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Episode 75: Nerdist Podcast
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Nerdist Podcast #75: JAMES GUNN

Our first live podcast from @NerdMelt! We had a tweet-up to see the film Super (which was violent, adorable and awesome) and then brought director James Gunn (who also did “Slither”, “Tromeo & Juliet” and wrote 2004’s “Dawn of the Dead”) back to our clubhouse, where a SPIRITED debate about zombies unfurled.

Super is currently playing in select cities and will be available On Demand April 13th. It is unrated and NOT for kiddies.

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  1. Hickspy says:

    I’m with Jonah, that Savini remake is awesome.

  2. steve white says:

    the voice level differences on this one makes it pretty much unlistenable to, can hardly hear the guest and then have others blasting out.

  3. The Deej says:

    I really wish I knew if Super was coming to Canada. I can’t find any information on it at all and it sounds like I must see it.

    Loved the Zombie diversion and I wanted more.

    BTW there was a mention of a quemens (or quement) page but I’ll be damned if I can find it or am I just spelling the word wrong?

  4. Greg says:

    Good podcast, but I listen to podcasts outside while walking outside and sound quality varies greatly this time. Would loved to have heard more of James Gunn, but he doesn’t seem to know that he needs to hold the microphone close to his face when he talks.

  5. smartbunny says:

    RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD! I will discuss this movie at length with Jonah anytime.

    “Watch your tongue boy if you like this job!”

  6. Ken says:

    Magnificent episode, gentlemen. Thank you so much for what you do.

    Now, on to the zombies…

    In an interview on the Creative Screenwriting podcast with Jeff Golsmith about a year ago, Modern Zombiemaster George Romero discussed the mechanics of the zompocalypse, as he imagined it. In the interview, he tells Goldsmith that zombies in his movies do not infect the living; rather, their bite proves lethal to the living who, upon dying from the bite, become subject to the radiation that animates all the other zombies. The interview seems not to be available on Mr. Goldsmith’s website, but is still accessible as a podcast in iTunes.

    Now, is this consistent with the character in Survival of the Dead who seems to become infected after biting a zombie? I don’t know. But hey–it’s George Freakin’ Romero. He can change his mind if he wants.

  7. ryemcc says:

    W on M rape jokes? Thumbing it in??

    Stay flassy Nerdist.

  8. Shari says:

    I nearly creamed myself when Jonah was breaking it down how fast moving zombies would be scientifically impossible. I love it! You guys are awesome. Shout out to Matt: DMB rules!!!

  9. Blair Slavin says:

    I went to see the movie the other day.
    In the seats in front of me I thought someone had brought their young daughter, yet I figured it out to be a Little Person. I cringed just a little bit during the movie when they did the part about being a Midget and what would that be like. I kept expecting popcorn or something to be thrown at the screen or hear tiny footsteps running up the aisle and out the door. Nothing happened. At the end she and her friend were laughing about the movie. I also was the only one to laugh when the side-kick was laughing and pointing about ‘Now you have no legs’. It was a good movie. Jason, call me. Now that you do Christain Drag… all I can say is WOOF!!!

  10. my_leisure says:

    What’s the name of the asian movie he mentioned at the end? Giant toad rogue trio?

  11. Ben K says:

    Why didn’t anyone mention that the zombies in the original Night of the Living Dead were animated by the radiation coming from a comet passing near earth? The people who died that were reanimated were also subject to the same radiation-based-animation. That’s why there weren’t any skeleton-zombies (beside the tough FX to do that) – they still need muscle tissue to animate.

  12. Kevin says:

    Great episode, loved the debate on zombies. I have to agree with Amrehlu, no one I know really has that passion for zombie lore, or cares to here me talk about it.

    Quick question for Jonah, which of Romero’s films is your favorite, and which is least favorite and why?

  13. Mark T. Manning says:

    I am strongly considering registering for college, so I can live in a dorm, so I can purchase a poster-sized copy of the photo for this episode to hang in said dorm room.

  14. Cobras says:

    Anyone else play that game where you drink every time Hardwick says “phenomenal”? It gets you suuuuuper wasted.

  15. Phill says:

    Update: You know how when you hear your voice recorded it sounds all weird and strange and dorky? (Or is that just me?) Anyway, it’s been I don’t know how long since I listened to my recorded voice but something must have happened ’cause I sound GREAT now! (except for stumbling over my own words.) What kind of mics are you using that made me sound so great, guys?

    -Phill from Pedro

  16. Ezy Ryder says:

    Chris, just wanted to drop a note, (or quemment, if you MUST call it that) and thank you and the boys for the podcast. Started listening when Kevin Smith was your guest, and haven’t been more inspired in my life. As a dude who didn’t think he was necessarily ‘funny’ I went through all the past guests, rain Wilson, Silverman, bill maher, etc etc, and discovered a whole new way of writing my material. Its now 4:24 am in the UK, and I’ve just finished writing a pilot episode for the sitcom I’ve created, and I have you guys and your guests to thank. Keep up the awesome work.

    PS. Any plans to have Neil Strauss on the ‘cast? Dude is an interesting fellow!

    PPS. Since I commented THEN asked a question, doesn’t this qualify as a commstion?