On the 39th episode of Piecing It Together, Kris Krainock joins me for a second time in a row to discuss Green Book. The fantastic true story of Jazz pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his Italian driver (Viggo Mortenson) in the 1960s shines a light on a familiar story of racial tensions that’s perfectly balanced by comedy-director Peter Farrely. Puzzle pieces include Driving Miss Daisy, The Blind Side, Little Miss Sunshine and A Bronx Tale.
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An All Points West Podcast
This is a weird one to review… Deadpool 2 came out earlier this year. But it’s time for the holidays and what better way to celebrate than with a completely random PG-13 cut of the otherwise heavily R-rated superhero film, complete with a new framing story featuring Fred Savage parodying his situation from The Princess Bride… What now?
On this Special Episode of Piecing It Together, I repost a guest appearance I recently did on the Set Lusting Bruce Podcast. Set Lusting Bruce is a podcast all about Bruce Springsteen. I was a guest for two episodes, the first was a general conversation about music, podcasting and Bruce, but the second was a countdown of the host, Jesse Jackson and my favorite movie music moments. It’s a great movie talk and I thought it would be something you’d all want to hear.
On the 38th episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host Kris Krainock and I get into what was apparently Steve McQueen’s life-long passion project, the female heist thriller Widows. Written by Gillian Flynn and featuring buzz-worthy performances from Viola Davis and Daniel Kaaluya, Widows has not disappointed many in the film community. But it disappointed us. Puzzle pieces include the Ben Affleck trio of Gone Girl, The Town and Live By Night, as well as Set It Off.
When young Joe asks his mother Jeanette what happens to the wild animals during a forest fire, she responds matter-of-factly that they adapt, and that it’s not worth crying over. This sums up actor Paul Dano’s directorial debut, Wildlife, based off the novel by Richard Ford.
On the 37th episode of Piecing It Together co-host Chad Clinton Freeman and I discuss the newest entry in the never-ending Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. I come at this episode as a complete beginner to the Harry Potter Wizarding World, but while Chad has only recently dived into this universe, he actually helped put on a giant festival around the fandom called Ironton Wizardfest, so he was uniquely positioned to talk about this one. Puzzle pieces include Star Wars, Transformers, Pokemon and Batman.
On the 36th episode of Piecing It Together, new co-host Luella Chavez of the Vegas Playground podcast joins us to discuss Bohemian Rhapsody, the controversial biopic of Queen front-man Freddy Mercury. Despite huge box-office success, the movie has been maligned by bad reviews since its release with critics generally praising Rami Malek’s performance as the late singer, but trashing the rest of the film… Luella and I liked it like general audiences did… Even if we recognize the film’s many flaws. Puzzle pieces include Rock Star, Love & Mercy, The Wolf of Wall Street and Wayne’s World.
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.
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.
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.