Gobbledygeek episode 253, “Multiple Sadness (feat. Aundria),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
It’s the final episode of Gobbledyween 2015, kids, so bust out your Ouija–remember, it’s Wee-JUH, not Wee-JEE–boards and prepare to get possessed by 1986’s Witchboard. Joining Paul and AJ is first-time guest and hardcore horror fan Aundria; all three of them are baffled by this film, its intentions, and its extensive use of magic as metaphor. Some questions to which they seek answers: Can an atheist believe in spirits? Would ghosts fail a spelling test? Are Jim and Brandon, the estranged best friends at the heart of the movie, secretly knocking sneakers? They probably put more thought into those questions than anyone involved in the making of Witchboard.
Next: the Gobbledy-Book Club reconvenes to discuss Ridley Scott’s film adaptation of The Martian. Returning to the show are So Let’s Get to the Point‘s Kenn Edwards, Wanna Cook? co-author Ensley F. Guffey, and the all-around amazing Hallie Prime.
(Show notes for “Multiple Sadness.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 252, “Podcast for the Recently Deceased (feat. Joseph Lewis),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
The guest host with the most, Nowheresville and A/V writer-director Joseph Lewis, joins Paul and AJ to continue Gobbledyween 2015 with a discussion of Tim Burton’s 1988 classic Beetlejuice. The three heathens agree that the movie is great–it’s wacky, it’s funny, it’s morbid–but when they stop and think about it, they have some questions. As brilliant as Michael Keaton is, would the film work better without its titular character? Is it two different movies squished together? What the hell happened to Burton? Of course, there’s also a little “Day-O,” a little Lydia, and a little bafflement over the fact that a Beetlejuice 2 is in development.
Next: Gobbledyween comes to a close as friend of the show Aundria summons up Witchboard.
(Show notes for “Podcast for the Recently Deceased.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 251, “Dooks-a-Million (feat. K. Dale Koontz & Ensley F. Guffey),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
If it’s in a word or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of…Gobbledyween. Why would you want to? Especially when Paul and AJ are joined by such enlightening guests as K. Dale Koontz and Ensley F. Guffey, authors of Wanna Cook? The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad. Dale and Ensley help the boys crack open Jennifer Kent’s feature debut The Babadook, which has been called one of the most terrifying films ever made. The gang discusses the expectations that kind of praise sets up, how Kent uses the horror genre to explore depression and grief, the incredible acting of Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman, and, uh, Tarkovsky for some reason.
Next: Joseph Lewis, Joseph Lewis, Joseph Lewis! There, now the Nowheresville and A/V writer-director is on hand to liven up Gobbledyween with talk of Tim Burton’s 1988 classic Beetlejuice.
(Show notes for “Dooks-a-Million.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 250, “LISTEN TO PODCASTS (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Fall is in the air, leaves are on the ground, blood is on the silver screen. Welcome to Gobbledyween 2015, ladies and germs. Here to help kick off this year’s frightening festivities is none other than Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast and All the Pieces Matter. With nary a pair of sunglasses around, Paul and AJ are helpless but to obey Mr. Sahadachny’s command to watch John Carpenter’s 1988 cult classic They Live. One could question whether or not it qualifies as a horror movie, but Carpenter is undoubtedly a maestro of the genre, so let’s settle on “horror-adjacent,” shall we? Paul and AJ are on the fence about the movie’s abrupt shift from quiet conspiracy thriller to goofy ’80s action movie, while Greg tries to convince them it’s all one and the same. The gang discusses that legendary brawl between “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Keith David, They Live‘s stature in the Carpenter canon, and why otherwise good horror movies like It Follows and The House of the Devil can’t help but feel a little hollow when trying to ape the style originated by Carpenter and other filmmakers of his generation.
Next: there’s nothing adjacent about The Babadook; it’s full-on 21st century terror. Wanna Cook? authors K. Dale Koontz and Ensley F. Guffey drop by to chat about Jennifer Kent’s acclaimed debut.
(Show notes for “LISTEN TO PODCASTS.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 247, “Just Sort of Rotting,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
Gobbledyween comes early with the one-two zombie punch (right through some poor lady’s skull) of Peter Jackson’s 1992 gorefest Dead Alive AKA Braindead, one of several gonzo films which made the New Zealander perhaps the least likely contender to ever helm The Lord of the Rings; and 1984’s cult classic Night of the Comet, wherein the world ends and the burden of society is placed upon two teen sisters and their new pal Hector. In true Geek Challenge fashion, Paul and AJ find themselves baffled by these selections. Paul swims through Dead Alive‘s rivers of fake blood, while AJ finds himself stranded in Night of the Comet‘s nearly zombie-free desert. Will our heroes find common ground and come to understand one another? Never.
Next: death is but a door. Time is but a window. We’ll be back.
(Show notes for “Just Sort of Rotting.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 219, “Running with Gynecologists,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
For the first Geek Challenge of 2015, Paul and AJ have been challenged by friend of the show/Smoke Gets in Your Ears co-host Kenn Edwards to do things a little differently: Paul has to challenge AJ to a movie not from the ’80s, while AJ has to challenge Paul to one from the ’80s that isn’t black-and-white or foreign. After some head-scratching, Paul has chosen to force AJ to endure the 1976 cult classic Logan’s Run, about two people exploring the outer world; and AJ has tasked Paul with sitting through the 1988 David Cronenberg film Dead Ringers, about two people exploring the inner world. Tenuous connection aside, these are very different movies. Very different. Plus, the boys pay their respects to Leonard Nimoy, talk Spider-Gwen, and just want to be one of Will Forte’s ball-friends on The Last Man on Earth.
Next: this year’s Four-Color Flashback begins with a look at Out from Boneville, the first volume of Jeff Smith’s cartoony magnum opus Bone.
(Show notes for “Running with Gynecologists.”)
‘Saga’ art by Fiona Staples.
Last week, we brought you our top 10 films of the year. It was different from past years in that while I still wrote words and words and words, Paul presented his list without comment. He continues that trend with his top 10 comics of 2014. Meanwhile, I’m getting into some unusual territory by admitting that I don’t have a list. Sure, I could have scraped something together, but it wouldn’t have felt right.
I adore comic books–look no further than the year-long Four-Color Flashback series on Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman we just wrapped in December–but this was the year they unfortunately fell by the wayside of my pop culture habits. There are a few reasons: comics are expensive, often going for $2.99, $3.99, or even more for a bundle of 20-25 sheets of paper; reading is a solitary, time-consuming activity which requires laser focus, unlike a lot of movies and TV (I’ll probably get in trouble for that), and this year I chose to devote much more of my reading time to prose; and lately, I’ve grown to prefer sitting down with one-and-done graphic novels or trade paperback collections to only getting a single hit of a story each month.
Then there’s the fact that 2014 was the year I (and Paul, and frenemy of the show Eric Sipple) published a book. I’ve always considered myself a creative person, but actually putting blood, sweat, and tears into finishing a real product available for purchase left me with a lot less free time. Video games were the first casualty–I played the very comics-oriented LEGO Marvel Superheroes for a few days, but that was about it–and then, completely by chance, I noticed comics becoming the second. Which is ironic, considering how heavily indebted The Deli Counter of Justice is to superhero comics.