Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 320, “Dunkirk: Beach Battle Bingo”

Gobbledygeek episode 320, “Dunkirk: Beach Battle Bingo,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Sun, spray, bullets, and blood: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk recounts the worst beach trip in history, as 400,000 Allied troops were trapped by the Nazis in Dunkirk, France. The word Paul and Arlo keep coming back to as a descriptor is “relentless.” 107 minutes of third-act intensity, Dunkirk may be the purest expression of Nolan’s watchmaker-precise skill. The boys discuss the film’s three interweaving time strands, the lack of overt character development (except for that moment), Hans Zimmer’s ticking time bomb of a score, and why the movie never names or shows its Nazi enemies. Plus, Arlo is convinced the rest of the world is experiencing a mass delusion regarding Arrested Development season 4; and the boys take a look at the SDCC trailers for Ready Player One, Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok, Stranger Things, and The Defenders.

Next: it’s another Four-Color Flashback, as Ensley F. Guffey, co-author of Wanna Cook? The Complete Unauthorized Guide to Breaking Bad, joins Paul and Arlo to discuss Y: The Last Man – Vol. 7: Paper Dolls.

(Show notes for “Dunkirk: Beach Battle Bingo.”)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 286, “Grendel: Part 5 – The Incubation Years”

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Gobbledygeek episode 286, “Grendel: Part 5 – The Incubation Years,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

This week on Gobbledygeek, Arlo has Pokémon fever! That’s right, he has become one of the hordes of mindless zombies trawling their backyards and local establishments for Japanese pocket monsters via the Pokémon Go mobile game. Then, Paul reports live from San Diego Comic-Con 2016 (sort of)! He and Arlo give their scalding hot takes on footage from Wonder Woman, Justice League, and more! They get into the icky, misogynistic controversy surrounding the new animated film version of Batman: The Killing Joke! Is all of this a ploy to get you to actually listen to the next episode in our year-long Four-Color Flashback series analyzing Matt Wagner’s Grendel? Why, yes! Yes, it is! No one cares, but this week, the boys dig into the bold, bizarre, brazen “Incubation Years,” collected in Grendel Omnibus: Vol. 3 – Orion’s Reign, pp. 10-112! It’s good, we swear!

Next: after a week off, Paul and Arlo return to discuss the first season of AMC’s Preacher adaptation. What’s that? You haven’t watched Preacher yet? Go watch Preacher.

(Show notes for “Grendel: Part 5 – The Incubation Years.”)

Listen to Episode 193, “The Sandman: Vol. V – A Game of You (feat. K. Dale Koontz & Ensley F. Guffey)”

Art from 'The Sandman' #35 by Shawn McManus and Daniel Vozzo.

Art from ‘The Sandman’ #35 by Shawn McManus and Daniel Vozzo.

Gobbledygeek episode 193, “The Sandman: Vol. V – A Game of You (feat. K. Dale Koontz & Ensley F. Guffey),” is available for listening or right here, and on iTunes here.

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, it might just be because Thessaly’s pulled it to Earth, wreaking all sorts of havoc on the ground. This Paul and AJ learn in the latest installment of our year-long Four-Color Flashback analyzing Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, this time focusing on Vol. V – A Game of You. Joining the boys again are Wanna Cook? authors K. Dale Koontz and Ensley F. Guffey, who have much insight to offer on Gaiman’s depiction of transgender character Wanda, artist Shawn McManus’ use of the classic nine-panel layout, and, uh, polar bears. Add to this many Wizard of Oz illusions and discussions of identity, and you’ve got something we promise makes sense. Sort of. Plus, the gang riffs on Comic-Con, including the unveiling of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.

Next: ooga-chaka, ooga-chaka, it’s the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Listen to Episode 148, “The Relentless Negativity of Paul & AJ (feat. Eric Sipple)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 148, “The Relentless Negativity of Paul & AJ (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Eric whined and whined and whined at us for MONTHS. Also, he really wanted us to watch Detention. So we’ve invited Sir Eric of Sippleonia, the goddess of pain himself, to discuss Joseph Kahn’s 2011 absurdist horror comedy with us. The film is different, let’s just say that. Paul and AJ aren’t entirely sure the film’s ADD stylings work, but Eric talks about it with such passion that it’s hard not to be convinced. Plus, we mourn the cancellation of Bunheads and talk about the coolest things to come out of San Diego Comic-Con.

Next: He’s the best at what he does…and what he does isn’t very pretty. We discuss The Wolverine.

(Show notes for “The Relentless Negativity of Paul & AJ.”)

Listen to Episode 60, “Comic-KHAAAAAN!”

 

Gobbledygeek episode 60, “Comic-KHAAAAAN!,” is available for listening or download right here.

San Diego had its annual expo/trade show/clusterfuck from July 20-24, Comic-Con International, and while the Gobblers weren’t actually on hand, they discuss some of the biggest comics, movies, and TV news to emerge from its seething bowels. Oh, and some nifty cosplaying. (Also some pathetic cosplaying. But we’re trying to be positive here.) Plus: news and Formspring questions!

Next: “No Country for the Outlaw Josey Wales.”

(Show notes for “Comic-KHAAAAAN!”)

Listen to Last Friday’s Gobbledygeek

Saturday was a busy day for me, so I didn’t even realize until just now that I never posted a “Listen to Last Night’s Gobbledygeek” thingy! Time to rectify that…!

Last Friday’s Gobbledygeek, “It’s On Like Donkey Con,” is available for listening right here. We discuss the first two days of this year’s Comic-Con, including the Entertainment Weekly Visionary Panel with Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams, the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World panel, the panel for AMC’s The Walking Dead, and The Joss Whedon Experience. There’s a mini-Con war involving Boston and Philadelphia, plus we find time for vague, spoiler-free discussion of the great Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour. In the bonus hour, we continue our countdown of the Top 100 Characters in Modern Pop Culture with #s 60-51. Halfway done!

Gobbledygeek #18 Tonight!

Another non-existent week on the blog, another apology from moi. I still haven’t gotten the last Characters post up, and I doubt I will today. That just means you have two posts to look forward to next week!

However, Gobbledygeek is still going full steam, and the eighteenth episode airs live tonight at 10:30 PM EST right here. The topic of the evening is–what else?–San Diego Comic-Con 2010. We’re not on the ground, but we are following all the news, and we’ll discuss the big items from the first two days of the Con. At some point I imagine we’ll also get around to the newly released Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, the final volume in Bryan Lee O’Malley’s great comic book series. Then, in the bonus hour, Paul and I continue our countdown of the Top 100 Characters in Modern Pop Culture with #s 60-51.

If you’re at Comic-Con or if you’d like to share your memories of past Cons, why don’t you give us a call tonight or e-mail us?

Reminder: Calling into the show is potentially a toll call, but if you’ve got a free Skype account and a free BlogTalkRadio account, you can use the free “Click to Talk” button to call in…for free!