Fan Effect

Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 KellieAnn Halvorsen live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.

Episodes

  • July 16, 2021

    Andy's KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Jamin’ to a Space Jam sequel and an irreverent tv musical series

    Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV's morning show to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of July 16, 2021.  In this episode of Fan Effect, we merge Andy’s full review of the big movie of the week ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy,’ with the TV segment to give our listeners a full overview of what to watch this weekend. Today's shows range from a Space Jam sequel 25 years in the making, a hilarious send-up of movie musicals with Apple TV’s ‘Schmigadoon,’ and the return of some locally-beloved characters in ‘Once I Was Engaged,’ a sequel to the comedy ‘Once I Was a Beehive.’ 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • July 16, 2021

    Marvel movies are back with ‘Black Widow’ and weaving a spell on the Fan Effect crew

    The long wait is finally over for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After two drought-filled years, fans have a new Marvel film to consume and this time the star is none other than the Avengers original heroine, Black Widow. Today on the Fan Effect Podcast host Andy Farnsworth and producer KellieAnn Halvorsen are joined by Pop Knowledge blogger Natalie Mollinet and Deseret News’ Entertainment Editor Herb Scribner, to discover if the wait for “Black Widow” was worth it.

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • July 2, 2021

    Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: Will ‘Tomorrow War’ hold up to the Sci-fi films of the past?

    Amazon’s ‘The Tomorrow War’ moved from a Christmas theatrical release to its current streaming Independence Day weekend release due to the complications of the COVID pandemic. Switching up the timing of the release seems appropriate as the science fiction film includes a lot of time travel itself. The action-packed movie starring Chris Pratt and Yvonne Strahovski boasts a solid premise, familiar apocalyptic elements, and don't forget alien gore. The biggest complaint Andy has for this review on KSLTV, is probably that he wishes he could see it on the big screen as it is not available in movie theaters. 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • July 2, 2021

    Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review:  Does the 'Boss Baby' sequel be the boss of the box office?

    Dreamworks 2017 animated film The Boss Baby took audiences, and the box office, by surprise with its family-friendly message and kid-friendly imagination. The film has spun off into a series on Netflix and now a big-budget sequel, The Boss Baby: Family Business, reaching theaters just in time for Independence Day weekend. Host Andy Farnsworth joins KSL TV to review the new film and let us know if the babies will once again be the bosses of the box office. 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • July 2, 2021

    Megaplex Monthly Check-in: July 2021 - Summer movie magic is back!

    Summer is here and Fan Effect hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen are excited about Summer blockbusters! Over the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has pushed around the release dates of some of the most anticipated movies in our favorite genres. Finally, in July 2021 we get to see films like Black Widow, Jungle Cruise, and even Space Jam: A New Legacy. And they have the perfect guest to talk about all these upcoming films and the magic of the Summer movie season; Megaplex’s Jeff Whipple, our favorite PR person for our favorite theater chain, and sponsor of our show; Megaplex Theatres

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME. 

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • June 25, 2021

    Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: Does "F9" stand up to the 'Fast & Furious' legacy?

    The latest sequel in the 'Fast & Furious' saga is now in theaters, but does 'F9' stand up to the film series legacy? Andy reviews the latest chapter of this action-packed, stunt-filled, car and pulse-racing film. While fans are sure to flock to the feature, what are the drawbacks to the casual viewer, and what impossibilities made it into the film? As far as warnings, content-wise you get about what you’d expect from the series. “F9” is rated PG-13 for language, car-related mayhem, and violence — both with guns and fists.  

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • June 22, 2021

    Two Utah Lego moms are proving they are Lego Masters on TV!

    As the LEGO movie’s iconic song says "Everything Is AWESOME!!!" for American Fork, Utah friends Jennifer Smart and Susan Earls. These mothers turned wanna-be LEGO Masters can currently be seen battling fellow enthusiasts on Season 2 of Fox’s “LEGO Masters” for the coveted title, trophy, and massive cash reward. The two have become inseparable as…those super thin lego pieces that are impossible to get apart… since they met at the Utah LEGO User Group building massive creations for local events, fairs, and even FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention. Today the duo joins host KellieAnn Halvorsen to discuss their love of all things LEGOS and the fun of building something as a fandom. 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME. 

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • June 11, 2021

    ‘In the Heights’ adaptation is a vibrant tapestry of interwoven dreams, infectious energy, and cinematic appeal; Guested by Hale Center Theatre’s Bobby Gibson

    Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning original Broadway hit is now set to be this summer’s runaway blockbuster hit. “In the Heights” is now in theaters and on HBO Max for audiences' enjoyment. The stunning adaptation boasts a diverse cast of characters living in the northern Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights. Stories of family drama, legal troubles, and the struggle for cultural identity in a changing world are woven amid stories of love, community, kindness, and triumph.

    In this episode of Fan Effect, hosts KellieAnn Halvorsen and Andy Farnsworth are joined by the ultimate “In the Heights” fan, who has traveled around the country to see varying stage production 15+ times, including touring and broadway casts, and seeing Lin-Manuel Miranda as the lead role.  Bobby Gibson is a projection designer & content creator for the award-winning Hale Center Theatre and has a surplus of insight into the new film version. Together guest and hosts discuss whether the film will entice audiences familiar with the stage musical as well as general moviegoers as they deep dive into the colorful neighborhood of, “In the Heights.” 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • June 9, 2021

    Hale Center Theatre’s Bobby Gibson on the theatrical life and the just-announced 2022 season

    The theatre is not for everyone, but others take their seats in an audience one day and never truly leave. Today, host KellieAnn Halvorsen is joined by one such individual. Bobby Gibson is a projection designer & content creator for the award-winning Hale Center Theatre in Sandy, Utah, whose career turned from film to the stage when he fell in love with the powerful presence of live performance. Gibson chronicles his fan journey into the theatrical life and expands on the just announce Hale Center Theatre 2022 season. Together KellieAnn and Bobby gush about their favorite shows, dream performances, and a love of all things Utah Arts. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow

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  • June 7, 2021

    Deep dive into Disney “Cruella’s” design, drama, and division with Pop Knowledge Blog’s Natalie Mollinet

    Disney has dived back into the vault to make another live-action villain turned hero retake. This time the star is none other than the dastardly, and stylish, Cruella de Vil, with her coming-of-age story amid London’s fashion scene in the 1970s. While some might question the need for the backstory, others are living for the film's production design, soundtrack, performances, and makeup and costume design. On this deep-dive into ‘Cruella,’ hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen are joined by Pop Knowledge blogger and their former colleague Natalie Mollinet to break down the film, discuss the design, and of course argue a bit about their opinions.

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, kslpodcasts.com,  or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • June 4, 2021

    Audiences continue to be held in quiet suspense in ‘A Quiet Place Part II’

    After a long year of coronavirus-related delays, the long-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed suspense horror A Quiet Place has now been brought to big-screen theaters, and only big-screen theaters, in a terrifyingly good film experience. A Quiet Place 2 holds a scary amount of symmetry with its predecessor as well as the audience in the grips of silent suspense. We get more of a back story on the threatening monsters, new cast members, and a journey outside the Abbotts’ farm to try to exploit the newly discovered weaknesses of the sound-sensitive creatures. In this episode of Fan Effect, hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen review, analyze, and argue, about how this film lives up to the monstrous reputation of the first. Listen to the first segment for a spoiler-free experience, and be ready to dive deep into a deeper investigation after. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • June 2, 2021

    Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review:  The Emmas shine in Disney’s colorful ‘Cruella’

    In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews the latest live-action Disney villain turned hero film, this time tackling the wicked fashionista icon herself, “Cruella.” The revisioning of the evil character places a young Estella/Cruella, played by Emma Stone, in England’s 1970s fashion scene where her genius, talent, and patience is tried by her news boss played by Emma Thompson, a leading designer in London known as the Baroness. The Baroness turns out to be the true evil-genius of the film as Estella disguises herself as a mysterious avant-garde designer named, you guessed it, Cruella, and begins a guerilla-type fashion war against the Baroness.  But don’t worry, Cruella has help from friends lovers of the classic “101 Dalmatians” will recognize as well as some new adorable dogs to love. With stunning visuals, spectacular costuming, a killer soundtrack, and both talented Emmas, it’s a movie most Disney lovers will enjoy. 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.  

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  • May 20, 2021

    Happy 'Halfway to Halloween' with the Fear Factory

    For many people Halloween is more than just a holiday, It's a way of life! They find ways of celebrating the tricks-and-treats of the spooky season all year round; from Summerween to Halloweek, and even in our current month of May with Halfway to Halloween. Fan Effect host, and avid Halloweener, KellieAnn Halvorsen is joined once more by our Fear Factory friend owner and creator Rob Dunfield, and the Factory’s general manager and newly elected president of the Haunted Attractions Association International Spencer Terry. Together they take a look at why Halloween warms the hearts of so many, the Fear Factory’s Halfway-to-Halloween weekend events, and new spoopy experiences heading to the award-winning Factory this Fall. 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • May 5, 2021

    Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: Star Wars: The Bad Batch

    In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews the new DisneyPlus series, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch.” Disney celebrated Star Wars Day with fanfare, merchandise sales, and a new addition to the Star Wars saga, the ‘Bad Batch’ is an animated series that follows the aftermath of the Clone Wars from the perspective of an elite and experimental team of Clone Troopers that fans have met before. Andy looks at the characters, the story, and the animation style of the series; agreeing with KSL TV’s Dan Spindle, that it is something families and fans would likely enjoy.  

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • May 4, 2021

    Star Wars Day Special 2021: Four local fan clubs to help you celebrate!

    Star Wars Day is finally here! And with the coronavirus pandemic finally starting to wane, fans are ready to get back to exploring the worlds they love with the people outside of their household. Today on the Fan Effect Podcast host KellieAnn Halvorsen is joined by local Star Wars fan clubs that can help you get back to action from costuming, saber fighting, and even droid building. For years Utah chapters of The 501st LegionMandalorian MercsThe Rebel LegionThe Saber Guild, and more have been using their passion for the Star Wars universe to raise awareness and funds for non-profit organizations like Make-a-Wish and more. As a community these fans are dedicated to “one galaxy, one goal;” using their fandom to help others.  

    In this episode we are joined by Mike Porter, Ruus’alor (Sergeant at Arms) of the Krayt Clan chapter of the Mandalorian MercsBrenda Ahlemann, Commanding Officer of the Alpine Garrison: The 501st LegionJakob Tice, former Commanding Officer as well as a founding member of the Rogue Base of the Rebel Legion, and Rocky Mountain Droid Builders Phillip Bareither, builder of all things astromech

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • May 1, 2021

    Megaplex Monthly Check-in: May 2021 - Let’s get back to the movies!

    Do you know what we've missed the most since the pandemic started? Going and just seeing a movie in the theater! We may have been to a few, but the full-blown movie experience is a thing hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen are excited to get back to as the COVID pandemic starts to wane. Today they are joined by a guest who is lucky enough to have never really stopped that experience, Megaplex’s Jeff Whipple, our favorite PR person for our favorite theater chain, and sponsor of our show; Megaplex Theatres. In this first monthly special, Jeff discusses the magic of the movie theater, lessons they have learned during the pandemic, the love of their supportive audiences, and of course all the great movies, anniversary screenings, and more MegaExperiences that the Megaplex has in store for this May. 

    What MegaExperiences are we talking about? How about Free screenings of all eight of the "Fast and Furious" films leading up to the premiere of F9 for MyMegaRewards members, continued discounted popcorn and pop refills for your 2020 MegaTub and MegaMug through 2021, the Kids Summer Movie Pass 2021, multiple movies that are finally being released after major delays, and special anniversary screenings of classic films like Mission Impossible and Fried Green Tomatoes.  Are you ready to go back to the movies? Because we are!   

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • April 30, 2021

    Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: “Tom Clancy's Without Remorse” & “The Mitchells vs. the Machines”

    In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews two films making their big debuts on streaming platforms this weekend for home audience; “Tom Clancy's Without Remorse” & “The Mitchells vs. the Machines.”  One is bringing some hilarious, family fun to your home screen, while the other is a rated R for violence feature that fans of the action/mystery genre and fans of Tom Clancy’s novels will probably enjoy. In “Without Remorse” from Paramount Pictures and Amazon Studios, we finally meet a character from author Tom Clancy’s action thriller world, Senior Chief John Kelly played by rising action star Michael B. Jordan who happened to be the highlight of the pretty standard action flick. In Netflix's “Mitchells v Machines,” is a uniquely animated family-road trip film that happens to take place amid a robot-apocalypse, originally titled “Connected” before its delayed release, households will be able to connect to one another with the family-friendly comedy of the film. 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • April 26, 2021

    Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review ‘Mortal Kombat’: The video game franchise is back and bloody on the big-screen

    In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews the latest video game turned silver screen movie “Mortal Kombat.” The groundbreaking arcade game has transformed a lot over the past 30 years, and already has had two films based on the franchise, but this R-rated modern version really capitalizes on the violent visuals and a multitude of hidden easter eggs for fans of the game. In this review, Andy breaks down the story, pros-and-cons, and what parents should know before giving their teens permission to see the nearly NC-17 rated film.

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • April 22, 2021

    Inside Jurassic Quest! The dinosaur drive-thru comes to Utah

    Have you ever wanted to come face-to-face with a tyrannosaurus rex? From April 23-May 9, 2021, at the USANA Health Sciences Amphitheatre in West Valley City, you will get a chance. Well, Bumper-to-bumper at least. When Jurassic Quest’s Drive-Thru dinosaur safari rolls, or roars, into town! Families, fans, and pint-sized paleontologists alike will enjoy the audio tour featuring more than 70 moving and life-like dinosaurs, as well as a 50-foot long Megalodon. Today, Host KellieAnn Halvorsen is joined by Dino-Wrangler Dino Dustin to talk about Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru! Tickets for Jurassic Quest are just $49 per vehicle (8 people or less) and available only at www.jurassicquest.com. 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.   

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.    

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  • April 4, 2021

    Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review:  ‘Godzilla Vs Kong’ Is best seen on the big screen

    In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews the larger than life ‘Godzilla Vs Kong. ’ These two titular titans face each other once more in this epic movie in their cinematic Monsterverse. Audiences get another larger-than-life battle between the two, and this time it looks just like you would imagine. If the reason you’re watching this movie in the first place is the massive monster fights, boy, does this movie deliver! Particularly if you are watching on the big screen. 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • March 22, 2021

    Andy's KSL-TV Mini-Review: “The Courier” & “Zack Snyder’s Justice League"

    In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Courier” and ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League.’ It’s been said that “the door of history turns on small hinges,” and that is nowhere more evident than the story told in “The Courier,” a true story about an English businessman who gets caught up in the world of espionage during the Cold War in the 1960s. Not a reboot, not a reimagining, not a prequel or sequel, but an actual, “let’s-do-this-again-with-the-same-cast-and-footage-and-make-it-better-this-time.”  And yet that’s precisely what has happened for fans of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the other DC Comic superheroes of “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” streaming now on HBO Max.

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • March 19, 2021

    "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Author Jeff Kinney talks Scary Stories, a New Animated Series and Why His Picture Isn't on His Books

    When you sell 250,000,000 of your books, it's hard to believe you can stay relatively anonymous.  But Jeff Kinney, author of the mega-popular "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series of books and movies, manages to pull off that feat--for the most part. In this episode, Kinney joins Fan Effect  host Andy Farnsworth to talk about his best-selling kids' books about a "wimpy" junior high student, including the newest entry, "Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories."  They also talk about why he doesn't put his own picture in his books, seeing his books adapted into movies, and a bit about an animated series coming this year to DisneyPlus.

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • March 5, 2021

    Andy's KSL-TV  Mini-Review: Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is something for the whole family

    In this minisode, host Andy Farnsworth reviews Disney’s latest release, ‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ on KSL-TV. In the midst of the (hopefully) waning pandemic, Disney is bringing their latest animated feature to both the movie theaters and their DisneyPlus streaming service as a premium purchase. The feature mixes several genres and styles, and It’s, no surprise, heavily influenced by Southeast Asian culture. The family film is rated PG and something the whole family can enjoy.  The big question seems to be, “Do I take my kids to the theater yet?  Or do we spend the $30 fee and watch it on Disney Plus at home?”

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • March 5, 2021

    Dan Farr announces E.T. star Henry Thomas as FanX 2021 guest!

    American actor and musician, Henry Thomas, best known for his breakout role as Elliott in Steven Spielberg’s film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, is the next big guest announcement coming to FanX 2021 this September! FanX founder and producer Dan Farr joins host Andy Farnsworth to discuss the big news and the excitement surrounding the upcoming event, which might include a fun contest suggested by Andy and bonus virtual content than previous cons. While the 2020 FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, tickets are available for 2021 at fanxsaltlake.com, purchase early for the best discount. 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • January 8, 2021

    Dan Farr on the first big guest announcement of FanX 2021!

    It is official, FanX 2021 has announced their first big guests for the Salt Lake Comic Convention this September. While the global pandemic postponed the 2020 event, FanX founder and producer Dan Farr is excitedly planning a party like no other this year! He joins host Andy Farnsworth to dive into the universe of the announced guests, discusses the fun of working with celebrities, and all you need to know to finally get your con on in 2021.  

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • December 22, 2020

    Star Wars finally has another holiday special and this time it’s Lego!

    What happens when the cuteness of legos meets the horrifying 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special? We get the new hybrid of Star Wars parody that is The Lego Holiday Star Wars Special. The show, released on Life Day 2020 on DisneyPlus, is a family-friendly comedic jumble of time-traveling, Easter egg hunting, Wookie growling fun. Deseret News’ Entertainment Editor Herb Scribner joins hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen to explore this new take on the Star Wars universe, and compare it to the iconically terrible 1978 made-for-tv special that we have already covered on this podcast. So grab your Life Day robe and your traditional holiday Tip-Yip to snack on, Fan Effect is diving back into one of our favorite fandoms to explore this galaxy of Lego-themed humor. We apologize for the audio distortion, we had microphone issues we were not aware of at the time of the recording.

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • November 16, 2020

    Happy belated Birthday! Getting to know Andy Farnsworth Fandoms

    In this special edition of Fan Effect, we get to know a bit more about our host, Andy Farnsworth, as a belated birthday gift to our listeners. What sparked his love of all things fandom? What in his opinion are the elements that make for a magnificent movie? What is his vision for the future of this podcast? We explore a wide array of pop-culture topics and deep-dive into why and how good storytelling changes our lives for the better. 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • October 23, 2020

    Fear Effect: Fan Effect visits the Fear Factory

    Utah loves Halloween, and the multitude of haunted houses and creepy experiences are evidence of our playful devotion to the holiday. In this episode Fan Effect visits the Fear Factory, the fan-favorite, critically acclaimed, actually HAUNTED haunted house in the heart of Salt Lake City. The massive haunt sprawls across 6 buildings, up 6 stories, and even into underground passages, with a gaggle of ghosties and ghoulies to appease the wants of any horror-lover. Host KellieAnn Halvorsen is taken backstage to see the inner-workings of this spectacular spectacle and learn how they have taken every precaution to provide a COVID safe experience for their guests. Because let's face it, this pandemic should not take away our favorite holiday. In the second part, KellieAnn talks to Fear Factory owner and creator Rob Dunfield about the creation, inspiration, and evolution of this happy haunt. 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • October 16, 2020

    Let's all go to the drive-in with the Salt Lake Film Society

    Are you craving the movie-going experience in this topsy-turvy pandemic world? Well, The Salt Lake Film Society has some options to allow you to get your popcorn on, and see the new and classic films you crave from the comfort of your own home or as a glorious drive-in experience. Tori Baker, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Film Society (SLFS) joins host KellieAnn Halvorsen to discuss all the cinema experiences the non-profit arthouse theater has to share with their audiences. The SLFS is on a mission to educate, advocate, and inform about, and through, cinema and the coronavirus can’t stop them from doing just that. They have pivoted to Cinema Safe experiences that are actually allowing for some fun and unique affairs like their Motor Cinema at the Redman Movies & Stories studio backlot with visits from cosplay groups (like, literal “Mad Max: Fury Road” inspired cars) and a Virtual Screenings program that is now being used to support other art house theaters nationwide. So order your curbside Curbside Concessions and settle into learning about the unique history, programs, and experiences offered by the Salt Lake Film Society. 

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming, and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.

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  • September 14, 2020

    Dude, "Bill & Ted Face the Music" Is Like Movie Comfort Food

    It's been over 30 years since Bill S Preston, Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan first became a pop culture smash hit in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," but with everything that's happened in 2020, their third movie, "Bill & Ted Face the Music" is somehow exactly what we needed.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by KSL TV morning news anchor Dan Spindle for an overwhelmingly positive review of "Face the Music" (with spoilers)... as well as some hilarious deep discussion breaking down three decades of Bill & Ted and how a ridiculous concept has managed to have such cultural staying power.

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming, and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShowFan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • September 10, 2020

    Is the “Mulan” live-action remake worth the premium access cost?

    We had to wait almost six extra months for it, but the live-action version of “Mulan” from Disney studios finally premiered... exclusively on Disney Plus...at an extra cost. The biggest question for fans of the 1998 original is should you spend the money to watch it now… or wait a few months until it becomes available to ALL Disney Plus subscribers. Andy Farnsworth is joined by his new co-host KellieAnn Halvorsen and regular guests Fanx Celebrity Panelist and geek mom Natalie Mollinet and Deseret News Trending and Entertainment Editor Herb Scribner to deep-dive into the latest Disney remake. With stunning visuals and steeped in the traditions of Eastern culture and martial arts cinematography, will this remake win over audiences at home and abroad in our current COVID world? 

    (NOTE: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOTH "MULAN” MOVIES)

    Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming, and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies, TV shows, and more. Formerly known as SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen, who are joined by guest-experts. Based in the beautiful beehive state, Fan Effect celebrates Utah’s unique fan-culture as it has been declared The Nerdiest State in America by TIME.  

    Listen regularly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the conversation on Facebook @FanEffectShow, Instagram @FanEffectShow, and Twitter @FanEffectShow. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company. 

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  • April 7, 2020

    Talking COVID-19 Effects on FanX 2020 With Owner/Co-Founder Dan Farr

    COVID-19 has forced closures and cancellations aplenty through spring 2020, including big movies, concerts, events and conventions.  Restrictions on gatherings may continue until later in the year, something that could potentially affect FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention in September and its many thousands of attendees.

    Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth reached out to FanX owner & co-founder Dan Farr (from a safe social distance!) to answer the big questions fans may be wondering about the annual event, including:  Is FanX still going to happen, or could it be postponed or cancelled?  Can (and should) people still purchase tickets?  What potential changes are organizers considering?  Are celebs still planning on coming, and will they still allow autographs and photos?  What can organizers do to protect healthy patrons from those who might be sick but still want to attend?

    Whether you already have tickets to FanX 2020, or were waiting until the event got closer to decide, this is the interview you need to hear!

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  • March 6, 2020

    Disney/Pixar's ONWARD and What Fandom Characters We'd Like to Spend A Day With

    The main theme in Disney/Pixar's new movie ONWARD centered around the question: What would you do to spend one more day with a loved one who is dead, and what would you do during that day?

    Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth joined once again by Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner to review "Onward" (with minor spoilers) and talk about each of their personal connections to the story.  They also discuss which character from their favorite fandoms they'd like to spend a day with and what they'd do with them!

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  • March 3, 2020

    Sonic, "Call of the Wild", "The Invisible Man" and the Challenge of Adapting Games and Books Into Movies

    The leading box office movies of the past month have all been adaptations of either books or a video game: "Sonic the Hedgehog"; "The Call of the Wild"; "The Invisible Man".  But if you've been paying attention, this is not a recent trend.

    Host Andy Farnsworth is joined by Kristian Odland, GeekTyrant.com writer and "One Minute Critic" on Instagram, to discuss these three recent movies, as well as Hollywood's apparent shift away from writing screenplays and creating imaginative movies about original characters. Is it Hollywood's fault...or are they just reacting based on our consumer choices?  They also argue whether you should read the book first...or see the movie first!

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  • February 27, 2020

    The Immediate Future of "Star Wars" Is "The High Republic"

    The future of "Star Wars" outside of Disney Plus is no longer a secret with the announcement of "The High Republic" crossover series of books and comics.  Starting in August 2020, publishers will explore the world of the Jedi that existed 200 years before the movie series takes place.

    Host Andy Farnsworth is joined by Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner to break down the details of the announcement, talk about what fans can expect, and gauge the reaction to the announcement from around the internet.

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  • January 20, 2020

    Reactions to the Leaked Star Wars Script From Colin Trevorrow

    A supposed first draft script for Star Wars Episode IX that Colin Trevorrow wrote before he was fired as director in 2017 is now on the web and has many fans asking... would this movie have been better final chapter in the saga than what we got in "The Rise of Skywalker?"

    Host Andy Farnsworth and Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner recap what was in the script, talk about the timing of the leak, what our reaction to it could say about us as fans, and why the continued fracturing among fans could have a more simple explanation than we might have thought.

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  • January 13, 2020

    Deep Dive Into "The Mandalorian" and How It's Uniting Fractured Star Wars Fans (Hint: #BabyYoda)

    Star Wars' first live-action TV series, "The Mandalorian," is an unquestioned success, as it quickly became one of the most in-demand streaming shows after its launch on day one of Disney Plus.

    Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth is joined by Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner and KSL Radio reporter Mary Richards to break down what we got from the eight episodes of season one, how the series came to be, background on the characters introduced and that big spoiler at the end of the final episode.

    Oh, and #BabyYoda.  Did we mention that already?

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  • January 8, 2020

    Thoughts After a 9-Episode Star Wars Movie Theater Marathon

    There's an old saying about having too much of a good thing.  It implies that at some point, we could get tired of even things we love.  Eating one doughnut can be a delicious experience, but eating a dozen doughnuts at once can make you sick and maybe make you not want one for a long time.  But is it true for all good things? Say, for instance...Star Wars?

    "Fan Effect" host Andy Farnsworth and Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner got to watch all 9 (IX?) Star Wars saga films in a row during a 24-hour marathon at Megaplex Theaters leading up to and including the premiere of "The Rise of Skywalker".  Now they're here to talk about the experience, including new observations on each of the trilogies and new appreciations for moments in that galaxy far, far, away.

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  • December 20, 2019

    Star Wars- The Rise of Skywalker Is Here and We Have (Spoiler-Filled) Thoughts!

    The wait is over and "Star Wars- The Rise of Skywalker" has brought an end to the 42-year film saga.  The Fan Effect team of Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb, Adam Thomas and Ryan Meeks go in-depth on their thoughts on both Episode IX and the sequel trilogy overall.  They also talk about what they'd like to see from the "Star Wars" universe going forward.

    (NOTE: Massive Spoilers in this podcast episode.  DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS UNTIL AFTER YOU SEE "RISE OF SKYWALKER")

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  • December 13, 2019

    Crazy Predictions for Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

    We're just days away from the release of "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker" and we know you are bouncing off the wall with excitement and anticipation.  So, to scratch the itch, Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth and DeseretNews.com's Herb Scribner decided to give their completely non-insider, fanboy opinions of what they *think* they'll see, and what they'd *like* to see in the conclusion to the 40-year, nine-movie saga.  NOTE: No spoilers are contained herein, because they just don't know any.

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  • November 26, 2019

    "Frozen 2" Avoids Problems that Hurt Many Sequels & Kids Films By Aiming Older

    Disney Animation's "Frozen 2" is dominating the box office as fans, parents and kids eat up the long-awaited sequel.  Andy Farnsworth is joined by KellieAnn Halvorsen of KSL NewsRadio's Movie Show and Disney D23 insider Matthew Hansen for some SPOILER TALK as they break down why "Frozen 2" seems to be resonating with so many viewers, and what things it did right to avoid looking like just a cynical cash grab.  Also, they debate whether it's the intent of, or the result of, a character's personal sacrifices in a story that makes those sacrifices meaningful.

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  • November 13, 2019

    Why "Terminator: Dark Fate" Should Not Be the End of the Franchise

    Back in 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator said he'd be back, and "Terminator: Dark Fate" is the fifth time he's kept that promise. But this new entry into the movie franchise hasn't had the success that the studio had hoped for, despite Linda Hamilton's and original creator James Cameron's returns, and decent critical reviews.  Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth and GeekTyrant.com writer Kristian Odland discuss their puzzlement at why other Terminator fans didn't enjoy the movie as much as they did, break down why they thought it was an excellent sequel to 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" and look into the future to see if there are any more Terminators there.  Plus, hear thoughts from Hamilton, Cameron and Schwarzenegger themselves!

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  • October 22, 2019

    The Final "Rise of Skywalker" Trailer is Here and We Are Star Wars Hungry Again

    Now that we have the final trailer for "Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker" we have to talk about what we SAW, what we DIDN'T SEE, and how we feel about the saga coming to a close.  Host Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb and Herb Scribner of DeseretNews.com react to the trailer, rehash old arguments (cough--The Last Jedi--cough) & even reveal a possible new order to watch all the Star Wars movies for those who haven't seen them.

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  • October 18, 2019

    Five Things That Make a Great and Memorable Villain

    Darth Vader, Joker, Voldemort, Thanos, Moriarty.  Their names alone conjure up strong feelings in you immediately... for good or bad.  Roger Ebert once said that a film is only as good as its villain, so Andy Farnsworth, Natalie Mollinet and Herb Scribner break down what makes a villain great and memorable, discuss some of the best villains from all the fandoms...and laugh at some of the forgettable ones (Condiment King, anyone?)

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  • October 15, 2019

    How does The Addams Family compare to its predecessors? (Short form Spoiler Review)

    Andy Farnsworth's review of the new animated feature " The Addams Family" asks the question, " how does it compare to the previous versions of the film?"

    In all, they have their strengths and weaknesses and that is what andy goes over. However, it may all come down to personal preference. 

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  • October 4, 2019

    Going Inside the Mind of "JOKER"...Whether We Want To Or Not

    Joker, perhaps the most iconic comic book villain of all time, has his own movie now... made by director Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix.  The movie has drawn both praise and criticism for its grounded portrayal of a character who is an unapologetic, psychopathic murderer in the source material.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth welcomes back former podcast partner Tysen Webb, DC Comics superfan and KSL NewsRadio Movie Show producer KellieAnn Halvorsen, and first-time guest Herb Scribner of DeseretNews.com and a freelance contributor for Huffington Post, for some group therapy--errrr--spirited discussion about the new film, including: Phoenix's riveting portrayal; the issues the movie raises about mental illness and violence; the nods to the Batman mythology; and debate whether we even needed to know how Joker came to be, and if the film's cinematic achievements are enough to offset the disturbing content and imagery.

    (NOTE: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE MOVIE "JOKER")

    Fan Effect is a pop culture podcast that goes beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming, and Tech, to categories surpassing the nerdy. Formerly known ast SLC Fanboys, the show is hosted by Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas, and Tysen Webb. Listen weekly on your favorite platform, at kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Follow us on Facebook @FanEffectShow and Twitter @FanEffectShow

     

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  • September 28, 2019

    The "Between Two Ferns" film was made, but should it have been? (Spoilers)

    Join Ryan Meeks and Keenan Panti as they review "Between Two Ferns" the film. After they try to parody the format of the film; Ryan and Keenan discuss the good, the bad the weird and the funny parts of this film. The film seems to have a very specific style to it in all aspects leading one to wonder that maybe its shortcomings are there on purpose. 

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  • September 25, 2019

    Why "Downton Abbey" Continues to Charm Fans Even After the Series' End

    All it takes is the soft tinkling of piano keys starting the familiar theme to "Downton Abbey" and millions of fans are immediately transported to 1920's England once more.  Now with a new hit movie in theaters, fans have another chance to revisit the Crawley family and their beloved servants.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by KSL NewsRadio reporters and huge "Downton Abbey" fans Mary Richards and Heather Kelly to discuss the new movie and how both fans and non-fans will react, their hopes for the future of the franchise, and why non-fans could be forgiven for thinking they're watching a "Harry Potter" sequel.  Plus, you'll hear from some fans that attended the big "Downton" premiere screening in full period costume.  Whether you're a long-time DA fan or just someone curious as to what the fuss is about, there's something for you in this episode!

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  • September 20, 2019

    "Ad Astra"...Where SPACE = Slow + Pace

    Brad Pitt's newest movie, Ad Astra, is a throwback to the more deliberately-paced movies in space and is getting the actor some Oscar buzz for his performance.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by former movie critic and KSL Digital Content producer Matthew Jacobsen for a SPOILER-FILLED deep dive into the film, which tries to explore complex father-son issues, hero worship, and the effort to create the most realistic space scenes in movie history.  They also argue whether it the film is a profound think-piece or just an un-entertaining, unwanted homework assignment.  Join us!

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  • September 9, 2019

    Author/Screenwriter Edward Savio on his best-selling "The Battle For Forever" series of novels

    "Who would you be...if you had lived forever?"  That's the question asked by the hot new book series The Battle For Forever by Edward Savio that tells the story of a 1500-year-old trapped in a teenager’s body. Modern technology makes it difficult for him to remain anonymous and that’s a problem for him and others like him--which makes it a problem for the rest of us.

    The novels have already shown their captivating reach as the first two audiobooks in the series “Alexander X” and “Ancient Among Us,” narrated by fan favorite Wil Wheaton continue to top every chart.

    In this episode, Savio (pronounced SAVVY-oh) and his producer Lisa Lindo sit down with host Andy Farnsworth for an in-depth discussion about this unique and exciting new series, along with digging into the writing process--taking a story from idea to page to screen.

    So, join us!  Whether you've already read or listened to the books, or you're hearing about them for the first time, you'll find something to enjoy in this highly entertaining interview!

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  • September 6, 2019

    John Rhys-Davies Interview - FanX 2019

    Actor John Rhys-Davies of "Lord of the Rings" and "Indiana Jones" movie fame joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview during FanX 2019 in Salt Lake City.  Rhys-Davies spent time with patients at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake, playing with them (occasionally in-character as Gimli!), cheering them up and giving them advice before chatting with Andy, then heading off to the main convention.

    Rhys-Davies talks about why it's important to engage with children, things he admires about the U.S. and Utah, his memories of working with the Tabernacle Choir, and why youth need to metaphorically "slay their lions".

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  • September 4, 2019

    Getting You Ready For FanX Salt Lake with FanExec Jarrod Phillips (and a surprise guest)

    With apologies to the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner, the *true* Nerd Prom takes place this weekend at FanX Salt Lake.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth talks with "FanXec" Jarrod Phillips (director of business development for FanX, as well as a film actor & producer) to get you ready for the big event, whether it's your first time or you've never missed one--including strategies & information for first-time attendees, new features & items of interest at this year's convention, and talk about "magic moments" from previous cons.  There's even a surprise guest who joins us to help amp the excitement and anticipation up to 11.

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  • August 29, 2019

    Recapping All the Big News From D23 Fan Expo -- Star Wars! Marvel! Disney Plus! Mild Spoilers!

    Disney captured the spotlight for a whole weekend with several big announcements on upcoming projects in film, TV, streaming and theme parks.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by a couple of guys who were there: Geektyrant.com writer and One Minute Critic Kristian Odland and Disney shareholder, superfan and Fan Effect contributor Matthew Hansen.

    They discuss (with some spoilers for those who are avoiding them) the "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker" footage and other announcments from the galaxy far, far away like news about "The Mandalorian," "Clone Wars" and Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

    There's also exciting new info about upcoming Marvel movies and TV series, Pixar and Disney Animation films, live-action Disney projects, and the new Disney+ streaming service.  Join us!

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  • August 20, 2019

    Actor Sebastian Roché on "Supernatural," "Vampire Diaries" and Why He'd Like to be King Arthur

    Actor Sebastian Roché joins host Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of Roché's appearance at FanX Salt Lake in September.  Roché is known for playing the angel Balthazar on Supernatural, vampire king Mikael on The Vampire Diaries & The Originals, Jerry Jacks on General Hospital, as well as other roles on Fringe, Once Upon a Time, Odyssey 5, Beowulf and The Man in the High Castle. 

    In this episode, Sebastian talks about why it's fun to play the villain, which of his roles frightens children, his characters' penchant for being alive when everyone else thinks he's dead, his feelings about Balthazar's final fate on SPN, the thing he sees on TV that drives him crazy, whether he got an invite to Meghan Markle's royal wedding and why he'd love to play King Arthur someday.

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  • August 8, 2019

    "Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark" Tries to Bring Your Childhood Fears to Life

    They were the stories that freaked you out as a kid.  Now they're coming to life on the big screen in SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK from writer/producer Guillermo Del Toro & director Andre Ovredal.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by award-winning critic & horror movie aficionado Matthew Jacobson to talk about the film and the book series on which it's based... what the film got right in its adaptation and where it was weak... what was the scariest part... and why we are attracted to folklore and scary stories.

    A spoiler-free discussion until 15:16... then spoilers after that.

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  • August 1, 2019

    Why "Hobbs & Shaw" Might Be the Best "Fast & Furious" Movie of All

    The first spinoff from Universal Studios' "Fast & Furious" movie franchise might be the most enjoyable of the whole series.  Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham are back in "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw", a ridiculous and highly enjoyable summer flick.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by Nerdist and GeekTyrant writer Kristian Odland to discuss their thoughts on "Hobbs & Shaw", (WARNING: SPOILERS after 13:50 mark), how it will affect the larger "Fast & Furious" franchise, and what utterly impossible team-ups they'd like to see in future movies in the series.

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  • July 19, 2019

    "The Lion King" Remake Doesn't Quite Make a Full Roar

    One of Disney's iconic animated cartoon movies gets a photo-realistic remake in "The Lion King," this time with an all-new voice cast and state-of-the-art computer animation.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by KellieAnn Halvorsen of KSL's "Movie Show" and YouTuber, FanX host and Disney superfan Chris Provost to talk about whether or not "Lion King" should even have been re-made in the first place, the strengths and weaknesses of the new version, and where it ranks among Disney's recent run of remakes.

    NOTE: First segment is spoiler-free, but final segments contain mild spoilers for "The Lion King" (2019).

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  • July 5, 2019

    Spider-Man: Far From Home - Our Transition to MCU Phase 4

    "Spider-Man: Far From Home" gives fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe their first chance at catharsis after the events of "Avengers: Endgame".

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by GeekTyrant and Nerdist writer Kristian Odland, as well as returning guest and Marvel superfan Natalie Mollinet for reaction to and deep, SPOILER-FILLED discussion about Spidey's second solo film in the MCU--especially those game altering post-credits scenes!

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  • June 28, 2019

    Toy Story 4 & Why Disney/Pixar Should Keep It Going

    Nearly 25 years after the original "Toy Story" movie changed the standard for animated films...we've got "Toy Story 4".

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by guests KellieAnn Halvorsen (KSL's "Movie Show") and Chris Provost (actor, FanX host, & Disney superfan) to discuss this latest--or is last?--entry in the Pixar franchise that started it all, including how it makes them feel about the ending of "Toy Story 3," thoughts about the new characters introduced, which ones got short-changed in terms of screentime and what Disney/Pixar should do with them in the future.

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  • June 21, 2019

    Talking Spoilers and Pop Culture With Author Richard V. Greene

    There's no bigger sin in pop culture right now than spoiling details of a mega-popular movie or TV show before someone else can see it.  Reports have come out about people being physically assaulted after giving away details of a major Hollywood blockbuster.  Yet as recently as 30 years ago the concept of spoiling something wasn't a concern for most people.

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth and guest host KellieAnn Halvorsen are joined by Richard V. Greene, philosophy professor and author of Spoiler Alert! (It's a Book About the Philosophy of Spoilers) to talk about how this spoiler culture came to be, why we fear spoilers, what things *can't* be spoiled, and debate some of the biggest spoilers in movie history.

    (WARNING:  This podcast episode contains spoilers!)

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  • June 7, 2019

    "Dark Phoenix" and 19 Years of "X-Men" Movies (SPOILERS)

    Two eras come to an end with "X-Men: Dark Phoenix"... 20th Century Fox as a film distributor and their rights to Marvel's mutants.

    Andy Farnsworth is joined in this episode by Nerdist and Geektyrant writer (as well as Instagram & YouTube's "One Minute Critic") Kristian Odland to talk--WITH SPOILERS--about this last effort to tell one of the X-Men's greatest storylines, this time brought to life by Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence.

    They also talk about the highs and lows of Fox's nearly two decades of stewardship over the X-Men franchise, and what they would like to see (or NOT see) now that the merry band of mutants are where they belong with Marvel Studios and Disney.

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  • May 30, 2019

    "Cobra Kai" Season 2 Continues to Kick the Competition (SPOILERS)

    The most popular TV series in streaming has returned on YouTube as "Cobra Kai" is back with a second season that continues the story of Johnny Lawrence, Daniel LaRusso and other characters from "The Karate Kid".

    In this episode Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks have a SPOILER-FILLED recap of and discussion about season 2, including their favorite moments, their complaints, their speculation as to what will happen in (the now-confirmed) season 3 and what other characters from the Karate Kid universe we may yet see.

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  • May 23, 2019

    Disney's Imperfect "Aladdin" Remake Has Its Moments

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth, Ryan Meeks and KellieAnn Halvorsen are talking Disney's live-action "Aladdin" remake (WITH SPOILERS).

    Disney hopes this new movie from director Guy Ritchie puts people in the seats like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Cinderella" did, but fans seem more apprehensive than usual about this remake of the 1992 animated classic.

    Andy, Ryan and KellieAnn didn't find this new "Aladdin" to be quite to the level of the best Disney remakes, but really liked some of it--Naomi Scott as Jasmine, in particular.  Listen to find out what else they liked, their quibbles with some of the movie's choices, and ideas for a possible sequel!

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  • May 17, 2019

    John Wick 3 Parabellum review (spoilers)

    The Baba Yaga is back and delivers a hit in the action genre with John Wick 3 Parabellum. 

    Ryan Meeks is joined by James Howard of Geek Monarchy taking a different approach from our usual format by discussing the ratio of story vs action. The goal is to discover whether or not there was a decent story underneath all the beautiful chaos. 

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  • May 8, 2019

    Talking Gaming With SL Gaming Con Founder Jake Williams

    He's world-champion gamer and former concert promoter, now Jake Williams runs one of the fastest-growing gaming conventions in the United States, Salt Lake Gaming Con.

    Williams joins Andy Farnsworth to talk about what attendees will see and do at the June 2019 SL Gaming Con (it's more than just video games!) how he became a HeroClix world champion, the explosive growth of gaming and its relationship to streaming, and the time he got yelled at by bigwigs at DC Comics for making a joke about Harley Quinn.

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  • April 25, 2019

    AVENGERS: ENDGAME discussion w/ spoilers

    We are inevitable! Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas, Ryan Meeks, KellieAnn Halvorsen and Kristian Odland assemble for a SPOILER-FILLED discussion of "Avengers: Endgame".

    "Part of the journey is the end." Those words from Tony Stark sum up where we find ourselves after 11 years, 22 movies and an epic final three-hour emotional ride.  Join us in this episode AFTER YOU'VE WATCHED THE MOVIE as we talk about the moments that surprised, excited, cracked us up, and gave us all the feels. Also, what we think or hope will happen as the Marvel Cinematic Universe moves on from here.

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  • April 19, 2019

    FanX 2019 Interview: Voice acting maestro Jess Harnell

     

    Jess Harnell, prolific voice-actor and best-known as the voice of Wakko on "Animaniacs" joins Andy Farnsworth at FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City.

    In this episode the always-entertaining Jess talks about how he keeps track of all the voices in his head, how Wakko might sound after 20 years if cartoons aged, what would happen if "Party-bot" (a character he voiced in one show) were to be part of the "Transformers" universe (where he voiced two characters), and whether "Crash Bandicoot" should get his own movie.

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  • April 19, 2019

    FanX 2019 Interview: Actor Garrett Wang

    Actor Garrett Wang, best known for his role as Ensign Harry Kim on "Star Trek Voyager" joins Andy Farnsworth at FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City.

    In this episode Garrett talks passionately about Asian representation in Hollywood and the positive changes he's excited to finally see, gives his thoughts about "Star Trek Discovery," why he likes to meet fans, & what he thinks Harry Kim did with his life after returning to earth at the end of "Voyager".

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  • April 19, 2019

    FanX 2019 Interview: Actress Adelaide Kane

     

    Actress Adelaide Kane, known for her roles in "Once Upon a Time," CW's "Reign," MTVs "Teen Wolf" and films like "The Purge" joins Andy Farnsworth at FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City.

    In this episode Adelaide talks about her road to success at a young age and what helps her not to take it for granted, why she enjoys playing a villain, her favorite things about meeting fans, and which accent is harder to do: Scottish or American?

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  • April 17, 2019

    FanX 2019 Interview: Steve Grad on Celebrity Autographs

    Steve Grad, the autograph expert from The History Channel's "Pawn Stars" joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of his visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City.

    One of the most enjoyable parts of fan conventions is the opportunity to meet a celebrity and get an autograph in person, or purchase a celebrity autograph or item of memorabilia from a fellow collector.  Mr. Grad spent years collecting thousands of autographs himself, and is someone auction houses and memorabilia companies turn to verify authenticity of famous signatures and items.

    In this episode Steve talks about his amazing personal collection and some of the cool items and autographs he's come across, gives tips and suggestions to new and experienced collectors, and shares some hilarious stories about celebrity encounters.

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  • April 15, 2019

    FanX 2019 Interview: Actress Samantha Smith

     

    Actress Samantha Smith joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of her visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City. Smith has appeared in some of the most popular TV shows and movies in history and is best known for her role as Mary Winchester on "Supernatural."

    In this episode, Sam gives her thoughts on Mary's final fate, which of her family members can't watch her death in "Supernatural's" first episode, what she enjoys about meeting fans, and what it's like to guest star on shows like "Seinfeld" and "Friends" at the height of their popularity.

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  • April 12, 2019

    FanX 2019 Interview: Actor Mark Pellegrino

    Actor Mark Pellegrino joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of his visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City. Pellegrino has dozens of acting credits to his name, but is best know for his TV roles as Jacob in "Lost" and Lucifer/Nick in "Supernatural".

    Mark covers a variety of topics, including what HE thinks happened to Oceanic Flight 815; how he hopes Luci's story ends when "Supernatural" ends; what it's like to join shows that have strong cult followings; the time Neil Patrick Harris punched him in the groin; and see how Mark does when he's given names of some of the characters he's played to see if he can remember the movie or TV show they're from!

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  • April 12, 2019

    FanX 2019 Interview: Actress Linda Larkin

    Actor/voice actor Linda Larkin joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of her visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City. Larkin is certified Disney royalty, known for her role as Jasmine in the 1992 animated hit movie "Aladdin".

    Ms. Larkin discusses a variety of topics including: The nerve-wracking process of getting the part and why she didn't have to sing for her audition; what she thinks made Jasmine so unique as a Disney princess; and her thoughts about the new "Aladdin" live-action movie!

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  • April 11, 2019

    FanX 2019 Interview: Actor/Writer Scott Weinger

    Actor/voice actor/writer Scott Weinger joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of his visit to FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City.  Weinger's face is best known from his role as Steve Hale on "Full House" and "Fuller House," while his voice was immortalized as Aladdin in Disney's 1992 animated masterpiece!

    Learn interesting things about Scott including: Why he's not Aladdin's singing voice; how some fans react when he posts pics with his real-life wife (and she's *not* DJ Tanner!) How he'd like to see Steve & DJ's story end in "Fuller House"; Perks of being Disney royalty at a Disney theme park; which TV shows he's written episodes of; and finally, whether or not that infamous "dirty" line from "Aladdin's" 1990's home video release is myth or fact!

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  • April 10, 2019

    FanX 2019 Interview: Artist Camilla d'Errico

    Renowned artist/author/illustrator Camilla d'Errico (Tanpopo, Dust) joins Andy Farnsworth for an interview ahead of FanX Spring 2019 in Salt Lake City.  d'Errico has done work for Disney, been published by Dark Horse Comics, IDW & Random House, created toy designs for Hasbro, even designed snowboards!

    They talk about her journey from being a comic con attendee when she was a teenager to being a featured artist and panelist at cons all over the country now; her inspirations for her particular artistic style that combines manga, comic art and surrealist elements; tweeting back and forth with Neil Gaiman; and the time she danced with Joss Whedon.

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  • April 5, 2019

    SHAZAM and How DC Finally Relaxed and Made a Fun Live-Action movie

    When it comes to superhero movies, turning one into a comedy does not always "pan out" the way everyone wants. (e.g. Thor Ragnorok) Shazam sets the bar for the genre of superhero comedies, and it sets it high. 

    Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks are joined by KellieAnn Halvorsen and Johnny Mckeon to review this great addition to the DCEU. The consensus seems to be that whether or not you know who Shazam is, we think you will like this movie.

     

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  • March 28, 2019

    DUMBO and Disney's Live-Action Cartoon Remake Empire

    Andy Farnsworth is joined by guests KellieAnn Halvorsen and Natalie Mollinet to talk about the new live-action version of "Dumbo" directed by Tim Burton... then have a much more broad discussion about Disney's live-action remakes of cartoon movie classics, including:

    Their favorites and least-liked movies so far; which upcoming movies are they most looking forward to and which are they hoping never make it to the big screen; and what do these remakes HAVE TO HAVE in order to be "good"?

    SHOW NOTE: This episode contains 100% more singing than any previous episode in "Fan Effect" history.

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  • March 22, 2019

    This is why we like Dr. Who

    Ryan Meeks is Joined with Becky Bruce and Heather Kelly (From Money Making Sense) to talk about what we thought is good and bad about the 11th season of Dr. Who and what draws us in as fans of the show. 

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  • March 15, 2019

    What a shareholder knows about "Avengers Endgame" and "Star Wars Episode IX"

    Disney Just had their shareholders meeting, so we invited one of their shareholders to the show! Matt Hansen joins Andy Farnsworth and Adam Thomas to discuss Avengers Endgame and Star Wars Episode IX with some unique details. 

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  • March 8, 2019

    CAPTAIN MARVEL Blasts Her Way into the MCU (Spoilers)

    Captain Marvel, the 21st installment in the MCU, seems to have fans really excited or really "OK" with it. Find out why on this episode of Fan Effect as the old Fanboys cast gets back together (Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb, and Adam Thomas) with special guest Kellie Ann Halvorsen.

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  • March 1, 2019

    Why Star Trek: Discovery season 2 is better

    What happens when you get Fan Effect's three biggest Star Trek fans in one room? Adam Thomas dominates with his encyclopedic knowledge of Star Trek. That's what happens.

    Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas, and Ryan Meeks all seem to agree that Star Trek: Discovery season 2 is better than season 1.

    Find out what makes this season so different from the first and how it connects better with the rest of the franchise in this episode. 

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  • February 22, 2019

    Fun with FanX Founder Dan Farr

    In this episode, Andy Farnsworth talks with FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention founder Dan Farr ahead of FanX Spring 2019.

    Highlights include:

    New guest announcements

    The process Dan & his team go through to choose & invite guests

    FanX & Salt Lake's reputation among Hollywood folks and how it's evolved over the years

    Dan's favorite behind-the-scenes stories from FanX conventions past

    Dan's dream FanX guest (if he could get anyone)

    His favorite fandoms as a kid and a grown-up

    What he thinks it will take for FanX Salt Lake to become a place where major pop culture news breaks in the future

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  • February 21, 2019

    "Alita: Battle Angel" and Why It Should Have Been a TV series

    Andy Farnsworth is joined for this episode by Geektyrant and Nerdist writer Kristian Odland to talk the new James Cameron visual epic "Alita: Battle Angel."

    Both agree that Cameron & Robert Rodriguez tried to cram too much story into 2 hours of movie and it left them split between feeling excited at what they saw... but also frustrated at what it could have potentially been.

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  • February 15, 2019

    Comparing "The Orville" to "Star Trek: TNG"

    The Orville seems to be a big hit with Star Trek fans. But how does it stack up against the first 18 episodes of Star Trek the Next Generation?

    Join Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas, and Ryan Meeks as they review the first 6 episodes of "The Orville" (season 2) and compare them to Star Trek the Next Generation. 

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  • February 8, 2019

    Lego Movie 2 Review: Everything is pretty good (still).

    The second installation in the Lego Movie franchise leaves things good but not really awesome in the end... which is actually pretty good. 

    Join Andy Farnsworth and special guest Steve Salles as they discuss how much they enjoyed Lego Movie 2.

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  • January 18, 2019

    Is M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass" Half full or half empty? (Spoilers)

    The long awaited 19 years in the making conclusion to the "Unbreakable" trilogy that we didn't know existed until "Split" in 2017, made its debut and some people are pretty disappointed. Whether you enjoy M. Night Shyamalan's filmmaking style or not, there sure is a lot to talk about when it comes the movie "Glass." 

    Join Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks as they talk about why they aren't sure if the "Glass" is half full or half empty. 

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  • January 11, 2019

    Ryan and Andy's top five..... each. (2018 Recap)

    2018 had some great movies and had some... not so great movies. Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks each picked 5 movies out of all the movies they saw this year that were their favorites. Check out what happens when they recap 2018 and compare notes!

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  • December 6, 2018

    Remembering Stan Lee

    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".

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  • November 30, 2018

    "Creed II" and Why It Would Be a Fitting End to the "Rocky" series (Spoilers)

    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. 

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  • November 20, 2018

    "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" Deep Dive WITH SPOILERS

    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.

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  • October 12, 2018

    This is why we are excited to see more of Jodie Whittaker. (Spoilers)

    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. 

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  • July 19, 2018

    Where Can the MCU Go from Here?

    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. 

     

     

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  • July 12, 2018

    Talking "SKYSCRAPER" and How The Rock Somehow Became an Actual Superhero (SPOILERS)

    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.

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  • July 6, 2018

    "Ant-Man & The Wasp" is Exactly What We Need After "Infinity War"

    (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.

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  • June 28, 2018

    Gaming Con Is Better Than Ever!

    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. 

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  • June 22, 2018

    "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" Proves We're Running Out of Interesting Dinosaur Stories (AUDIO with SPOILERS)

    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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  • June 15, 2018

    "The Incredibles 2" is Again the Fantastic Four movie Marvel & Fox Can't Seem to Make (WITH SPOILERS)

    Mr. Incredible and his super-family (Elastigirl, Violet, Dash & Jack-Jack, along with super-friend Frozone) are back--after a 14-year wait by fans--in "The Incredibles 2" from Disney/Pixar and writer/director Brad Bird, which picks up immediately after the end of 2004's "The Incredibles."

    In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks--who both liked the movie a lot--are talking SPOILERS, including what they liked best (hint: one of them involves Jack-Jack and a "burglar"), what they thought of the movie's villain The Screenslaver, how it compares as a superhero film to "Avengers: Infinity War" and where the story can go from here.

    Check out our SPOILER-FREE review on our "Fan Effect" Facebook page.

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  • June 8, 2018

    "Ocean's 8" and the world of Debbie & Danny Ocean (WITH SPOILERS)

    Moviegoers can now return to the world of high-stakes heists in "Ocean's 8," which tells the story of Debbie Ocean (played by Sandra Bullock and who is the sister of George Clooney's character Danny Ocean) and her all-female crew as they attempt to heist a $150M necklace at the Met Gala in NYC.

    In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks are joined by Geektyrant.com writer Kristian Odland (who is also the "1-Minute Critic" on YouTube) to give their SPOILER-FILLED thoughts of the new movie, which also stars Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina.

    Among the things they discuss: Does being a part of the "Ocean's 11" universe help the movie or hurt it?  Would it be a good heist movie without the ties to the previous films?  And does it rank anywhere among their favorite heist-movies of the past?

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  • May 25, 2018

    "Solo: A Star Wars Story"--A Movie That Answers Questions We May Not Have Been Asking

    (WARNING: This episode contains MASSIVE SPOILERS for "Solo: A Star Wars Story)

    So, you've seen "Solo: A Star Wars Story" and you want process it all. 

    Well, click "play" on this episode of the podcast and and join Andy Farnsworth and Geektyrant writer-slash-"1 Minute Critic" Kristian Odland in a SPOILER-FILLED discussion as we process what we witnessed, some easter eggs hidden in the film you may have missed, how we grade the performance of the actors (Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany) and what we think the end of the movie might mean for the "Star Wars" universe going forward.

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  • May 18, 2018

    "Solo: A Star Wars Story" SPOILER FREE Review

    "Star Wars" fans are getting their second feature-length movie in less than a year with "Solo: A Star Wars Story." But after a mixed (if passionate) response to "The Last Jedi," how will "Solo" be received, particularly given the replacement of co-directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller with Ron Howard, and a Han Solo that isn't played by Harrison Ford?

    In this episode of the podcast, Adam Thomas and Andy Farnsworth give a SPOILER-FREE review of the movie, which tells a tale from the youth of Han Solo (played by Alden Ehrenreich), including how he meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca, his first encounter with Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and the Millennium Falcon.

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