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.

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Featuring Ryan Daugherty)

On the 47th episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host Ryan Daugherty and I discuss the newest entry in the wildly popular animated series How To Train Your Dragon. Concluding the trilogy, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a movie I went into without really knowing the world, but I had a great time anyway (and Ryan helps me along the way). Puzzle pieces include Avatar, Pokemon, Dragonheart and the Before Trilogy..

Serenity (Featuring Kristen Lopez)

On the 46th episode of Piecing It Together, I’m joined by a new co-host, film-critic Kristen Lopez to discuss what will almost certainly go down as the craziest movie of 2019… Serenity. This noir-tinged story about a tuna-hunting boat captain (Matthew McConaughey) who is asked by his ex (Anne Hathaway) to murder her husband, goes in bonkers directions you’ll never see coming, all while going off the rails in glorious ways. Puzzle pieces include Interstellar, True Detective, The Breaking Point and Lawnmower Man.

Halloween Double Feature (Featuring Chad Clinton Freeman)

On the 45th episode of Piecing It Together, I’m joined by Chad Clinton Freeman for a special kind of episode we’ve never really done before… It’s both a Piecing It Together of 2018’s Halloween, and a Breaking It Apart of 1978’s original Halloween. While coming up with our puzzle pieces for the new one, we realized that all the movies that inspired it, were themselves inspired by the original, so we thought this would make for a fun episode. Puzzle pieces include Scream, Happy Death Day and Mean Girls.

Glass (Featuring Chad Clinton Freeman and Ryan Daugherty)

On the 44th episode of Piecing It Together, I’m joined for the first time by two returning co-hosts, Ryan Daugherty and Chad Clinton Freeman for a discussion of the long awaited M. Night Shyamalan movie Glass. If you’re a nerd like us you’ve been waiting 20 years for a follow-up to Unbreakable, and after 2016’s Split, all knew it was finally coming, and now it’s here… For better or worse. Puzzle pieces include Batman V Superman, Super, Eastern Promises and Take Shelter.

A Star Is Born (Featuring Joe Black)

On the 43rd episode of Piecing It Together, new co-host Joe Black and I discuss one of the biggest movies of 2018, A Star Is Born. This is the 4th version of this classic story of one star’s ascent while her mentor goes down in flames, and quite frankly, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper knock it out of the park. Puzzle pieces include Crazy Heart, Once, and Lady Gaga’s actual career.

Dry Blood (Featuring Chad Clinton Freeman)

On the 42nd episode of Piecing It Together, and first of 2019, Chad Clinton Freeman joins me to check out the indie horror film Dry Blood. I had met writer/star Clint Carney last year at a film festival and thought it would be fun to check out one of his projects on the show, and Dry Blood, a cerebral horror film was the perfect opportunity, and we’ll be doing a follow-up interview with Clint Carney next week. Puzzle pieces include Evil Dead, The Shining, Requiem For A Dream and Super Troopers.

Aquaman (Featuring Chad Clinton Freeman)

On the 41st episode of Piecing It Together co-host Chad Clinton Freeman and I discuss the newest entry in the DC Extended Universe, Aquaman. While DC has had a bit of trouble finding its footing in trying to battle Marvel for comic-book movie geek dominance, its films are not without their fans (Chad for example). Well they’ve got a new one thanks to Aquaman. And his name is Me! Puzzle pieces include Black Panther, Batman & Robin, Romancing The Stone and Avatar.

Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse (Featuring Ryan Daugherty)

On the 40th episode (FORTY EPISODES!) of Piecing It Together, returning co-host Ryan Daugherty and I discuss the amazing success that is Marvel’s newest Spider-Man movie, Into The Spiderverse. A one-off animated film that doesn’t tie into the other movies in the franchise (but does reference them in hilarious and wonderful ways), this movie is fan-service done right. Puzzle pieces include Deadpool, Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and What The Bleep Do We Know.

Green Book (Featuring Kris Krainock)

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.

Widows (Featuring Kris Krainock)

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.