On the 75th episode of Piecing It Together, Luella Chavez joins me to talk about the Sam Raimi-produced killer alligator flick Crawl. Directed by Alexandre Aja, Crawl has plenty of B-Movie thrills, but surprises with its realistic tension and suspense. Puzzle pieces include The Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe, The Impossible and The Cove.
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On the 74th episode of Piecing It Together, Bill Lambusta from The Great Albums Podcast joins me to discuss the true final entry in Marvel’s Infinity Saga and conclusion to Phase 3 of their Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Acting as both a sequel to the events of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Homecoming, this fun entry gets a huge boost from the addition of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio. Puzzle pieces include Mission: Impossible, Daria, The Princess Bride and Iron Man 3.
On the 73rd episode of Piecing It Together, Millennial Mike from the Exiles Network joins me for an episode long in the making. Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s manga-based epic sci-fi adventure has divided audiences ever since it came out earlier this year, but now that it’s on VOD, the two of us have a great discussion about this inventive, crazy movie that we both loved. Puzzle pieces include The Matrix, Avatar, Wonder Woman and Ex Machina.
The effects of gentrification weigh heavily on the city itself as well as its inhabitants in director Joe Talbot’s debut feature, The Last Black Man In San Francisco. The title is more of an exaggeration, despite the film going in some magical realism style directions which could have signaled a literal take, and instead deals with a man, played by Jimmie Fails (and based on his own life) who feels like he’s being pushed out of the city he calls home.
On the 72nd episode of Piecing It Together, Bee Garner returns to the podcast for another weird A24 film. This time we’re covering what very well may be the strangest, most difficult to crack film of the year, High Life. Claire Denis has created something unique and one-of-a-kind, and Robert Pattinson gives another amazing performance. Puzzle pieces include Moon, Under The Skin, Children of Men, and Dogtooth.
Did we need a Toy Story 4 after the perfect ending that was Toy Story 3? Was a new character made out of a plastic fork found in the trash named Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) something we couldn’t live without as movie fans? What seemed like a pretty easy to answer question turned out to be a little more complicated than a simple “no.”
On the 71st episode of Piecing It Together, film-critic Josh Bell joins me for one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Ari Aster’s sophomore effort, Midsommar. It’s an insane trip into the Swedish countryside filled with lots of strangeness and an excellent central performance by Florence Pugh. Puzzle pieces include mother!, Dogville, The Witch and the films of Wes Anderson.
Hopefully you’ve already listened to my great conversation with Josh Bell about our Top 10 movies of 2019 (so far). But as promised, this blog post has a full ranking of all the 2019 releases I’ve seen this year. The ones that we covered on the show are clickable to take you to the episode, so make sure to watch these movies and then go give the episodes a listen!
On the 70th episode of Piecing It Together, an old friend from summer camp where we used to discuss horror movies all night joins me to discuss the remake of one of those now classics… Child’s Play. Yes Chucky the killer doll is back, but as you’ll find from our conversation, this isn’t the same Chucky from the old movies. Puzzle pieces include It, A.I., King Kong and Avengers: Age of Ultron.