2.31 – Returning shows and technical difficulties

Send comments or questions to SceneNNerd@gmail.com to have them read on the show! On today’s show Pete, Sarah and Matt welcome back Amy and Lauren from The Flash Podcast and Assembly of Geeks and Jon G from Friday Night Fandom. Pete makes HUGE announcement then runs down what’s new in theaters and on Blu ray. Lauren does her best Casey impression for the “Entertainment Whatever” and the gang tackles RETURNING fall shows. It’s crazy, a bit laggy, but still somewhat entertaining. It’s Scene N Nerd!

 

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Review: Me, Earl, & the Dying Girl

imgresI don’t know how to review this film…I don’t even know where to start, so let me just jump to the part where I tell you to watch Me, Earl, & the Dying Girl.

Based on Jesse Andrews’ best-selling novel, this film follows Greg (Thomas Mann), his “co-worker” Earl (RJ Cyler), and a dying girl, named Rachel (Olivia Cooke). The film opens with Greg’s voiceover narration about how he has survived high school; a friend to everyone, but a friend to no one. Yes, this is another film about high school seniors, with that introductory high school sequence, that we have all seen before. This is the part in the review where I tell you, you’re wrong. Director Aldonso Gomez-Rejon uses subtle camera tricks in this sequence, instead of the flashy freeze frames paired with snappy sound effects technique, that we have seen in films that came before it.  Throughout this entire movie the camera is an active mind’s eye that brings a sense of urgency to the screen.  Gomez-Rejon is able to project the scene’s emotional action through the camera’s movement, like a cinematic waltz. Me, Earl, & the Dying Girl is a small, independent film, but at times it feels larger than life.

images-1This is the part in the review where I tell you that this is a high school based romantic comedy, where the popular guy falls for the nerdy girl; but this is not that type of film. There is some romantic tension brooding beneath Greg’s “doomed from the beginning friendship,” with Rachel; but it’s more about a genuine connection than romance.  Greg and Rachel form an unlikely, quirky friendship, similar to Andrew and Sam’s connection in the movie Garden State.  During their first encounter, Greg describes to Rachel about how she can pretend to enter a sub-human state, when someone really annoying tries to talk to her.  This is reminiscent to the Garden State scene, where Sam talks about how she invents random noises when she stresses out about life.  Gomez-Rejon is able to tether these teenage character’s innocent wonder about life under the weight of maturity throughout the story. He captures the same authentic, adolescent spirit as John Hughes did in The Breakfast Club.  After watching this film, I can only expect more great films from Gomez-Rejon are in our future.

imagesAgain, this is a coming of age film about Greg grappling with the end of his adolescence during his senior year in high school.  Simultaneously Gomez-Rejon frames a poetic love letter to filmmaking. Greg and Earl spend their time making classic movie parodies, that Rachel watches as she undergoes treatment for leukemia. This is the part in the review where I tell you, that as the story unfolds it was truly “the best of times and worst of times,” for these three friends. Now go watch the winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

By Sarah Belmont
Featured Writer
@sjbelmont

2.18 – STILL No Hope in Game of Thrones

If you want to be on the show, Tweet us @SceneNNerd, email us at SceneNNerd@gmail.com, or review us on iTunes and let us know what you think or what you’d like us to talk about! Today on Scene ‘N Nerd, Pete, Casey, Rose, and Jon from Friday Night Fandom join up to analyze Gotham, Silicon Valley, and Game of Thrones. Westeros was unusually controversial this week; if you listen closely, you can hear the sweat beading up on the foreheads of the hosts. I need a new shirt, it’s an all new Scene ‘N Nerd!

 

1.28 – All Geek Things Must End part 2

THIS WEEK THE GUYS NEVER LEFT! They’re back with Lily Miranda of Filmthrasher.com and TC of Epic Comicast to give you the best TV of 2014. They’ll have a roundtable discussion on the biggest shows and picks of the year. Lily pitches Agents of Shield to much avail. The title of ‘best movie of the year’ gets thrown around. Then the results of the Scene N’ Nerd ‘Best Of’ awards poll are revealed! Don’t miss the second half of the unforgettable finale of Scene N’ Nerd’s first season! Once again brought to you by the sound “DING!”

1.23 – Smoakin’ Hot

They’re back! The guys return from their one week hiatus to bring their usual crazy shenanigans. This week the guys are talking Gotham and feel it’s turned a corner, but are still unsure of Ben Mackenzie’s portrayal. Then the guys drool over Felicity Smoak and her origin story on this weeks Arrow along with her pit stop on The Flash. Then they talk about how they’re digging Constantine and think it’s NBC’s answer to Sleepy Hollow. Then Pacing Pete brings you all the latest comic book movie news and rumors and gives you the entire Marvel/DC slate for the next five years. Check out an all new episode of Scene N’ Nerd!