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.
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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.
On the 76th episode of Piecing It Together, JD Duran from the InSession Film Podcast joins me to talk about Wild Rose, a fantastic new film about a country music singer who tries to balance launching a career with being a mother. It’s all anchored by an incredible lead performance by rising-star Jessie Buckley and some great music. Puzzle pieces include 8 Mile, Crazy Heart, Inside Llewyn Davis and The Florida Project.
On this special episode of Piecing It Together, I got the opportunity to interview Scott Evans, an author and inventor who also happens to be the guy who was the real kid that went over that wall to retrieve a baseball from a vicious dog named Hercules in the classic family film The Sandlot. Scott has a new book out called Pacoima Days about the true stories of his youth that led to both The Sandlot and another movie written by his brother, David Mickey Evans, Radio Flyer. We have a great conversation about his book and the movies that inspired and were inspired by The Sandlot
On the 75th episode of Piecing It Together, Luella Chavez joins me to talk about the Sam Raimi-produced killer alligator flick Crawl. Directed by Alexandre Aja, Crawl has plenty of B-Movie thrills, but surprises with its realistic tension and suspense. Puzzle pieces include The Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe, The Impossible and The Cove.
On the 74th episode of Piecing It Together, Bill Lambusta from The Great Albums Podcast joins me to discuss the true final entry in Marvel’s Infinity Saga and conclusion to Phase 3 of their Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Acting as both a sequel to the events of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Homecoming, this fun entry gets a huge boost from the addition of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio. Puzzle pieces include Mission: Impossible, Daria, The Princess Bride and Iron Man 3.
On the 73rd episode of Piecing It Together, Millennial Mike from the Exiles Network joins me for an episode long in the making. Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s manga-based epic sci-fi adventure has divided audiences ever since it came out earlier this year, but now that it’s on VOD, the two of us have a great discussion about this inventive, crazy movie that we both loved. Puzzle pieces include The Matrix, Avatar, Wonder Woman and Ex Machina.
The effects of gentrification weigh heavily on the city itself as well as its inhabitants in director Joe Talbot’s debut feature, The Last Black Man In San Francisco. The title is more of an exaggeration, despite the film going in some magical realism style directions which could have signaled a literal take, and instead deals with a man, played by Jimmie Fails (and based on his own life) who feels like he’s being pushed out of the city he calls home.
On the 72nd episode of Piecing It Together, Bee Garner returns to the podcast for another weird A24 film. This time we’re covering what very well may be the strangest, most difficult to crack film of the year, High Life. Claire Denis has created something unique and one-of-a-kind, and Robert Pattinson gives another amazing performance. Puzzle pieces include Moon, Under The Skin, Children of Men, and Dogtooth.
Did we need a Toy Story 4 after the perfect ending that was Toy Story 3? Was a new character made out of a plastic fork found in the trash named Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) something we couldn’t live without as movie fans? What seemed like a pretty easy to answer question turned out to be a little more complicated than a simple “no.”