Episode 30: It Sounds Amazing, But…

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Can you tell the difference between the snarl of a Gremlin and the pwish of the Enterprise doors? Then you’ll probably do a lot better at Ian’s masterful movie sounds quiz than we did!

Also in this episode are our(spoiler-free) reactions to ‘Captain Marvel‘ – captured in our mobile recording studio (AKA Hazel’s car) just after leaving the cinema.

In Buff or Bluff, Dan delves into the sitcom careers of Marvel directors, Hazel tries to fool us with ‘facts’ about Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jon looks at reshot movies, and Peter links Batman and James Bond.

And we try out a new game called ‘Pitchstorm’, in which we each try to pitch ludicrous movie concepts, while the rest of the nerds make “helpful suggestions” to ensure box office success. (In the picture above, Nosferatu gets a hot tub- of course!)

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Episode 29: Ayoade: Battle Angel

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It’s a full Nerd house, thanks to Hazel’s recovery (although Jon doesn’t quite want to let go of his temporary hosting duties) and Ian Mac being back from whatever he was doing…

Ian recommends perhaps the strangest video game concept we’ve ever heard (two words: “Vicious Strawberry”.) Jon cautiously recommends the updated version of “Suspiria”. We find out whether the eyes have it for “Alita: Battle Angel”. Hazel recommends a person (no, not Chris Hemsworth…) as she’s been enjoying two pieces of work by the luminous Richard Ayoade. And a review of new Netflix series “Riverdale”, leads us down the inevitable path of a Saved by the Bell debate…(yeah, us neither…)

We also have a live draw for our Oscars sweepstake and discuss each Best Picture nominee’s merits and flaws. Find out who drew the winning film under Hazel’s needlessly-complicated scoring system, and (as this was recorded just before the Oscars) use your superpower of hindsight to see if our wilder predictions came true, you lucky things.

Episode 28: Pain, Trains and Sex Education



We have lots of wonderful recommendations for you this episode – Jon tests the breakability of M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass”, Dan endures a nightmare commute on the “Train to Busan” and Peter shares some “Sex Education

From beyond the void, Ian Mayor enthuses over the incoming news about Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune“. And once more we brave Jon’s Sack of Fun, the world’s unluckiest dip.

*Does not contain nuts (or, at least, Hazel), but she’ll be back next time.


Episode 27: The Curious Case Of Hazel Burton

In the official* Nerdfest preview of 2019, we chat about the likes of Star Wars Episode IX, Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Toy Story 4, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Avengers: Endgame. Find out which will make the top of our watchlist.

We partake in our usual fun and frivolities during a Film Buff or Film Buff Quiz, including unusual hobbies of Marvel actors, some musical trivia, and some Muppety facts and fiction.

Ahead of the 2019 Oscars ceremony, Dan has concocted a Quiz about this year’s Best Picture nominees. Test your knowledge against that of our nerds.

And we discover what the boys get up to when Hazel leaves them to their own devices…

*Official by Nerdfest standards

Episode 26: Into the Cage-iverse


Love him or loathe him, you can’t deny that Nicolas Cage is always… interesting.

in this episode #1 fan, Jon, breaks the podcast record (probably) for the most NC references, including his ‘recommen-dont’ film called Left Behind (“It’s the f*cking rapture, innit!”) – another consequence of Jon’s late night, post-pub viewings. Dan also has the misfortune of reviewing Next, the Cage-starring caper he picked from Jon’s Sack of Fun™.

Our regular ‘Buff or Buff’ Quiz is back – this time featuring facts about Jar Jar Binks, sport horror movies, Eurovision and David Bowie cameos. Find out which piece of trivia is a complete and utter lie.

And in our recommendations segment we talk about Bird Box, Spider-Man Into the Spiderverse (Aaargh- Cage again!), The Marvellous Mrs Maisel, and Dan’s latest addition to the Nerd Bookshelf – a Firefly graphic novel.

Before all that, hear about our best nerdy Xmas swag, plus Dan’s review of Mary Poppins Returns.

Episode 25: Welcome To The Sack Of Fun!

Well hey there 2019- you sexy thing, you.

So, what was 2018? A whole crock of… well, we won’t go into that here. But the saving grace for a lot of us was the cinematic experiences we encountered, so enjoy our rundown of the best that last year had to offer.

This episode also sees the first appearance of Jon’s Sack of Fun, whereby we all benefit from Jon’s recent trip to a discount DVD store, and are forced to watch whatever we pull out of his sack.

In this week’s Film Buff or Bluff Quiz we explore the life and career of Robert Redford, Jon has some wacky movie monsters for us, and Peter brings some…erm… statistical analysis to the table…

That’s not the only quiz in this episode, as Ian has devised an enormously fun ‘Guess the movie song’ challenge you can play along to at home.

Finally we have another Nerd Debate, in which we all discuss how we’d improve movies that left us a little cold the first time around.

Episode 24: Consider That A Podcast!

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ORDER! ORDER! Please assemble for the return of Nerd Court, in which we engage in our fiercest debate yet: the merits of “Total Recall“. Will Peter succeed in his quest to send this Arnie classic to Nerd Jail, or will Jon’s real-life lawyering skills save it from a fate worse than a decompressive explosion?

Also in this episode, we discuss the just-released trailer for “Avengers: Endgame”, including why Tony Stark is still so handsome after 4 days without food or water, what implications there might be after Thanos did the unthinkable, and some possible theories on how our heroes might work themselves out of this small pickle.

We round off the show with our Film Buff or Film Bluff quiz, which, if we do say so ourselves, is an incredibly entertaining one. Topics this time include elaborate Freddie Krueger kills, monsters from “Fantastic Beasts“, and (the lesser-discussed Chris on this podcast) Chris Pine.

And be sure stick around for another one of our fabulous end-credits sequences!

Have an absolutely Nerdtastic Christmas everybody! We’ll see you in the new year for more nerdy fun.

Episode 23: Meet Gary Netflix

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Yeehaw! pardners. There’s a Wild West theme to this one-year anniversary episode, as we recommend new Coen Brothers movie “Buster Scruggs” and videogame “Red Dead Redemption 2“.

Other recommendations are Pratchett and Gaiman novel “Good Omens” (coming soon to Amazon Prime), Netflix’s “Apostle“, and comedian-testing panel show “Taskmaster“. And we choose some great nerdy gifts for Xmas, including a Geek cookbook, a giant Lego Star Wars creature and an intriguing book about the weirdest comic book superheroes ever created.

As it’s been a year since we started, we also have fun struggling to remember which of us said the most appalling things in previous episodes, in a special self-indulgent quiz.

And we also meet the mysterious “Gary Netflix”, a fictional construct who tries his best to discourage Jon from his drunken post-pub viewing choices.

Episode 22: Excelsior, True Believers!

Spider-Quiz, Spider-Quiz. Does whatever a Spider-Quiz does. Which in this case, means we talk about a peculiar Spider-Man comic book arc that distinctly rhymes with the word “Quiz”… (ahem!)

Yep our Film Buff or Bluff Quiz is back, and this time we try to out-fact each other on fake documentary synopses, ‘Quantum Leap‘ episodes, ‘Spider-Man‘ comics, and which films feature the famous ‘Willhelm Scream‘.

We also pay tribute to Stan Lee, and offer some thoughts and insights about his greatest creations.

Ian Mayor is still trapped in the Void, but someone must be letting him out for an hour every day, because he was able to record a great review of ‘Daredevil‘ into Season 3.

And finally we talk about ‘Killing Eve‘, a superbly written BBC America production from the phenomenal Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Episode 21: 21st Birthday Spectacular!

Happy 21st birthday Title, darkOur podcast can now legally consume alcohol in America! Three cheers to that!

To celebrate, we go on a right old rant as Ian ‘takes one for the team’ and reviews the disappointing Venom (in a very amusing way).

It’s not all doom and gloom, as we chat positively about Making a Murderer II, Bohemian Rhapsody, John Carpenter’s tour, and Bad Times at the El Royale, before going all ranty again about Dr. Who (we’re really not sure what Ian had for breakfast that morning).

We then have a spontaneous quiz on the values of iconic movie props, followed by Peter’s more planned, and very clever (once we got the hang of it) movie characters quiz.

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