Paul & AJ’s Top 10 New & Returning TV Series of 2013

Last week, we brought you our favorite movies of last year (finally saw Inside Llewyn Davis, by the way, and yes, it would have made the cut). This week, we change channels to focus on TV. We’re doing things a little differently this time out, with separate top 10 lists for new shows and returning favorites. Though there were a lot of new shows I enjoyed over the past year, I’ll admit I couldn’t stretch them to 10; instead, I’ve got 8, while Paul’s just crazy enough to have a full 10.

As always, there are shows we couldn’t get around to: I haven’t seen Rectify, Top of the Lake, Broadchurch, or The Wrong Mans, all of which I’d hoped to see in time for this list. Oh, and to absolve him of all guilt, I should mention that Paul has never seen Breaking Bad. Wait, I don’t think that absolves him.

NEW SERIES

PAUL: 10. HANNIBAL (NBC)

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I wasn’t particularly interested in a television adaptation of the Thomas Harris characters. But names like Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, and Bryan Fuller pulled me in. It’s one of the most visually stunning and hauntingly…haunting shows ever to make it to network television. It’s also one of the most shockingly violent and grotesque. All positives in my book. But I can’t put it any higher on my list because it’s crushingly depressing.

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Listen to the Gobbledygeek Season 3 Premiere, “The Young Adult with the Dragon Tattoo”

Gobbledygeek episode 80, “The Young Adult with the Dragon Tattoo,” is available for listening or download right here.

Your worst nightmares have been realized: Paul and AJ are back with another season of Gobbledygeek! To kick things off, the boys discuss two films released late last year. Though they are both very different, they’re both about damaged women: Young Adult, the very un-Juno-like reteaming of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, starring Charlize Theron as a self-obsessed YA author; and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher’s adaptation of the first book in Stieg Larsson’s blockbuster Millennium series, starring Rooney Mara as fierce hacker/investigator Lisbeth Salander. They clash over Young Adult‘s polarizing conclusion, and come together in defense of Mara’s Salander, who has not been softened or overly sexualized, thank you very much.

Next: the future, according to pop culture.

(Show notes for “The Young Adult with the Dragon Tattoo.”)

Fantastic New Trailer for David Fincher’s ‘The Social Network’

It’s been a slow week on the blog, and for that I apologize. To make it up to you, here’s the new trailer for David Fincher’s The Social Network, an Aaron Sorkin-penned film starring Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

I admit to knowing next to nothing about Zuckerberg until recently, but what I learned was not exactly endearing. He is, to put it simply, a huge asshole. I’ve become less and less enamored with Facebook as time has passed; it went from being that cool thing all your friends were doing to that site where your aunt, your uncle, your second cousin twice removed, and all et cetera bug the living shit out of you. And I know I’m not the only one who feels that way, even if we might be in the minority.

Thus, it pleases me that The Social Network is shaping up to be so terrific. And dark. Oh, yes. As the genius tagline states, “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” Jesse Eisenberg, who up ’til now has played nerdy hipsters in the Michael Cera vein (doing it well, too, in movies like Adventureland and Zombieland), looks to break free from typecasting as Zuckerberg, whom Fincher and Sorkin appear to be showing with warts and all. Then there’s Scala’s cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” perfectly scoring the whole thing. Fincher? Sorkin? A different shade of Eisenberg? I am so there. The Social Network is set to be released on October 1.

Andrew Garfield Is the New Spider-Man

After months of intense casting rumors, Sony and director Marc Webb have chosen their new Spider-Man, and he is 26-year-old actor Andrew Garfield. Save for a role in the forgettable Tom Cruise/Meryl Streep/Robert Redford liberal message movie Lions for Lambs, I am entirely unfamiliar with Garfield’s work, so I don’t have much of a place opining on the subject. I will, however, say that he doesn’t look 15 as he should for this reboot, nor does he look like a nerd. I also know, though, that make-up and wardrobe can do wonders. And I don’t think anyone has the right to mock any superhero movie casting after everyone scoffed at Heath Ledger. I was one of the few who had faith in him, and the doubters all came around as soon as they saw footage. So I’ll hold my tongue and hope for a good film, considering Marc Webb made one of my favorite movies of last year, (500) Days of Summer. In any case, I think we’ll all get a better look at Garfield when David Fincher’s The Social Network premieres this fall. I’m really looking forward to that.

Does anybody know if this guy’s funny, though? I loved Tobey Maguire’s portrayal of the wall-crawler, but he was light on Spidey’s trademark quips.