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.”)
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.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 47, “The Worlds According To…,” is available for listening or download right here.
Ever wanted to get away? Ever wanted to escape into a world different from your own, if only for a moment? Sure you have. Everyone has. In this week’s episode, Paul and AJ ruminate on which fictional worlds they’d like to live in, even if, as their selections prove, the mortality rate would be fairly high. On our itinerary, there’s Sunnydale, CA; Middle-earth; Toronto (though a very specific Toronto); even Sesame Street. You’ve also got news; upcoming DVD releases; AJ’s reviews of the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost extraterrestrial comedy Paul and Stephen King’s novella collection Full Dark, No Stars; and Paul’s brief look at the Stand by Me 25th Anniversary Blu-ray. And as a bonus, this is the first-ever episode that clocks in at under two hours! Yay!
Next: strong women in fiction.
(Show notes for “The Worlds According To…”)
On last night’s show, Paul and I continued our countdown of the Top 100 Characters in Modern Pop Culture with #s 30-21. Be sure to listen to the show for our full run-downs, but here are some choice excerpts:
PAUL: Scott Pilgrim (Scott Pilgrim series)
The series is about Scott growing up, about his evolution, and if you as a reader are patient and invested, it absolutely pays off by the end.
AJ: Norma Desmond (Sunset Blvd.)
Norma is a bizarre, grotesque caricature, wanting to hold a funeral for her pet monkey at the film’s beginning and given to lots of other disturbingly narcissistic actions.
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?
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!
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.