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.

1917 (Featuring Catherine Gonzales)

On the 111th episode of Piecing It Together, Catherine Gonzales joins me to talk about the Roger Deakins cinematography extravaganza that is 1917. The war film is shot in a way that makes it seem like one long take and is probably going to win Best Picture. Puzzle pieces include Birdman, Saving Private Ryan, Dunkirk and We Were Soldiers.

Cats (Featuring Joe Black)

On the 110th episode of Piecing It Together, Joe Black, quite possibly the only man with Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Cats in his Top 10 Films of 2019 list, joins me to talk about this can’t-look-away train-wreck of a film. I call it a train-wreck, but really, I kind of also loved it for what it is… Pure madness. Puzzle pieces include The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Avatar, Meet The Feebles and Rent.

Uncut Gems (Featuring Kris Krainock)

On the 109th episode of Piecing It Together, Kris Krainock joins me for the first episode of 2020, a movie that was probably my #1 most anticipated of 2019… Uncut Gems. After the Safdie Brothers blew my mind with their film 2017 film Good Time, they return with an anxiety inducing story set in the NYC diamond district starring Adam Sandler. Puzzle pieces include Punch Drunk Love, Requiem For A Dream, Boiler Room and California Split.

Top 10 Films of 2019 (Special Episode)

On this special episode of Piecing It Together, Josh & Jason from Awesome Movie Year stop by to countdown the Top 10 movies of 2019. Continuing a tradition we began all the way back in 2018, we countdown our favorites as well as some favorite movie moments of the year.

Bombshell (Featuring Heidi Kyser)

On the 108th episode of Piecing It Together, journalist Heidi Kyser joins me to talk about Bombshell, the story of Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson and sexual harassment at Fox News. It’s a heavy topic but Jay Roach managed to balance the incredibly accurate performances from the likes of Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman with a story that needed to be told. Puzzle pieces include Vice, The Post and Broadcast News.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Super Episode)

On the 107th episode of Piecing It Together, it’s time for another super-episode! I’m joined by JC, TJ, David Michor, Adam Wells, The Lady-Wan and Joe Black to talk about the epic conclusion to the 9 film Star Wars story in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Of course it won’t really be the end, but it’s still Star Wars so the only proper way to cover it is with multiple guests.

Honey Boy (Featuring Chad Clinton Freeman)

On the 106th episode of Piecing It Together, Chad Clinton Freeman joins me to talk about one of his favorite subjects… Shia LaBeouf and his new film Honey Boy. Directed by Alma Har’el from a story written by LaBeouf about his own life, and starring him as his own father… It’s a weird one. And a great one. Puzzle pieces include Private Parts, Adaptation, American Honey and Birdman.

Queen & Slim (Featuring Kolby Mac)

On the 105th episode of Piecing It Together, new co-host Kolby Mac joins me to talk about Queen & Slim, a love story on the run starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith as a couple whose first date is turned upside down after they kill a cop in self defense. Puzzle pieces include If Beale Street Could Talk, Fruitvale Station, Belly and Get Out.

Knives Out (Featuring Jay Ledbetter)

On the 104th episode of Piecing It Together, new co-host Jay Ledbetter from InSession Film Podcast joins me to talk about one of the most awaited movies of the year, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. With an insanely star studded cast, Knives Out gives Johnson the chance to not only make a classic whodunnit murder mystery, but send up the genre at the same time. Puzzle pieces include Clue, The Hateful 8, Get Out and Hot Fuzz.

The Irishman (Featuring Kris Krainock)

On the 103rd episode of Piecing It Together, Kris Krainock returns to talk about some real cinema… Marin Scorsese’s The Irishman. The Netflix film is out today after a limited theatrical run (thank you Maya Cinemas and Eclipse Cinemas for showing it here in Las Vegas!) and stars Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. Puzzle pieces include Casino, First Reformed, You Were Never Really Here and Rashoman.