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You won't know WHAT to believe this episode, as we try to pull an entire sheep's worth of wool over each others' eyes with our legendary Buff or Bluff game. The delightful Kerris joins us from the safety of her blanket fort for some horrifying tales, Dan shows off his moves with some stories too ludicrous for WWE, Peter is giving notes on music, and Jon delves into the darker side of DIsney, and tries his best to traumatise Dan in the process. And we also Play Our Cameos right with a game about how much some second-string celebs charge for a personal video on website, Cameo! And, in what's becoming a regular occurrence, Jon has to apologise for something...
We have recommendations up the wazoo this time, as we battle Godzilla, encounter a new author, discover the best subtitled series on Netflix from around the world, and wallow in the usual smut and nonsense. Ian reviews “Godzilla: The Half century War", whilst attempting to answer the ultimate “Kong vs Godzilla” question. Dan adds Samantha Shannon's Bone Season" to the bookshelf, whilst Andy gets all cosmopolitan with "This is not a Burial, Its a Resurrection". Striking a similar worldly tone, Peter reviews French series "Lupin" and "Call My Agent" and Korean smash hit series "Sweet Home" and "the Uncanny Counter". And Jon recommends "Designated Survivor", "The Rental" and, er, "Jiu Jitsu" (a movie he hasn't even SEEN, yet!) Finally, we expose Dan's shameful gap, as he has never seen famous immortal combat movie, "Highlander". What are his thoughts upon watching it for the very first time?
In this episode we have our first reactions to WandaVision, a full spoiler review of Wonder Woman 1984, and our Film Buff or Film Bluff quiz is back! After establishing the exact species of dinosaur that Yoshi is, we discuss what sorcery Marvel might have up their sleeves in the quirky opening episodes of WandaVision. Our Buff or Bluff round sees us tackling questions about old TV sitcoms, disastrous financial mistakes, unlikely actors portraying U.S presidents, unexpected movie sequels, and unusual Funko Pops. We head into deep spoiler territory for our review of Wonder Woman 1984 (although if you haven’t seen it and you’re considering spending £15.99 on the digital rental, you might want to stick around). How is Diana Prince’s second solo outing? Why is the third best famous Chris back? Does having glasses really make you less sexy? We discuss all that and more, for a movie that we reeeeeeallly wanted to like.
We find out what the nerds got up to over Christmas and what nerdy presents we were gifted. It’s great to have Ian Mayor back with us, who has a present for Dan and Hazel and some pretty bad news for Jon... in this episode we discuss the treasure trove of new shows and movies announced by Disney just before Christmas. From 'Rogue Squadron' to 'Lando', to 'Secret Invasion' and 'Ironheart' (and everything in between!)we are in full speculation mode about what those shows could bring. Also in this episode Hazel has devised a “Who am I?” quiz, with a series of cryptic clues for the nerds to try and guess which actor she’s talking about. Play along, and try to guess who’s name sounds like a fart in a bath!
It’s the Nerdfest review of the year! Join us as we celebrate all the joyful things that 2020 brought us, and none of the dumpster fire awfulness. Peter, Andy, Dan, Hazel and Jon have all compiled our top ten lists of the best nerd pop culture this year, and we use our last podcast of 2020 to discuss, argue, surprise and tut our way through them. And whilst we have some things on our lists which won’t surprise many listeners (yes, Dan and Hazel hijack the beginning of the podcast to sing the praises of Hamilton and yes, Jon has some more obscure horrors to recommend) there are a couple of unexpected entries. And as always, comedy hijinks ensue. Whilst we haven’t been able to be in the same room together to record the vast majority of podcasts in 2020, we’ve loved being able to bring you episodes every two weeks. Thank you to Peter and his technical expertise for finding a way for us to do it. Hopefully 2021 will be a much better year for everyone, but until then, there are plenty of nerdy things to distract us. Merry Christmas, and we’ll catch you on the other side of 2020.
It’s double quiz time! We start the episode with a “Play Your Cards Right” quiz from Andy, who gives us the task of deciding which movies have the higher body counts. Join us as we compare the carnage from everything from 'Lord of the Rings' to 'Commando', 'Terminator 2' and 'Team America: World Police'. Then, it’s Buff or Bluff time. In celebration of “The Queen’s Gambit” (which is AWESOME and you all should be watching it!)Dan has a chess conundrum for us. Jon, partly in dedication to regular listeners Jenni and Gary, and partly for his own amusement, has 3 facts about “The Wizard of Oz”. Let’s just say he should have done his scarecrow homework... After the news that Ryan Reynolds is the new part of owner of Wrexham AFC, Hazel decides to investigate whether he has any more hidden talents. And Peter has 3 facts related to The X Men, but just like Jon his bluff soon gets unravelled, albeit for different reasons. And finally Andy has 3 plots of movies with the word “America” in. But which is the fake movie - is it “An American Christmas Carol”, “American Gladiator” or “American Angels: Baptism of Blood”? Tune in to find out! Oh, and for fans of Mr Blobby, both of you, you’ll like the last 5 minutes very much...
It's a bumper review special this episode, as we look for wonderful things to help you fill these dark winter nights. Dan puts his bigfoot in it by reviewing new novel "Devolution", which does for sasquatch what World War Z did for the living-challenged. Andy haunts us with BBC TV comedy "Ghosts". Hazel investigates Nathan Fillion's detective series "Castle". Jon hides out in "His House" with only a horror movie for comfort, and Peter gives Apple + comedy "Ted Lasso" a sporting chance. And we track down Ian Mayor for three British comics recommendations from the depths of his void, at an undisclosed location somewhere on the western spiral arm of the galaxy. Spend some of these dark nights with us!
In this episode we welcome an awesome guest nerd- Kerris Gibson. You'll love getting to know her and her eclectic taste in movies in our opening segment. (Full disclaimer - We’re not sure WHY we got onto the subject of a certain part of the human anatomy and how often it ‘shows up’ in film, but that’s the path Kerris leads us down...) We also have a bumper round of "Film Buff or Film Bluff", the game where we try to outfox each other with both true and made-up trivia about the world of entertainment. Jon has three ‘facts’ about movie plots and why they departed from their source material. Then Hazel, one of the biggest fans of “The West Wing” has three stories about its behind the scenes shenanigans, including the lesser-known lyrics to the opening theme. (Yes, we make her sing them.) Kerris befuddles us all with pranks from Japanese game shows. Followed by Peter, who's been spending his time wisely in lockdown on the trashiest of trash TV, and has three plots for movies allegedly streamed in 2020. And Andy finishes us off, with three facts about the awesome Orson Welles. Enjoy playing along to this one at home!
Halloween! The inspiration for so many great movies, which we try and rattle off in quick succession in our opening segment. From the moments that shook our childhoods, to what we think defines a great horror, be afraid. Be very afraid. After a quick change of underwear, we move on to discuss our recommendations of the week. First up is Dan who is sucked in by “Vampires Vs The Bronx”. Then Andy recommends the latest Sofia Coppola/ Bill Murray collaboration “On the Rocks”. Peter leads the charges against “The Trial of the Chicago Seven” (it was acquitted, on account of being great). And Jon recommends yet another disturbing horror movie that probably no one else will ever watch, “Possessor”. And finally Hazel rocks out to “Rocks”; the latest brilliant and heartwarming independent film to have found a home on Netflix. So....what’s *your* favourite scary movie?
Its Buff or Bluff time again as our nerds try to hide 4 massive whoppers in amongst 12 fabulous facts- will it take a truth serum to find out which is which, and can you beat the team? This time around, Dan covers masks (and The Mask), Jon describes some weird director antics, Peter polishes up our knowledge of Metal Mickey, and Andy evokes great showman William Castle and the amazing stunts he’d pull to promote his movies. In a “wide ranging discussion” we also reminisce fondly about Gladiators (although Jon and Peter are more concerned with Jet’s appearances on GamesWorld) and a close encounter with a manatee, and peek a little behind the scenes at how the podcast is put together, as Jon storms off to his trailer.
We have lots of new movie, TV, book and even orchestral recommendations for you this week. But before that, we discuss who we'd all like to see as the next James Bond. Is it Tom Hardy? Or possibly a more outside choice? Tune in to find out! To kick off our recommendations, Dan shares his nostalgic experiences of listening to the John Williams “Live in Vienna” concert. He also has a review of a brand new book “The Devil and the Dark Water” by Stuart Turton which we were lucky enough to be sent an advance copy of. Jon leads our review of “Bill and Ted Face the Music” which might just emerge as the best thing of 2020. From a brand new movie, to an absolute classic - Andy has been perusing the old blockbusters and shared his thoughts on watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for the very first time. Peter recommends “Raised by Wolves”, Ridley Scott’s first foray into TV. It’s a sci fi drama complete with androids and colonisations that should interest any Scott fanatic. And finally Hazel reviews Katherine Ryan’s semi-autobiographical Netflix show, “The Duchess”. Who would be your choice for the next Bond? Send us your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook @nerdfestuk
Dan got married! Jon got a puppy! Ian grew a beard! We have lots of reasons to celebrate in this episode, so please do join us for a bit of non lockdown-related happiness! We also have a great round of Film Buff or Film Bluff for you - including Jon’s definition of a “dedication” to Dan and his new wife. Ian has some made-up movie reviews to fool us with, Peter heads into the land of sci fi, Dan has 3 facts about the life of Buster Keaton, and Hazel treads dangerous waters with the plots of three propaganda movies, one of which she has made up from scratch (sorry Mr. Putin). And finally Dan brings us his review of 'Tenet', whilst trying (and somewhat failing) to explain what he saw. This episode also includes our tribute to Chadwick Boseman, one of the world’s most beloved and inspirational humans, gone too soon.
Love is in the air today, as we open the show celebrating Hazel and Andy’s minus one wedding anniversary, and Jon and Peter offer up some unusual ways on how they can celebrate it :) Then we bring you a tonne of new recommendations for your viewing pleasure. First up is 'Lovecraft Country' which premiered recently in Sky’s ‘Watchmen’ slot. Hazel then talks about an easy binge-watch on BBC iPlayer - “Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience.” Andy has another eclectic offering, with Ugandan film “Who killed Captain Alex”. Hear about some of the amazing action Wakaliwood can produce on a shoestring budget. And finally Peter has two recommendations - “The Americans” and “Perry Mason” which somehow inspires Jon to perform a series of raps about Arnold Schwarzenegger... In the second section of the show we tackle a listener question, which asks us what we’ve found most disappointing so far in nerd culture in 2020. Aside from all the cinema release postponements, this conversation takes us down some interesting paths. Some might even say it was a poignant discussion! N.B this episode was recorded before the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman. We were incredibly devastated to hear about this and send all our thoughts to Chadwick’s family, friends, and legions of fans across the world. Wakanda Forever. Hi
This time we answer a question from a listener about just how wrong we all are. This leads us into a fun discussion about certain films that we personally love, but need to mount a bit of a defence for to other people. Before that we have our Film Buff or Film Buff quiz, which tests our knowledge on roles that had to be replaced mid-shoot due to an actor’s untimely death, the movie 'Almost Famous', 50s sci fi TV shows around the world, 'Star Trek', and the works of Alan Smithee. Do send in more of your listener questions for us to tackle! @nerdfestuk on Twitter and Facebook.
A pod poem: We hear all that’s going on, at San Diego Comic Con. “Old Guard” and “Palm Springs” halt time’s advance, as we cross space with “The Expanse”. A sequel to the “The Last Of Us”? (and Hamilton’s on Disney plus!)
Join Peter, Jon, Dan and Ian for another X-Citing episode of the Nerdfest podcast! In our regular Buff or Bluff feature, we examine the complicated profession of bounty hunting in the Star Wars expanded universe as well as some weird and wonderful cinematic sounds, before answering a listener question on how to bring the X-Men into the MCU and who we’d cast in the key roles. Then Jon delves into his own Sack of Fun, for 82 minutes on the "Money Plane". All that and more on this episode- SNIKT!
This week we’re answering some of your profound listener questions, such as "Which is the best cartoon TV show?", and "What's the most horrifying piece of movie tie-in merchandise you’ve ever seen?" giving us an excellent opportunity to talk about a certain pair of Pinocchio boxer shorts. Then we have our recommendations of the week. Dan has two podcasts worthy of your time, including “Californian Century” and the “Six degrees of the song of the south” episode of “You must remember this”. Hazel celebrates the works of Ava DuVernay, including “Selma”, the excellent documentary “13th” and “When They See Us”. Andy recommends the lockdown-themed “Staged”, featuring David Tennant and Michael Sheen trying to practice for a forthcoming theatre show. Peter reviews “Giri/Haji", a thriller set in London and Tokyo. And finally Jon, slightly grumpy that’s he’s not sat in a field surrounding by 100,000 sweaty bodies, recommends some of the most infamous Glastonbury sets from past years, currently featured on BBC iPlayer. We then have Taking One For The Team, where one of us must endure a critically-mauled film for the benefit of the pod. In this case, it’s Dan who drew the short straw and reviews “Artemis Fowl”, originally set for a cinematic release until COVID-19 had its way and it was released on Disney Plus. Cue much hilarity as he describes all the “fowlness” inherent within it. But can Judi Dench’s appearance as a leprechaun give it a redeeming taste? Please send us your listener questions for our next episode, by tweeting us @nerdfestuk on Twitter, or sending us on a message on our Facebook page (Nerdfest UK).
The Ians align for our latest episode! Yes, Ians Mayor and McLaughlin join Peter, Jon and Dan for a game of Buff or Bluff, encompassing everything from Aerosmith to Vin Diesel’s dog, before we squee about the many exciting things in store for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Join us for our thoughts on 'Black Widow', 'Eternals', Jane Foster as Thor, and loads more Marvel-ous stuff!
In a masterful and suspenseful episode, we discuss five of Hitchcock’s greatest film accomplishments. Join us as we dissect 'Rear Window', 'Psycho', 'The Birds', 'Vertigo' and 'North by Northwest' and see how they hold up today. We discuss the groundbreaking shots, the cameos, the treatment of women, behind the scenes factoids, the unique sets, and much more. Before that, we have an eclectic bunch of international recommendations to help you through the 98th week of lockdown. Peter sings the praises of 'Upload', an odd comedy set in a digital heaven. Jon reviews 'Border', a dark Swedish fantasy drama which he tries his best to excite us about without spoilering! Hazel talks about her second-favourite film podcast, 'Film Stories'; a celebration of movie making. Then Dan, on behalf of his fiancée Amy, recommends the truly brilliant cookery/travel show 'Somebody feed Phil', the third season of which has just landed on Netflix. And finally Andy reviews 'Woman at War', an Icelandic comedy drama about an environmental activist who wants to become a mother. Remember nerds, drama is life with all the dull bits cut out.
It’s a very special week here at Nerdfest, as not only did the brilliant 'Film Stories' magazine recommend us as their podcast of the week, but also it’s our fifth anniversary! We formed our cinema club in the pub, this time five years ago, so we open the show with a little bit of reminiscing. Also in this episode is our Film Buff Or Film Bluff quiz, featuring true and made-up facts about directors’ credits, which famous nerdy things came first, special makeup effects director Rick Baker, and obscure connections. And finally Dan has come up with a brilliant feature called “Getting to Nerd You”, in which he asks fellow nerds meaningful questions such as ‘What is the nerdiest thing you’ve ever done?’ And ‘Who would you invite to a Nerdfest dinner party?’ Thank you to all our listeners! We’re very grateful to each and every one of you.
Join us, won’t you, for a Nerdfest recommendations special, with not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, but SIX! nerds together on the podcast to discuss their top picks for lockdown entertainment. Andy kicks us off with a YouTube channel presented by Tom Scott, where he’s been learning such things as "Do the numbers on toaster dials mean minutes?", "What really classifies as a mountain?", and "What really is sea level, anyway?" Dan reviews Netflix’s first foray into improv comedy, with 'Middleditch & Schwartz'. Find out what he thinks their secret ingredient is. As Ian Mayor is perhaps one of the few people on earth yet to watch “Parks and Recreation”, lockdown provided the perfect opportunity for him to get acquainted with Lesley Knope and the gang. We then all delight in reminiscing about the series. Find out what Jon makes of new TV series 'Devs', starring Nick Offerman in a very different role to Ron Swanson. Peter covers the Netflix Chris Hemsworth-starring movie, “Extraction”, a rip-roaring actioner that has divided us nerds. And finally Hazel tells us what she thinks of new Apple TV + drama 'Defending Jacob' with Chris "Captain America" Evans and Michelle "Downton Abbey" Dockery. How does America’s finest ass handle a more down to earth role? Have a listen, and of course join in the discussion @nerdfestuk on Twitter and Facebook.
Welcome to another nerdy lockdown episode - as Jason Nesmith was fond of saying, “Never Give Up! Never Surrender!” Which leads us nicely in to this episode’s Shameful Gap, as Hazel has, quite shockingly, never seen 'Galaxy Quest'! Hear her thoughts as she watches it for the very first time, and bring yourselves on a nostalgic trip back to 1999 with Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, a bunch of delightful Thermians, and one heck of a concept. Also in this fun-packed episode we have our Film Buff or Film Bluff quiz where we try to outwit each other with made up facts about Superman in the media, actor’s crazy demands on film sets, renegade and trailblazing women in film, 'Pirates of the Caribbean', and actors who’ve been in video games. P.s for any Thermians listening to this and thinking that the Nerdfest podcast is actually a historical documentary, we would very much like to fly a spaceship, please and thank you.
Looking for some lockdown inspiration? Our nerds discuss our most recommended distractions across movies, TV and comics. Hazel gets the ball rolling with a review of new Apple TV+ production, “The Banker” starring Samuel L Jackson and Anthony Mackie. Jon recommends TV show “Succession” with the one and only Brian Cox (not that one). Dan promotes the virtues of offbeat documentary “The Imagineering Story” which charts the success of Disney’s theme parks. Peter covers satirical comedy/ horror with “The Hunt”, and finally Ian Mayor actually joins us live (well, within social distancing rules) from the void to recommend 'Sabrina' (not the teenage witch); a comic novel which he absolutely raves about. We then have not one, but two quizzes! Dan's‘5 by 5’ tests our knowledge of the fifth film in a series. And Jon has us guessing which celebrity autobiographies he’s been reading, from ‘revealing’ lines taken from their pages. Stay safe and well everyone!
Can our nerds go the distance, as we attempt to trick each other with fiendish Buff or Bluffs on ludicrous "X-Men" characters, composer Hans Zimmer, the videogame "Donkey Kong" and seminal Edgar Wright masterwork, "Spaced"? Then Andy fills another shameful gap (how many can one man have?) by watching movie classic: "Rocky". What does he think of it? "Adriaaaaaaaan!" and we discover Peter and Ian's involvement in the "Rocky" videogames. We also discuss the rumours of James Mangold-taking over Indiana Jones 5. and what that might tmean for the franchise?
As Hazel and Dan watch Hamilton on opposite sides of the Atlantic, Jon is keeping the host’s chair warm as we offer up a brand new set of nerdy recommendations. Make yourself a tea (Earl Grey, hot) as the nerds discuss Patrick Stewart’s return to Starfleet in ‘Star Trek: Picard’, and 'Doom patrol', 'I’m not OK with this', and 'Midnight Family'. And Andy provides a quiz to test our knowledge of movie taglines. Whoever wins, you win!
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Dec 7th, 2017
Latest Episode
Feb 21st, 2021
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