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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 • 26 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.

    452 - Gobbledyween: Nightbreed (feat. Joseph Lewis)

    452 - Gobbledyween: Nightbreed (feat. Joseph Lewis)

    Listen to them, the children of the night. What movies they make! For the second installment of Gobbledyween 2021, A/V writer-director Joseph Lewis joins Paul and Arlo for a discussion of Clive Barker’s 1990 film Nightbreed. Butchered by the studio on initial release and restored to its full grotesquerie decades later, Nightbreed is a bizarre fusion of epic fantasy, slasher, and supernatural horror. The gang discusses why that mix is so fascinating, why it’s important that the monsters are the good guys, auteur David Cronenberg’s turn as the evil Dr. Dekker, and the queer framework that gives the film extra resonance. Plus, as promised, Joe has some thoughts on The House of the Devil.
     
    NEXT: speaking of that Cronenberg guy, Alex Jonestown Massacre guitarist Kenn Edwards helps us continue Gobbledyween with a discussion of 1986’s The Fly.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:01:00  -  Intro / Joe’s thoughts on The House of the Devil
    00:24:30  -  Nightbreed
    01:43:53  -  Closing shenanigans (The Box-Office Game?)
    02:00:18  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    LINKS
     
    [Horror Queers] The Inherent Queerness of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed by Trace Thurman, Bloody Disgusting Nightbreed: The Enduring Appeal of a Horror Classic by Marc Buxton, Den of Geek The Monsters of Midian by Duncan Ralston, duncanralston.com Mac Tonight Compilation (video) Joe’s Letterboxd Gobbledyween List  
     
    MUSIC
    “Blessed Are You” by Iced Earth, Something Wicked This Way Comes (1998) “Johnny Get Angry” by Anne Bobby, Nightbreed Soundtrack (1990) “Berserker” by Love Among Freaks, Clerks (Music from the Motion Picture) (1994)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    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/ 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 4 min
    451 - Gobbledyween: The House of the Devil (feat. Greg Sahadachny)

    451 - Gobbledyween: The House of the Devil (feat. Greg Sahadachny)

    Leaves are on the ground. Blood is on the screen. It’s time for Gobbledyween. Our beloved, bloody tradition returns for another fiendish film fest featuring only the finest (?) of the horror genre. Greg Sahadachny, once and future host of The Debatable Podcast, helps Paul and Arlo kick off Gobbledyween 2021 by giving them a ride to The House of the Devil. Ti West’s 2009 breakthrough was a seminal moment in the indie horror boom of the last decade-plus. The question now, so many years removed, is if that moment was worth having. The gang discusses how this film’s slow burn played in the context of the torture porn era; its expert aping of the ‘80s aesthetic so near and dear to Paul’s heart; the strong performances from Joceline Donahue, Greta Gerwig, and Tom Noonan; and whether West’s loving homage is anything more than a reminder of better films.
     
    NEXT: we’re checking out of this house, as we hitch a ride with A/V writer-director Joseph Lewis through the mind of Clive Barker. We’ll be discussing the director’s cut of his 1990 cult classic Nightbreed.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:01:06  -  Intro / Guest
    00:08:44  -  The House of the Devil
    01:36:00  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    MUSIC
    “The Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast (1982) “One Things Leads to Another” by The Fixx, Reach the Beach (1983)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    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/ 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 45 min
    450 - FCF: The Spire

    450 - FCF: The Spire

    For their latest Four-Color Flashback, Paul and Arlo are exploring the world of Si Spurrier and Jeff Stokely’s 2015 mini-series The Spire. Our location is a massive, tiered city surrounded by a desolate wasteland; our cast of characters include privileged aristocrats and the undesired “Sculpted,” hybridized from human and animal DNA; and our story is one of noir sleuthing, extreme violence, racial intolerance, and classism. The boys discuss Spurrier and Stokely’s deceptively simple storytelling; the “soft edges” around their world-building; Stokely’s manga-influenced art; and just how in-spire-ing it all is. Plus, a number of previous FCF selections are hitting the small screen, including Y: The Last Man, The Sandman, and most unbelievably of all, Grendel.
     
    NEXT: what’s that? It’s October? Time for Gobbledyween 2021. Our annual horror-fest kicks off with a discussion of Ti West’s 2009 indie phenom The House of the Devil, featuring our old pal Greg Sahadachny.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:51  -  Intro / Comics on TV banter
    00:22:11  -  The Spire
    01:34:42  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    LINKS
     
    Netflix Orders Grendel Series Based On Dark Horse Comic With Abubakr Ali To Star, 8 More Cast by Alexandra Del Rosario, Deadline The Sandman First Look Teaser Strange Cities, Stranger Crimes and “Glorious Weirdness”: An Interview with Simon Spurrier on The Spire by Tobias Carroll, Paste World Building: Character and Color in Stokely and Spurrier’s The Spire by Alex Spencer, ComicsAlliance Not Controlling the Outcome: Si Spurrier and Jeff Stokely Talk The Spire by Keith Silva, Comics Bulletin  
     
    MUSIC
    “Gumshoe” by Penny & Sparrow, Finch (2019) “Fresh Tendrils” by Soundgarden, Superunknown (1994)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    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/ 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 41 min
    449 - The Americans: Season 3 (feat. Wesley Mead)

    449 - The Americans: Season 3 (feat. Wesley Mead)

    To paraphrase Philip and Elizabeth Jennings’ new/old handler Gabriel, “Podcasting and timeliness in many ways are antithetical.” After a series of delays, Paul and Arlo are back with guest of honor Wesley “Wezzo” Mead to continue their discussion of Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields’ modern classic spy drama The Americans. This time, they’re taking a look at season 3, a masterclass in thematic cohesion. Everything, more or less, comes back to the challenge of parenthood: on a micro level, how the Jennings plan on guiding Paige into the world of spycraft; on a macro level, how they can act as individuals under the forceful hand of the Centre. The gang talks self-actualization, bone-crunching, necklacing, and Frank motherfucking Langella. Plus, a detour into the “wholesomeness discourse” raging around Ted Lasso.
     
    NEXT: John Cusack and Paul Dano take on John C. Reilly and Jenna Fischer in a Geek Challenge. It’s the very real music biopic Love & Mercy versus the parody music biopic Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:44  -  Intro / Guest
    00:05:37  -  Some words about Ted Lasso
    00:25:48  -  The Americans: Season 3
    02:22:37  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Only You” by Yaz, Upstairs at Eric’s (1982) “Vienna” by Ultravox, Vienna (1980)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    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/ 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 29 min
    448 - Miserable Children

    448 - Miserable Children

    What happens when a regularly scheduled episode gets regularly postponed? A freestyle, that’s what! In lieu of talking about The Americans season 3, Paul and Arlo talk about...well, whatever the f**k they want to talk about. Paul’s angry, Arlo’s drunk, it’s an angry drunken ramble! “Topics” of “discussion” include dumb reality shows like Clash of Cones, the intrinsic value (or lack thereof) in a star rating system, how disappointing the new Lorde album is, and whether or not the boys are actually going to see each other in person this year.
     
    NEXT: The Americans season 3 with Wesley Mead? Maybe?
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, Girl (2013) “Happy Jack” by The Who, Happy Jack (1967)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    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/ 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 35 min
    447 - Eric Sipple: The Return

    447 - Eric Sipple: The Return

    That Sipple you like is going to come back in style. It’s been a long while--we’re talking pre-pandemic here--but Eric Sipple is finally making their return to this humble little podcast. Author of Broken Magic and one-third of the Deli Counter of Justice braintrust, Eric tells Paul and Arlo all about their new YA fantasy novel Mimesis--including the loaded, sometimes confusing connotations inferred by the term “YA.” The gang discusses the gorgeous cover art by Demetrio Kring, what inspired Mimesis, and Eric’s upcoming gig at the MileHiCon in Denver, CO. Plus, assorted and often tangential thoughts on the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer.
     
    NEXT: TBD.
     
     
    LINKS
     
    Eric Sipple’s website Kring Demetrio’s website Kring Demetrio’s Instagram Mimesis Pre-Order (Digital) The Deli Counter of Justice  
     
     
    MUSIC
    “What the Water Gave Me” by Florence and the Machine, Ceremonials (2011) “Cold Cold Water” by Mirah, Advisory Committee (2002)  
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    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/ 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 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 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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