Monday, November 18, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #305 – Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, Pokemon Sword & Shield, Disney+, Xbox News, Movie Reviews, Streaming Trivia, 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

In one of the busiest, most jam-packed podcasts we’ve ever recorded, we give first impressions of the week’s two major video game releases, Pokemon Sword & Shield for Nintendo Switch and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for the PS4. Star Wars in particular is an incredibly surprising, exciting game, and gives us a lot to talk about without ever touching on any spoilers. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Jonathan also reviews a slew of November movies – Jojo Rabbit, Doctor Sleep, Ford v Ferrari and Parasite – Sean gushes over Criterion’s Godzilla collection, we discuss Sonic the Hedgehog’s Hollywood makeover, cover all the news out of Microsoft’s X019 event, talk about the future of Bioware’s Anthem, discuss the launch of Disney+, and to cap it all off, play a very silly trivia game about the ridiculous nature of the streaming video landscape. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:07:15
Stuff: 0:07:15 – 0:23:57
Jonathan’s Movie Reviews: 0:23:57 – 0:42:23
Movie News: 0:42:23 – 1:15:37
Gaming News: 1:15:37 – 1:57:13
Pokemon: 1:57:13 – 2:11:18
Jedi Fallen Order: 2:11:18 – 3:01:05
Disney+: 3:01:05 – 3:10:20
Streaming Service Trivia Game: 3:10:20 – 3:26:57

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Monday, November 4, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #304 – Blizzard Announcements, Criterion Recommendations, Star Wars News, and the Long, Sad Story of the Demon Couch From Hell


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. 

Blizzard’s annual BlizzCon event took place this week amidst a storm of political controversy, but the two major announcements the company showed off were incredible, with both Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 delivering jaw-dropping cinematic short films and impressive gameplay reels. That’s just the tip of the iceberg for this week’s podcast, though, as we also hear first impressions from Sean on Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds, talk about the latest in a long line of unqualified white guys to be fired from Star Wars, discuss the Game of Thrones spin-off news, and some interesting sales figures for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch. We also preview Criterion’s incredible Godzilla box set and, in honor of the November Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble, Jonathan, a Criterion Collection obsessive, gives 15 recommendations for releases worth buying this month. And we cap it all off with a bit of story time, as Jonathan regales us with the long, sad, winding saga of the Demon Couch from Hell. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:05
Sean talks Outer Worlds: 0:04:05 – 0:11:49 
Godzilla Box Set & Criterion Recommendations: 0:11:49 – 0:38:18
Star Wars Ideas & News: 0:38:18 – 1:04:22
Other News: 1:04:22 – 1:24:25 
Blizzard News: 1:24:25 – 1:49:25
The Demon Couch: 1:49:25 – 2:06:49

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #11 – Gundam F91 Review & Discussion


It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a show exploring the world of Mobile Suit Gundam from the The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link

Our journey through Universal Century Gundam continues with one of the strangest and most rewarding corners of the franchise, the 1991 theatrical feature Mobile Suit Gundam F91. Written and Directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino and reuniting him with Gundam’s original character designer, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, and original mecha designer, Kunio Okawara, Gundam F91 was the first attempt to move beyond the original Universal Century saga that had reached its culmination in Char’s Counterattack. Set 30 years later, with an all-new cast of heroes and antagonists, F91 was originally intended to be a full 50-episode TV series, before plans fell through and Tomino and company were left scrambling to fit their story into a 2-hour feature. The result is, indeed, a mess, albeit a fascinating one, filled with some of the richest and most affecting material the franchise has ever conjured, brought to life with some of the best animation ever committed to film. There’s no doubt it’s an oddity and outlier in the history of Gundam, but it’s also essential viewing for fans of the series – and it leads to one of our most enjoyable conversations so far. 

Enjoy!

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Monday, October 28, 2019

The Weekly Stuff #303 – Modern Warfare, Witcher 3 on Switch, Star Wars IX Trailer 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 packed grab-bag episode this week, as Sean talks about playing the campaign for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and finishing Devil May Cry 5, Jonathan waxes poetic about his rediscovered love for The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch, and we discuss a bunch of news, from delays for The Last of Us Part II and Watch Dogs Legion, new casting for the upcoming Batman movie, the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and a hilariously tone-deaf interview with the incompetent creators of Game of Thrones. We also figure out the exact circumstances that would cause the two of us to end this podcast and never speak again, and in a moment of Star-Wars-related ennui, Jonathan almost walks off the podcast forever. It’s a crazy one. 

WARNING: This episode contains potential SPOILERS for STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, based on internet leaks about the film. This discussion takes place between 1:05:03 and 1:09:36. Please skip if you do not want to hear any possible leaked information about the film. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:10
Devil May Cry 5: 0:04:10 – 0:08:09
Witcher 3 on Switch: 0:08:09 – 0:34:25
Modern Warfare: 0:34:25 – 0:52:16
Star Wars News: 0:52:16 – 1:05:03
**POSSIBLE STAR WARS SPOILERS**: 1:05:03 – 1:09:36
More News: 1:09:36 – 1:44:05

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Monday, October 14, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #302 – El Camino, PS5 News, Gemini Man 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

Breaking Bad returned this week with the all-new sequel movie, El Camino, written and directed by Vince Gilligan and starring Aaron Paul, proving itself a pretty fantastic opportunity to dive back into seemingly well-explored territory. We talk about the movie at length (with spoilers reserved for our big segment at the end), but before that, there’s also a bevy of news to go over, including the surprise delay of Doom Eternal, Sony’s low-key announcement of the PlayStation 5, and Blizzard getting itself into hot water with its response to a Heartstone player’s pro-Hong Kong freedom remarks. Jonathan talks about seeing Ang Lee’s Gemini Man in 60 frames-per-second 3D, Sean talks about finally getting around to Devil May Cry 5, and we both make a lot of fun of the new Dolittle trailer starring Robert Downey Jr. and some strikingly awful CGI. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:24
Stuff, including Gemini Man and Devil May Cry 5: 0:03:24 – 0:28:15
News: 0:28:15 – 1:36:27
El Camino Review: 1:36:27 – 2:35:16 

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Monday, October 7, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #301 – Our Top 10 Favorite TV Shows of All Time, Part 2


It’s time for the 301st 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

Our 300th episode milestone celebration continues this week with Part 2 of our countdown of our Top 10 Favorite TV Shows of All Time! Last week’s discussion proved surprising, as our lists had no overlap and a lot of surprises. Part 2 finds us covering a similarly broad range of shows, and while our Top 2 choices may not exactly be revelations to longtime listeners, they give us a chance to talk once more not just about our favorite television, but about some of our favorite memories recording 300 of these podcasts. It’s a really fun topic, and this week’s show also includes Jonathan’s thoughts on the new Joker movie, Sean talking about the new DLC for Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more, all wrapped up in an absurdly long 4-hour package that concludes our 300th episode festivities with aplomb. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:20
Stuff: 0:03:20 – 0:36:31
Joker: 0:36:31 – 0:50:53
Top 10 TV Shows Part 2: 0:50:53 – 3:58:28

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Monday, September 30, 2019

The Weekly Stuff #300 – Our Top 10 Favorite TV Shows of All Time, Part 1


It’s time for the 300th 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

300 is a big number. A terrifyingly big number. And we’ve got an intimidatingly large episode to go along with it. Following in the footsteps of our milestone Episodes 200 and 250, where we counted down our favorite Films and Video Games, this week, we present our personal lists of our Top 10 Favorite TV Shows of All Time. It’s a big discussion that’s going to spill over into next week’s Part 2, but this first half is a blast, as Sean and Jonathan don’t share a single show on the bottom half of their lists, Sean reveals he’s seen a lot more canonical American television than we were led to believe, and Jonathan straight up cheats to make a particular entry work. It’s a very fun conversation, and it’s only half the episode! We also review The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and give first impressions of Dragon Quest XI S, both on Nintendo Switch, talk about The Last of Us Part II getting a new trailer and release date, discuss Sony and Marvel’s beautiful reunion, and most importantly, celebrate 300 episodes and nearly a full decade of podcasting with some long-awaited introspection. What are our favorite episodes? Our least favorite? What are we proudest of, what have we learned, and how did this whole crazy journey begin? All that plus a big slice of wonderful listener mail rounds out a 300thepisode that we hope offers a little of everything that makes this podcast special. 

Enjoy, and join us next week for the exciting conclusion!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:06:14
Stuff (including Link’s Awakening and Dragon Quest XI S): 0:06:14 – 0:27:43
News: 0:27:34 – 0:40:15
Podcast 300 Retrospective Celebration: 0:40:15 – 1:42:41
Top 10 TV Shows Part 1: 1:42:41 – 3:43:31 

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #10 – Unicorn Gundam & Narrative Gundam Review & Discussion


It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a show exploring the world of Mobile Suit Gundamfrom the The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link

Released in seven parts from 2010 to 2014, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn is an extravagant OVA sequel to the original saga of Universal Century Gundam, set three years after Char’s Counterattack and engaging in a direct, deeply thoughtful dialogue with the major themes and ideas of the franchise’s 70s and 80s output. It’s also a spectacular production, with movie-caliber animation, an all-time great score by Hiroyuki Sawano, and some of the greatest mobile suit action the franchise has ever seen. We dive deep with the series on this week’s show, while also touching upon Unicorn’s own movie sequel, Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative, the 2018 film that stands as the most recent entry in the Universal Century canon. 

Enjoy!

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Monday, September 16, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #299 – Astral Chain & Control Reviews, Sean Fact Checks Jonathan, 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

After a few weeks away from the main podcast, Sean and Jonathan are both back for a fun, oftentimes extremely silly episode. We review Platinum Games’ Astral Chain for the Nintendo Switch and Remedy’s Control for PS4 and Xbox, but also debate whether Goku or Superman would win in a fight, taste test a new mystery Mountain Dew flavor live on the air, hear a list of fact checks from Sean on Jonathan’s Nintendo Direct comments on last week’s bonus podcast, and there may or may not also be an impromptu dramatic reading of Joe Biden’s viral ‘Corn Pop’ speech. So yeah. It’s a weird one, and I’d say we sent out the 200s with a bang. 

Enjoy, and onwards to Episode 300!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:22
Stuff: 0:04:22 – 0:26:08
Sean Fact Checks Jonathan: 0:26:08 – 0:56:09
Astral Chain: 0:56:09 – 1:20:50
Control: 1:20:50 – 1:52:27
Dramatic Corn Pop Reading: 1:52:27 – 2:08:25

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #09 – Char’s Counterattack Review & Discussion


The original saga of Mobile Suit Gundam reaches its spectacular climax with Char’s Counterattack, the 1988 theatrical film that reunites Char Aznable and Amuro Ray for one final conflict, and sees Yoshiyuki Tomino and company bringing these characters, their story, and the major themes of the series up to now home with astonishing aplomb. As the first original movie in the franchise’s history, Char’s Counterattack boasts incredible production values and some of the greatest animation we’ve ever seen, but it’s also a deeply intelligent, incredibly thoughtful capper to all the big ideas, character arcs, and interpersonal conflicts broached in the original three TV series. And after spending so much time talking about the ingenious character creation that is Char, this movie gives us ample opportunity to put the character and his complex evolution in context, leading to one of the best conversations we’ve had about Gundam so far. 

Enjoy!

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Monday, September 9, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #298.5 – Nintendo Direct September Reactions


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

Sean couldn’t record this week, and we didn’t want to let this week’s exciting, jam-packed surprise Nintendo Direct go unremarked upon for another week, so Jonathan grabbed the mic to do a quick solo podcast – and a surprise last minute guest was able to join! Along with his brother Thomas, recording from Japan, we break down every major announcement from the Nintendo Direct, from the reveal of another Smash Bros. fighter to a whole lot of ports, to the Super NES finally coming to Nintendo Switch Online, and much more! 

Enjoy, and if you want a full podcast with Sean this week, be sure to listen to tomorrow’s new episode of Weekly Suit Gundam,our special bonus Mobile Suit Gundam podcast. 

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Weekly Suit Gundam #08 – Gundam ZZ Review & Discussion


It’s time for Weekly Suit Gundam, a show exploring the world of Mobile Suit Gundamfrom the The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link

After the abject darkness that was the ending of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, we come out on the other side to review and discuss its immediate successor, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, a show that appears lighter at first glance…but is it? ZZ has a bad reputation among Western fans, but we’d argue it’s a deeply misunderstood and underappreciated gem, an essential follow-up to Zeta Gundam that masterfully shifts the franchise’s POV, boasts stunning visuals from start to finish, and is chock full of great characters, both heroes and villains alike. As the final TV entry in the initial Gundam trilogy, it wraps up the first saga of the Universal Century with aplomb, challenging much of what we thought we know and taking the series to bold, compelling new places along the way. It’s not one to miss, and this jam-packed discussion is a lot of fun.  

Enjoy!

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Monday, August 26, 2019

The Weekly Stuff #298 – Spider-Man’s MCU Split, The Matrix Returns, Disney’s D23 Announcements, and much 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 an absolute explosion of entertainment news this week, with Spider-Man getting a divorce from the MCU, WB relaunching The Matrix franchise 20 years after the original, the unveiling of the Breaking Bad movie El Camino, Gamescom underway in Germany, Disney showing off all sorts of Star Wars, Marvel, and various animated and live-action content for the Disney+ streaming platform and theatres, and Sony losing their fifth Uncharted director in a decade-plus of trying to bring the game series to the screen. We go over all of that, talk about the time Bruce Springsteen almost had a song play in a Harry Potter movie, and much more in this jam-packed installment of the podcast. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:06:41
Stuff: 0:06:41 – 0:33:52
Gaming News: 0:33:52 – 1:09:01
Movie News: 1:09:01 – 1:36:47
Spider-Man News: 1:36:47 – 1:57:18
D23 News: 1:57:18 – 2:58:30
Sony’s Uncharted Adventure: 2:58:30 – 3:19:56

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