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.

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (Featuring Ryan Daugherty)

On the 62nd episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host Ryan Daugherty and I discuss Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, based on the mega-popular video-game and cartoon series. The first live action entry is filled with humans and tons of Pokemon all living together, while a noir style mystery must be solved by everyone’s favorite Pokemon, Pikachu, voiced by none other than Ryan Reynolds. Puzzle pieces include Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Zootopia, Ted and Star Wars.

Under The Silver Lake (Featuring Bee Garner)

On the 61st episode of Piecing It Together, Bee Garner from Filmotomy and JumpCut Online joins me to talk about the polarizing Under The Silver Lake. After an iffy premiere at Cannes, distributor A24 got cold feet, allowing it to leak online, then delaying it over and over until David Robert Mitchell’s follow-up to It Follows was dumped to VOD. Which sucks. Because it’s a cult classic in the making. Puzzle pieces include The Big Lebowski, They Live, Burn After Reading and Rear Window.

To Dust (Featuring Kris Krainock)

On the 60th episode of Piecing It Together, Kris Krainock returns with a movie we both loved and have been waiting a long time to talk about. To Dust from Director Shawn Snyder, which we saw in theaters a few months ago, finally is out on VOD. It’s the story of a Hasidic Jew whose wife dies. Grief stricken, he enlists the help of a community college professor to help him figure out what will actually, physically and biologically happen to her body when it’s buried. It’s a weird one. Puzzle pieces include A Serious Man, Election, Eraserhead and Swiss Army Man.

Avengers Endgame (Super Episode)

On the 59th episode of Piecing It Together, it’s time for a SUPER-EPISODE! As we did with its predecessor, Avengers Infinity War, Avengers Endgame is a movie too big for just one co-host. So instead I got help covering the Marvel movie to end all Marvel movies (at least until July’s new Spider-Man) from David Quinones, Chad Clinton Freeman, Jacob Tiranno, Bee Garner, Rico Albarracin and The Lady-Wan. Puzzle pieces include Oceans 12, The Wrestler, The Last Jedi and Back To The Future.

Dragged Across Concrete (Featuring Chad Clinton Freeman)

On the 58th episode of Piecing It Together, Chad Clinton Freeman is back again to talk about S Craig Zahler’s controversial Dragged Across Concrete. Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn star as a couple of racist cops who lose their job after being filmed using excessive force during an arrest. To provide for their families they hatch a plan to rob drug dealers and things go wrong, fast. Puzzle pieces include Trespass, The Dark Knight, The Nice Guys and Training Day.

Guava Island (Featuring David Quinones)

On the 57th episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host David Quinones and I discuss Childish Gambino’s 50 minute semi-feature Guava Island, which debuted on Amazon Prime during his Coachella set. Part film, part music video collection, it’s a unique vision, as we should all expect from the team behind Atlanta and Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” music video. Puzzle pieces include Lemonade, Spirited Away, Inside Llewyn Davis and Sorry To Bother You.

Shazam! (Featuring Chad Clinton Freeman)

On the 56th episode of Piecing It Together, our resident DC fan Chad Clinton Freeman is back again to follow-up our Superman: The Movie discussion with an episode on DC’s newest superhero adventure, Shazam! Based on the classic story of a kid who is granted the power to turn into a superhero, it’s a complete turn to full on fun for the the DCEU. Puzzle pieces include Kick-Ass, Big, Ghostbusters and The Naked Gun.

The Beach Bum (Featuring Joe Black)

On the 55th episode of Piecing It Together, Joe Black joins me to discuss Harmony Korine’s latest piece of cinematic insanity, The Beach Bum, starring Matthew McConaughey, Isla Fisher and Snoop Dogg. Joe called this unconventional but hilarious stoner-comedy “the feel great movie of the decade,” and he just might be right. Puzzle pieces include Arthur, Freddy Got Fingered, Tropic Thunder and Young Adult.

Climax (Featuring Kris Krainock)

On the 54th episode of Piecing It Together, Kris Krainock joins me to talk about Gaspar Noe’s head-trip of an experience, Climax. A dance troupe in France decides to follow-up their most recent rehearsal with a little laid back dance party, but someone spiked the sangria and all hell breaks loose. Puzzle pieces include mother!, Suspiria, Possession and Event Horizon.

Vox Lux (Featuring Josh Bell)

On the 53rd episode of Piecing It Together, Josh Bell joins me again for Vox Lux, Brady Corbet’s polarizing look at the life of a pop star (played as a young girl by Raffey Cassidy and as an adult by Natalie Portman) whose life and career is marred by tragedy. A difficult movie, but a fascinating one, Josh and I fall on totally different ends of the spectrum of opinions on the film which makes for a great conversation. Puzzle pieces include A Star Is Born, We Need To Talk About Kevin, mother! and Dogville.