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Discussing all things nerdy in the world of film, TV and more.

Episodes

  • 84: Nerdpets

    84: Nerdpets

    02/05/2021 Duration: 40min

    Dan discovers whether it was a good idea to name his kitten after a trickster god*, and we have reviews of some great, and not so great TV and Movies for you. We pound the spooky New Zealand beat with "Wellington Paranormal", learn some history with Oscar contender "Quo Vadis, Aida?", suffer our way through "Them", and become "Invincible", then discover new Black Mirror-esque show "Made For Love". *Check the embedded artwork if you would like to meet little Loki

  • 83: Little Gold Men

    83: Little Gold Men

    18/04/2021 Duration: 54min

    It’s the 4th annual Nerdfest Oscars sweepstake! Hazel, with her customary two hats, reveals which Best Picture nominees we each received in the sweepstake - find out our reactions, plus mini-reviews of the contenders, and how we rate our chances on the night. Before that, it’s Buff or Bluff time. Can you guess the made-up fact from this week’s diverse categories: Donald Duck, ostentatious celebrity expenses, The Oscars, Peter Sellers, and the American Office?

  • 82: Zack Snyders Nerdfest

    82: Zack Snyder's Nerdfest

    03/04/2021 Duration: 01h02min

    In our latest review-packed episode we watch Oscar contender "Judas & The Black Messiah", wrap our big mouse ears around podcast "Disniversity", welcome Marvel's "Falcon & The Winter Soldier", investigate "Big Sky" and slog our way through Zack Snyder's cut of "Justice League" Oh, and Jon TRIES to give "Hellraiser" the review it deserves.

  • 81: Shark Week

    81: Shark Week

    21/03/2021 Duration: 01h05s

    It's Kerris's turn to be afraid of the water this episode, as she reveals her Shameful Gap, of "Jaws", and tells us how it felt to watch it for the first time. We also try to pull the wool over each others eyes once more, with Bluffs based on rubbish Amazon movies, women movements started by female actors, filipino Batman knockoffs, the movie "Scream", and Brazilian Pixar clones. Come on in, the water's lovely!

  • 80: Huzzah!

    80: Huzzah!

    07/03/2021 Duration: 01h03min

    Recommendations? We'll give you recommendations! We cover a massive range this episode, from unreliable historical bonkfest 'The Great', through the wonders of Arrow's streaming service (apparently designed specifically for Jon!), the very Marmite flavourings of 'Resident Alien', and definitely-not-a-disaster movie 'Greenland', to finally come into land with 'The Expanse 5', world-beating videogame 'Fortnite', and Billie Piper's tour de force 'I Hate Susie'. Oh. AND we throw in 'Conan The Barbarian' for good measure. Huzzah!

  • INTERVIEW: Samantha Shannon

    INTERVIEW: Samantha Shannon

    01/03/2021 Duration: 24min

    In this special extra episode, Dan interviews Samantha Shannon, the author of the Bone Season books he reviewed for us in episode 77. They talk about her new book "The Mask Falling", how fabulous words are, what makes dragons special and, of course, who would win: Godzilla or King Kong! Let us know if you would like to hear more of your favourite authors on the show.

  • 79: Spoiling Nemo

    79: Spoiling Nemo

    21/02/2021 Duration: 47min

    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...

  • 78: Designated Monster

    78: Designated Monster

    07/02/2021 Duration: 01h04min

    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?

  • 77: Wanda Women

    77: Wanda Women

    24/01/2021 Duration: 56min

    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.

  • 76: Disney Plus Plus Plus

    76: Disney Plus Plus Plus

    10/01/2021 Duration: 01h01min

    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!

  • 75: Secret Cinema Presents- 2020

    75: Secret Cinema Presents- 2020

    20/12/2020 Duration: 57min

    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 distr

  • 74: Blobby Blobby Blobby

    74: Blobby Blobby Blobby

    06/12/2020 Duration: 53min

    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

  • 73: Ghosts In The Castle, Bigfoot In His House

    73: Ghosts In The Castle, Bigfoot In His House

    22/11/2020 Duration: 55min

    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!

  • 72: Cock-A-Doodle DONT!

    72: Cock-A-Doodle DON'T!

    08/11/2020 Duration: 51min

    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 An

  • 71: Halloween Spooktacular

    71: Halloween Spooktacular

    25/10/2020 Duration: 59min

    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?

  • 70: Can You Feel The Power Of The Tingler?

    70: Can You Feel The Power Of The Tingler?

    11/10/2020 Duration: 51min

    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.

  • 69: A Most Excellent Sequel

    69: A Most Excellent Sequel

    27/09/2020 Duration: 56min

    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 Katheri

  • 68: Four Nerds And A Wedding

    68: Four Nerds And A Wedding

    13/09/2020 Duration: 49min

    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.

  • 67: Lovecraft Is All Around

    67: Lovecraft Is All Around

    30/08/2020 Duration: 59min

    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. So

  • 66: Wrong? Never!

    66: Wrong? Never!

    15/08/2020 Duration: 54min

    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.

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