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A more-or-less weekly podcast dedicated to all things geeky in pop culture and entertainment. We talk about everything from film and television to books, comics, video games, and more.

Gobbledygeek Paul Smith and Arlo J. Wiley

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    • 4.9 • 25 Ratings

A more-or-less weekly podcast dedicated to all things geeky in pop culture and entertainment. We talk about everything from film and television to books, comics, video games, and more.

    418 - Gobbledyween: Tremors (feat. Jason Tabrys)

    418 - Gobbledyween: Tremors (feat. Jason Tabrys)

    Perfection, NV, pop. 14, is adding three more country bumpkins to its census: Paul, Arlo, and Jason Tabrys, writer for Uproxx and Den of Geek, who is returning to the show after a stunning two-year absence. The gang is here to continue the month-long horror celebration Gobbledyween by discussing Ron Underwood’s 1990 creature feature Tremors. There is discussion of Kevin Bacon’s small head, Burt Gummer’s voting record, the simple efficacy of S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock’s script, why the Graboids are great movie monsters, and more. Long-time listeners will know that when Jason Tabrys is involved, more means more.
     
    NEXT: we want all our garmonbozia. Jessica Shipp joins us to discuss Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.



    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:28  -  Intro / Guest
    00:06:00  -  Tremors
    01:33:40  -  Outro / Next



    LINKS
     
    Failed Astronaut: A Jason Tabrys Catch-All  
    “Tremors: Making Perfection” (Documentary) “Tremors turns 30, the most perfect B movie creature feature ever made” by Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica



    MUSIC
    “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys, Smiley Smile (1967)
    “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by Jerry Lee Lewis, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Single) (1957)



    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Help teachers and classrooms in need: https://www.donorschoose.org/ Do your part to remove the burden of medical debt for individuals, families, and veterans: https://ripmedicaldebt.org/ Register to vote: https://vote.gov/

    • 1 hr 42 min
    417 - Gobbledyween: The Autopsy of Jane Doe (feat. Greg Sahadachny)

    417 - Gobbledyween: The Autopsy of Jane Doe (feat. Greg Sahadachny)

    Leaves are on the ground. Blood is on the screen. It’s time for Gobbledyween.
     
    Take a break from the horror of the real world to join Paul and Arlo for that most venerated of Gobbledygeek traditions, the month-long horror movie marathon known as Gobbledyween. To kick things off for 2020, our pal Greg Sahadachny takes a break from the usual goofy stuff we stick him with (like the very goofy The Stuff) to go legit with his own personal selection: André Øvredal’s 2016 procedural chiller The Autopsy of Jane Doe. The gang takes a scalpel to the film, discussing how Øvredal gets the most out of his “bottle episode” morgue setting; Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch’s strong performances as a father-son coroner duo; how the film avoids fetishizing Olwen Kelly’s nude body; and why nihilism in horror films can feel so satisfying.
     
    NEXT: grab(oid) onto your butts, Uproxx editor Jason Tabrys joins us to talk Tremors.



    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:50  -  Intro / Guest
    00:08:00  -  The Autopsy of Jane Doe
    01:26:06  -  Outro / Next



    LINKS
    “The Autopsy of Jane Doe Is the Most Tasteful Movie Ever Made About Cutting Up a Woman’s Corpse” by Jordan Crucchiola, Vulture "Autopsy of Jane Doe: How an actress played dead for horror film" by Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly


    MUSIC
    “Open Up Your Heart (and Let the Sunshine In)” by Frente!, Saturday Morning Cartoons’ Greatest Hits (1995)
    “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) [From the American Tribal Love Rock Musical “Hair”]” by The 5th Dimension, The Age of Aquarius (1969)



    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Help teachers and classrooms in need: https://www.donorschoose.org/ Do your part to remove the burden of medical debt for individuals, families, and veterans: https://ripmedicaldebt.org/ Register to vote: https://vote.gov/

    • 1 hr 31 min
    416 - Zorro, the Gay Blade vs. The Double Life of Veronique

    416 - Zorro, the Gay Blade vs. The Double Life of Veronique

    If you’re seeing double--do not adjust your set. Paul and Arlo, podcasting’s own dynamic duo, have done a Geek Challenge involving dos doppelganger dramas. Well, drama might be a strong word for such a picture as Peter Medak’s 1981 spoof Zorro, The Gay Blade, starring George Hamilton as Don Diego Vega and his brother Ramon Vega, who are charged with taking up their father’s mantle of El Zorro. That’s Paul’s challenge to Arlo, of course--and Paul’s challenge to himself (listen and find out!) is Krzysztof Kieslowski’s 1991 film The Double Life of Veronique, a mysterious and possibly supernatural film featuring Irène Jacob as Polish singer Weronika and French music teacher Veronique, who share an indefinable connection. Get ready to swash some buckles and contemplate some existences!
     
    NEXT: after a week off, it’s that time again. Leaves are on the ground and blood is on the screen. It’s time for Gobbledyween. Greg Sahadachny joins us to discuss The Autopsy of Jane Doe.



    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:32  -  Intro / Guest
    00:07:20  -  Zorro, The Gay Blade
    00:57:25  -  The Double Life of Veronique
    01:58:41  -  Outro / Next



    LINKS
     
    “In ‘Joker’ Do We Think The Wayne Family Enjoyed ‘Zorro, The Gay Blade’?” by Mike Ryan, Uproxx  
    “The Double Life of Véronique: Through the Looking Glass” by Jonathan Romney, The Criterion Collection “The dizzying hall of mirrors that is The Double Life Of Veronique” by Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve  
    “Fantasy, emotion, and the unsolved mysteries of Double Life of Veronique” by Noel Murray, Keith Phipps, Tasha Robinson, and Scott Tobias, The Dissolve  
    “The Depths of What We Cannot Know: On ‘The Double Life of Véronique’” by Jessica Ritchey, RogerEbert.com “Behind the Curtain: The Double Life of Véronique” by David Braga, Bright Wall/Dark Room “Have you ever felt strangely as if you were somewhere else?” by Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com


    MUSIC
    “It Takes Two” by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, It Takes Two (1988)
    “I Think I’m a Clone Now” by Weird Al Yankovic, Even Worse (1988)



    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Help teachers and classrooms in need: https://www.donorschoose.org/ Do your part to remove the burden of medical debt for individuals, families, and veterans: https://ripmedicaldebt.org/ Register to vote: https://vote.gov/  

    • 2 hr 3 min
    Episode 415 - A Butter Tree Grows in Utero

    Episode 415 - A Butter Tree Grows in Utero

    For all you kids at home with a copy of Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary Deluxe Second Edition taking pride of place on your bookshelf--boy, do we have a treat for you! Paul and Arlo are back on their b******t, running at the mouth about anything they damn well please. This week’s subjects include: the extreme metal-ness of childbirth, Spider-Man: Miles Morales swinging onto the brand spankin’ new PS5, covert earbuds, Infinity Train heading to the station on HBO Max, a treatise on The Searchers and Apocalypse Now, and so much more.
     
    NEXT: Zorro, the Gay Blade spends a day in The Double Life of Veronique for a doppelganger-centric Geek Challenge.



    LINKS
    The Infinity Train Comes and Goes, Leaves Audience Feeling Empty in the Best Way Possible, by Alexander Lewis, Loyola Phoenix
    Raised By Wolves Review: Ridley Scott Among the Androids, by Mike Hale, New York Times
    Gameplay Footage from Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5)
     
     



    MUSIC
    “Doin’ It” by LL Cool J, Mr. Smith (1995)
    “Piece of Me” by Britney Spears, Blackout (2007)



    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Help teachers and classrooms in need: https://www.donorschoose.org/ Do your part to remove the burden of medical debt for individuals, families, and veterans: https://ripmedicaldebt.org/ Register to vote: https://vote.gov/

    • 1 hr 39 min
    414 - Batman and the Heat Death of the Universe

    414 - Batman and the Heat Death of the Universe

    For another freewheeling freestyle extravaganza, Paul and Arlo cast their minds to everything from billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne to the inevitable end of all things. They wonder how they might write The Deli Counter of Justice in the harsh light of 2020 before the conversation mutates into a treatise on the relative fascism of Batman, an update on Arlo’s progress through Andy Mulvihill’s Action Park book, the boys reacting to the Dune trailer because that shit always gets mad hits on YouTube, and eventually a rumination on whether or not human life should even exist. What a fun pop culture podcast.
     
    Next: more fun.



    MUSIC
    “The End” by The Doors, The Doors (1967)
    “The End of the Line” by Traveling Wilburys, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (1988)



    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/  Donate to the Milwaukee Freedom Fund in support of the protesters in Kenosha: https://supportwomenshealth.salsalabs.org/mkefreedomfund/index.html  Register to vote: https://vote.gov/ Support the California Wildfire Relief Fund: https://www.calfund.org/wildfire-relief-fund/  Help teachers and classrooms in need: https://www.donorschoose.org/  Support RIP Medical Debt and remove the burden of medical debt for individuals, families, and veterans: https://ripmedicaldebt.org/  After the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, educate yourself about colorectal cancer, and get screened if you’re at risk: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer.html  

    • 1 hr 31 min
    413 - Action Park: Everything is Legal in New Jersey

    413 - Action Park: Everything is Legal in New Jersey

    As Hamilton taught us, everything is legal in New Jersey. So we shouldn’t be surprised that it was once home to Action Park, the most dangerous amusement park in the world. Eugene Mulvihill’s vision of a lawless hellscape with pleasure as its only principle is the American Dream in miniature, with a guest appearance by Donald Trump himself! Paul and Arlo discuss the new HBO Max documentary Class Action Park, which brought the Mulvihill legend to their attention; some ancillary material available on YouTube, including one insane post-credits sequence; how Paul would love to bean somebody with a flaming tennis ball; and their respective childhoods, one as a latchkey kid in the ‘70s/’80s and one as a cowardly nerd in the ‘90s/’00s. Will they emerge unscathed? Tune in and find out!
     
    Next: another episode of your favorite podcast. No, not that one. This one. Wait. Come back.



    THE BREAKDOWN
    Total Run Time: 01:24:00
    00:00:30  -  Intro / Main Topic 01:21:07  -  Outro / Next


    THE MUSIC
    Action Park commercial (1983) “Don’t Talk to Strangers” by The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Turtle Tunes (1994)


    THE LINKS
     
    The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever (Video) Defunctland: The History of Action Park (Video) TMNT: Don’t Talk to Strangers (Video)  

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Tattooagogo.com ,

Thourough and Insightful

I found this podcast searching to see if anybody had done anything about Matt Wagners Grendel comic and found that they had done a whole series dissecting the entire run. It was very interesting to hear their theories and take on his experimental approach to comic storytelling.
They have done this with other series such as Neil Gaimans Sandman and Jeff Smiths Bone. I look forward to seeing what the next comic they tackle is.
Keep up the good work guys!

Jason Tabrys ,

I love the Turkey Turkey Funtime Show!

Paul has a warrior's soul and AJ has a scholar's wit. Together, they are the best combo since the marriage of pretzels and cheese that resulted in the Combos cracker snack. They both have extremely clean feet.

The show is funny and smart. They treat their guests like pretty princesses.

Gobbledygeek is the Mom-hug of podcasts.

ThatItalianChick ,

Nerdy fun!

I love listening to AJ and Paul's opinions on my favorite geekdoms. The only thing keeping this from being FIVE stars is AJ's audio. His "s" sounds are incredibly piercing (mic sensitivity?) and sharp. Normally things like that don't bother me but this is almost interfering with my listening experience. So 5/5 stars for content and 4/5 for audio.

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