The thirty-sixth episode of Gobbledygeek–and our season one finale, as it were–airs tonight at 10:00 PM EST right here. It’s the year-end review, as Paul and I discuss our favorites movies, TV shows, music, etc., of 2010. We’ll also reveal the results of our first annual Gobbledygeek Listeners’ Poll. We’re ditching our regular format, so no news this week, but in the bonus hour hopefully we’ll get around to the newly-announced Golden Globe nominees for next year’s ceremony.
Enjoy, and thank you for the wonderful year we’ve had.
Paul and myself are always babbling on about the pop culture miscellany we’re obsessed with, and now it’s your turn! We’ve just put up a listeners’ poll where you can vote on your favorite movie, TV show, album, song, book, comic book, video game, and pop culture moment of the year. On our last show of the year, the December 16 2010-in-review special, we’ll reveal the winners alongside our choices in a variety of categories. Voting is open from now until 12:00 AM EST on December 16. I know the deadline leaves out some late-comers, chiefly the Coens’ True Grit, but, well, them’s the rules.
Also, the only question that requires an answer is the last one, so if you don’t feel comfortable choosing a favorite in a certain category…you don’t have to!
Originally published on May 8, 2010
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Justin Theroux, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Don Heck, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby
I attended a packed midnight screening of Iron Man 2, and directly beforehand, in the same auditorium, a considerably less packed screening of the original Iron Man. The first is every bit as great as it was two years ago; it is charming, rich with character, brilliantly acted and directed, and with not a wasted minute. It’s the perfect blend of comedy, drama, and action, a genuine crowdpleaser in every sense.
Originally published on April 19, 2010
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writers: Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
Kick-Ass is not particularly well-made. It is not particularly well-written. With some exceptions, it is not even particularly well-acted. It is absolute trash, and yet that is part of its appeal. The Mark Millar/John Romita Jr. comic book upon which it is based was slick and stylish, and felt very much in the tradition of ultra-violent superhero satire. Matthew Vaughn’s film, on the other hand, is scrappy and unpolished, getting by solely on its foul-mouthed, blood-spattered charm, much of it due to a pint-sized, purple-clad powerhouse.