Gobbledygeek episode 355, “Gobbledyween: The Witch (feat. Matthew Jackson),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
Leaves are on the ground, blood is on the silver screen. It’s time for Gobbledyween. Paul and Arlo’s beloved horror movie festival returns for the first time since 2015, and their opening selection debuted that same year: Robert Eggers’ new cult classic The Witch. Emerging from the wood to terrorize the boys is SyfyWire.com contributing editor Matthew Jackson. The gang discusses the rural dread Eggers exploits, if the film can be read as an empowerment tale, if anything on the screen actually happens, and more. Plus, Paul grooves to synthwave, Jon Favreau gears up for The Mandalorian, Arlo worships Nicolas Cage in Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy, and Spider-Ham makes his screen debut in the new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse trailer.
Next: Gobbledyween continues as filmmaker Jess Byard joins us to take a bite out of Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark.
(Show notes for “Gobbledyween: The Witch.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 273, “The X-Files: Season 1 (feat. Wesley Mead),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
Paul and Arlo want to believe. They also don’t want to start yet another spin-off podcast, so this week marks the first of ten sporadic installments discussing Chris Carter’s seminal sci-fi series The X-Files. Joining them to discuss the first season is Wesley “Wezzo” Mead, who beams on over from the UK in his (presumably very British) spaceship. Paul talks about what it was like to watch The X-Files every week with the lights out, Wezzo recalls discovering the show as a young TV obsessive, and Arlo offers the perspective of someone watching the show for the very first time. The gang loves the mutual respect between Mulder and Scully, struggles with some very “freshman season” hours, and are in unanimous agreement on the season’s best episode. Plus, Arlo commits hate crimes against the English and there’s a spoiler-free discussion of Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book.
Next: the second installment of our Four-Color Flashback series analyzing Matt Wagner’s Grendel takes a look at Devil’s Legacy, Pt. 1, collected in Grendel Omnibus: Vol. 2 – Legacy, pp. 66-246.
(Show notes for “The X-Files: Season 1.”)
Our commentary track for Iron Man is available for listening or download right here.
Last month, Paul and AJ recorded a commentary track for Jurassic Park. Now, with The Avengers on its way, they decided to blab all over Jon Favreau’s instant classic superhero film Iron Man. Things that occur: Paul and AJ confess relative ignorance of Iron Man’s comic book adventures; AJ professes his desire to marry Pepper Potts; Paul admires Jeff Bridges’ beardliness; and much–too much?–Tony/Rhodey slash is read. Really. That happens. Several times.
Like last time, we give you some time to set up your DVD/Blu-ray, so you can go ahead and start the commentary before you start the movie.
Originally published on May 8, 2010
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Justin Theroux, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Don Heck, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby
I attended a packed midnight screening of Iron Man 2, and directly beforehand, in the same auditorium, a considerably less packed screening of the original Iron Man. The first is every bit as great as it was two years ago; it is charming, rich with character, brilliantly acted and directed, and with not a wasted minute. It’s the perfect blend of comedy, drama, and action, a genuine crowdpleaser in every sense.