“Math is Hard.”

In the future Mars is a lot like Epcot, and Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Review in a Nutshell:  The Cowboy Bebop movie is basically an episode of the TV series extended out to feature film length.  Whether that’s its greatest strength or its greatest weakness is a matter of opinion.

Be sure to check out DAPD-DX’s review here and Dave and Joel’s take here.

This movie contains:

The Patented Ed-in-an-Amphora(TM).

Faye Valentine, Being Useless and Getting Kidnapped. (Again.)

Psychotic Villains.

“A man who was living in a dream…”


Daryl Surat invades GME! for another round of ‘feeding time at the @#$%ing zoo!’



  1. Andrew says:

    Cowboy Bebop sucks :p

  2. Eduardo M. says:

    I beg to differ. It is one of the greatest animated programs EVER! Great writing, great American voice cast. Great music. and even a powerful finale. what’s not ot love??

  3. Zim says:

    Now I’m really intrigued as to what Goobs embarrasing high school story is. Which episode are you planning to tell us about it?

  4. gooberzilla says:

    I’m sure Sean has quite a few embarrassing high school stories he can break out, as my high school career – nay, my life so far – is an epic chronicle of embarrassment and failure. But I can’t tell you which future episode will include the revelation of this particularly dire high school misadventure, since that would give away the movie involved and spoil half the effect.

    I’ll try to pressure Sean into watching the movie so we can get to it soon.

  5. Jerane says:

    Paul, what the hell is a Tree-add?? I need to make a list of all your wacky pronunciations 🙂

  6. Michael says:

    I wonder if Evangelion burned the Japanese out on gloom and doom themes. The new Battlestar Galactica seems to be the type of show that Americans are gravitating towards right now (myself included), which would probably explain why Cowboy Beebop plays well over here. I guess in Japan they just want to watch wacky, underage, moe maids.

  7. Ian says:

    I just watched Doomsday and found it to be “mehalright”. I think I agree with your statement about the CB movie. I am on the bandwagon in terms of really enjoying the show so I pretty much can’t not like the movie but it’s not without it’s flaws.

  8. d stobe says:

    do you guys want to see a good movie? want to see somebody not just act, not just tell a great story simultaneously about important and whimsical issues; wanna see somone BECOME a character and present those whimsies and beliefs first-hand?

    watch the scorcese dylan documentary and know true american artistic genius. watch bob dylan perform.

    are you guys seriously so lost in your b-movie-centric, mispronunciation-laced world that you have never known anyone enlightened enough to introduce you to the wonders of bob dylan?

    have you ever even heard music outside of a cinematic score?

    i was hoping you were kidding and would renounce your early idiocies regarding dylan. i am so sorry i was wrong. sorry for your foolishness and inability to appreciate art.

    i listened to every podcast you recorded up to this point and will listen to none after it.

    if you guys are closed-minded enough to slur an american master without whom our modern culture, our modern MOVIES would not be what they are, you are not guys i would want to know and certainly not guys to which i want to listen.

    if you heard someone tearing orson welles a new a-hole for being a second-rate performer and artist after watching the transformers movie and hearing a frozen peas commercial, would you have the barest shred of respect for that person if they were older than twelve?

    grow up;

    get an education;

    get out of florida.

    you simple, childish fools.

    you do nothing.

    you are nothing.

    you know nothing.

    you are worth something…only to your long-suffering mothers.

    Paul, do you seriously wonder why you don’t have a girlfriend? if so, go back and listen to the first five minutes of this podcast; think about what you’re saying about one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

  9. Shax says:

    Moral of the story: Bitches love Bob Dylan.

  10. Ian says:

    I learned yesterday that older Bob Dylan is terrible music to listen to while stacking firewood. ZZ Top and Bob Seger are great for that! I think Dylan works best in the context of some kind of hipster coffeeshop or a Sam Peckinpah film or a Coen Brothers movie.

  11. gooberzilla says:

    The Internet’s an amazing thing. You mispronounce “triad” like “triage” and suddenly your 35 minute podcast is laced with wacky pronunciations. I admit, I have mispronounced words in the past. I will mispronounce words in the future. The podcast is recorded extemporaneously, and we don’t have the luxury of stopping what we’re doing to consult a dictionary. So mispronunciations will occur, just like in everyday conversation.

    Now to derail this whole Bob Dylan discussion: I never said Bob Dylan wasn’t a cornerstone of modern rock-and-roll. I understand and respect his accomplishments as a musician, artist, songwriter and poet. That being said, I am not required to like his music or the manner in which he performs it. And I don’t like his music or the manner in which he performs it. That’s just an opinion, and it in no way reflects on Bob Dylan’s artistic success or my own merits emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, etc. Not liking Bob Dylan does not make me a horrible person. It just makes me a person, a person with an opinion.

    Ignoring all the personal attacks, I’d like to address the Orson Welles example. The simple answer is yes, I would still respect that person for expressing his or her opinion, even if I don’t agree with the opinion or consider it ill-informed. I don’t demand that everyone share my feelings about a given performer, song, or film. Life would be extremely boring if we all saw things exactly the same way.

    If you’re the kind of person that devolves into the above kind of insults and inanities because you’re so offended that someone disagrees with you, if so much of your identity is wrapped up in something that you can’t stand to hear it criticized, then you are not the kind of person I want listening to our podcast in the first place.

  12. Dave says:

    I am ALSO never listening to this podcast again for reasons that highly offended me but I already forgot what they are. But don’t do them again! Even though I won’t know if you do because I’M NEVER LISTENING AGAIN.

    (except that I will, in secret, in the dark, quietly stroking myself while I sleep)

    (yeah I said it)

    You suck.

    You are nothing.

    You will always be nothing.

    Give me cookies.

    (I will also accept ice cream)

    (no vanilla)

  13. Dreg says:

    One explanation of why Ed acts so insane is that she’s reportedly a characiture of series composer Yokko Kanno. So…she began life as kind of an in-joke.

  14. Keith says:

    Who’s Bob Dylan?

  15. Hollywood says:

    I thought Paul and I had agreed to respond to trolls who hate us but if he is in, I am too!

    We didn’t even say anything about Bob Dylan’s music…Paul didn’t say much of anything on the subject in fact. I pretended to not know that Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door was a song, and then when Paul attributed it to Clapton I pointed out that actually it was Dylan’s first.

    Then I called Bob Dylan a dick. Because he is. We’re not a music podcast so we didn’t get into the fact that he has an annoying nasally voice, and has over rated song writing ability. If we were more about music I would have mentioned those flaws too.

    In the mean time lets just remember the one lesson I tried to bring forth. Bob Dylan is a rude bastard to anybody who interviewed him in his early years. Its not even an opinion…its fact.

    He’s also the same type of wacko who would probably stop listening to something the minute he disagrees with even the smallest detail contained within.

    He and his fans are fair game for snarkyness, and you just showed why. Thanks for making hating your type just a little bit easier.

    Our fans are awesome though, cause they made this whole comment unnecessary overkill by calling you out on your douchyness before I could get in front of the computer.

  16. Dreg says:

    So I guess hoping for a review of “Masked and Anonymous” is out of the question? Because really, it’s worth discussing it if only for John Goodman and Jeff Bridges’ blubber fight, Dylan’s inability to talk like a big boy, and its random use of blackface entertainers. (If you guys need a place to start, I think the fact that Dylan’s character was named “Jack Fate” could be one of those metaphore things I hear about on the TV).

  17. M.O.M. says:

    Can’t we all just be friends? I distinctly remember Dylan did the original rendition of Kumbaya in the 60’s. At least I think I remember . . . kind of fuzzy . . .

  18. Eduardo M. says:

    I like MOM’s suggestion. Let’s all relax and sing Kumbaya. And then we should have cookies.

  19. Jared says:

    Wow I agree I’ve felt like looking stuff up in the dictionary just to make sure I’ve been saying it correctly since I started listening to this podcast. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

  20. Ian says:

    If you think there is any chance you might be mispronouncing a word then you should shoot the moon and really mispronounce it with gusto.

  21. JoeMama says:

    Seems to me that Dylan is famous entirely BECAUSE of everyone doing covers of his stuff.

    PS the only way to make Paul mad is to post more than twice in a row.

  22. Dave, I am sick and tired of your pro-chocolate anti-vanilla hate speech. Have you ever even tasted french vanilla, vanilla cupcakes, or perhaps an entire tub of vanilla frosting? Rest assured I won’t download your pro-chocolate propaganda podcast again. If you ask me, you’re on the take from the vast cocoa cartel operating out of South America.

    Paul, I totally agree with your level headed post. Bob Dylan is a ridiculous reason to stop listening to your podcast. Of course, I already stopped listening to it in protest after you failed to acknowledge The Mummy Returns as the finest piece of American cinema produced in the last 20 years because of that dude who was also in Resident Evil you know the guy I’m talking about.

  23. d stoebe says:

    sorry dudes,

    i didn’t mean to be harsh. but the fact that you could be so flippantly dismissive of someone who’s work musicians and music lovers the world round have worshipped for decades–specifically the line :

    ‘His music…the way he delivers it is monotone…he’s not even singing it.’

    (kind of a personal insult against him, dont you think? and come on, how many songs did you listen to to come to that conclusion) –made me wonder if i should trust your judgement on anything. including uwe boll films–ive never seen one, maybe i should check one out.
    It also ticked me off a bit.

    As far as Orson Welles, if you were listening to some music podcast, for some ungodly reason, and heard these dylan nerds pontificating on those peas commercials and giggling insults about somebody you know is a master craftsman…okay, maybe you wouldnt insult them in turn.

    I’d jump in there, though, hurling mud.

    and jeez. i’m not any better …sequestered in eraserhead-inspiring philadelphia, listening to obscure podcasts while my girlfriend is probably cheating on me…

    Funny thing, i only know the guy’s great because the people i know who make music pressed upon me the importance of appreciating his work if I wanted to know the great tradition of american folk music passed down from woody guthrie and how it influences most of what we hear today how it became one with rock and roll, rap, and whatever they play in cowboy bebop. I gave it a real chance and its awesome. I defy you not to love ‘the freewheeling bob dylan’. his singing is whatever the opposite of a monotone is.

    if you guys calm down, i will. i’ll check out the fight club ‘cast, but you better randomly bust on the dust brothers.

  24. gooberzilla says:

    Dylan-gate continues, I see:

    First things first, you most definitely meant to be harsh. That’s your prerogative. But don’t try to push the responsibility for your words off on us. If you hadn’t felt as strongly as you did, you wouldn’t have chosen that kind of language.

    Secondly, the essence of criticism as far as I am concerned is the ability to separate your personal likes and dislikes from the process of examining a piece of art. You can’t take it personally when someone doesn’t like the same things you like, or approaches them from a different perspective. And you can’t let your personal feelings affect you judgment of the artistic merits of a work. Tank Girl is one of my favorite films of all time, but it’s also a terrible, terrible film. I love it regardless, but it doesn’t hurt my feelings when someone says it’s bad, because it is. As Sean mentioned above, we didn’t level any real criticisms at Dylan’s work.

    Saying “Bob Dylan sings in a monotone” is not an insult. It’s an merely observation. Whether this observation is true or not is a matter of debate. Whether this observation affects the listener’s enjoyment of Bob Dylan varies from person to person. Personally, I don’t like Dylan’s vocal qualities. I’d much rather listen to Eric Clapton’s version of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”. I’d much rather listen to Hendrix’s take on “All Along the Watchtowers”. That’s just my personal tastes. I’m entitled to that. And I’ll say it again, I recognize Dylan’s contributions to American music. But his greatness as a rock icon does not mean that I’m required to like him, or that he is somehow magically immune to criticism.

    Now we get to the real heart of the matter: if you suspect your girlfriend is being unfaithful to you, please do not take it out on us. We have absolutely nothing to do with the difficulties in your romantic life.

    Finally, I can speak for both Sean and myself in asserting that we’re both perfectly calm. But we’re not going to beg for you to continue listening, nor accept any unreasonable conditions that you dictate concerning the Fight Club podcast, which was recorded weeks in advance. We didn’t even mention The Dust Brothers.

  25. M.O.M. says:

    Regarding women and romance . . . Chocolate is definitely more effective than Bob Dylan.

  26. Hollywood says:

    Paul is wrong.

    I am sleeping with your girlfriend, so I guess I am directly responsible for that aspect of your anger.

    Seriously though, you need to watch early Dylan interviews. He was a snotty little brat. I can’t reiterate this enough.

    I’ve listened to a lot of his music. I like the Hurricane, and never heard anybody cover it better than he did. Also Don’t Think Twice, Its All Right is a great song and Frankie Valli could only make it worse. Subterranean Love Sick Blues is also pretty good.

    He’s still a dick though.

    Dust Brothers are pretty lame too, we can agree on that.

    Paul owned you, but I have an Olive Branch hidden somewhere on my body. If you can find it, its yours.

  27. d stoebe says:

    s. h. hunting,

    since you obviously have a sense of humor and forgiveness about, er, things, i will gladly share her with you…i wish i had known for sure i really was sharing though; i was just fishing.


    let me give you a bit more of the essence of criticism: you have to actually listen to (in the case of music)an artist, before you can criticize.
    It is a child who watches one scene of a film, sees it is in black and white, and scoffs at the mono-chrome in which that movie plays. And thereby disregards any and all beauty that may be contained within.

    I’m pretty sure saying that you hate someone is an insult to them. And saying that a SINGER plies his craft in a monotone is an insult; even rap, more spoken than sung, isn’t good in a monotone–usually, anyway.

    and Christ, man, i wasn’t seriously blaming or demanding anything…what powers of persuasion could i possibly hope to hold over someone so mighty?

    that calmness you claim? get a handle on it and ride that bronco. own it, son.

  28. gooberzilla says:

    Let’s make this absolutely clear.

    1.) I never said I hated Bob Dylan. Sean said that. I said that I didn’t like Bob Dylan. Hate would imply a level of passion that I do not possess regarding that particular artist. Even if I had said that I hated him, which I did not, it would be understood that I was referring to his work as an artist and not his qualities as a human being. And even if I said I hated him as a person, which I did not, that would still not be an insult. Expressing a passionate discontent with someone is also not the same as insulting them. I never insulted Bob Dylan. Even if I had, Bob Dylan does not need you to defend him.

    2.) I never leveled a serious criticism against Bob Dylan. You are correct in stating that if I had (which I did not), I would need to experience a broad range of his music to gather evidence to support my criticism. All I said was “his music – the way he delivers it – it’s like a monotone […] it’s like he’s not even singing”. That’s not a serious criticism. That’s an observation. You’re free to disagree. I have no interest in leveling a serious criticism against Bob Dylan, because I have no interest in listening to more of his music for reasons of personal taste which should be clear to you at this point.

    3.) Saying that someone sings in a monotone is not an insult. There are plenty of singers who sing within a limited vocal range. There are plenty of singers whose singing is more like talking set to music. Some of these musicians I enjoy. Others I do not. Insults never enter into the picture.

    4.) I’m still perfectly calm.

    5.) I still don’t like Bob Dylan. I’m not trying to sway anyone else to my point of view. I don’t understand why it’s so important to you that I see things exactly the way you do. You don’t need me to agree with you. Your love for Bob Dylan is still valid and enriching to your own experience, with or without my agreement. Is it because you are afraid that I’m missing out on something important, something beautiful, and something wondrous and grand? Or are you merely lashing out at someone you disagree with, because you cannot distinguish between Dylan’s merits as an artist and your own emotional investment therein?

  29. Erik says:

    I’m not getting into the hate or love Bob Dylan discussion. Just wanted to let Hollywood know that he was right; you don’t need to have seen the tv-series to like or understand the movie. I just did.

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