In this episode we welcome an awesome guest nerd- Kerris Gibson. You’ll love getting to know her and her eclectic taste in movies in our opening segment. (Full disclaimer – We’re not sure WHY we got onto the subject of a certain part of the human anatomy and how often it ‘shows up’ in film, but that’s the path Kerris leads us down…)
We also have a bumper round of “Film Buff or Film Bluff”, the game where we try to outfox each other with both true and made-up trivia about the world of entertainment.
Jon has three ‘facts’ about movie plots and why they departed from their source material. Then Hazel, one of the biggest fans of “The West Wing” has three stories about its behind the scenes shenanigans, including the lesser-known lyrics to the opening theme. (Yes, we make her sing them.)
Kerris befuddles us all with pranks from Japanese game shows. Followed by Peter, who’s been spending his time wisely in lockdown on the trashiest of trash TV, and has three plots for movies allegedly streamed in 2020. And Andy finishes us off, with three facts about the awesome Orson Welles.
Halloween! Inspiration for so many great movies, which we try and rattle off in quick succession in our opening segment. From the moments that shook our childhoods, to what we think defines a great horror, be afraid. Be very afraid.
After a quick change of underwear, we move on to discuss our recommendations of the week. First up is Dan who is sucked in by “Vampires Vs The Bronx”. Then Andy recommends the latest Sofia Coppola/ Bill Murray collaboration “On the Rocks”.
Peter leads the charges against “The Trial of the Chicago Seven” (it was acquitted, on account of being great). And Jon recommends yet another disturbing horror movie that probably no-one else will ever watch, “Possessor”.
And finally Hazel rocks out to “Rocks”; the latest brilliant and heartwarming independent film to have found a home on Netflix.
Its “Buff or Bluff” time again, as our nerds try to hide 4 massive whoppers in amongst 12 fabulous facts- will it take a truth serum to find out which is which, and can you beat the team?
This time around, Dan covers masks (and’ The Mask‘), Jon describes some weird director antics, Peter polishes up our knowledge of ‘Metal Mickey‘, and Andy evokes great showman William Castle and the amazing stunts he’d pull to promote his movies.
In a “wide ranging discussion” we also reminisce fondly about ‘Gladiators‘ (although Jon and Peter are more concerned with Jet’s appearances on ‘GamesWorld‘) and a close encounter with a manatee.
And we peek a little behind the scenes at how the podcast is put together, as Jon storms off to his trailer.
We have lots of new movie, TV, book and even musical recommendations for you this week. But before that, we all discuss who we’d like to see as the next James Bond. (Is it Tom Hardy? Or possibly a more left field choice? Tune in to find out!)
To kick off our recommendations, Dan shares his nostalgic experiences of listening to the John Williams “Live in Vienna” album. He also reviews Stuart Turtons brand new book “The Devil and the Dark Water”, which we were lucky enough to be sent an advance copy of. Jon reviews “Bill and Ted Face the Musicbut”, which might just emerge as the best thing of 2020. Then we travel back in time for an absolute classic, as Andy shares his thoughts on a first watch of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid“. Peter recommends “Raised by Wolves”, a stunning new sci fi drama marking the TV directorial debut of one Ridley Scott. And Hazel reviews Katherine Ryan’s semi-autobiographical Netflix show, “The Duchess”.
Dan got married! Jon got a puppy! Ian grew a beard! We have lots of reasons to celebrate in this episode, so please do join us for a bit of non lockdown-related happiness!
We also have a great round of Film Buff or Film Bluff for you – including Jon’s definition of a “dedication” to Dan and his new wife. Ian has some made-up movie reviews to fool us with, Peter heads into the land of sci fi, Dan has 3 facts about the life of Buster Keaton, and Hazel treads dangerous waters with the plots of three propaganda movies, one of which she has made up from scratch (sorry Mr. Putin).
And finally Dan brings us his review of ‘Tenet‘, whilst trying (and somewhat failing) to explain what he saw.
This episode also includes our tribute to Chadwick Boseman, one of the world’s most beloved and inspirational humans, gone too soon.
Love is in the air today, as we open the show celebrating Hazel and Andy’s minus one wedding anniversary, and Jon and Peter offer up some unusual ways on how they can celebrate it 🙂
Then we bring you a tonne of new recommendations for your viewing pleasure. First up is ‘Lovecraft Country‘ which premiered recently in Sky’s ‘Watchmen’ slot. Hazel then talks about an easy binge-watch on BBC iPlayer – ‘Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience.’
Andy has another eclectic offering, with Ugandan film ‘Who killed Captain Alex‘. Hear about some of the amazing action Wakaliwood produces on a shoestring budget.
And finally Peter has two recommendations – ‘The Americans‘ and ‘Perry Mason‘ which somehow inspires Jon to perform a series of raps about the Terminator series…
In the second section of the show we tackle a listener question, which asks us what we’ve found most disappointing so far in nerd culture in 2020. Aside from all the cinema release postponements, this conversation takes us down some interesting paths. Some might even say it was a poignant discussion!
N.B this episode was recorded before the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman. We were incredibly devastated to hear about this and send all our thoughts to Chadwick’s family, friends, and legions of fans across the world. Wakanda Forever.
This time we answer a question from a listener about just how wrong we all are. This leads us into a fun discussion about certain films that we personally love- but need to mount a bit of a defence for, to others.
Before that we have our Film Buff or Film Buff quiz, which tests our knowledge on how movies coped with an actor’s untimely death, the movie ‘Almost Famous’, 50s Sci fi TV around the world, ‘Star Trek’, and the works of Alan Smithee.
Do send in more of your listener questions for us to tackle! @nerdfestuk on Twitter and Facebook.
We hear all that’s going on, at San Diego Comic Con. ‘Old Guard’ and ‘Palm Springs’ halt time’s advance, as we cross space with ‘The Expanse. A sequel to the ‘The Last Of Us’? (and Hamilton’s on Disney plus!)
Join Peter, Jon, Dan and Ian for another X-Citing episode of the Nerdfest podcast!
In our regular Buff or Bluff feature, we examine the complicated profession of bounty hunting in the ‘Star Wars’ expanded universe as well as some weird and wonderful cinematic sounds, before answering a listener question on how to bring the X-Men into the MCU and who we’d cast in the key roles. Then Jon delves into his own Sack of Fun, for 82 minutes on the “Money Plane”.
This week we’re answering some of your profound listener questions, such as “Which is the best cartoon TV show?”, and “What’s the most horrifying piece of movie tie-in merchandise you’ve ever seen?” giving us an excellent opportunity to talk about a certain pair of Pinocchio boxer shorts.
Then we have our recommendations of the week. Dan has two podcasts worthy of your time, including “Californian Century” and the “Six degrees of the song of the south” episode of “You must remember this”. Hazel celebrates the works of Ava DuVernay, including “Selma”, the excellent documentary “13th” and “When They See Us”.
Andy recommends the lockdown-themed “Staged”, featuring David Tennant and Michael Sheen trying to practice for a forthcoming theatre show. Peter reviews “Giri/Haji”, a thriller set in London and Tokyo. And finally Jon, slightly grumpy that’s he’s not sat in a field surrounding by 100,000 sweaty bodies, recommends some of the most infamous Glastonbury sets from past years, currently featured on BBC iPlayer.
We then have Taking One For The Team, where one of us must endure a critically-mauled film for the benefit of the pod. In this case, it’s Dan who drew the short straw and reviews “Artemis Fowl”, originally set for a cinematic release until COVID-19 had its way and it was released on Disney Plus. Cue much hilarity as he describes all the “fowlness” inherent within it. But can Judi Dench’s appearance as a leprechaun give it a redeeming taste?
Please send us your listener questions for our next episode, by tweeting us @nerdfestuk on Twitter, or sending us on a message on our Facebook page (Nerdfest UK).