It’s “Women’s History Month”, so our nerds discuss some of the wonderful women which have inspired us so much in movies.
We also have another round of “Buff or Bluff”s, in which Jon loses control over some implausible Game Controllers, Hazel admires some groundbreaking female comedians, Peter takes the Mr. Men on a European tour, and Andy gets wood about some trees.
We travel back to the 90s for this recommendations episode, as Peter reviews the new miniseries “Pam and Tommy”. We discuss the greater implications of the show, before veering back to low brow by chatting about *that* talking penis scene.
Dan ups the cultural ante with his glorious review of “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, whilst Hazel takes a trip to Belfast for Kenneth Branagh’s semi autobiographical (and wonderful) drama.
Finally Jon puts us through another Chronology lesson, as he sat through the latest attempt to revive the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise.
Then it’s our favourite time of the year – Hazel’s needlessly complicated Oscars sweepstake! And this year’s draw has an added twist…
Love is on the podcast feed in the latest instalment of Nerdfest, as Dan has prepared a nerdy Valentine’s Day themed quiz to test Jon, Kerris and Peter. How many nerdy Valentine’s will you guess?
‘Buff or Bluff’ is also back: Kerris has some facts about Groundhog Day, Dan wants to talk about Bruno with Encanto-inspired Disney song trivia, Kerris has some facts about Groundhog Day, Jon and Peter take us from Siegfried and Roy to Die Hard, and Kerris has some facts about Groundhog Day!
Our nerds excitedly preview the movies we’re looking forward to in 2022. It’s safe to say the one we’re most anticipating is MOOOOONFAAALLLL. There’s no doubt in our minds that this will be the greatest action movie ever made. What greater jeopardy is there than the moon falling on your head? (We also preview some less-important films.)
But that’s not all, as we also have our recommendations for the latest and greatest things you can watch right now. Ian Mac explores the life of stand up comedian Lenny Bruce in “Lenny.” (We know it’s not new, but it’s so worth a watch if you haven’t seen it). Then Louise semi-enthusiastically reviews Sex and the City reboot “And Just Like That.” Peter ventures into the wilderness with new drama “Yellowjackets”. And Jon experiences the supernatural in Netflix’s mini series “Midnight Mass”. Finally Hazel discusses one of the most interesting TV series she’s ever seen: “Landscapers” with Olivia Colman and David Thewlis.
A slightly belated, but huge milestone Nerdfest episode! Due to circumstances beyond our control, we couldn’t properly celebrate recording 100 episodes together until now – in episode 101. But boy do we make up for it.
Hazel has concocted a feature that ensures we reflect fondly on some of our favourite recording moments, including how many times Jon has had to apologise for something he’s said. And Dan has come up with a top 100 quiz – which…well, let’s just say it’s not what you might be expecting.
And since it is technically episode 101, we join with Andy and Peter to create the Nerdfest Room 101. Each nerd chooses an aspect of the filmmaking process that they find irksome, and encourage their fellow nerds to send it into the abyss. Have we made the movie world a better place? Let us know!
We feel “Pretty, oh so pretty”… and not just because Ian Mac and Kerris are back with us for an episode full of recommendations!
Peter and Dan have been filling up on the best new shows on Disney+, with ‘Dopesick’ and ‘The Beatles: Get Back’. Kerris scares herself with the latest ‘American Horror Story’, and Jon scares us all with a trademark non-recommendation of ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’. Then Ian dance-fights his way through “America!” for Steven Spielberg’s musical masterpiece ‘West Side Story’ (don’t start a rumble with us, but we really enjoyed it.)
Finally, all our nerds reveal their favourite movie of 2021- we’d love to hear yours on Twitter @nerdfestuk.
Now, to paraphrase John Lennon, “We’d like to thank you on behalf of the podcast, and we hope we’ve passed the audition…”
Its a bumper recommendations special this episode, as we talk about legacy sequel “Ghostbusters AfterlIfe”, Apple’s Tom-Hanks-with-a-robot movie “Finch”, magical dark nostalgia treat “Last Night In Soho”, the new TV incarnation of “Chucky” and the “Hawkeye” comics which the new Disney+ series draws heavily from.
And Jon takes it upon himself to personally rate Tom Hanks’ career.
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Is anything real? Should we accept this reality? These are the questions on Hazel’s mind as she faces up to her umpteenth Shameful Gap: The Truman Show.
Before that, there’s more reality twisting in our Buff or Bluff quiz. Andy gets creative by dreaming up a plot for a Mubi-worthy movie, whilst Kerris gets her teeth into some trivia about ‘The Lost Boys’. Peter offers 3 creepy and kooky facts about ‘The Addams Family’, and Hazel celebrates the return of live improv by inventing an improvised scene.
And finally, Jon stays on brand by coming up with some monstrous facts about Frankenstein-related movies.
Spooky greetings! Join the Nerdfest gang as we celebrate Halloween with our unique bag of tricks and treats.
Have you played ‘Squid Game’ yet? Peter has, and lives to tell the tale with his review of the Netflix sleeper hit. Hazel navigates the desert to bring you her review of sci fantasy epic ‘Dune’. It’s not what she was expecting at all… Andy enthuses about one of the highlights of the BFI film festival, with a review of Celine Sciamma’s beautiful new drama, ‘Petite Maman’
And finally Jon bucks the recommendations format, yet again, by describing his issues with the latest in the Halloween franchise, ‘Halloween Kills.’ But not before an impressive rundown of where each Halloween movie since 1978 falls in the timeline. Honestly, it’s worth listening to the episode just for that….31 Oct 2021 · 53 minutes.