2013 was a big year, which saw Revenge of the Film Nerds evolve from website to predominantly podcast format. Updates have been sporadic on both fronts of late, but we have big plans for continuing on in 2014. Keep posted for Scott and I sharing our thoughts in a 2013 year in review special episode of the podcast, available on podbean and iTunes. Should hopefully be up in the next few days!!
Also, keep posted as I finish my review of all Doctors, with some giant posts expected for the era of Tennant and Smith.
Thanks for our regular followers, and here’s to moving on strongly this year. Lets pop that champagne!!
Scott and I have been at it again, discussing films with an occasional tangent here and there, with an episode filled with both humour and gravitas (Drink!!).
In this week’s episode, we begin looking at the history of Mortal Kombat on film. We discuss what we both adore and (Mortal Kombat, 1995) and what we find distasteful (Mortal Kombat: Annihilation) about this film franchise. Next we investigate Scott’s deep-seated love of kaiju films by exploring the wonders of Pacific Rim, Guilermo del Toro’s own love letter to that genre of film. We end by discussing recently released trailers for 47 Ronin, and Gravity.
Download us from http://filmnerds.podbean.com/, or find us on iTunes!!
Significant contributions to the Whoniverse: The most obvious contribution to the Whoniverse with the start of Ecclestone’s reign as the Doctor is that he started the second, more successful, attempt to reboot the franchise. More successful in that this is the reboot which is still running today and that has us all excited for the 50th anniversary coming in November. Ecclestone only stayed for one season, citing his displeasure with the team behind the cameras as a major reason why. So it was already a known fact to the audience part way through the season that he was not sticking around.
That said, he helped establish what Doctor Who has become from then until now. The serial structure of the show was dropped for a more episodic structure with a single story normally lasting only one or two episodes. The idea of an overarching story for the season was also established though, despite the fact that not every episode may speak directly to this overarching theme. For instance, in this series, the repeated use of the term Bad Wolf in a number of episode ended up feeding directly into the season conclusion. This type of structure and theme has remained until today.
It is also made evident that some time has passed since we last saw the Doctor. Many references are made to a Time War, in which all Daleks and Timelords aside from the Doctor himself were obliterated. It is clear that the Doctor had to act to cause this genocide of one race and personal isolation as a result of the near genocide of the other. In some episodes it is made very clear is suffering from having had to make that choice.
Finally, there are a few other firsts for the Doctor in Ecclestone’s sole season. Eve Myles and Naoko Mori both appear in episodes, both of whom go on to become cast regulars in Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood. Their appearances in these episodes even get written into the plot of the latter show. John Barrowman also gets introduced as Captain Jack Harkness, whom will later go on to lead the Torchwood team. [SPOILERS] It is indeed as a result of events at the end of this season that lead to Captain Jack’s immortality, which makes a very important plot point of the Torchwood series.
I have been lazy on updates! As the podcast is now the main focus of the site, recording has been the order of the day. Since my last post, we have recorded two episodes for Revenge of the Film Nerds, and I have guest hosted on partner podcast Rustles my Jimmies. Look up the RMJ Podcast for a good listen.
As for our most recent episodes, we delved into everything Superman in episode 9, looking at the history of Superman on-screen from George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain and Tom Welling. Then of course we both caught Man of Steel and share our thoughts. We end the episode talking about the recent trailer for our most anticipated film this year, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
In episode 10 we delve a very different path, this time on an Evil Dead theme. We discuss the original Sam Raimi trilogy before heading into a discussion for the 2013 version of the film. Our future films for discussion are 12 years a Slave and The Fifth Estate, to historical dramas with some stellar casts.
So go take a listen, and enjoy posts here on the website too. They will be less regular, but they will be coming!!
As promised in the most recent episode, we had a chat with Robbie from Culture Shock Events, who shared with s some upcoming events that they will be holding over the next few watch. Robbie is passionate about his cons, and they are a very different, more intimate event than Supanova, giving fans more face time with the stars.
Enjoy the video, go check out the pictures, and download the podcast episode Supa-Dupa-Nova. We are recording another episode tonight, during which I will be making an announcement I am very excited about concerning the future of RotFN.
Another Supanova has come and gone. I intend to review the event in full, including some detailed coverage of the panels I attended (Eve Myles, Karl Urban, Margot Kidder). However I am tired now, after a full weekend, and that can wait for another night!! Also keep your eyes and ears peeled given that Scott and I will be podcasting about the event in the next few days.
In the intervening period, who doesn’t enjoy a good bit of cosplay. I saw many wonderful costumers this weekend, and could have taken many more photos if my feet could carry me that fast. I got quite a few though, and the gallery is on the Film Nerds Facebook page;
I told you were were gearing up at this site again. A new episode of the podcast is up, called “J.J. gets Lost on a Trek to Alderaan”. As you may have guessed it is themed everything JJ Abrams, with a discussion on his earlier TV work and films, a spoilery analysis of Star Trek Into Darkness, and a discussion of our hopes for the next Star Wars trilogy.
Listen…. it is an episode surprisingly full of segues, and yet at the same time it has such…. gravitas!
I turns out moving house and changing careers can make one very busy. Unfortunately, that also means that I have not had much time to put up posts more often. It can be frustrating at times, given that some fantastic things have been happening in the world of pop culture. We have a new Trek film, another Supanova coming up in a month’s time that looks like a corker, and a Doctor Who finale to leave any fan gobsmacked..
Things are beginning to settle though, and more posts will be up in the near future. Scott and I are gearing up for another episode of our podcast, and there are even perhaps a few surprises in store.
So bear with us, there is more to come from Revenge of the Film Nerds!!
It is amazing what an extended period away from the net can do to a person. I have spent the last fortnight moving house, which also included shifting my internet service from one address to another. As such, I have been unable to come back here and update everyone on the latest films or pop culture goodies that have caught my fancy. I am back now however, and I have not forgotten Film Nerds in my absence!
That’s right, the latest episode of the podcast is up and ready for downloading. Entitled “Iron Man, Superman and Thor walk into a bar…”, we discuss our joys at a midnight screening of Iron Man 3, and our excitement over two trailers from the last week… Man of Steel and Thor: The Dark World.