505 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 • 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.

    509 - FCF: Weavers (feat. Eric Sipple)

    509 - FCF: Weavers (feat. Eric Sipple)

    Oh, what a tangled web we Weavers! For this month’s Four-Color Flashback, Paul and Arlo trap Eric Sipple in their web once more, this time to discuss Simon Spurrier & Dylan Burnett’s Lovecraftian mob story Weavers. Despite being big fans of Spurrier’s (author of past FCF favorites Six-Gun Gorilla and The Spire), Paul and Arlo aren't quite sure what to make of this one, while Eric has some thoughts on why the book is an interesting failure. One thing they can all agree on is Burnett’s vibrant, stylish art–and how it elevates everything else on the page.
     
    NEXT: Paul and Arlo will return.
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Itsy Bitsy Spider” by Itsy Bitsy Spider (2015)
    “Boris the Spider” by The Who, A Quick One (1966)
     
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 
    Abortion Funds in Every State: https://bit.ly/AbortionFundsTwitter
    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/ 
    National Center for Transgender Equality: transequality.org
    Advocate for writers who might be owed money due to discontinuance of royalties: https://www.writersmustbepaid.org/ 
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    508 - That Was Then: Sideways

    508 - That Was Then: Sideways

    As they say, don’t drink and podcast, but here Paul and Arlo are talking about 2004’s Sideways for another round of That Was Then. Alexander Payne’s acclaimed dramedy follows alcoholic wine connoisseur Miles as he takes his bonehead best buddy Jack on a road trip through Santa Barbara the week before Jack’s due to get hitched. It is the Fox Searchlight movie, and the boys discuss what that means, how the performances bring forth certain emotional notes in the script’s body, and why somebody could come away from a first viewing not understanding 20 years’ worth of hype. Plus, Arlo goes into uncomfortable detail about his middle school career.
     
    NEXT: enough old movies, let’s talk old(-ish) comics! This month’s Four-Color Flashback sees Eric Sipple joining Paul and Arlo for Si Spurrier and Dylan Burnett’s Weavers.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:45  -  Intro / Guest
    00:29:46  -  Main Topic
    01:35:36  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel, The Stranger (1977)
    “A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell, Blue (1971)
     
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 
    Abortion Funds in Every State: https://bit.ly/AbortionFundsTwitter
    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/ 
    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 41 min
    507 - That Was Then: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    507 - That Was Then: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    We’re speeding away at breakneck speed with another installment of our That Was Then series. This time Paul and Arlo are witnesses to The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, a 1974 subway heist thriller that is exactly what it says on the tin. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! But our boys do struggle to find much to say, choosing to highlight David Shire’s jazz-funk score and Owen Roizman’s gritty cinematography while mostly being puzzled by the script’s wasted potential. It’s a fun Noo Yawk movie, and that’s okay, folks!
     
    NEXT: NO F*****G MERLOT! That’s right, it’s another That Was Then, this time focusing on Alexander Payne’s 2004 buddy dramedy Sideways.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:30  -  Intro / The Year That Was 1974
    00:21:38  -  The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
    01:20:30  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Sure Shot” by Beastie Boys, Ill Communication (1994)
    “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne, Blizzard of Ozz (1980)
     
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 
    Abortion Funds in Every State: https://bit.ly/AbortionFundsTwitter
    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/ 
    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/
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    506 - That Was Then: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (feat. Michael Holland)

    506 - That Was Then: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (feat. Michael Holland)

    For the next installment in our That Was Then series, Paul and Arlo cast their minds back to 1964–a year that predates both of them, though the era’s Beatlemania might as well be Arlo’s spiritual birthplace. This time, they’re popping paisley parasols for Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a sung-through opera told in the style of a Hollywood musical with some of the most stunning colors you’ll ever see. Hollywood extraordinaire and From Out of the Past host Michael Holland is on hand to help the boys discuss how the film defies romantic conventions while adhering to them, the magic of Jean Rabier’s camerawork, the way Demy uses color to convey feeling, and why the film deserves to be mentioned alongside classics of the French New Wave.
     
    NEXT: it’s a mystery, gang!
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:33  -  Intro / Guest / The Year 1964
    00:21:00  -  The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
    01:28:00  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    LINKS
    From Out of the Past Podcast
    Holland_Imaginarium
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Le Parapluies De Cherbourg” by Michel Legrand
    “Umbrella (feat. Jay-Z)” by Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
     
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 
    Abortion Funds in Every State: https://bit.ly/AbortionFundsTwitter
    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/ 
    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 33 min
    505 - That Was Then: Ghostbusters

    505 - That Was Then: Ghostbusters

    Who ya gonna call? Gobbledygeek! For the first installment of our That Was Then series, taking a look back at movies celebrating anniversaries in 2024, Paul and Arlo take residence at Spook Central for 1984’s Ghostbusters. Turning a frightful 40 this year, Ivan Reitman’s classic comedy began as a high-concept riff on the “slobs v. snobs” template made popular by Animal House before becoming an inescapable pop cultural juggernaut. The boys discuss the thoughtfulness of Reitman’s direction in tandem with the great László Kovács’ photography, the perfectly structured script by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, how much of Pete Venkman is just Bill Murray, and why the right-wing backlash to the 2016 remake is ironic in light of the original’s sketchy politics.
     
    NEXT: a little of this, a little of that.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:48  -  Intro / The Year That Was 1984
    00:18:19  -  Ghostbusters (1984)
    01:36:29  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr., Ghostbusters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1984)
    “Cleanin’ Up the Town” by The Busboys, Ghostbusters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1984)
     
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 
    Abortion Funds in Every State: https://bit.ly/AbortionFundsTwitter
    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/ 
    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 41 min
    504 - FCF: Superman for All Seasons (feat. Eric Sipple)

    504 - FCF: Superman for All Seasons (feat. Eric Sipple)

    Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Gobbledygeek season 15 premiere! Breaking from vaguely defined tradition, Paul and Arlo are kicking off the season with a Four-Color Flashback, and their pal Eric Sipple is on hand to help turn the pages. Arlo has chosen to subject Paul and Eric to the classic Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale collab Superman for All Seasons, which may prove a tough sell to a couple of Super-skeptics. The gang discusses the book’s Rockwell-influenced aesthetic, the simplicity (or flatness, depending on taste) of the cast, how Sale’s big dopey Superman conveys Clark Kent’s decency, and the surprising love triangle at the book’s core. Plus, Arlo explains the very personal reasons he chose this book to start the season. You'll believe a man can cry.
     
    NEXT: introducing our That Was Then series, wherein Paul and Arlo will be taking a look at various movies that are celebrating anniversaries in 2024. First up is perennial Gobbledy-fave Ghostbusters, which is turning a frightful 40.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:43  -  Intro / Guest
    00:13:05  -  Superman For All Seasons
    02:02:28  -  Arlo kills the conversation (TW: dead dads)
    02:21:30  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    LINKS
    Making the Scene podcast
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Time of the Season” by The Zombies, Odessey and Oracle (1968)
    “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds (1965)
     
     
    GOBBLEDYCARES
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 
    Abortion Funds in Every State: https://bit.ly/AbortionFundsTwitter
    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/ 
    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 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 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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