Monday, October 16, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #210 – Star Wars Stuff, Movie News, and Blade Runner 2049 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 iTunes by following this link.

After a week off, we have a whole lot of stuff to cover, from a bevy of interesting movie trailers – including Justice League and Star Wars: The Last Jedi – to Sean’s experiences with the Star Wars Battlefront II beta, to the horrific revelations about Hollywood mogul and serial sex predator Harvey Weinstein (like all parts of our lives these days, there’s a lot of tonal whiplash to this episode). And for our main topic, we cover one of the year’s most fascinating films, the 35-years-later sequel Blade Runner 2049. Sean and Jonathan don’t see eye-to-eye on every part of the film, but it still makes for a deep and engaging discussion about a movie that is absolutely worth talking about.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:05:23
Stuff, including Star Wars Battlefront II Beta: 0:05:23 – 1:03:00
Weinstein news and sexual harassment in Hollywood: 1:03:00 – 1:21:30
News, including Star Wars & Justice League trailer analysis: 1:21:30 – 1:57:55
Blade Runner 2049 Review: 1:57:55 – 3:19:56

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Monday, October 2, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #209 – SNES Classic, Red Dead Trailer, and Blade Runner Retrospective


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.

With Blade Runner 2049 on the horizon, it’s finally time to revisit one of our favorite films of all times by diving deep with Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner. This is a movie we have both loved for a very long time, and one we’ve wanted to do a podcast about for years, so this episode is a long time coming. It’s a movie that gives us plenty to talk about, but we still find time to share some stories (about classic Doctor Who, indie games, and more), break down the new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, and discuss the launch and our initial impressions of Nintendo’s hotly anticipated SNES Classic.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:35
Stuff: 0:03:35 – 0:35:25
News, including Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer analysis: 0:35:25 – 1:08:38
SNES Classic Impressions: 1:08:38 – 1:37:34
Blade Runner Retrospective: 1:37:34 – 3:11:08

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Monday, September 25, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #208 – Metroid, Destiny, N64 Classic Speculation, and Confronting Racism and Sexism in Film and Gaming


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 the grab-bag to end all grab-bags and a real emotional roller coaster on this week’s very loose podcast. The biggest topic this week is something more serious than we usually tackle, and that is the wave of racism in the gaming community (highlighted by PewDiePie’s behavior earlier this month) and sexism in the film scene (the scandal involving Devin Faraci, Tim League, Harry Knowles, and more in Austin). It’s not an easy thing to talk about, but it is crucial to stop and take a deeper look, to try understanding how we can better identify and talk about these problems in the future, and what we can all do on an individual basis to try to improve the communities we take part in.

And we try to even out that heavy subject matter with a bevy of funnier, sillier topics, including us speculating about the N64 Classic Edition, updating our thoughts on Destiny 2 and Metroid: Samus Returns, previewing the games we’re playing in October, and much more.

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:47
Stuff, including Kingsman 2 and Tomb Raider trailer: 0:03:47 – 0:27:47
Confronting Racism/Sexism in Film & Gaming: 0:27:47 – 1:24:50
N64 Classic Speculation: 1:24:50 – 1:46:02
Patreon Shout-Outs: 1:46:02 – 1:47:24
Metroid: Samus Returns: 1:47:24 – 2:01:30
Destiny 2: 2:01:30 – 2:16:06
October Game Preview: 2:16:06 – 2:23:36

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Monday, September 18, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #207 – Destiny 2, Metroid Samus Returns, Nintendo Direct & 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.

We’re back after a week off and returning to our old Monday timeslot with a jam-packed episode. After Sean gives some final thoughts on Yakuza Kiwami and we speculate about the possibility of the It cinematic universe, we cover a week-and-a-half worth of news, including the passing of acting legend Harry Dean Stanton, some big movie announcements, and a Nintendo Direct presentation with some very cool surprises. Then it’s time for some game reviews, as Jonathan gives some impressions on the outstanding Metroid: Samus Returns, and we both go deep with Destiny 2. We’ve been covering Destiny since the very beginning, back with the Alpha in the summer of 2014, and it’s been quite a ride to see the game come this far, and culminate in a sequel this confident and enjoyable.

Enjoy, and join our Patreon today to get access to Bonus Podcasts, Let’s Play gaming videos, and more!  

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:45
Stuff: 0:04:45 – 0:32:55
News, including Nintendo Direct: 0:32:55 – 1:32:57
Metroid: Samus Returns: 1:32:57 – 1:48:29
Destiny 2: 1:48:29 – 3:18:16

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #206 – Twin Peaks Finale Review, Yakuza Kiwami, Mario + Rabbids & 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.

This Sunday, David Lynch’s masterful Twin Peaks: The Return came to an end on Showtime, with Parts 17 and 18, and as one of our favorite things we have ever talked about in six years of this podcast, we had a lot to say on the perfect and provocative ending. As in, almost three hours worth of things to say. But if you don’t watch Twin Peaks, fear not! There’s another hour of content at the top of the show, in which we discuss the re-release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, go over the news that Colin Trevorrow has been booted from Star Wars Episode IX, and offer reviews of Yakuza Kiwami for the PS4 and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle for the Nintendo Switch. And then we talk about the weird, wonderful, soaring send-off to the world of Twin Peaks, if you’ve been following along.

Enjoy, and join our Patreon today to get access to Bonus Podcasts, Let’s Play gaming videos, and more!  

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:39
Stuff: 0:04:39 – 0:17:52
News: 0:17:52 – 0:33:23
Yakuza Kiwami: 0:33:23 – 0:50:33
Mario + Rabbids: 0:50:33 – 1:08:57
Twin Peaks Parts 17 & 18: 1:08:57 – 3:46:54

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Review: “Twin Peaks: The Return” caps David Lynch’s masterpiece with a beautiful, thoughtful coda


Twin Peaks: The Return, David Lynch’s extraordinary 18-hour Showtime miniseries, took its final bow tonight with a two-hour finale. We have been discussing the show on a weekly basis on The Weekly Stuff Podcast, and will dive into the finale at length on this week’s episode, but now that the final hours have aired, I could not help but try to coalesce my thoughts into a little essay. This is my reaction to the series’ ending – primarily Part 18, though Part 17 is also addressed – and an attempt to contextualize its emotional and thematic meaning within the series as a whole.

Spoilers for the finale of Twin Peaks: The Return coming up after the jump…

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #205 – Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Mario + Rabbids, Twin Peaks Part 16 & 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.

We have two awesome topics to talk about this week, and that’s on top of an opening hour where we give impressions of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for Nintendo Switch, give an update on the SNES Classic Preorder Debacle, and reflect on the state of Valve after the reveal of the ultimately unused Half-Life 2 Episode 3 plot synopsis. Those main topics are a spoiler-filled review of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy for the PS4, a ‘bonus’ Uncharted game so good it has us wishing Naughty Dog would keep making these until the end of time. And finally, we dive deep with the penultimate episode of Twin Peaks: The Return, “Part 16,” which was a simply marvelous episode of television that, to paraphrase a certain character, “made our hearts so full.”

Enjoy, and join our Patreon today to get access to Bonus Podcasts, Let’s Play gaming videos, and more!  

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:06:00
Stuff, including Mario + Rabbids Impressions: 0:06:00 – 0:35:29
News: 0:35:29 – 1:15:50
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy: 1:15:50 – 2:12:48
Twin Peaks Part 16: 2:12:48 – 3:14:57

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #204 – Sonic Mania Review, SNES Classic Debacle & Twin Peaks Part 15


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 diverse slate of topics this week as talk movies, games, TV, and so much more. First, Jonathan talks Steven Soderbergh’s wonderful new Logan Lucky and counts down his favorite 5 films of the 2017 summer movie season. Then we move on to discussing the Great Super NES Classic Pre-Order Debacle of 2017, and break down how Nintendo so thoroughly, insultingly botched a launch they should have had ample time and experience to prepare for. After running through some other pieces of film and gaming news, we then give a full spoiler-filled review of the outstanding Sonic Mania, which both of us declare the greatest Sonic the Hedgehog game ever made. And finally, we review “Part 15” of Twin Peaks: The Return, another great, immensely moving episode as we head towards the series’ home stretch.

Enjoy, and join our Patreon today to get access to Bonus Podcasts, Let’s Play gaming videos, and more!  

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:26
Stuff, including Best of the Summer Movie Season: 0:04:26 – 0:16:35
SNES Classic Debacle: 0:16:35 – 0:35:55
News: 0:35:55 – 1:13:05
Sonic Mania Review: 1:13:05 – 2:15:08
Twin Peaks Part 15: 2:15:08 – 3:18:16

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #203 – Nier Automata, Sonic Mania, Hellblade, Twin Peaks Part 14 & 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 game review extravaganza on this week’s show, as we give a short pre-review of the wonderful Sonic Mania (full thoughts coming next week!), Jonathan gives his take on the outstanding and harrowing Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from Ninja Theory, and we both dive into a belated spoiler-filled discussion of Nier: Automata, the game Jonathan foolishly complained about last week. We also, of course, discuss the latest episode of Twin Peaks: The Return, “Part 14,” easily one of the best episodes of this amazing series. And at the top of the show, Sean reviews some new Godzilla Blu-rays while Jonathan gives some quick thoughts on the DuckTales reboot on Disney XD.

Enjoy, and join our Patreon today to get access to our first Bonus Podcast, where we talk about the classic Doctor Who story “The Aztecs!”

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:25
Stuff: 0:03:25 – 0:32:17
Sonic Mania: 0:32:17 – 0:44:12
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice: 0:44:12 – 0:58:08
Nier Automata: 0:58:08 – 2:01:25
Twin Peaks Part 14: 2:01:25 – 2:52:14

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #202 – Tacoma, Persona Announcements, Twin Peaks Part 13 & 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.

In this week’s packed episode, we cover a bunch of interesting news, including the announcement of three new Persona spin-off games, while Sean helps Jonathan work through his issues with the first ~15 hours of Nier Automata, and we answer a listener question in our first Patreon Q&A segment. And for our main topics, we review Tacoma, the new game from indie developer Fullbright (of Gone Home fame), and dive into the latest episode of Twin Peaks: The Return, another striking, mournful, zany installment in this amazing TV season. All this and more in an episode that probably has a little something for everyone.  

Enjoy!

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:15
Nier Automata Game Therapy: 0:03:15 – 0:23:55
News: 0:23:55 – 0:52:10
Tacoma Review: 0:52:10 – 1:34:04
Patreon Q&A: 1:34:04 – 1:38:50
Twin Peaks Part 13: 1:38:50 – 2:29:06

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