Monday, April 6, 2020

Weekly Suit Gundam #16 – Mobile Fighter G Gundam 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

The time has finally come for us to dive into the wacky and wonderful world of Alternate Universe Gundam, and to start this new phase in the life of the podcast, we’re going back to where AU Gundam began with 1994’s bizarre Shonen soap-opera classic Mobile Fighter G Gundam, one of the strangest, coolest, and most endearingly heartfelt entries in the entire Gundam franchise. With an awesome cast of characters, great storytelling, an astounding command of its own silly, soapy tone, and one of the best soundtracks in anime history, G Gundam isn’t much like any other Gundam show before or after – but it’s absolutely worth taking the time to fall in love with. 

Enjoy! 






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The Weekly Stuff Podcast #323 – Resident Evil, Classic Doom, Game Delays, and Mobile Fighter G Gundam 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. 

This week is another crossover with our sister series, Weekly Suit Gundam, as we dive deep into the wacky and wonderful world of Alternate Universe Gundam for the first time with 1994’s bizarre Shonen soap-opera classic Mobile Fighter G Gundam, one of the strangest, coolest, and most endearingly heartfelt entries in the entire Gundam franchise. That discussion takes up the bulk of today’s extra-long show, but if you haven’t seen G Gundam, fear not! We also give another update on Life in the Time of Coronavirus, Jonathan talks about playing the remakes of Resident Evil 1, 2, and 3, Sean relays the joys of playing classic Doom and Doom II, and we talk about the indefinite delay of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II and what this means for AAA video game releases going forward in 2020. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:20:55
Resident Evil: 0:20:55 – 0:47:38
Classic Doom: 0:47:38 – 0:58:30 
Game Delays: 0:58:30 – 1:05:09
G Gundam: 1:05:09 – 4:10:03

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Top 10 Characters I Want in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC


There are few games I love more than Super Smash Bros., and the DLC fighters Masahiro Sakurai and his team have been developing for Ultimate over the past year have been a constant delight. With the announcement late last year that the DLC would be continuing into a second season (or, as they call it, Fighters Pass 2), with six more fighters coming through 2021, I thought now would be a good time to make a personal wish list, and share with you the characters I most want to see added to the already incredible roster. 

So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Characters I Want in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: 

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #322 – DOOM Eternal Review, Animal Crossing New Horizons & 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 big week for video games, as we dive deep with the excellent, gargantuan, delightfully brutal DOOM Eternal for a full spoiler review, talk more about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Jonathan finally catches up with last year’s outstanding Resident Evil 2 remake! We also give another Coronavirus Lockdown Check-in, full of stories from this very bizarre time we’re all living through, and check in on a little bit of news from Nintendo and the announcement of some new Nier games for the strange franchise’s 10th anniversary. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:22:19
News: 0:22:19 – 0:32:10
Resident Evil 2: 0:32:10 – 0:43:39 
Animal Crossing: 0:43:39 – 0:52:22
DOOM Eternal: 0:52:22 – 2:15:08

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

My 12 Favorite Films, and Where to Stream Them


The other day, my mom asked me if I would do a “Top 10 Things to Stream During the Shut-In” kind of list, to which I initially groaned. It’s a list seemingly everybody with any sort of online presence has been doing in recent weeks, and I frankly find it kind of a weird exercise. With the internet at one’s disposal, it’s not like one’s set of options is limited. If you know which streaming services to use, if you’re willing to pay a few bucks here and there for rentals and purchases, and especially if you’re willing to cast aside the shackles of capitalism and pirate some obscurities, you’ve got a very large swath of the history of moving images at your fingertips. And that, to me, seems like way too big and unwieldy a ‘category’ to cut down for the purposes of a Top 10 list.  

But as I thought about it, it occurred to me that this perfectly describes any kind of personal all-time ranking: To survey the whole of film history and pick which films most represent you as a viewer. And maybe now, as we’re all cloistered in our homes with an unusual amount of time on our hands, is indeed the perfect time to make such a list. 

So instead of making what is specifically a Coronavirus shut-in viewing list, I thought I’d polish off something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, and update my Top 10 Films of All Time list – and tell you where to stream and access all of them from the safety of your (hopefully virus-free) home! The first time I did this list was in 2012, for the publication of my 2013 book Fade to Lack; the next was in 2017, for Episode 200 of The Weekly Stuff Podcast. I completely changed the 10 films between those two lists, and I like the 2017 version a lot better because of it. After all, in between the two, I earned two degrees in Film Studies and was on my way to going after a third. I’d learned, and changed, a lot. 

It’s been almost three years since then, and I’m happy to say I’ve kept evolving and discovering, as all people should. There have been a few adjustments to that list I’ve been really itching to make recently, and I was also excited to play around a bit with the format. I have expanded the list to 12 films from 10 this time, because when I attempted to whittle it all down, I found myself with an utterly grueling, unbreakable 4-way tie for the last 2 spots. 12, after all, is just as arbitrary a number as 10 to limit things to – while still sounding nice and round and substantive (a “dozen favorite films,” if you will) – and if the purpose of this ranking is to set out a personal canon that says something about my cinematic values and taste, this feels like the most honest collection of films to accomplish the task, even if the size of the box is bigger than the usual 10. I have also decided not to rank these films by preference, because it is simply too wrenching to place films I love this much in a battle for supremacy with one another. And in any case, the purpose of this list is the overall canon it lays out, not a hierarchy between which films matter most to me. They all do, and in different ways. 

So without further ado, my 12 Favorite Films of All Time are coming up after the jump, along with some thoughts on why each is here and some pointers on where you may find these fine films if you’d like to get to know me a little better, through the films that mean the most to me (hint: you’ll probably want a Criterion Channel subscription).

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #321 – PS5 Specs, Doom & Animal Crossing Impressions, and End of Evangelion 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 a very busy show this week, as we got our first in-depth look at Sony’s PlayStation 5, finally got to play Doom Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and return to Neon Genesis Evangelion to talk about The End of Evangelion. For the games, we just give some quick spoiler-free first impressions – the full review of Doom Eternal will be on next week’s show – while Jonathan also talks about finishing Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Sean gives final thoughts on Yakuza 4. Then we dive deep with the PlayStation 5 news, and the paradox of how badly Sony has botched this entire messaging roll-out compared with how exciting the console is shaping up to be. Both consoles, as we also got some more news on Xbox Series X, and each system seems to have a lot going for it. And finally, in a crossover with our sister show Weekly Suit Gundam, we do Part 2 of our big Evangelion discussion with a long talk about the End of Evangelion film that replaces the controversial ending of the TV show with a lot of big swings and a questionable number of hits. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:10:15
Games (Doom, Animal Crossing, and more): 0:10:15 – 0:40:54
PS5/Xbox Series X Discussion: 0:40:54 – 1:50:22
End of Evangelion: 1:50:22 – 3:24:13

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Weekly Suit Gundam #15 – The End of Evangelion 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. 

On the second part of our special Neon Genesis Evangelion detour, we dive deep with The End of Evangelion, the influential 1997 film that redoes…well, the end of Evangelion. Replacing the famously under-budgeted episodes 25 and 26 of the original TV series, The End of Evangelion is an epic production with incredible direction and animation, and it may be the purest expression of what Evangelion is – for good and for bad. There’s a lot to discuss with this film, from its mind-bending avant-garde stylings, to how it expands upon and wraps up the story that went unresolved in the television series, to the extreme Freudian psychoanalytic themes on display and the film’s frequently problematic treatment of women. 

Enjoy, and join us next time when we return to the wonderful world of Gundam with Mobile Fighter G Gundam!







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Monday, March 16, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #320 – Coronavirus Shut-in Special! (And Doctor Who Series 12 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. 

The world is on fire, but the podcast must go on! With Jonathan back in Colorado for the long haul of social distancing, he and Sean get together to talk about what life has been like as Coronavirus hit the United States in full, affecting both of our professions and keeping us at home for the foreseeable future. It’s a crazy time, with all sorts of cancellations and social disruptions, but we also find some time to talk about recent games we’ve been playing, including Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Yakuza 4, and discuss Kotaku’s recent report about continued crunch at NaughtyDog during production of The Last of Us Part II. And for our big topic, we dive deep with Series 12 of Doctor Who, which we didn’t review week to week this year – because Chris Chibnall’s incarnation of the show is, you know, terrible – but hopefully make up for in this extra-long discussion of a show that might be dying a slow, painful death right before our eyes. Something the rest of us can hopefully avoid if we stay at home, wash our hands, and don’t attend any large gatherings! 

Enjoy, and stay safe out there!

Time Chart: 
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:26
Life in the Time of Coronavirus: 0:03:26 – 0:38:18
News: 0:38:18 – 1:09:11
Sean Talks Yakuza 4: 1:09:11 – 1:14:55 
Jonathan Talks Ori and the Will of the Wisps: 1:14:55 – 1:35:15 
Doctor Who Series 12 Review: 1:35:15 – 3:35:06 

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Monday, March 2, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #319 – The Neon Genesis Evangelion Episode


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

A year after the show’s arrival on Netflix, and a year after promising to do an episode all about it, we’ve finally done a Neon Genesis Evangelion episode! A crossover with our sister show Weekly Suit Gundam, we dive deep with the original 26 episodes of Hideaki Anno’s influential classic, and find that, while it has frequently magnificent direction, animation, and voice acting, the story, structure, and themes are a lot more undercooked and problematic. It’s certainly a fascinating show to talk about, and hopefully worth the wait (though big Eva fans might hate us by the end). We also hear from Sean about playing Yakuza 3 from the recent Remastered Collection, talk about the Season 3 updates and Kefla DLC for Dragon Ball FighterZ, and go over a few pieces of recent news, including new details about the Xbox Series X. 

Enjoy!

Time Chart: 
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:09:17
Sean Talks Yakuza 3: 0:09:17 – 0:15:40 
Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 3: 0:15:40 – 0:24:12 
News: 0:24:12 – 0:50:04 
Evangelion: 0:50:04 – 3:31:29 

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Weekly Suit Gundam #14 – Neon Genesis Evangelion 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.

On this special episode, we’re taking a brief detour from Mobile Suit Gundam to talk about another of the most infamous, influential mecha anime of all time: Hideaki Anno’s Neon Genesis Evangelion, the mid-90s sensation that helped to revitalize the anime industry and became a major worldwide sensation. It’s a significant work in the history of anime, and a really interesting point of comparison to the world of Gundam, which Anno was intimately familiar with and drew a lot of inspiration from. On this episode, we are specifically discussing the original 26 episodes of the TV series (we’ll be doing End of Evangelion in a few weeks), and find that, while it has frequently magnificent direction, animation, and voice acting, the story, structure, and themes are a lot more undercooked and problematic. It’s certainly a fascinating show to talk about, and hopefully worth the wait, since we’ve been promising this for a while (though big Eva fans might hate us by the end).

Enjoy!

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Monday, February 24, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #318 – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Game of the Year 2019


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

Last week’s countdown of The Top 10 Games of 2019 was one of our longest episodes ever, but we didn’t quite finish the countdown. That’s because our #1 game of the year, FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, was so beautifully, blisteringly good it deserved an episode all of its own, and that’s exactly what we’ve recorded for today: An in-depth, episode-length conversation about one of the very best games we’ve ever had the pleasure to discuss on this show. Sekiro may be the single hardest game either of us has ever beat, and Jonathan in particular had a weird path towards fully embracing what the game has to offer, but we’ve both come out the other side in awe of 2019’s undisputed masterpiece, and between breaking down the bosses, celebrating all the evocative environs, considering the story and characters, and talking about how we learned to stop worrying and love the parry system, Sekiro provides more than enough fodder for this 2-hour discussion. 

Enjoy!

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Monday, February 17, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #317 – The Top 10 Video Games of 2019


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 being delayed by Jonathan’s trip to Japan and our Best of the Decade episodes, it’s finally time for our annual countdown of the very best Video Games of the year. And it’s better late than never, because 2019 was a really interesting year for games, and both of us wound up with eclectic, surprising Top 10 lists that don’t look quite like any countdown we’ve done in years past, allowing us to go deep with some games we’ve never talked about before, and revisit favorites that were recurring podcast topics throughout the year. It’s a great conversation, and before that, we also break down two weeks’ worth of news, including some Dragon Ball announcements, a Platinum Games Kickstarter, and more news about the PS5, while Jonathan gives a quick review of the surprisingly good Sonic the Hedgehog movie, a fun and heartfelt film that ensures we’re having a good time talking about video games from the beginning to the end of one of the longest podcasts we’ve ever recorded. 

Oh, and this is only Part 1. But you’ll have to listen through to the surprise cliffhanger at the very end to find out why. Enjoy! 

Time Chart: 
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:03:02
Sonic the Hedgehog and Stuff: 0:03:02 – 0:20:26
News: 0:20:26 – 0:50:00
The Top 10 Games of 2019: 0:50:00 – 4:26:33

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Monday, February 3, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #316 – TV Round-up! The Witcher, Watchmen, and The Mandalorian 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

In a very rare move for this podcast, this week’s show is all about American television, as we dive deep with three very different, very good genre shows from the end of 2019: Disney+’s outstanding Star Wars series The Mandalorian, HBO’s wildly ambitious Watchmen, and Netflix’s unexpectedly strong The Witcher. Every one of these shows was a pleasant surprise – some more so than others – and each wrangles a tricky property into serial television in really interesting ways. They’re all worthy of discussion, and it was a lot of fun to break each of them down. Before that, we also give some first impressions of the Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot video game, and talk about the news that Netflix is, inexplicably, developing a live-action One Piece TV series. 

Enjoy! 

Time Chart: 
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:04:20
Stuff, including DBZ Kakarot: 0:04:20 – 0:24:40 
News: 0:24:40 – 0:46:05 
The Mandalorian: 0:46:05 – 1:08:00
Watchmen: 1:08:00 – 1:59:36
The Witcher: 1:59:36 – 2:55:20
Politics Chat: 2:55:20 – 3:12:03 

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Monday, January 27, 2020

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #315 – Japan Quest! Jonathan’s Great Adventure!


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. 

Jonathan just spent three weeks in Japan over the winter break, and now it’s time to tell all the stories from his adventures in the land of the rising sun! From seeing the life-size Unicorn Gundam in Odaiba to visiting the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka to visiting all sorts of famous temples like Zenkoji, Kinkakuji, and Matsumoto Castle, to meeting the infamous Snow Monkeys of Nagano – there were so many incredible experiences, and this podcast is bursting at the seams with great memories. You’ll also hear all about a wide assortment of Japanese books, magazines, candies, food dishes, and so much more – and even hear a few clips from Karaoke, various shop songs, and the incredible Japanese dub of The Lord of the Rings. 

And if you want the best experience possible, make sure to watch this episode of the podcast on our YouTube channel, where we have a special video version with thousands of pictures, dozens of videos, and so much more to accompany all the stories told throughout the episode. 

Enjoy! 

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