Monday, November 4, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #304 – Blizzard Announcements, Criterion Recommendations, Star Wars News, and the Long, Sad Story of the Demon Couch From Hell


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. 

Blizzard’s annual BlizzCon event took place this week amidst a storm of political controversy, but the two major announcements the company showed off were incredible, with both Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 delivering jaw-dropping cinematic short films and impressive gameplay reels. That’s just the tip of the iceberg for this week’s podcast, though, as we also hear first impressions from Sean on Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds, talk about the latest in a long line of unqualified white guys to be fired from Star Wars, discuss the Game of Thrones spin-off news, and some interesting sales figures for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch. We also preview Criterion’s incredible Godzilla box set and, in honor of the November Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble, Jonathan, a Criterion Collection obsessive, gives 15 recommendations for releases worth buying this month. And we cap it all off with a bit of story time, as Jonathan regales us with the long, sad, winding saga of the Demon Couch from Hell. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:05
Sean talks Outer Worlds: 0:04:05 – 0:11:49 
Godzilla Box Set & Criterion Recommendations: 0:11:49 – 0:38:18
Star Wars Ideas & News: 0:38:18 – 1:04:22
Other News: 1:04:22 – 1:24:25 
Blizzard News: 1:24:25 – 1:49:25
The Demon Couch: 1:49:25 – 2:06:49

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #11 – Gundam F91 Review & Discussion


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

Our journey through Universal Century Gundam continues with one of the strangest and most rewarding corners of the franchise, the 1991 theatrical feature Mobile Suit Gundam F91. Written and Directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino and reuniting him with Gundam’s original character designer, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, and original mecha designer, Kunio Okawara, Gundam F91 was the first attempt to move beyond the original Universal Century saga that had reached its culmination in Char’s Counterattack. Set 30 years later, with an all-new cast of heroes and antagonists, F91 was originally intended to be a full 50-episode TV series, before plans fell through and Tomino and company were left scrambling to fit their story into a 2-hour feature. The result is, indeed, a mess, albeit a fascinating one, filled with some of the richest and most affecting material the franchise has ever conjured, brought to life with some of the best animation ever committed to film. There’s no doubt it’s an oddity and outlier in the history of Gundam, but it’s also essential viewing for fans of the series – and it leads to one of our most enjoyable conversations so far. 

Enjoy!

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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman is 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, October 28, 2019

The Weekly Stuff #303 – Modern Warfare, Witcher 3 on Switch, Star Wars IX Trailer 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 packed grab-bag episode this week, as Sean talks about playing the campaign for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and finishing Devil May Cry 5, Jonathan waxes poetic about his rediscovered love for The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch, and we discuss a bunch of news, from delays for The Last of Us Part II and Watch Dogs Legion, new casting for the upcoming Batman movie, the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and a hilariously tone-deaf interview with the incompetent creators of Game of Thrones. We also figure out the exact circumstances that would cause the two of us to end this podcast and never speak again, and in a moment of Star-Wars-related ennui, Jonathan almost walks off the podcast forever. It’s a crazy one. 

WARNING: This episode contains potential SPOILERS for STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, based on internet leaks about the film. This discussion takes place between 1:05:03 and 1:09:36. Please skip if you do not want to hear any possible leaked information about the film. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:10
Devil May Cry 5: 0:04:10 – 0:08:09
Witcher 3 on Switch: 0:08:09 – 0:34:25
Modern Warfare: 0:34:25 – 0:52:16
Star Wars News: 0:52:16 – 1:05:03
**POSSIBLE STAR WARS SPOILERS**: 1:05:03 – 1:09:36
More News: 1:09:36 – 1:44:05

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Monday, October 14, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #302 – El Camino, PS5 News, Gemini Man 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

Breaking Bad returned this week with the all-new sequel movie, El Camino, written and directed by Vince Gilligan and starring Aaron Paul, proving itself a pretty fantastic opportunity to dive back into seemingly well-explored territory. We talk about the movie at length (with spoilers reserved for our big segment at the end), but before that, there’s also a bevy of news to go over, including the surprise delay of Doom Eternal, Sony’s low-key announcement of the PlayStation 5, and Blizzard getting itself into hot water with its response to a Heartstone player’s pro-Hong Kong freedom remarks. Jonathan talks about seeing Ang Lee’s Gemini Man in 60 frames-per-second 3D, Sean talks about finally getting around to Devil May Cry 5, and we both make a lot of fun of the new Dolittle trailer starring Robert Downey Jr. and some strikingly awful CGI. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:24
Stuff, including Gemini Man and Devil May Cry 5: 0:03:24 – 0:28:15
News: 0:28:15 – 1:36:27
El Camino Review: 1:36:27 – 2:35:16 

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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman is 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, October 7, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #301 – Our Top 10 Favorite TV Shows of All Time, Part 2


It’s time for the 301st 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

Our 300th episode milestone celebration continues this week with Part 2 of our countdown of our Top 10 Favorite TV Shows of All Time! Last week’s discussion proved surprising, as our lists had no overlap and a lot of surprises. Part 2 finds us covering a similarly broad range of shows, and while our Top 2 choices may not exactly be revelations to longtime listeners, they give us a chance to talk once more not just about our favorite television, but about some of our favorite memories recording 300 of these podcasts. It’s a really fun topic, and this week’s show also includes Jonathan’s thoughts on the new Joker movie, Sean talking about the new DLC for Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more, all wrapped up in an absurdly long 4-hour package that concludes our 300th episode festivities with aplomb. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:20
Stuff: 0:03:20 – 0:36:31
Joker: 0:36:31 – 0:50:53
Top 10 TV Shows Part 2: 0:50:53 – 3:58:28

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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, September 30, 2019

The Weekly Stuff #300 – Our Top 10 Favorite TV Shows of All Time, Part 1


It’s time for the 300th 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

300 is a big number. A terrifyingly big number. And we’ve got an intimidatingly large episode to go along with it. Following in the footsteps of our milestone Episodes 200 and 250, where we counted down our favorite Films and Video Games, this week, we present our personal lists of our Top 10 Favorite TV Shows of All Time. It’s a big discussion that’s going to spill over into next week’s Part 2, but this first half is a blast, as Sean and Jonathan don’t share a single show on the bottom half of their lists, Sean reveals he’s seen a lot more canonical American television than we were led to believe, and Jonathan straight up cheats to make a particular entry work. It’s a very fun conversation, and it’s only half the episode! We also review The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and give first impressions of Dragon Quest XI S, both on Nintendo Switch, talk about The Last of Us Part II getting a new trailer and release date, discuss Sony and Marvel’s beautiful reunion, and most importantly, celebrate 300 episodes and nearly a full decade of podcasting with some long-awaited introspection. What are our favorite episodes? Our least favorite? What are we proudest of, what have we learned, and how did this whole crazy journey begin? All that plus a big slice of wonderful listener mail rounds out a 300thepisode that we hope offers a little of everything that makes this podcast special. 

Enjoy, and join us next week for the exciting conclusion!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:06:14
Stuff (including Link’s Awakening and Dragon Quest XI S): 0:06:14 – 0:27:43
News: 0:27:34 – 0:40:15
Podcast 300 Retrospective Celebration: 0:40:15 – 1:42:41
Top 10 TV Shows Part 1: 1:42:41 – 3:43:31 

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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, September 23, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #10 – Unicorn Gundam & Narrative Gundam Review & Discussion


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

Released in seven parts from 2010 to 2014, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn is an extravagant OVA sequel to the original saga of Universal Century Gundam, set three years after Char’s Counterattack and engaging in a direct, deeply thoughtful dialogue with the major themes and ideas of the franchise’s 70s and 80s output. It’s also a spectacular production, with movie-caliber animation, an all-time great score by Hiroyuki Sawano, and some of the greatest mobile suit action the franchise has ever seen. We dive deep with the series on this week’s show, while also touching upon Unicorn’s own movie sequel, Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative, the 2018 film that stands as the most recent entry in the Universal Century canon. 

Enjoy!

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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman is 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.