Sequels get worse. We get better. Hosts Mat Bradley-Tschirgi and William Thrasher look at movie franchises one film at a time (weekly) and a mix of retro and current video game franchises (monthly).

Hosted by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi and William Thrasher, the podcasts on the Sequelcast Network look at movies and video games in franchises.

The theme songs to the Sequelcast, Sequelcast Special, and SequelCommentary podcasts are written and performed by Marc With a C . The Sequelcast is a proud member of the Battleship Pretension Podcast Fleet.

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Mat and Thrasher discuss Escape From L.A. in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. John Carpenter returns to direct this sequel to Escape From New York with a bigger budget than the original, yet the whole enterprise feels cheaper due to shoddy mid-1990s special effects. Bruce Campbell (Oz the Great and Powerful) has a dandy cameo as a master plastic surgeon. 

Mat and Thrasher delight in Neill Blomkamp being chosen as a director for Alien 5, but wonder if the film will actually make it into production. Mat is still enjoying Gotham even though more time in Arkham Asylum would have been appreciated. Thrasher has a marathon of sorts watching the four Starship Troopers movies. 

 

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Mat, Thrasher, and special guest Ash Paulsen (Senior Editor at Udon Entertainment + Editor of Game Xplain) discuss the Mega Man video games for the NES in this episode of the Video Game Sequelcast podcast. They also touch on Mega Man 9 + 10 released for the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360. 

Mat and Ash discuss the news of amiibos being able to play demos of NES and SNES titles on the Wii U in the near future. Ash brings up the possibility of Star Wars and Marvel characters worming their way into Kingdom Hearts 3. I'd love to see a scene of Donald Duck trying to eat Princess Leia's hairbuns.  

Thrasher sits down to play Dragon Age: Inquisition after watching his wife play through most of the game. Ash enjoys The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D on the 3DS. Mat loves IDARB on the Xbox One for its wacky social media hooks. 

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Mat and Thrasher discuss the Pac-Man arcade games in this episode of the Video Game Sequelcast podcast. 

Thrasher likes how BioWare released the tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition as a free download for a limited time. Mat thinks the concept of Mario Maker for the Wii U is past its prime. 

Mat enjoys Alien: Isolation until its stealth mechanics become inconsitent and cheap; it still does a great job with capturing the mood and lighting of the original film. Thrasher is watching his wife play through Dragon Age: Inquisition and notices all the fetch quests. 

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Mat and Thrasher discuss Escape From New York in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. John Carpenter (The Fog) added more humor to the screenplay with each draft to make this more than just an action picture. With a visual style reminiscent of Walter Hill's The Warriors, Carpenter presenters a Western Noir that benefits greatly from a simple story peppered with effective plot twists. 

Mat marvels that the rumored co-production deal between Sony and Marvel Films finally came to pass. Expect Spidey in a lot of flicks over the next few years. Thrasher revels in Tony Hale's casting in Alvin and the Chimpmunks 4: Road Chip

Mat likes the new HBO special Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen even if the stories presented have been oft-repeated; Brooks' solo renditions of his songs in the second half are the real reason to tune in. Thrasher likes the BBC series Psychoville.

 

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Mat, Thrasher, and special guest Scott Nye (co-host of the CriterionCast and writer for Battleship Pretension) discuss Prometheus in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. Ridley Scott (G.I. Jane) returns to direct this film set in the Alien universe as a loose prequel that largely serves as its own tale. References to the original Alien are plentiful, but Prometheus is hardly the cheap cash in it easily could have been. 

Thrasher is intrigued by an upcoming adaptation of the Bradley Cooper film Limitless into a TV series. Scott caught Million Dollar Legs as part of a double feature and enjoys it silly premise. Mat can't seem to get Tusk out of his head, watching it twice in one week. Thrasher finally watches the first two seasons of Game of Thrones and appreciates its absence of magic. All three discuss their picks for exciting flicks coming out this summer. 

 

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Mat, Thrasher, and special guest Josh Long (co-host of the More Than One Lesson podcast) discuss Alien: Resurrection in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. Afterwards, Mat and special guest David Bax (co-host of the Battleship Pretension and Hey Watch This! podcasts) also discuss Alien: Resurrection and talk shop about what it's like to be podcasting for so many years. Alien: Resurrection amps up the humor and returns to a spaceship setting while working from a Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron) screenplay. Sigourney Weaver gives an inspired performance amidst all the lunacy. 

Mat is mixed on the new teaser for the Fantastic Four reboot. Josh loves The Grand Budapest Hotel. Thrasher squees over the new cast for the Ghostbusters reboot featuring quartet of Saturday Night Live alumns. 

Mat enjoys that Kevin Smith goes for a gonzo tone with Tusk. Josh feels The Lego Movie is OK while The Imitation Game is a bit labored. Thrasher thinks Galavant and Agent Carter could try a little harder for greatness. 

David reveals he never set out to be a film critic until later in life. Mat nerds out on his middle school obsession with the e-books of Ebert, Kael, and Maltin present on the Microsoft Cinemania '95 CD-ROM. David gives advice to budding podcasters. Mat tries to also give advice to podcasters while heavily critiquing himself in the process. 

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Mat, Thrasher, and special guest Jim Rohner (host of the I Do Movies Badly podcast) discuss Alien 3 in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. The polar opposite of Aliens, Alien 3 lacks the guns and variety of aliens of its predecessor. Instead we have Ripley in peril on a prison planet. 

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Thrasher is intrigued that J. Michael Straczynski of Babylon 5 fame is adapting the novel Red Mars as a TV series for Spike TV. Mat wonders where Paul W.S. Anderson will go with an upcoming sixth Resident Evil film Resident Evil: The Final Chapter set to film in August 2015. Jim likes a rumor that an Alien 3 character might feature in Prometheus 2

When not watching Wong Kar Wai films, Jim enjoys revisiting HBO's landmark series The Wire. Mat feels the HBO documentary Seduced and Abandoned feels a bit random at times. Thrasher enjoys the Japanese CG-animated feature Space Pirate Captain Harlock

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Mat and Thrasher discuss the film Aliens in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. Jersey Jason talks to his friend Cat about seeing the first Alien film in its original theatrical release. Writer-director James Cameron (Titanic) ups the macho action while still keeping things creepy in this memorable sequel.

Mat believes the rumors that Spider-Man will be recast in the next Spidey film to be true. Thrasher revels in Transformers: Age of Extinction being nominated for tons of Razzies this year. 

Thrasher hates Transformers: Age of Extinction but felt Mark Wahlberg was marginally more interesting as a lead than Shia LaBeouf. Mat questions the originality of an indie comic featured in the short documentary Comic Store Heroes. Thrasher enjoys the meta Christmas Special episode of Bojack Horseman. Mat likes To Be Takei and loves Downloaded (a documentary on the rise and fall of Napster directed by Bill & Ted star Alex Winter).

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Mat, Thrasher, and special guest Tyler Smith (host of the Battleship Pretension and More Than One Lesson podcasts) discuss the film Alien in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. After an alien is let loose on a spaceship and a crewmember is revealed to be an android, the blue collar crew has to fight for their lives to escape. A haunted house film in space oozing with atmosphere, Alien is a stellar example of the genre that tempers H.R. Giger's horrific designs with stately pacing reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Mat and Tyler talk about the Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition computer game. Thrasher enjoys production art from director Neill Blomkamp for a proposed Alien sequel that never got off the ground. Mat is tepid on the Ant-Man trailer. 

Tyler and Mat share stories of how horrible people can be in movie theaters. Thrasher likes the TV special The Christmas That Almost Wasn't. Mat and Thrasher discuss the Sequelcast getting reviewed at Bill's Movie Emporium

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Mat and Thrasher discuss the Dragon Age trilogy of video games in this episode of the Video Game Sequelcast podcast. 

Mat horrifies Thrasher with the long saga of big-ass patches that don't totally fix multiplayer for the Halo Master Chief Collection on the Xbox One. Thrasher enjoys looking at eBay for improper molds of Nintendo's popular Amiibo figures; legless Princess Peaches go for a lot these days. 

Mat thinks Laura K. Buzz's Video Game Critic Simulator is a fun experiment. Thrasher is back on the board games with Chuthulu Hastur La Vista Baby. Mat likes Peggle 2 for the Xbox One but feels it's a lazy sequel as far as innovation goes. 

The following Dragon Age video games are discussed in this podcast: Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, and Dragon Age: Inquisition

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