It’s a very special week here at Nerdfest, as not only did the brilliant ‘Film Stories‘ magazine recommend us as their podcast of the week, but also it’s our fifth anniversary! We formed our little cinema club in the pub, this time five years ago, so we open the show with a little bit of reminiscing.
Also in this episode is our Film Buff Or Film Bluff quiz, featuring true and made-up facts about directors’ credits, which famous nerdy things came first, special makeup effects director Rick Baker, and some obscure connections.
And finally Dan has come up with a brilliant feature called “Getting to Nerd You”, in which he asks fellow nerds meaningful questions such as ‘What is the nerdiest thing you’ve ever done?’ And ‘Who would you invite to a Nerdfest dinner party?’
Thank you to all our listeners! We’re very grateful to each and every one of you.
Join us for a Recommendations Special, where our six nerds discuss their top picks for lockdown entertainment:
Andy watches Toms Scott’s fantastic YouTube show, Dan reviews Netflix’s first foray into improv comedy, Ian Mayor wakes up to the comedic brilliance of “Parks & Rec”, Jon discovers Alex Garland’s “Devs”, Peter decides whether “Extraction” is like pulling teeth, and Hazel checks out America’s Ass in new Apple+ series, “Defending Jacob”.
In our latest fantabulous episode, we develop an unhealthy obsession with Tom Cruise’s underwear.
We also try to fool each other with “facts” about Superman in the media, actor’s crazy demands on film sets, renegade and trailblazing women in film, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, and actors who’ve been in video games. And Hazel watches ‘Galaxy Quest’ for the very first time.
P.S., for any Thermians listening to this and thinking that the Nerdfest podcast is actually a historical documentary, we would very much like to fly a spaceship, please and thank you.
Our nerds provide some lockdown fun for you, with recommendations of movies, TV and comics, in our first socially-isolated episode.
Hazel reviews new Apple TV+ production, “The Banker”. Jon recommends “Succession” Dan promotes the virtues of offbeat documentary “The Imagineering Story”. Peter covers satirical comedy/ horror “The Hunt”, and Ian Mayor joins us live (within social distancing rules) from the void, to rave about comic novel ‘Sabrina’ (not the teenage witch)
We also have a quiz about the fifth movie in some popular franchises, and another where you have to identify the celebrity autobiography.
Our nerds Jon, Peter and Louise attempt to trick each other with Buff or Bluffs on ludicrous “X-Men” characters, composer Hans Zimmer, the videogame “Donkey Kong” and seminal Edgar Wright masterwork “Spaced”.
And Andy fills another shameful gap with movie classic “Rocky”. Will he manage to go the distance with it?
As Hazel and Dan watch ‘Hamilton’* on opposite sides of the Atlantic, Jon is keeping the host’s chair warm as we offer up a brand new set of nerdy recommendations.
Make yourself a tea (Earl Grey, Hot!) as the nerds discuss Patrick Stewart’s return to Starfleet in ‘Star Trek: Picard’, and we also review ‘Doom patrol’, ‘I’m not OK with this’, and ‘Midnight Family’. And Andy provides a quiz to test our knowledge of movie taglines.
*other musicals are available, although you wouldn’t think so!
In our latest episode Hazel dices with death, we see if Dan is too chicken to watch “The Exorcist”, and Jon, Peter and Andy Buff or Bluff each other on Production Tricks, Musicians in the Movies, Sweary Cinema, and the career of Michael Palin.
We also honour another Python, as we pay tribute to the sadly missed Terry Jones