Monday, January 18, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #361 – Batman on Film Part 4: BATMAN MASK OF THE PHANTASM with Kevin Conroy


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.

Continuing our ongoing BATMAN ON FILM series, we arrive at the fourth theatrical Batman feature, the first animated one, and quite possibly the single best Batman film ever made: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, a standalone feature based on the classic Animated Series, considered by many to be the definitive portrayal of The Dark Knight. Starring Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker, with a new love interest and antagonist in the form of Dana Delaney’s Andrea Beaumont, Mask of the Phantasm is a dark, incisive portrayal of the tragedy that is Bruce Wayne, a film noir reimagining of his origin that cuts to the heart of the darkness lying beneath Batman’s iconography. It is a truly spectacular film, one that we’ve mentioned dozens of times before on this show without ever devoting an entire episode to, and it’s a real joy to finally rectify that.

Enjoy!

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:58

Stuff: 0:02:58 – 0:32:07

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm: 0:32:07 – 2:20:06

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #26 – Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny 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.

The day of reckoning has arrived – at last, it is time to review perhaps the most controversial show in the Gundam pantheon: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, the baffling, confounding, infuriating, utterly fascinating sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. Set two years later with both new and returning characters, Destiny tries to be two different, contradictory shows at once: a challenging sequel questioning the assumptions and characters from the original, a la Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, and a straight-up sequel to SEED – Gundam SEED: Here We Go Again – and in the shuffle, somehow makes us hate the entire returning cast even while it buries and repeatedly does dirty its interesting new characters. The result is one of the most inept sequel stories ever told – but undeniably one of the most compelling to talk about.

Enjoy, and come back next time as Gundam revisits its canonical sequel series with Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation film trilogy!

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #360 – Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Review


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.

Today’s episode is another Weekly Suit Gundam extravaganza, this time on the controversial Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, but before that, we also discuss this week’s abhorrent Presidentially-ordered insurrection at the US capital, and – in a lighter topic – Jonathan becoming infatuated with Genshin Impact, Sean’s 2020 Game of the Year. Then it’s on to Gundam SEED Destiny, a show that tries to be two different, contradictory shows at once: a challenging sequel questioning the assumptions and characters from the original, a la Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, and a straight-up sequel to SEED – Gundam SEED: Here We Go Again – and in the shuffle, somehow makes us hate the entire returning cast even while it buries and repeatedly does dirty its interesting new characters. The result is one of the most inept sequel stories ever told – but undeniably one of the most compelling to talk about.

Enjoy!

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:14

The Whole Coup Thing: 0:02:14 – 0:22:08

Genshin Impact: 0:22:08 – 0:43:12

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: 0:43:12 – 4:10:48

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Monday, January 4, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #359 – The Top 10 Video Games of 2020


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.

Our 10th year of podcasting kicks off with a look back at one of the very few things that was truly good in 2020: Video Games. While the world was falling apart, gaming, at least, delivered one of the best, broadest, and deepest years on records, with scores of titles we loved playing and reviewing throughout 2020, and today’s episode is our chance to look back on the best of the best, go deep with ones we haven’t discussed much before, and share memories of our favorite gaming moments from the past 12 months. It’s one of our longest episodes ever, but the games discussed here make it all worth it – and with 2021 shaping up to be a very exciting year for the medium, we’re already excited to do it all again next year.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #358 – Batman on Film Part 3: BATMAN RETURNS (1992) with Michael Keaton


It’s time for another festive Christmas 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 by following this link.

For part 3 of our Batman on Film series, we move into the 90s with Tim Burton and Michael Keaton’s second outing with the character, the amazingly bizarre, deeply silly, and profoundly psychosexual Batman Returns. It is one of the wildest, weirdest mainstream movies to ever come out of Hollywood, and also one of the best and boldest Batman films ever made – a gothic, expressionist, Freudian nightmare with one of the best sets of villains comic book movies have ever seen, in Danny DeVito’s Penguin, Christopher Walken’s Max Shrek, and especially Michelle Pfeiffer’s outstanding take on Catwoman. It is also, clearly and indisputably, a Christmas movie – if a particularly disturbing one – which makes it a perfect topic for our annual Christmas episode.

This is also our last episode of 2020, so stick around to the end of the show for a message of thanks from Jonathan, and a countdown of his Top 10 Favorite Weekly Stuff and Weekly Suit Gundam episodes of the year! Enjoy, and we’ll see you in 2021!

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Monday, December 21, 2020

The Weekly Stuff #357 – The Mandalorian Season 2 Finale Spectacular!


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 by following this link.

Disney+’s outstanding Star Wars series The Mandalorian brought its second season to a bold, surprising, and spectacularly satisfying conclusion this week, and we dive deep not only with this amazing episode, but also what it portends for the future of the series, where the saga of Din Djarin could go from here, and all the possibilities for Star Wars TV moving forward. Before that, though, we also talk about the games we’ve been playing – including 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, One Piece Pirate Warriors 4, and Spider-Man Remastered – before covering the latest developments in the sad, infuriating saga of Cyberpunk 2077, after Sony delisted the game from PlayStation Network in the midst of what almost amounts to a full-scale recall of this incredibly broken game.

Enjoy, and come back on Thursday for our special Christmas-themed retrospective of the festive(?) Batman Returns!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:40

Stuff: 0:03:40 – 0:28:27

Cyberpunk News: 0:28:27 – 0:51:56

The Mandalorian: 0:51:56 – 1:50:23

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Monday, December 14, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #356 – Cyberpunk Problems, Disney and HBO Max Announcements, Mandalorian S2E6-7 & 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 Apple Podcasts by following this link.

Today’s episode is absolutely jam-packed with entertainment news, after Warner Bros. decided to blow a hole in the theatrical market by announcing all their 2021 films will be released on struggling streamer HBO Max, and Disney held a 4-hour investor conference in which they announced or detailed 100+ TV series and movies, the vast majority heading to their (decidedly not struggling) streamer Disney+. Breaking down all this news forms the bulk of the episode, but we also review the latest two episodes of The Mandalorian at the end – spoiler: they’re good – fill you in on some games we’ve been playing, and explain why we won’t be reviewing Cyberpunk 2077, after a disastrous launch presenting the game in a nearly unplayable state.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:21

Cyberpunk 2077: 0:04:21 – 0:28:55

Stuff: 0:28:55 – 0:58:15

News: 0:58:15 – 3:07:05

The Mandalorian: 3:07:05 – 3:32:16

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