A Fan’s Guide to “Picking Favorites”: Episode 22, Natural Cop Blanchett


By Shannon Fox, @shannonfox


You make me feel…

You make me fEEeeeEeelllll…


Welcome back to your weekly recap of The Nerd Machine’s Picking Favorites podcast! Razzle and Tyler are on the absentee list again this week, but ‘Murica (or at least, that’s what David is being called THIS week) and Zac made up for it in sarcasm and kebabversation.


You can find this week’s episode on iTunes or Soundcloud.


This Week’s Guest:

Alice Wetterlund! (@alicewetterlund)


Alice is a comedian, writer, and actress with super fun hair that I’m totally jealous of.  You may know her best from “Girl Code” on MTV, but she’s also pretty well-known as “The Crazy Dancing Girl” from the Southwest Airlines commercial.  You can catch her in The Interview (which is currently on Netflix), or the upcoming second season of “Silicon Valley”, which premieres on Sunday, April 12th on HBO.  Check out here YouTube channel HERE.


The Interview

“Silicon Valley”, Season 2

“The Girl Code”


Favorite Cate Blanchett Movie

I’m not sure what brought about this topic (no, seriously, I’m kind of curious), but it’s a good one since Cate is arguably one of the greatest actresses of our generation.  And, to give credit to Alice ’cause she’s totally right, Cate TOTALLY brings it on the red carpet (and I very rarely care about fashion, so… that’s saying something).

Alice and Zac:

Blue Jasmine


The Aviator

Extra Mentions:

Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

“SCTV”- Catherine O’ Hara as Katherine Hepburn

“Schitt’s Creek”



Favorite Cop Movie

Because choosing their favorite “buddy cop” movie clearly wasn’t enough (THEY JUST REALLY LIKE COPS, OKAY?!?!).  I have a theory that sometimes the guys just pick certain topics to mention Die Hard again.  If one of next week’s topics is “Favorite Bruce Willis Movie”, I want the appropriate golf claps.


L.A. Confidential


Die Hard


The Departed

Extra Mentions:

The Die Hard 2 Guy (I THINK Alice was talking about Leslie Barnes?)


Bad Words


Favorite Natural Wonder


YO NATURE, YOU PRETTY.  Hang on, isn’t Earth Day this month?  YES! IT IS! So let’s appreciate this gorgeous planet of ours and the very few places that haven’t been covered in real estate and soda cans.


The Hot Springs in Fiambala, Argentina



The Cave of the Crystals, Mexico



The Grand Canyon


Extra Mention:

The Ocean



Random Notes From Shannon’s Brain

  •  The winner of this week’s “Hey, You’re Awesome” Award is… ALICE WETTERLUND!  First, let me say that ‘Murica lost his chance because he supports JIBO and therefore the eventual robot takeover of the earth, and Zac lost his nomination by ruining EVERYTHING.  Alice also clearly wins from her response to getting a role by “crying and farting”, her description of Elizabeth’s “sit down, bitch” moment in Elizabeth (and giving me another reason to look at Joseph Fiennes), and her appreciation of foxes.  And for sort of spelling “Fiambala” for recappers who appreciate it greatly.
  • Okay, we can now start a petition for Zac as whatever the male counterpart to Janine is in the new Ghostbusters reboot?  Yes, please.
  • The sarcasm in this episode kind of made my life.
  • I totally first thought that Zac said “Favorite Cat Movie” instead of “Cop Movie”, like in a weird accent or something (I have no explanation for my brain and its ways) and was totally like, “IF HOMEWARD BOUND ISN’T ON THIS LIST, I’M RIOTING”.  But… it’s wasn’t cat movie, so we’re good.
  • Tyler, they’re TOTALLY trying to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind you, buddy!  I will stay loyal, promise (but if I’m being completely honest, it’s totally because I don’t want to go back and take all mention of your theme-song-writing skills out of the previous recaps.  But also because love).


That’s it for this week’s recap!  Remember to subscribe to and rate the podcast on iTunes, and send YOUR favorites to @thenerdmachine on Twitter with the hashtag “#PickingFavorites”!

You can find our hosts all over social media:

Kentucky/Dave: Twitter

Razzle: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Zac: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Tyler: Twitter, Facebook


Thanks for reading! See you next week!


  1. JayneApril 1st, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Shannon, I totally thought of you during Alice’s mention of the little foxes 🙂

  2. JayneApril 1st, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Also – my favourite natural wonder has to be the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland … I am sure the others would totally have picked it if they’d ever been 🙂

  3. skorpeoApril 2nd, 2015 at 9:28 am

    To Jayne – I have been to the Giant’s Causeway, and yes, I agree it is phenomenal.
    But before I go any further, I just want to say Alice Wetterlund’s voice is…well, I could listen to her read the phone book and be happy…and melty. Extremely happy and very melty.
    I’m somewhat surprised Zac mentioned Cate Blanchett’s chameleon abilities and not mention the film “I’m Not There” in which she portrays Bob Dylan. Thought the movie itself was “meh”, but Cate did a fantastic job.

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