483 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

    • Technology
    • 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.

    487 - Reservation Dogs: Season 2

    487 - Reservation Dogs: Season 2

    Aho, podcast listeners! To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, Paul and Arlo check in on the latest season of Reservation Dogs, possibly the best show on TV. It would be hard to top Rez Dog’s freshman year, a revelatory season filled with joy, pain, and a whole bunch of shitasses. Yet that’s exactly what Sterlin Harjo and his collaborators have done, deepening the themes of loss and community that made the first season so resonant. The boys rave about the show’s core cast–Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Lane Factor, and Paulina Alexis—while lauding Harjo’s ability to shine an even brighter light on supporting players like Zahn McClarnon, Jana Schmieding, and Lily Gladstone. Skoden.
     
    NEXT: Alex Jonestown Massacre guitarist Kenn Edwards is back and ready to get Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:34  -  Intro
    00:08:00  -  Reservation Dogs: Season 2
    01:42:03  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    LINKS
    “Sterlin Harjo Is Not Afraid to Sacrifice a Good Idea” by Kathryn VanArendonk, Variety “Reservation Dogs Creator Sterlin Harjo on Balancing Jokes and Tears in the Season 2 Finale, and Not Caring About Emmy Snubs” by Ariel LeBeau, GQ “The Ending Of Reservation Dogs Season 2 Explained” by Merri Palmer, Looper “Reservation Dogs ends a high-spirited second season with a California dream and cinematic realism” by Melanie McFarland, Salon  
     
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV (1971) “I Still Believe (Great Design)” by Tim Cappello, The Lost Boys (1987)  
     
    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/  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 47 min
    486 - Interview with the Vampire (1994)

    486 - Interview with the Vampire (1994)

    Listen to Gobbledygeek and live forever. This week, in a stealth continuation of this year’s Gobbledyween, Paul and Arlo head on down to New Orleans for Neil Jordan’s 1994 adaptation of Anne Rice’s classic Interview with the Vampire. Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Antonio Banderas are the most beautiful men anyone could have cast as immortals in the mid-’90s, and they’re joined by a prepubescent Kirsten Dunst to form a truly tragic coven. The boys discuss the evil joyfulness of Cruise’s Lestat, why the role of Louis de Pointe du Lac does not play to Pitt’s strengths, how amazing it is that the film’s overt homoeroticism made it to the screen, and much more. Plus, yoghurt.
     
    NEXT: we’ll be back in two weeks to discuss season 2 of Reservation Dogs.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:53  -  Intro / Go Go Yoghurt!
    00:10:08  -  Interview with the Vampire (1994)
    02:06:08  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    LINKS
     
    Terror Track: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema (Janet K. Halfyard’s essay “Music of the Night: Scoring the Vampire in Contemporary Film” appears in this collection)  
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)” by Concrete Blonde, Bloodletting (1990) “Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones, Beggars Banquet (1968)  
     
    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 8 min
    485 - The Blair Witch Project

    485 - The Blair Witch Project

    We all get lost, every now and then. Most of us don’t get quite as lost as the three film students at the center of The Blair Witch Project, a massive hit in 1999 whose reputation among the average moviegoer has also taken a massive hit. If you ask Arlo, though, it’s one of the greatest horror films ever made–and he tells Paul exactly why, as they celebrate the second and final week of this year’s abbreviated Gobbledyween. The boys discuss the incredibly convincing performances, why the characters being so annoying makes the movie so believable, how the found footage genre has expanded in the years since, and just how easy it is to get lost in America.
     
    NEXT: why are you standing in the corner, Paul?
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:32  -  Intro
    00:02:34  -  The Blair Witch Project
    01:39:11  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    LINKS
     
    My House Walk-Through The Backrooms (Found Footage) The Scooby-Doo Project  
     
     
    MUSIC
    “Gilligan’s Island” by Television’s Greatest Hits Band, Television’s Greatest Hits: Classic TV Theme Songs (2021) “Out of the Woods” by Taylor Swift, 1989 (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 42 min
    484 - Midnight Mass (feat. Joe Lewis)

    484 - Midnight Mass (feat. Joe Lewis)

    Leaves are on the ground, blood is on the screen–it’s time for a (very late) Gobbledyween! Gobbledygeek’s annual horror-thon returns for an abbreviated run, kicking things off with Mike Flanagan’s 2021 Netflix miniseries Midnight Mass. What at first seems like a riff on ‘Salem’s Lot–a vampire ingratiates himself into a tiny coastal community–becomes a soaring exploration of addiction, faith, and death. Joining Paul and Arlo to discuss the series is original Gobbler Joseph Lewis. Together, the Three Heathens rave about the central performances from Hamish Linklater, Zach Gilford, and Kate Siegel; dissect the show’s “bad miracle” vibe and how it relates to their own spiritual journey; and poke a little good-natured fun at the many, many monologues.
     
    NEXT: we’ve got one more in store for you, as Paul and Arlo pop a tape into their camcorders for 1999’s The Blair Witch Project.
     
     
    BREAKDOWN
    00:00:50  -  Intro / Guest / Banter
    00:23:13  -  Midnight Mass
    02:27:36  -  Outro / Next
     
     
    LINKS
     
    “The Netflix Series That Should Make Religious People Uncomfortable” by Matthew J. Cressler, The Atlantic “The Deeply Personal Horror of “Midnight Mass” – Guest Essay by Filmmaker Mike Flanagan” by Mike Flanagan, Bloody Disgusting “An Ex-Catholic’s Take on Mike Flanagan’s Supernatural Miniseries” by Gus, thomaslowery.medium.com Joseph William Lewis  -  YouTube  -  Letterboxd  
     
     
    MUSIC
    “And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind” by Neil Diamond, Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show (1969) “Nearer My God to Thee” by The Newton Brothers, Midnight Mass (Soundtrack) (2021)  
     
    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 47 min
    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

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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