Monday, July 16, 2018

The Weekly Stuff #246 Podcast – Octopath Traveler Impressions & Revisiting Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link

This week, one of our biggest projects of 2018 comes to a close as we complete our journey through the original six Star Wars films with Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Easily among the most iconic pieces of mainstream Hollywood blockbuster history, Return of the Jedi is a fascinating experience to watch and discuss in this context, as it represents some of the best and some of the worst Star Wars has to offer, in perhaps the most complicated package we’ve yet broken down in this series. We give it our usual in-depth breakdown, and offer some final thoughts on our entire Star Wars re-watch project. Before that, Sean and I also break down a few pieces of news – including the recent Doctor Who teaser and the reveal of the new Dragon Ball Super: Broly film – while I give initial impressions of Octopath Traveler for the Nintendo Switch and Sean talks about reading an amazing mid-2000s Spider-Man comics run. It’s a jam-packed podcast, and one of my personal favorites of the year. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart
Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:15:25
News, including Dragon Ball: Broly Talk: 0:15:25 – 0:44:15
Sean talks Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane: 0:44:15 – 0:58:20
Jonathan’sOctopath Traveler Impressions: 0:58:20 – 1:31:56
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi: 1:31:56 - 3:49:28 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Weekly Stuff #245 – Ant-Man & The Wasp Review, Persona Dancing Talk, and Remembering Steve Ditko & Harlan Ellison


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link

Marvel’s third film of the year arrived this week with Ant-Man & The Wasp,an imperfect and slight film that is nevertheless an absurd amount of fun. We give it our traditional in-depth treatment, but before that, Sean pays homage to two recently deceased creative giants who have had a big influence on him – Spider-Man creator and renowned comics artist Steve Ditko, and science-fiction giant Harlan Ellison – and Jonathan’s brother Thomas joins us for another discussion about Persona 3 Dancing and Persona 5 Dancing, as he’s gone and nabbed all the high scores in those games to go along with his obsessive high scores from Persona 4 Dancing. 

Oh, and during the Persona talk, Sean also expressed his desire to see the game’s remix of “Burn My Dread” laid over footage of classic-style Sonic the Hedgehog, and I obliged on the fly. It works amazingly well. 

  
Enjoy!

Time Chart
Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:12:27
Remembering Steve Ditko & Harlan Ellison: 0:12:27 – 0:29:44
Persona Dancing Talk: 0:29:44 – 1:04:35
Ant-Man & The Wasp Review: 1:04:35 – 1:57:48

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Monday, July 2, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #244 – Grab-bag! News round-up, Mario Tennis Aces, Dragon Ball Legends, Donkey Kong Rabbids, and more!


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link

It’s a good-old fashioned grab-bag this week, as we cover a week’s worth of news – including Doctor Who getting a new composer, Halo coming to TV, and Sony’s continued refusal to play nice with others – and discuss the strange grab-bag of old and new games we’ve been diving into to escape the dumpster fire that is America in 2018. We’ve both been replaying The Last of Us, and find ourselves more impressed by it than ever, while Jonathan has been playing Mario Tennis Aces and the Donkey Kong Adventure expansion for Mario + Rabbids. Sean talks the new Dragon Ball mobile game, and offers a surprise impromptu review of a game from several years ago he’s been playing on a whim. And at the end, we call an audible and vent for 15 minutes about the horrible month in politics. You have our full blessing to skip it if you want, but if you’d like to vent alongside us, this is your chance. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:52
News Round-up: 0:02:52 – 1:14:50 
Sean’s Surprising Video Game Review: 1:14:50 – 1:26:37 
The Last of Us Talk: 1:26:37 – 1:47:20
Mario + Rabbids - Donkey Kong Adventure: 1:47:20 – 1:59:29 
Dragon Ball Legends: 1:59:29 – 2:12:00
Mario Tennis Aces: 2:12:00 – 2:24:25
Other Stuff: 2:24:25 – 2:29:05
Politics Talk: 2:29:05 – 2:46:28 

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Monday, June 25, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #243 – Revisiting Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link

This week, we return to the world ofStar Wars in our ongoing series of in-depth retrospectives on the original six films, this time arriving at the best and most iconic Episode of them all: The Empire Strikes Back, a sequel that not only defined much of what we now think of as Star Wars, but created a sequel template that countless Hollywood franchises have since followed. For as widely appreciated and discussed as the film is, there is still a lot to learn from and discover about this great movie, something we strive to do in this discussion. Jonathan also gives his final thoughts on the Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion, Sean talks a bit more about catching up with Rise of the Tomb Raider, and we cover a few pieces of stray entertainment news to round out the show. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:45
Stuff: 0:02:45 – 0:39:58
News: 0:39:58 – 0:53:28
The Empire Strikes Back: 0:53:28 – 2:54:42

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #242 – Revisiting 2001: A Space Odyssey at 50, Incredibles 2, Splatoon 2 Octo, and more!


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey turns 50 this year, and in celebration, Warner Bros has been touring a brand new 70mm print of the classic film around the United States, which arrived here in Denver last week. It’s a marvelous presentation of a masterful film, and we thought we’d take the opportunity to dive deep with one of the greatest films ever made, in one of the most enjoyable and engaging movie discussions we’ve ever had on the podcast. Jonathan also reviews Incredibles 2 and the Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion on Nintendo Switch, while Sean talks about finally catching up with Rise of the Tomb Raider and revisiting Dragon Ball FighterZ, and we both talk about a few bits of post-E3 news. 

Enjoy! And on a very different current events note, if you would like to assist the families currently being torn apart at America’s southern border, as we acknowledge at the top of the show, I’ve made a donation at this link – which spreads your contribution out amongst multiple agencies doing crucial work to help these broken families – and would recommend you do so as well, if you are at all able: https://actblue.com/donate/kidsattheborder

Time Chart
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:06:25
News: 0:06:25 – 0:29:34 
Incredibles 2 & Bao: 0:29:34 – 0:50:20
Tomb Raider Talk: 0:50:20 – 1:09:02
Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion: 1:09:02 – 1:17:46
Sean Returns to Dragon Ball FighterZ: 1:17:46 – 1:34:14
Revisiting 2001: A Space Odyssey: 1:34:14 – 3:15:13

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #241 – E3 2018 Day 3: Nintendo & Smash Bros Analysis and E3 Wrap-Up


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link

The third day of E3 2018 shows brought us Nintendo’s showcase, which was almost entirely focused on the reveal of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch. The game looks like it will deliver the goods and then some – but did the show need to spend over 25 minutes diving into such extreme minutiae? We answer this question and any more as we consider Nintendo’s offerings, before diving into some final thoughts on everything we’ve seen over the past few days. We rank everybody’s shows, list the best and worst games displayed on stage, and discuss the silliest, most impressive, and most surprising moments of this year’s E3. 

Enjoy! 

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #240 – E3 2018 Day 2: Sony, Ubisoft, and Square Enix Analysis


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link

Day 2 of E3 2018 brought us big showcases from Sony and Ubisoft, and a completely baffling non-event from Square Enix, and we recap and analyze all of it on today’s show. We dive deep with the big looks at Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Beyond Good and Evil 2, Kingdom Hearts 3, The Last of Us Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding,Spider-Man,and much more, celebrate Ubisoft’s awesome dancing panda, reflect on the unconventional structure of Sony’s show, and try to figure out what the hell happened with that bizarre bit of trolling from Square Enix. And we’ll be back tomorrow to do it one more time with Nintendo’s showcase and our final thoughts on the week’s events. 

Oh, and I also cut together footage from the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey trailer with the music from Super Mario Odyssey, and am weirdly proud of how it turned out, so go ahead and give it a look here:



Enjoy! 

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:05:25
Square Enix ‘Showcase’: 0:05:25 – 0:31:29
Ubisoft Showcase: 0:31:29 – 1:22:30
Sony Showcase: 1:22:30 – 2:34:52 

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