Nerd Flix & Chill is back with another Westworld recap. In this podcast we breakdown Westworld S2E9: Vanishing Point. This was an episode that had some highs and lows. It offered some shocking moments, but clunky storytelling. This episode also provided us with all of the missing pieces of the Man In Black's mysterious background.
In this week's Nerd Flix & Chill recap of Westworld we discuss the latest and perhaps greatest episode, Kiksuya. This episode provided one of the most heartfelt, character-driven stories that we have seen yet. It is a deeply affecting hour of television that will stand out as one of this series' very best episodes.
This week's recap of Westworld we breakdown Les Écorchés. This episode jumped through multiple timelines and even into an alternate reality/simulation. It can be hard to unpack it all, but that is what we are here for. This episode also had some epic encounters and destructive actions. Enjoy our podcast recap.
Solo has had a long and tumultuous road to it's release. Pair that with some negativity from some corners of the internet, it makes anything related to Star Wars a potentially volatile conversation. In this podcast, we dive deep into our thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story.
This week in our Nerd Flix & Chill recap of Westworld we discuss Phase Space. This episode gives us more of Shogun World, as well as teasing a coming attack on The Mesa, and then ending with a surprise return. We discuss all of those details in this podcast. Enjoy.
In our next Nerd Flix & Chill recap of Westworld, we discuss S2E5 Akane No Mai. This episode has us exploring Shogun World and all of it's Kurosawian beauty. Along with the stunning visuals in this episode we are also shown even more contrast between Maeve and Dolores.
It's time for Nerd Flix & Chill's weekly recap of Westworld, and oh what a week it was. Lisa Joy was in the director's chair for this weeks episode, The Riddle of the Sphinx and she delivered one of the best episodes of the entire series. This episode offered some major reveals as well as created new mysteries.
In this podcast we recap the episode, going over all of the great details you may have missed . We also discuss how the Riddle of the Sphinx title may have a different meaning than you think. Then we speculate as to who the other control unit is for. Enjoy the show!
This week's episode of Westworld finally revealed a new park, though it was not the one we were suspecting. Rather, we got our first look at The Raj, but that wasn't all. We also got a quick glimpse of Shogun World.
Aside from the new parks we visited, Virtu e Fortuna provided more interesting storytelling parallels between Maeve and Dolores.
This is our full podcast recap of Westworld S2E3: Virtu e Fortuna.
This week's episode, Reunion, really shows the rich storytelling ability of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. This episode does a lot of heavy lifting. It adds 2 more timelines while also filling in a great deal of backstory about the hosts experiences in the real world. It also heavily teases the coming reveal of Delos' "big picture" plan.
Surely, by the end of the season, Reunion will be one of the episodes we point to as a significant piece of exposition for this season's mysteries. We hope you enjoy our podcast recap of Westworld S2E2: Reunion.
Avengers: Infinity War is finally here and the Nerd Flix & Chill podcast is here to give our full in-depth podcast review.
This is a film that faced some significant obstacles from balancing it's enormous cast, to facing immense expectations from fans. We would not have been surprised if this film fell short of expectations, but it totally met them.
In this podcast we discuss what we liked, what we loved and what we wanted more of from Infinity War. Spoilers abound!We hope you enjoy our podcast review.
We are back with our Westworld episode recaps. These recaps are our chance to dive deep into the episode to discuss themes and theories.
The second season of Westworld started with Journey Into Night. This episode sets the stage for what is to come by establishing multiple timelines, an unreliable narrator and new mysteries to solve.
We hope you enjoy our Westworld episode recaps.
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We continue to revisit the films in the Avengers series as we head toward the release of Avengers: Infinity War. In this episode we discuss Captain America: Civil War.
While technically not part of the Avengers series, it involves most of the Avengers as well as sets the team on it's current trajectory that will be where Infinity War picks up. It is basically Avengers 2.5.
With the second season of Westworld right around the corner, we wanted to revisit the first season. While this show is great for theory crafting and speculation, our revisit really focuses more on the themes and storytelling.
If you need a primer or a refresher as we head into season 2, this podcast is just what you are looking for. We hope you enjoy our podcast recap of Westworld season 1.
We are continuing our discussions of films in the Avengers series with Avengers: Age of Ultron. By revisiting these films we are able to pick up on the narrative that ties the Avengers films together.
A new trailer for Solo has debuted and we have some thoughts on it. After going several months without seeing any footage, we have now seen two trailers in the last two months.
Our excitement for this film has been a bit more on the tepid side, but after seeing this trailer, we do think there is an interesting story that can be told.
Nerd Flix & Chill is doing it's first Movie Minute podcast. These shows will give us a chance to provide brief reviews of films that are in theaters. Our first NFC Movie Minute is a review of John Krazinski's new film A Quiet Place.
In this week's podcast we discuss Stephen Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One. This adaptation of Ernest Cline's popular novel is an ambitious to say the least. It requires so much skill to bring something this big to the screen and Spielberg is just the auteur to take on such a challenge. But was he able to pull it off? Enjoy our review of Ready Player One.
With Avengers: Infinity War just weeks away, we have decided to revisit the first Avengers film. This gives us a chance to relocate the narrative thread of the Avengers movies and help us prepare for the upcoming battle against Thanos.
This podcast is a discussion of Joss Whedon's first Avengers movie. We discuss not only our favorite moments in the film, but also how the story set up the films that would follow.
Avengers: Infinity War is one of the most ambitious ensemble films ever attempted by a studio. It will bring together all parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has been established in 18 films in the last 10 years.
The newest trailer for the film recently dropped and we are here to give you our thoughts on the trailer, as well as to speculate as to what may happen in the film. So beware of potential spoilers. We also discuss the future of the MCU after Avengers 4.
Before we get into that however, we have a special announcement about our new home at LRMOnline.com
Marvel's Netflix series Jessica Jones has returned for it's second season and we are giving our full breakdown and review.
This season focuses on the internal turmoil that can arise when revisiting past trauma in search of closure. Where many Marvel series focus strongly on establishing the contrast between heroes and villains, Jessica Jones Season 2 challenges those ideas and puts forward a more personal story. This serves the series will in that it differentiates itself from the other shows in the Marvel/Netflix universe.
Season 2 has more than it's fair share of subplots as well. The secondary characters all have their own stories that branch off of the main narrative. Some of those subplots are more successful than others, but the core of the story remains that arc of Jessica Jones herself.
Annihilation is the latest film from Alex Garland, whose debut film Ex Machina, was a critically acclaimed work of sci-fi filmmaking. Garland sticks with that genre with his adaptation of the Jeff VanderMeer's book Annihilation. The adaptation is loose as Garland, after reading the book, wrote the screenplay based on his memory of the book, never referring back to it so that he could retain the "dream-like" quality of the story.
Annihilation follows the story of a biologist who enters into a natural phenomena called "The Shimmer," that seems to be having an impact on the environment around it. Within the deeper story we find evident themes of self-destruction, refraction, creation and metastasization. These themes are well explored as a work of science-fiction, but a film in this genre would not be complete without stunning visuals and world-building which this film does so well. It also includes a creature so unsettling that the mere realization that it exists on film will make you recoil while also grinning with delight.
In this podcast we give our full review of Annihilation while also discussing the film's many themes. It is a thoughtful work of science-fiction cinema that deserves to be seen in theaters.
Black Panther has finally hit theaters and we are here to give our review. Ryan Coogler is directing the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but this time things are different. Black Panther is not just a comic book film, it is a transcendent cultural experience.
Marvel has been wildly successful with the MCU but their films are not without criticism. The studio has struggled particularly with introductory films for its heroes while also providing a Rogues Gallery of villains that range from tepid to forgettable. But this is where Black Panther breaks the mold and sets itself apart.
This film explores issues of power, privilege and responsibility. It does not shy away from discussions of race. It has a villain whose motivations are not only understandable but difficult to reason against. It’s perhaps Marvel’s most well told story. It’s a comic book film that is making a statement.
In this podcast we give our full review and breakdown of Ryan Coogler’s awesome, Black Panther.
Wow!! It is the 100th episode of the Nerd Flix & Chill podcast. Our show has far exceeded what we hoped it would be and we have you, the awesome listeners to thank.
In this episode, we talk about the origins of our show and a few things about ourselves including guilty pleasures, shows we are obsessed with and our favorite films of 2017.
Thank you all for listening. We are going to make the next 100 episodes even better than the first 100.
This week we finally got our first look at Solo: A Star Wars Story. This film has been the subject of a great deal of rumor and conjecture ever since Ron Howard was brought in to replace the original directors, Lord and Miller.
There have been some who have said this film is dead on arrival, and that the lack of a trailer had shown that Lucasfilm has given up on Solo. But, what a difference a few days makes. The Solo trailer is very well put together and the film looks like a lot of fun.
In this podcast we discuss our first impressions from the trailer as well as what real challenges the movie will have to overcome in order for it to be successful. Additionally, we talk about some of our own speculation as to what the plot of the film may involve.
The Shape of Water is a genre-crossing adult fairytale from Guillermo Del Toro. It has recently garnered a lot of attention with it’s 13 Oscar nominations. The Shape of Water tells the story of a mute woman’s romance with a mystical creature set against the backdrop of Cold War America in 1962. But within that plot there are themes about love, communication and unlikely friendships.
This is a film that is executed at a very high level. The acting is excellent, the art direction and set design are beautiful. It is a fully immersive cinematic experience.
In this podcast we give our full review and breakdown of The Shape of Water.