We’ve already discussed our favorite films, TV series, and comics of 2012. Now, to round things out before the impending season 4 premiere, we’ll “discuss” our favorite albums. “Discuss” is in quotation marks because, as we’ve frequently noted on the show, we are really, really bad at knowing how to talk about music. So we figured we’d let the music speak for itself.
Enjoy and check back on Sunday for the season premiere of GOBBLEDYGEEK!
PAUL: 10. SOME NIGHTS by fun.
Key track: “Some Nights”
AJ: 10. LONERISM by Tame Impala
Key track: “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
Last week, we discussed our favorite TV series of the last year. This week, we turn to the big screen.
PAUL: 10. DJANGO UNCHAINED (dir. Quentin Tarantino)
With Django Unchained, director Quentin Tarantino takes us once more back to a terrible moment in our history, and once again asks us to indulge him his little anachronisms and revisionist revenge fantasies. This time, instead of Nazis and baseball-bat-wielding Jews, we get slavers and bounty-hunting dentists. Set in the pre-Civil War Deep South, Unchained is Tarantino’s homage to the Spaghetti Westerns of Leone and Corbucci, which he prefers to call his Spaghetti Southern. I’ll say that the absence of editor Sally Menke is sharply felt here, though. If I, of all people, notice the nearly three-hour runtime, then there could’ve been some tightening. The cast is great across the board, including a list of hidden cameos longer than my arm (among others, original Django Franco Nero makes an appearance). Jamie Foxx is great in the title role, though I imagine what Will Smith could’ve done with the part, as was the original intent. Leo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, and Walton Goggins all shine in their respective roles. Kerry Washington was reduced to little more than the damsel in distress, however, which is unusual for a Tarantino picture. But the standout here is Christoph Waltz. He is every bit as charmingly heroic and admirable this time as he was charmingly repulsive and hateful in Basterds.
AJ: 10. MOONRISE KINGDOM (dir. Wes Anderson)
Wes Anderson’s films often have a childlike quality about them, whether it be his colorful storybook compositions or the petulance of many of his characters. So it’s fitting that he’s finally made a film about children, one in which the kids are on the run from what’s expected of them and their adult guardians are forced to accept the roles they’ve played in their children’s abandonment of them. Newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, both in their first screen acting roles, give perfectly awkward performances. Anderson regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman are in their element here, while Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton join the auteur’s troupe with ease. Perhaps most encouragingly, Moonrise Kingdom is the first sign of life in years from Bruce Willis–who, with a movie soon to appear on our lists, proved later in the year that he’s most definitely still kicking–and Edward Norton, two actors who really needed a movie like this.
It’s the end of season 3 as we know it (and Bat-Turkey feels fine).
Gobbledygeek episode 124, “2012 in Review,” is available for listening or download right here.
Another year coming to an end. Another season of Gobbledygeek over. Before you begin your mourning process, Paul and AJ have a lot–and we do mean a lot–to say in this super-sized finale, gabbing about their favorite movies (superheroes and tigers get a nod), music (they really don’t have the same taste at all), books (haha, they’re illiterate), and much more. It’s been a great year for the show; we salute you. Have a happy holiday and a wonderful new year. See you in 2013!
(Show notes for “2012 in Review.”)
Tobey Maguire will re-team with his Ice Storm and Ride With the Devil director Ang Lee for Life of Pi. The film is an adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestselling novel of the same name about a boy at sea in a lifeboat with a tiger, a zebra, a hyena, and an orangutan. According to Variety Maguire will play the writer who interviews the boy, played by newcomer Suraj Sharma.
Life of Pi will be an FX heavy 3D picture, and it’s scheduled to splash onto screens Dec. 14, 2012.