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 and TV shows. Andy Farnsworth and most of his co-hosts and guests live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.
“Encanto” means both charm and charming and that is exactly what this new Disney film is
“Encanto” is the latest Disney animated family-friendly film, but will it become another gem in Disney’s crown? Producer KellieAnn Halvorsen is joined by Natalie Mollinet from the Pop Knowlege Blog to dive into the magic of the new movie. After all, “Encanto” means both charm and charming and that is exactly what this story is as it’s poised to bring families together this Thanksgiving. As usual, the first segment of this episode is spoiler-free. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is what audiences have wanted with a nostalgic sequel
Today the nerds at the Fan Effect podcast deep dive into probably one of the most looked forward to films of 2021, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” This latest continuation of the Ghost hunting sort takes place some 30 plus years after the original, wherein a new generation of busters takes up the call to fight those pesky visitors from beyond the grave. Host Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen are joined by THE reigning Ghostbusters fan, Jon Smith from Utah's classic rock station - The Arrow. While the first segment is spoiler-free, the rest of the show dives deep into the new film, Ghostbusters lore, and a lot of fun tangents. While some critics are blasting the film as pandering, the consensus here is that “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is a blast and what audiences have wanted from a nostalgic sequel. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.
Andy's KSL-TV: ‘Eternals’ movie and a lot of streaming offers a diversity of viewing options
Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of November 5, 2021. Marvel, Tom Hanks, Princess Di, AND the Animaniacs? Wow. What a diverse group of options for viewing on screens big and small. The ‘Eternals’ movie brings new characters and a new direction to Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as some cautions for viewing with some younger fans. Over on AppleTV Plus, a new film is streaming with almost everybody's favorite actor Tom Hanks. Hanks proves again that his acting is so good, he doesn’t even need other actors to perform off of. In ‘Finch’ Hanks plays a robotics engineer and one of the few survivors of the cataclysmic solar flare that's left the world of Wasteland and is really worth the watch. Back on the big screen is the critically praised and Oscar buzzworthy ‘Spencer,’ starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana Spencer near the end of her royal marriage. And don’t miss the second season of the sequel series ‘Animaniacs’ over on Hulu, the Emmy Award-winning animated show won over the kids of the 90s and is winning over the kids of today as well. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.
Megaplex Monthly Check-in: November 2021 - We are thankful movies are back!
With our beloved Halloween season behind us, we are now grateful to tackle the rush of movies hitting Megaplex theatres for November 2021, and for that pivotal long holiday weekend that is Thanksgiving. Starting with Marvel’s “Eternals” and ending with Disney’s “Encanto,” there are plenty of family-friendly offerings on the big screen. This includes a sequel that as the Megaplex’s Jeff Whipple says, “Is a giant Stay Puff Marshmallow hug to the whole Ghostbuster franchise;” “Ghostbusters Afterlife” is a fresh take on the classic comedy with a bit of a tug on the heartstrings. This Thanksgiving, host KellieAnn Halvorsen is grateful movies are back! Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.
Andy's KSL-TV: Halloween 2021 edition!
Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for Halloween weekend, 2021. There are lots of family-friendly favorites to stream and celebrate the spooky season across lots of platforms. Andy runs down the list of some of his favorite Halloween shows and where to find them from Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Toy Story of Terror! on Disney Plus, to the inexplicably likable Hubie Halloween on Netflix, and the classic It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown only available on Apple TV Plus. All these and more are available for audiences to enjoy this fine All Hallows' Eve weekend. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.
Andy's KSL-TV: A Definitive adaption and Invasion comes to audiences
Andy Farnsworth joins KSL-TV to help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of October 22, 2021. The long-anticipated, and oft-touted definitive, adaption of the science fiction book ‘Dune’ is now in theaters and HBO Max. This new film version is a slow-simmering but epic and visually stunning movie with a star-studded cast deserving of a watch on the big screen. Also in theaters is the hilarious ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong,’ which might be the most fun your kids will have at a movie this year. The animated family-friendly feature has humor and themes children and their parents can love in a playful and imaginative near-future. And finally, there's one other option for science fiction fans, a new streaming TV series coming to us from AppleTV Plus, it's called 'Invasion.' This character-driven series looks beyond special effects and into the heart of humanity and rewards the patience of its audiences. Fan Effect is sponsored by Megaplex Theatres, Utah's premiere movie entertainment company.
Fun ride with peeps
It's so good to hear from those who think like me (or disagree in a friendly way) about the universes and fandoms which I have loved for so long! This is an entertaining ride and feels so much like back in the day. I'll be listening.
Great show for "fanboys"
SLC Fanboys give entertaining reviews for superhero movies and other movies similar. So far they've only really talked about movies and TV, and I would really like to hear them talk about comic books a bit more.
Fun talk on the hits
These guys know their stuff and a blast to listen to.