It’s our 50th episode! To celebrate, we reflect back on some of our favourite recording moments from the past 2 years, and Hazel has a special quiz to test our knowledge of, well, ourselves!
Also in this episode we each count down our top 3 films of the year. There are some surprising inclusions, and we debate and discuss how we feel now about certain movies.
Any 50th episode would be remiss without our Film Buff or Film Bluff quiz, so this round includes questions on Murder She Wrote, James Bond, Nicholas Cage (thanks, Jon) and some of the earliest female filmmakers, which gives us all a chance to chat about this long lost era.
Last but not least, we’d like to wish all our listeners a very happy new year, and a huge thank you for supporting us for the last 50 episodes. We really appreciate it, and long may it continue 🙂
As we head into that time of year where no one has a clue about what day it is, and we constantly emerge blurry-eyed from multiple turkey comas, you can take comfort in our many and varied holiday viewing recommendations!
In this episode, we review the excellent “Watchmen” TV series, which Jon has declared his favourite TV show of the year. We also do a spoiler-free preview (because we obviously haven’t seen it yet. Ahem) of “The Mandalorian” from Disney+.
Dan recommends “Ladhood”, a BAFTA-nominated coming of age comedy. And we have a group discussion on Rian Johnson’s modern murder mystery, “Knives Out”.
We end the show with our immediate reactions to J.J. Abrams’ closing chapter of the new Star Wars trilogy, “The Rise of Skywalker”. Having taken our pod recording equipment to the midnight screening, we put off going to bed for the sake of capturing this segment, featuring nerds you’ve never heard from before! Don’t worry if you haven’t seen it yet, we don’t reveal any secrets 🙂
May we wish all our listeners the absolute best Christmas ever. Thank you for all your support this year. We’ll be back in early 2020 with our favourite films of the year, and a preview of what’s coming up! Until then, take care nerds!
Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, please take your seats for the return of Nerd Court! In the dock this week is a film that has almost divided a relationship – Thor Ragnorok.
Engaged couple Andy and Hazel battle each other in the Nerd courtroom in our most fiercely fought nerd battle yet. Will Thor Ragnorok see off all the evidence weighted against it? Will Judge Jon pronounce an unbiased ruling? Can Andy and Hazel’s relationship even survive this? Listen to find out!
Also in this episode we have our Film Buff or Film Bluff quiz, where our nerds must find the false fact from a web of lies and deceit. Topics this week include record breaking in films, ridiculous fighting game pairings, Star War’s The Emperor, and the 30th anniversary of the Nintendo Gameboy.
The year was 2019. An era of political strife. A climate crisis loomed. Royal reputations were in tatters. Cats were “sexy”. And Sonic the Hedgehog scared the living daylights out of children and adults alike.
Through the mist, one podcast emerged from tens of thousands of other film podcasts to bring peace and prosperity to each and every one of its listeners.
In this episode, play along to our “Guess the movie from its opening crawl” quiz. Hopefully you paid more attention than most of us to the opening titles of some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters!
Also we have a ton of new reviews and recommendations for you. Dan tells us why we should all give ‘Jack Ryan’ a chance. Jon reviews ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ amid multiple interruptions from the nerds who didn’t share his positive opinions. Peter double-taps ‘Zombieland 2’, Andy introduces a 7 minute film to those of us with short attention spans, and Hazel talks of the new BBC adaptation of ‘His Dark Materials’.
This week our Film Buff or Film Bluff quiz includes questions on ridiculous Disney live action plots, some devious “Terminator” facts, the weird and wonderful films available on SyFy, movie costumes, and how food was used as an effect in some iconic movies.
Also Ian Mayor contacts us from the Void, to talk all things unique to John Wick, the Hipster Assassin.
And spurred on by some recent awful examples, we have a good old fashioned debate about modern movie trailers- discussing what we feel a movie trailer should contain, and casting our minds back to our favourite trailers of all time.
Join in to let us know YOUR opinion on the best/worst trailers you’ve seen- @nerdfestuk on Twitter and Facebook.
In one of our favourite episodes yet to record, we prove just how divisive “Joker” really is, as each of our nerds viewed the film in a different way. Our spoiler-heavy review explores fan theories, direction, Joaquin Phoenix’s take on the character, and how it all fits into today’s world.
Before that, we have our main Reviews section. This week, Jon has been lucky enough to attend a preview screening of Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” – is it worth the 3 and a half hour run time, and how effective is the digital de-ageing? Andy is back, and talks fondly of little-known Japanese zombie comedy, “One Cut Of The Dead” which had us all dying to see it. Hazel has been bingeing true crime documentary “The Staircase” (Do you think he did it? Let us know!). Dan has an antidote for all the history-haters out there, with new podcast “You’re Dead To Me”. Peter reviews new Netflix series “Living with yourself”, starring Paul Rudd and Paul Rudd. And finally Ian reviews “It: Chapter 2” (let’s just say he wasn’t a fan)
Plus, we have a brand new quiz! Andy’s “First Lines” quiz is full of fun, as our nerds try to guess the famous movie character from the first line they ever speak on the big screen…
The remains of what was once Jon Farthing joins us for a bumper crop of recommendations this episode.
Dan raves about Helen O’Hara’s new “Superhero Movie Guide”, Hazel swoons over Sir Ian McKellen’s live show, Peter checks out the backstory of “Pennyworth”, Batman’s butler, Jon enthuses over Tarantino nostalgia-fest, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”, and Ian eventually drag(on)s himself away from the clinically addictive “Merge Dragons” game to surf some shorts on the “Dust” channel.
And who will win our closely-fought quiz, based on the plots of ten famous science fiction movies?
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