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92: Clash Of The Nerds
After a small hiatus for a nerd wedding, we are back with aplomb! And we have an entire feast of TV and film recommendations for you.
Ian Mac drums home the merits of “Count me In”, a new Netflix documentary featuring rock n roll’s greatest ever drummers.
Kerris takes a sip of “Brand New Cherry Flavor”, a mind bending limited series set in early 90s Hollywood.
Peter ponders the question, “What If?” And purely coincidentally, he reviews Marvel’s latest TV offering of the same name.
Andy enthuses about the Ray Harryhausen exhibition he and Hazel visited on their honeymoon. Which leads the nerds down an animated memory lane of one of the industry’s most influential creators.
And Hazel heads back to the Cold War to review “The Courier”, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch’s salesman turned MI6 spy.
But that’s not all! Andy has a brilliant cryptic film quiz that gets all the nerds thinking outside of the box.
91: XXX Men
We welcome Ian and Kerris back on the pod for an episode overflowing with quizziness.
The nerds test each other with Buff or Bluffs about "On-Set Pranks", "Movie World Records", "Horror Icons", "Sony Tech" and a quite astonishing alternative take on the X-Men, and Dan has a bonus quiz about some of the strangest ever ‘notes from the studio’.
If that wasn’t enough, Ian’s been watching great documentaries on pioneering hip hop improvisers "Freestyle Love Supreme" and the darker side of child stardom.
All of that in just one episode, we hope you enjoy it (just don’t Google for Vin Diesel movies!)
90: Censor And Sensibility
We got in a bit of trouble from Mary Whitehouse’s ghost after last week’s episode, so this week we have a completely clean show that’s not rude at all*
In fact, Jon takes things so far as to review the film “Censor” which is all about how we can best oppose modernism, and build more vernacular architecture. It’s DEFINITELY not about 1980s video nasties.
In other recommendations, Dan presents genre bending, time twisting, alternative history novel “The Kingdoms”. and sings the praises of documentary “1971: The Year that Music Changed Everything”.
Peter treads a very fine line by explaining “Why Women Kill”, the second season of which is coming soon to Alibi.
Andy generously gets “Another Round” in, a brilliant Oscar winning Danish drama made by Thomas Vinterburg and starring Mads Mikkelsen.
And Hazel reviews the action-packed “Black Widow”, Marvel’s first cinematic release in two years.
*not actually true, I mean not even close!
89: Clowny Clown Clown
Dan returns to join Jon, Andy and Peter as our nerds test each other's knowledge in an all-quiz special.
Inspired by Marvel's "Loki", Dan's got some stories about what our favourite Variant got up to as a Norse god. Can you tell the myths from the mythstakes? And Peter goes all TVA too, with a timey-wimey quiz about memory in movies.
And, of course, Film Buff or Film Bluff returns with facts covering everything from Crispin Glover's song about a 'Clowny clown clown' to Mary Whitehouse's attempts to ban all filth from the airwaves. Good thing she never heard our Podcast - we wouldn't stand a chance!"
88: Kerris's Bucket List
It’s a bumper round of reviews and recommendations this week. First up, we find out why Kerris cant stop hatewatching the horror detective series “Slasher”, which borrows more than its plot from Se7en. Then Andy intrigues us all with his review of Icelandic volcano drama “Katla”, and tries to invent a new catchphrase at the same time.
Hazel whispers her affection for “A Quiet Place Part 2” whilst Jon delves into a bit of quarantine art with Bo Burnham’s Netflix special “Inside”. And finally Peter brings on the zombie apocalypse with his review of The Asylum’s “Black Summer.”
There’s all that and more - you can also play along to Andy’s movie quotes quiz and let us know how much better you did than our nerds.
And, settle a debate for us: "is that not what heroes do…?"
87: Mobsters and Monsters
It’s twice the movie quizzes, twice the smut in this episode, and it’s no coincidence that it sees the very welcome return of our beloved Ian McLaughlin. Ian has been away for some time looking after his "daughter" Treacle, who is…well, you’ll find out…
As penance for his lengthy absence, Ian has a movie factoid quiz for us at the beginning of the show. If you ever wanted to know how many balloons you’d need to lift your own house, you need wonder no more.
Then it’s time for our regular round of Buff or Bluff. This week, Andy’s topic is oversized monster movies, Peter reveals some interesting film casting choices, and Hazel has facts about two of Hollywood’s most revered names: Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
Plus Jon has some utterly outlandish stories of how certain films obtained their funding, involving the Catholic Church and the Mafia. And Ian rounds things off with a medley of movie tidbits.
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These guys are brilliant and deserve all the praise you can throw in their direction. Can tell they are great friends as the rapport and teasing is effortless. You feel like you are eavesdropping on the most interesting conversation in the pub. Thanks for some brilliant reviews and recommendations and plenty genuine lols. Jon’s Scotch apology is best start to podcast heard this year
Love this. Great chat and trivia. Totally tickles all the nerdy places I need to be tickled.