Listen to Episode 181, “Knights’ Tales”

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Gobbledygeek episode 181, “Knights’ Tales,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Paul and AJ are, you know, they’re…I think the word is “geeks”? Geeks. Yes. And sometimes, they challenge each other. Lord knows they challenge each other. And sometimes such a challenge between geeks is bestowed the rank of Geek Challenge. For the first time in far too long, such a plague has befallen the podcast: AJ challenges Paul to watch the 1957 Ingmar Bergman classic The Seventh Seal; in return, Paul challenges AJ to John Boorman’s 1981 Arthurian epic Excalibur. There is much sadness and mythmaking and fast-and-loose historical accuracies as our knights ride off on a journey of the soul. Plus, Fargo makes for a pretty great TV show and The Superior Spider-Man has reached its blessed end.

Next week: the second installment of this year’s Four-Color Flashback, as the boys discuss the second volume of Neil Gaiman’s The SandmanThe Doll’s House.

(Show notes for “Knights’ Tales.”)

Listen to Episode 179, “On Your Left (feat. Eric Sipple)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 179, “On Your Left (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

He’s pretty spry for an old guy: Steve Rogers charges back onto the big screen with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and we’re here to tell you if it’s a worthy outing for the star-spangled boy scout. Joining Paul and AJ to discuss the film is friend/lover/ultimate Brony forever Eric Sipple (he also wrote a really cool book called Broken Magic, check it out). The gang talks about Winter Soldier‘s brutal hand-to-hand, whether or not the movie’s political commentary works, the merits of Scarlett Johansson’s badassery, and that Sundance Kid. Spoiler alert: this episode might contain the most agreement of any single episode of Gobbledygeek.

Next: Paul and AJ talk about Amazon’s acquirement of comiXology, among other assuredly fascinating subjects.

(Show notes for “On Your Left.”)

Listen to Episode 178, “Old Testament, Real Wrath of God Type Stuff”

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Gobbledygeek episode 178, “Old Testament, Real Wrath of God Type Stuff,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

A storm is coming. No, for real, a storm is coming and it’s gonna wipe me and you and everyone we know right offa this rock: Darren Aronofsky envisions the great flood of Genesis in mysterious ways with his new film Noah. As portrayed by Russell Crowe, Noah’s, uh, a little bleaker than you might remember from Sunday school, as he is forced to grapple with whether or not to allow humanity to persist. Add in some six-armed rock monsters, glowy fingers, and some insane Fountain-esque visuals…and it’s not what almost anyone would expect from a biblical epic. We’ll tell you if that’s a good thing or not. Plus, Paul and AJ watch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer and talk comics both mainstream (Silver Surfer) and not (Sex Criminals).

Next: though Captain America: The Winter Soldier is in theaters as you read this, because of the way we record, it is not this week’s episode. No matter what that idiot AJ said. So! Next week! Winter Soldier is coming and we are here to talk about it.

(Show notes for “Old Testament, Real Wrath of God Type Stuff.”)

Listen to Episode 176, “A Fetid, Pestilent Marshland (feat. Jason Tabrys)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 176, “A Fetid, Pestilent Marshland (feat. Jason Tabrys),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Koko the Showfucker is back and he’s prepared to fuck the show right into–well, okay, a little of that happens, but for the most part, Jason Tabrys’ return to Gobbledygeek is a little more focused than normal. Among the topics discussed are the Veronica Mars movie and its abundance of fan-service, the Cosmos controversy, and the fact that Captain America 3 and Batman & Superman: Friendship Is Magic opening on the same day is going to keep the idiotic flames of the Marvel/DC fan war raging long into the night. Then there’s the big one: When you hate something–say, oh, The Big Bang Theory–is it fair to continue harshly criticizing it on social media even when you know someone who likes it? The (different, conflicting) answer(s) may surprise you (or not)!

Next: you might remember the Four Color Flashback series AJ did on the blog about the Claremont/Byrne Uncanny X-Men, or he and Paul dissecting Preacher. Well, we’re bringing that feature to the show starting next week. At the end of each month, we’ll be discussing one volume of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, and spoiler alert: Paul and AJ really, really love this comic. Joining us for this introductory episode is Broken Magic author, The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor, and Brony for life Eric Sipple.

(Show notes for “A Fetid, Pestilent Marshland.”)

Listen to Episode 175, “What’s Blue and White and Red All Over?”

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Gobbledygeek episode 175, “What’s Blue and White and Red All Over?,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

First, The Gentlemen’s Guide to Midnite Cinema discussed Three Colors: Blue. Then, The Debatable Podcast talked about Three Colors: White. Now, as the last stop on this epic pod crawl, Paul and AJ discuss the final film of of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy–and his final film, period–Red. The boys dig deep on this one, discussing the nature of relationships, the hidden connections in our lives, and time itself in the context of one of the most beautiful movies ever made. What does it all mean? Maybe it doesn’t mean anything, and that’s okay. Plus, Paul loves Cosmos and AJ has complicated feelings on the True Detective finale.

Next: this has been such a thoughtful, focused year of the sho–NOOOOO IT’S KOKO THE SHOWFUCKER RUN!!!! Jason Tabrys and Jeremy R! Hudson of The BastardCast return to…to have some fun?

(Show notes for “What’s Blue and White and Red All Over?”)

Listen to Episode 170, “S: Part 1 – Writing in the Margins (feat. Pam Smith)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 170, “S: Part 1 – Writing in the Margins (feat. Pam Smith),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

This week marks the beginning of our very first Gobbledy-Book Club, in which we’ll be discussing the J.J. Abrams/Doug Dorst novel S. every week of February. For our first discussion, Paul and AJ talk the book’s first three chapters with the lovely Pam Smith, who may or may not be married to one of your dashing hosts. The gang discusses the book’s seriously ingenious book-within-a-book structure, the pervasive concept of multiple identities, the numerous thematic/stylistic ties to Abrams’ Lost, all those cool little inserts, and how exactly you’re supposed to read the damn thing. Plus, we pay our respects to the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Next: the Gobbledy-Book Club continues with a discussion of chapters 4-6, pp. 111-259.

(Show notes for “S: Part 1 – Writing in the Margins.”)

Listen to Episode 169, “That Awkward Wezzo (feat. Wesley Mead)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 169, “That Awkward Wezzo (feat. Wesley Mead),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

The exceedingly British Wesley “Wezzo” Mead makes his triumphant return to Gobbledygeek, where he regales Paul and AJ with the triumphant story of his triumphantly watching five terrible movies (well, one of them wasn’t bad) in one triumphant day. It’s all very triumphal. Paul also recounts how Alabama went post-apocalyptic wasteland after a few inches of snow, there’s a far too thorough discussion of the leaked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles designs, and to cap it all off, there’s some Breaking British News.

Next: our first-ever Gobbledy-Book Club begins! We’ll be having a month-long discussion of S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. If you’d like to read along, we’re starting with the first three chapters, up through page 110.

(Show notes for “That Awkward Wezzo.”)

Paul & AJ’s Top 10 Films of 2013

Let the top 10-a-palooza commence! Over the next couple weeks, Paul and I will be looking back at our favorite things of 2013. First up, films; next week, TV series; and finally, comics. As always, these lists are imperfect and incomplete, reflecting only on what we’ve seen and love at the moment. Or as Paul writes:

I intentionally refer to the films on this list as favorites, not best. I rank films based on how much I enjoyed them, for whatever ephemeral or esoteric reasons unique to me, not on some system of objective filmmaking truths. These are the ten films I liked the most. YMMV.

Regarding omissions, neither of us have been able to see Inside Llewyn Davis, which makes me want to die, but oh well. I also haven’t seen The Great Beauty, Cutie and the Boxer, or The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, among others. Meanwhile, Paul hasn’t gotten around to Her, The Act of Killing, Stories We Tell, Short Term 12, or Blue Jasmine, to name a few.

Here we go!

- AJ

PAUL: 10. WARM BODIES (dir. Jonathan Levine)

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The zombie genre is by this point a bloated undead thing feasting on its own rotting flesh. But director Jonathan Levine (50/50) makes this adaptation of Isaac Marion’s novel fresh, fun, and full of life. Yes it’s a (very) thinly veiled Romeo and Juliet pastiche, but the two leads, neo-nerdhunk Nicholas Hoult and Australian beauty Teresa Palmer, are both engaging and committed. Hoult in particular gets praise for being monstrous and vulnerable, and for selling the cheesy-but-hilarious voiceover with nothing more than his eyes. Also, Rob Corddry as a zombie lamenting, “Bitches, man,” is the best comedic line delivery of the year.

AJ: 10. GIMME THE LOOT (dir. Adam Leon)

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You walk out of Gimme the Loot immediately wanting to know what first-time writer-director Adam Leon is going to do next. His voice is sharp and fresh, chronicling a day in the life of two teenaged petty criminals in a way that feels authentic but never gritty. His Bronx streets are unvarnished, rife with economic and class divisions, but there’s so much damn heart. Newcomers Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson give performances devoid of pomp or flash; they simply find the souls of these two aimless kids. They’re one of the most affecting screen duos in recent memory, in one of the biggest surprises of the year.

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Listen to Episode 166, “Turbo-Man and the Shelf Elf Insurrection (feat. Jason Tabrys)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 166, “Turbo-Man and the Shelf Elf Insurrection (feat. Jason Tabrys),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Remember that present you always wanted for Christmas but never got? Well, Arnold Schwarzenegger is ready to strap on a jetpack to put it in your hot little hands, as your merry Gobbledy-elves ring in the holiday with a discussion of the 1996 “classic” Jingle All the Way. On hand is Elf King Jason Tabrys, who once more degrades the show with his unique brand of festive chaos, er, cheer. This lively band of Santa’s helpers marvel at the fact that Ahnuld could ever pass for a weathered everyman, express amazement that Sinbad was a person who existed, and reveal the true nature of Elf on the Shelf (it ain’t pretty). Plus, Paul and AJ become more estranged than ever before, which is saying something.

Next: this is the end, my only friends, the end (of season 4, that is).

(Show notes for “Turbo-Man and the Shelf Elf Insurrection.”)

Listen to Episode 165, “You Are Nowhere (feat. Joseph Lewis)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 165, “You Are Nowhere (feat. Joseph Lewis),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Bat-Turkey having sated his thirst for human blood on that most terrible of nights, Thanksgiving, Paul and AJ are free and clear to return to their regular podcasting duties. Joining them again is Joseph Lewis, here to talk about his new pilot Nowheresville, about a college student having an existential crisis about the static life he leads (not to mention girl problems). Joe discusses how the project came to be, what shooting was like, how awful it is to make two actors jog and bicycle for six pages of dialogue, and what the future holds for the potential series. Plus, the gang talks about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (not to be confused with the Bob Marley album Catch a Fire), Americans beating one another to death over Rachael Ray cookware, and some good old-fashioned college football.

Next: doesn’t every holiday deserve a Schwarzenegger/Sinbad vehicle? We think so. Twisted Christmas returns with Jingle All the Way.

(Show notes for “You Are Nowhere.”)