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.
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 102nd episode of Piecing It Together, new co-host filmmaker Sean Fallon joins us to talk about James Mangold’s crowd pleaser Ford V Ferrari (or Le Mans ’66 as it’s known overseas). Starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale as the team that got Ford (and America) the historic win on the race track, it’s a great underdog story, even if I knew nothing about racing going into it. Puzzle pieces include Armageddon, The Right Stuff, The Martian and The Fighter.
On the 101st episode of Piecing It Together, Joe Black joins me to discuss Edward Norton’s passion project, Motherless Brooklyn. A throwback film noir starring Norton as a tourette’s syndrome afflicted private detective, it’s a bit of a mixed bag… But a bag that’s more good than it’s bad. Mostly. Puzzle pieces include The Untouchables, Road To Perdition, Sin City and Live By Night.
On this special episode of Piecing It Together, comedian Jason Harris joins me to discuss two of the most talked about comedies of the year: Booksmart from director Olivia Wilde and Good Boys from director Gene Stupnitsky (and produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg), as well as the classic comedy they’re both so clearly inspired by, Greg Mottola’s Superbad. We talk about what works, what doesn’t, and get into some puzzle pieces for all three of them.
On the 99th episode of Piecing It Together, Kris Krainock (our resident Stanley Kubrick expert) joins me for Doctor Sleep, the 40 years later sequel to the classic horror film The Shining. Based on a recent novel from Stephen King, Doctor Sleep and director Mike Flanagan tries to answer questions you probably never had about The Shining and expands the mythology in all kinds of new ways. Puzzle pieces include Ready Player One, It Chapter 1 & 2, The Frighteners and the Twilight series.
On the 98th episode of Piecing It Together, Bee Garner joins me for a Robert Pattinson reunion of sorts (she previously was on the High Life episode) with our conversation about Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse (also starring Willem Dafoe). This A24 film starts at crazy and just goes off the rails from there, masterfully acted and shot in gorgeous black & white. Puzzle pieces include The Shining, Persona, Eraserhead and Step Brothers.
On the 97th episode of Piecing It Together, Josh Bell joins me to discuss the return of Eddie Murphy in the Netflix Original, Dolemite Is My Name. A crowd-pleasing biopic of Rudy Ray Moore, it’s a fun movie about making movies. Puzzle pieces include the Disaster Artist, Ed Wood, Hustle & Flow, and Black Dynamite.
On the 96th episode of Piecing It Together, Isaac Vanegas from The Broken Mug Podcast joins me to discuss the Kumail Nanjiani / Dave Bautista / Uber team-up action comedy Stuber. Is it a great movie? Not exactly. Was it hilarious? Not really. Did it have a lot of awesome action? Not particularly… But hey, it wasn’t that bad. Puzzle pieces include Lethal Weapon, Crank, Collateral and I Love You Man.
On the 95th episode of Piecing It Together, my buddy David Quinones from Bird Road Podcast joins me to talk about El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Picking up right where the beloved television series leaves off, we finally find out what happens to Jesse Pinkman, for better or worse. Puzzle pieces include Payback, Fargo, Thief and the films of Sergio Leone.
On the 94th episode of Piecing It Together, I’m joined by returning co-hosts Joe Black and Adam Wells to talk about Rob Zombie’s latest, 3 From Hell. The epic conclusion to his horror trilogy that started with House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, it’s a grindhouse extravaganza and a somewhat surprise Fathom Events hit. Puzzle pieces include Leatherface, Mad Max, El Mariachi and Easy Rider.