Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #290 – Revisiting The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


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

Back on Episode 277, we started our latest movie retrospective series, looking back at Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy with The Fellowship of the Ring. A few months and many delays later, we’re finally back to talk The Two Towers, the second film in the trilogy and another masterful entry in this all-time great work of cinematic storytelling and craftsmanship. With the Fellowship scattered and the action moving East towards Rohan, The Two Towers expands the world of Middle Earth and deepens the conflict, but this is no mere middle chapter setting the stage for bigger things to come. It’s just as fascinating and enjoyable to talk about as Fellowship,and we break it all down to the level of extreme detail this great movie deserves. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 - 0:07:49
Stuff: 0:07:49 – 1:01:04
Two Towers: 1:01:04 – 3:23:14

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #02 - Reviewing Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 #03-13


It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a special podcast miniseries from the 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. 

After giving an overview of the Mecha genre and talking about the first two episodes last time, we dive deep into the meat of Mobile Suit Gundam on this week’s episode, discussing Episodes three through thirteen, a stretch which sees Amuro struggling with the surmounting stress of piloting the Gundam, Bright navigating his unexpected leadership, and Char deliciously manipulating supposed friend Garma Zabi to mysterious ends. It’s a terrific set of episodes that establishes the show’s episode structure and major themes, culminating in a brutally dark episode that makes it clear this is no lighthearted space opera – and why this show deserves the thorough look-back we’re giving it on this podcast. 

Enjoy! 


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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapmanis a weekly audio podcast, and if you subscribe in iTunes, episodes will be delivered automatically and for free as soon as they are released. If you visit www.jonathanlack.com, we also have streaming and downloadable versions of new and archival episodes for your listening pleasure.

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #289 - E3 Follow-up, Sekiro Game Therapy, Game of Thrones Chat 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 loose and freewheelin’ show this week, as we recover from the madness (and boredom) of E3 2019 with some additional reactions on reports from the show floor and swap some stories about anime and movies before diving into our main topics, each of which has left one of our two hosts beleaguered. For Jonathan, it’s trying to get into Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the most recent game by FromSoftware, which is so difficult it’s making him question every life decision he’s ever made; for Sean, it’s finally watching Game of Thrones, and finding the most popular show on the planet a lot less…well, goodthan its success would have one believe. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 - 0:03:59
Stuff: 0:03:59 – 0:32:00
E3 Follow-up: 0:32:00 – 1:21:24
Sekiro Game Therapy: 1:21:24 – 1:58:18 
Game of Thrones Chat: 1:58:18 – 2:49:21 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #288 – E3 2019 Analysis Spectacular! Nintendo, Xbox, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Square, 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 that time of year again! E3 2019 is upon us, and as is long-standing custom on this podcast, we break down every major press conference in excruciating detail, from the “throwing s*** at the wall to see what sticks” approach of Microsoft, to the “kill time for an hour until we show off Doom Eternal” approach of Bethesda, to the “we had one cool game to show but we’re spending 90 minutes here anyway” strategy from Ubisoft, to the “totally nail the reveal of Final Fantasy VII Remake but then somehow bungle the unveiling of the Avengersgame” vibe of Square Enix, to the “we actually have games to show and they’re coming soon” day-saving sanity of Nintendo. We cover every reveal, every trailer, every disappointment, every excitement, and what few surprises there were, in a very strange, fairly dull, but altogether fascinating E3. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:01
Stuff: 0:04:01 – 0:33:11
Pre-E3 Shows: 0:33:11 – 1:03:00
Microsoft: 1:03:00 – 2:09:40
Bethesda: 2:09:40 – 2:26:20
Ubisoft: 2:26:20 – 2:47:58
Square Enix: 2:47:58 – 3:16:12
Nintendo: 3:16:12 – 3:57:06 

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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapmanis a weekly audio podcast, and if you subscribe in iTunes, episodes will be delivered automatically and for free as soon as they are released. If you visit www.jonathanlack.com, we also have streaming and downloadable versions of new and archival episodes for your listening pleasure.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #01 - Gundam 0079 #01-02 and Intro to Mecha Anime


It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a special podcast miniseries from the 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

In the 40 years since its 1979 debut in Japan, Mobile Suit Gundam has grown into one of the most pervasive and beloved franchises in anime history – and this summer, we’re taking a look back at the series that started it all, by watching, reviewing, and discussing in depth all 43 episodes of the original Mobile Suit Gundam (aka Gundam 0079). Sean has been a big Gundam fan for years, but Jonathan’s never seen a single episode before, giving us two unique perspectives on the series as we set out on this journey. This week, we go into the history of bothGundam itself and the Mecha genre at large, before diving into the first 2 episodes of the anime, one of the most confident and compelling introductions we’ve ever seen to a TV series. And over the next four parts of this podcast miniseries, we’ll continue through to the end of the series. 

Enjoy! 


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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapmanis a weekly audio podcast, and if you subscribe in iTunes, episodes will be delivered automatically and for free as soon as they are released. If you visit www.jonathanlack.com, we also have streaming and downloadable versions of new and archival episodes for your listening pleasure.

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Weekly Stuff #287 – Godzilla: King of the Monsters, E3 Predictions, Death Stranding, and How Jonathan Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Dark Souls


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

With E3 2019 on the horizon, we make predictions for all the big shows – Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, and more – before our full annual coverage next week. With the current generation winding down and Sony sitting this one out, what do we expect from this year’s conferences? We also talk about the latest, craziest trailer for Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, the reveal of the confusingly-titledCall of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Jonathan’s newfound love for Dark Souls after many years of Sean and our listeners telling him to play it. Finally, we reviewGodzilla: King of the Monsters, the latest American Kaiju movie, and one of the zanier blockbusters in recent memory. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:18
Stuff, including Dark Souls: 0:02:18 – 0:51:15
News, including Death Stranding: 0:51:15 – 1:13:28
E3 2019 Predictions: 1:13:28 – 2:01:18
Godzilla: King of the Monsters: 2:01:18 – 3:03:02 

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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapmanis a weekly audio podcast, and if you subscribe in iTunes, episodes will be delivered automatically and for free as soon as they are released. If you visit www.jonathanlack.com, we also have streaming and downloadable versions of new and archival episodes for your listening pleasure.

Monday, May 27, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #286 – John Wick 3, Game of Thrones Finale, Aladdin, Detective Pikachu, Nioh 2 Alpha, 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

What do we talk about this week? What don’t we talk about? We catch up on a trio of movies from the month of May, from the fantastic John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, to the depressing live-action Aladdin remake, to the totally okay Detective Pikachu. We also go over the Game of Thrones series finale, and what a muted, unengaged ending it provided. But that’s not all, because we’ve also been playing some video games, like Team Sonic Racing, and the Alpha test for this year’s upcoming Nioh II. Throw in some news about Star Trek, Terminator, Call of Duty, and more, and you’ve got a jam-packed, loopy, and altogether fun podcast that’s bursting at the brim with topics. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:44
Stuff: 0:02:44 – 0:15:05
News: 0:15:05 – 0:58:24
Game Stuff: 0:58:24 – 1:10:25
Team Sonic Racing: 1:10:25 – 1:17:25
Nioh 2 Alpha: 1:17:25 – 1:27:11
Game of Thrones: 1:27:11 – 2:14:51
Aladdin: 2:14:51 – 2:30:48
Detective Pikachu: 2:30:48 – 2:47:35
John Wick 3: 2:47:35 – 3:34:16 

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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapmanis a weekly audio podcast, and if you subscribe in iTunes, episodes will be delivered automatically and for free as soon as they are released. If you visit www.jonathanlack.com, we also have streaming and downloadable versions of new and archival episodes for your listening pleasure.