds, new rules, and new magic permeate in a way that leaves us breathless a great deal of the time. In terms of fantasy, none are more revered than the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien. Through a decisive and broad stroke, his worlds have become so fleshed out to us that it is hard to imagine a world without them. With his first foray into Middle-Earth in “The Hobbit,” we became so incredibly engrossed with his story that it’s hard to say we ever left. Although many films of his have been made, few truly exhibit his goals. In comparison and contrast, Rankin-Bass’s classic retelling makes us sing, dance, and truly feel.

Links from this episode:

— “The Hobbit” (the book)
— “The Hobbit” (the 1977 animated movie)
— Richard Gibson’s review of “The Hobbit” (the book)
— Jacob Trokey’s review of “The Hobbit” (the 1977 animated movie)

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The Versus Machine Podcast: “Of Mice and Men” (the Novella) VERSUS “Of Mice and Men” (the 1992 Movie)

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“Of Mice and Men” (the novella) VERSUS “Of Mice and Men” (the 1992 movie)

The American Dream is by far the most wonderful and enlightening ideal of our world. An idea born from nothing more than a dedication to ourselves, it is one that has more incarnations than almost any in our world. The idea that one person can be born from nothing and make something meaningful and important of himself is one that is so universally enriching that it is beyond reproach. While many authors have tackled the American Dream on the American farm in literature, no one is a match for John Steinbeck’s classic tales. In particular, the tale “Of Mice and Men” shows the allure of the American Dream. And in terms of adaptation, we at the Versus Machine Podcast find that the 1992 Gary Sinise and John Malkovich version of this classic tale is by far the best to run through our machine.

Links from this episode:

— “Of Mice and Men” (the book)
— “Of Mice and Men” (the movie)
— Richard Gibson’s review of “Of Mice and Men” (the book)
— Joseph Burge’s review of “Of Mice and Men” (the movie)

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The Versus Machine Podcast: “Watchmen” (the Graphic Novel) VERSUS “Watchmen” (the Movie)

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Graphic novels and graphic novel movies have been a staple of American culture since the golden age of comics. They have steadily become the most interesting and hotly debated of cinematic exploits. To talk about a time when movies made us feel like we knew superheroes is to talk about a time when cinema ruled the world. But in terms of graphic novels, none are more highly revered than those of Alan Moore. Of all Moore’s work, his foray into the nuclear-driven world of “Watchmen” has so many topics for discussion, let alone comparison. Once called “unfilmable” by the author himself, this novel deals with so many topics that it is rough to even summarize. But though “unfilmable,” “300” director Zack Snyder has dared to conquer such a thing in his 2009 adaptation. We at the Versus Machine Podcast feel Snyder got some of the essence of purpose and characters, but he missed the biggest points. Unfortunately, this leaves us wanting in a way that may be hard to conquer for any fan.

Links from this episode:

— “Watchmen” (the graphic novel)
— “Watchmen” (the movie)
— Richard Gibson’s review of “Watchmen” (the graphic novel)
— Joseph Burge’s review of “Watchmen” (the movie)

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The Versus Machine Podcast: “The Great Gatsby” (the 1925 novel) VERSUS “The Great Gatsby” (the 2013 novie)

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“The Great Gatsby” (the 1925 novel) VERSUS “The Great Gatsby” (the 2013 movie)

In terms of the American Dream, it does not get better than F. Scott Fitzgerald. His unique vision of a time when climbing to the top meant knocking someone else down, he, more so than others of his time, understood that not everything was as it seemed. While all of his stories embody this image, none are more well-known that that of “The Great Gatsby.” His unique foray into love, lust, betrayal, and dreams is the epitome of a roaring ’20s masterpiece. We at the Versus Machine Podcast feel this book is wrought with excitement and action for a possible movie adaptation, and we can also see that Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation makes its mark. While arguably improving certain actions, it does not capture the essence of what is Fitzgerald’s classic tale. With such a far-gone adaptation, we start our machine.

Links from this episode:

— “The Great Gatsby” (the 1925 book)
— “The Great Gatsby” (the 2013 movie)
— Richard Gibson’s Review of “The Great Gatsby” (the 1925 book)
— Joseph Burge’s Review of “The Great Gatsby” (the 2013 movie)

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