Piecing It Together

An All Points West Podcast

Episode 35 – mid90s

On the 35th episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host Kris Krainock and I discuss a24’s mid90s, the directorial debut from Jonah Hill. mid90s is a slice of life… 1990’s skateboarder life to be precise. With virtually no known actors except Lucas Hedges, it shows the life of a young kid as he tries to make friends with a bunch of skaters. The authenticity on screen is somewhat of a nostalgia overload, but Jonah Hill does an amazing job of balancing it into a touching, funny film. Puzzle pieces include Kids, Clerks, Barry Lyndon and the NES Classic.

Episode 34 – Never Goin’ Back

On the 34th episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host Josh Bell and I discuss a24’s Never Goin’ Back, a funny, crazy new comedy about the misadventures of two young female stoners. It’s about youth, friendship, drugs and bodily functions. We had a great time talking about it. Puzzle pieces include Beavis & Butthead, Ghost World, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and a bunch of other a24 films.

SPECIAL EPISODE – In Memory Of – Eric Stanze Interview

On this Special Episode of Piecing It Together, we follow-up Episode 18’s In Memory Of with an interview with the film’s writer/director Eric Stanze. In Memory Of is a wild independent film and was brought to me by Chad Clinton Freeman, who knows his stuff when it comes to these kinds of crazy, unique movies, so I was really glad that we got to cover it on the show. It’s been a long while since Episode 18 but I’ve always wanted to go back and talk to Eric Stanze about the puzzle pieces Chad and I discussed and I’m glad to finally get a chance to do it.

Breaking It Apart 3 – Frankenstein

On the 3rd episode of the special episode series called Breaking It Apart, co-host Chad Clinton Freeman and I discuss the 1931 classic Frankenstein! This film and its creature have not only influenced hundreds of films, but pop culture in general. The hardest part of this episode was narrowing down all the movies we had to choose from! Puzzle pieces include Chappie, Edward Scissorhands, Alien, and Ex-Machina.

Episode 33 – Bad Times at the El Royale

On the 33rd episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host Ryan Daugherty and I discuss Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale. Ryan and I are obsessed with Goddard’s Cloverfield series so we jumped at the chance to cover this mystery about a group of strangers who converge on an old motel located on the California-Nevada border… And while we weren’t The Cloverfield Paradox level disappointed, we didn’t exactly love our stay at the El Royale. Puzzle pieces include every Quentin Tarantino movie, Lost, Smokin’ Aces, and No Country for Old Men.

SPECIAL EPISODE – The Beast – Ryan & Cody LeBoeuf Interview

On this Special Episode of Piecing It Together, we follow-up Episode 26’s The Beast with an interview with the film’s writer/directors Ryan & Cody LeBoeuf. The brothers are based here in Las Vegas, so getting to not only cover their film, but do this follow-up where we discuss some of the puzzle pieces we got into on the original episode was an awesome experience. Josh Bell and I really enjoyed The Beast, so we encourage you to watch it on Amazon and then check out this interview!

Episode 32 – First Man

On the 32nd episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host Brian Garth joins me to discuss First Man. Will Neil Armstrong overcome grief and make it to the moon? Will Damien Chazelle make three Oscar nominated, highly acclaimed films in a row with his first three features? Well yes, of course… but that doesn’t mean we loved it. Puzzle pieces include Dunkirk, Melancholia, The Right Stuff and Interstellar.

Episode 31 – A Simple Favor

On the 31st episode of Piecing It Together, we are joined for a second time in a row by co-host Jacob Tiranno to talk about A Simple Favor, a mystery that comes to us from “the darker side of Paul Feig,” the comedy director best known for Bridesmaids and the Ghostbusters reboot. It’s a solid mystery that still manages to squeeze in plenty of Feig’s style of comedy and some great performances from Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. Puzzle pieces include Gone Girl, Big Little Lies, Lifetime movies and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Episode 30 – Searching

On the 30th episode of Piecing It Together, we are joined by first-time co-host Jacob Tiranno of ChasingCinema.com to talk about Searching, the newest in a unique style of movie that unfolds completely on computer screens. While normally a gimmick like this would seem like something that would get old quick, a great story and top notch performances by John Cho and Debra Messing keep it interesting and exciting. Puzzle pieces include The Social Network, Gone Girl, Memento and Up.

Episode 29 – Mandy

On the 29th episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host David Quinones and I discuss Mandy… A movie that promises the craziest Nicolas Cage performance you’ve ever seen, and actually pretty much delivers (well to be fair he’s got a TON of crazy performances to choose from so lets just say it lives up to his legacy). At its core it’s a revenge film about a man who goes after a religious cult after they murder his wife, but it’s much more than that and one of the most unique films to come along in a while. Puzzle pieces include Army of Darkness, The Wall, Tommy and Heavy Metal album covers.