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.

Frances Ferguson (Featuring Chad Clinton Freeman)

On the 124th episode of Piecing It Together, Chad Clinton Freeman joins me to talk about one of my favorite movies of this very weird year… the very weird Frances Ferguson. The story of a woman who throws it all away by way of an affair with her student, it’s uncomfortable, weird and a lot of people were very offended by it… but I loved it. Puzzle pieces include To Die For, Daria, Fight Club and Orange Is The New Black.

Bloodshot (Featuring Sean Malloy)

On the 123rd episode of Piecing It Together, Sean Malloy, a guy who knows a thing or two about action movies stops by to talk about Vin Diesel’s latest attempt at an action franchise, Bloodshot. Based on the Valiant Comic, the film opened the weekend the Coronavirus closed all theaters, which combined with abysmal reviews dashed any hopes of a new cinematic universe. But we covered it anyway. Puzzle pieces include Deadpool, Universal Soldier, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Garden State (Featuring The Lady-Wan)

On the 4th episode of Missing Pieces, The Lady-Wan from the Screen Fix Podcast joins me to talk about 2004’s Garden State. Zach Braff swings for the fences with a story he wrote, directed, produced and starred in (not to mention putting together an all-timer soundtrack), and it definitely paid off at the time… But the film and star’s reputation has taken a hit in recent years. We discuss whether it still works. Puzzle pieces include The Graduate, American Beauty, Dazed & Confused and Annie Hall.

Love & Mercy (Featuring Luella Chavez)

On the 3rd episode of Missing Pieces, Luella Chavez joins me to talk about 2014’s Love & Mercy. The story of Brian Wilson, the legendary lead songwriter of the Beach Boys who is perhaps as famous for his beautiful music as he is for the stories of his mental illness and his multiple years spent in reclusion. Puzzle pieces include The Aviator, Ray and I’m Not There.

The Platform (Featuring David Quinones)

On the 122nd episode of Piecing It Together, David Quinones joins me to talk about yet another movie that critiques Capitalism (I’m sensing a theme here), Netflix’s The Platform. It’s a crazy movie about a 300 story prison in which prisoners must survive by scavenging from a levitating food platform that travels down from the top to the bottom. Puzzle pieces include Snowpiercer, mother!, The Machinist and Cube.

Verotika (Featuring Michael Keene)

On the 121st episode of Piecing It Together, filmmaker Michael Keene joins me to talk about one of the most ridiculous movies you can stream from home during your quarantine: Glenn Danzig’s Verotika. Based on his line of borderline-porn horror comics, starring mostly porn stars with fake French accents and lots of blood… It’s a crazy movie, and depending on the crowd you watch it with, a great time. Puzzle pieces include Wishmaster, Mortal Kombat, Orgazmo and Sin City.

The Way Back (Featuring Joe Black)

On the 120th episode of Piecing It Together, Joe Black joins me to talk about one of his favorite actors, Ben Affleck, and his new film The Way Back. An inspirational drama from writer/director Gavin O’Connor, The Way Back tells the story of an alcoholic who finds the way to recovery through coaching a high school basketball team. Puzzle pieces include Hoosiers, Yes Man, Half Nelson and A Star Is Born.

The Invisible Man (Featuring Robert Yaniz Jr.)

On the 119th episode of Piecing It Together, Robert Yaniz Jr. from the Crooked Table Podcast helps me kick off year 3 of our podcast by looking at The Invisible Man. This modernized take on the classic Universal Monster movie from Blumhouse and director Leigh Whannel is totally surprising and does the long tradition of monsters proud. Puzzle pieces include Terminator 2, Ex Machina, Sleeping With The Enemy and Gone Girl.

Color Out Of Space (Featuring Adam Wells)

On the 118th episode of Piecing It Together, Adam Wells joins me to talk about the latest Nicolas Cage freak out, the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Color Out Of Space. Directed by Richard Stanley, it’s a wild cosmic horror family drama and is out now on VOD. Puzzle pieces include The Thing, Annihilation, Suspiria, and Ordinary People.

Jojo Rabbit (Featuring Jason Harris)

On the 117th episode of Piecing It Together, Jason Harris joins me to talk about Taika Waititi’s Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit. We recorded this way back when it came out in theaters, long before it won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars and before it came out last week on VOD. Jojo Rabbit is kind of a love it or hate it movie, but we didn’t really love it or hate it. Puzzle pieces include South Park, Pan’s Labrynth, Moonrise Kingdom and Life Is Beautiful.