This week, The Nerds discuss films that claim to be “Based on True Events” and how true they really are. Then, we get to listener feedback including reading aloud our fans’ prizes from participating in social media contests.
I can remember a day when no one knew what the hell The Matrix was, but GODDAMN did we all really want to! There were cryptic ads on the radio in 1999 that ended with Morpheus’ line, “Unfortunately, no one can be told what The Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.” The television ads didn’t give too much away either, besides some short but sweet kung fu clips. So, there I was, a sixteen year old movie nerd, dying to know what kung fu, leather jackets, and Ted “Theodore” Logan all had to offer.
Released this past Christmas, Saving Mr. Banks has already established itself as another Disney triumph, earning an Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe and SAG nomination for Emma Thompson, and over $77 million in the box office (so far). You’ll get no argument from me on the quality of this film: the cast was impeccable, the score was lovely, and the dripping sentiment for Disney’s Mary Poppins rings true for those of us that grew up with Disney as being the most culturally significant production company of our formative years.
Given the season, we could not go through October without devoting episode to a Halloween icon: the mummy. We also discuss how mummification has evolved throughout the centuries. Listen, subscribe, and follow us on Facebook, or Twitter @Nerdonomy!
On Tuesday, I purchased and watched a Blu-ray copy of World War Z that boasted a new UNRATED CUT of the film. I was indeed excited because though I very much enjoyed the theatrical version, I felt that given the material, the film should have had at least a soft R rating. The back of the Blu-ray case seemed promising: