Look out, Josey!
Gobbledygeek episode 61, “No Country for the Outlaw Josey Wales,” is available for listening or download right here.
For the latest Geek Challenge, the boys challenged each other to watch two very different Westerns: Clint Eastwood’s classic 1976 outing The Outlaw Josey Wales for AJ, and the Coen Brothers’ 2007 award-winner No County for Old Men for Paul. One is an epic tale of revenge, filled with Indians and shoot-outs and starring the Spirit of the West himself. The other is a bleak modern Western featuring a frightening force of nature ripping through anyone in his way. How does the Challenge turn out? How often does Josey Wales spit? How dorky is Anton Chigurh’s hair? These questions, and probably not others, will be answered in this week’s gobble-rific Geek Challenge! Plus: news, the boys’ joint review of Captain America: The First Avenger, and too many Formspring questions!
(Show notes for “No Country for the Outlaw Josey Wales.”)
BREAKING BAD: The Complete Third Season (DVD/Blu-ray)
Breaking Bad‘s terrific second season was tightly plotted ahead of time, with ample foreshadowing throughout. For the show’s third season, however, creator Vince Gilligan and his writers turned into expert jazz players, improvising every note, changing rhythm, and exploring all sorts of new grooves. Gilligan and Co. repeatedly force science-teacher-turned-methmaker Walt and his junkie partner Jesse into corners there’s seemingly no way they’ll get out of; and the creative team had no idea if they could either, until they started writing the next episode. An approach like this could easily have been disastrous, but instead makes for one of the all-time great seasons of television. The jagged, frayed chemistry between Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul makes for the best duo on TV, both giving fierce performances. Stand-out episodes in a stand-out season include “One Minute,” with an intense set piece for the ages; “Fly,” which takes place entirely in the lab, examining Walt and Jesse’s relationship; and “Full Measure,” the epic season finale. Extras include commentaries by Gilligan and the cast; and a number of featurettes.
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!