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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
#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.
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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.
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.
Sammi and Beau step up their art cinema game with Akira Kurosawa's 1957 masterfully take on MacBeth, 'Throne of Blood.'
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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.
#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).
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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...
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.
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.
Sammi and Beau discuss the coming hiatus, Season 3, and the future of Excessively Diverted.
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.
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.
Sammi and Beau are Bollywood bound once more for this Tamil adaptation of Sense & Sensibility. While it took a few minutes to acclimate to this movie, we found it incredibly charming with well drawn characters, humor, lots of entertaining musical numbers, and plenty of sweetness. These might be the best versions of Elinor and Marianne in any modern adaptation that we've seen! As an additional bonus, this movie features a cat wedding, so this definitely checked all of our boxes.
A slightly intoxicated Sammi and Beau are joined by returning guest Karolinn and first-time guest Brian to discuss the 2015 Straight outta Salt Lake City series Austentatious, which asks "what would happen if the Dashwood sisters, Emma Woodhouse, and Elizabeth Bennet were all single career gals who lived on a series of sound stages? There is little here to recommend the series, from creepy, miscast, and poorly adapted characters to cheap sets and some rampant misogyny. If you were considering watching this, our advice would be "don't."
Warning to listeners, this might be our most profanity-riddled episode yet.