After a small hiatus for a nerd wedding, we’re back with an entire feast of TV and film recommendations for you.
Ian Mac drums home the merits of “Count me In”, a new Netflix documentary featuring rock’s greatest drummers. Kerris takes a sip of “Brand New Cherry Flavor”, a mind bending limited series set in early 90s Hollywood. Peter ponders the question, “What If?” And purely coincidentally, he reviews Marvel’s latest TV offering of the same name. Andy enthuses about the Ray Harryhausen exhibition he and Hazel visited on their honeymoon. Which leads the nerds down an animated memory lane of one of the industry’s most influential creators. And Hazel heads comes in from the Cold War to review “The Courier”, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch’s salesman turned MI6 spy.
But that’s not all! Andy has a brilliant cryptic film quiz that gets all the nerds thinking outside of the box.
We welcome Ian and Kerris back on the pod for an episode overflowing with quizziness. The nerds test each other with Buff or Bluffs about “On-Set Pranks”, “Movie World Records”, “Horror Icons”, “Sony Tech” and a quite astonishing alternative take on the X-Men, and Dan has a bonus quiz about some of the strangest ever ‘notes from the studio’.
If that wasn’t enough, Ian’s been watching great documentaries on pioneering hip hop improvisers “Freestyle Love Supreme” and the darker side of child stardom.
All of that in just one episode, we hope you enjoy it (just don’t Google for Vin Diesel movies!)
We got in a bit of trouble from Mary Whitehouse’s ghost after last week’s episode, so this week we have a completely clean show that’s not rude at all*
In fact, Jon takes things so far as to review the film “Censor” which is all about how we can best oppose modernism, and build more vernacular architecture. It’s DEFINITELY not about 1980s video nasties.
In other recommendations, Dan presents genre bending, time twisting, alternative history novel “The Kingdoms”. and sings the praises of documentary “1971: The Year that Music Changed Everything”.
Peter treads a very fine line by explaining “Why Women Kill”, the second season of which is coming soon to Alibi.
Andy generously gets “Another Round” in, a brilliant Oscar winning Danish drama made by Thomas Vinterburg and starring Mads Mikkelsen.
And Hazel reviews the action-packed “Black Widow”, Marvel’s first cinematic release in two years.
*not actually true… not even close!
Dan returns to join Jon, Andy and Peter as our nerds test each other’s knowledge in an all-quiz special.
Inspired by Marvel’s “Loki”, Dan has some stories about what our favourite variant got up to as a Norse god. Can you tell the myths from the mythstakes?
And Peter goes all TVA too, with a timey-wimey quiz about memory-twisting Sci-Fi movies.
And, of course, Film Buff or Film Bluff returns with facts covering everything from Crispin Glover’s song about a ‘Clowny Clown Clown’, bizarre Movie Studio Idents, Animated spinoffs from grown-up movies and Mary Whitehouse’s attempts to ban all filth from the airwaves.
Good thing she never heard our Podcast – we wouldn’t stand a chance!”
Come and join us for a bumper round of reviews and recommendations.
First up, we find out why Kerris cant stop hatewatching the horror detective series “Slasher” (which borrows more than its plot from Se7en). Then Andy intrigues us all with his review of Icelandic volcano drama “Katla”, and tries to create a new catchphrase at the same time.
Hazel whispers her affection for “A Quiet Place Part 2” whilst Jon delves into a bit of quarantine art with Bo Burnham’s Netflix special “Inside”. And finally Peter risks bringing on the zombie apocalypse, with his review of The Asylum’s “Black Summer.”
There’s all that and more – you can also play along to Andy’s movie quotes quiz and let us know how much better you did than our nerds.
And we discuss whether Batman is a generous and caring lover.
It’s twice the movie quizzes, twice the smut in this episode, and it’s no coincidence that it sees the very welcome return of our beloved Ian McLaughlin. Ian has been away for some time looking after his “daughter” Treacle, who is…well, you’ll find out…
As penance for his lengthy absence, Ian has a movie factoid quiz for us at the beginning of the show. If you ever wanted to know how many balloons you’d need to lift your own house, you need wonder no more.
Then it’s time for our regular round of “Buff or Bluff”. This week, Andy’s topic is oversized monster movies, Peter reveals some interesting film casting choices, and Hazel has facts about two of Hollywood’s most revered names: Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Plus Jon has some utterly outlandish stories of how certain films obtained their funding, involving the Catholic Church and the Mafia. And Ian rounds things off with a medley of movie tidbits.
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Ever wanted to have a movie that you loved as a child totally ruined by Jon? Well, you’re in the right place, as he presents his alternate musical version of ‘Willy Wonka’ !
We also have some brand new recommendations for you as Andy takes us through ‘Valley of Souls’ in a canoe, then Jon tries to defend the earth from superhero series “Jupiter’s Legacy”. Peter recommends new historical steampunk series ‘The Nevers’, whilst Hazel effuses about Kate Winslet’s mighty performance in gritty drama ‘Mare of Easttown’ And finally Kerris brings things home with two recommendations that are as different from each other as gravy and the concept of financial management: Netflix’s ‘Superstore’, and adult animation ‘Mr Pickles’.
Please send us any suggestions for musicals that you would also like Jon to ruin (@nerdfestuk on Twitter and Facebook), and we’ll hear him do just that in a future show.
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Is there ANYTHING that isn’t improved by a bacon sandwich?
This is the kind of deep thinking you’ll find in this episode’s Buff or Bluff quiz. Our topics include facts about one of the greatest movie composers of all time, John Williams, film disclaimers that originated because of political assassinations, the most dangerous movie sets in history, naughty films made by stars before they became famous, and the very best from the Bulwer-Lytton competition, which challenges participants to write an atrocious first sentence for a hypothetical novel.
Plus, find out who triumphed and who capitulated in the Nerdfest Oscar’s sweepstake, and will they even get to give their acceptance speech?
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Dan discovers whether it was a good idea to name his kitten after a trickster god*, and we have reviews of some great, and not so great TV and Movies for you.
We pound the spooky New Zealand beat with “Wellington Paranormal”, learn some history with Oscar contender “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, suffer our way through “Them”, and become “Invincible”, then discover new Black Mirror-esque show “Made For Love”.
*Check the embedded artwork if you would like to meet little Loki
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It’s the 4th annual Nerdfest Oscars sweepstake! Hazel, with her customary two hats, reveals which Best Picture nominees we each received in the sweepstake – find out our reactions, plus mini-reviews of the contenders, and how we rate our chances on the night.
Before that, it’s Buff or Bluff time. Can you guess the made-up fact from this week’s diverse categories: Donald Duck, ostentatious celebrity expenses, The Oscars, Peter Sellers, and the American Office ?
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