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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the 65th episode of Piecing It Together, Chad Clinton Freeman and Ryan Daugherty join me for a nerdy extravaganza in our conversation about Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The third chapter in Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse features tons of monster-on-monster action, and a lot of rain. Puzzle pieces include Batman V Superman, The Happening, Kaiju Big Battel and the Independence Day series.
On the 64th episode of Piecing It Together, new co-host and mega-Elton John fan Jason Baroni joins me to discuss the new biopic Rocketman. The rock music biopic is a genre that’s been done over and over (and from the looks of it, it’s going to be done over and over a lot more times), but director Dexter Fletcher and his Rocketman Taron Egerton find ways to breathe a little life into the genre. Puzzle pieces include La La Land, Across The Universe, What Happened, Miss Simone and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker.
On the 63rd episode of Piecing It Together, Sean Malloy joins me to discuss John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. The latest in the Keanu Reeves super-assassin series raises the stakes (and the levels of violence) in every way imaginable leaving one to wonder how the hell they’re going to top it with John Wick: Chapter 4. Puzzle pieces include The Raid, Mission: Impossible and Game of Death.