Monday, February 19, 2018

The Weekly Stuff #226 – Black Panther, Movie Trailers, Dragon Quest Builders, and much 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 the movie sensation that’s gripping the nation: Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is finally here, and it’s one of the best, most artistically accomplished, and most culturally significant superhero films ever made. We give it our usual in-depth treatment, diving into everything that makes this film such a thoroughly special, rewarding entry in Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic canon. We also catch up on two weeks’ worth of news, movie trailers (like Solo and Venom), and stuff, including Jonathan’s adventures with Dragon Quest Builders on Switch and Sean’s time going back and forth between Dragon Ball FighterZ and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro, including talk about Florida school shooting: 0:00:00 – 0:09:04
Stuff, including Dragon Quest Builders and Dragon Ball FighterZ and Xenoverse 2: 0:09:04 – 0:46:36
News: 0:46:36 – 1:30:08
Black Panther Review: 1:30:08 – 3:24:25

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Monday, February 5, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #225 – Revisiting Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones


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 a galaxy far, far away for our second critical conversation about the infamous Star Wars prequels, this time diving deep with Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Perhaps the most maligned and dismissed of the Star Wars films, Attack of the Clones is, like The Phantom Menace before it, a much better film than its reputation would assert, a ‘grown-up’ Star Wars movie full of complicated ideas and nuanced character work. It also represents a major inflection point in the history of digital cinema, and remains one of the most visually stunning blockbusters ever created. Once again, this was a fun and engaging topic to record, and we think you’ll enjoy it. We also talk a little more about some recent games, including Dragon Ball FighterZ, walk through some recent gaming news, and give thoughts on all the movie trailers from Super Bowl Sunday, including our first look at Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:54
Dragon Ball FighterZ and Digimon Story Hacker’s Memory Update: 0:03:54 – 0:20:06
News: 0:20:06 – 1:17:38
Revisiting Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones: 1:17:38 – 3:33:38

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Monday, January 29, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #224 – Dragon Ball FighterZ, Digimon Story Hacker’s Memory 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.

On today’s show, we review of two of January’s plethora of video game releases, diving into the fighting game that’s quickly taken the gaming world by storm, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and chatting about the sequel to 2016’s Game of the Year, Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker’s Memory. These are two very different games that are sort of difficult to play on top of each other, but they’ve made for a rich start to the year in gaming. FighterZ is an amazing achievement in its genre that makes astoundingly good use of the Dragon Ball world and its characters, while Hacker’s Memory is just as clever, soulful, and surprising as the unexpectedly great JRPG it expands upon. And before we get to those reviews, we take a trip to Sean’s Beta Corner for thoughts on Metal Gear Survive, talk a little Doctor Who, and walk through some recent news, including an interesting Kotaku story about the state of Bioware and Anthem development.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:54
Stuff, including Sean’s Beta Corner: 0:04:54 – 0:20:53
News: 0:20:53 – 0:53:03
Dragon Ball FighterZ: 0:53:03 – 1:53:33
Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory: 1:53:33 – 2:28:03

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Monday, January 22, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #223 – Revisiting Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace


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 on the show, we’ve recorded the first in a series of conversations about three of the most ubiquitously discussed, ridiculed, and meme-ified films in the modern pop culture landscape: The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. For all the attention these films have gotten over the years, how much genuine critical engagement – something deeper than just “LOL JAR JAR!” – have they truly been afforded? What do they tell us about a franchise that has resurged in cultural dominance in recent years, how did they set the stage for the digital cinema revolution we are currently living through, and what do they have to say about the politics of the 21st century? These films are better, deeper, richer, and more critically rewarding than they get credit for, and we aim to rectify that gap, starting here with our in-depth discussion of The Phantom Menace. Whatever your thoughts on the film, we think you’ll find this conversation interesting, and only ask you go in with an open mind. And before the main topic, we also talk some Doctor Who, give our very early impressions of Digimon Story Cybersleuth Hacker’s Memory for the PS4, and go over a few news items, including the announcement of the new ‘Nintendo Labo’ product line for the Switch.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:05:28
Doctor Who Stuff: 0:05:28 – 0:18:22
Digimon Story Cybersleuth Hacker’s Memory Impressions: 0:18:22 – 0:28:55
News: 0:28:55 – 0:46:03
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace: 0:46:03 – 2:51:38

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Bonus #6 – Doctor Who: Kinda (Story 119, 1982)


It’s time for another monthly bonus episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, where we will be discussing serials from classic Doctor Who history.

After two wonderful months spent chronicling the adventures of the Fourth Doctor, we jump ahead to the strange reign of the Fifth, played by Peter Davison, and the rocky tenure of producer John Nathan Turner. Kinda, the story we discuss here, is the Fifth Doctor’s third-ever serial, and it is one of the weirdest, wildest, and most unique Doctor Who stories ever told, steeped in dream sequences, surreal imagery, and bizarre plotting that, at the very least, adds up to an extremely memorable story. Is there more than just wackiness on display here? What do we make of Davison’s performance as the Fifth Doctor? And is Adric or Tegan a worse companion? We answer all these questions and more in our in-depth discussion of Kinda.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2017 Denver Film Critics Society Awards Winners Announced - "Lady Bird," "Dunkirk" win top honors


The Denver Film Critics Society, of which I am a voting member, has today announced its winners in our 2017 film awards. I wrote about the nominations when they were announced last week, and was very happy with our batch of potential winners. The final victors, which you can read about below, are a pretty damn strong group as well. Our Best Picture award went to Lady Bird, my favorite film of the year, while Best Director went to Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk (I would have preferred this one go to Greta Gerwig, but Dunkirk is an obvious and extraordinary directorial achievement and I cannot fault his win here). Lady Bird also won Best Actress for the wonderful Saoirse Ronan, while Best Actor went to Gary Oldman’s transformative performance in Darkest Hour (I’ll pour one out for the great Harry Dean Stanton, who made our nominations but didn’t win in the competitive field). Supporting Actor wins went to Willem Dafoe and Allison Janney, while screenplay fields split between Jordan Peele’s original Get Out and James Ivory’s adaptation of Call Me By Your Name.

You can see all the award winners below, with nominations repeated for clarity’s sake. All in all, I think our group did a great job this year recognizing what was extraordinary about film in 2017, and our final awards spread the love to a lot of different and diverse places. Read through the full list of winners after the jump…

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #222 – Nintendo Direct, Dragon Ball Beta, and 2018 Year-in-Preview


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 grab-bag style episode this week, as we cover a week’s worth of news items, including Thursday’s Nintendo Direct announcements, Sean reviews the beta for upcoming fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Jonathan talks about finally catching up on Pokken Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch. And for our main topic, we preview what’s to come in 2018 in terms of video games, looking at the confirmed games for Spring and discussing what we plan to play and review, and speculating about which games will and won’t come out through the rest of the year. We even play a silly game where we ‘draft’ which games we think won’t make speculated 2018 release dates, just for fun.

Enjoy, and come back for our next Doctor Who bonus podcast this Thursday!

Time Chart:

Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:08:19
Sean’s Beta Corner – Dragon Ball FighterZ: 0:08:19 – 0:21:00
Jonathan talks Pokken Tournament DX: 0:21:00 – 0:32:50
News, including Nintendo Direct: 0:32:50 – 1:13:45
2018 Gaming Year-in-Preview: 1:13:45 – 1:46:38

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