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A Reel Page Turner

Maura Maros and Donny Granza

Writers Maura Maros and Donny Granza discuss the screen adaptations of books.

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Fathers Day episode!
6d ago
Fathers Day episode!
A Reel Page Turner celebrates Dads of all types today in new episode! Donny and Maura discuss  the heart breaking  memoir “Two Kisses for Maddy: A memoir of Loss and Love” by Matthew Logelin and the Netflix  movie it inspired “Fatherhood” starring Kevin Hart.  Follow A Reel Page Turner on Social Media @AReelPageTurnerInstagram: @AReelPageTurnerTikTok:@areelpageturner
Fathers Day episode!
6d ago
Fathers Day episode!
A Reel Page Turner celebrates Dads of all types today in new episode! Donny and Maura discuss  the heart breaking  memoir “Two Kisses for Maddy: A memoir of Loss and Love” by Matthew Logelin and the Netflix  movie it inspired “Fatherhood” starring Kevin Hart.  Follow A Reel Page Turner on Social Media @AReelPageTurnerInstagram: @AReelPageTurnerTikTok:@areelpageturner
"Boy Erased"
Jun 12 2022
"Boy Erased"
As we continue to recognize Pride Month, it is important that we highlight the stories of the LGBTQ+ community. In today’s very special episode we discuss the 2017 book Boy Erased and it’s 2018 film adaptation. We are joined by trailblazing Scranton City Council member Dr Jessica Rothchild to talk about not only the book and movie but also the horrors of conversion therapy.More about Jessica:Dr. Jessica Rothchild was elected to Scranton City Council in 2019, making history as the city’s first out LGBTQ member. While on council, she has proposed and passed an ordinance banning conversion therapy in Scranton. Jessica lives with her wife, 15 month old daughter, and two goldendoodles. In addition to being a Councilwoman, she works full-time as a physical therapist in outpatient rehabilitation. She is a graduate of the University of Scranton with both a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Bachelors of Exercise Science degree. Jessica has always been a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community since college, founding her school’s first official LGBTQ student organization. She has served on many non-profit boards. She is currently a member of the PA Commission for Women and the PA State Democratic Committee. She is the Vice Chair for the LGBTQ Caucus of the PA Democrats. In her spare time, she is an avid skier and enjoys hiking.Learn more about how the Trevor Project is fighting to end Conversion Therapy: Pride Month by donating to the Trevor Project: Follow A Reel Page Turner on Social Media @AReelPageTurnerInstagram: @AReelPageTurnerTikTok:@areelpageturner
Brokeback Mountain
Jun 5 2022
Brokeback Mountain
We celebrate Pride Month by discussing the 1997 short story Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx and the 2005 Oscar winning film adaptation. The film was directed by Ang Lee and stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two cowboys engaged in a secret romance.
Captain America Civil War
May 29 2022
Captain America Civil War
Why can’t we all just get along?” We ask this question on our latest episode. In a first, we review a comic book and the 2016 MCU film Captain America Civil War. The film stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr in their iconic roles of Captain America and Iron Man as well many other Avengers stalwarts. Find out what happens when two sides who normally fight together are now at odds. Joining us are some very special guests from the Project Infinite podcast Rob Peck and Court Cummings!More about the hosts of project Infinite Podcast:A 30-year-old writer from The Poconos in Pennsylvania, Rob Peck is at his core a storyteller. From the page, to everyday life, to now half of the podcasting duo that makes up The Project Infinite Podcast, he believes everybody has a story to tell and it’s up to them to tell it, not anyone else. A graduate of the Wilkes University M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, he has his sights set on publishing novel manuscripts and partnering with his podcast co-host Courtney in taking Project Infinite to the next level to become a one stop shop for everything in the multiverse of fandom, from movies, to TV, to video games, comics and beyond.Courtney Cummings is a 23-year-old filmmaker and photographer out of the Poconos in Pennsylvania. Since a young age, he has been connected to film and found a passion and drive to create narrative stories built on the principles of reflection of life, as well as having work that can connect to an audience and using his art as an avenue to connect and help them through hardships in life. He is also a university student at East Stroudsburg University, with a major in Digital Media and minor of English. His body of work includes multiple photoshoots with models from the area, multiple narrative works, and screenplays written, and pre-production on the upcoming film, “Until Next Time”, which he is directing. He is also the host of The Project Infinite Podcast, where he curates and conducts film and TV reviews and criticisms alongside co-host Rob Peck. The podcast is currently published on every major streaming platform, collecting over 1500 total downloads.Email: projectinfinitepod@gmail.comTwitter: Project Infinite PodcastInstagram: at theprojectinfinitepod
Sweet Smell of Success
May 22 2022
Sweet Smell of Success
On today’s very special episode we discuss 1957 noir-ish thriller "The Sweet Smell of Success." This film stars Hollywood legends Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis and was based on the 1950 novelette "Tell Me About it Tomorrow" by Ernest Lehman. Joining us in this episode is screenwriter, producer, voice actor, professor, and overall real mensch of a guy Mr. Ross Klavan. Join A Reel Page Turner on Facebook: our website: us on Instagram and Twitter:@AReelPageTurnerMore about Ross Klavan: Ross Klavan’s work spans film, TV, stage, books and radio. His screenplay for the film Tigerland was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and was directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Colin Farrell. Other screenplays were written for Miramax, Weinstein, Paramount, A&E, InterMedia, the BBC, Vortexplore, Walden Media, and TNT. He’s acted as script consultant for SenArts Films and teaches screenwriting at the graduate level as well as privately. Klavan’s darkly comic novel “Schmuck” was published by Greenpoint Press. Down and Out Books published three of his noir novellas: “Thump Gun Hitched,” “I Take Care Of Myself In Dreamland,” and “Cut Loose All Those Who Drag You Down.” His play, “How I Met My (Black) Wife (Again)” (co-written with Ray Iannicelli) was performed OffBroadway. As a performer, Klavan’s voice has been heard in dozens of feature films including “Revolutionary Road,” “Sometimes in April,” “Casino,” “Sixth Sense,” “Snake Eyes,” “In and Out,” and “You Can Count On Me” as well as in numerous TV and radio commercials. In other lives, he was a reporter and anchorman for WINS Radio, RKO Network and LBC Radio (London, England) and a member of the NYC alternative art group Four Walls. He lives in New York City with his wife, the artist Mary Jones.
Weekend at Bernie's/The Two Deaths of Quincas Water-Bray
May 15 2022
Weekend at Bernie's/The Two Deaths of Quincas Water-Bray
In our latest episode, we discuss the 1989 comedy classic Weekend at Bernie’s. This humorous farce was directed by Ted Kotcheff and written by Robert Klane. It stars Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman as two young insurance professionals who go to a weekend getaway at the beach house of their very “lively” boss, Bernie Lomax. The film is a loose adaptation of the 1959 Brazilian novella The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell, which was then translated into English under the title The Double Death of Quincas Water-Bray.
"The Joy Luck Club" at the North Pocono Public Library
May 8 2022
"The Joy Luck Club" at the North Pocono Public Library
Our special Mother’s Day live recording at the North Pocono Public Library. Our friends and family join us to discuss “The Joy Club.” Amy Tan’s debut novel is an emotional journey between immigrant parents and their American-born daughters. The movie was released in 1993 to critical acclaim and is part of the National Registry of Film for its cultural significance. Join us as we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander month and moms of all types.
"Deep Water"
Apr 30 2022
"Deep Water"
In our latest episode, we discuss the 1950’s classic thriller novel Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith and its recent film adaptation. The film, of the same name, was released earlier this year on Hulu and stars Ben Affleck and Ana De Armas. We discuss what we liked about both and what went wrong. *Hint* One of them is a CLEAR winner in our opinion!
"Macbeth" and "The Tragedy of Macbeth"
Apr 24 2022
"Macbeth" and "The Tragedy of Macbeth"
We have a very special episode, featuring our good friend from Wilkes University, Travis Shick. Travis is a “Shakespeare Aficionado,” making him the perfect guest for our episode on the 2021 Oscar-nominated film The Tragedy of Macbeth and its source material, Macbeth. Join us as we discuss the differences for both, and you’ll also get a little history lesson on “The Bard” himself and his classic works from Travis. The Tragedy of Macbeth is written and directed by Joel Coen (in his first solo effort) and stars Hollywood heavyweights, Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. More about our guest, Travis:Travis M. Shick received his undergraduate degree from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and completed his masters degree with the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University in 2017. Additionally, he has served over twenty-eight years as an officer in the US Army and Pennsylvania National Guard. Currently, he continues to serve in the Pennsylvania Guard as the Deputy Domestic Operations Officer (J3) for the Joint Staff. Travis lives in the oldest home within the city of Reading, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Dr. Klaudia Kosowska-Shick, and two daughters who daily push the boundaries of normality.  @AReelPageTurnerInstagram: areelpageturner
The Lorax
Apr 18 2022
The Lorax
Happy Earth Day! We celebrate Earth Day with our friend, Allison Richter. This week we talk about the Dr. Suess classic, “The Lorax” and the 2012 movie starring the voices of Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, and the late great Betty White.  We talk about the important environmental impact and messages in the book and movie.
Interview with Jennifer Cooney-Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Apr 11 2022
Interview with Jennifer Cooney-Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Donny and Maura welcome screenwriter, producer, and director Jennifer Cooney of HalfJack Generation this week on A Reel Page Turner. Jennifer wrote and produced "Rain Beau's End."  Her next film, "Wild Fire," is in production. The hosts depart from the book pages this week and take the listener into the work that goes into bringing a screenplay to the big screen. First, Jennifer shares a glimpse into the magic of turning an idea into a film. Then, she talks about listening to your instinct and what pulls at your heart. A generous person and engaging conversationalist, Jennifer is the perfect guest to take us behind the scenes. Learn more about Jennifer's production company and films at www.halfjackgeneration.com.  Rent and read more about the film Rain Beau's End: Rain Beau's End (rainbeausend.com)Follow the upcoming film, Wild Fire on Instagram: Wild Fire (@wildfire.featurefilm) • Instagram photos and videosFollow A Reel Page Turner on Social Media
Moxie
Apr 3 2022
Moxie
This week Donny and Maura delve into the young adult novel “Moxie” by Jennifer Mathieu. They talk about the good, the bad, and the different in the movie directed by Amy Poehler. Join the co-hosts as they reflect on their high school experiences.
Waiting to Exhale
Mar 27 2022
Waiting to Exhale
Take a deep breath and join Donny and Maura for a new episode discussing Terry McMillan's book "Waiting to Exhale." They welcome special guest Stacey Bawuuna, author of "The Executed Vision" and the Prepped Mom LLC owner. She shares her infectious personality and how the movie "Waiting to Exhale" reminds her of her teenage years. The trio talks about the movie's themes and the star-studded performances of Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon and why Bassett can do no wrong!Check out more about Stacey below! her book "The Executed Vision" here:  A Reel Page Turner and find out about upcoming events and episodes!  AReelPageTurnerTwitter: @AReelPageTurner
The House of Gucci
Mar 20 2022
The House of Gucci
Donny and Maura dive into the world of Gucci in this week’s episode. They discuss the 2021 Netflix movie staring, Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, and Jeremy Irons that follows the turbulent relationship between Patrizia Reggiani Gucci and Maurizio Gucci leading up to his murder. The movie is based on the 2001 Sara Gay Forden book, “The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed.” We talk about our favorite performances and the characters that were left out of the movie. AreelpageturnerTwitter: @AReelPageTurner
The Aviator and Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness
Mar 13 2022
The Aviator and Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness
Donny and I welcome our friend and author, Ora Smith, as we talk about the life of Howard Hughes. We discuss the Martin Scorsese film, “The Aviator,” and the book “Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness” by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele. In addition, Ora shares her in-depth knowledge and research of Hughes and her book, “Unacknowledged: The Possible Biological Mother of Howard Hughes.”More about Ora Smith:As a genealogist, Ora Smith has spent thirty-plus years researching her family histories. With her historical “Heritage Fiction” novels, she’s made a niche in writing about ancestors, creating fascinating stories based on true events. She loves nothing better than to be whisked off to past eras to meet those whose lives are worth sharing.  Ora’s one of those people who always has a project she’s excited about. Besides being a genealogist and author, she’s an artist, seamstress, lover of a good book, traveler, antiquer, upcycler, and history buff. Although she’s lived in Arizona since 1986, she spent her early life in Lake Tahoe, California, where her passion to write blossomed on a tranquil riverbank with a beautiful backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Sign up for her newsletter at all her books on Amazon author page. Link to our Podcast Facebook page and Website
The Lost Daughter
Mar 6 2022
The Lost Daughter
This week Donny and Maura talk about the Italian novel “The Lost Daughter” by Elena Ferrante and the 2021 Netflix movie directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film is nominated for many Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Olivia Colman for Best Actress, and Jesse Buckley for Best Supporting Actress.  The book and movie introduced us to a new term “maternal ambivalence”, and Donny and I confess we were about lost ourselves this week.
Away from Her/The Bear Came Over the Mountain
Feb 27 2022
Away from Her/The Bear Came Over the Mountain
It's our birthday week! Today Donny and Maura talk about the Alice Munro short story, "A Bear Came Over the Mountain" and the Sarah Polley adaptation, "Away From Her."  A man comes to grips with wife's Alzheimer's diagnosis and her friendship with another man in the assisted facility where she lives. Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013.Sarah Polley was nominated or Best Adapted Screenplay for the film and Julie Christie was nominated for Best Actress.
BlackKKlansman
Feb 21 2022
BlackKKlansman
This week Donny and Maura discuss Ron Stallworths’ 2018 “Black Klansman: A Memoir and the academy award winning film “BlackKKlanman.” The movie was written and directed by Spike Lee, starring John David Washington and Adam Driver.
Bridget Jones's Diary
Feb 13 2022
Bridget Jones's Diary
Happy Valentines Day! Donny and Maura review the classis rom-com Bridget Jones's Diary. The book was published in 1996 and the movie released in 2001. The movie starred Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.
The Hate U Give
Feb 7 2022
The Hate U Give
This week we discuss the 2017 novel “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. The novel won the 2018 Coretta Scott King Award, The Michael L. Prinz Award, and many others. The film was released in 2018, with the cast of Amanda Stenberg, Regina Hall, and Russell Hornsby winning many awards and nominations. Join us as we talk about “The Hate U Give.”Facebook: