Category Archives: Film Nerds Unlimited

Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 51 – The Star Wars Hype Awakens

In about 3 months, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will arrive in theaters. The deluge of trailers, toys, and various product tie-ins have begun, so Craig Hamilton and Ben Stark talk about their relationship to the franchise, their anticipation of the film, and the current cultural climate when it comes to what has to be the most buzzed-about movie of 2015. Make sure to […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 49 – The Jungle Book and Other Live-Action Remakes of Disney Animation

Graham Flanagan and Ben Stark talk about the new trailer for Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book and discuss the ongoing trend of Disney filming live-action remakes of their animated feature films. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 49

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Film Nerds Unlimited – Issue 47: The Double-Edged Katana of Tarantino’s Ego

Ben Flanagan and Ben Stark talk about a recent Vulture interview with Lane Brown (not Lane Butler), in which master filmmaker Quentin Tarantino showcases his trademark swagger, and attempt to analyze how this swagger relates to Tarantino’s filmography. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 47

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 46 – Colin Trevorrow is directing Star Wars 9

Lots of news came out of Disney’s big D23 convention, but one of the biggest bits was the announcement that Colin Trevorrow, director of Jurassic World, would direct the 9th “episode” in the ongoing Star Wars saga after JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson deliver their entries. Ben Flanagan and Ben Stark discuss the decision, what it says about the future of Star Wars movies, what it says […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 45 – On the Waterfront (Spoilers)

Ben Stark continues his journey through his 2015 Shelf of Shame with Elia Kazan’s classic, On the Waterfront. Tune in as he discusses the film with Craig Hamilton. Topics covered include the film’s legendary performance(s), Leonard Bernstein’s score, the movie’s Oscar scorecard, and other notable Kazan works. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 43 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Spoilers)

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Tom Cruise fanboys Ben Stark and Ben Flanagan spend a tremendous amount of time gushing about the newest entry in the Mission: Impossible series. They discuss Chris McQuarrie’s contributions to the series, newcomer Rebecca Ferguson, the relationship of Cruise’s star image to the character of Ethan Hunt, and the film’s place in its franchise and in the 2015 Summer Movie Season. Make sure to subscribe […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 42 – Is Tom Cruise Our Greatest Working Action Star?

On the eve of release for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Ben Flanagan and Ben Stark discuss a surprisingly staggering notion: Tom Cruise is the best action star working in movies today. With the waning careers of Schwarzenegger and Willis, and the middling quality of films starring The Rock or Vin Diesel, it seems like Cruise is the clear king of the action mountain. Listen […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 40 – Tarantino Hires Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight

One of the big news items for fans of movie scores coming out of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was the reveal that master composer Ennio Morricone (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) would be scoring Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming The Hateful Eight. As huge fans of both Morricone and Tarantino, Graham Flanagan and Matt Scalici talk about this news, what it means for […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 39 – San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Movie Reactions

It was a big year at San Diego Comic-Con for movies, especially those from DC and Warner Brothers. Neither Ben Flanagan nor Ben Stark attended Comic-Con, but both have internet access and, therefore, have valid and firmly held opinions about all of SDCC’s goings-on. *Note: The guys totally failed to mention the Hateful Eight panel, which warrants a full podcast discussion of its own. That very […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 38 – Are 1974-1976 the best “Best Picture” years ever?

What is the best “Best Picture” year ever? That’s the kind of question that gets tossed around a lot in the corporate offices of FilmNerds.com, so Craig Hamilton and Ben Stark decided to address it. Very quickly the answer got whittled down to a very narrow set of years, and then the conversation became much tougher: Figuring out which was a better Best Picture […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 36 – The Wolfpack (Spoilers)

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Graham Flanagan is joined by Aspect Radio co-host and ArtsBHAM contributor Corey Craft to discuss the Sundance documentary The Wolfpack, about a group of home-schooled teens that see the world primarily through the lens of re-enacted movies. Graham and Corey were able to catch the film during Corey’s recent visit to New York, but the film is also hitting festivals and theaters nationwide. […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 35 – Are Pixar Movies Really For Kids Anymore?

Ben Flanagan and Matt Scalici are both shaken by the emotional experience of watching Pixar’s latest, Inside Out, and discuss the animation studio’s approach to making films that appeal to both children and adults. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 35

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 31 – Jurassic World (Spoilers)

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WARNING: There are some cell connection issues at times. If they come up, relax! It’s only for a little bit and is marginally inconsequential. Ben Stark talks to Ben Flanagan, Matt Scalici, and Craig Hamilton about 2015’s latest smash hit, Jurassic World. The long-developing sequel summons some strong opinions from a few of the Nerds, and between the three conversations, every possible angle of […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 29 – Anticipating Batman v Superman and DC Films

Craig Hamilton and special guest Morgan Gargis discuss the prospects of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the DC cinematic universe in general, and what Warner Brothers should do to make their films successful. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 29

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 24 – Superhero Movie Casting

Craig Hamilton and Ben Stark discuss casting in superhero movies, from the spot-on casting of Marvel Studios, to the creative casting of the X-Men and Batman films, to the arguably worse casting decisions in superhero movie history. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 24

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 21 – Pros and Cons of Mystery Box Movie Marketing

Movie marketing is a topic that has come up on FNU before, but the recent strategy for Tomorrowland has spurred on a conversation between Ben Flanagan and Ben Stark about whether or not a “mystery box” approach is a wise movie for studios and for the filmmakers that studios employ. How much marketing power should a filmmaker be given? How much […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 19 – Simon Pegg’s Indictment of Blockbusters

This week, Simon Pegg made comments suggesting that geek culture in mainstream film was dumbing down audiences, and Damon Lindelof admitted a disinterest in working on an “unoriginal” franchise like Star Wars. These comments, combined with the usual “popcorn movie malaise” that can set in for many film fans in the Summer, sparked the ire of Matt Scalici, and Ben […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 16 – Mad Max: Fury Road (Spoilers)

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Ben Stark talks to Graham Flanagan about the highly anticipated and highly acclaimed action epic Mad Max: Fury Road. Matt Scalici hops in to add his thoughts on this weird and unlikely summer blockbuster. Beware: Spoilers abound! Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below!   Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 16

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 15 – Summer 2015 Box Office Preview, Part I (May-June)

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Dawn of the Dad’s Franco Asmaeil and Ben Stark go in-depth on Summer 2015, talking about the big movies of the season and trying their best to guess which will be the money-makers and which will be flops. Will Avengers: Age of Ultron stay on track? Will Jurassic World be a Green Lantern-level flop? Will this weekend’s Mad Max: Fury Road make a stand for R-rated action movies? Make sure […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 11 – You can’t get rid of The Babadook

Francesca Scalici and Ben Stark discuss Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook, recently added to Netflix Instant. They give their opinion on the film, its meaning, and its representation of parenthood, among other things. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below!   Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 11

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 10 – Getting Hyped for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

This Friday, the second “phase” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe culminates in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Matt Scalici and Ben Stark assemble to talk about their favorite Marvel movies, psychoanalyze their Marvel nerdiness, and address various other bits of Marvel business. It’s Avengers week. ‘NUFF SAID. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 9 – Will The Visit be Shyamalan’s return to glory?

The trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit dropped last week, and while Matt Scalici is skeptical, Graham Flanagan sees an opportunity for M. Night Shyamalan to shine up a career that some Film Nerds might consider tarnished. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below!   Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 9

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 1 – Summer Movie Seasons / The Force Awakens Trailer

Greetings, Nerds! Welcome to Film Nerds Unlimited, a brand new podcast series from the FilmNerds crew in which we discuss, argue about, and rant with each other on the movie-related topics that we’ve been thinking about lately. What, you may be asking, makes it different than our previous podcasting ventures? Well, for one thing, we’re doing it! Thanks in large […]

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