After taking a week off, AJ, Kenn, and Joe are back with more talk of Mad Men season 3. The episodes up for discussion this week are “Seven Twenty Three,” in which time (and Don’s face) is fractured; “Souvenir,” wherein Pete does something very bad; and “Wee Small Hours,” in which Lucky Strike doesn’t get lucky. Also on this episode: the boys realize that three straight white guys analyzing Mad Men is sort of terrible and ironic. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
It’s still 1963 for the gang at Sterling Cooper; acid wouldn’t become the drug du jour for another few years, but that doesn’t stop our very own Kenn Edwards from going on a far-out trip, man. As Kenn comes down from his psychedelic odyssey, he attempts to talk about Mad Men with a depressingly sober AJ and Joe. The episodes among discussion this week are “The Arrangements,” in which Sally throws a tantrum (that will bring you to tears); “The Fog,” wherein Betty takes revenge on caterpillars; and “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency,” in which, well…yeah. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
A new season has begun, in more ways than one. As Don gets his Maypole on, AJ, Kenn, and Joe begin the third season of Mad Men. This week, they take a look at “Out of Town,” which features a devious little bellhop; “Love Among the Ruins,” wherein Ann-Margret is a sexy baby; and “My Old Kentucky Home,” which is an extravaganza of blackface, pot-smoking, and accordion-playing. And don’t forget those Brits. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
After their discussion of Alien for the epic Alien/Predator podcrawl (see information on participating podcasts in the show notes), Paul and AJ now turn to John McTiernan’s 1987 sci-fi actioner Predator. Arnold Schwarzenegger stalks the jungle, joined by the likes of tough guys Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, and…uh…Shane Black? Sure. They in turn are stalked by a nasty dreadlock-wearing mofo with one ugly mug. Is there anything to this movie? Not really. Does there need to be? The boys are a little divided, with Paul enjoying its macho silliness and AJ doing the opposite of that. One thing they can both agree on is that there are a lot of biceps in this movie. Plus, speaking of biceps, AJ starts watching Starz’s Spartacus on frenemy Eric Sipple’s recommendation.
Next: old friend of the show/AJ’s cousin Nathan Burdette makes his triumphant return to Gobbledygeek to discuss, among other things, the new documentary Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Reunions. Betrayals. Usurpations. (Is that a word?) Just another day at Sterling Cooper and also the second season finale of Mad Men, “Meditations in an Emergency.” AJ, Kenn, and Joe discuss where Don and Betty’s relationship is headed in light of how badly it’s been damaged this season; the Cuban Missile Crisis hanging over every decision these characters make; and the conclusion of Duck’s foolish gambit. There’s also talk of Are You Here, Matthew Weiner’s new film and feature directorial debut. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
AJ, Kenn, and Joe have reached the end of Mad Men season 1, and in a way, the end of the first “season” of Smoke Gets in Your Ears. To round things out, the gang discusses the season finale “The Wheel,” including Don’s vulnerabilities and epiphanies, Peggy’s ascension in the office (not to mention the shocking thing that happens to her after the fact), and how Betty is oh so very sad. Plus, don’t miss a super-sized installment of Hamm Watch!
We here at Gobbledygeek are avowed fans of big-budget epics, be they superheroic or Tolkienesque. But independent film is an important part of any moviegoer’s diet, one many don’t have access to. Which is why Paul and AJ are thrilled to speak with Kurtiss Hare of the Nightlight Cinema, the new arthouse theater bringing indie film to Akron, OH. Kurtiss talks about the Nightlight’s origin, the incredible response to the project’s Kickstarter, and how he hopes the theater will grow. Plus, Paul gets an education from some Masters of Sex and AJ revisits the classics.
Next: in two days–that’s right, two days!–we stop picking fleas off each other long enough to discuss the latest in the modern reboot of the classic Apes franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.