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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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapmanis 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.

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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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapmanis 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.