Originally Aired: 01/27/17

We discuss the news of the week. The death of one of the funniest woman ever on TV Mary Tyler Moore. The 50th anniversary of the Apollo I tragedy that killed Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee.

We talk with film critic Richard Crouse, who curated this year’s lineup for the Flashback Film Festival (brought to you by Cineplex). Coming to 24 cities across Canada this February, the festival celebrates some fan favourite films from the past by giving you a chance to see them up on the big screen once again. Richard is a well known film critic and author who’s put together a mix of big action, smart drama and heartwarming films from the 80s and 90s for fans to enjoy, including the likes of Bladerunner (The Final Cut), Fight Club, Jurassic Park, The Princess Bride and more! Richard Crouse is the regular film critic for Canada AM and CP24. He was the host of Reel to Real, Canada’s longest running television show about movies, from 1998 to 2008 and is a frequent guest on many national Canadian radio and television shows. His syndicated Saturday afternoon radio show, The Richard Crouse Show, originates on News Talk 1010 in Toronto. He is  the author of six books on pop culture history and writes a weekly column for Metro newspaper.

Our review of xXx: Return of Xander Cage starring Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen and Deepika Padukone. Synopsis: After coming out of self-imposed exile, daredevil operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) must race against time to recover a sinister weapon known as Pandora’s Box, a device that controls every military satellite in the world. Recruiting a new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself entangled in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of government.

We also talk with Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol, the stars and creators of Nirvanna the Band the Show. What started as a web series back in the late 2000s is now a 10 episode television program premiering on Viceland on February 2nd. Matt Johnson rose to prominence in the independent film world with his film The Dirties and has since followed it up with Operation Avalanche. When the opportunity came up to make a show for Vice, he decided to “bring the band back together” with a new take on his former web show. Matt and Jay will be on to talk about the series that follows one band who will stop at nothing to book a show at the Rivoli in Toronto….except, just ask to be booked like normal human beings. For more on Nirvanna the Band the Show, check out the Viceland website.

It was a great show!

Plus for our Patreon supporters, our latest Geek Hard Extra After Credits segment discussing the Oscars nominations announced this past week.

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Production Credits:

Geek Hard Logo – Candice Hibbard and Rich Robbins
Technical Production – Gary LaBarr, Recorded at the Reality Radio 101 Studio
Producers – Andrew Young & James Green

Music Credits:

Opening Music “Eterna Teen” by Mark Holman
“Call You Queen” by Haley Bonar
“Misirlou” by Dick Dale
“Born Slippy” by Underworld
“Vin Diesel, Nice Man With Big Muscles” by Papa Razzi and The Photogs
“Action Movie” by Sky-Pony
“Come As You Are” by Nirvana
Closing Music “Kelly’s Heroes” by Black Grape