Piecing It Together

An All Points West Podcast

Faces & Aces – Las Vegas Piecing It Together (Special Episode)

On this Special Episode of Piecing It Together, I’m actually just reposting an episode of the Faces & Aces Podcast I was recently a guest on. I was contacted by the show’s host to join him for a special episode in which we took the Piecing It Together formula and applied it to the city I live in, Las Vegas, NV. Using the format, we came up with a list of movies that represent Las Vegas. It’s a fun talk and I thought you’d all want to hear it. Puzzle pieces include The Hangover, Swingers, Spy and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (Featuring The Lady-Wan)

On the 81st episode of Piecing It Together, we jump head first into the Fast & Furious Universe with Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (a movie we already started to discuss on the special episode with my parents). The Lady-Wan from Screen Fix podcast joins me to discuss this absolutely ridiculous, unnecessary and pretty fun spin-off. Puzzle pieces include the Mission: Impossible, James Bond and Star Wars series, as well as every The Rock movie.

The Farewell (Featuring Liz Shannon Miller)

On the 80th episode of Piecing It Together, film-critic Liz Shannon Miller joins me to discuss Lulu Wang’s The Farewell. This A24 film invites you into a beautiful Chinese family’s lives when the grandmother is diagnosed with cancer, but Chinese culture dictates that no one should tell her. It’s a film that reminds you just how important family is. Puzzle pieces include The Joy Luck Club, Little Miss Sunshine, Crazy Rich Asians and Catch Me If You Can.

Hobbs & Shaw – Initial Reactions (Special Episode)

On this special episode of Piecing It Together, David Rosen and his parents Rich & Sunny recorded their initial reactions in the car ride home from watching Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Rich loves a good action movie… And Sunny loves a bad action movie, so Hobbs & Shaw seemed like the perfect movie to have them on again for.

The Mustang (Featuring Rosa)

On the 79th episode of Piecing It Together, Rosa from Rosa’s Reviews joins me to discuss a beautiful film shot right here in Nevada – The Mustang. The story of a prisoner who is rehabilitated through a program that has violent criminals train horses hits all the classic prison and horse movie beats while showcasing the beauty of our state. Puzzle pieces include The Shawshank Redemption, Raging Bull, Black Beauty and The Wild Horse Redemption.

Tarantino Ranking (Special Episode)

On this special episode of Piecing It Together, film-maker Joe Black joins me for a follow-up to our episode on Once Upon A Time In Hollywood to rank the nine incredible films of Quentin Tarantino. These films are events, and with the amount of excitement and ideas that Tarantino packs into each one, it makes for a great, fun conversation to even try to rank them.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Featuring Joe Black)

On the 78th episode of Piecing It Together, film-maker Joe Black joins me for one of our most awaited movies of the year, Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie and set against 1969 Hollywood on the eve of the Charles Manson murders, it’s a film that plays with expectations and leaves you with a lot to think about. Puzzle pieces include Hail, Caesar!, Tropic Thunder, American Psycho and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

The Art of Self-Defense (Featuring Josh Bell)

On the 77th episode of Piecing It Together, film-critic Josh Bell joins me for the hilarious dark comedy The Art of Self-Defense from writer/director Riley Stearns. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as a man who gets attacked and decides to learn to defend himself by taking karate classes… But the world of karate ends up being much different than he expected. Puzzle pieces include Fight Club, Napoleon Dynamite, The Foot Fist Way and Office Space.

Wild Rose (Featuring JD Duran)

On the 76th episode of Piecing It Together, JD Duran from the InSession Film Podcast joins me to talk about Wild Rose, a fantastic new film about a country music singer who tries to balance launching a career with being a mother. It’s all anchored by an incredible lead performance by rising-star Jessie Buckley and some great music. Puzzle pieces include 8 Mile, Crazy Heart, Inside Llewyn Davis and The Florida Project.

The Sandlot – Scott Evans Interview (Special Episode)

On this special episode of Piecing It Together, I got the opportunity to interview Scott Evans, an author and inventor who also happens to be the guy who was the real kid that went over that wall to retrieve a baseball from a vicious dog named Hercules in the classic family film The Sandlot. Scott has a new book out called Pacoima Days about the true stories of his youth that led to both The Sandlot and another movie written by his brother, David Mickey Evans, Radio Flyer. We have a great conversation about his book and the movies that inspired and were inspired by The Sandlot