Gobbledygeek episode 230, “Bone: Vol. III – Eyes of the Storm (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
With Miyazaki Month behind us and Ultron vanquished, Paul and AJ return to the world of Jeff Smith’s Bone. Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast and All the Pieces Matter joins the boys for another Four-Color Flashback, this time taking a look at Bone: Vol. III – Eyes of the Storm, wherein things get serious. Smith still crams in plenty of jokes and moments of perfect comedic timing, but the book’s heart isn’t as light as it perhaps once was. The boys discuss this new heaviness, how it meshes with the series’ humor, the volume’s mythological infodump, and the many ways in which Smith’s art recalls the best of animation.
Next: Don Draper may be gone, but one man is still mad. Paul and AJ dig into the Mad Max series and its new installment, Fury Road.
(Show notes for “Bone: Vol. III – Eyes of the Storm.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 228, “The ‘Man Was Not Meant to Meddle’ Medley,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Killer robots. Mind-controlling witches. Suits of armor from space. Dudes with frosted tips. All of this and so! much! more! is contained within Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly anticipated sequel to Joss Whedon’s 2012 extravaganza. The reception has been decidedly less rapturous than that which accompanied the first film, so Paul and AJ dig into what works about the movie, what doesn’t, whether or not Whedon goofed up Black Widow, and just how much creative control a filmmaker can have over one of these things. Plus, AJ makes a case for a much smaller film, Seymour: An Introduction.
Next: Paul got AJ a present. Ominous!
(Show notes for “The ‘Man Was Not Meant to Meddle’ Medley.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 226, “River Gods and Turnip Heads (feat. Monique Morgan & Nathan Burdette),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Bathhouses, talking fires, giant babies, grotesquely overweight witches…for this leg of Miyazaki Month, Paul and AJ enter the world of the filmmaker’s two most visually distinct yet perhaps least coherent films: 2001’s Spirited Away and 2004’s Howl’s Moving Castle. Joining them on their journey is first-time guest (but longtime background entertainer) Monique Morgan of Beacon Hills: After Dark and Nathan Burdette of On the Rocks (and AJ’s blood relative). The gang discusses the limitless imagination on display in these two films, the strengths and weaknesses of that lack of coherency, and what the movies have to say about Japanese culture and war.
Next: Miyazaki Month comes to a close, as Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast co-hosts Kenn Edwards and Joseph Lewis drop by for The Wind Rises and The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness.
The Gobbledygeek bonus episode “The Devil Went Down to Hell’s Kitchen” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Netflix has unveiled the first of four original series from the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Daredevil, starring the most Catholic of all blind superheroes. Executive producers Drew Goddard and Steven DeKnight bring Matt Murdock to the small screen, played by Boardwalk Empire‘s Charlie Cox. The result is, well, it’s surprisingly good, even by Marvel standards. Paul and AJ discuss the parallel structure that brings Wilson Fisk into sharp relief, the shocking deviation the show takes from the source material, the series’ beautifully brutal fight scenes, and where things are headed next. Plus, because they’re masochists, the boys also revisit the 2003 DD film starring Batman.
(Show notes for “The Devil Went Down to Hell’s Kitchen.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 225, “When Pigs (and Castles) Fly (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Miyazaki Month takes to the skies this week with 1986’s Castle in the Sky, the first official Studio Ghibli production, about a boy from a mining town and a princess from a floating island (jeez, does this guy have a thing for princesses or what?); and 1992’s Porco Rosso, wherein a man with the face of a pig fights air pirates and evades the Italian Secret Police. Greg Sahadachny, host of The Debatable Podcast and All the Pieces Matter, joins Paul and AJ to discuss Miyazaki’s aviation fascination, how Castle in the Sky may be the perfect bridge between Nausicaä and Princess Mononoke, why Porco Rosso succeeds (or doesn’t) as a character study, and more.
Next: Monique Morgan of Beacon Hills: After Dark and Nathan Burdette of On the Rocks join us for a look at Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.
(Show notes for “When Pigs (and Castles) Fly.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 224, “Witches? There Goes the Neighborhood! (feat. Kitty Chandler & Anna Williams),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Our month-long celebration of Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki continues! After the intense, mythology-laden epics Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoke, Paul and AJ turn to perhaps Miyazaki’s lightest features: the 1988-89 one-two punch of My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Joining them is author (and The Deli Counter of Justice contributor) Kitty Chandler and editrix extraordinaire Anna Williams. The gang discusses Miyazaki’s painterly detail, his use of complex female protagonists, how both films are about growing up, and why it makes perfect sense that My Neighbor Totoro was originally released on a double bill with Grave of the Fireflies.
Next: we’re taking to the skies! Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast and All the Pieces Matter stops by to chat about Castle in the Sky and Porco Rosso.
(Show notes for “Witches? There Goes the Neighborhood!”)
Gobbledygeek episode 223, “Three Princesses, a Deer God, and a Sea of Decay (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Man has been exploiting nature since the first caveman picked up a rock and bludgeoned another to death with it. This doesn’t sit well with some, like Hayao Miyazaki, who has made two powerful films about the environment and the ways in which human greed corrupts it: 1984’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which led to the creation of the revered Studio Ghibli; and 1997’s Princess Mononoke, which finds Ghibli at the peak of its powers. To help Paul and AJ kick off their month-long celebration of Japanese animation master Miyazaki, another princess stops by, namely Princess Sippy Cup AKA The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple. The gang discusses the ways in which Nausicaä and Mononoke tackle the same themes from different angles, Miyazaki’s shifting perspective over the years, and what both films have to say about violence and the nature of evil.
Next: Black Ice author Kitty Chandler (whose work just so happens to appear in The Deli Counter of Justice) and her editrix Anna Williams join us to discuss two lighter Miyazaki films, My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service.
(Show notes for “Three Princesses, a Deer God, and a Sea of Decay.”)