A collection of podcasts and shows dedicated to giving you quality entertainment in all things nerd, geek, and everything in-between.
Last Thanksgiving, Brad Gullickson and Aaron Prescott joined Shawn for a rewatch of the entire Rocky series. Now, one year later, they take a look at Sylvester Stallone's brand new director's cut of Rocky IV: Rocky Vs. Drago. Is it a major improvement or is the theatrical version still champ? HOSTS Shawn Eastridge Brad Gullickson Aaron Prescott
With Ghostbusters: Afterlife arriving in cinemas this week there's been a balance of counterprogramming appearing with King Richard, The Power of the Dog & Petite Maman and Dallas and Lee will review them all.
Thanksgungan 2021. It's that time of year again! The crisp nights and bright days turn our gaze toward those things we hold dear and for which we're thankful. Join John and Matt as they share all those things that they find best about being a Star Wars fan in 2021 from new productions to treasured characters to the love shown from fans. Host John Mills and Matthew Rushing Send us your feedback! Twitter: @TheJediMasters Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNerdParty/ Email: http://www.thenerdparty.com/contact Subscribe in Apple Podcasts
Diving into the second book of the series, the war effort continues, and the reader's confusion starts to grow. As the romance struggles, so does our enjoyment of the series. The plot does start to feel messy, and when Charles gets confused, he luckily has Asia to guide him through. More and more of the world-building and character choices start to unravel, and the lack of logic does start to wear us down. Ironically though, we can sense even more unhinging coming up ahead. Next week we will be reading chapters 25-47 of book 2 in the series, Insurgent. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support
Title Card Game. The trio takes a break from "new Trek episodes reviews" to play a game. Can Phillip and Daniel guess the title of a "Star Trek: The Next Generation" story merely be looking at the episode's first image? Darren blurs the title cards from several episodes as his co-hosts try to name the right episode -- will they get it right? Will they guess every episode from an entire season? How many shots of the Enterprise-D at warp exist? All these questions and more are answered in this game.
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time is a documentary nearly 40 years in the making. On Friday, November 19, it will finally be released. In this Between Takes episode, Shawn speaks with the film's co-director Robert Weide, who first approached Vonnegut about making the documentary back in 1982. They discuss Weide's friendship with Vonnegut, why it took so long to get the film to the big screen, and some of Weide's favorite memories about Vonnegut. Learn more about Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time at vonnegutmovie.com, and follow the documentary on Twitter @vonnegutdoc and on Facebook @KurtVonnegutDocu.
We go 0 to 100 real quick as we wrap up Dauntless initiation and immediately get into the overarching of the series, the Erudite-initiated war. Tris and her ability to escape simulations is pivotal, but this is when we start to see some continuity cracks. The ending is quite polarizing, but for once, we actually agree on how to respond. The romance is also doing it for us still as we finish the first book of the trilogy. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-24 of book 2 in the series, Insurgent. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support
Vanishing Angle producers Matt Miller, Natalie Metzger, and Benjamin Wiessner, join Shawn for a discussion of their new film 'The Beta Test,' written and directed by Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe. Learn more about 'The Beta Test' and where you can see it at thebetatest.movie, and be sure to follow Vanishing Angle on all social platforms @vanishingangle.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is beloved by many and the film that is considered to kickoff Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli. Does this anime transcend the genre or is it only for niche fans? Listen to hear our take on Houselights.
"Star Trek: Prodigy" - Episodes 1-3 Welcome to the franchise! The newest Trek series began this month, introducing new characters, new ships, new villains, and a familiar looking hologram. The trio joins in the kid adventure with the accidental crew of the starship Protostar. This prototype vessel with a middle school crew offers comedy, adventure, and an unexpected dark beginning. Let us know what "lessons" you learned, what characters you're excited to see more of, and what you think will happen to this non-Starfleet crew of masquerading cadets.
Derek "Craigslist" Young and Darren "Dusty Shelf" Moser talk about when the time comes to cut a project loose. Has it been sitting on your workbench for too long? Has your interest waned? Or the next best thing has come along to occupy your time.
Grievous, Did You Know? General Grievous' role at the opening of Revenge of the Sith was pivotal in a number of ways, and one decision could have undone any other. John and Matt discuss the repercussions of his actions, how much he knew about Sidious' real machinations, and how much an obstacle he would have been to an ascendant Anakin. Host John Mills and Matthew Rushing Send us your feedback! Twitter: @TheJediMasters Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNerdParty/ Email: http://www.thenerdparty.com/contact Subscribe in Apple Podcasts
What is Helen of Troy and Paris from Greek mythology doing in an English medieval fantasy story about Sir Gawain and the Green Knight? Anaïs Rizzo who plays Helen of Troy takes us behind the scenes on the mystery of this historical figure out of time and place in David Lowery's adaptation of 'The Green Knight'.
This week we are choosing our factions as we start the Divergent Trilogy! We are entering the world of Tris Prior as she makes the monumental decision to leave the selfless Abnegation and join the brave Dauntless. There's a lot of romance and sexual tension, so of course your two co-hosts love that part of the story. We also get into the building mysteries, and we're excited to uncover the answers. What faction do you think each of the hosts would have come from and which one would they have chosen? Next week we will be reading chapters 21-39 of book 1 in the series, Divergent. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support
Defending Ahsoka's Walkabout. When Ahsoka Tano's first arc hit the screens for the final season of The Clone Wars, fan reaction was surprisingly mixed, and remains so. Matt and John offer some thoughts on why that might be, and their own reactions to the arc with the benefit of time and perspective. Host John Mills and Matthew Rushing Send us your feedback! Twitter: @TheJediMasters Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNerdParty/ Email: http://www.thenerdparty.com/contact Subscribe in Apple Podcasts
Dallas and Lee review 'The Last Night in Soho' the latest movie from Edgar Wright. A young girl, passionate about fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to be falling apart with shady consequences.
As we wrap up the series, we end up feeling more and more like Messenger and less and less like The Giver. We continue Claire's story as she reclaims her memories, climbs out of the ditch, and finds her way to Gabe. We debate Claire's trade as well as the successes and failures of the series. Would we recommend this series to a friend? Does the ending really stack up to the hype? How does the whole series feel as we finish it up? You'll have to listen to find out. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-20 of Divergent, book 1 in our new series, Divergent. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support
Happy Halloween, Missing Framers! Celebrate the spooky season with Shawn, Annie and Scott as they discuss Annie and Scott's first viewing of David Lynch's feature debut Eraserhead. Shawn considers this a 'perfect' film - will it hold the same sway over Annie and Scott or will its nightmarish imagery throw them for a loop? All these questions and more will be answered! (Or maybe no questions will be answered at all. This is David Lynch we're talking about...) HOSTS Shawn Eastridge Annie Black Scott Russell
Star Trek: Lower Decks, Season Two Wrap-Up. With a flash of “To Be Continued…” on the screen, the sophomore season of “Lower Decks” comes to an end. The trio take a look back at the animated journey of the Cerritos this year. From new characters, new pairings, new stories, and new running gags, it seems like this Star Trek show just keeps improving. Join the discussion of what we liked, what we grumbled about, and what we look forward to in season three.
Derek "Halloween" Young and Darren "Spoons" Moser talk about decision fatigue and its impact on their projects and lives. Sometimes it shows up as a bottleneck of your weekly process or a wall you crash into at the end of a long day. But decision making while making and filming presents its own set of challenges.
It's time for the final book of The Giver Quartet. This final book is called Son, and we return to Jonas' original community. We are following Gabriel's birthmother, Claire, as she gives birth to Gabe, is dismissed from being a birthmother and starts to rebel against the community. We thoroughly enjoy returning to Jonas' community as that dystopian set-up is what we have enjoyed the most. Join us on Claire's journey as we get close to finishing the series. Next week we will be reading chapters 23-45 of book 4 in the series, Son. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Robin Williams embodied childlike wonder but do you remember when he did it literally? Francis Ford Coppola wanted to work with his friend and so they made it happen with "Jack." Many have criticized the movie over the years but Coppola stands by it. Where do you land on 1996's Jack? Listen to hear us talk behind the scenes and more.
Dallas enjoyed the London Film Festival 2021 virtually from Aberdeen with Lee making the trek down South to enjoy an in-person festival. The duo come together to share their highlights and how their different viewing experiences impacted their enjoyment.
Series 6 - Matt Smith Unofficial third co-host and first-time Who watcher Char pops in again! This time, it's her initial watch of Series 6, the sophomore year of the Eleventh Doctor and his companions. From episode one, kicking off the story arc and setting up several mysteries, thru the revelation about River Song's identity, to ending with a "reset" of the Doctor's story - there's a lot to get thru. What was your favorite moment of this series?
Currency and Trade. John and Matt explore a unique question about the Galaxy Far Far Away...how exactly did the Republic and the Empire set monetary policy, and how did they maintain a valuation system when so many sectors had their own coin of the realm? Host John Mills and Matthew Rushing Send us your feedback! Twitter: @TheJediMasters Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNerdParty/ Email: http://www.thenerdparty.com/contact Subscribe in Apple Podcasts
In an excoriation of an episode, we wrap up Messenger. Make sure you listen to hear how we respond to all of the suspense built up in the first half of the book. This episode is rather quick as the reading is short, but we cover many perspectives on the resolution of the book. There's a discussion of the powers of the protagonists, the worldbuilding, and arc of this particular novel. Once again, we confront the idea that these books all feel like separate books, rather than a cohesive series. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-22 of book 4 in the series, Son. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Spooky season celebration continues with a viewing of Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece ‘The Shining.' Make-up artist Carley Cooper returns to Missing Frames to discuss her first viewing of this classic. She and Shawn chat about where it ranks in the annals of horror cinema, Stephen King's disdain for the adaptation and the initial negative reaction to the film. HOSTS Shawn Eastridge Carley Cooper
Coppola's Dracula is a ... unique experience. Whether you love it or hate it, you have to admit that it has a distinct style. How do you feel about his interpretation this many years later? Nostalgic hit or tragic mess? Listen to our take.
After divisive episodes on Gathering Blue, we are back this week with renewed hopes for book number three, Messenger. This community connects our first two books and also develops its own struggles and complexities. The protagonist Matty is a fun character to read from, and we are excited about the darker themes being explored in this particular conflict. Both hosts do take some exception to the ret-conning and world inconsistencies revealed, but are hopeful for the second half. Next week we will be reading chapters 12-21 of book 3 in the series, Messenger. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Lower Decks" - I, Excretus. Listening to this podcast may not get you to 100%, but it will give you a chance to laugh at this "Lower Decks" episode featuring references to "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," the Mirror universe, the TNG episode "Ethics," and much more. This story also brings back a species from the original animated series, as both the bridge crew and our lovable ensigns switch places to test their aptitude. Let us know which was your favorite scenario in the "holo-pod," and how you would score.
Houselights swing back to Francis Ford Coppola and tackle the 90s. First up, Godfather Part III, specifically the recut made in 2020. Does his recut of the film enhance the experience or does nothing cover up Sofia Coppola? Listen to find out.
Maul Wins! In their continuing exploration of the density and complexity of story in the Star Wars saga, John and Matt discuss if one domino had NOT fallen at the end of The Phantom Menace: How differently would things go if Maul had won? Host John Mills and Matthew Rushing Send us your feedback! Twitter: @TheJediMasters Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNerdParty/ Email: http://www.thenerdparty.com/contact Subscribe in Apple Podcasts
Derek "Miniature" Young and Darren "1:1" Moser talk about their experience building at different scales. From miniature dioramas, to props, to larger than life costumes, to immersive wall projections. A project's scale has quite an impact on the design and production process.
Lee welcomes Tony Demil who has appeared in one of Succession's most popular episodes and recently in Janicza Bravo's Zola. Zola, A waitress agrees to accompany an exotic dancer, Stefani, her put-upon boyfriend, and her mysterious and domineering roommate on a road trip to Florida to seek their fortune at a high-end strip club. Zola finds herself blindside when Stefani and her pimp X add their profiles to a website that arranges sexual encounters. One of those encounters is with Joe played by todays guests who arrives at their hotel and marks a pivotal moment in Zola's story and the movies tone.
This week Charles and Asia continue the discussion of Gathering Blue. This time both hosts agree on their feelings on the ending unlike last week. All of our mysteries are solved and even new ones that are introduced are quickly answered as well. We learn more of the sinister nature of this community and the lengths the leaders are willing to go to to capture the artists they need. The one exciting reveal at the end of the book does set up the next book well, and we're excited to get into the plot arc by the end of this episode. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-11 of book 3 in the series, Messenger. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
"Lower Decks" - Where Pleasant Fountains Lie The Cerritos crew encounters a Ren Faire-class ship that happens to be the home race of the ship's chief engineer - and Jeffrey Combs guest stars as an evil computer. What more could you ask from an episode of "Lower Decks"? Season two continues providing adventures with Boimler/Mariner and Rutherford/Tendi pair-ups, along with misadventures from the bridge crew. Our trio examines the ins and outs of this episode, and what made them laugh. What was your favorite part?