Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 335, “Annihilation: For Those That Follow”

Gobbledygeek episode 335, “Annihilation: For Those That Follow,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Self-destruction. Division. Separation. Annihilation. These are the frivolous, lighthearted concerns of Alex Garland’s latest film, a mind-expanding sci-fi trip that finds Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, and Tuva Novotny exploring “Area X,” a mutated piece of land encompassed by the full-on-double-rainbow-all-the-way that is the Shimmer. What’s going on here? What’s causing it? Does an answer even matter? Paul and Arlo dig into Annihilation’s writhing, metastasizing guts to discuss the beautiful, macabre work of production designer Matt Digby; the organic/electronic discomfit of Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury’s score; how Garland’s approach intentionally places the viewer at a distance; and that goddamn bear. Plus, Paul watched something called the Olympics; Arlo wants to help The Breadwinner make some dough; and Paul gives Arlo shit, what else is new.

Next: the episode we teased last week! For a musical Geek Challenge, Arlo must watch Kenn Anakin’s 1982 “classic” The Pirate Movie and Paul must endure Jacques Demy’s 1967 classic (no quotation marks necessary) The Young Girls of Rochefort.

(Show notes for “For Those That Follow.”)

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Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 18

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast episode 18 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

This week, AJ, Kenn, and Joe turn toward a very eventful run of Mad Men episodes: “The Suitcase,” one of the series’ all-time high points; “The Summer Man,” in which the new Don struts (and swims) his stuff; and “The Beautiful Girls,” wherein Sally falls flat on her face. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch…which, in a bit of a departure, is a review of the Jon Hamm-starring baseball movie Million Dollar Arm.

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 18.)

Listen to Last Night’s Gobbledygeek

The Pac-Man kill screen, also known as Code Monkey's Acid Trip.

 

Last night’s Gobbledygeek, “Kill Screen,” is available for listening right here. Paul and I conjure up our arcade memories, his largely concerning Arnold’s on the Ave, mine mostly centered on Aladdin’s Castle. All of our favorite games, from Pong to Time Crisis, get a mention, and we also talk about some memorable/regrettable films about video games. Then, in the bonus hour, we discuss upcoming releases, followed by the first installment of “Reel Picks” (reviewed are Get Him to the GreekThe Kids Are All RightThe American, and The Other Guys), and capped by Kevin and Paul expounding on this Cam Newton business which I have trouble following.

Next week: Gobbledygeek Thanksgiving, featuring some of your favorite voices of old!

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