Thursday, December 13, 2018

"Foundations: A Journey" - A Film by Jonathan R. Lack

My short film, FOUNDATIONS, is now online. It's an experimental work I made as part of my PhD work this year, combining dialogue from The Book of Job with imagery captured in and around Iowa City, with an original score composed by my brother Thomas Lack. So if you're interested in seeing something I made, instead of me commenting on things other people made, this is for you! I thought it turned out pretty well and really enjoyed working on it. Hope you enjoy.

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #267 – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Impressions, Game Awards News, and Doctor Who Series 11 Finale 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 iTunes by following this link

It’s another packed episode this week, as we give impressions on one of the year’s biggest game releases and dive into the depths of depression with the worst Doctor Who season ever. But before that, Sean and Jonathan go over all the news out of this week’s Game Awards event – including the most surprising DLC announcement in years – and give continuing thoughts on a variety of recent games, including Hitman 2 and the Persona 3 and Persona 5 dancing games, now available in English. Jonathan gives impressions of the amazing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch, and we then commiserate over the miserable experience that was the Doctor Who Series 11 finale. We talk about where the episode and the season went wrong, but also go deeper with the season’s treatment of diversity, arguing that a season that appeared progressive on the surface wound up being politically regressive in a number of ways, betraying the character of the Doctor and wasting an opportunity to meaningfully evolve the status quo. It’s one of the most in-depth discussions we’ve had about any topic in the history of the podcast, and we hope you’ll give it a listen. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:41
Stuff: 0:03:41 – 0:18:21
Avengers Trailer & Game Awards News: 0:18:21 – 1:01:36
Assorted Games (Hitman, Persona Dancing, and more): 1:01:36 – 1:31:10
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Impressions: 1:31:10 – 2:01:20
Doctor Who Discussion: 2:01:20 – 3:34:46 

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Monday, December 3, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #266 – Red Dead 2 Spoiler Discussion, Hitman 2, Dragon Ball, 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. 

On this week’s wide-ranging episode, we come back from Thanksgiving break to discuss two weeks’ worth of news, including the announcement that Neon Genesis Evangelion is headed to Netflix, while more Marvel shows like Daredevil most certainly are not, before giving continued impressions on a bunch of recent video games like Hitman 2. Jonathan talks about finally nearing the finish line in Dragon Ball Super, and finally discovering what insanely cool thing Goku did in Episode 116 that Sean lost his mind over this time last year. And for our main topic, we dive deep with the story of Red Dead Redemption 2, in full spoiler detail, now that we have both finished this very long, and very good, video game. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro/Doctor Who Chat: 0:00:00 – 0:12:17
Picking our next rewatch project: 0:12:17 – 0:22:23
Dragon Ball Super Chat: 0:22:23 – 0:38:02
News: 0:38:02 – 1:10:36
Dragon Ball FighterZ and Pokemon Let’s Go: 1:10:36 – 1:30:33
Hitman 2: 1:30:33 – 1:55:20
Red Dead Redemption 2: 1:55:20 – 3:03:35 

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #265 – Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Spoiler 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 iTunes by following this link

In this pre-recorded post-Thanksgiving episode, we finally sit down to talk about one of our favorite games of the year, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. After 100 hours apiece and many happy memories, we have both completed this epic JRPG experience, and have a lot to say about what is easily one of the genre’s greatest accomplishments. We’ve talked about the game without spoilers a few times before, but for this episode, we go into full spoiler detail about the game’s story, characters, and world. And if you’re not into Dragon Quest, we also review the wonderful Creed II and discuss Kotaku’s recent in-depth report about Blizzard, the development of Diablo IV, and the creation of Diablo Immortal. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:07
Creed II and Green Book Reviews: 0:04:07 – 0:23:22
Kotaku report on Blizzard and Diablo: 0:23:22 – 0:40:00
Dragon Quest XI Spoiler Discussion: 0:40:00 – 2:16:41 

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Monday, November 19, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #264 – Stan Lee, Fantastic Beasts, Pokemon Let’s Go, Hitman 2, and Doctor Who S11E07


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

In one of the single busiest episodes we’ve ever recorded, we pay tribute to the amazing life of Stan Lee, the face and voice of Marvel comics and one of the most dominant figures in modern pop culture, review Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, give first impressions of Hitman 2 and Pokemon Let’s Go, go over several pieces of news including Sony’s decision to skip E3 2019, and review the latest episode of Doctor Who, “Kerblam,” which may well be the worst – or, at the very least, most morally and thematically bankrupt – episode in the 55-year history of the series. It’s 4 jam-packed hours of content for your Thanksgiving week travels, time spent cooking, or if you just need to get away from your family and listen to us yell about British mass media. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:42
Stuff: 0:03:42 – 0:24:08
Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes of Grindelwald: 0:24:08 – 0:56:42 
News: 0:56:42 – 1:38:00
Remembering Stan Lee: 1:38:00 – 2:23:30
Video Games Round-up (Mario Party, Pokemon, Hitman 2): 2:23:30 – 3:12:39
Doctor Who S11E07: 3:12:39 – 3:59:40 

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Monday, November 12, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #263 – Tetris Effect, Red Dead 2, and Doctor Who S11E06


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 another grab-bag style week, as Sean and Jonathan give updates on their progress in Red Dead Redemption 2, Jonathan reviews the outstanding Tetris Effect for PS4, and we go over some recent weird news about Final Fantasy XV. Jonathan tells the story of his nearly-doomed trip to Illinois to see a concert, and Sean gives us a mini-lecture on the (surprisingly gay) delights of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. And finally, we at last have a good episode of Doctor Who to talk about this season, as Vinay Patel’s “Demons of the Punjab” proved to be the first 13thDoctor outing with a strong story and solid character work, with a fascinating historical and cultural perspective to boot. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:01:52
Stuff: 0:01:52 – 0:17:37
Tetris Effect: 0:17:37 – 0:30:10
Red Dead Redemption 2 Chat: 0:30:10 – 0:52:06 
News: 0:52:06 – 1:07:42
Doctor Who S11E06: 1:07:42 – 1:57:36 

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Monday, November 5, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #262 – Final Smash Bros Direct, Red Dead 2, and Doctor Who S11E05


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. 

This week brought us another disappointing episode of Doctor Who, a lot more time with Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption II, and the final Nintendo Direct for next month’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We talk about all of this and more, going through all the announcements from Masahiro Sakurai in Nintendo’s event, continuing to be depressed about Chris Chibnall’s Doctor Who writing, and discussing how wildly different our experiences with the vast, weird world of Red Dead Redemption II have been (once again without spoilers, as neither of us has finished the story). Sean also reviews the first DLC for Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4, Jonathan reviews Luca Gudagnino’s Suspiria, and we encourage all our American listeners to go vote in tomorrow’s elections, because it is our civic duty, even if we’re hosting a silly niche podcast. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:09:18
Stuff: 0:09:18 – 0:29:02
News: 0:29:02 – 0:43:32
Final Smash Bros Direct: 0:43:32 – 1:18:17
Red Dead Redemption 2 Spoiler-Free Talk: 1:18:17 – 2:13:20
Doctor Who S11E05: 2:13:20 – 3:13:11 

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