Monday, August 20, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #251 – Our Top 10 Favorite Games of All Time, Part 2


It’s time for the special 251stepisode 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

Last week, on our special 250thpodcast, we began counting down our Top 10 Favorite Games of All Time. We did this once before, way back in 2013, but with 5 years and the better part of an entire console generation having passed, we thought now would be a great time to revisit this topics and remake our personal video game canons. We covered #10 through #6 on each of our lists last week, and this week, we finish the countdown with #5 through #1. It’s a great conversation, filled with more than a few surprises, as we talk about our very favorite games of all time. 

Thanks for listening to 250 episodes of The Weekly Stuff Podcast, and we hope you enjoy! 

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Monday, August 13, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #250 – Our Top 10 Favorite Games of All Time, Part 1


It’s time for the special 250th 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

250 is a big number. It’s a lot of episodes. It represents somewhere in the vicinity of 750 hours of podcast recording, better known as one full month’s worth of time. And for the occasion, we are revisiting one of our oldest topics: Our Top 10 Favorite Games of All Time. We originally did this topic for episodes 55, 56, and 57 of the podcast, back in 2013, before the launch of the PS4 and one of the most rewarding periods in video game history. Five years later, Sean and Jonathan have completely remade their lists, keeping some favorites, throwing others away, and welcoming in a lot of newcomers, old and new. We’re splitting this discussion into two parts, with this week’s episode covering the bottom half of our lists – #10 through #6 – while next week’s show will cover #5 through #1. These were fun, challenging lists to put together, and made for one of our most engaging discussions ever, as we talk through the games that best encapsulate our personal canons. 

Enjoy, and come back next week for Part 2!

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Monday, August 6, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #249 – The Last of Us 5-Year Anniversary Retrospective 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 iTunes by following this link

2018 marks the 5-year anniversary of Naughty Dog’s masterpiece The Last of Us,and with Part II on the horizon and having made a big splash at E3 this summer, we thought now was the perfect time to look back on the game that closed out the previous console generation, but in many ways presaged the major creative trends of this one. Alongside guest Thomas Lack, Sean and Jonathan go in depth reevaluating the game after a recent re-play, considering how it has aged, where it transcends its time and technology, and how its gameplay systems don’t just complement the masterful storytelling, but enhance it every step of the way. 

Enjoy!

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Monday, July 30, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #248 – Mission: Impossible – Fallout Review & Series 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

We dive deep into one of Hollywood’s best and most interesting modern franchises this week with the Mission: Impossible series. The latest in the Tom Cruise action series, Christopher McQuarrie’s Fallout, is out this week, and we gush enthusiastically over its greatness at length. But as Sean recently went through the first five films for the first time, we also talk about those as well, setting the context for a series that has been around for over two decades and still has enough gas in the tank to deliver its best film on its sixth time out. Jonathan also talks about discovering the incredible work of Chinese director King Hu, Sean tells us about a Spider-Man concept album, and we lament over corporate consolidation in discussing the Disney/Fox merger that was approved earlier this week. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:58
Stuff: 0:04:58 – 0:40:55
Disney & Fox Merger News: 0:40:55 – 0:56:04
Mission: Impossible Retrospective: 0:56:04 – 1:51:23
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Review: 1:51:23 – 2:56:53 

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Monday, July 23, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #247 – Comic-Con News, James Gunn, Octopath Traveler & Sean’s Comic Adventures


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. 

What looked like it might have been a quiet week for the podcast turned out to be a very busy one, as a surprisingly eventful Comic-Con brought big news and reveals for Doctor Who, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and the wildly schizophrenic state of DC’s film and TV slate, ranging from the awesomeness of getting Batman The Animated Series on Blu-ray to the unintentional hilarity of the awful Titans trailer. We cover all of that in more, and also dive into the very complicated news about Disney’s firing of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Sean and Jonathan also talk about Sean’s journey through the Mission: Impossible series ahead of next week’s Fallout, Jonathan continues his review of Octopath Traveler, and Sean regales us with tales of his recent adventures trying to read Spider-Man comic books. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:04
Stuff, including Mission Impossible Talk: 0:04:04 – 0:28:00
Assorted News: 0:28:00 – 0:40:57
Comic-Con News: 0:40:57 – 1:48:13
James Gunn News: 1:48:13 – 2:10:27
Sean’s Comic-Book Adventures: 2:10:27 – 2:40:11
Jonathan on Octopath Traveler: 2:40:11 – 3:09:26 

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Monday, July 16, 2018

The Weekly Stuff #246 Podcast – Octopath Traveler Impressions & Revisiting Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi


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, one of our biggest projects of 2018 comes to a close as we complete our journey through the original six Star Wars films with Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Easily among the most iconic pieces of mainstream Hollywood blockbuster history, Return of the Jedi is a fascinating experience to watch and discuss in this context, as it represents some of the best and some of the worst Star Wars has to offer, in perhaps the most complicated package we’ve yet broken down in this series. We give it our usual in-depth breakdown, and offer some final thoughts on our entire Star Wars re-watch project. Before that, Sean and I also break down a few pieces of news – including the recent Doctor Who teaser and the reveal of the new Dragon Ball Super: Broly film – while I give initial impressions of Octopath Traveler for the Nintendo Switch and Sean talks about reading an amazing mid-2000s Spider-Man comics run. It’s a jam-packed podcast, and one of my personal favorites of the year. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart
Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:15:25
News, including Dragon Ball: Broly Talk: 0:15:25 – 0:44:15
Sean talks Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane: 0:44:15 – 0:58:20
Jonathan’sOctopath Traveler Impressions: 0:58:20 – 1:31:56
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi: 1:31:56 - 3:49:28 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Weekly Stuff #245 – Ant-Man & The Wasp Review, Persona Dancing Talk, and Remembering Steve Ditko & Harlan Ellison


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

Marvel’s third film of the year arrived this week with Ant-Man & The Wasp,an imperfect and slight film that is nevertheless an absurd amount of fun. We give it our traditional in-depth treatment, but before that, Sean pays homage to two recently deceased creative giants who have had a big influence on him – Spider-Man creator and renowned comics artist Steve Ditko, and science-fiction giant Harlan Ellison – and Jonathan’s brother Thomas joins us for another discussion about Persona 3 Dancing and Persona 5 Dancing, as he’s gone and nabbed all the high scores in those games to go along with his obsessive high scores from Persona 4 Dancing. 

Oh, and during the Persona talk, Sean also expressed his desire to see the game’s remix of “Burn My Dread” laid over footage of classic-style Sonic the Hedgehog, and I obliged on the fly. It works amazingly well. 

  
Enjoy!

Time Chart
Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:12:27
Remembering Steve Ditko & Harlan Ellison: 0:12:27 – 0:29:44
Persona Dancing Talk: 0:29:44 – 1:04:35
Ant-Man & The Wasp Review: 1:04:35 – 1:57:48

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Monday, July 2, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #244 – Grab-bag! News round-up, Mario Tennis Aces, Dragon Ball Legends, Donkey Kong Rabbids, 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

It’s a good-old fashioned grab-bag this week, as we cover a week’s worth of news – including Doctor Who getting a new composer, Halo coming to TV, and Sony’s continued refusal to play nice with others – and discuss the strange grab-bag of old and new games we’ve been diving into to escape the dumpster fire that is America in 2018. We’ve both been replaying The Last of Us, and find ourselves more impressed by it than ever, while Jonathan has been playing Mario Tennis Aces and the Donkey Kong Adventure expansion for Mario + Rabbids. Sean talks the new Dragon Ball mobile game, and offers a surprise impromptu review of a game from several years ago he’s been playing on a whim. And at the end, we call an audible and vent for 15 minutes about the horrible month in politics. You have our full blessing to skip it if you want, but if you’d like to vent alongside us, this is your chance. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:52
News Round-up: 0:02:52 – 1:14:50 
Sean’s Surprising Video Game Review: 1:14:50 – 1:26:37 
The Last of Us Talk: 1:26:37 – 1:47:20
Mario + Rabbids - Donkey Kong Adventure: 1:47:20 – 1:59:29 
Dragon Ball Legends: 1:59:29 – 2:12:00
Mario Tennis Aces: 2:12:00 – 2:24:25
Other Stuff: 2:24:25 – 2:29:05
Politics Talk: 2:29:05 – 2:46:28 

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Monday, June 25, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #243 – Revisiting Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back


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, we return to the world ofStar Wars in our ongoing series of in-depth retrospectives on the original six films, this time arriving at the best and most iconic Episode of them all: The Empire Strikes Back, a sequel that not only defined much of what we now think of as Star Wars, but created a sequel template that countless Hollywood franchises have since followed. For as widely appreciated and discussed as the film is, there is still a lot to learn from and discover about this great movie, something we strive to do in this discussion. Jonathan also gives his final thoughts on the Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion, Sean talks a bit more about catching up with Rise of the Tomb Raider, and we cover a few pieces of stray entertainment news to round out the show. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:45
Stuff: 0:02:45 – 0:39:58
News: 0:39:58 – 0:53:28
The Empire Strikes Back: 0:53:28 – 2:54:42

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #242 – Revisiting 2001: A Space Odyssey at 50, Incredibles 2, Splatoon 2 Octo, 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

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey turns 50 this year, and in celebration, Warner Bros has been touring a brand new 70mm print of the classic film around the United States, which arrived here in Denver last week. It’s a marvelous presentation of a masterful film, and we thought we’d take the opportunity to dive deep with one of the greatest films ever made, in one of the most enjoyable and engaging movie discussions we’ve ever had on the podcast. Jonathan also reviews Incredibles 2 and the Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion on Nintendo Switch, while Sean talks about finally catching up with Rise of the Tomb Raider and revisiting Dragon Ball FighterZ, and we both talk about a few bits of post-E3 news. 

Enjoy! And on a very different current events note, if you would like to assist the families currently being torn apart at America’s southern border, as we acknowledge at the top of the show, I’ve made a donation at this link – which spreads your contribution out amongst multiple agencies doing crucial work to help these broken families – and would recommend you do so as well, if you are at all able: https://actblue.com/donate/kidsattheborder

Time Chart
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:06:25
News: 0:06:25 – 0:29:34 
Incredibles 2 & Bao: 0:29:34 – 0:50:20
Tomb Raider Talk: 0:50:20 – 1:09:02
Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion: 1:09:02 – 1:17:46
Sean Returns to Dragon Ball FighterZ: 1:17:46 – 1:34:14
Revisiting 2001: A Space Odyssey: 1:34:14 – 3:15:13

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #241 – E3 2018 Day 3: Nintendo & Smash Bros Analysis and E3 Wrap-Up


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

The third day of E3 2018 shows brought us Nintendo’s showcase, which was almost entirely focused on the reveal of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch. The game looks like it will deliver the goods and then some – but did the show need to spend over 25 minutes diving into such extreme minutiae? We answer this question and any more as we consider Nintendo’s offerings, before diving into some final thoughts on everything we’ve seen over the past few days. We rank everybody’s shows, list the best and worst games displayed on stage, and discuss the silliest, most impressive, and most surprising moments of this year’s E3. 

Enjoy! 

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #240 – E3 2018 Day 2: Sony, Ubisoft, and Square Enix Analysis


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

Day 2 of E3 2018 brought us big showcases from Sony and Ubisoft, and a completely baffling non-event from Square Enix, and we recap and analyze all of it on today’s show. We dive deep with the big looks at Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Beyond Good and Evil 2, Kingdom Hearts 3, The Last of Us Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding,Spider-Man,and much more, celebrate Ubisoft’s awesome dancing panda, reflect on the unconventional structure of Sony’s show, and try to figure out what the hell happened with that bizarre bit of trolling from Square Enix. And we’ll be back tomorrow to do it one more time with Nintendo’s showcase and our final thoughts on the week’s events. 

Oh, and I also cut together footage from the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey trailer with the music from Super Mario Odyssey, and am weirdly proud of how it turned out, so go ahead and give it a look here:



Enjoy! 

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:05:25
Square Enix ‘Showcase’: 0:05:25 – 0:31:29
Ubisoft Showcase: 0:31:29 – 1:22:30
Sony Showcase: 1:22:30 – 2:34:52 

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Monday, June 11, 2018

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #239 – E3 2018 Day 1: Microsoft, EA, and Bethesda Analysis


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 that time of the year again: E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, has kicked off in Los Angeles, and we’re doing daily podcasts this week to catch up on all the news, announcements, gaffes, demos, and reveals from each of the major press conferences. This weekend saw EA, Microsoft, and Bethesda each take their turn at bat, and they’re the focus of our Day 1 podcast. EA saw our first in-depth look at Bioware’s Anthem, Microsoft demonstrated future investment in the Xbox brand and showed off a truck full of third-party games, and Bethesda delivered a warm, funny show that effectively sold us on two seemingly unnecessary games – Rage 2 andFallout 76 – before dropping the mic several times in a row with the first official confirmation of Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI. We talk about all of that and much more in our customary depth, and will be back tomorrow to discuss Square Enix, Ubisoft, and Sony’s big shows. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:10:18
Movie News: 0:10:18 – 0:22:00
Pre-E3 Video Game News: 0:22:00 – 0:44:20
EA Showcase: 0:44:20 – 1:40:13
Microsoft Showcase: 1:40:13 – 2:58:30
Bethesda Showcase: 2:58:30 – 3:29:37 

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