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SLC Fanboys

Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the SLC Fanboys 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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Aug 10, 2017

**NOTE** The show "Rick and Morty" is part of Cartoon Network's [Adult Swim] and as such, many of the topics on the actual show (and by extension, some of the discussion on this particular podcast episode) may not be suitable for younger listeners.  Think PG-13.

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR SEASON 1 & 2 OF "RICK AND MORTY"

So, have you heard about this cartoon called "Rick and Morty"?  If you've listened to the podcast for awhile, you've certainly heard us refer to it before.  In this episode, Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas and Aaron Zundel go in-depth on what we think is one of the most brilliant shows on TV right now.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better combination of humor, deep-thinking moments, philosophical questions/debate, weirdness, sci-fi, improv, creativity and hidden meaning anywhere than in this show created by Dan Harmon ("Community").

So whether you're already a fan, or just curious to know what all the fuss is about, have a listen and prepare yourself to laugh and think.

Also, special thanks to Will Schoder for letting us use audio of his YouTube video "Rick and Morty - Finding Meaning in Life".  The video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez1rWBPznEc&t=29s

Aug 4, 2017

"The Dark Tower" finally hits movie theaters after years of waiting by fans of the book series.  It's the latest big screen adaptation of the many, many writings to come from the mind of author Stephen King. 

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth, Aaron Zundel and Tysen Webb talk about the new movie starring Matthew McConaughey (as the Man in Black) and Idris Elba (as the Gunslinger), what they liked and disliked about it, whether it helps or hurts to have read the books before seeing the movie, and if we think we'll get more movies in the series.

They also discuss why fans feel so strongly about "The Dark Tower" series, how it ties into many of King's other works, why King's writings seem to be difficult to successfully adapt to film, and just how prolific the man is at churning out content (perhaps you'll be surprised by some of the films that were based on his works).

Jul 27, 2017

For this podcast, we found a "Star Wars" quiz on BuzzFeed which claimed that only a Jedi Master could get 12 out of 12. So we decided to take the challenge.

Andy Farnsworth, who often brags that he can win Star Wars Trivial Pursuit in one turn, asks the questions and Tysen Webb and Adam Thomas give it their all--no phones or computers allowed. 

How will *you* do?  See if you can get them all correct, or if you can answer them faster than these three!  We would be honored...if you would JOIN us...

Jul 21, 2017

Christopher Nolan has directed some of the biggest movies of the past decade and a half, and is generally considered one of the best in Hollywood today.  DUNKIRK is his latest effort, an incredible visual and audio experience that tells a story from World War II that most Americans may not be familiar with.

In this podcast, Adam Thomas, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel review DUNKIRK and discuss whether or not it ranks among Nolan's best career work.  We also examine some of Nolan's earlier works, including the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Interstellar and The Prestige, while trying to decide which are his best and why.

 

DUNKIRK stars Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan and Tom Glynn-Carney.  When Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, in World War II, they wonder how and when help will arrive.

Jul 21, 2017

Doctor Who fans got a jolt with the announcement of Jodie Whittaker (best known for Broadchurch and Attack the Block) as the 13th Doctor, replacing Peter Capaldi in the upcoming series on the BBC.

In this podcast, Adam Thomas, Tysen Webb, Aaron Zundel and Andy Farnsworth are joined by Whovian Tamara Webb (who also happens to be Tysen's wife) to talk about the casting, as well as some of the backlash by a segment of fans over the casting of a woman in the role for the first time...plus a little bit of background on Doctor Who for the uninitiated (like us).

Jul 19, 2017

Disney just wrapped up their fifth D23 Fan Expo in Anaheim, and we had someone there!  Honorary Fanboy and special correspondent Matthew Hansen joins Andy Farnsworth in studio for this podcast to recap and break down all the amazing stuff he saw over the three days of the Expo; including (and especially) descriptions of the Avengers Infinity War panel and trailer, and the Star Wars The Last Jedi panel and trailer.

Matthew got exclusive peeks at the live-action Lion King remake by Jon Favreau, Mary Poppins Returns with Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, The Incredibles 2, Wreck-It-Ralph 2, Coco, and Olaf's Frozen Adventure.  Plus, updates on the live-action Dumbo (by Tim Burton!), Mulan, Aladdin and even more!

We think you'll get just as excited as Andy when you listen! So join us, won't you?

Jul 14, 2017

In this podcast, we're talking about "War for the Planet of the Apes", in which director Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis and a bunch of other CG monkeys are so incredible that you end up rooting against your own human species.

Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb and Aaron Zundel talk about what they liked about movie (hint: a LOT)--even though Tysen hadn't seen it yet (no spoilers outside what is in the trailers).  Andy hasn't seen the first two movies in the trilogy.  It leads to an interesting discussion to why the "Planet of the Apes" films keep getting made and what is it about the story that speaks to us.  

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In War for the Planet of the Apes, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

The movie stars Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer & Terry Notary

 
Jul 13, 2017

Summer 2017 has seen three third movies in a trilogy released: Cars 3, Despicable Me 3 and War for the Planet of the Apes. So the whole crew is together to talk about the trilogy concept and what makes a good third movie in a trilogy or series.

Tysen Webb, Adam Thomas, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel also discuss some of their favorite third movies (there's one they all have in common), third movies that never got made but should have, and then categorize a bunch of them into great, decent and terrible categories, including: 

Alien3, Back to the Future III, Batman Forever, Captain America Civil War, Cars 3, Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, Dark Knight Rises, Despicable Me 3, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hobbit: Battle of 5 Armies, Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, Iron Man 3, LOTR: Return of the King, Matrix Revolutions, Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End, Return of the Jedi, Revenge of the Sith, Spider-Man 3, Star Trek III, Star Trek Beyond, Superman III, Toy Story 3, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Apocalypse, War For the Planet of the Apes.
 
Any we missed from the list? Do you agree with our categorizations? Listen and then comment!
Jul 6, 2017

Spider-Man is *finally* where he belongs: with the other heroes of the Marvel Universe. Thanks to a deal between Sony and Disney, the web-slinger gets the movie treatment he's always deserved in SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING

Tysen Webb, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel can do nothing but GUSH about Spidey's latest big-screen adventure, from the clever story, the awesome villain (The Vulture, played by Michael Keaton), the humor, the feeling, the heroism, to the (thankfully not overdone) appearances of Happy Hogan and Tony Stark/Iron Man--there's little not to like.

We also discuss how Tom Holland's Peter Parker/Spider-Man ranks against Tobey Maguire's and Andrew Garfield's versions.  Are you a big fan of Spider-Man? One of these three guys doesn't even have him in his top-5 superheroes.  Can the 6th movie in the past 15 years about Spidey connect even with those who aren't his biggest fans?  Check out our podcast and then let us know what YOU think on the subject!

 

Spider-Man Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr, Jon Favreau, and Michael Keaton. It was directed by Jon Watts.

Jun 29, 2017

In this episode of the podcast we're talking about the return of Gru and his Minions in DESPICABLE ME 3 from Dreamworks and Illumination Studios.

Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb and Aaron Zundel are divided in their opinion of this movie (and Despicable Me 2 for that matter), but not along the lines you might expect.

It also leads to a very interesting discussion on childhood, magic, hope, myth, possibilities, adulthood, nostalgia and helps explain why three grown men are arguing about a movie aimed at kids!

Despicable Me 3 stars the voice talents of Steve Carell as Gru (and Dru), Kristen Wiig as Lucy, Miranda Cosgrove as Margo, Trey Parker (of South Park fame) as villain Balthazar Bratt, Steve Coogan and even a vocal cameo from Julie Andrews!

Jun 26, 2017

Lots of big news recently for Star Trek Discovery...the biggest of which is the premiere date! The show will debut on Sunday, September 24th on CBS television before moving exclusively to streaming on the CBS All-Access app for the remainder of the season.

Adam Thomas, Tysen Webb and Andy Farnsworth talk about all the new information: seeing our first images of Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca; more detail on Sonequa Martin-Green's character Michael Burnham; Plus, what is the "Roddenberry Rule" when it comes to Star Trek TV series, and should Discovery attempt to follow it?

If you're at all looking forward to this show, you MUST give us a listen and then let us know how *you* feel!

Jun 23, 2017

The studio decided not to screen TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT for critics, and after paying their own money to see it, Tysen Webb, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel can easily see why not.  (Adam Thomas wisely didn't spend any of his money or his time seeing it.)

In this podcast (which DOES contain spoilers), we review the film and talk about what exactly we think is going on with the multi-billion dollar movie-based-on-a-toy franchise.  There were some redeeming qualities we saw (Peter Cullen! Frank Welker!), but it wasn't enough to make up for it's many and massive problems.  You almost can't believe some of the things we saw and heard Sir Anthony Hopkins(!) do in this movie.  However, you CAN believe some of the things director Michael Bay did: disregarding plot elements he himself had established in earlier films; having key characters disappear for large chunks of the movie; having terrible dialogue.

We also talk about why even CARE what happens next with Optimus Prime, Megatron, and the Transformers franchise? The answer goes deeper for some of us than others.  Give us a listen and see what YOU think, then tell us in the comments!

Jun 16, 2017

(Podcast contains MILD spoilers--nothing that's not in the trailers)

Andy Farnsworth and award-winning writer and guest contributor Aaron Zundel are talking CARS 3 in this podcast.  The latest offering from Disney and Pixar is an attempt by the lucrative merchandising franchise to recover from the widely reviled Cars 2, generally considered the worst of the Pixar movies.

CARS 3 brings back Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater, Sally, Luigi and the rest of the crew from Radiator Springs, plus it introduces us to newcomers Cruz Ramirez, Sterling and Lightning's young rival Jackson Storm.

But, does CARS 3 have a story worth telling?  Is it a good Pixar movie?  Is it a victim or beneficiary of being a sequel?  What makes a sequel worth watching?  Where do we think CARS 3 ranks among all the Pixar movies?  Listen to the podcast, then give us your opinions in the comments!

Jun 14, 2017

Universal Studios brings THE MUMMY to the big screen once again, but this time with Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis.

Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by award-winning writer Aaron Zundel to talk about what they liked and didn't like about this first entry into the new DARK UNIVERSE of movie monsters, as well as what we're hoping for the series.

WARNING - This episode contains mild spoilers for THE MUMMY (2017), but nothing you didn't see in the trailers.

NOTE: This episode is the audio-only, full version of the 4-part video, also available on our page.

Jun 10, 2017

[VIDEO] Part 1 of 4

Universal Studios brings THE MUMMY to the big screen once again, but this time with Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis.

Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by award-winning writer Aaron Zundel to talk about what they liked and didn't like about this first entry into the new DARK UNIVERSE of movie monsters.

WARNING - This episode contains mild spoilers (but nothing you didn't see in the trailers)

Join us for parts 2-4 as well!

Jun 10, 2017

[VIDEO] Part 2 of 4

Universal Studios brings THE MUMMY to the big screen once again, but this time with Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis.

Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by award-winning writer Aaron Zundel to talk about what they liked and didn't like about this first entry into the new DARK UNIVERSE of movie monsters.

WARNING - This episode contains mild spoilers (but nothing you didn't see in the trailers)

Join us for parts 1, 3 & 4 as well!

Jun 10, 2017

[VIDEO] Part 3 of 4

Universal Studios brings THE MUMMY to the big screen once again, but this time with Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis.

Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by award-winning writer Aaron Zundel to talk about what they liked and didn't like about this first entry into the new DARK UNIVERSE of movie monsters.

WARNING - This episode contains mild spoilers (but nothing you didn't see in the trailers)

Join us for parts 1, 2 & 4 as well!

Jun 10, 2017

[VIDEO] Part 4 of 4

Universal Studios brings THE MUMMY to the big screen once again, but this time with Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis.

Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by award-winning writer Aaron Zundel to talk about what they liked and didn't like about this first entry into the new DARK UNIVERSE of movie monsters.

WARNING - This episode contains mild spoilers (but nothing you didn't see in the trailers)

Join us for parts 1-3 as well!

Jun 9, 2017

Universal Studios hopes to create a new crossover movie series involving their famous big screen monsters... and it launches with another reboot of THE MUMMY.

Andy Farnsworth is joined by award-winning writer Aaron Zundel for SPOILER-FREE talk about this new attempt to make an old monster scary and cool again (Tom Cruise).  Just kidding! Cruise is as buff and Ethan Hunt-y as ever!

It's actually Sofia Boutella (from Star Trek Beyond) who plays the title character in this outing--which has only a passing resemblance to the 1999 movie series headlined by Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.

So what exactly is this movie? Action-horror? Mild terror? Did the movie's trailers mislead as to who the film was supposed to appeal?  And why does the humor seem so out-of-place at times?  Is this Dark Universe a good idea?  Future outings will have Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's monster. 

Hear our thoughts in the podcast, then add your own in the comments!

THE MUMMY (2017) is directed by Alex Kurtzman and also stars Russell Crowe, Anabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, and Courtney B. Vance.

Jun 1, 2017

(AUDIO ONLY)

WONDER WOMAN finally comes to movie theaters and she's carrying quite the burden: Most famous female superhero ever; First female-led superhero movie; First superhero movie with a woman (Patty Jenkins) in the director's chair; The latest effort to save the floundering (to some) DC Comics movie franchise.

Andy Farnsworth is joined by award-winning writer Aaron Zundel and KSL colleague (and DC Comics superfan) Don Brinkerhoff for a spoiler-free review of the new film; a discussion about Wonder Woman's history and they debate whether this movie can save the DCEU--or even if the movie world of Superman, Batman and the Justice League is in trouble!

If you liked this, please also check out our video version of the first 15 minutes of the podcast. The link is on our Facebook page www.slcfanboys.com and on iTunes and Google Play Music app.

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as Antiope, Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Dr. Maru, Danny Huston as Ludendorff, and David Thewlis as Sir Patrick.

Jun 1, 2017

(VIDEO)

WONDER WOMAN finally comes to movie theaters and she's carrying quite the burden: Most famous female superhero ever; First female-led superhero movie; First superhero movie with a woman (Patty Jenkins) in the director's chair; The latest effort to save the floundering (to some) DC Comics movie franchise.

Andy Farnsworth is joined by award-winning writer Aaron Zundel and KSL colleague (and DC Comics superfan) Don Brinkerhoff to give a spoiler-free review of the new film and get you hyped up to see it yourself.

If you liked this, please also check out our FULL audio version of the podcast where we discuss more about Wonder Woman's history and debate whether this movie can save the DCEU--or even if the movie world of Superman, Batman and the Justice League is in trouble!

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as Antiope, Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Dr. Maru, Danny Huston as Ludendorff, and David Thewlis as Sir Patrick.

May 25, 2017

On May 25, 1977, a space movie starring Alec Guiness, Peter Cushing and a bunch of nobodies was released into a handful of theaters... and Hollywood has never been the same since.  STAR WARS has gone on to become so much more than just a movie and changed the lives and careers of stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

Now, four decades, seven additional films (with more to come), and BILLIONS of dollars in sold merchandise later, Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas and guest contributor (and award-winning writer) Aaron Zundel talk about what makes George Lucas' galaxy far, far away so special. 

How has this movie resonated so much and for so long?  What are your favorite moments?  Listen to ours, then join us in the comments and tell us your own!

May 25, 2017

Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales", the latest entry into the blockbuster movie franchise based on a Disneyland ride.

Andy Farnsworth and guest contributer (and award-winning writer) Aaron Zundel are talking about the new movie (with NO spoilers), Javier Bardem's Captain Salazar, the "Pirates" franchise overall and where this new movie ranks in quality with the other four... plus a fact that might surprise you--but also explain why Disney even made a fifth "Pirates" movie in the first place.

Before you go see the movie, give us a listen!  Then let us know in the comments below what you think!

May 23, 2017

"THE FIFTH ELEMENT", director Luc Besson's sci-fi adventure starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich, is 20 YEARS OLD!

The movie is one of Adam's cult favorites and Andy Farnsworth had never seen it, so when the show got a two-day re-release into theaters this month, they bought themselves some seats at the local cineplex to check it out in the way it was meant to be seen--on the big screen.  They're joined in this episode by Alex Kirry (of KSL's Nightside Project podcast) for whom The Fifth Element is also a cult favorite.

Join us on this nostalgic trip!  What still holds up in the film after two decades?  Could this movie succeed if it came out today? Would Gary Oldman have the same hair?  Listen with us, then join the debate at www.slcfanboys.com

May 19, 2017

(VIDEO)

Star Wars video games have been around almost as long as the movies themselves, and fans have digitally immersed themselves in that galaxy far, far away to the tune of billions of dollars over the past 40 years.

Adam Thomas, Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by award-winning writer (and fellow Star Wars nerd) Aaron Zundel to talk a bit of history of Star Wars games over the past four decades, some of their personal favorites and what is it that makes a good Star Wars video game.

Join the discussion on our Facebook page (www.slcfanboys.com) and tell us your favorites, and why.  Who knows?  You might win a digital download of a classic Star Wars video game!

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