Monday, September 1, 2014

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #96 - Video Game News, DC Shenanigans, & Doctor Who S8E2



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, video gaming, and television. Remember to subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link!

The new season of Doctor Who is moving full steam ahead, and as always, we talk about the latest episode – “Into the Dalek” – in great detail at the end of the episode. But there were plenty of other topics to cover this week, from gaming’s depressingly misogynist week, to Nintendo’s big, confusing New 3DS announcement, to DC’s reported policy of outlawing humor in superhero films. All this, plus stories of Sean and Jonathan playing Diablo III co-op and brief reviews of recent arthouse films round out the episode.

Enjoy!





If you have questions, comments, or concerns about The Weekly Stuff, or would like to write in to the podcast to have your questions read on the show, please e-mail dinochow@jonathanlack.com.

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.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #95 - Doctor Who Series 8 Premiere 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, video gaming, and television. Remember to subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link!

It is a longstanding tradition on the podcast that when a new episode of Doctor Who airs, we talk about it in depth. And with the Series 8 premiere having debuted last night, giving us our first good look at Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor, there is a lot to talk about. For instance: This is a major moment in the history of the series, but is it any good? Has Steven Moffat gotten over his worst instincts as a writer? And will Clara ever have an even partially consistent character? Listen to find out.

Since this is the Doctor Who season premiere, it’s the only topic for this week’s episode, but don’t worry – future episodes will have plenty of other topics of discussion, and we usually keep the Doctor Who talk contained to the end of the show.

Enjoy!





If you have questions, comments, or concerns about The Weekly Stuff, or would like to write in to the podcast to have your questions read on the show, please e-mail dinochow@jonathanlack.com.

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.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Last of Us Remastered: Portraits - Part Three: Environment




Over the previous year, we have talked plenty of times about Naughty Dog's masterpiece The Last of Us on The Weekly Stuff Podcast. We reviewed it on Episode #54, named it the best game of 2013 on Episode #75, discussed the DLC Left Behind on Episode #78, and just last week shared our thoughts on the new Remastered edition for PS4.

Suffice it to say, the game is one of my all time favorites, as a second playthrough on the PS4 really reinforced. And while the Remastered edition is indeed a terrific revitalization of an already gorgeous game, my favorite part of playing it wasn't the new graphics, or even the preexisting story itself - it was the newly added 'Photo Mode,' which allows players to freeze the action, manipulate, and create gorgeous screenshots from within the game. It is an unbelievably powerful tool for a console game, giving you all the power of a skilled photographer within the game world, and as soon as I started using it, I just couldn't stop, and spent a wholly unnecessary amount of play time simply experimenting with the game's imagery. At a certain point, I felt like an actual photographer trying to put a portfolio or gallery together, out exploring the world and taking pictures whenever I felt inspired. It is a truly fascinating and uniquely engaging way to interact with a game.

This obsession is something I have mentioned on the podcast a few times now, and I wanted to share some of the best photos I got with our listeners. From a raw number of around 200 screenshots, I whittled things down to a few dozen really strong ones, and so as not to overload these web pages, I have split the images into three galleries. You are looking at Part Three right now, which focuses on various shots of the landscape and environment. Part One focuses on calmer scenes with Joel and other characters, while Part Two captures moments of action and violence. Enjoy...

See The Last of Us Remastered: Portraits - Part Three after the jump...

The Last of Us Remastered: Portraits - Part Two: Action


Over the previous year, we have talked plenty of times about Naughty Dog's masterpiece The Last of Us on The Weekly Stuff Podcast. We reviewed it on Episode #54, named it the best game of 2013 on Episode #75, discussed the DLC Left Behind on Episode #78, and just last week shared our thoughts on the new Remastered edition for PS4.

Suffice it to say, the game is one of my all time favorites, as a second playthrough on the PS4 really reinforced. And while the Remastered edition is indeed a terrific revitalization of an already gorgeous game, my favorite part of playing it wasn't the new graphics, or even the preexisting story itself - it was the newly added 'Photo Mode,' which allows players to freeze the action, manipulate, and create gorgeous screenshots from within the game. It is an unbelievably powerful tool for a console game, giving you all the power of a skilled photographer within the game world, and as soon as I started using it, I just couldn't stop, and spent a wholly unnecessary amount of play time simply experimenting with the game's imagery. At a certain point, I felt like an actual photographer trying to put a portfolio or gallery together, out exploring the world and taking pictures whenever I felt inspired. It is a truly fascinating and uniquely engaging way to interact with a game.

This obsession is something I have mentioned on the podcast a few times now, and I wanted to share some of the best photos I got with our listeners. From a raw number of around 200 screenshots, I whittled things down to a few dozen really strong ones, and so as not to overload these web pages, I have split the images into three galleries. You are looking at Part Two right now, which focuses on some (frequently horrific) moments of action and violence. Part One focuses on calmer scenes with Joel and other characters, while Part Three closes things out with some shots of the environment and landscapes. Enjoy...

See The Last of Us Remastered: Portraits - Part Two after the jump...

The Last of Us Remastered: Portraits - Part One: Moments


Over the previous year, we have talked plenty of times about Naughty Dog's masterpiece The Last of Us on The Weekly Stuff Podcast. We reviewed it on Episode #54, named it the best game of 2013 on Episode #75, discussed the DLC Left Behind on Episode #78, and just last week shared our thoughts on the new Remastered edition for PS4.

Suffice it to say, the game is one of my all time favorites, as a second playthrough on the PS4 really reinforced. And while the Remastered edition is indeed a terrific revitalization of an already gorgeous game, my favorite part of playing it wasn't the new graphics, or even the preexisting story itself - it was the newly added 'Photo Mode,' which allows players to freeze the action, manipulate, and create gorgeous screenshots from within the game. It is an unbelievably powerful tool for a console game, giving you all the power of a skilled photographer within the game world, and as soon as I started using it, I just couldn't stop, and spent a wholly unnecessary amount of play time simply experimenting with the game's imagery. At a certain point, I felt like an actual photographer trying to put a portfolio or gallery together, out exploring the world and taking pictures whenever I felt inspired. It is a truly fascinating and uniquely engaging way to interact with a game.

This obsession is something I have mentioned on the podcast a few times now, and I wanted to share some of the best photos I got with our listeners. From a raw number of around 200 screenshots, I whittled things down to a few dozen really strong ones, and so as not to overload these web pages, I have split the images into three galleries. You are looking at Part One right now, which documents some fleeting moments of horror or beauty I captured within the game. Part Two focuses on action moments, while Part Three closes things out with some shots of the environment and landscapes. Enjoy...

See The Last of Us Remastered: Portraits - Part One after the jump...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Weekly Stuff Podcast # 94 - Revisiting Classic Doctor Who Introduction Stories




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, video gaming, and television. Remember to subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link!

You all know by now how much we love Doctor Who here at The Weekly Stuff, so it should come as no surprise that we are very excited for the introduction of Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor on the new season of the show this Saturday. In preparation for this momentous occasion, we’ve gone back to several other Doctor introduction stories over the life of the series to examine how other writers and actors have handled the difficult and unique challenge this kind of episode presents. Specifically, we break down and discuss the 3rd Doctor debut “Spearhead from Space,” the 6th Doctor premiere “The Twin Dilemma,” “The Christmas Invasion” from the 10th Doctor, and “The Eleventh Hour” from the 11th.

Enjoy, and come back in just a few days for the next episode, in which we discuss the first story of the Capaldi era!





If you have questions, comments, or concerns about The Weekly Stuff, or would like to write in to the podcast to have your questions read on the show, please e-mail dinochow@jonathanlack.com.

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.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #93 - Guardians of the Galaxy, Robin Williams, Gamescom & More



It’s finally time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, video gaming, and television. Remember to subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link!

There is a ton to cover on this week’s show – in part because we (once again) missed a few weeks, in part because things have been eventful lately – but the passing of the legendary Robin Williams obviously casts a shadow over all of it. As we say at the top of the show when paying tribute to the actor, he was one of the first film and TV performers we ever knew, and a permanent pop culture fixture our entire lives. His death cuts deep, and while words obviously aren’t enough to explain or contain his greatness, we try our best at the beginning of the show.

From there, though, it’s business as usual, as we cover a few weeks’ worth of movie and gaming news, including all the big announcements out of Gamescom 2014, before moving on to our in-depth review and analysis of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a film both of us had been looking forward to immensely, and it’s become an unexpected smash hit – so what did we think of it?

Enjoy, and come back next week (promise!) as we prepare for the incoming Twelfth Doctor by re-watching classic Doctor Who introduction episodes from the life of the series.

  



If you have questions, comments, or concerns about The Weekly Stuff, or would like to write in to the podcast to have your questions read on the show, please e-mail dinochow@jonathanlack.com.

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.