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We give our initial, spoiler-free thoughts on the latest offering from the MCU- 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.' Plus, in our Buff or Bluff quiz we have rounds on terrible films inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s 'The Birds', and the life and career of the T1000 himself, Robert Patrick. We also delve into some political history, with facts about the movie-watching habits of US presidents, and Jon brings his special blend of nonsense with trivia about the Amityville horror franchise. And we have the return of our 'Getting to Nerd You' segment, where we reflect fondly on some of our favourite movie-going experiences. Here’s the crowdfunding link for Boho Arts that we talk about at the beginning. Thank you! https://www.spacehive.com/help-a-new-arts-venue-in-newcastle
121: Martian McFly

121: Martian McFly

2022-11-0657:48

We review the TV shows and films we’ve been enjoying recently, including Brendan Fraser’s welcome return in ‘The Whale’, Korean Hitchcockian thriller ‘Decision to Leave’, Stephen Moffat’s new drama ‘Inside Man’, and we head back to the Quick Stop Convenience store with Kevin Smith’s ‘Clerks 3.’ Dan went to “that London” recently and saw ‘Back to the Future: The musical’- his review has us all reminiscing about the 1985 classic, and unfortunately also inspires Jon to come up with some alternate musical ideas… Plus, Andy has a fun film quiz for us all at the end of the episode, which sees us try to guess the film titles from their adapted synopsis.
We’re live and direct from Newcastle Fright Fest this episode, as Hazel, Jon, Peter and Ian pod in public to fill a Shameful Gap of ‘A NightMare on Elm St’. We also Buff or Bluff each other about the wide range of Freddie tat to accompany that series, some implausible film festivals, the worlds crappiest superheroes, and historically bad movie reviews.

 Jon interviews Simon Donald (http:/simondonald.com), one of the founders of ‘Viz’ comic at the show, and the team disentangle some tortuous puns with a Change A Letter quiz.
119: Carrie On Doctor

119: Carrie On Doctor

2022-10-0852:59

In today’s episode we give our first reactions to the newest Star Wars TV show on the block, Andor (that Squeeeeeeeee you heard was courtesy of Dan Watkins). Then it’s Buff or Bluff time, where the nerds have to work out the truth from facts about Hollywood script doctors, franchise monsters in space, film dancers and dances, and Marvel theme park attractions. Plus, Andy has three plots for movies with tenuous links to whales, in honour of the wonderful Brendan Fraser and his return to leading man status in “The Whale”. And finally, if you’re in the area, come and see the nerds podcast LIVE on Sunday 9th October at Newcastle Fright Fest. We’ll be recording a live episode, as well as interviewing lots of interesting guests. If you’re coming, please come along and say hi - full details can be found at https://www.boilershop.net/events/2022/10/09/nerd-fright-fest-2022
118: Thor Loser

118: Thor Loser

2022-09-2455:19

In this recommendations episode we discuss alternate history drama “For All Mankind” as well as off-the-wall dark comedy “The Baby”. We also bow down once again to the legendary Sir David Attenborough with the release of “Frozen Planet 2.” And as “Thor Love and Thunder” has now arrived on Disney Plus, Jon leads a spoilerific discussion about the Asgardian’s latest (mis)adventure. Plus, it’s that time again where one our lovely nerds gets one of their “Shameful Gaps” heroically filled. One of us has never seen John Carpenter’s “The Thing” so recently watched it for the very first time, and is here to tell the pod world what they thought.
Buffs! Bluffs! And…patio advice? Today’s episode takes us into Nintendo’s naughty past, and the nuances (or lack, thereof) of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. We also go behind the scenes of “Tremors”, and Hazel has some wonderful facts (and one bluff) about Ed Kramer- iconic visual effects supervisor at ILM. We also give our initial thoughts on “Rings of Power” (we’re divided on this one) and “The Offer”; which tells the story of the making of The Godfather. Plus, if you need any patio advice, or will do in the near future, Peter has you covered!
For this recommendations special we chat about the films and TV shows that captured our attention this week, including early impressions of “She-Hulk” and “House of the Dragon”. Our personal picks include Jon’s review of 'Sandman', a show he’s waited desperately for for over 30 years. Does it live up to his dreamy expectations? Peter discusses 'Prey', Disney Plus’ ambitious Predator prequel, and Hazel enthuses about 'Bad Sisters', a Sharon Horgan-led comedy drama whodunnit series on Apple Plus. Andy gets passionate about Netflix’s 'Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story', and finally Dan asks us to lower our inhibitions and hear about Jermaine and his two Clements, in 'Nude Tuesday' – leave it to Dan to lower the tone….
115: Up All Night

115: Up All Night

2022-08-1359:29

We recorded this episode in the evening for a change, and that inspired us to take a…well, slightly different tone… We have a portly-proportioned amount of nerdy trivia in this episode, as our Buff or Bluff quiz explores MCU character origins, films which were altered post-production, a box office bonanza from Peter, and tales from Schitt’s Creek. Plus, Hazel has a very fun quiz for her 3 little pigs, as she has altered the synopses of many a much loved film. The nerds have to change one letter in the movies' title as a result. Come on - who wouldn’t want to watch a film about a cyborg assassin that is sent back in time to give someone a curly hairstyle popular in the 80s? Goodnight listeners, and we hope that wherever you are, you’re feeling smoooooooooth.
114: A Massive Con

114: A Massive Con

2022-07-3058:23

We’re back after our summer break, and we start our show by revelling in all the glorious nerdness that was announced at the San Diego Comic Con. Then it’s recommendations time. Dan has always wanted to be a cat (because a cat’s the only cat that knows where it’s at) and he finally gets his chance with new game 'Stray'. Peter howls about new Prime TV show 'Wolf Like Me', starring Isla Fisher and Josh Gad. Meanwhile Jon commits some 'Crimes of the Future' as he had the opportunity to watch David Cronenberg’s latest (hear why Dan, “Couldn’t be more out.”) And finally Hazel gets all shook up by Baz Luhrmann’s 'Elvis', a film she couldn’t help falling in love with.
We're all shook up this week, as Andy, Hazel, Dan, Peter and Ian test each other in a round of Buff or Bluff fit for the King! Andy puts on his blue suede shoes for some Elvis Presley trivia (TREASURE APE!), while facts about George Clooney are always on Ian's mind. We also feature the return of Shameful Gap: when one of our nerds had never seen the 90s classic Cool Runnings, they realised it was now or never, and jumped in their Disney+ bobsleigh to right that wrong. A little more conversation AND a little more action, please? That's us! Thankyouverymuch, Nerdfest has left the building. TREASURE APE!
Never mind the bollocks, here’s another Nerdfest episode! It’s recommendations time, as our own rotten Jon discusses Danny Boyle’s new limited TV series 'Pistol'. Ian Mayor is back with us on day release from The Void. He and his wife have been watching 'The Flight Attendant Season 2'; a Hitchcockian style dark comedy, and he’s here to talk about why you should be watching it too. Peter reviews new sci fi series 'Night Sky', starring Sissy Spacek and J.K Simmons, who discover a portal in their backyard leading to another planet. And since Hazel has been AWOL with Covid n that, she has a trio of recommendations of things she’s been watching whilst under the weather - 'Top Gun: Maverick', 'The Time Traveller’s Wife' (“I’m going to bat for it because no one else will”) and new Netflix series 'The Lincoln Lawyer.' May the anarchy commence.
111: Obi Wan Cares

111: Obi Wan Cares

2022-06-0543:51

This time Jon, Andy Peter and Ian Mac try to Bluff each other with "facts" about anthropomorphic appliances, random stories including Ryan Reynolds' day job, the unlikely dark endings of some nineties sitcoms, and the many bizarre things which movies got retitled in other countries. And our nerds have also been feeling the force of the new "Obi Wan Kenobi" series on Disney+.
The latest episode of the Nerdfest Podcast comes to you from four far-off parts of the multiverse, each full of exciting recommendations! From the assassins' universe, Kerris has been catching up with the phenomenon of 'Killing Eve'. Peter’s been away exploring strange new worlds with … um, 'Strange New Worlds'. Dan, meanwhile has seen 'Everything Everywhere All At Once' and can't wait to tell you all how fantastic the Daniels’ new verse-jumping movie is. And finally, from the darkest timeline, Jon’s only gone and watched 'Morbius'. Did he like it? (What do you think!) Whatever part of the multiverse you listen from, we hope you enjoy our latest piece of nerdiness!
A 2-part quiz special awaits your pod feeds today, as our Film Buff or Film Bluff explores topics as eclectic as movie stars’ body parts that they’ve sold for cash, the wonder that is Oscar Isaac, behind the scenes trivia of “Mad Max Fury Road” and films that have received unofficial foreign remakes. Hazel also has a “two clues in one” quiz where the nerds have to guess the film title from the cryptic clues. Plus…remember at the start of the year when we told you all to watch MoonFall and then…the reviews came out and we didn’t? Well, Andy and Hazel have finally taken one for the team and are here to issue a Public Service Announcement. And with Jon proving himself to be a mere fair-weather fan of Nicolas Cage, by not seeing “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” yet- Hazel tells him what he’s missing.
108: Pardon My French

108: Pardon My French

2022-04-2348:08

Bonjour et bienvenue dans un podcast très sophistiqué! It's not just Andy who loves films in "foreign"- though he does have a great new Italian recommendation for you. Peter returns to the unique world of Jean-Pierre Jeunet in Netflix's "BigBug". Dan goes all the way to the moon with Richard Linklater's "Apollo 10 1/2". Kerris makes un grand retour to Nerdfest, with "Big Mouth" spin-off "Human Resources". And Jon has to choose "Choose Or Die" ... or die! Merci beaucoup pour votre attention!
107: Mooning A Knight

107: Mooning A Knight

2022-04-1043:17

We enter the Speed Force this week as Dan, Andy, Peter, and a virtual Jon discuss this year’s Oscars, including Zack Snyder’s “most cheerworthy moment” and the winner of our annual sweepstake! We also discuss the latest slice of MCU TV - it’s fair to say we’re loving "Moon Knight" so far, even if our impersonations of new hero Steven Grant are of variable quality… The lunar theme continues in our regular Buff or Bluff segment as Andy concocts some movies about the moon. We also have rounds on Star Trek cameos, Meat Loaf’s hot sauce, and famous film farts (yes, farts). And if that wasn’t enough podcast for you, Andy also prepared a quiz of iconic movie quotes as you’ve never heard them before!
106: I No Wear U Lav

106: I No Wear U Lav

2022-03-2751:23

The wonderful Ian McLaughlin is back with us this week, so of course he has us all doing all sorts of impressions and accent attempts, and generally taking the show off the rails. We do though manage to get some new recommendations out for you. Ian enthuses about paus.tv - a new streaming service that aims to support new filmmakers. Ian’s recommendation is to watch “Paul is dead”, a short film inspired by the conspiracy theory of Paul McCartney being replaced by a lookalike. Hazel reviews “Severance”, Apple TV’s offbeat thriller series about a man who takes drastic steps to forget about his job. Peter has been watching “Peacemaker”, James Gunn’s spin off series with the character from The Suicide Squad. And, as it’s now available for digital download, Jon takes us on a rollercoaster of a review with “Spider-Man No Way Home.” This way spoilers be…
It's "Women's History Month", so our nerds discuss some of the wonderful women that have inspired us so much in film. We also have another round of Buff or Bluffs, 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!
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