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.

Ready Or Not (Featuring JC Screen Fix)

On the 86th episode of Piecing It Together, JC from Screen Fix Podcast joins me to discuss the horror-comedy Ready Or Not. Initially a movie I planned on skipping due to the fact that I didn’t really love it, it seems like everyone keeps talking about this silly little movie, so we figured we might as well do it. Puzzle pieces include Game Night, Get Out, You’re Next and Surviving The Game.

The Peanut Butter Falcon (Featuring Chad Clinton Freeman

On the 85th episode of Piecing It Together, Chad Clinton Freeman returns to the show to talk about the sweetest movie you’ll see this year, The Peanut Butter Falcon. A man with downs syndrome escapes from a hospital and goes on the run with a southern Shia LeBeouf as they travel the country to enroll in wrestling school. Puzzle pieces include Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Swiss Army Man, Wizard of Oz and Into The Wild.

Blinded By The Light (Featuring Jason Harris)

On the 84th episode of Piecing It Together, Jason Harris returns to the show to talk about a movie that’s set to the music of one of his favorite people in the world – Blinded By The Light and the music of Bruce Springsteen. It’s a sweet, crowd-pleaser that is as much about Springsteen as it is about finding your voice as a writer and connecting with something universal. Puzzle pieces include A Star Is Born, Billy Elliot, 8 Mile and Little Miss Sunshine.

The Last Black Man In San Francisco (Featuring Kris Krainock)

On the 83rd episode of Piecing It Together, Kris Krainock returns to the show to talk about one of his favorite movies of the year, the debut from writer/director Joe Talbot, The Last Black Man In San Francisco. This beautiful, surreal look at the effects of gentrification from A24 is one of the year’s best, most unique films. Puzzle pieces include The Royal Tenembaums, Do The Right Thing, The Florida Project and Atlanta.

The VelociPastor (Featuring Josh Bell)

On the 82nd episode of Piecing It Together, film-critic Josh Bell joins me for a movie that I never thought we’d be covering on this show… The ridiculous direct-to-video schlocky horror-comedy The VelociPastor. It’s about a pastor… Who turns into a raptor. Strap in folks, because we are DOING THIS… Puzzle pieces include Orgazmo, Kung Pow and Grindhouse cinema.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (Featuring The Lady-Wan)

On the 81st episode of Piecing It Together, we jump head first into the Fast & Furious Universe with Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (a movie we already started to discuss on the special episode with my parents). The Lady-Wan from Screen Fix podcast joins me to discuss this absolutely ridiculous, unnecessary and pretty fun spin-off. Puzzle pieces include the Mission: Impossible, James Bond and Star Wars series, as well as every The Rock movie.

The Farewell (Featuring Liz Shannon Miller)

On the 80th episode of Piecing It Together, film-critic Liz Shannon Miller joins me to discuss Lulu Wang’s The Farewell. This A24 film invites you into a beautiful Chinese family’s lives when the grandmother is diagnosed with cancer, but Chinese culture dictates that no one should tell her. It’s a film that reminds you just how important family is. Puzzle pieces include The Joy Luck Club, Little Miss Sunshine, Crazy Rich Asians and Catch Me If You Can.

The Mustang (Featuring Rosa)

On the 79th episode of Piecing It Together, Rosa from Rosa’s Reviews joins me to discuss a beautiful film shot right here in Nevada – The Mustang. The story of a prisoner who is rehabilitated through a program that has violent criminals train horses hits all the classic prison and horse movie beats while showcasing the beauty of our state. Puzzle pieces include The Shawshank Redemption, Raging Bull, Black Beauty and The Wild Horse Redemption.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Featuring Joe Black)

On the 78th episode of Piecing It Together, film-maker Joe Black joins me for one of our most awaited movies of the year, Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie and set against 1969 Hollywood on the eve of the Charles Manson murders, it’s a film that plays with expectations and leaves you with a lot to think about. Puzzle pieces include Hail, Caesar!, Tropic Thunder, American Psycho and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

The Art of Self-Defense (Featuring Josh Bell)

On the 77th episode of Piecing It Together, film-critic Josh Bell joins me for the hilarious dark comedy The Art of Self-Defense from writer/director Riley Stearns. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as a man who gets attacked and decides to learn to defend himself by taking karate classes… But the world of karate ends up being much different than he expected. Puzzle pieces include Fight Club, Napoleon Dynamite, The Foot Fist Way and Office Space.