Listen to Episode 129, “Talking (More) Turkey: Standard Action”

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Gobbledygeek episode 129, “Talking (More) Turkey: Standard Action,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Joanna Gaskell and Rob Hunt of the webseries Standard Action return to discuss their second season, dead squirrels, board games, and dehydrated pepperoni. Plus, Paul and AJ talk about their Scott Pilgrim Twitter party and FX’s great new series The Americans.

Next: Noble Smith, author of The Wisdom of the Shire, joins the boys to geek out about, well…everything.

(Show notes for “Talking (More) Turkey: Standard Action.”)

Jonah Hill Will Make You Jump, Jump: 21 Jump Street Review


Though I wouldn’t have predicted this in a thousand years, and I’ve been skeptical of others who have claimed this before me, I’m here now to tell you 21 Jump Street…is actually good.

Obviously an “homage” (read: send up, parody, reimagining, whatever) of the late-80s teen police procedural of the same name that ran on the infant Fox Network, which dealt with young cops masquerading as high school students to investigate crimes. The 2012 film version focuses less on the teen drama and more on the comedy potential inherent in such a preposterous concept. And though there’s a surprisingly effective heart and maturity to some of the story (Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill share a real brotherly chemistry I wasn’t expecting), it’s the comedy that ultimately sells this. Special comedic thanks to Dave Franco, who along with Eliza Coupe was the only reason to watch the ninth and final season of Scrubs. He’s dopey and dim, with just a hint of dangerous, and is easily 50% of why you should see this movie.

Directed by the team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who previously brought us the criminally under appreciated animated film Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (which, btw, watch it right now!), there are some sequences that play like a live action cartoon, in the best possible way. The screenplay is credited to Michael Bacall, co-writer of the 2010 masterpiece Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which itself played heavily with live action cartoonishness. A couple of Pilgrim actors turn up in this film, most obviously Brie Larson who played Scott Pilgrim’s ex Envy, and here plays romantic lead Molly. Less immediately obvious (but much funnier) is Johnny Simmons (Young Neil), with a brief but pivotal cameo.

There are countless shout outs and Easter eggs for the 80s TV fans, and though this adaptation goes more for laughs than the original series perhaps intended, I think old school (pun intended) fans will find a lot to like here.


On DVD & Blu-Ray, 6/28/11: ‘Sucker Punch,’ ‘Barney’s Version,’ More

SUCKER PUNCH: Extended Cut (DVD/Blu-ray/Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Combo)

Yep, here it is. This is the film that either destroyed any remnants of geek cred I may ever have had, or proved what a brilliant film viewer I really am. Why, you ask? Because, damn it, I liked this Zack Snyder joint. Ostensibly the story of Baby Doll (Emily Browning), an abused young woman put into an institution by her father and scheduled for a lobotomy, who travels to deeper and deeper levels of consciousness on an anime/video game/comic book-inspired quest to free herself and her fellow inmates. Pretty young things in barely-there clothing battling giant robot samurai, fire-breathing dragons, and steam-powered zombie Nazis. Given only that premise, and taking into account Snyder’s penchant for phantasmagoric, speed-ramped action sequences, this could have been a beautiful but vapid piece of hormone and adrenaline-fueled cinematic trash. But, as I infamously explained here, I believe there is much more to it than that. The Extended Cut features an additional 18 minutes of footage, a picture-in-picture commentary with director Snyder, and has been rated R, up from the theatrical PG-13.  – Paul Smith

(Originally reviewed by Paul, and much less favorably by myself, in “Ladylike.”)

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Listen to Last Night’s Gobbledygeek

Last night’s Gobbledygeek, “Scott Pilgrim vs. Gobbledygeek,” is available for listening right here. Fair warning: praise is gushed all over the place in regard to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Edgar Wright’s fantastic new film which maybe we can finally stop talking about. Maybe. We talk about Wright’s inventive storytelling techniques, the cast, the music, and of course, how it compares to Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels. In the bonus hour, we continue our countdown of the Top 100 Characters in Modern Pop Culture with #s 30-21. Getting down to the wire, innit?

Gobbledygeek #21 Tonight!

The twenty-first episode of Gobbledygeek airs live tonight at 10:30 PM EST right here. Today heralds the arrival of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a little film we may or may not have covered before. So, of course, that’s what we’re talking about tonight. Really, what did you expect us to talk about? Eat Pray Love? As always with our movie discussions, we’ll do our best not to venture into spoiler territory, but if you want to go in completely clean, you might want to listen to the show after you’ve already seen the film.

In the bonus hour, we’re rolling along with our countdown of the Top 100 Characters in Modern Pop Culture with #30-21. Whew, getting pretty close to the big finish.

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!

Listen to Last Night’s Gobbledygeek

Last night’s Gobbledygeek, “WTF, FCC, T&A,” is available for listening right here. We basically rant and ramble about America’s bass-ackwards policies regarding language, and the potentially unconstitutional censorship thereof. Discussed: George Harrison, George Carlin, Janet Jackson, cartoon tits, cartoon asses, and much more. Paul touches briefly–and vaguely–on his experience attending an advance screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and in the bonus hour, we continue our countdown of the Top 100 Characters in Modern Pop Culture with #s 50-41.

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!

‘Scott Pilgrim’ Watch: One Soundtrack to Rule Them All

At long last, the details of the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack have been revealed. Beck wrote and provided instrumentation for all of the Sex Bob-Omb songs? What? Really? How did I not know this? Broken Social Scene did Crash and the Boys’ songs? The Plumtree single that gave Scott Pilgrim his name (which I originally heard over at Bryan Lee O’Malley’s official Ning)? Frank Black? T. Rex? Is there any doubt this will be the soundtrack of the year? Am I asking too many questions? Am I?! HUH?! AM I?!?!?!?

While you ponder that, here’s the full tracklist:

01 SEX BOB-OMB (Beck): “We Are SEX BOB-OMB”
02 Plumtree: “Scott Pilgrim”
03 Frank Black: “I Heard Ramona Sing”
04 Beachwood Sparks: “By Your Side”
05 Black Lips: “O Katrina!”
06 Crash and the Boys (Broken Social Scene): “I’m So Sad, So Very, Very Sad”
07 Crash and the Boys (Broken Social Scene): “We Hate You Please Die”
08 SEX BOB-OMB (Beck): “Garbage Truck”
09 T. Rex: “Teenage Dream”
10 The Bluetones: “Sleazy Bed Track”
11 Blood Red Shoes: “It’s Getting Boring by the Sea”
12 Metric: “Black Sheep”
13 SEX BOB-OMB (Beck): “Threshold”
14 Broken Social Scene: “Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl”
15 The Rolling Stones: “Under My Thumb”
16 Beck: “Ramona (Acoustic)”
17 Beck: “Ramona”
18 SEX BOB-OMB (Beck): “Summertime”
19 Brian LeBarton: “Threshold 8 Bit”

The soundtrack is released August 10, the film August 13.

‘Scott Pilgrim’ Watch: The International Trailer Debuts

I’m not a shill, I swear. Well, I mean, there was that enticing offer to rename the blog GobbledyScottPilgrimVsTheWorldInTheatersAugust13, but apart from that, I’m not a shill. However, that won’t stop me from bringing you news of the brand spanking new international trailer for the film, which, bless me, you can watch right here:

It’s a lot of what we saw in the North American trailer, but there are also plenty of new little bits and pieces that show just how off the rails and goofy this movie is going to be. The conversation about the cleaning lady at the end killed me (and is it just me, or has Brandon Routh been so much more likable in everything else than he was in Superman Returns?). So, stay tuned for more Scott Pilgrim, because I can guarantee you I won’t shut the fuck up about it until the 25th Anniversary Bread Makes You Fat?! Special Mega Deluxe Edition is released in 2035 on HPFEIYB (High-Pitched Frequency Emitted Into Your Brain).

‘Scott Pilgrim’ Watch: New Video Game Trailer Ups Coolness Level of Entire Universe; Plus, Evil Exes Posters!

More Scott Pilgrim vs. the World news, this time about the forthcoming video game for PlayStation Network. The trailer for the game was unveiled at E3, and you can check it out courtesy of

As with everything Scott Pilgrim-related, there is nothing to say but that it looks insanely freaking cool. It’s done in the old 8-bit side-scrolling beat-’em-up fashion, with brilliant character designs and awesome music. It’s basically everything you would hope for in a Scott Pilgrim video game. Major props for part of the Todd Ingram battle being a Guitar Hero-style bass-off. Oh, and Kim’s annoyed facial expression at about 38 seconds in is absolutely perfect. The game should be out for PSN in August, and for Xbox Live some time after that. Alas, my Xbox is broken and it’s never coming to Wii, so who knows when I’ll get to play it. The universe is now much cooler, but it remains unfair.

Head after the jump for a look at the 7 Evil Exes character posters for the film.

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