Listen to the Gobbledygeek Season 11 Finale – “Geek Challenge: Thunderheart vs. Dead Man”

Top: Graham Greene and Val Kilmer in Thunderheart (1992), directed by Michael Apted / Bottom: Johnny Depp and Gary Farmer in Dead Man (1995), directed by Jim Jarmusch

Gobbledygeek episode 423, “Geek Challenge: Thunderheart vs. Dead Man,” is available for listening or download right here and on Apple Podcasts here.

Because our mascot is a turkey, and because we generally frown upon genocide, Paul and Arlo are spending Thanksgiving weekend discussing films with ties to Native American culture. For this Geek Challenge, Paul urges Arlo to watch Michael Apted’s 1992 conspiracy thriller Thunderheart, starring Val Kilmer as an FBI agent who grows to embrace his Sioux heritage. In turn, Arlo makes Paul watch Jim Jarmusch’s 1995 psychedelic Western Dead Man, wherein Johnny Depp’s iteration of William Blake takes an offbeat journey to the next life. The boys address the major caveat of both films starring white men, as well as their own lily whiteness; determine that Graham Greene and Gary Farmer walk away with their respective movies; and discuss how both films explore spiritual death and rebirth. With a bonus discussion of Apted’s documentary Incident at Oglala!

NEXT: Arlo’s having a baby. We’re going on hiatus with hopes of returning in mid-to-late January. We wish everyone a happy and, more importantly, safe holiday season. We love you.

BREAKDOWN

  • 00:01:00  –  Intro / Guest
  • 00:07:15  –  Thunderheart
  • 01:08:16  –  Dead Man
  • 02:09:36  –  Outro / Next

LINKS

MUSIC

  • “Grafitti Man” by John Trudell, A.K.A. Grafitti Man (1986)
  • “NDN Kars” by Keith Secola, Circle (1992)

GOBBLEDYCARES

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 24

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast episode 24 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

AJ, Kenn, and Joe ring in the new year by chronicling the most devastating string of episodes season 5, and perhaps the entirety of Mad Men, has to offer. Those under discussion are “Christmas Waltz,” in which the Negrons pick cotton for the Caucasons; “The Other Woman,” wherein Joan rides a Jaguar; and “Commissions and Fees,” in which the agency is forced to raise (then lower) its Pryces.

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 24.)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 22

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast episode 22 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Things get a little trippy this week, as AJ, Kenn, and Joe continue their look at Mad Men season 5 with a discussion of “Mystery Date,” in which Grandma Pauline gives Sally drugs; “Signal 30,” wherein the Pryce is wrong for one Pete Campbell; and “Far Away Places,” in which Roger discovers he just wasn’t made for these times. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 22.)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 19

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast episode 19 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

As Mad Men season 4 winds to a close, things seem to be falling apart for damn near everyone at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. This week, AJ, Kenn, and Joe chronicle the various disasters in “Hands and Knees,” in which we discover Lane has a sweet tooth for chocolate; “Chinese Wall,” wherein Megan goes above and beyond in her secretarial duties; and “Blowing Smoke,” in which Don actually finds a use for The New York Times.

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 19.)