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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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May 16, 2018

Today we are excited to welcome Kristian Odland ( One Minute Critic and writer for Geet Tyrant) to the Fan Effect team. He is going to be a great addition. Check out what he has to say in our introduction interview with him.

May 12, 2018

It was said in days of yore, "Cobra Kai, never die!" ...and it seems they were right as YouTube Red's new series, "Cobra Kai," picks up the characters and story of the hit movie "The Karate Kid" some 30 years later, giving you a different perspective on events you THOUGHT you knew so well.

In this (audio only) episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks hold a SPOILER-FILLED discussion of the 10-episode first season of "Cobra Kai," which they both liked way more than they were expecting. 

Join them as they talk about whether or not it's a story that's worth telling, whether the callbacks to the 80's movies--and there were plenty--were appropriate or heavy-handed, if they thought Johnny & Daniel were in a believable place as characters, and what they thought of the new characters introduced.

This episode is also available as video thru iTunes & the Apple Podcasts app, as well as thru the KSL OTT app on Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

"Cobra Kai" stars William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence, Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz, Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keane, Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso and Courtney Henggeler as Amanda LaRusso.

May 11, 2018

Part two of our review of "Cobra Kai," the new series on YouTube Red. The story follows Johnny Lawrence and Daniel Larusso 34 years after the events of "The Karate Kid."

May 11, 2018

(VIDEO) Part one of our review of Cobra Kai, the new series on YouTube Red. The story follows Johnny Lawrence and and Daniel Larusso after the events of The karate Kid. 

Apr 28, 2018

(WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS for "Avengers: Infinity War" in this episode)

"Avengers: Infinity War," the biggest superhero movie ever made (so far) is now in theaters after much hype, much buildup and much secrecy.  All of the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Spider-Man and pretty much everyone you've ever seen in a Marvel movie come together to take on a powerful being named Thanos who has deadly plans for the universe.

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb and newcomer Ryan Meeks hold nothing back in a SPOILER-FILLED discussion about all the things they liked, their favorite surprises, most emotional moments, the funniest parts, the action, the villain Thanos, whether or not their favorite heroes make it out alive, and where they'd rank "Infinity War" among their favorite movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Mar 9, 2018

 

Disney has made another adaptation of the classic children's book "A Wrinkle in Time" but will it please the long-time fans of the story?

In this video episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb and long-time "Wrinkle" fan and KSL Digital Content specialist Becky Bruce have a deep-dive discussion WITH SPOILERS about the new movie, based on the 1962 book written by Madeline L'Engle which still has many loyal fans, 50+ years later.

They talk about expectations fans of the book may have going into the movie, break down many of the changes made by Academy Award-nominated director Ava Duvernay from the written page to the big screen--including missing characters and locations, as well as tweaks to the plot and alterations to a few characters' personalities. They even take a quick look Disney's 2003 direct-to-DVD movie version of "A Wrinkle in Time" that starred Alfre Woodard.

Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time" (2018) stars Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Deric McCabe, Levi Miller, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Pena & Oprah Winfrey.

If you HAVEN'T seen the movie, please download and watch or listen to our SPOILER-FREE review of "A Wrinkle in Time" on our show page!

 

Mar 9, 2018

Disney has made another adaptation of the classic children's book "A Wrinkle in Time" but will it please the long-time fans of the story?

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb and long-time "Wrinkle" fan and KSL Digital Content specialist Becky Bruce have a deep dive discussion WITH SPOILERS about the new movie, based on the 1962 book written by Madeline L'Engle which still has many loyal fans, 50+ years later.

They discuss expectations that fans of the book may have going into the movie, as well as break down many of the changes made from the written page to the big screen by Academy Award-nominated director Ava Duvernay--including missing characters and locations, as well as tweaks to the plot and alterations to a few characters' personalities, some of which Andy & Becky were good with, and some they were not. They even take a quick look Disney's 2003 direct-to-DVD movie version of "A Wrinkle in Time" that starred Alfre Woodard.

Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time" (2018) stars Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Deric McCabe, Levi Miller, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Pena & Oprah Winfrey.

This podcast is available in video form on iTunes and the podcast app.

If you HAVEN'T seen the movie, please download and watch or listen to our SPOILER-FREE review of "A Wrinkle in Time" on our show page!

Mar 8, 2018

A classic children's book gets the big screen treatment in Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time," but will it please the long-time fans of the story?

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth is joined by "Wrinkle" fan and fellow KSL co-worker Becky Bruce for a SPOILER-FREE discussion of the new movie, which was directed by Academy Award nominee Ava Duvernay and stars Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine & Oprah Winfrey (among others).

Andy & Becky talk about what they liked (visuals, the film's messages & themes) and disagree over what they thought of the child actors in the movie.

This podcast is available in video form here:

Also, please download and watch or listen to our deep dive discussion (WITH SPOILERS) about "A Wrinkle in Time"--including some of the history behind the book, a comparison between the book's version of the story and the movie's, and even a look at the 2003 direct-to-DVD version of the film.

Feb 27, 2018

 

Welcome to Fan Effect!  The show (formerly known as SLC Fanboys) is evolving and we're glad to have you along for the ride!

In Part I of this episode, Star Trek superfan Adam Thomas and his co-hosts Tysen Webb and Andy Farnsworth give their final, SPOILER-FILLED thoughts on season one of "Star Trek: Discovery."

CBS All-Access' grand experiment ended season one with a surprise: The sudden appearance of (SPOILER).  Along the journey, however, the ship & crew traveled to the (SPOILER), some characters evolved, others turned out not to be who they seemed, and the overall show was successful enough to get a second season order.

Adam, Tysen and Andy talk about what were season one's strong points, what things were satisfying to long-time Trek fans, which new characters resonated and which did not, and what we might get to see in Season Two.

Part II of this episode is also available on our show page.

We're grateful for your support! Please, share our show with your friends!

 

Feb 27, 2018

Welcome to Fan Effect!  The show (formerly known as SLC Fanboys) is evolving and we're glad to have you along for the ride!

In Part II of this episode, Star Trek superfan Adam Thomas and his co-hosts Tysen Webb and Andy Farnsworth continue with their final, SPOILER-FILLED thoughts on season one of "Star Trek: Discovery."

Adam, Tysen and Andy continue to discuss what were season one's strong points, what things were satisfying to long-time Trek fans, which new characters resonated and which did not, and what we might get to see in Season Two.

Part I of this episode is also available on our show page.

We're grateful for your support! Please, share our show with your friends!

Feb 27, 2018

Welcome to Fan Effect!  The show (formerly known as SLC Fanboys) is evolving and we're glad to have you along for the ride!

In this (audio only) episode of the podcast, Star Trek superfan Adam Thomas and his co-hosts Tysen Webb and Andy Farnsworth give their final, SPOILER-FILLED thoughts on season one of "Star Trek: Discovery."

CBS All-Access' grand experiment ended season one with a surprise: The sudden appearance of (SPOILER).  Along the journey, however, the ship & crew traveled to the (SPOILER), some characters evolved, others turned out not to be who they seemed, and the overall show was successful enough to get a second season order.

Adam, Tysen and Andy talk about what were season one's strong points, what things were satisfying to long-time Trek fans, which new characters resonated and which did not, and what we might get to see in Season Two.

This episode also available in video form on our show page.

We're grateful for your support! Please, share our show with your friends!

Feb 27, 2018

Welcome to Fan Effect! The show (formerly known as SLC Fanboys) is evolving--and what better way to get things started than with a SPOILER-FILLED discussion of Marvel's "Black Panther"!

In part I of this episode, hosts Adam Thomas, Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by guest Jasen Lee from KSL's "Voices of Reason" podcast to talk about why it's so groundbreaking a film and why it feels different from many of the other movies in the superhero genre. 

Part II is also available on our show page!

You can listen to Jasen Lee on the "Voices of Reason" podcast--available from the "On Demand" portion of the KSL NewsRadio app or by clicking here: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/voices-of-reason

We're grateful for your support!  Please, share our show with your friends!

Feb 27, 2018

Welcome to Fan Effect! The show (formerly known as SLC Fanboys) is evolving--and what better way to get things started than with a SPOILER-FILLED discussion of Marvel's "Black Panther"!

In Part II of this episode, hosts Adam Thomas, Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by guest Jasen Lee from KSL's "Voices of Reason" podcast to discuss the different themes explored in Marvel's big blockbuster, the complexity of the movie's villain and why "Black Panther" is dominating the box office the way it is.

Part I of this episode is also available on our show page.

You can listen to Jasen Lee on the "Voices of Reason" podcast by going to the "On Demand" section of the KSL NewsRadio app or by clicking here: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/voices-of-reason

We're grateful for your support!  Please, share our show with your friends!

Feb 26, 2018

Welcome to Fan Effect! The show (formerly known as SLC Fanboys) is evolving--and what better way to get things started than with a SPOILER-FILLED discussion of Marvel's "Black Panther"!

In this (audio only) episode, hosts Adam Thomas, Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by guest Jasen Lee from KSL's "Voices of Reason" podcast to talk about why it's so groundbreaking a film and why it feels different from many of the other movies in the superhero genre.  They also discuss the different themes explored in Marvel's big blockbuster, the complexity of the movie's villain and why "Black Panther" is dominating the box office the way it is.

This episode is also available in video form on our show page.

Check out the "Voices of Reason" podcast on the KSL NewsRadio app or by clicking here: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/voices-of-reason

We're grateful for your support!  Please, share our show with your friends!

Feb 15, 2018

We first met him in "Captain America: Civil War," and now "Black Panther" arrives in theaters with some record-breaking ticket sales already in hand as the Marvel Cinematic Universe shines a spotlight on the first black superhero to ever appear in a major American comic book.

In this episode, Adam Thomas and Andy Farnsworth tell you what you need to know going into Marvel's "Black Panther," then give a SPOILER-FREE review of the movie, which stars Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman.

Director (and co-writer) Ryan Coogler did not follow the typical Marvel movie formula (lots of explosions, lots of one-liners), instead opting for a more nuanced story that still has gorgeous visuals and trademark Marvel action, and both Adam and Andy feel the movie is a richer experience for it.

Feb 9, 2018

Another "Star Wars" movie hits theaters in less than four months, but only NOW have we finally gotten our first official look at "Solo - A Star Wars Story." The latest offering from Lucasfilm tells the story of a young Han Solo stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany and Woody Harrelson, among others, and is directed by Ron Howard.

In this (audio only) episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb discuss the "Solo" trailer and what little we still know about the movie, break down some of what we saw, speculate on who or what we might see in the movie that Disney hasn't revealed yet, and talk about what's got us excited and what's got us worried.

Will fans accept a Han Solo that isn't Harrison Ford? Is this a story that "Star Wars" fans want to be told?  Is the movie going to enrich the fabric of the Star Wars universe or just enrich Disney?  We'll find out on May 25th!

Video version of this podcast also available on iTunes

Feb 8, 2018

Another "Star Wars" movie hits theaters in less than four months, but we've only barely gotten our first official look at "Solo - A Star Wars Story," directed by Ron Howard and starring Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany and Woody Harrelson, among others.

In this episode of the podcast, watch Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb discuss the "Solo" trailer and what little we still know about the movie, break down some of what we saw, talk about what's got us excited and what's got us worried.

Will fans accept a Han Solo that isn't Harrison Ford? Is this a story that "Star Wars" fans want to be told?  We'll find out on May 25th!

Feb 2, 2018

(WARNING: Podcast and descriptions contain spoilers from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi")

It was one of the most dramatic scenes in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi":  Vice-Admiral Amilyn Holdo (played by Laura Dern) flies her ship at lightspeed through the First Order flagship "The Supremacy," splitting Snoke's massive ship in two, nobly sacrificing herself to allow what remained of the Resistance to escape to the planet Crait.

In this episode of the podcast, Adam Thomas, Tysen Webb and Andy Farnsworth draw on their years of experience from watching "Law & Order" and "Perry Mason" to hold a trial in absentia for Vice-Admiral Holdo, considering whether such an act, "from a certain point of view" (to quote Ben Kenobi) could be considered a war crime.

Join us for this humorous debate, then BECOME the jury and comment below on whose side won the case!

Jan 22, 2018

Honorary fangirl Becky Bruce guest hosts this interview with actor Corey Feldman at the Sundance Film Festival. The actor talks about some of his proudest moments as well as what he's working on now - a movie / documentary follow up to his book, Coreyography, in what's become known as Corey Feldman's Truth Campaign. The star of The Goonies, Stand By Me, Lost Boys and Dream a Little Dream said both he and his best friend, the late Corey Haim, were abused as a child in Hollywood, and Feldman has been vocal about fighting against what he says is rampant corruption and sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. 

Jan 22, 2018

Andy Farnsworth of SLC Fanboys sat down with the directors of Summer of '84, a Sundance film that echoes The Goonies, Stand By Me and Stranger Things. It's a horror movie with lots of heart and humor - demonstrated when actor Caleb Emery crashed our interview!

Summer of '84 follows conspiracy-theorist Davey as he and his best buds decide to spend their summer discovering the truth about his neighbor Mr. Mackey, convinced that he is the local serial killer plastered all over the news. Delivering the camaraderie, adventure, mystery, joy and retro nostalgia of The Goonies, Stand by Me, and Stranger Things, Summer of '84 will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat and rethinking everything you thought you knew about your safe suburban neighborhood.

Directors Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell got their big break with 2015's Turbo Kid. Written by Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith, this was featured on the 2016 'Blood List' selection of the best dark genre screenplays.

Jan 22, 2018

Virtual reality seems to be the hit of Sundance this year, with a number of VR experiences on the program. But if you don't want to buy fancy and expensive equipment to view that type of content, in the past, immersive video could be out of your reach. Vassiliki Khonsari and Brooks Brown, just two of the creative minds behind a project called HERO joined guest host Heather Kelly of Money Making Sense to explain how SLC Fanboys fans will find virtual reality become actual reality in the near future. 

HERO is described as a multi-sensory experience designed to immerse the user in the realities of civil war and civilian warfare. The narrative evolves and changes as the user progresses and engages. The experience is on display through the film festival at the Kimball Art Center

Jan 22, 2018

Heather Kelly guest hosts for the SLC Fanboys in this interview with "Ophelia" Director Claire McCarthy. They talk about film, theater, what it's like to be a woman in Hollywood, and much more.

The film premieres at the Sundance Festival, and features Star Wars' Daisy Ridley, Harry Potter's Tom Felton, and screen veterans Naomi Watts and Clive Owen, among others.

Jan 21, 2018

Filmmakers Yoann Whissell, Anouk Whissell and Francois Simard are the team behind the film that is far and away getting the most buzz at the Sundance Film Festival: Summer of '84. A horror flick that echoes The Goonies, IT, and Stand By Me, the plot follows four friends who are convinced their neighbor is a serial killer. But true danger lurks around the corner with twists and turns you'll have to see for yourself. Andy Farnsworth interviews the directors and surprise guest Caleb Emery, who crashes the party. 

Jan 5, 2018

If you haven't seen the action-comedy movie "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," you're becoming a smaller minority of people.  The movie has steadily grown in popularity since its release due in large part to the positive word-of-mouth from people who've seen it.

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel give a spoiler-free review of the movie, which stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and one of the Jonas Brothers (OK, fine. It's Nick Jonas).

"Welcome to the Jungle" is a sequel to the 1995 film "Jumanji" that starred Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt and a young Kiersten Dunst. Only this time, the jungle-themed game is a video game that pulls players into its magical world.

Jan 5, 2018

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel are talking about the hit action-comedy movie "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle."

In this segment, Andy and Aaron have a deep discussion (WITH SPOILERS) about what they think could be the next chapter in the franchise. 

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Nick Jonas.  This time, the jungle-themed magical game is a video game that pulls players into its world.

If you haven't seen the movie yet, listen to our spoiler-free review here: http://bit.ly/2m3rRB5 

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