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!
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!
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.
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?