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.

Crawl (Featuring Luella Chavez)

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.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (Featuring Bill Lambusta)

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.

Alita: Battle Angel (Featuring Millennial Mike)

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.

High Life (Featuring Bee Garner)

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.

Midsommar (Featuring Josh Bell)

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.

Child’s Play (Featuring Adam Wells)

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.

The Dead Don’t Die (Featuring Phil A)

On the 69th episode of Piecing It Together, new co-host Phil A from the Las Vegas-based hip-hop group Slump Lords joins me to discuss Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die, starring Bill Murray and Adam Driver. Those not familiar with Jarmusch’s deadpan style may be shocked at the zombie-like pacing, but if you like dry humor, this is definitely one to watch. Puzzle pieces included Shaun Of The Dead, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Evil Dead 2 and the films of George A. Romero.

Us (Featuring Josh Bell)

On the 68th episode of Piecing It Together, Josh Bell joins me for the 2nd time in a row, this time for our long awaited episode on Jordan Peele’s Us. After Get Out, the world had been waiting to see what Peele would do next, and with his somewhat convoluted but still crown-pleasing sophomore effort, he didn’t disappoint. Puzzle pieces include The Strangers, Funny Games, Halloween and C.H.U.D.

Her Smell (Featuring Josh Bell)

On the 67th episode of Piecing It Together, Josh Bell joins me to discuss Her Smell, the newest collaboration between writer/director Alex Ross Perry and actress Elizabeth Moss. Moss stars as a self-destructive rock star who alienates everyone in her life, as well as some viewers (although Josh loved it). Puzzle pieces include Vox Lux, A Star Is Born, There Will Be Blood and Last Days.

Dark Phoenix (Featuring Susannah Lewis)

On the 66th episode of Piecing It Together, new co-host Susannah Lewis joins me to discuss the final movie in the decades long X-Men universe, Dark Phoenix. With the recent Disney buy out, this really will be the end for the beloved by some, loathed by others X-Men series that started way back in 2000. Puzzle pieces include the series own X-Men: The Last Stand, as well as Avengers: Endgame, Terminator 2, and Firestarter.