Piecing It Together

A good movie is the result of a large number of people both in front of and behind the camera combining to create a piece of art… But what about the movies that came before that inspired those filmmakers to make the movie? On Piecing It Together we figure out what the clear (and not so clear) influences were that make up the movies we love.

Brittany Runs A Marathon (Featuring Catherine Gonzales)

On the 89th episode of Piecing It Together, Catherine Gonzales from Shuffle Online joins me to talk about Brittany Runs A Marathon, a film about a woman who decides to make a change her life. Starring Jillian Bell, it’s a sweet movie with a great message. Puzzle pieces include The Big Sick, Rocky, Yes Man and Heavyweights.

The Head (LIVE from Sin City Horror Fest)

On the 88th episode of Piecing It Together, it’s our first LIVE episode! We recorded in the theater right after the Sin City Horror Fest screening of The Head, an homage to shot-on-VHS horror of the 80s. Joining me is many-time co-host Josh Bell, first time co-host (and Sin City Horror Fest co-founder) Drew Marvick, and The Head’s writer/director Michael Keene. Puzzle pieces include Dead Alive, Re-Animator, Psycho and Desperate Living.

It Chapter Two (Featuring Tim Schermer)

On the 87th episode of Piecing It Together, Tim Schermer joins us to talk about It Chapter Two, the sequel to one of the most successful horror movies of all time. It’s based on the classic Stephen King novel and focuses on the grown up Loser’s Club taking on Pennywise the clown once and for all… Puzzle pieces include Nightmare On Elm Street, Beetlejuice, The Thing and Sam Raimi films.

Ready Or Not (Featuring JC Screen Fix)

On the 86th episode of Piecing It Together, JC from Screen Fix Podcast joins me to discuss the horror-comedy Ready Or Not. Initially a movie I planned on skipping due to the fact that I didn’t really love it, it seems like everyone keeps talking about this silly little movie, so we figured we might as well do it. Puzzle pieces include Game Night, Get Out, You’re Next and Surviving The Game.

The Peanut Butter Falcon (Featuring Chad Clinton Freeman

On the 85th episode of Piecing It Together, Chad Clinton Freeman returns to the show to talk about the sweetest movie you’ll see this year, The Peanut Butter Falcon. A man with downs syndrome escapes from a hospital and goes on the run with a southern Shia LeBeouf as they travel the country to enroll in wrestling school. Puzzle pieces include Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Swiss Army Man, Wizard of Oz and Into The Wild.

Blinded By The Light (Featuring Jason Harris)

On the 84th episode of Piecing It Together, Jason Harris returns to the show to talk about a movie that’s set to the music of one of his favorite people in the world – Blinded By The Light and the music of Bruce Springsteen. It’s a sweet, crowd-pleaser that is as much about Springsteen as it is about finding your voice as a writer and connecting with something universal. Puzzle pieces include A Star Is Born, Billy Elliot, 8 Mile and Little Miss Sunshine.

The Last Black Man In San Francisco (Featuring Kris Krainock)

On the 83rd episode of Piecing It Together, Kris Krainock returns to the show to talk about one of his favorite movies of the year, the debut from writer/director Joe Talbot, The Last Black Man In San Francisco. This beautiful, surreal look at the effects of gentrification from A24 is one of the year’s best, most unique films. Puzzle pieces include The Royal Tenembaums, Do The Right Thing, The Florida Project and Atlanta.

The VelociPastor (Featuring Josh Bell)

On the 82nd episode of Piecing It Together, film-critic Josh Bell joins me for a movie that I never thought we’d be covering on this show… The ridiculous direct-to-video schlocky horror-comedy The VelociPastor. It’s about a pastor… Who turns into a raptor. Strap in folks, because we are DOING THIS… Puzzle pieces include Orgazmo, Kung Pow and Grindhouse cinema.

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.