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Excessively Diverted

Beau North and Sammi Campbell are here to guide you through the world of Modern-Day Austen Film Adaptations. From the good to the very, very bad we present a judgement-free look at how Jane Austen's characters translate in the modern era.
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Oct 29, 2019

Beau and Sammi are back from a longer-than-expected break and this time they are joined by special guest Andrew Schwartz, host of the delightfully bizarre Talkin' Bout Turtle! This episode they discuss the 90's teen reimagining of Romeo & Juliet...not, the other 90's teen reimagining of Romeo & Juliet, Ronnie and Julie! Marvel at Joshua Jackson's cable knit sweaters and smooth, just-out-of-puberty face, along with Teri Garr's hair, horrible name changes, terrible siblings, and the hot political climate of Spokane, Washington! Also keep an eye out for the most punchable Mercutio ever portrayed! 

 

 

Oct 29, 2019

Beau and Sammi are back from a longer-than-expected break and this time they are joined by special guest Andrew Schwartz, host of the delightfully bizarre Talkin' Bout Turtle! This episode they discuss the 90's teen reimagining of Romeo & Juliet...not, the other 90's teen reimagining of Romeo & Juliet, Ronnie and Julie! Marvel at Joshua Jackson's cable knit sweaters and smooth, just-out-of-puberty face, along with Teri Garr's hair, horrible name changes, terrible siblings, and the hot political climate of Spokane, Washington! Also keep an eye out for the most punchable Mercutio ever portrayed! 

 

 

Sep 9, 2019

Sammi and Beau are BACK with a new episode AND a new theme song! Join them as they close out the 4-part series Shakespeare ReTold and talk hair, stalkers, and refreshing updates to this beloved play. 

 

 

Aug 13, 2019

Sammi and Beau return with the third and most underwhelming installment of their Shakespeare ReTold Series. An adaptation that wasn't sure what it wanted to be, was at times very disjointed, with some humor that didn't quite land and the most un-funny Bottom yet seen. This episode is packed with Puka Shell Energy. 

Jul 22, 2019

This week Sammi and Beau are back (with some new recording equipment so patience please) with Part II of their series on Shakespeare ReTold. This time it's the Scottish Play at bat in a perfectly blood-soaked modernization featuring powerful performances from James MacAvoy, Richard Armitage, and Keeley Hawes. Pull up a chair and a glass of something red. 

Jul 1, 2019

Sammi and Beau begin their 4-Part series on Shakespeare ReTold from 2006, beginning with the Shirley Henderson/Rufus Sewell powerhouse that it Taming of the Shrew. A perfectly imperfect adaptation that nevertheless impresses the viewer with the powerful chemistry and near-flawless comedic timing between the two leads. As a bonus, seeing Rufus Sewell in fishnet stockings checked one item off of Beau's bucket list. 

 

Jun 17, 2019

Beau and Sammi head to the Great White North for a light-hearted take on Hamlet - yes, you read that right. Crack a beer, hoser. We're watching Strange Brew!

 

May 21, 2019

Beau and Sammi discuss Joss Whedon's 2012 take on Much Ado About Nothing. While it may never dethrone the 90's version, this is a movie that is impossible to dislike thanks to it's sparkling cast of characters. 

 

Apr 26, 2019

Beau and Sammi try to wade through Tim Blake Nelson's modern take on Othello, with mixed results. While this movie was very well done and very true-to-text, it left us wondering if Modern adaptations of the tragedies don't need to be a bit *less* true to text. 

 

Mar 25, 2019

#Shakesyear continues with Kenneth Branagh's attempt to meld Shakespeare and 1930's Cinema in what was ultimately a wet pile of words, soundstages, and bizarre musical numbers. We should have loved it, given our fondness for the works of Baz Luhrmann, but it just didn't work for us, resulting in the shortest episode of Excessively Diverted yet. Maybe we'll have better luck next time. 

Podcast art by Salty Said Sweetly https://www.saltysaidsweetly.com/

Mar 11, 2019

Beau and Sammi step deep in the heart of Texas in this odd, made-for-tv adaptation of King Lear and emerge with the best catchphrase yet heard on this show. 

 

 

Feb 18, 2019

Sammi and Beau finally hit a bump in the road that is #Shakesyear with 'A Midsummer Night's Rave,' a film that's certainly a good idea in theory but so poorly produced that it was hard to get invested in either the characters or plot. 

Feb 4, 2019

Sammi and Beau step up their art cinema game with Akira Kurosawa's 1957 masterfully take on MacBeth, 'Throne of Blood.' 

Podcast Artwork by Salty Said Sweetly

 

Jan 23, 2019

Sammi and Beau are shocked at how enjoyable and true-to-source this modernization of Twelfth Night is. Join them as they discuss this madcap comedy of twins, shipwrecks  soccer, slightly dim dreamboat Duke Orsino, and why it's never appropriate to change clothes in a bouncy house. 

Dec 31, 2018

#Shakesyear continues as Beau and Sammi discuss the early 80's answer to Romeo & Juliet, Valley Girl! This movie won our hearts by featuring an incredibly young Nicholas Cage at his most adorable, the incredible face acting of Deborah Foreman, and one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time. Valley Girl was directed by Martha Coolidge, who also directed Material Girls, featured on our very first episode (but we won't hold that against her). 

Dec 10, 2018

Beau and Sammi kick off #Shakesyear with a double-header viewing of Taming of the Shrew and it's contemporary counterpart, 10 Things I Hate About You. While Beau shares ex-boyfriend horror stories, Sammi can't say enough about the beauty of Heath Ledger. 

Be sure to follow the show on its BRAND NEW twitter feed! We want to hear from you! What movies are you hoping to hear us talk about? 

Podcast art by Salty Said Sweetly 

Nov 12, 2018

Beau and Sammi return to discuss the movie chosen by our Rational Creatures contest winner, Crystal A, and they announce what's next for the future of the show. 

Sep 24, 2018

Author Tamsen Parker joins Beau to discuss her vibrant new retelling of Emma, If I Loved You Less. They discuss what still makes Emma such a compelling character 200 years later, writing books our parents can read, and how baked goods are shorthand for love. Join us for this one, it's simply delicious. 

You can find Tamsen on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to name a few. 

New Podcast Art from Salty Said Sweetly

Aug 27, 2018

Sammi and Beau go on the road to meet Jessamyn Leigh, one of the awesome women behind the new webseries-in-development, Rational Creatures. That's right, someone is FINALLY modernizing Persuasion! And it will be a diverse, inclusive adaptation! It is literally everything we've been asking for since the beginning of the show. Listen close for details on the contest, and make sure you donate, visit, and follow over at the Rational Creatures Seed and Spark page. 

Jul 9, 2018

Beau and Sammi are back for an unusual outing. One very important detail to know before listening: You will need to have 2005's Pride and Prejudice queued up to watch while listening to this episode. Join us as we sigh over the loveliness of the English countryside, lived-in Longbourn, and Matthew Macfadyen. If you're tuning in for 2 hours of Keira Knightley snark, we've got bad news for you...

Feb 19, 2018

Stepping into Sammi's shoes as co-host/special guest this episode is the lovely and talented Adam Roche from the wonderful podcasts The Secret History of Hollywood and Attaboy, Clarence! 

Join Beau and Adam as they discuss the 1940 adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice,' a zany romcom with carriage races, pudding faces, and all the arrow euphemisms you can shake a stick at. Here the only thing bigger than the sleeves are the bonnets, Darcy seems to have a split personality, and Lady Catherine is a force for good. 

Jan 8, 2018

Sammi and Beau discuss Emma Approved part 2, weird Jams, appropriate office attire, and how everyone needs to stop trying to be Harriet's dad. 

Dec 30, 2017

Sammi and Beau discuss the coming hiatus, Season 3, and the future of Excessively Diverted. 

Dec 18, 2017

Sammi and Beau return to Pemberley Digital for Bernie Su's take on Emma, Emma Approved.Not just a lifestyle coach/matchmaker, Emma Woodhouse is a savvy business woman and personal brand, along with her business partner Alex Knightley and adorable assistant Harriet Smith, Emma is determined to be the face of Lifestyle Excellence (whatever that means?) So grab your tablets, your Kate Spade binders and your structured blazers and join us for Emma Approved, part 1 of 2. 

Dec 4, 2017

This week Sammi and Beau are joined by superstar podcaster Gena Radcliffe of the show Kill By Kill to discuss Whit Stillman's 2016 comedic masterpiece 'Love & Friendship,' based on the novella 'Lady Susan.' While Love & Friendship is not a modern adaptation, it is probably Austen's most subversive surviving work, and the scheming Lady Susan is played to absolute perfection by Kate Beckinsale with support from the marvelous Chloe Sevigny. 

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