Gobbledygeek episode 375, “300ccs of Thorazine,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
How does one go from lamenting the untimely demise of Tom King’s Batman to discussing the power structures that dictate what one finds culturally acceptable in any given generation? There’s only one way to find out: by listening to this week’s Gobbledygeek! Paul and Arlo blather about superheroic drama, including Superman: The Animated Series; opinions that have evolved with time, whether they’re on The Downward Spiral or She-Ra: Princess of Power; and why the hell Pete Venkman was carrying 300ccs of Thorazine.
Next: Johny Ho joins Paul and Arlo to discuss Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese in the latest Four-Color Flashback.
(Show notes for “300ccs of Thorazine.”)
The Gobbledygeek season 10 premiere, “23% Different,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
We’re back, babies! Gobbledygeek returns for its 10th season–though not its 10th anniversary, get your math right–with our hosts doing the bare minimum to keep this thing afloat. The centerpiece is an anxiety-fueled story about chicken wings, for gods’ sakes. Meanwhile, Paul went to Disney World again and lived to tell the tale. Arlo has thoughts on Jason Reitman directing the next Ghostbusters film. Beards are soothed. Y’know, the usual. Plus, Paul has seen Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse once for each season of the show!
Next: Four-Color Flashback 2019 gets off to an early start, as our year of non-superhero fare kicks off with Scott McCloud’s non-fiction classic Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art.
(Show notes for “23% Different.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 285, “I Ain’t Afraid of No Girls,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
Can you dislike Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot without being a woman-hating, frothing-at-the-mouth MRA cave troll? Well, Paul and Arlo sure hope so. While championing the concept of a female-led Ghostbusters movie and praising the comic abilities of the girls in gray–Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones–the boys deconstruct the problems not just with this film but modern mainstream comedies in general. They also dig into how this film’s story breaks the mold set by the original movies, its attempts at social commentary, and its action- and CGI-stuffed climax. Plus, Paul delves into Stranger Things and reminds us he used to train Pokémon.
Next: it’s Grendel time again, which means it’s time for us to badger you–or anyone!–to read along with us. Our Four-Color Flashback exploration of Matt Wagner’s epic tale continues with “The Incubation Years,” collected in Grendel Omnibus: Vol. 3 – Orion’s Reign, pp. 10-112.
(Show notes for “I Ain’t Afraid of No Girls.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 214, “Wezzo the Caring Brit (feat. Wesley Mead),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
In what has become a Gobbledy-tradition, Wesley “Wezzo” Mead has made his third transatlantic pilgrimage to these great shores, where the mighty Bat-Turkey reigns supreme. This time around, Wezzo has on his mind new releases, from American Sniper to Inherent Vice; the surprising dearth of Sesame Street in the UK; and his favorite films of the decade so far. Plus, there’s talk of the Ghostbusters reboot and the first two weeks of The Nightly Show.
Next: the second annual Gobbledy-Book Club, discussing The Martian by Andy Weir, gets off to a start with Smoke Gets in Your Ears co-host Kenn Edwards.
(Show notes for “Wezzo the Caring Brit.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 174, “Total Protonic Reversal,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
If you were a sentient human being at any point in the last 30-some-odd years, Harold Ramis made some sort of impact on your life. When Ramis passed away last week at the age of 69, Paul and AJ knew they had to pay homage to him in some way. This week, the boys discuss four of Ramis’ films: Meatballs (which he co-wrote), Stripes (which he co-wrote and starred opposite Bill Murray in), Ghostbusters (which he co-wrote and starred in), and Groundhog Day (which he directed, co-wrote, and if you look at it from a certain angle, played the crucial role in). Ramis made a lot of people laugh, including us. Here we do our best to pay him back. Plus, Paul and AJ suffer through the Oscars.
Next week: as part of an epic pod crawl (check the show notes for more information!), Paul and AJ will be discussing the final film of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy, Red.
(Show notes for “Total Protonic Reversal.”)
I love the first Men in Black. Really, truly, sincerely love it; to me, it’s the Ghostbusters of the ’90s. If you know me, that’s high praise. I was seven years old in 1997, so there’s always going to be some nostalgia attached to my memories of the movie, but I was surprised by how well (read: completely) it held up when I watched it again a couple years ago. I so adored the first film that when the sequel came out in 2002, there I was on opening day dressed all in black, wearing sunglasses and an MiB: Alien Attack hat I’d gotten at Universal Studios earlier that year. It’s fair to say I was excited. Even at 12, though, I felt something missing from the sequel. Like Ghostbusters II, it lacked the freshness of the original, content to rest on its laurels and half-heartedly copy what made the first so enjoyable.
That said, it’s a pleasure to see Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) still knocking E.T.s around in Men in Black III, and perhaps more so to see that their partnership has been developing off-screen over the last ten years. J is still the wisecracking hothead of the pair, and K the no-nonsense straight man. But they’ve grown complacent in their roles. When J wants his partner to actually open up for once, K can’t. Still, they’re partners, so when K disappears and no one but J can remember him, J resolves to get to the bottom of things. It turns out that there’s been a fracture in the time stream; K was killed in 1969 by a nasty piece of work called Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement). Time travel was made illegal long ago, but J doesn’t seem to have much trouble tracking down an undercover time travel service. He jumps (literally) back to the day before K was murdered; hijinks ensue.
When Paul and I talked to mega-geek Ernie Cline, author of the New York Times bestseller Ready Player One, last month, he mentioned that he was planning something special to commemorate the book’s paperback release. Specifically, he said that he was going to kick off a contest similar to the one late game designer James Halliday devises in the novel. Well, guess what? The paperback is out as of today, June 5, and the contest has begun!
Watch “Ernie’s Invitation” below:
Even before it was announced that Ghostbusters would be returning to theaters next month, we here at Gobbledygeek had been trying to organize a Twitter viewing party. Last month, we successfully pulled off a live-tweeting of The Princess Bride, though one of us is soulless and doesn’t like the movie so didn’t participate (hint: he’s the one writing this article). So, emboldened by our success, we’ve set a date and time for Ghostbusters: this Tuesday evening, September 20, at 10 EST/7 PST. We’ll be using the hashtag #crossthestreams, so if you want to join in, by all means, do so!
Strap on your proton pack, roast some marshmallows, and get ready for total protonic reversal. Let’s show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown!
The ghost's natural enemy: 1980's dance.
Last night’s Gobbledygeek, “Boo,” is available for listening right here. We talk about a bunch of ghost movies, whether or not we prefer helpful or malevolent spirits in our fiction, and some of our own personal experiences with haunted house attractions, but by far the best part of the show is in the bonus hour. After some DVD releases and a check-up on the state of the fall TV season, Paul gives the origin story of his online username, Haunt, which so fascinated Kevin and I that it led to an hours-long Skype chat after the show. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Next week: Monster grab bag. Aliens, demons, and slashers, oh my!
Last night, Paul and I continued our countdown of the Top 100 Characters in Modern Pop Culture with our penultimate installment, detailing our picks for #20-11. Be sure to listen to the show to hear everything we said, but here are some choice excerpts:
PAUL: Westley/The Man in Black (The Princess Bride)
He bested the greatest swordsman, overpowered a giant, and outwitted a brilliant strategist. And then he got to be the one true love, thought lost at sea, now returned to his princess.
AJ: SS Colonel Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds)
What makes Landa so terrifying is that he seems entirely bereft of a sense of morality; he manipulates himself into a position of power with whatever group seems to be on the winning side, caring little for past alliances or relationships.