Recorded a few days into 2016, the Nerds catch up with what's been going on over the holidays and at the start of the New Year!  Hear about our Crimmas Haul and be amazed by our Oscar predictions.

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The nerds continue to search their feelings on The Force Awakens.

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Well, we start off the new year, not unexpectedly, talking about Star Wars! And since we could go on forever about the new film, we split it into two parts.

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In our final episode of the year, the nerds talk about upcoming holiday plans and annual traditions. Then, we're going to take a break for a few weeks and return in 2016 with our review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so no spoilers in this episode!

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After James quickly lists every movie he forgot to discuss last week, the Nerds reflect on TV shows, other pop culture events, and their personal journey through the year that was.

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We're in the homestretch and close to finishing off the year. So, the Nerds take a moment to reflect back on the pop culture events of 2015. Let's see how poor everyone's memory is 12 months in.

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Now that we're done November, we reflect back on what we've been up to since Hallowe'en.  So, here's Nerd Tangent shenanigans since the Great Pumpkin season began.

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What makes a film a masterpiece? Or, more to the point, what makes a near-masterpiece? The debate begins, as Todd thinks it involves being re-watchable and enjoyable, while James thinks it means having a deeper or transcendent message. John just looks for ninjas. Deep discussion, plus a new classic bit - David Lynch does Star Wars!

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2015 has certainly been the year for espionage at the cinema, from Mission: Impossible and the Man From UNCLE, to James Bond and Bridge of Spies, to Kingsman and Blackhat. Spy movies of all stripes filled the screens. The nerds figure out how to deal with secret agent overload, and discuss ideas on how to differentiate the franchises so they can comfortably co-exist.

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Todd, James, and ... Just Bob... discuss being weeks away from a new Star Wars film. What story hints did the final trailer provide? What fears do we have after the Prequel Trilogy disaster? What cautious optimism are we carrying with us into this next installment of the franchise?

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