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Checkout two married nerds and their slant on all things geek. Join The Girl and her husband, Tristan Riddell, on the first ever spinoff of The Nerd Party. Say "I do" to married nerd life.

Checkout two married nerds and their slant on all things geek. Join The Girl and her husband, Tristan Riddell, on the first ever spinoff of The Nerd Party. Say "I do" to married nerd life.
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Checkout two married nerds and their slant on all things geek. Join The Girl and her husband, Tristan Riddell, on the first ever spinoff of The Nerd Party. Say "I do" to married nerd life.




Episode 78 - Mindhunter Review

Review of the New David Fincher Show "Mindhunter" on Netflix We're big fans of David Fincher here at Nerd Nuptial and we're even bigger fans of David Fincher teaming up with Netflix (see House of Cards). So when we heard that Fincher was developing a new show with them AND it was going to on serial killers, needless to say, we were excited. Mindhunter follows two FBI agents as the interview serial killers around the country and try to see how they think. This takes place in the 1970s before...

Duration: 00:46:18

Episode 77 - Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 A sequel made decades after the iconic original. Blade Runner by Ridley Scott staring Harrison Ford came out in 1982 and its sequel Blade Runner 2049 was just released. We’re living in an era where prolonged sequels are becoming a mainstay. Terminator, Tron, Star Wars, and now this. Blade Runner changed the landscape of science fiction in film and solidified Ridley Scott as a sci-fi master after Alien. Denis Villeneuve is no stranger to science fiction with his massive...

Duration: 00:56:59

Episode 076 - Star Trek: Discovery Review

Star Trek: Discovery Review We’ve been waiting for this for 12 years and that time has finally come. Star Trek has returned to television … sort of. Star Trek: Discovery is here and we couldn’t be more excited here at Nerd Nuptial. Tristan is a lifelong Star Trek fan and The Girl is just hoping for a good show. The first part of the episode was recorded just minutes before the premiere where we talk about our hopes and our own personal excitement for the show. We break, watch the show, and...

Duration: 01:12:30

Episode 075 - Nerd Identity

Is putting away your nerd stuff a sign of growing? The entire purpose of this show is to talk about what it's like to be married AND nerds. Sometimes those two identities can conflict. Last weekend we finally pulled the trigger and took out all of our movies, figurines, art, etc and made that room a full fledged nursery. I have to admit it was an emotional crisis at times. Is this a sign of getting older? Are we boxing up our nerd identity and turning it in for a new one? Listen to hear us...

Duration: 00:52:27

Episode 074 - Shut Up, James Cameron

Why James Cameron should shut up and what we're looking forward to this Fall You most likely have heard about James Cameron opening his mouth and criticizing Wonder Woman and the work of Patty Jenkins last week. You can probably guess where we fall in our stance on the debacle. However, don't judge us prematurely. We criticized Wonder Woman plenty in our review which you can listen here. It's how Mr. Cameron chose to criticize the film and what it has meant to so many women and young girls...

Duration: 00:36:45

Episode 073 - Defending Ozark

Marvel's Defenders Premiere and Ozark Season One Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. They are all Netflix originals that were leading up to this show. The Defenders. Marvel approached their Netflix properties much like they tackle their movies. Just how Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, etc all lead up to the Avengers, this was leading to what this Nerd Nuptial just watched. We open the show discussing what worked and what didn't of the first episode. Later, we move on to...

Duration: 00:53:24

Episode 072 - Out of Chicago

What makes a good series premiere?/Ozark opener Great shows can have them and even horrible shows can have them. Great openers and pilots come in all shapes and sizes. A well-developed series premiere needs to establish the protagonist as well as the premise of the show. But that doesn't always lead to a fruitful series run. This week we open the show with discussing some of our favorite beginnings and what makes them stellar. Then we move onto the new Netflix show "Ozark" starring Jason...

Duration: 00:49:26

Episode 071 - Put Your Toys Away

Why did we never put our nerdy toys away? Sometimes people are walking contradictions and nerds are no different. We are a generation of people who never put their toys away. We have figurines on our desks at work, posters in our office, and bumper stickers on our cars. But sometimes we hide our nerdiness. We are out and proud but at the same time don't always broadcast it unless someone asks us. In this week's episode, The Girl and Tristan discuss what it was like growing up as a nerd and...

Duration: 00:39:11

Episode 070 - Dunkirk and SDCC

Dunkirk Review and SDCC Trailer Reactions For our 70th episode, we get to talk about our reaction to seeing Dunkirk in 70mm film. Christopher Nolan is one of the best filmmakers currently working in Hollywood. Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy, and Interstellar are his latest hits and Dunkirk is taking critics and audiences alike by storm. The evacuation of Dunkirk was considered a successful failure because they lost the battle but saved 300,000 lives. The movie itself showcases three...

Duration: 00:54:25

Episode 068 - Baby Driver Review

Review of Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver" "Baby Driver" is out and the film has captured the hearts and minds of many across the globe. The film debuted at a coveted 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and dropped only 3 points after reaching a wider release. Clearly, critics and audiences alike love this film. Your Nerd Nuptial is in a high-speed chase to get down to the bottom of worked in Baby Driver as well as what didn't. The episode begins with a preview of what the next two weeks of the show will...

Duration: 00:42:00

Episode 067 - Okja Review

Review of Netflix's Latest Film Okja We finally got some viewing time this week and we decided to go deep into the Netflix catalog. We watched Moana, tried Glow, and gave Bojack Horseman another try. But the main thing we are talking about this week is Bong Joon-ho's "Okja". A film about a CGI Super Pig is one that tugs at the heartstrings even if it doesn't sound like it would. A commentary on the meatpacking industry as well as our tendency to develop relationships with non-humans....

Duration: 00:47:38

Episode 066 - Not in My House

Movies you weren't allowed to watch growing up. This is a truly universal experience that all of us have gone through. Your friends have rented a movie or are on their way to go see something and you rush to your parents to them and they say one of the worst single syllable words in the English language, "no." You're heartbroken. You're downtrodden. What do you do? Do you watch it? Do you respect your parent's wishes? Or do you just lie your way through the conversation and tell your...

Duration: 00:46:19

Episode 065 - Tastes Change

Sometimes the ones we love can alter our tastes in TV and Film Tristan and The Girl celebrate their 6th wedding anniversary by not going to The Mummy and save you the review! They instead talk about how, over the course of their relationship, their tastes have changed and have influenced each other in unforeseen ways. How has your significant other influenced you, if at all? Do you watch more musicals? More dumb comedy? More romantic comedies? Let us know!

Duration: 00:36:40

Episode 064 - Wonder Woman Review

Review of DC's latest film: Wonder Woman One of the highest rated superhero films of all time is Wonder Woman. The savior of the DCEU is here and she has come in full force. Regardless of what you thought of Man of Steel or Batman v. Superman, they were not well received. So far, Wonder Woman is by a landslide. The toughest female superhero was directed by a female as well and a lot was unjustly riding on this. When a man makes a bad superhero film, it doesn't stop them from making...

Duration: 01:01:09

One Nation Underwood

House of Cards Season 5 Review Your Nerd Nuptial pairing wanted this season so bad we could taste it. We pined over every single scrap of news just to see what we could find out. Well after 2 days of binge watching, we saw the entire season. Boy, do we have some opinions on it. Was it a poor repeat of season 3 or did we break new ground with where it took our First Lady?

Duration: 00:57:33

Episode 063 - Xenomorphin' Time

Alien: Covenant Review As we promised, we were finally able to deliver our Alien: Covenant film review. It's been a week since the movie's release and the reception has been mixed. On Rotten Tomatoes the general consensus is "Alien: Covenant delivers another satisfying round of close-quarters deep-space terror, even if it doesn't take the saga in any new directions." It's hard to argue that sentiment but Tristan and The Girl will definitely try in this week's episode. Is this latest...

Duration: 00:53:35

Episode 062 - Twin Peaks of Insanity

Twin Peaks Revival review and all the absurdity that comes with it After a 25 year hiatus, David Lynch and his Twin Peaks television show returns but this time on Showtime. Whether you liked it or hated it, Twin Peaks made you feel something. Could be boredom, could be elation, could be pure unadulterated anger at David Lynch for making you question your humanity. Season Three of the show came back in what could be construed as full force in its absurdity and melange of setpieces that...

Duration: 00:49:23

Episode 061 - Sound of Regime

The Handmaid's Tale/Favorite Scores This episode is in two parts. The opening is all about Hulu's original series The Handmaid's Tale and the main topic is about us talking about our favorite film scores. The Handmaid's Tale tells a chilling story of what a fascist regime would look like in our own backyard. Women's rights don't exist and fertility is something rare in the world. We discuss story structure and how episode one might betray your interest but episode two plants the seeds of...

Duration: 00:50:09

House of Cards Season 5 Trailer Reaction

House of Cards Season 5 Trailer Reaction Tristan and The Girl give a quick reaction to the House of Cards Season 5 trailer. What did you think of the trailer?

Duration: 00:17:11

Episode 060 - Minnesota Nice

Fargo Season 3 Premiere and Our Thoughts on the Show Fargo was an amazing film made by the Coen Brothers in the 90s and nobody really could have guess that a TV show based off of the same themes could perchance surpass the original, but here we are. Fargo the FX network original is a show filled with murder, betrayal, detective work, mob bosses, heists, hitman, and the "Minnesota Nice" mentality. Season 3 premiered with Ewan McGregor in the lead playing twins and in this podcast we discuss...

Duration: 00:51:45

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