Sunday, June 20, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #381 – Nintendo at E3 2021 and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart 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.

We’ve got two big topics this week, starting with a wrap-up of E3 2021, which we mostly covered in last week’s show, but wrapped up on Tuesday with Nintendo, by far the best showcase of the event. With big surprises like Metroid Dread, welcome new entries in the WarioWare and Mario Party series, our best look yet at Shin Megami Tensei V, and our first gameplay footage from the Breath of the Wild sequel, it was a great show that put everyone else at E3 to shame. After that, we dive deep with Insomniac’s incredible Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, an outstanding PS5 exclusive that offers great storytelling, nigh-perfect gameplay, and some of the most amazing technical accomplishments we’ve ever seen in a game. It gets our highest recommendation, and it’s a ton of fun to talk about.

Enjoy, and come back on Thursday for a second podcast this week, with our Weekly Suit Gundam 2-Year Anniversary Celebration! 

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:05:46

Stuff, including Sean’s Beta Corner: 0:05:46 – 0:30:06

E3 News & Nintendo: 0:30:06 – 1:22:01

Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart: 1:22:01 – 2:52:34

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Ranking All 9 Fast & Furious Movies for the Series' 20th Anniversary


In advance of F9’s debut in American theaters next week, Universal has been playing each of the Fast & Furious movies in theaters on Friday nights, for free, over the last two months. With the first screening neatly coinciding with my full vaccination, these screenings were a big part of my return to theaters. Each movie was preceded by the same pre-roll video, advertising F9 while also containing a sincere welcome back message from Vin Diesel himself:

A video which, of course, led to an amazing SNL parody version that my brother and I now quote regularly to each other:

“The movies…”

In any case, over the course of these screenings, I found myself enjoying this series, which I’d always liked a lot, more than I ever had before. Maybe it was the rush of finally being back at the movies after over a year away; or maybe it was the pleasure of seeing all 8 films, in order, for the first time, some of which I’d never seen on the big screen. Either way, it solidified for me how much I genuinely love these very silly films, their ridiculous action, soap opera plotting, and extremely earnest character dynamics creating a strange, deeply endearing blend unlike anything else in the blockbuster space right now. They are, simply, a delight.

Over the course of the screenings, I kept some running notes to eventually rank all the movies, including the spin-off film Hobbs & Shaw. This is all relative and subjective, of course, and there’s no film in the series I outright dislike. But with the new film on the horizon, and in appreciation of all the ludicrous, wonderful memories the series has given us over the last 20 years, here my rankings of all 9 Fast & Furious features:

Continue reading after the jump…

Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #380 – E3 2021 Analysis Spectacular! (Part 1) – “The E3 That Almost Wasn’t, But Then Was”


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 being cancelled in 2020, E3 – the Electronic Entertainment Expo, aka “That Week With All the Video Game Trailers” – is back, sort of, for 2021, in entirely online form. And as we’ve done since the beginning, we’re covering all of it, with today’s episode going over the shows from Ubisoft, Microsoft/Bethesda, Square Enix, and the Summer Games Fest, with Sean’s traditionally exhaustive and/or obsessive notes as our guide! It’s not a particularly good E3 so far, but with looks at Elden Ring, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, Forza Horizon 5, Babylon’s Fall, S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 and more, there’s still plenty of interesting stuff to talk about. And before we dive into the E3 news, we also break down some interesting news from the world of Gundam, and give first impressions of Insomniac’s PS5 exclusive Ratchet + Clank: Rift Apart, which is pretty wonderful so far.

Enjoy, and come back next week for the rest of our E3 coverage, including Nintendo’s showcase! 

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:07:43

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Impressions: 0:18:33 – 0:36:52

Jonathan’s Resident Evil Adventures: 0:36:52 – 0:46:35

Gundam News: 0:46:35 – 1:00:26

E3 2021 Analysis: 1:00:26 – 3:16:47

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Monday, June 7, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #379 – Batman on Film Part 8: BATMAN BEGINS (2005) with Christian Bale


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 BATMAN ON FILM series starts catching up to the modern age of superhero films this week with Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, the 2005 franchise reboot that marked a new degree of seriousness – not just in theme and tone, but also in production value, casting, and direction – for films about the Caped Crusader, and set the stage for Batman’s biggest moments of mainstream global popularity in the years to come. The movie was undoubtedly a refreshing, impressive change of pace at the time, but 16 years later, how does it hold up? Nolan asks us to take Batman seriously, not just as a character, but for the first time on film, in how he relates to something resembling the real world. That means this film’s ideas are worth taking seriously, and not all of them sit right with us today, nor do some of the structural and plotting choices that have always felt awkward. It’s an impressive movie in many ways, but does it really hold together as a good one? All this and more makes for another great Bat-Podcast.  

Enjoy! 

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:07:43

Batman Begins: 0:07:43 – 1:57:46

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Monday, May 31, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #378 – Batman on Film Part 7: BATMAN BEYOND - RETURN OF THE JOKER (2000) with Will Friedle


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 going through some big pre-E3 video game news – including events about Dragon Quest, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Horizon: Forbidden West – and some other odds and ends, we dive into Part 7 of our BATMAN ON FILM series, with the 2000 direct-to-video feature Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Produced by the same team behind the classic Batman: The Animated Series (and earlier film reviewed in this series, Mask of the Phantasm), Batman Beyond broke bold new ground for the caped crusader on television, and this film is no exception. Originally edited for violent content in the wake of the Columbine school shootings before releasing an uncut version a few years later, Return of the Joker is one of the darkest and most brutal Batman outings, but also one of the richest and most rewarding, a story about the past, present, and future of Batman’s world that brings a surprising amount of closure to this incarnation of Batman and the Joker, and cements Will Friedle’s Terry McGinnis as a worthy successor to the cowl.

Enjoy! 

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:09

Stuff: 0:04:09 – 0:16:51

News: 0:16:51 – 1:01:06

Batman Beyond: 1:01:06 – 2:10:52

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Weekly Suit Gundam #31 – MS Igloo and MS Igloo 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.

This time, we’re taking a detour into one of the most obscure corners of Gundam animation, with the 6-episode CGI OVA MS IGLOO and its 3-episode sequel series MS IGLOO 2: Gravity Well. Originally produced for the Bandai museum in Japan, the first series suffers from repetitive storytelling, thin plotting, and some of the worst 3D CGI animation the early 2000s had to offer, and on its own, there’s not a ton worth saying about it. But the sequel series, produced in 2008, isn’t just a huge step forward in the quality of the CGI production – it’s also a wonderfully unique, compellingly told set of ground-level war stories that make for essential viewing for anyone interested in the One-Year War period of Universal Century Gundam, and is a lot of fun to talk about.

Enjoy, and come back in June for our 2-year anniversary podcast celebration!

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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #377 – Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 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.

It’s another dive into the world of Mobile Suit Gundam this week with MS IGLOO, but before that, you’ll also hear some big personal news from Sean, more discussion of Jason Schreier’s fantastic new book Press Reset, and more Resident Evil talk, including Jonathan’s experience playing Resident Evil Zero for the first time. Then we’re off to one of the most obscure corners of Gundam animation, with the 6-episode CGI OVA MS IGLOO and its 3-episode sequel series MS IGLOO 2: Gravity Well. Originally produced for the Bandai museum in Japan, the first series suffers from repetitive storytelling, thin plotting, and some of the worst 3D CGI animation the early 2000s had to offer, and on its own, there’s not a ton worth saying about it. But the sequel series, produced in 2008, isn’t just a huge step forward in the quality of the CGI production – it’s also a wonderfully unique, compellingly told set of ground-level war stories that make for essential viewing for anyone interested in the One-Year War period of Universal Century Gundam, and is a lot of fun to talk about.

Enjoy! 

TIME CHART:

Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:36:00

MS Igloo Discussion: 0:36:00 – 2:00:51

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