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 Tysen Webb live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.
Happy belated Birthday! Getting to know Andy Farnsworth Fandoms   (55:57) November 16, 2020
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 […]
Fear Effect: Fan Effect visits the Fear Factory   (37:39) October 23, 2020
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, […]
Let’s all go to the drive-in with the Salt Lake Film Society   (33:02) October 16, 2020
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 […]
Dude, “Bill & Ted Face the Music” Is Like Movie Comfort Food   (41:32) September 14, 2020
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 […]
Is the “Mulan” live-action remake worth the premium access cost?   (01:03:16) September 10, 2020
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 […]
Talking COVID-19 Effects on FanX 2020 With Owner/Co-Founder Dan Farr   (47:01) April 07, 2020
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 […]
Disney/Pixar’s ONWARD and What Fandom Characters We’d Like to Spend A Day With   (01:09:38) March 06, 2020
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 […]
Sonic, “Call of the Wild”, “The Invisible Man” and the Challenge of Adapting Games and Books Into Movies   (01:09:03) March 03, 2020
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 […]
The Immediate Future of “Star Wars” Is “The High Republic”   (38:17) February 27, 2020
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 […]
Reactions to the Leaked Star Wars Script From Colin Trevorrow   (01:12:20) January 20, 2020
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 […]
Deep Dive Into “The Mandalorian” and How It’s Uniting Fractured Star Wars Fans (Hint: #BabyYoda)   (01:18:09) January 13, 2020
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 […]
Thoughts After a 9-Episode Star Wars Movie Theater Marathon   (01:46:11) January 08, 2020
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 […]
Star Wars- The Rise of Skywalker Is Here and We Have (Spoiler-Filled) Thoughts!   (01:42:13) December 20, 2019
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 […]
Crazy Predictions for Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker   (01:15:40) December 13, 2019
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 […]
“Frozen 2” Avoids Problems that Hurt Many Sequels & Kids Films By Aiming Older   (55:18) November 26, 2019
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 […]
Why “Terminator: Dark Fate” Should Not Be the End of the Franchise   (56:16) November 13, 2019
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 […]
The Final “Rise of Skywalker” Trailer is Here and We Are Star Wars Hungry Again   (51:24) October 22, 2019
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 […]
Five Things That Make a Great and Memorable Villain   (01:05:45) October 18, 2019
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 […]
How does The Addams Family compare to its predecessors? (Short form Spoiler Review)   (05:36) October 15, 2019
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. 
Going Inside the Mind of “JOKER”…Whether We Want To Or Not   (01:21:51) October 04, 2019
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 […]