Comedy Film Nerds

Comedy Film Nerds

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Movie reviews by stand-up comics and filmmakers Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini


Ep 342 - Live from LA Podfest - Will Wheaton & Cecil Baldwin  

*FILMS DISCUSSED: BOO: A MADEA HALLOWEEN, ROUGE ONE, PASSENGERS, JACK REACHER, COLLATERAL BEAUTY, KIDNAP* Live from 2016 LA Podcast Festival. First time guests Wil Wheaton and Cecil Baldwin talk about a wide range of films coming out in the fall/winter. Welcome to the next generation of CFN live shows!

Ep 341 - Gril On The Train - Denise Gossett  

*FILMS DISCUSSED: GIRL ON THE TRAIN, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, BATMAN BAD BLOOD, JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2* Chris and Graham welcome Denise Gossett for her first full episode in the gargoyle garage. Graham was disappointed in Girl On The Train. Chris found Hunt for The Wilderpeople to be uniquely interesting. Animated Batman was a let down for Chris. Denise talks about the 16 years that she has been producing Shriekfest and how indie horror films are evolving with better scripts and the use of technology. A good selection of  DVDs and theatrical premiers this week. This ep will wake the dead!

Ep 340 - Magnificent 7 - Karen Rontowski  

*FILMS DISCUSSED: MAGNIFICENT 7, MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, JACKIE* Chris and Graham welcome first time guest, Karen Rontowski, into the t-shirt/box fort. Chris and Graham split on Magnificent 7. Chris found Miss Peregrine's to be better than the book. Karen talks about being a ghost hunter and what are the best and worst paranormal films. Then Karen does a Tarot card reading for CFN. Will they ever make it out of the garage? Listen and find out! 

Ep 339 - Magnificent 7 - Steele Saunders  

*FILMS DISCUSSED: MAGNIFICENT 7, KICKBOXER VENGEANCE, STAR TREK III, FOR THE LOVE OF SPOK, THE PREQUELS STRIKES BACK* Chris and Graham welcome back Steele Saunders into the t-shirt labyrinth. All three talk about some of their favorite moments from 2016 LA Podfest. Chris set a low bar for Kickboxer: Vengeance and it still wasn't met. Steele had fun watching Magnificent 7. Graham watched Spok doc and ST3 to have a full Star Trek week. Steele suggests the Prequel doc to help see the other side of the Star Wars Prequels. Not great DVDs or in theaters so just buy the LA Podfest live stream. 

Ep 338 - Snowden - Stephen Sajdak  

*FILMS DISCUSSED: SNOWDEN, CARTEL LAND, BLAIR WITCH, MISS SLOANE, FIFTY SHADES DARKER* Chris and Graham welcome first time guest Stephen Sajdak. Stephen talks about his We Hate Movies podcast and The Anaconda museum. Graham liked Snowden even with #JGL doing a weird voice. Stephen and Chris were really disappointed with Blair Witch. Cartel Land gave Graham some sobering information as a good doc can. Miss Sloane looks good and why in sweet Christmas is there a Fifty Shades sequel?  This ep tastes better than a freshly baked Romanian Molly!

Ep 337 - Sully - Chris Gore  

*FILMS DISCUSSED: SULLY, FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, SKIPTRACE* Chris and Graham welcome back Chris Gore in the the weight bench hut. Graham and Gore really liked Sully and Clint Eastwood. Mancini found For The Love Of Spock to be a nice doc about Leonard Nimoy. Graham saw Wrath of Khan on the big screen and it started a big discussion about why the JJ Abrams Star Treks fall short. Mancini was dumbfounded by Skiptrace. Some good trailers and DVD's then cover up your webcam's cause Snowden comes to town! An episode that is best served cold!

Spoiler Ep 49 - Morgan  

*SPOILER ALERT! KEY ELEMENTS OF FILM ARE DISCUSSED INCLUDING ENDING* Graham and Chris go to the movies with fan and Kickstarter backer Pam Myers. Pam wanted to pick a bad film because they are better to make fun of.  She was correct!

Ep 336 Morgan-Cash Levy  

*FILMS DISCUSSED: MORGAN, CARLOS, HELL OR HIGH WATER, MASCOTS, MAX STEEL* Chris and Graham welcome back Cash Levy into the CFN HQ. Cash talks about doing his podcast with TJ Miller, Cashing In With TJ Miller, at LA Podfest. Graham and Chris had fun watching a move as bad as Morgan. Graham liked Carlos but found it a little long. Mascots and Max Steel don't look great and neither do some new DVDs. Sully lands (get it?) in theaters and more! This episode will make you want to sneak into the Super Bowl.

Ep 335 Bad Moms - Shawn Marek  

*FILMS DISCUSSED: THE SEA OF TREES, BAD MOMS, HANDS OF STONE, THE HOLLARS, KILLING JOKE* Chris and Graham welcome back former CFN intern Shawn Marek. Chris found The Sea Of Trees to be ok until the dumb ending. Graham had some laugh out loud moments during Bad Moms. Shawn found The Hollars to be adequate. Graham was pleasantly surprised by Hands of Stone. One silly horror film trailer then Shawn talks about the LA Podfest preview night at the Hollywood Improv September 22 and more! This ep will make you walk the desert without shoes looking for comic books. 

Ep 334 - Kubo and the Two Strings - Julia Prescott  

*MOVIES DISCUSSED: WAR DOGS, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, SAUSAGE PARTY, ARRIVAL, BAD SANTA 2* Chris and Graham welcome first time guest Julia Prescott.  Julia talks about her Everything's Coming Up Podcast, about the Simpsons and being in LA Podfest. Julia then talks about the by-the-numbers disappointment of War Dogs. Graham and Chris really liked Kubo which reminded Julia that she didn't like Sausage Party. Everyone is excited about the Arrival trailer and more! If family members are trying to take your eyes, then this ep might help.

Ep 333 - Pete's Dragon - Samuel Prime  

*FILMS DISCUSSED: PETE'S DRAGON, HELL OR HIGH WATER, THE SHALLOWS, CAFE SOCIETY, NERVE, ROGUE ONE, DUNKIRK* Chris and Graham welcome first time guest Samuel Prime into the nerd garage. Samuel talks about doing film restoration and the detective work involved. Chris found Pete's Dragon to be a by-the-numbers kids film. Graham liked Hell or High Water. Samuel thought The Shallows was good summer fun. Cafe Society was just ok for Chris. Samuel enjoyed Nerve even with a weird audience demographic when he saw it. Two really good trailers came out with Rogue One and Dunkirk, which is good since new DVDs are useless. Bizarre lineup getting released in theaters this week. This episode is like playing a video game while being chased by a shark.

Ep 332 - Suicide Squad - Jackie Kashian  

*FILMS DISCUSSED: JASON BOURNE, SUICIDE SQUAD, GHOSTBUSTERS, THE GREAT WALL, OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY* Chris and Graham are lucky Jackie Kashian lives close! Graham found Jason Bourne to be a serviceable food movie. Chris thought Suicide  Squad was a mess and Jackie brought some DC comics that would make a better movie. Graham found Ghostbusters to be funny and didn't understand why people got mad. Bad DVDs and many options to see rather than Suicide Squad. This ep is Lord of The Bourne!

Spoiler Ep 48 - Star Trek Beyond  

*SPOILER ALERT! KEY ELEMENTS OF FILM WILL BE DISCUSSED INCLUDING ENDING* Chris and Graham discuss why they liked Beyond as an action film but not as a Star Trek film. Enjoy.

Ep 331 - Star Trek Beyond - Juan Manuel Rocha  

*FILMS DUSCUSSED: STAR TREK BEYOND, KONG, JUSTICE LEAGUE, WONDER WOMAN, DR. STRANGE, BLAIR WITCH* Chris and Graham welcome back from the Comics on Comics podcast, Juan Manuel Rocha. Chris and Graham thought Star Trek was a good action film but not great Star Trek. Then all three talk about San Diego Comic Con and how fun it is. Also a long list of new trailers have been released at the con that vary from cool to dumb. A nice point of order and more! This episode will make you want to join a bowling league run by nerds.

Ep 330 - Ghostbusters - Betsy Kalin  

*FILMS DISCUSSED: GHOSTBUSTERS, SECRET LIFE OF PETS, PURGE, EAST LA INTERCHANGE* Chris and Graham welcome first time guest and doc filmmaker Betsy Kalin. Betsy met the guys at SF Doc Fest and talks about a cool surfer doc she saw there. Chris saw Ghostbusters and liked it but didn't feel the same about Secret Life of Pets. Graham likes the social commentary of Purge: Election Year even if it's brutal. Betsy talks about her doc on Boyle Heights, East LA Interchange and the 10 years it took to make it. Also Betsy talks about Summertime a French film she watched at Out Fest LA. This ep is like a baguette and celery. 

Ep 329 - Independence Day - Tom Merritt  

*FILMS DISCUSSED: INDEPENDENCE DAY, GHOSTBUSTERS, THE BFG, JACK REACHER* Chris and Graham welcome back Tom Merritt. Chris and Graham didn't realize that Independence Day could be worse than their low expectations. Tom liked Ghostbusters and felt the trailers are misleading. Chris was disappointed by The BFG, but his kids liked it. Graham is the only one pumped for the new Jack Reacher film and is Never Going Back!! DVDs that can clean clothes and more! This ep is like a cuff link country club.

Ep 328 - TCM Film Fest - Neil T Weakley  

Chris and Graham talk to CFN Writer Neil T. Weakley about the Turner Classic Movies annual film festival. An amazing line-up of films with Q and A's with some of Hollywood's royalty. Fall in love with films all over again or see them for the first time on the big screen. Be ready for your close-up!

Ep 327 - Fantasy Films - Stephen Kramer Glickman  

A special themed episode talking about Fantasy Films from the 1980's and 90's. Chris and Graham welcome back Stephen Kramer Glickman to nerd out about the films of their youth and what makes them great. This ep will make you want to ride a giant flying dog.

Ep 326 - Finding Dory - Wayne Federman  

*FILMS DISCUSSED: FINDING DORY, SURFWISE, DE PALMA, WEINER, OJ MADE IN AMERICA*  Chris and Graham welcome back Wayne Federman. Chris liked Finding Dory on father's day. Graham was intrigued by the doc Surfwise. Wayne has been on a doc tear and saw three good films: De Palma, OJ:Made in America and Weiner. Weird looking trailers with one DVD stand-out. Independence Day: Resurgence is in theaters with sharks and a white guy helping to free slaves, so choose wisely. This ep will make you want to unpack your life.

Ep 325 - Now You See Me 2 - Jensen Karp  

*FILMS DISCUSSED: NOW YOU SEE ME 2, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, TICKLED* Chris and Graham welcome another first time guest! Former rapper and current podcaster Jensen Karp tells the guys about his new book and more. Graham was bored and annoyed by Now You See Me 2. Chris found the new TMNT film to be slightly better than the last. Jensen loves the new doc, Tickled. All three are not sure about Tarzan trailer. Some good DVDs and one interesting doc in theaters. This ep will make you want to get your money back from Kanye West. 

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