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.
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On the 62nd episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host Ryan Daugherty and I discuss Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, based on the mega-popular video-game and cartoon series. The first live action entry is filled with humans and tons of Pokemon all living together, while a noir style mystery must be solved by everyone’s favorite Pokemon, Pikachu, voiced by none other than Ryan Reynolds. Puzzle pieces include Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Zootopia, Ted and Star Wars.
On the 61st episode of Piecing It Together, Bee Garner from Filmotomy and JumpCut Online joins me to talk about the polarizing Under The Silver Lake. After an iffy premiere at Cannes, distributor A24 got cold feet, allowing it to leak online, then delaying it over and over until David Robert Mitchell’s follow-up to It Follows was dumped to VOD. Which sucks. Because it’s a cult classic in the making. Puzzle pieces include The Big Lebowski, They Live, Burn After Reading and Rear Window.
On this special episode we follow up Episode 60’s conversation about To Dust with an interview with the film’s writer/director Shawn Snyder. To Dust is Shawn’s first feature and won the Audience Award at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. It’s also one of my favorite movies of the year so far so it was an honor to have him on the show as we got into the films and directors that inspired him and his film.
Lets get one thing out of the way right here at the top: Neil Marshall’s reboot of Hellboy is not the worst comic book movie of all time as many sensationalized headlines described it upon its initial release. It’s not very good either, but it’s far from the worst. There are even precious Marvel movies that I didn’t enjoy as much as this childish, silly slice of blood, guts and one-liners.
On the 60th episode of Piecing It Together, Kris Krainock returns with a movie we both loved and have been waiting a long time to talk about. To Dust from Director Shawn Snyder, which we saw in theaters a few months ago, finally is out on VOD. It’s the story of a Hasidic Jew whose wife dies. Grief stricken, he enlists the help of a community college professor to help him figure out what will actually, physically and biologically happen to her body when it’s buried. It’s a weird one. Puzzle pieces include A Serious Man, Election, Eraserhead and Swiss Army Man.
Seth Rogen has made a career out of playing schlubby Jews (I can say that because I am one too), but his most recent role as Fred Flarsky in Long Shot gives him plenty of new territory to evolve the character… Even if the character is still a schlubby, Jewish stoner that refuses to grow up.
On the 59th episode of Piecing It Together, it’s time for a SUPER-EPISODE! As we did with its predecessor, Avengers Infinity War, Avengers Endgame is a movie too big for just one co-host. So instead I got help covering the Marvel movie to end all Marvel movies (at least until July’s new Spider-Man) from David Quinones, Chad Clinton Freeman, Jacob Tiranno, Bee Garner, Rico Albarracin and The Lady-Wan. Puzzle pieces include Oceans 12, The Wrestler, The Last Jedi and Back To The Future.
On this special episode of Piecing It Together, David Rosen, friend of the show Ryan Daugherty (on his first trip to Las Vegas) and 3 of his friends just decided to turn on the recorder on the ride back to their hotel after catching an 11am screening of Avengers Endgame, the conclusion (yeah right) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A full, super-sized episode on Avengers Endgame will be up on Monday, April 29th, but for now, listen to a bunch of dorks excitedly recount their first reactions.
On the 58th episode of Piecing It Together, Chad Clinton Freeman is back again to talk about S Craig Zahler’s controversial Dragged Across Concrete. Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn star as a couple of racist cops who lose their job after being filmed using excessive force during an arrest. To provide for their families they hatch a plan to rob drug dealers and things go wrong, fast. Puzzle pieces include Trespass, The Dark Knight, The Nice Guys and Training Day.