Listen to the Gobbledygeek Season Finale, “The Muppet Christmas Carol”

Steven Mackintosh, Michael Caine, and a whole buncha Muppets in The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), directed by Brian Henson

Gobbledygeek episode 458, “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” is available for listening or download right here, on Spotify, and on Apple Podcasts.

It’s only one more Gobbledygeek ‘til Christmas! (NOTE: This episode has been on Spotify and Apple Podcasts for several days, but real life woes prevented it from being posted here. So that sentence was technically true!) This year, instead of discussing the weird or cynical sides of the holidays, Paul and Arlo are embracing sincerity with a look at 1992’s The Muppet Christmas Carol. The first Muppets feature film following the death of Jim Henson is a faithful adaptation of the classic novella, with Gonzo as Charles Dickens himself and none other than Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. The boys discuss why Caine’s decision to play things straight is key to the film’s success, the film’s technical wizardry, the beautiful songs by Paul Williams, and why it’s the greatest Christmas film of them all. Plus, Paul and Arlo recount a very strange year and get honest about the difficulties of the holiday season.

NEXT: have a safe and merry holiday, regardless of what you celebrate, and a happy new year. We’ll be back in 2022 with the long-awaited discussion of The Americans season 4 featuring Wesley Mead.

BREAKDOWN

  • 00:00:50  –  Intro
  • 00:14:00  –  The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • 01:42:05  –  Outro / Next

MUSIC

  • “Scrooge” by The Muppet Cast, The Muppet Christmas Carol (Original Soundtrack) (1992)
  • “When Love Is Gone” by Meredith Braun, The Muppet Christmas Carol (Original Soundtrack) (1992)
  • “It Feels Like Christmas” by The Ghost of Christmas Present, The Muppet Christmas Carol (Original Soundtrack) (1992)
  • “One More Sleep ‘til Christmas” by Kermit the Frog, The Muppet Christmas Carol (Original Soundtrack) (1992)

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Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 454 – “Gobbledyween: Rockula (feat. Eric Sipple)”

Dean Cameron in Rockula (1990), directed by Luca Bercovici

Gobbledygeek episode 454, “Gobbledyween: Rockula (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, on Spotify, and on Apple Podcasts.

Gobbledyween has come to a close for another year–and we’re going out with a fang! To round out our month of frightening films, we’ve chosen a movie most people have probably never heard of: Rockula, a vampiric musical from 1990 starring Dean Cameron as the bloodsucking Ralph, cursed to try and win back the love of his immortal life every 22 years. We have also chosen to torture none other than Mimesis author Eric Sipple, who has been forced to endure this film with Paul and Arlo. The gang discusses mirror selves, farting bats, resentful stars, and of course, Bo Diddley.

NEXT: enough inner darkness, how about some Outer Darkness? For our next Four-Color Flashback, we explore the interstellar terror of John Layman and Afu Chan’s 2018-19 Image series.

BREAKDOWN

  • 00:00:40  –  Intro / Guest
  • 00:09:36  –  Rockula
  • 01:29:46  –  The Box Office Game!
  • 01:52:26  –  Outro / Next

LINKS

MUSIC

  • “Rockula” by Los Straitjackets, Damas y Caballeros (2001)
  • “Rockula” by Jesse Cutler, Test of Time (2008)

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Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 453 – “Gobbledyween: The Fly (feat. Kenn Edwards)”

Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum in The Fly (1986), directed by David Cronenberg

Gobbledygeek episode 453, “Gobbledyween: The Fly (feat. Kenn Edwards),” is available for listening or download right here, on Spotify, and on Apple Podcasts.

Have you ever heard of insect podcasts? Neither have we. Paul and Arlo continue Gobbledyween 2021 with a deep penetrating dive into the plasma pool, as Alex Jonestown Massacre guitarist Kenn Edwards teleports on over to discuss David Cronenberg’s 1986 classic The Fly. The gang places the film in the context of the AIDS epidemic, marvels at just how charming it is, raves about Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis’ chemistry, and declares makeup effects artist Chris Walas to be one of the unsung heroes of ‘80s cinema. Plus, Kenn gives us a breakdown of the 20 (!) live events he’s been to post-vaccine.

NEXT: all things must come to an end, and so Gobbledyween returns to the grave after one final performance. Mimesis author Eric Sipple helps us lift the coffin lid on Luca Bercovici’s 1990 masterpiece Rockula.

BREAKDOWN

  • 00:00:20  –  Intro / Guest
  • 00:05:42  –  The Fly
  • 00:11:18  –  Oh wait, it’s Ted Lasso tangents and concert reviews…
  • 00:47:35  –  Okay, back to The Fly, for real this time
  • 01:26:46  –  Kenn blindsides us with his House of the Devil thoughts
  • 01:30:00  –  Aaaaaand the finale of our The Fly discussion
  • 02:01:20  –  The Box Office Game!
  • 02:26:28  –  Outro / Next

LINKS

MUSIC

  • “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)” by The Offspring, Americana (1998)
  • “Fly Away” by Lenny Kravitz, 5 (1998)

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Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 452 – “Gobbledyween: Nightbreed (feat. Joseph Lewis)”

David Cronenberg in Nightbreed (1990), directed by Clive Barker

Gobbledygeek episode 452, “Gobbledyween: Nightbreed (feat. Joseph Lewis),” is available for listening or download right here, on Spotify, and on Apple Podcasts.

Listen to them, the children of the night. What movies they make! For the second installment of Gobbledyween 2021, A/V writer-director Joseph Lewis joins Paul and Arlo for a discussion of Clive Barker’s 1990 film Nightbreed. Butchered by the studio on initial release and restored to its full grotesquerie decades later, Nightbreed is a bizarre fusion of epic fantasy, slasher, and supernatural horror. The gang discusses why that mix is so fascinating, why it’s important that the monsters are the good guys, auteur David Cronenberg’s turn as the evil Dr. Dekker, and the queer framework that gives the film extra resonance. Plus, as promised, Joe has some thoughts on The House of the Devil.

NEXT: speaking of that Cronenberg guy, Alex Jonestown Massacre guitarist Kenn Edwards helps us continue Gobbledyween with a discussion of 1986’s The Fly.

BREAKDOWN

  • 00:01:00  –  Intro / Joe’s thoughts on The House of the Devil
  • 00:24:30  –  Nightbreed
  • 01:43:53  –  Closing shenanigans (The Box-Office Game?)
  • 02:00:18  –  Outro / Next

LINKS

MUSIC

  • “Blessed Are You” by Iced Earth, Something Wicked This Way Comes (1998)
  • “Johnny Get Angry” by Anne Bobby, Nightbreed Soundtrack (1990)
  • “Berserker” by Love Among Freaks, Clerks (Music from the Motion Picture) (1994)

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Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 451 – “Gobbledyween: The House of the Devil (feat. Greg Sahadachny)”

Joceline Donahue in The House of the Devil (2009), directed by Ti West

Gobbledygeek episode 451, “Gobbledyween: The House of the Devil (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, on Spotify, and on Apple Podcasts.

Leaves are on the ground. Blood is on the screen. It’s time for Gobbledyween. Our beloved, bloody tradition returns for another fiendish film fest featuring only the finest (?) of the horror genre. Greg Sahadachny, once and future host of The Debatable Podcast, helps Paul and Arlo kick off Gobbledyween 2021 by giving them a ride to The House of the Devil. Ti West’s 2009 breakthrough was a seminal moment in the indie horror boom of the last decade-plus. The question now, so many years removed, is if that moment was worth having. The gang discusses how this film’s slow burn played in the context of the torture porn era; its expert aping of the ‘80s aesthetic so near and dear to Paul’s heart; the strong performances from Joceline Donahue, Greta Gerwig, and Tom Noonan; and whether West’s loving homage is anything more than a reminder of better films.

NEXT: we’re checking out of this house, as we hitch a ride with A/V writer-director Joseph Lewis through the mind of Clive Barker. We’ll be discussing the director’s cut of his 1990 cult classic Nightbreed.

BREAKDOWN

  • 00:01:06  –  Intro / Guest
  • 00:08:44  –  The House of the Devil
  • 01:36:00  –  Outro / Next

MUSIC

  • “The Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast (1982)
  • “One Things Leads to Another” by The Fixx, Reach the Beach (1983)

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Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 448 – “Miserable Children”

Paul and Arlo hard at work recording the podcast

Gobbledygeek episode 448, “Miserable Children,” is available for listening or download right here, on Spotify, and on Apple Podcasts.

What happens when a regularly scheduled episode gets regularly postponed? A freestyle, that’s what! In lieu of talking about The Americans season 3, Paul and Arlo talk about…well, whatever the fuck they want to talk about. Paul’s angry, Arlo’s drunk, it’s an angry drunken ramble! “Topics” of “discussion” include dumb reality shows like Clash of Cones, the intrinsic value (or lack thereof) in a star rating system, how disappointing the new Lorde album is, and whether or not the boys are actually going to see each other in person this year.

NEXT: The Americans season 3 with Wesley Mead? Maybe?

MUSIC

  • “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, Girl (2013)
  • “Happy Jack” by The Who, Happy Jack (1967)

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Listen to Episode 447 – “Eric Sipple: The Return”

Cover art for Eric Sipple’s Mimesis (2021) by Kring Demetrio

Gobbledygeek episode 447, “Eric Sipple: The Return,” is available for listening or download right here, on Spotify, and on Apple Podcasts.

That Sipple you like is going to come back in style. It’s been a long while–we’re talking pre-pandemic here–but Eric Sipple is finally making their return to this humble little podcast. Author of Broken Magic and one-third of the Deli Counter of Justice braintrust, Eric tells Paul and Arlo all about their new YA fantasy novel Mimesis–including the loaded, sometimes confusing connotations inferred by the term “YA.” The gang discusses the gorgeous cover art by Kring Demetrio, what inspired Mimesis, and Eric’s upcoming gig at the MileHiCon in Denver, CO. Plus, assorted and often tangential thoughts on the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer.

NEXT: TBD.

LINKS

MUSIC

  • “What the Water Gave Me” by Florence and the Machine, Ceremonials (2011)
  • “Cold Cold Water” by Mirah, Advisory Committee (2002)

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Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 445 – “Black Widow (feat. Tanya Cochran)”

Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh in Black Widow (2021), directed by Cate Shortland

Gobbledygeek episode 445, “Black Widow (feat. Tanya Cochran),” is available for listening or download right here, on Spotify, and on Apple Podcasts.

After a two-year absence–thanks, global pandemic!–the Marvel Cinematic Universe makes its return to the big screen with the long-awaited Black Widow. And we do mean long-awaited: it’s been 11 years since Scarlett Johansson made her debut as Natasha Romanoff, and only now, after we’ve seen Nat die in Avengers: Endgame, does Black Widow get a solo movie. Paul and Arlo are joined by pop culture fan and academic Tanya Cochran to discuss whether or not Cate Shortland’s film was worth the wait. There’s talk of trauma, family dramedy, falling debris, and how much Arlo absolutely loves David Harbour as Red Guardian.

NEXT: Sweet Tooth returns, again, in Sweet Tooth: The Return for our next Four-Color Flashback.

BREAKDOWN

  • 00:00:50  –  Intro / Guest
  • 00:05:50  –  Black Widow
  • 00:26:48  –  SPOILERS
  • 02:04:47  –  Outro / Next

MUSIC

  • “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Think Up Anger (feat. Malia J) (2015)
  • “American Pie” by Don McLean, American Pie (1971)

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Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 444 – “Loki (feat. Michael Holland)”

Sophia Di Martino and Tom Hiddleston in ‘Loki’ (2021), directed by Kate Herron

Gobbledygeek episode 444, “Loki (feat. Michael Holland),” is available for listening or download right here, on Spotify, and on Apple Podcasts.

Gobbledygeek’s very own MCU TV brain trust reconvenes somewhere in the multiverse, as post-production supervisor to the stars Michael Holland joins Paul and Arlo to discuss Michael Waldron and Kate Herron’s Loki. The gang untangles the kooky timeline shenanigans, falls in love with the incestuous narcissism at the heart of the Loki/Sylvie relationship, find themselves wowed by Owen Wilson, and ponders where the show’s timey-wimey finale leaves the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, Arlo likes Blade Runner now, and there’s some Space Jam: A New Legacy trash talk.

NEXT: the MCU returns to the big screen with Cate Shortland’s Black Widow.

BREAKDOWN

  • 00:00:42  –  Intro / Guest
  • 00:17:50  –  Main Topic
  • 01:56:30  –  Outro / Next

LINKS

MUSIC

  • “Fly Like An Eagle” by Steve Miller Band, Fly Like An Eagle (1976)
  • “Very Full” by Tom Hiddleston, Loki: Vol. 1 (Episodes 1-3) (Original Soundtrack) (2021)

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Listen to Episode 442 – “Geek Challenge: Sunset Blvd. vs. My Favorite Year”

Top: William Holden and Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder’s ‘Sunset Blvd.’ (1950) / Bottom: Peter O’Toole and Mark Linn-Baker in Richard Benjamin’s ‘Final Year’ (1982)

Gobbledygeek episode 442, “Geek Challenge: Sunset Blvd. vs. My Favorite Year,” is available for listening or download right here, on Spotify, and on Apple Podcasts.

For Norma Desmond, the pictures got small when words stole her mystique; for Alan Swann, it was when his drunken antics got him downgraded to the boob tube. They’re both stand-ins for larger-than-life stars past their prime, Norma in Billy Wilder’s scathing Sunset Blvd. (1950) and Alan in Richard Benjamin’s cozy My Favorite Year (1982). In our latest Geek Challenge, Paul and Arlo discuss these fallen idols and how their respective movies take much different approaches to a mentor/mentee relationship. The boys break down the ways in which both films echo real-life Hollywood legends; praise Gloria Swanson’s arch turn as Norma and Peter O’Toole’s thinly veiled take on Errol Flynn; pine for dead monkey funerals; and wonder what things would be like if Jessica Harper ruled the mob.

NEXT: on this month’s Four-Color Flashback, we conclude the post-apocalyptic adventures of Gus and Jeppard in Deluxe Editions 2 and 3 of Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth.

BREAKDOWN

  • 00:00:40  –  Intro / Guest
  • 00:06:28  –  Sunset Blvd.
  • 00:52:15  –  My Favorite Year
  • 01:28:56  –  Outro / Next

LINKS

MUSIC

  • “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J, Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)
  • “Celluloid Heroes” by The Kinks, Everybody’s in Show-Biz (1972)

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