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Excessively Diverted

Beau North and Sammi Campbell are here to guide you through the world of Modern-Day Classic Literature Film Adaptations. From the good to the very, very bad we present a judgement-free look at how these Classics translate in the modern era.
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May 14, 2020

Sammi and Beau are back to talk about their favorite parts of the #ExcessivelyDrunk Pride & Prejudice groupwatch, including Hill's Shenanigans, Dog Memes, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Andrew Davies' Wet Boys(tm) and favorite tweets from the crowd! 

Apr 15, 2020

#Shakesyear returns Sammi and Beau weather the quarantine by talking Baz Luhrmann's take on Romeo & Juliet with special guest star Stephen Sajdak from the We Hate Movies Podcast! 

Mar 28, 2020

We are back (albeit remotely) to talk about Autumn de Wilde's gorgeous adaptation of Emma! 

Feb 3, 2020

Sammi and Beau are joined by Let's Get Weirding: A Dune Podcast Co-Host Megan Sunday to discuss Matthew Bright's 1996 take on Little Red Riding Hood, Freeway! A movie that is at times hard to watch, it boasts fun twists and two solid performances from Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland. 

Jan 26, 2020

This week Sammi and Beau are joined by Shannon Campe from the delightful Little Women: A Modern Audio Drama to talk about the "flimsy and charmless" modernization of Little Women, The March Sisters At Christmas! 

Jan 17, 2020

Beau and Sammi are back to talk about favorite episodes, best moments of the shows, the highs and lows of their three-year journey, with a few notes about what's in store for the year ahead! 

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. 

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