The Workshop #64 – Omega beans

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The podcast is ALIVE!!!

Our triumphant* return sees us bouncing between topics like always. Stick around to hear about Eric’s job and his budding TikTok career, why Matt doesn’t like the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings and what exactly is friendfiction among other mysteries that can only be solved by listening to this here podcast. You might learn something!

But learning is sometimes overrated.

Games of 2020 – DEBUG MODE

I almost passed on making a year-end wrap up video since I already covered several of the year’s big games in previous videos. But I do like this format even if nobody really watches. It’s a good way to cover a lot of ground in a relatively short time.

I actually made more Debug Mode videos this year than ever before… which is still not saying all that much. YouTube isn’t my job and it’s far from my only interest. Creating videos I can feel okay about putting out into the world is hard and very time-consuming. And although I keep entertaining the notion of doing shorter, more-focused videos that are a bit easier to produce, that hasn’t really worked out so far.

From what I understand, the almighty YouTube algorithm wants me to upload a 10 minute video every day. I don’t care who you are – there’s no way you can do that and not have the content suffer or lose your mind or both. Increasingly, I feel sorry for the people who are in that position. It’s often not about making consistently good stuff – but just about making stuff consistently.

Anyway, thanks for watching if indeed you do. Let’s all hope for a happy new year.

The Mandalorian (season 2) – Popcorn Not Included

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We discuss season 2 of The Mandalorian, our thoughts on the future of the show, and the future of Star Wars in general.

The Mandalorian (season two)

Created by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Pedro Pascal
Composer: Ludwig Göransson
Executive Producers: Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson
Original network: Disney+
Original release: 2020

The Crown (season four) – Popcorn Not Included

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Everybody’s favorite non-Disney princess finally shows up in Netflix’s drama about the Royal Windsor Family of Great Britain. We discuss the main storylines, themes, and performances of The Crown Season 4.

The Crown (season four)

Created by: Peter Morgan
Starring: Olivia Coleman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Gillian Anderson, Josh O’Connor, Emma Corrin, Marion Bailey, Erin Doherty, Stephen Boxer, Emerald Fennell
Composer: Martin Phipps
Executive Producers: Peter Morgan, Stephen Daldry, Andy Harries, Phillip Martin, Suzanne Mackie, Matthew Byam-Shaw, Robert Fox, Tanya Seghatchian, Nina Wolarsky, Allie Goss
Original network: Netflix
Original release: November 15, 2020

Tomhanksgiving 2020: Cast Away – Popcorn Not Included

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For Tomhanksgiving 2020 we watch the ultimate social distancing movie: Cast Away. This year has sucked, but we can all be thankful that we’re not stuck alone on an island with just a volleyball for companionship. So there’s that.

I HAVE MADE FIRE!

Cast Away

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Produced by: Steve Starkey, Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke
Screenplay by: William Broyles Jr.
Edited by: Arthur Schmidt
Cinematography: Don Burgess
Music by: Alan Silvestri
Starring: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Ford v Ferrari – Popcorn Not Included

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Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in the daddest of dad movies. Does it work for non-dad types and/or non-car people?

Ford v Ferrari

Directed by: James Mangold
Produced by: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, James Mangold
Screenplay by: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller
Edited by: Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland
Cinematography: Phedon Papamichael
Music by: Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders
Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

10 Cloverfield Lane – Popcorn Not Included

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It’s October so we’ve dipped a hesitant toe into the realm of (slightly) scary movies. In this episode, we discuss the pseudo-sequel to Cloverfield.

10 Cloverfield Lane

Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg
Produced by: J. J. Abrams, Lindsey Weber
Screenplay by: Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken, Damien Chazelle
Edited by: Stefan Grube
Cinematography: Jeff Cutter
Music by: Bear McCreary
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr.
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and The Mandalorian are backwards – DEBUG MODE

When I watched The Mandalorian last fall, the template for a video game version was apparent almost immediately. Around the same time, I played Jedi: Fallen Order which has so much story potential that a TV adaptation could be amazing. This video explains how those things could be adapted into the other medium.

I’ve had this idea for a while but with Mandalorian Season 2 on the way, a new Star Wars game just released, and rumors of possible Fallen Order DLC, this sure seems like a good time to talk about it since I missed the initial window.

Since the inauspicious conclusion of the “Skywalker Saga”, I’ve been really curious about the direction the franchise will take now that they got their nostalgia-driven movies out of the way. I hope Fallen Order and the Mandalorian are signals about the direction things are headed in because they’re both pretty solid.

The Realistic Escapism of Microsoft Flight Simulator – DEBUG MODE

The new Microsoft Flight Simulator is an amazing thing. It isn’t magic, but it is frequently magical. Rather than a more straightforward review or discussion of the game, I wanted to make something that was more of a general essay.

In a lot of ways, Flight Simulator transcends normal video games. It’s a way to experience a version of the real world – and realistic aviation if that’s you’re interest. Although I thought about getting a new flight stick (my ancient Logitech Wingman Attack 2 didn’t seem to be working all that well), I ended up being more interesting in touring the world than learning how to fly so the video is entirely “cinematic” – no UI or menus; no in-depth discussion of controls or options. That was a nice change of pace.

Above all, I wanted to put something out into the world that was positive, uplifting, and uniting. It’s been a rough year for just about everyone. Flight Simulator offers a bit of an escape from that while also allowing us to step back and appreciate how far technology has come to simulating and imitating the beauty of nature.

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