Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 269, “The Air Up There”

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Gobbledygeek episode 269, “The Air Up There,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

When the apocalypse happens, wouldn’t you want to wake up in an underground bunker, shackled to a wall and pricked with a makeshift IV by none other than American screen luminary John Goodman? Well, cult icon-in-the-making Mary Elizabeth Winstead isn’t thrilled by her new circumstances, while the amiably bearded John Gallagher Jr. just wants everyone to get along. Paul and AJ, meanwhile, contemplate 10 Cloverfield Lane‘s connection to 2008’s found footage monster mash Cloverfield, debate its effectiveness as a psychological thriller, and stick up for child killers (wait, no, that’s just Paul). Plus, AJ’s dying. Again.

Next: Four-Color Flashback 2016 kicks off with a look at the first story arc of Matt Wagner’s Grendel, “Devil by the Deed.”

(Show notes for “The Air Up There.”)

Read AJ’s Review of ‘Smashed’ in the New Issue of ‘The Ann Arbor Review of Books’

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I am a terrible self-promoter and forgot to link to the first issue of The Ann Arbor Review of Books, wherein I wrote about this year’s Oscars telecast and red carpet coverage, but I won’t make the same mistake twice! The new issue of Ann Arbor is available right here for all Kindle-enabled devices (click here if you’re in the UK, or here if you’re in Canada). That’s $2.99 not only for my review of the film Smashed starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul, but also for takes on Zero Dark ThirtyEnlightened, upcoming Gobbledygeek guest Wesley Mead’s piece about the new They Might Be Giants album Nanobots, and more. Please support independent publishing and check it out!

Listen to Episode 89, “Now I Gotta Catch Me My Other Girlfriends”

Gobbledygeek episode 89, “Now I Gotta Catch Me My Other Girlfriends,” is available for listening or download right here.

For the penultimate installment of Tarantino Month, the boys set their high-beams on 2007’s Death Proof. Thrill! as they discuss Kurt Russell’s magnificent creepiness as the psychotic Stuntman Mike. Contemplate! as they analyze the film’s subversion of slasher movie tropes. Ponder! as they explore the rape-y aspects of Death Proof and even Kill Bill, and what that means in the context of stories about strong women. Plus, Paul rants about spoilerphobes and the lie Fandango (quite literally) sold him; and, with a rueful, barely-functioning heart, AJ explains how he came into contact with a deep-fried Twinkie and lived to tell the tale.

Next: Tarantino Month comes to a close with the WWII revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds.

(Show notes for “Now I Gotta Catch Me My Other Girlfriends.”)