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Fan Effect

Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, Fan Effect are connoisseurs of categories surpassing the nerdy. Brilliant opinions and commentary on all things ‘geek’, but surprising knowledge and witty arguments over pop culture, Star Trek, MARVEL vs DC, and a wide range of TV shows. Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas and Tysen Webb live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.
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Dec 6, 2018

The original SLC Fanboys reunite for a tribute to the late, great Stan Lee, creator (along with some amazing artists) of most of the superheroes in Marvel Universe that you know and love.

Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas and Tysen Webb talk about Lee's influence on them, their favorite Stan Lee cameos in the movies, and speculate on what we're going to see in the aftermath of "Infinity War".

Nov 30, 2018

The "Rocky" franchise has had a long run and fans seem to be pretty happy with "Creed" and "Creed 2". The question brought to light in this podcast is whether or not we should continue the story. "Creed 2 could very well be an amazing ending to an amazing franchise. 

Join Andy Farnsworth, Ryan Meeks, and Kristian Odland (One Minute Critic) as they discuss the strengths and shortcomings of this movie and what they think we will see for the future. 

Nov 20, 2018

OK, you've seen "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" and you've got questions!  That's what we're here for.  In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by Harry Potter-philes Becky Bruce and KellieAnn Halvorsen for some deep, SPOILER-FILLED discussions of J.K. Rowling's latest entry in the wizarding world we know and love.

If you feel like you got a lot of info dumped on you by the end of the movie, we'll help you sort it out, make sense of it and hopefully make your next viewing of "Fantastic Beasts 2" and the latest adventures of Newt Scamander even more enjoyable.

Nov 17, 2018

"Fantastic Beasts the Crimes of Grindelwald" is a solid movie for fans of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises. However, how does this movie fare to those who are not super fans of Hary Potter? 

Join Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks as they Discuss their differences in opinion on this highly anticipated movie. 

 

Oct 27, 2018

When we watched "The House With a Clock In Its Walls," we thought it had a very Goosebumps vibe to it. so we watched Goosebumps 2 just to see how similar and different they are. 

Join Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks as they talk about what sets these two movies apart from each other.

Oct 12, 2018

The Doctor is back and this time he has regenerated into a she. Jodie Whittaker brings new life and possibilities to the franchise with an exciting first episode of the 11th season of Dr. Who.

Join Andy Farnsworth, Becky Bruce, and Ryan Meeks as they talk about Jodie Whittaker's embodiment of the character as well as the strengths and shortcomings of the first episode. 

Oct 6, 2018

In a world where there is no Spider-Man, can there be a venom? Some say, "yes everything about the movie was great." Others say, "no because there can't be Venom without Spider-Man." The one thing that is for sure is that we have never had more polarized opinions on a movie until Venom.

Join Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks as they discuss the good and bad about the movie Venom. 

Sep 30, 2018

Summer 2018 brought us a bunch of blockbuster movies, but the year isn't over and there are lots of movies & TV shows to look forward to.

Join Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks as they talk about their top five upcoming movies or TV shows for Fall 2018 and why you should be excited about them too!

Sep 15, 2018

The Predator franchise has had its successes and failures over its lifespan. Can the newest installment, "The Predator," be considered a success in comparison? In this podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks discuss why the Predator franchise has such a strong following and if that following will be satisfied with this film.

Sep 7, 2018

FanX is here and we were able to interview Tom Hopper, Jess Harnell and Manu Bennett.

In our interview with Tom Hopper, he gives us some details of the upcoming Netflix series, "The Umbrella Academy" that you will want to hear if you are a fan of the comic book series. 

Jess Harnell tells us a little about the new Animaniacs and then is joined by Manu Bennett on some acting techniques that are sure to entertain you. 

Sep 1, 2018

(Spoilers) 

From watching the trailer,"KIN" is supposed to be a sci-fi adventure with aliens, space guns, lots of action and James Franco. Well, we can definitely say that James Franco is in this movie and there is a space gun. Other than that, you may be in for some disappointment with this end of summer flick. 

Check out this episode of Fan Effect as Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks as they talk about why this movie just doesn't measure up to the excitement in the trailer. 

Aug 25, 2018

"It's an 8-part documentary series/ about the toys that we all love..." Netflix's "The Toys That Made Us" takes you on a nostalgic ride as they explore the history of famous toy lines like Star Wars, He-Man, Transformers, G.I. Joe, as well as Barbie, LEGO, Star Trek, and even Hello Kitty.

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth & Ryan Meeks talk about some of the more fascinating things they learned watching the series, discuss why we connect with toys and other pop culture merchandise, and what toy lines they hope to see in future seasons.

Aug 19, 2018

(Warning: Spoilers in this podcast)

"Extinction" tells the story of a man (Michael Pena) having visions of doom for his family and earth. No one believes him until things in his visions start coming true. This SOUNDS like a premise for a great movie...but the result misses the mark.

In this episode, Andy Farnsworth, (One Minute Critic) Kristian Odland, and Ryan Meeks discuss why Extinction is not the great movie it could have been, and why it ended up skipping theaters and going straight to Netflix.

 

Aug 10, 2018

Star Trek: The Next Generation fans are rejoicing at the news that Sir Patrick Stewart announced at Star Trek Las Vegas: He will be returning as Jean-Luc Picard in a new series streaming on CBS All-Access. Details were sparse other than that, but Stewart did say that it will take place 20 years later in the Star Trek: TNG timeline and his character may have changed. 

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas, and Ryan Meeks discuss the possibilities of the new series and the difficulties Stewart may face reprising the role. 

Aug 3, 2018

If you have ever enjoyed or not enjoyed a superhero movie, then "Teen Titans Go to the Movies" will have you laughing out loud throughout the duration of the film. This animated feature is based on the popular Cartoon Network show "Teen Titans Go" and has much of the same humor and superhero shenanigans that the tv show does. 

In this podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks not only talk about this movie but go into more discussion on why it is that DC has such a difficult time with their live-action feature films but not their tv shows. 

Jul 25, 2018

The ageless Tom Cruise is back once again as superspy Ethan Hunt in "Mission Impossible: Fallout"--the 6th entry in the movie franchise that has now spanned 22 years.

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Adam Thomas review and discuss (WITH SPOILERS) "Fallout," including how it manages to tie the whole "Mission: Impossible" movie series together; what they thought of the twists and turns (and appearance of Superman--uh--Henry Cavill); question how much longer can Cruise continue to be an action star and whether there will be a 7th M:I movie with him in the lead; also why Andy thinks Cruise's "Mission: Impossible" series has eclipsed "James Bond" as the best spy movie franchise.

Jul 20, 2018

In this episode, Adam Thomas, Ryan Meeks, and Special Guest Mckenzie Romero discuss the possible directions that the MCU might take in their upcoming films. Also, Adam Thomas finally gets to put in his two cents about Infinity War and why it brought him back into enjoying the superhero genre again. 

 

 

Jul 19, 2018

In this episode, Adam Thomas, Ryan Meeks, and Special Guest Mckenzie Romero discuss the possible directions that the MCU might take in their upcoming films. Also, Adam Thomas finally gets to put in his two cents about Infinity War and why it brought him back into enjoying the superhero genre again. 

 

 

Jul 12, 2018

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson channels his inner John McClane in the movie "Skyscraper," a sort-of cross between "Die Hard" and "The Towering Inferno" that just might be a sneaky hit this summer.

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks are joined by Doug Wright of "The Movie Show" on KSL NewsRadio in SLC for some SPOILER-FILLED talk about "Skyscraper," including why they think this movie works, even though maybe it wouldn't with someone besides The Rock in the starring role of Will Sawyer.

They also discuss what they think of Neve Campbell as an action-movie star, what "Skyscraper" could have done better, and why Andy thinks The Rock seems to have turned into a real-life superhero and why that's amazing in and of itself, based on Johnson's career arc.

NOTE: This podcast is also available in video form on iTunes, the Apple Podcasts app, & Google Play Music.

Jul 12, 2018

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson channels his inner John McClane in the movie "Skyscraper," a sort-of cross between "Die Hard" and "The Towering Inferno" that just might be a sneaky hit this summer.

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks are joined by Doug Wright of "The Movie Show" on KSL NewsRadio in SLC for some SPOILER-FILLED talk about "Skyscraper," including why they think this movie works, even though maybe it wouldn't with someone besides The Rock in the starring role of Will Sawyer.

They also discuss what they think of Neve Campbell as an action-movie star, what "Skyscraper" could have done better, and why Andy thinks The Rock seems to have turned into a real-life superhero and why that's amazing in and of itself, based on Johnson's career arc.

NOTE: This podcast is also available in video form on iTunes, the Apple Podcasts app, & Google Play Music.

Jul 7, 2018

(WARNING: Podcast contains MAJOR spoilers for "Ant-Man & The Wasp")

If you wondered where was Ant-Man during "Infinity War," that question and several others that you never knew you always wanted to know are answered in "Ant-Man & The Wasp."

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks are joined by Geektyrant.com writer and "1-Minute Critic" Kristian Odland for a spoiler-filled discussion of the movie, including how perfect casting is a major reason the Marvel Cinematic Universe juggernaut keeps rolling on, why the tone of this movie is exactly what we need after "Avengers: Infinity War," a bit of background and history of the newly-introduced characters, and what that jaw-dropping post-credits sequence could mean for Ant-Man's future.

This podcast is also available in video form on iTunes & Apple Podcasts.

"Ant-Man & The Wasp" stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne/Wasp, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster and Hanna John-Kamen as Ava/Ghost.  It's directed by Peyton Reed.

Jul 6, 2018

(WARNING: Podcast contains MAJOR spoilers for "Ant-Man & The Wasp")

If you wondered where was Ant-Man during "Infinity War," that question and several others that you never knew you always wanted to know are answered in "Ant-Man & The Wasp."

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks are joined by Geektyrant.com writer and "1-Minute Critic" Kristian Odland for a spoiler-filled discussion of the movie, including how perfect casting is a major reason the Marvel Cinematic Universe juggernaut keeps rolling on, why the tone of this movie is exactly what we need after "Avengers: Infinity War," a bit of background and history of the newly-introduced characters, and what that jaw-dropping post-credits sequence could mean for Ant-Man's future.

This podcast is also available in video form on iTunes & Apple Podcasts.

"Ant-Man & The Wasp" stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne/Wasp, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster and Hanna John-Kamen as Ava/Ghost.  It's directed by Peyton Reed.

Jun 28, 2018

Gamers from all walks of life rejoice, for Salt Lake Gaming Con is just around the corner. 

Founder Jake Williams talks with Adam Thomas and Ryan Meeks about attendance, guests, games, events, and the past present and future of Salt Lake Gaming con. 

Gaming con will be held at the Mountain America Expo Center (formerly known as South Towne Expo Center) on July 6th and 7th. So if you haven't already, get your tickets to Salt Lake Gaming Con soon. 

Jun 28, 2018

Gamers from all walks of life rejoice, for Salt Lake Gaming Con is just around the corner. 

Founder Jake Williams talks with Adam Thomas and Ryan Meeks about attendance, guests, games, events, and the past present and future of Salt Lake Gaming con. 

Gaming con will be held at the Mountain America Expo Center (formerly known as South Towne Expo Center) on July 6th and 7th. So if you haven't already, get your tickets to Salt Lake Gaming Con soon. 

Jun 22, 2018

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR "JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM"

The dinosaurs are back (along with a few humans) in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"... 25 years after "Jurassic Park" took moviegoers by storm, and 3 years after "Jurassic World" earned more than a BILLION dollars at the box office.

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth, Ryan Meeks and "1-Minute Critic" and Geektyrant.com writer Kristian Odland discuss (with spoilers) the new movie, which they all thought fell short of expectations.  They discuss what they liked, many of their frustrations, thoughts on some of the plot twists and story directions and consider the question: If dinosaurs are your main characters, just how many interesting stories can you actually tell?

This episode also available as video on iTunes & Apple Podcasts.  Please check it out and subscribe, and feel free to share with others who also love this stuff as much as we do!

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones and Jeff Goldblum.  It was directed by J.A. Bayona.

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