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.
Piecing It Together
An All Points West Podcast
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.
On the 57th episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host David Quinones and I discuss Childish Gambino’s 50 minute semi-feature Guava Island, which debuted on Amazon Prime during his Coachella set. Part film, part music video collection, it’s a unique vision, as we should all expect from the team behind Atlanta and Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” music video. Puzzle pieces include Lemonade, Spirited Away, Inside Llewyn Davis and Sorry To Bother You.
On the 56th episode of Piecing It Together, our resident DC fan Chad Clinton Freeman is back again to follow-up our Superman: The Movie discussion with an episode on DC’s newest superhero adventure, Shazam! Based on the classic story of a kid who is granted the power to turn into a superhero, it’s a complete turn to full on fun for the the DCEU. Puzzle pieces include Kick-Ass, Big, Ghostbusters and The Naked Gun.
On the 6th episode of the special episode series called Breaking It Apart, our resident DC and Superman expert Chad Clinton Freeman joins me to discuss Superman: The Movie. Long before Chad became obsessed with Batman V Superman, the original Superman movie was part of a wave of films that basically invented what modern blockbusters would become. Puzzle pieces include Captain Marvel, Prometheus, Ghostbusters and Disaster Movies.
On the 55th episode of Piecing It Together, Joe Black joins me to discuss Harmony Korine’s latest piece of cinematic insanity, The Beach Bum, starring Matthew McConaughey, Isla Fisher and Snoop Dogg. Joe called this unconventional but hilarious stoner-comedy “the feel great movie of the decade,” and he just might be right. Puzzle pieces include Arthur, Freddy Got Fingered, Tropic Thunder and Young Adult.