Listen to the Gobbledygeek Season 11 Finale – “Geek Challenge: Thunderheart vs. Dead Man”

Top: Graham Greene and Val Kilmer in Thunderheart (1992), directed by Michael Apted / Bottom: Johnny Depp and Gary Farmer in Dead Man (1995), directed by Jim Jarmusch

Gobbledygeek episode 423, “Geek Challenge: Thunderheart vs. Dead Man,” is available for listening or download right here and on Apple Podcasts here.

Because our mascot is a turkey, and because we generally frown upon genocide, Paul and Arlo are spending Thanksgiving weekend discussing films with ties to Native American culture. For this Geek Challenge, Paul urges Arlo to watch Michael Apted’s 1992 conspiracy thriller Thunderheart, starring Val Kilmer as an FBI agent who grows to embrace his Sioux heritage. In turn, Arlo makes Paul watch Jim Jarmusch’s 1995 psychedelic Western Dead Man, wherein Johnny Depp’s iteration of William Blake takes an offbeat journey to the next life. The boys address the major caveat of both films starring white men, as well as their own lily whiteness; determine that Graham Greene and Gary Farmer walk away with their respective movies; and discuss how both films explore spiritual death and rebirth. With a bonus discussion of Apted’s documentary Incident at Oglala!

NEXT: Arlo’s having a baby. We’re going on hiatus with hopes of returning in mid-to-late January. We wish everyone a happy and, more importantly, safe holiday season. We love you.

BREAKDOWN

  • 00:01:00  –  Intro / Guest
  • 00:07:15  –  Thunderheart
  • 01:08:16  –  Dead Man
  • 02:09:36  –  Outro / Next

LINKS

MUSIC

  • “Grafitti Man” by John Trudell, A.K.A. Grafitti Man (1986)
  • “NDN Kars” by Keith Secola, Circle (1992)

GOBBLEDYCARES

Listen to Episode 121, “Be Thankful That You’ve Never Seen These Movies”

Gobbledygeek episode 121, “Be Thankful That You’ve Never Seen These Movies,” is available for listening or download right here.

It’s time for another Gobbledygeek Thanksgiving! This year, in lieu of being sociable and actually talking to other human beings, Paul and AJ decided to watch the Bat-Turkey-approved ThanksKilling and ThanksKilling 3, all about a murderous turkey being all murder-y. While they find the first ThanksKilling awful but sort of funny, they have not a single nice thing to say about ThanksKilling 3. This episode is mostly just them consoling each other. Maybe they’ll talk to people again next year. Plus, the boys discuss the closing of Hostess and the recent (recanted) allegations made against Kevin Clash.

Next: we’re taking a week off to recuperate from ThanksKilling 3, but also to celebrate Thanksgiving itself. So happy Thanksgiving! (We won’t inform Bat-Turkey of your dinner plans.) When we return, it will be with the third annual Gobbledygeek Gift Guide.

(Show notes for “Be Thankful That You’ve Never Seen These Movies.”)

Listen to Episode 76, “Gobbledygeek Thanksgiving II”

Gobbledygeek episode 76, “Gobbledygeek Thanksgiving II,” is available for listening or download right here.

Leaves changing color? Check. Days getting shorter? Check. The bitter taste of your college sports team getting its butt kicked? Double check. So what else could you possibly need? How about the second annual Gobbledygeek Thanksgiving? Much more restrained this year than in our freshman effort, but we still managed to blackmail a couple of guests into stopping by to help us be all thankful and shit. Nathan and Kevin make their long-awaited returns to the Turkey-Cave to say nice things about the nerdy stuff they’re thankful for…and also to mock us, your beloved Gobbledygeek guys. It’s a holiday tradition!

Next: No show next week, as we will all be stuffing our faces with food and being passive-aggressive with our families. Good times! We’ll return the week after, bloated but rested, with our guide to all the geeky gifts you’ve got to grab this Gristmas. (Sorry, I ran out of G-words.)

(Show notes for “Gobbledygeek Thanksgiving II.”)

Tune In to Tonight’s Gobbledygeek Thanksgiving Special!

I don't think Rockwell ever imagined an homage with that much Power Girl cleavage.

 

The thirty-third episode of Gobbledygeek airs right here at a special time tonight, 8:00 PM EST, because it’s a special episode: our first annual Thanksgiving special! (Or maybe it’s Thanksgeeking. Or maybe it’s Gobbledygiving. There’s been a bit of debate around the “office,” as it were.) Joining us around the table tonight are past guests Michele, Colin, Rob, Dale, Nathan, and the ever-present Kevin. As it’s the time of year to be thankful, we’ll be discussing the geeky things we are most thankful for. There’ll be no news, nor any callers tonight; just the roundtable discussion followed by perhaps some Black Friday talk in the bonus hour.

Not yet decided: who will be carving the Bat-Turkey. Ahem.

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!

And while you’re at it, why not vote in our 2010 listeners’ poll?