Episode 37: Wild And Crazy Nerds

US cropWe take you on a wild ride through the life and times of 1980’s comedy stars Steve Martin, John Belushi, Rick Moranis, Dan Ackroyd, Eddie Murphy and John Candy with a review of Nick de Semelyn’s new book ”Wild and Crazy Guys”, then Dan tests our knowledge of 1980s comedy trivia with a special quiz based on stories from the book.

Jon ignores Gary Netflix yet again, to review ”The Perfection”, a disturbing new horror film about a pair of amorous cello players. Peter and Hazel discuss Elton John biopic ”Rocketman”, and how it ranks as a musical fantasy. And Hazel covers ”Nanette”, a one-hour Netflix special by Australian comedienne Hannah Gadsby, and how it swiftly swerves from stand-up to something much, much more.

And finally, we preview what’s coming up in cinemaland over the next few months: including ”Spider-Man Far From Home”, ”Yesterday”, ”Ad Astra”, ”Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, ”Toy Story 4” and ”Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker”.

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Episode 36: Holy Bat-Nipples!

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If there was one thing that really stood out in 1997’s Batman & Robin….

In light of news there’ll be a new Batman protecting the streets of Gotham, our nerds debate who was the greatest actor to don the Bat Cape, Bat-nipples or no Bat-nipples. Most of us chose different portrayals (although, spoiler alert, none of us selected Batfleck. In fact, we nearly forgot him…)

Before that, we have a Film Buff or Film Bluff quiz, where our nerds face questions on the friendship between Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, the Starship Enterprise, and whether Jim Carrey actually paid for the CIA to torture him…

We round off the show with a quiz, in which Jon asks us to identify films, based on reviews from a Christian Right movie website…

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Episode 35: Sex And Cookies

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How do you become a guest on the Nerdfest podcast?

Sex and cookies, apparently.

This time we have a new voice amongst our nerds, Andy, who joins us in an extra long spoiler special on ‘Avengers: Endgame’, now that most of the world has seen it (Some of us three times!) In the second part of the show we go scene-by-scene, discussing the fate of many beloved characters, whilst also pondering the eternal question: “Which would you rather make love to: a tree, or a raccoon?”

We open the show with lots of new recommendations: Jon reviews one of the best horror movies he’s ever seen, ‘The Babadook’, now released on Amazon Prime. Hazel has been mesmerised by new Netflix documentary ‘Knock Down the House’ about four women vying to replace long-serving Congressmen in the 2018 House race. Peter explores the new ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ TV show based on the Taika Waititi movie. And finally Andy has a solution for anyone who has a beef with Bear Grylls – try and cause him harm in the new and interactive choose-your-own-adventure series, ‘You vs. Wild’.

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Episode 34: The Dinosaur Dating Game

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So, if you HAD to, which dinosaur would you choose to “make the beast with two backs” with? It’s these sort of high-brow questions, and more, which our nerds seek to tackle in this episode…

Film Buff or Bluff asks us to choose between three outlandish storylines involving The Joker, three Jeff Goldblum facts, Marvel’s wackiest characters, and the first cinematic appearances of certain female actors.

“Shameful Gap” sees Hazel share her first ever viewing of “Groundhog Day”.as we explore the themes of Bill Murray’s starring performance as Phil Connors, the egotistical weatherman doomed to repeat the same day over and over again.

“Shameful Gap” sees Hazel share her first ever viewing of “Groundhog Day”.as we explore the themes of Bill Murray’s starring performance as Phil Connors, the egotistical weatherman doomed to repeat the same day over and over again.

And Hazel and Dan just can’t stop talking about the musical “Hamilton”, as the two unenlightened members of Nerdfest try to thwart their attempts to rename the podcast “Hamilchat”.

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Episode 33: Endgame Of Thrones

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In celebration of two great franchises both reaching their conclusions, this episode has some great special features… Dan has devised a dragon-sized Game Of Thrones quiz, spanning all seven previous series. And we record our first spoiler-free reactions to seeing “Avengers: Endgame” – mere minutes after leaving the cinema.

Before that, we each have brand new recommendations for you- Jon reviews ‘Sorry To Bother You‘- a comedy which tells the tale of a telemarketer bejng told to use a ”white person voice”. Hazel goes all Elizabethan on us, performing a solioquy or two from ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily A New Hope‘.

Peter had great fun with DC’s latest effort, ‘Shazam‘, and Dan has another recommendation for the Nerdfest bookshelf – ‘The Rise And Fall Of The Dinosaurs‘ provoking many factually accurate discussions (including which dinosaurs took on the role of oil drillers to try and blow up the extinction event asteroid…)

Episode 32: GoT Any Predictions?

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Duh duh du-du-duh duh du-du DDUUUUUH etc.- Game of Thrones is back in front of our eyeballs and we couldn’t be more excited! In this episode, we make our predictions for who we will die first, and who’ll end up on the Iron Throne at the end of the series. Unfortunately the three-eyed raven we’d hired for this purpose flew away, which means none of these predictions will come true, but it’s a fun segment!

Before that, it’s the return of ‘Film Buff or Film Bluff’ – where we try to fool each other with a combination of true and fake facts about movie Special FX, the “Star Wars” Cantina band, Captain America, and Marlon Brando’s crazy on-set antics. Plus, Hazel has a bonus Bluff about submarines. Hope you’re ready for a science lesson!

Also, one of our nerds had never seen nineties action blockbuster Last Action Hero – so hear their thoughts upon watching it for the very first time, in our “Shameful Gap” feature.

Resident quizmaster Ian has come up with another sterling quiz idea – asking us to decode his cryptic movie title clues.

Finally, we talk about some of the films we’ve endured from Jon’s infamous Sack of Fun, including “Foreplay”, “Self/Less” and “Sharktopus vs. Barracuda”. Our reviews were… unfavourable…

Here are links to this episode for Apple Podcasts, Google PodcastsSpotify and goPod.me

Episode 31: Marvellous Things Happen

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It’s “Captain Marvel” review time! The majority of which we spend trying to come up with a synopsis which is in danger of being longer than the movie. However, once we get that sorted, we can have a lively debate about the film’s merits and shortcomings.

In another inspired quiz, Ian borrows the DeLorean to go back in time and ask his 5 year old self to describe ten famous movies, which the rest of us try to guess from his childish clues.

And we start the show with our reviews section – including the “RBG” documentary and it’s cinematic counterpart, “On The Basis Of Sex“. Peter enrols us in the “Umbrella Academy“, and Ian seeks comfort in a new game he found, after being terrified by an “Alien” videogame.

Meanwhile, Jon can’t make up his mind WHAT to cover, so he attempts to review the entirety of human existence… and Star Trek Discovery!

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