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A deep dive into good movies from the dual perspective of critical nerdiness.

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OK, so you want to be a monthly supporter. 

Here's what you'll get: 

1. Early episodes! 

All Nerd Critic monthly supporters will get to listen to all Nerd Critic episodes before everyone else. 

In addition to early access, this feature will grant a free and unlimited license to be smug. 

2. Nerd Critic LIVE 

Once per month, Nerd Critic supporters will be invited to join us for a live episode, during which we will answer questions and talk about, just, whatever. Probably movie trailers, if we're being honest. 

Recordings will be available to supporters forever, regardless of their ability to join the event.

3. Nerd Critic NONSENSE

At least once a week, you'll get itty bitty mini-episodes that, much like a Bichon Frise, wouldn't survive in the wild. 

Opinions, ponderings, short discussions on random topics of interest. Basically, you get a few more precious minutes to listen to our voices. Because we know that's what you crave more than anything.

4. No ads. Ever.

Soon, we're going to have sponsors.

Now, just hold on a minute. Calm down. You knew this was coming. We've been talking about it for a long time, and we all agreed that this was for the best.

If you hate ads, and you hate being reminded that CJ and Jordan are becoming fabulously wealthy by selling their souls to advertisers, then become a supporter, and all that unpleasantness will just...disappear.

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We won't say much about this last thing, because we love you, and we hope you love us, and all good romance requires a little mystery.


Does all of that sound more amazing than anything you could have possibly imagined? Are you thrilled beyond your most extravagant dreams?

Us too. Us too.

Latest Episodes

Honey Boy, The Old Guard, Greyhound

Welcome to the new and improved Nerd Critic. We packed this hour with a deep dive into Honey Boy, spoiler-free reviews of The Old Guard and Greyhound, and an explanation of our relationship to anime. Also, you'll find out which movies made it onto the poll for next week's feature.

53 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Honey Boy, The Old Guard, Greyhound

164 - We're BACK!

After a long absence, Nerd Critic is rising from the ashes of our own making. That's a really dramatic way of saying our month-long break is over. No, the theaters haven't reopened, but we've got exciting new plans for the show. Want to know what they are? That's what listening is for.

18 MIN1 w ago
Comments
164 - We're BACK!

7500 and The Last Airbender cancel our podcast

Will this be the very LAST episode of Nerd Critic ever? (No.) In this episode, we talk ourselves out of covering the movie we planned to cover, and then decide to push pause until the theaters reopen. We're proud to have stubbornly (and stupidly) kept the show going for so long without the magic of the silver screen to sustain us, but it's time to take a break. And we'll be back as soon as Tenet hits the theaters, so keep your candle lit for that grand and glorious day. Also, feel free to keep in touch! For the duration of this overdue pause, we'll be collection recommendations for future Off the Shelf episodes, and any other questions or topics you'd like us to spend time talking about. Until next time, remember to keep loving movies like a nerd, and respecting them like a critic.

20 MINJUN 30
Comments
7500 and The Last Airbender cancel our podcast

162 - Predestination surprises no one

This week, we're covering an obscure, low-budget sci-fi from 2014 that stars Ethan Hawke, who we love. The movie had its problems, but it inspired a lot of very interesting ideas. Thanks to Buddy Lindsey for the recommendation, and we hope you enjoy our conversation as much as we did (even though that would be impossible).

39 MINJUN 30
Comments
162 - Predestination surprises no one

161 - Da 5 Bloods finds gold

A new Spike Lee movie couldn't have dropped at a more perfect time, or in a more perfect way. This was a really fun movie to watch and to talk about. Who knows what the future looks like, but if Netflix keeps doing what it's doing, it won't be all bad.

57 MINJUN 20
Comments
161 - Da 5 Bloods finds gold

160 - The Vast of Night loves radio

This astoundingly effective directorial debut is a love letter to the radio dramas of yore. We loved it. More, please. In a time when our cinema experiences are totally relegated to streaming content, it's a real treat to sit down in front of something like this.

47 MINJUN 14
Comments
160 - The Vast of Night loves radio

159 - Star Trek (2009) explores duality

Once again, we have a request from a loyal listener. We couldn't have been more excited to talk about this exceptionally entertaining and popular movie. It's actually a little embarrassing that we haven't covered it up to this point. Is this podcast called NERD Critic? Whatever.0:55 - Rachel Reyes explains why she requested Star Trek6:10 - The meta-data (above the line)9:20 - Baby Thor!9:50 - A very, very brief primer on Star Trek, including CJ and Jordan's (unimpressive) history of Star Trek fandom14:00 - The reason Star Trek was "rebooted"15:00 - Spoilers ahead! (but...come on, it was 11 years ago)18:40 - "This is the Star Trek movie I've always wanted to see" -Jordan20:10 - A shoutout for Megaplex in Jordan Commons22:40 - Things that JJ Abrams is good at: cold opens, first acts, casting, dialog, pacing (his superpower)31:20 - Specific example of great pacing (breaking down a sequence)35:10 - Talking about the characters, the central relationship, and Spock, specifically46:40 - Nero, the other extreme -- Kirk sans Spock49:40 - Wrapping it up51:00 - Coming up next week: The Vast of Night

51 MINJUN 11
Comments
159 - Star Trek (2009) explores duality

158 - The Two Popes teaches us how to listen

This is one of those movies that people tend to sleep on, which is unfortunate, because it is not only exceptionally well-crafted, it's also VERY entertaining. We're covering it because it's a Netflix original, and the theaters are still closed. So go stream this and then come listen to us talk about it. 1:00 - Jordan gags on his name 4:27 - Above the line 7:11 - Spoiler free review 11:05 - Spoilers ahead (although, this movie isn't terribly vulnerable to spoilers, so...maybe don't worry about it) 12:50 - How to use flashbacks 16:20 - Biblical imagery and other stylistic choice 21:30 - The planting of thematic flags 24:40 - Liberalism and conservatism, in conversation with each other 30:30 - Relevance to current events -- the value and necessity of truly listening 34:50 - A method of deep listening, and the way to make actual progress 39:20 - Next week: Star Trek (2009) and The Vast of Night

41 MINJUN 6
Comments
158 - The Two Popes teaches us how to listen

157 - The Edge of Seventeen trades gratuity for authenticity

This is a great movie, and this was a really fun episode, but Jordan would like to make the following important note about the recording: Apologies for the low battery fire alarm beeping in the background of this WHOLE episode. I mean what was I supposed to do? Stop recording and go replace the batteries? Instead of just continuing forward and hoping that the mic wouldn't pick it up? Well I was wrong and you can definitely hear it. The whole time. In addition the crying toddlers. Do me a favor? Blame it on COVID-19, the perfect scapegoat of our times. Notes: 1:08 - Ayaka Yagi introduces her movie request for this week 3:55 - CJ and Jordan give context for watching and rewatching The Edge of Seventeen 5:35 - Above the line, and Kelly Fremon Craig's career 10:15 - Spoiler free review 11:20 - The justification for the R-rating 13:00 - Spoiling and nerding 15:30 - The dynamic between Nadine and Mr. Bruner 19:30 - A discussion of the various dynamics in Nadine's family, and Nadine's char...

51 MINJUN 2
Comments
157 - The Edge of Seventeen trades gratuity for authenticity

156 - The Lovebirds wastes its two best assets

The Lovebirds wastes its two best assets, Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, by letting the entire burden of comedy rest on their shoulders. We were both looking forward to this movie a lot, and it turned out to be quite the disappointment. If you're interested, watch the first act, then shut it down and check out some of the other movies we talked about in this episode. 4:00 - Discussing the names above the line 6:15 - Our spoiler-free review 8:42 - Jordan's theory about how this movie got made 11:37 - Spoiling and a little bit of nerding 19:20 - Our critical criticisms 26:20 - The deconstruction of a representative scene 33:30 - Next week: The Edge of Seventeen and The Two Popes, both on Netflix Movies to watch that are better: - The Big Sick - Date Night - Game Night - Neighbors and Neighbors 2

37 MINMAY 30
Comments
156 - The Lovebirds wastes its two best assets

Latest Episodes

Honey Boy, The Old Guard, Greyhound

Welcome to the new and improved Nerd Critic. We packed this hour with a deep dive into Honey Boy, spoiler-free reviews of The Old Guard and Greyhound, and an explanation of our relationship to anime. Also, you'll find out which movies made it onto the poll for next week's feature.

53 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Honey Boy, The Old Guard, Greyhound

164 - We're BACK!

After a long absence, Nerd Critic is rising from the ashes of our own making. That's a really dramatic way of saying our month-long break is over. No, the theaters haven't reopened, but we've got exciting new plans for the show. Want to know what they are? That's what listening is for.

18 MIN1 w ago
Comments
164 - We're BACK!

7500 and The Last Airbender cancel our podcast

Will this be the very LAST episode of Nerd Critic ever? (No.) In this episode, we talk ourselves out of covering the movie we planned to cover, and then decide to push pause until the theaters reopen. We're proud to have stubbornly (and stupidly) kept the show going for so long without the magic of the silver screen to sustain us, but it's time to take a break. And we'll be back as soon as Tenet hits the theaters, so keep your candle lit for that grand and glorious day. Also, feel free to keep in touch! For the duration of this overdue pause, we'll be collection recommendations for future Off the Shelf episodes, and any other questions or topics you'd like us to spend time talking about. Until next time, remember to keep loving movies like a nerd, and respecting them like a critic.

20 MINJUN 30
Comments
7500 and The Last Airbender cancel our podcast

162 - Predestination surprises no one

This week, we're covering an obscure, low-budget sci-fi from 2014 that stars Ethan Hawke, who we love. The movie had its problems, but it inspired a lot of very interesting ideas. Thanks to Buddy Lindsey for the recommendation, and we hope you enjoy our conversation as much as we did (even though that would be impossible).

39 MINJUN 30
Comments
162 - Predestination surprises no one

161 - Da 5 Bloods finds gold

A new Spike Lee movie couldn't have dropped at a more perfect time, or in a more perfect way. This was a really fun movie to watch and to talk about. Who knows what the future looks like, but if Netflix keeps doing what it's doing, it won't be all bad.

57 MINJUN 20
Comments
161 - Da 5 Bloods finds gold

160 - The Vast of Night loves radio

This astoundingly effective directorial debut is a love letter to the radio dramas of yore. We loved it. More, please. In a time when our cinema experiences are totally relegated to streaming content, it's a real treat to sit down in front of something like this.

47 MINJUN 14
Comments
160 - The Vast of Night loves radio

159 - Star Trek (2009) explores duality

Once again, we have a request from a loyal listener. We couldn't have been more excited to talk about this exceptionally entertaining and popular movie. It's actually a little embarrassing that we haven't covered it up to this point. Is this podcast called NERD Critic? Whatever.0:55 - Rachel Reyes explains why she requested Star Trek6:10 - The meta-data (above the line)9:20 - Baby Thor!9:50 - A very, very brief primer on Star Trek, including CJ and Jordan's (unimpressive) history of Star Trek fandom14:00 - The reason Star Trek was "rebooted"15:00 - Spoilers ahead! (but...come on, it was 11 years ago)18:40 - "This is the Star Trek movie I've always wanted to see" -Jordan20:10 - A shoutout for Megaplex in Jordan Commons22:40 - Things that JJ Abrams is good at: cold opens, first acts, casting, dialog, pacing (his superpower)31:20 - Specific example of great pacing (breaking down a sequence)35:10 - Talking about the characters, the central relationship, and Spock, specifically46:40 - Nero, the other extreme -- Kirk sans Spock49:40 - Wrapping it up51:00 - Coming up next week: The Vast of Night

51 MINJUN 11
Comments
159 - Star Trek (2009) explores duality

158 - The Two Popes teaches us how to listen

This is one of those movies that people tend to sleep on, which is unfortunate, because it is not only exceptionally well-crafted, it's also VERY entertaining. We're covering it because it's a Netflix original, and the theaters are still closed. So go stream this and then come listen to us talk about it. 1:00 - Jordan gags on his name 4:27 - Above the line 7:11 - Spoiler free review 11:05 - Spoilers ahead (although, this movie isn't terribly vulnerable to spoilers, so...maybe don't worry about it) 12:50 - How to use flashbacks 16:20 - Biblical imagery and other stylistic choice 21:30 - The planting of thematic flags 24:40 - Liberalism and conservatism, in conversation with each other 30:30 - Relevance to current events -- the value and necessity of truly listening 34:50 - A method of deep listening, and the way to make actual progress 39:20 - Next week: Star Trek (2009) and The Vast of Night

41 MINJUN 6
Comments
158 - The Two Popes teaches us how to listen

157 - The Edge of Seventeen trades gratuity for authenticity

This is a great movie, and this was a really fun episode, but Jordan would like to make the following important note about the recording: Apologies for the low battery fire alarm beeping in the background of this WHOLE episode. I mean what was I supposed to do? Stop recording and go replace the batteries? Instead of just continuing forward and hoping that the mic wouldn't pick it up? Well I was wrong and you can definitely hear it. The whole time. In addition the crying toddlers. Do me a favor? Blame it on COVID-19, the perfect scapegoat of our times. Notes: 1:08 - Ayaka Yagi introduces her movie request for this week 3:55 - CJ and Jordan give context for watching and rewatching The Edge of Seventeen 5:35 - Above the line, and Kelly Fremon Craig's career 10:15 - Spoiler free review 11:20 - The justification for the R-rating 13:00 - Spoiling and nerding 15:30 - The dynamic between Nadine and Mr. Bruner 19:30 - A discussion of the various dynamics in Nadine's family, and Nadine's char...

51 MINJUN 2
Comments
157 - The Edge of Seventeen trades gratuity for authenticity

156 - The Lovebirds wastes its two best assets

The Lovebirds wastes its two best assets, Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, by letting the entire burden of comedy rest on their shoulders. We were both looking forward to this movie a lot, and it turned out to be quite the disappointment. If you're interested, watch the first act, then shut it down and check out some of the other movies we talked about in this episode. 4:00 - Discussing the names above the line 6:15 - Our spoiler-free review 8:42 - Jordan's theory about how this movie got made 11:37 - Spoiling and a little bit of nerding 19:20 - Our critical criticisms 26:20 - The deconstruction of a representative scene 33:30 - Next week: The Edge of Seventeen and The Two Popes, both on Netflix Movies to watch that are better: - The Big Sick - Date Night - Game Night - Neighbors and Neighbors 2

37 MINMAY 30
Comments
156 - The Lovebirds wastes its two best assets
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