479 episodes

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 • 27 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.

    483 - Nope

    483 - Nope

    For his third film, Jordan Peele looks to the skies–and what he finds doesn’t want to be seen. This week, Paul and Arlo say yup to Nope, Peele’s celebration and evisceration of spectacle. The boys discuss the widening of Peele’s horizons in the summer blockbuster mode; how the film reveres Spielberg while offering a pointed rebuttal to Jaws; Daniel Kaluuya’s quiet intensity; and why first-time viewing Arlo is always the dumbest Arlo. Plus, a tribute to cinematic titan Jean-Luc Godard.
     
    NEXT: more spectacle, as Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman reunite in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:56  -  Intro / RIP Jean-Luc Godard
    00:06:47  -  Nope
    02:11:52  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    LINKS
     
    “'Nope' Explores the Horrors of Exploiting Animals for Spectacle” by Molly Kusilka, Collider “Jordan Peele’s Nope, explained” by Alissa Wilkinson, Vox “Inside the Eerie UFO Design for Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’” by Emma Stefansky, Thrillist “This Influential Anime Inspired The Final Alien Design In Nope” by Erin Brady, SlashFilm “NOPE’S SCIENCE CONSULTANT REVEALS THE NAME AND INSPIRATION FOR THE MOVIE’S ALIEN” by Melissa T. Miller, Nerdist “Nope VFX Supervisor Guillaume Rocheron on Creating That Spectacular Alien Creature” by Daron James, Motion Picture Association  
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)” by Lil Nas X, 7 (2019) “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley (1958)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Abortion Funds in Every State: https://bit.ly/AbortionFundsTwitter National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  Support AAPI communities and those affected by anti-Asian violence: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate Support the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund: https://aapifund.org/ Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ The Trevor Project provides information and support to LGBTQ youth: thetrevorproject.org Trans Lifeline: https://translifeline.org/  US (877) 565-8860 Canada (877) 330-6366 National Center for Transgender Equality: transequality.org Advocate for writers who might be owed money due to discontinuance of royalties: https://www.writersmustbepaid.org/  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 15 min
    482 - FCF: Oblivion Song

    482 - FCF: Oblivion Song

    Sing, sing a song; sing of oblivion, it’s 36 issues long! For this month’s first (?) Four-Color Flashback, Paul and Arlo are harmonizing about Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici’s 2018-22 Image series Oblivion Song. It’s an alien invasion saga that questions the very concepts of “alien” and “invasion,” regarding its human and Kuthaal characters with equal levels of empathy and complexity. The boys discuss how Kirkman overcomes The Walking Dead’s biggest flaws, De Felici’s otherworldly artwork, Annalisa Leoni’s eerily beautiful colors, and so much more. Plus, Arlo made a return trip to Austin, TX.
     
    NEXT: Nope? Yup.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:01:00  -  Intro / Arlo’s Austin Adventures
    00:27:17  -  Oblivion Song
    02:00:00  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    LINKS
     
    “Robert Kirkman on Survivor’s Guilt in ‘Oblivion Song’” by Jed W. Keith, FreakSugar  
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Fungal Jungle (Remix)” by Psilovibin’ (2019) “Bungle in the Jungle” by Jethro Tull, War Child (1974)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Abortion Funds in Every State: https://bit.ly/AbortionFundsTwitter National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  Support AAPI communities and those affected by anti-Asian violence: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate Support the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund: https://aapifund.org/ Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ The Trevor Project provides information and support to LGBTQ youth: thetrevorproject.org Trans Lifeline: https://translifeline.org/  US (877) 565-8860 Canada (877) 330-6366 National Center for Transgender Equality: transequality.org Advocate for writers who might be owed money due to discontinuance of royalties: https://www.writersmustbepaid.org/  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 2 min
    481 - Netflix’s The Sandman, Season 1 (feat. Eric Sipple)

    481 - Netflix’s The Sandman, Season 1 (feat. Eric Sipple)

    No, this isn’t a dream (or even a nightmare): The Sandman, the iconic Vertigo comic book series created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith, and Mike Dringenberg, has finally been adapted for television. Paul, Arlo, and The Deli Counter of Justice co-creator Eric Sipple are all huge fans of the comics, and they use their familiarity with the Dreaming to dive deep into the first season of the Netflix TV show. The gang discusses the show’s mostly spot-on casting, whether it captures Morpheus as well as Roderick Burgess did, how the filmmakers modernize some of the books’ more outdated elements, and so very much more. Plus, a mini-review of Prey, the new Predator film directed by Dan Trachtenberg and starring Amber Midthunder.
     
    NEXT: sing a song of oblivion with Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici’s Oblivion Song on a new Four-Color Flashback.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:32  -  Intro / Guest
    00:02:31  -  Prey mini-review
    00:26:28  -  The Sandman, Season 1
    02:35:00  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    LINKS
     
    The Sandman Four-Color Flashback Series 177, “The Sandman: Vol. I - Preludes & Nocturnes (feat. Eric Sipple)” 182, “The Sandman: Vol. II - The Doll’s House (feat. Eric Sipple)” 188, “The Sandman: Vol. III - Dream Country (feat. Greg Sahadachny)” 189, “The Sandman: Vol. IV - Season of Mists (feat. K. Dale Koontz & Ensley F. Guffey)” 193, “The Sandman: Vol. V - A Game of You (feat. K. Dale Koontz & Ensley F. Guffey)” 196, “The Sandman: Vol. VI - Fables & Reflections” 201, “The Sandman: Vol. VII - Brief Lives (feat. Eric Sipple)” 202, “The Sandman: Vol. VIII - Worlds’ End (feat. Ensley Guffey)” 209, “The Sandman: Vol. IX - The Kindly Ones” 211, “The Sandman: Vol. X - The Wake (feat. Eric Sipple, Greg Sahadachny, and K. Dale Koontz & Ensley F. Guffey)” 268, “The Sandman: Overture (feat. Eric Sipple)” “Vortexes, Killers and Fallen Angels: Meet The Sandman's Unusual Cast” by Joshua Lapin-Bertone, dc.com “The Sandman’s ‘The Sound of Her Wings’ is Why Adaptations Exist” by Michael Walsh, Nerdist “Jessamy's Failure To Help Dream Prevents A Major Sandman Change” by Matt Morrison, ScreenRant “The Sandman’s Dream Doesn’t Show Much Emotion — That’s What His Friends Are For” by Zosha Millman, Polygon “How The Sandman's One Change to John Dee Elevates the Original Story” by Taylor Piscitello, CBR “How the conscientious casting of women in "The Sandman" defies the gender-swapping trope” by Melanie McFarland, Salon  
     
     
    MUSIC
    “In Sleep” by Lissie, When I’m Alone: The Piano Retrospective (2019) “Cotton Candy Land” by Elvis Presley, It Happened At the World’s Fair (Original Soundtrack) (1963)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Abortion Funds in Every State: https://bit.ly/AbortionFundsTwitter National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  Support AAPI communities and those affected by anti-Asian violence: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate Support the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund: https://aapifund.org/ Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ The Trevor Project provides information and support to LGBTQ youth: thetrevorproject.org Trans Lifeline: https://translifeline.org/  US (877) 565-8860 Canada (877) 330-6366 National Center for Transgender Equality: transequality.org Advocate for writers who might be owed money due to discontinuance of royalties: https://www.writersmustbepaid.org/  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 38 min
    480 - Elvis

    480 - Elvis

    From Tupelo to Memphis, from Hollywood to Vegas, Elvis Presley conquered America–and now, telling his story, an Australian filmmaker has conquered the biopic. The operatic, maximalist, subtlety-eschewing Baz Luhrmann returns to the screen with Elvis, delivering the glitzy, excessive tribute this mythical/kitsch-ical icon deserves. Paul and Arlo share their personal connections to Elvis, rave about Austin Butler’s transformation into the King, discuss how the film’s portrayal of Elvis’ racial and sexual impact stack up to the real deal, and behold Tom Hanks’ embodiment of Satan. Here comes Sandy Claws! 
     
    NEXT: when the last streaming podcast deletes, our job will be finished. Eric Sipple joins us to discuss Netflix’s adaptation of The Sandman.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:21  -  Intro
    00:03:08  -  Our histories with The King
    00:29:48  -  Elvis
    01:54:05  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    LINKS
     
    “Rumors of Elvis Racism in the ‘50s Still Cloud Presley’s Musical Legacy” by Alan Hanson, Elvis History Blog  
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Hound Dog” by Big Mama Thornton, Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings (1992) “Steamroller Blues” by Elvis Presley, Walk a Mile in My Shoes (1995)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Abortion Funds in Every State: https://bit.ly/AbortionFundsTwitter National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  Support AAPI communities and those affected by anti-Asian violence: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate Support the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund: https://aapifund.org/ Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ The Trevor Project provides information and support to LGBTQ youth: thetrevorproject.org Trans Lifeline: https://translifeline.org/  US (877) 565-8860 Canada (877) 330-6366 National Center for Transgender Equality: transequality.org Advocate for writers who might be owed money due to discontinuance of royalties: https://www.writersmustbepaid.org/  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 57 min
    479 - Sad & Weird

    479 - Sad & Weird

    For another freestyle, Paul and Arlo are getting weird. As in “Weird Al” Yankovic, whom Arlo recently saw with their good buddy Kenn Edwards. Arlo recounts the concert moment he’d been waiting for all his life, then Paul discusses the joys and frustrations of the first-ever virtual Slayage conference. Plus, brief ruminations on Nope, Thor: Love and Thunder, and The Rehearsal; and we remember our friend Chelsea Hawk.
     
    NEXT: TBD.
     
     
    LINKS
     
    GoFundMe: For Jared, Chelsea and Xion  
     
     
    MUSIC
    “We Would Be Building” by John Fahey, Days Have Gone By, Vol. 6 (1967) “Lame Claim to Fame” by “Weird Al” Yankovic, Mandatory Fun (2014)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Abortion Funds in Every State: https://bit.ly/AbortionFundsTwitter National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  Support AAPI communities and those affected by anti-Asian violence: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate Support the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund: https://aapifund.org/ Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ The Trevor Project provides information and support to LGBTQ youth: thetrevorproject.org Trans Lifeline: https://translifeline.org/  US (877) 565-8860 Canada (877) 330-6366 National Center for Transgender Equality: transequality.org Advocate for writers who might be owed money due to discontinuance of royalties: https://www.writersmustbepaid.org/  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 44 min
    478 - FCF: Thor by Jason Aaron

    478 - FCF: Thor by Jason Aaron

    Listener, we would have words with thee! As the Odinson and the Mighty Thor swing their hammers onto the big screen in Thor: Love and Thunder, Paul and Arlo revisit some of the film’s influences for this month’s Four-Color Flashback. The boys dig deep into the early part of Jason Aaron’s run on the golden-haired Avenger, with Thor: God of Thunder #1-25 and Thor (2014) #1-8. Topics of discussion include the dynamite art of Esad Ribić and Russell Dauterman, Thor’s crisis of faith, why Jane Foster wielding Mjolnir makes for such a great reinvention of the character, and more.
     
    NEXT: anything is possible.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:32  -  Intro / Banter
    00:04:55  -  Main Topic
    00:11:54  -  INTERLUDE: Giving Arlo $#!&
    00:14:01  -  Back to the Main Topic!
    01:55:21  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Divine Hammer” by The Breeders, Last Splash (1993) “Sweet Jane” by Cowboy Junkies, The Trinity Sessions (1988)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    Abortion Funds in Every State: https://bit.ly/AbortionFundsTwitter National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  Support AAPI communities and those affected by anti-Asian violence: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate Support the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund: https://aapifund.org/ Support Black Lives Matter and find anti-racism resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ The Trevor Project provides information and support to LGBTQ youth: thetrevorproject.org Trans Lifeline: https://translifeline.org/  US (877) 565-8860 Canada (877) 330-6366 National Center for Transgender Equality: transequality.org Advocate for writers who might be owed money due to discontinuance of royalties: https://www.writersmustbepaid.org/  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 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Lawrence_Lawrence ,

‘Elvis’

I finally saw the Baz Feature and rushed right over here to listen to these two Gents chat about it; and, as usual, it was well worth it. And this Ep stood out enough to say so, so here I am. The podcast was entertaining, sure; Paul & Arlo’s stuff always is. But it was enlightening and even poignant (especially hearing them tell personal stories of Elvis Connections). Gobbledygeek is a great series overall and, if you haven’t heard one yet (and shame on you), ‘Elvis’ is a great place to start, showcasing why it deserves the applause.

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.

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