Sunday, May 2, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #374 – Batman on Film Part 6: BATMAN & ROBIN (1997) with George Clooney


After a bit of a delay due to Sean and Jonathan being extremely reluctant to watch the actual movie, our ongoing Batman on Film series is back with the last Batman film of the 90s, and one of the worst movies ever made: Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, a flop that’s just as terrible if not worse than Batman Forever in a whole host of ways, while offering a few improvements thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger and especially Uma Thurman that can’t counteract the awfulness of the main Batman story. It’s an extremely bad movie and a painful, joyless watch, but makes for an entertaining conversation – and the Batman series is definitely looking up from here. We also cover a few pieces of stuff, like Jonathan playing Resident Evil 7 and Sean getting further in Yakuza: Like a Dragon, before paying tribute to the great Shunsuke Kikuchi, composer for Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, who passed away this week at the ripe old age of 89, and leaves behind a timeless legacy of incredible, series-defining music.

Enjoy! 

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:55

Stuff: 0:04:55 – 0:23:34

News, including Shunsuke Kikuchi: 0:23:34 – 1:01:02

Batman & Robin: 1:01:02 – 2:56:31

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #373 – Demon Slayer ~Kimetsu no Yaiba~ The Movie: Mugen Train Review & Discussion


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 Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

After reviewing the first season of the anime in last week’s show, we’re back to review Demon Slayer ~Kimetsu no Yaiba~ The Movie: Mugen Train, the highest-grossing film in the history of Japan, and one that’s already making waves after its debut in North American theaters this weekend. It was both of our first trips back to a movie theater in over a year, since the start of the pandemic, and we couldn’t have picked a better film, because Mugen Train is an outstanding movie, not just as an ongoing part of the Kimetsu no Yaiba story, but on its own merits, and breaking it all down makes for one of the richest movie discussions we’ve ever had. Before that, we also talk about recent updates to The Weekly Stuff Podcast’s new YouTube channel, discuss Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings trailer, and Sean tells us about finally playing Resident Evil VII ahead of the upcoming Resident Evil VILLage.

Enjoy! 

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:09:30

Stuff: 0:09:30 – 0:51:58

Mugen Train: 0:51:58 – 3:05:03

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #372 – The KIMETSU NO YAIBA (Demon Slayer) Episode!


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 Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

We’re talking about anime again this week, but for once, it’s not Gundam! It’s Kimetsu no Yaiba, also known as Demon Slayer, the most popular anime/manga franchise in Japan right now, and increasingly one of the most discussed around the world. With the record-breaking movie, Mugen Train, making its way to North American theaters next week, we go in-depth with the first season of the anime from Ufotable, based on the first 6 volumes of Koyoharu Gotouge’s best-selling manga. It’s a spectacular 26 episodes, one of the most perfect seasons of Shonen anime imaginable, featuring not just terrific storytelling, characters, and acting, but significant technical breakthroughs and breathtaking filmmaking that feel like they’re pushing the entire medium of anime forward. We also touch on the news that Gundam is getting a live-action film from Legendary Pictures and Netflix, and Jonathan tells you all about the exciting things happening on The Weekly Stuff Podcast’s brand new YouTube channel!

Enjoy, and come back next week for our review of the Kimetsu film, Mugen Train!

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:16:17

Stuff: 0:16:17 – 0:31:30

News: 0:31:30 – 0:44:18

Kimetsu no Yaiba: 0:44:18 – 3:44:41

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #30 –Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer Review & Discussion

It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a show exploring the world of Mobile Suit Gundam from The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link.

With both seasons of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 reviewed, it’s time for the third and final piece of the 00 tapestry: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, the 2010 feature-film follow-up/finale that brings a close to the world of Gundam 00 and introduces the world of Gundam to extraterrestrial life for the first time. It’s a wild, strange, defiantly singular movie, and one of the stranger corners of the Gundam universe – but also one of the most rewarding, especially when you break it down in a long-form conversation as we do here. Operating on the levels of symbolism, metaphor, and myth-making, A Wakening of the Trailblazer isn’t quite like any other piece of Gundam, and it isn’t quite like anything we’ve discussed before; but it’s got a lot of fascinating, rich ideas on its mind, some of the most startling imagery in the entire franchise, and brings the Gundam 00 saga to an unexpected but wholly satisfying close. Gundam 00 has been one of our favorite series to discuss so far, and the film is no exception.

Enjoy, and come back next time for the CGI OVA series, MS Igloo!

 

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #371 – Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer Review & Discussion


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 Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

After touching base on the games we’ve been playing – including the original Diablo and 2016’s Ratchet & Clank remake – and discussing this week’s Bloomberg report about a Last of Us PS5 remake and the state of Sony’s development priorities, we move on to another Weekly Suit Gundam topic, rounding out our triptych of Gundam 00 reviews with Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, the 2010 feature-film follow-up/finale that brings a close to the world of Gundam 00 and introduces the world of Gundam to extraterrestrial life for the first time. It’s a wild, strange, defiantly singular movie, and one of the stranger corners of the Gundam universe – but also one of the most rewarding, especially when you break it down in a long-form conversation as we do here. Gundam 00 has been one of our favorite series to discuss so far, and the film is no exception.

Enjoy, and come back next week for our review of Season 1 of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, ahead of the North American debut of the new film, Mugen Train, in theaters!

TIME CHART:

Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:17:50

News: 0:17:50 – 0:38:50

Gundam 00 the Movie: 0:38:50 – 2:57:46

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #370 – GODZILLA VS KONG vs KING KONG VS GODZILLA: DAWN OF KAIJU JUSTICE


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 Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

The great Kaiju showdown of our time has arrived in Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla vs Kong, the fourth film and grand culmination in their ongoing ‘MonsterVerse,’ and to celebrate, we’re not just reviewing this movie – we’re also going back to Round 1 of this particular match-up, discussing the original Toho King Kong vs Godzilla from 1962! And that’s not all! We also dive into the other Legendary Pictures monster movies to recap our thoughts on the entire series, and we discuss the original Toho Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla for reasons that should be apparent to anyone who’s seen Godzilla vs Kong! It’s a grand old time talking about these wonderful monster icons, a chance to not only review this surprisingly great new movie, but to do the kind of big Kaiju celebration we haven’t done in a while on this podcast.

Enjoy, and listen to all our past Godzilla episodes as well if you’re interested!

Episode #162 – Godzilla Retrospective Spectacular!

Episode #163 – Shin Godzilla Review

Episode #86 – Godzilla 2014 Review

Episode #287 – Godzilla: King of the Monsters Review

TIME CHART:

Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:23:20

King Kong vs Godzilla (and other Toho movies): 0:23:20 – 1:20:22

Godzilla vs Kong (and other Legendary movies): 1:20:22 – 2:38:31

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #29 – Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 2 Review & Discussion


It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a show exploring the world of Mobile Suit Gundam from The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link.

After its stupendous first season, Gundam 00 has a lot to live up to in its back half, and we find it more than rises to the challenge with an incredibly smart, exciting, affecting, and entertaining second season, bringing the TV portion of this Gundam experience to a rousing close. Set 4 years after the first season, in a world that increasingly resembles some of Gundam’s most recognizable archetypes, Gundam 00 Season 2 reconfigures and interrogates some of the franchise’s longest-running ideas for the 21st century, not just applying issues of 21st-century geopolitics to its own fiction, but asking where Gundam belongs, and how it must evolve, as the franchise goes forward. With amazing animation, outstanding mobile suit designs and action, tremendous characters, and one of the best voice casts the franchise has ever assembled – including the very surprising return of one of Gundam’s most iconic voice actors – Gundam 00 truly is one of the franchise’s finest hours, and we had even more fun talking about it the second time.

Enjoy, and come back next time for Gundam 00 The Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer!

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