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.
Gobbledygeek episode 259, “I Peed on the Corpse (feat. Kenn Edwards),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
The lost and lonely are looking for a place to belong. Powerful men are looking to keep their darkest secrets hidden. Robert Downey, Jr. isn’t looking at all, and that’s why he peed on the corpse. It must be Christmas in L.A., Shane Black style. For this year’s Twisted Christmas entry, Paul and AJ are joined by So Lets Get to the Point‘s Kenn Edwards to rap about the 2005 noir comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. The boys debate the merits of Shane Black’s self-aware style, including whether or not it’s too glib to handle some of the heavier turns the plot takes. Also under discussion: Have we lost RDJ to the Marvel machine? Does the movie have weird ideas about women? And what is it about Shane Black and Christmas anyway?
Next: the time has come for the final Bone. Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast joins us for our last Four-Color Flashback installment this year, discussing Bone: Vol IX – Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith.
Gobbledygeek episode 91, “Real Darko,” is available for listening or download right here.
It’s Geek Challenge time! Paul has challenged AJ to Real Genius, and in turn, AJ has challenged Paul to Donnie Darko. Our two challenges this time may seem wildly different in terms of plot and tone, but they’re really not that dissimilar: Both take place in the ’80s, both are centered around “extraordinary” young men, both feature schools which are important to the story, and both ensure that Tears for Fears will keep receiving those royalty checks for a good long while. As far as the boys’ discussion is concerned, things are going pretty well until they’re not. Plus, Paul and AJ rave about the Game of Thrones season premiere.
Next week: It’s real! The Cabin in the Woods exists!
When I reviewedKill the Irishman for this blog, I described it as “sturdy” and “reliable,” and indeed it is. It’s a gangster movie in the classic sense of the term: no razzle-dazzle, no flashy set pieces, just a bunch of guys doing amoral things for their territory. Ray Stevenson has a nice, hulking quality as real-life Cleveland mobster Danny Greene, and it’s nice to see Vincent D’Onofrio, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, and The Sopranos‘ Steve Schirripa getting decent parts. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but if you like this kind of thing–as I do–then you should find yourself satisfied. Extras include the documentary Danny Greene: The Rise and Fall of the Irishman and a theatrical trailer.
In the summer of 1976, 36 bombs went off in Cleveland. I’d heard this statistic somewhere before; it’s sort of hard not to when you’ve lived within driving distance of the city your whole life. But seeing that statistic placed in context is still pretty startling. As far as I know, Kill the Irishman is the first gangster movie set in Cleveland, and as such, it was pretty weird to watch tough guys from The Sopranos parading across the screen talking about places like Youngstown and Cuyahoga Falls. I kept thinking, “Don’t you mean the Bronx? Or something?”
Gobbledygeek episode 39, “Little Gold Men,” is available for download right here. In this week’s episode, Paul and I do some more awards predicting, this time for the biggies: the Oscars! (And also this time, uh, you’ll actually hear the show before the awards show airs.) We discuss what will win, what should win, and what wasn’t even nominated in each category. Andrew Garfield, we stand by you, sir. We also talk upcoming DVD releases, then Paul reviews the new Decemberists album The King Is Dead before I put a cap on things with my overview of The Kinks’ discography, the entirety of which I undertook as a project during our winter break.
We’re also introducing show notes pages for each new episode, listing the music selections heard in each episode as well as links about some of the topics we discuss. I’ll be adding show notes for the previous two episodes from this season, in case you just have to know what song closes out “Springtime for Puffy Val Kilmer.”
Gobbledygeek episode 38, “Springtime for Puffy Val Kilmer,” is available for download right here. This is our new regular air date, Saturday, so mark yer calendars for future reference, Gobblers. In today’s episode, Paul and I look ahead to the spring movie season, discussing 31 films we find interesting in some capacity. Some we are legitimately anticipating, like The Adjustment Bureau and Super; some we’re merely curious about, like The Beaver or Your Highness; and others, well…we’ve got Justin Bieber: Never Say Never on there, so, yeah. Then, in another segment of “Reel Picks,” I proffer my opinions of The King’s Speech and Blue Valentine while Paul talks up the Criterion release of Guillermo del Toro’s Cronos.
Tune in next week for our Oscar predictions episode!
On last night’s show, Paul and I continued our countdown of the Top 100 Characters in Modern Pop Culture with #s 50-41. Be sure to listen to the show for our full run-downs, but here are some choice excerpts:
PAUL: Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon)
In my opinion, the character’s progression throughout the film is pretty spot-on with what feels like natural behavior, from the frightened, wounded animal in the cove to the trusting “pet” that accepts help from his human to ultimately the loyal friend and protector.
AJ: Rick Blaine (Casablanca)
Humphrey Bogart is one of the greatest actors of all time, and no role better defines his appeal than that of expatriate café owner Rick Blaine.