Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #285 – Game of Thrones Self Implodes, Batman is Cast, Jonathan Plays Cuphead, and Sean’s Adventures with Armored Trooper VOTOMS


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 fun catch-up kind of episode this week, as we cover some big news from the past two weeks, including the reported casting of Robert Pattinson as Batman, HBO’s Watchmen teaser, Disney’s terrifying decade-long release schedule, Nintendo’sSuper Mario Maker 2 Direct, and more! Jonathan talks about his delightful descent into masochism playing Cuphead on Nintendo Switch, and works through his feelings on the last two very bad episodes of Game of Thrones before this week’s series finale. And finally, Sean recaps a wonderfully weird mecha anime from the 80s, Armored Trooper VOTOMS, because it’s just too awesomely strange not to share with the world. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:08:15
Stuff: 0:08:15 – 0:29:48
Movie News: 0:29:48 – 1:10:52
Video Game News: 1:10:52 – 1:38:54
Cuphead: 1:38:54 – 1:58:41
Game of Thrones: 1:58:41 – 2:27:53
Armored Trooper VOTOMS: 2:27:53 – 3:06:05

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Monday, May 6, 2019

The Weekly Stuff #284 – Game of Thrones is bad, Sonic is terrifying, and Pokemon: The First Movie is pretty good


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

Next week, Detective Pikachu arrives in theatres, sure to become the biggest video game movie of all time. Twenty years ago, Pokemon: The First Movie took the United States by storm in a very different way, arriving at the height of the original Pokemon boom and bringing anime mainstream in the West in a way it had never been before. On this week’s show, we revisit that film – in both its English adaptation and original Japanese form – looking back on Pokemon’s theatrical debut before Hollywood takes the reins next week. We also talk about the abject horror of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer, pay tribute to the great Peter Mayhew, and rant about last week’s very bad episode of Game of Thrones.  

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:39
Stuff: 0:03:39 – 0:29:40
Game of Thrones Rant: 0:29:40 – 1:02:20
News: 1:02:20 – 1:30:57
Pokemon The First Movie: 1:30:57 – 2:58:02

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Monday, April 29, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #283 – Avengers Endgame Review & 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

Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is the biggest movie in the world right now, and we dive deep with this culmination of a series we’ve been discussing on this podcast since the earliest days of our show! It’s an amazing film in so many ways – on its own terms, but also as a cultural experience – and more than worthy of a long, in-depth talk about all the characters, set pieces, and the surprisingly cathartic sense of finality the film builds to in its closing act. Jonathan also talks about his experiences playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in Nintendo’s Labo VR, and we go over the reveal of Persona 5 The Royal andPersona 5 Scramble, and why Atlus teased a Switch port for so long only to pull away the football with these announcements. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:08:40
Zelda in Labo VR: 0:08:40 – 0:27:22
Persona 5 News: 0:27:22 – 0:42:00
Avengers Endgame: 0:42:00 – 3:08:50 

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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #282 – PS5 & Next-Gen Talk, Labo VR, Star Wars News, 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

We catch up on two weeks’ worth of news, from the first trailers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the video game Jedi Fallen Order, to the unveiling of the Disney Plus streaming service, to the confusing reveal of the Xbox One SAD edition. We also talk about the addition of Persona 5’s Joker to Super Smash Bros, and Jonathan gives first impressions of the oddity that is Nintendo’s Labo VR. And for our main topic, we dive in to the first official details of the PlayStation 5, and talk about how the next generation of consoles is shaping up – what’s the strategy, what’s working, and what seems confusing? 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:57
Stuff, including Labo VR: 0:02:57 – 0:40:45
News: 0:40:45 – 1:38:44
PS5 & Next-Gen Talk: 1:38:44 – 2:37:20 

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Monday, April 8, 2019

The Weekly Stuff #281 – Super Dragon Ball Heroes, Anthem Woes, DBZ 30th Blu-ray, Gaming Controversies & 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 show this week, as we give impressions of Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, the first English localization of the Japanese card battle sensation, discuss Kotaku’s bombshell report on the troubled development of Bioware’s Anthem, break down all the problems with Funimation’s dubious new Dragon Ball Z 30thAnniversary Blu-ray set, and weigh in on the very stupid controversies currently miring the video game discourse – namely, whether games like Sekiro should have difficulty options, and what effect the Epic Games Store is having on the PC market. We also reach peak bafflement in our ongoing confusion over the existence and content of the musical Cats, go over some strange Nintendo rumors, and much more. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:05:31
Stuff: 0:05:31 – 0:19:00
Dragon Ball Heroes: 0:19:00 – 0:50:53
Anthem News: 0:50:53 – 1:26:17
Other News: 1:26:17 – 2:00:01
Dragon Ball News: 2:00:01 – 2:28:12
Video Game Controversies: 2:28:12 – 3:12:30 

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Monday, April 1, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #280 – Yoshi’s Crafted World & Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Reviews


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 review Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Yoshi’s Crafted World, two games that couldn’t seem more different, but weirdly wind up teaching a lot of the same lessons in how to create a quality video game. Before that, we also kick back and talk about some Stuff – like Jonathan’s first time playing the cult classicCastlevania: Rondo of Blood, or trying to explain the plot of Season 3 of The Flash to Sean – and hit some recent news items, like the passing of the great Agnes Varda, rumors about Nintendo’s new Switch hardware offerings, and the single strangest streaming video announcement we’ve ever heard (that last one, from 1:26:25 to 1:35:21, is one you definitely won’t want to miss). 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:10:32
Stuff: 0:10:32 – 0:55:55
News: 0:55:55 – 1:35:21
Yoshi & Sekiro: 1:35:21 – 2:34:30 

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #279 – Reviewing Us, Shazam!, Sekiro, and Talking Google’s Stadia & Disney/Fox Merger


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 jam-packed episode, as we dive deep with Jordan Peele’s incredible new horror film, Us, Jonathan gives some early thoughts from a pre-screening of DC’sShazam!, Sean shares initial impressions of FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and so much more! Sean also talks about playing the first three Devil May Cry days on some Colorado snow days, Jonathan reviews the documentary Apollo 11, and we cover a bevy of news, including Google’s new Project Stadia streaming platform and the realization of the Disney’s Fox acquisition. Throw in some listener mail and a gush-session over the new John Wick 3 trailer, and you’ve got one of the most fun episodes we’ve recorded this year. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:07:00
Shazam: 0:07:00 – 0:19:41
Sekiro: 0:19:41 – 0:30:20
Apollo 11: 0:30:20 – 0:34:36
Devil May Cry: 0:34:36 – 0:56:08
News: 0:56:08 – 1:54:48
Listener Mail: 1:54:48 – 2:12:54
Us Review: 2:12:54 – 3:18:35 

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Monday, March 11, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #278 – Captain Marvel Review, Sonic’s New Look, Labo VR & 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 week saw the much anticipated release of Captain Marvel, the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first to feature a female lead. It’s a very fun film that opens lots of exciting new doors for Marvel, and we spend a good chunk of time reviewing and breaking it down in full spoiler detail. Before that, Jonathan talks about catching up on Supergirland the latest DC crossover special on the CW, and we go over some strange news, such as Sonic the Hedgehog’s horrifying new live-action look, Nintendo’s very bizarre Labo VR announcement, Xbox potentially planning a disc-free console, and more. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:06:23
Stuff: 0:06:23 – 0:23:14
News: 0:23:14 – 0:55:35
Captain Marvel Review: 0:55:35 – 2:08:04 

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Monday, March 4, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #277 – Revisiting The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


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, by popular demand (and because we really wanted to do it), we finally begin our trip down Middle Earth Memory Lane, with our in-depth retrospective discussion of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. So much has changed since this film’s release in 2001, its unlikely success helping to transform Tolkien’s work from a literary classic to one of the most dominant transnational brands on the planet. We try to strip all that back to look at the film itself, discussing our memories of seeing it for the first time, what it meant to us then, what it means to us now, and why this is one of the most significant films we’ll ever cover on this podcast. Sean also shares his thoughts on Apex Legends, Jonathan talks about bad players ruining his Destiny 2 fun, and we cover a spate of recent Nintendo news, including the retirement of Reggie Fils-Aime and the announcement of Pokemon Sword & Shield. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:06:41
Stuff, including Apex Legends & Destiny 2: 0:06:41 – 0:29:54
News: 0:29:54 – 1:04:05
Lord of the Rings: 1:04:05 – 3:53:01

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Bonus Podcast – 91stAcademy Awards Reactions from Jonathan Lack


It’s time for a bonus 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, so instead, Jonathan watched and live-tweeted the 91stAcademy Awards, following it up with a solo podcast discussing overall reactions to the show, the winners, and what we should take away from a night that had a horrible ending – Green Book, aka 2 Driving 2 Daisy, winning Best Picture – but a lot of things worth celebrating along the way. Jonathan delivers a monologue about the good and the bad of this year’s Oscars, and what lessons we might learn from them, before going category by category to discuss the winners, losers, and where his predictions diverted from the final results. 

Enjoy! 

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Monday, February 18, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #276 – Kingdom Hearts III, Nintendo Direct, Oscar Shenanigans, 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

This week saw Nintendo’s first Direct in months, featuring announcements ranging from Super Mario Maker 2to a Link’s Awakeningremake, plus more details on Fire Emblem: Three Housesand a cavalcade of surprise eShop releases. We talk about all of that and more, go over the latest in a seemingly endless stream of Academy Award dumpster fires, share our horror over Will Smith’s uncanny valley Genie in Aladdin, talk more Destiny 2, and Jonathan relates his experience buying Starlink: Battle for Atlas on the cheap. Then, we’re joined by special guest Thomas Lack, a lifelongKingdom Hearts fan, to tell us about his experience with Kingdom Hearts III, and whether the game lived up to its decade-plus of expectations.  

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:14:00
Stuff: 0:14:00 – 0:37:54
News & Nintendo Direct: 0:37:54 – 1:45:20
Kingdom Hearts III: 1:45:20 – 2:40:05

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #275 – Anthem Demo, Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC, News 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

This week, we got our first hands-on look at Bioware’s Anthem, and the results were…not pretty. We break down all the ways this uninspired Destiny clone has us worried after a few hours with the public demo, while also talking about Destiny itself and the Forsaken expansion we’ve both recently caught up with. We gush over the new combatants introduced to Dragon Ball FighterZ, Jiren and Videl, while expressing both excitement and horror about Piranha Plant’s debut in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. A big chunk of news, including the latest moves out of DC’s film universe and some striking Nintendo sales data, rounds out the episode. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart:
Intro and Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:17:33
News: 0:17:33 – 1:12:35
Piranha Plant Smash: 1:12:35 – 1:16:16
Dragon Ball FighterZ Jiren/Videl: 1:16:16 – 1:39:56
Destiny 2 Forsaken: 1:39:56 – 1:53:05
Anthem Demo: 1:53:05 – 2:44:21 

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Monday, January 28, 2019

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #274 – 2019 Year-in-Preview 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

This week, we look ahead to the year that is now upon us, 2019, and preview all the upcoming films and video games we know about that are either exciting, baffling, dread-inducing, or a mixture of all three. We also make a competitive draft of which seemingly far-off video games are most likely to actually see the light of day in 2019, while Jonathan predicts just what obscene amounts of money Disney will make on their cavalcade of remakes and sequels this year. We also discuss this week’s big Metroid Prime news, talk more Destiny 2 and Dragon Quest, and answer some listener mail about the upcoming year. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart: 
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:01:50
Stuff: 0:01:50 – 0:40:21
News: 0:40:21 – 1:00:45
Listener Mail: 1:00:45 – 1:16:53
2019 Movie Preview: 1:16:53 – 2:04:40
2019 Video Game Preview: 2:04:40 – 3:03:45 

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