On this special episode of Piecing It Together, film-critic Josh Bell joins me to discuss our favorite movies of 2020… so far. It’s been a very strange year for movies what with everything going on in the world, but as our conversation should prove, there’s definitely no shortage of great ones.
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On the 133rd episode of Piecing It Together, JC from Screen Fix Podcast joins me to talk about the latest Judd Apatow film, The King Of Staten Island, starring (and partially based on the life of) Pete Davidson, out now on VOD. A slight growth in the stoner, slacker man-child Apatow collection, it was a little tough to come up with puzzle pieces, but we had a great conversation anyway. Puzzle pieces include Say Anything, Knocked Up and Garden State.
On the special mini-episode we follow-up Breaking It Apart 7, a discussion of the films inspired by the 1975 classic Jaws, with a short, fun conversation I had with my mom right after rewatching the film. Shark movies are some of her favorite movies. Those and bear movies. And #MBMMFM movies… Don’t ask.
On the 7th episode of the special episode series called Breaking It Apart, Caitlin Kennedy joins me for the 45th anniversary of the original summer blockbuster – Jaws. Steven Spielberg’s shark classic redefined the movies and still feels fresh today. Puzzle pieces include Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Alien and of course, Sharknado .
On this special episode I talk to Nikki Corda, the founder of the Nevada Women’s Film Festival. Now in its 6th year, the festival which takes place online starting June 22nd has grown every year and is now making the necessary changes to continue thriving in the post-Coronavirus world. We talk about what inspired her in starting the festival, the challenges of running it, and most importantly, the films (including the excellent The Mustang which we covered back on Episode 79)!
On the 6th installment of our Missing Pieces series, Joe Black joins us for the absolute mind-trip that is Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales. Is it a biblical story? Does anything make sense? Do pimps commit suicide? All of this and more are discussed on this extensive breakdown of this sort-of cult classic. Puzzle pieces include Star Wars, They Live, Demolition Man and Idiocracy.
On this special episode we follow up Episode 129’s conversation about Z with an interview with the film’s writer/director Brandon Christensen. A Las Vegas native, I’ve known Brandon for years and was happy to not only see the success he’s had with his first 2 features (this and his previous horror film Still / Born), but to get to talk to him about filmmaking and his influences.
On the 132nd episode of Piecing It Together, film critic Caitlin Kennedy joins me to talk about Arkansas, a southern fried crime thriller that’s the writing and directing debut of comedic actor Clark Duke. Equal parts Coen Brothers and Tarantino, it’s a solid debut that wears its inspirations on its sleeve. Puzzle pieces include Pulp Fiction, Hell Or High Water, The Odyssey and No Country For Old Men.
On the 131st episode of Piecing It Together, Bee Garner joins me for a fantastic sci-fi mystery that kind of came out of nowhere. The Vast Of Night, out now on Amazon Prime, is like a modern Twilight Zone episode with a great script and wonderful performances. Puzzle pieces include War Of The Worlds, the Before Trilogy, Evil Dead and Goodfellas.
On the 130th episode of Piecing It Together, filmmaker Michael Keene returns to the podcast to talk about one of 2020’s most infamous movies, Josh Trank’s Capone. Starring Tom Hardy as the famous gangster in his last dimentia riddled year of his life… It’s a weird one and we’ve got lots to talk about. Puzzle pieces include The Irishman, The Shining, Shutter Island and The Others.