Piecing It Together

An All Points West Podcast

Episode 41 – Aquaman

On the 41st episode of Piecing It Together co-host Chad Clinton Freeman and I discuss the newest entry in the DC Extended Universe, Aquaman. While DC has had a bit of trouble finding its footing in trying to battle Marvel for comic-book movie geek dominance, its films are not without their fans (Chad for example). Well they’ve got a new one thanks to Aquaman. And his name is Me! Puzzle pieces include Black Panther, Batman & Robin, Romancing The Stone and Avatar.

Bumblebee (Review)

Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise has had an interesting trajectory from genuinely pretty damn good adaptation of the popular children’s toys to industry punchline (“You probably only like Transformers movies” is a popular diss among cinephiles), to absolute self parody with the last entry, Transformers: The Last Knight. So when word came out that Bumblebee would be a sort of reboot, I think those of us who were paying attention were cautiously optimistic. But who would have thought that it would end up being the blockbuster with the most heart of 2018?

Episode 40 – Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse

On the 40th episode (FORTY EPISODES!) of Piecing It Together, returning co-host Ryan Daugherty and I discuss the amazing success that is Marvel’s newest Spider-Man movie, Into The Spiderverse. A one-off animated film that doesn’t tie into the other movies in the franchise (but does reference them in hilarious and wonderful ways), this movie is fan-service done right. Puzzle pieces include Deadpool, Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and What The Bleep Do We Know.

The Favourite (Review)

A period drama/comedy starring Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone… It’s no wonder those old conservative people I watched walking out of the theater after the 20th use of the C-word had no idea what they were getting themselves into… But add the words R-rated and “from director Yorgos Lanthimos” and they really should have known that The Favourite might not be for them.

SPECIAL EPISODE – Artificial – Ben Yonker Interview

On this Special Episode of Piecing It Together, I interview director Ben Yonker about “Artificial,” an incredible music video he made for a song of mine. This is something different than we usually do here on the show, but “Artificial” is probably the thing I’m most proud of in 2018, and it is like a film in its own right, and we get into a great conversation about indie filmmaking and figure out some puzzle pieces for the video along the way.

Episode 39 – Green Book

On the 39th episode of Piecing It Together, Kris Krainock joins me for a second time in a row to discuss Green Book. The fantastic true story of Jazz pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his Italian driver (Viggo Mortenson) in the 1960s shines a light on a familiar story of racial tensions that’s perfectly balanced by comedy-director Peter Farrely. Puzzle pieces include Driving Miss Daisy, The Blind Side, Little Miss Sunshine and A Bronx Tale.

Once Upon A Deadpool (Review)

This is a weird one to review… Deadpool 2 came out earlier this year. But it’s time for the holidays and what better way to celebrate than with a completely random PG-13 cut of the otherwise heavily R-rated superhero film, complete with a new framing story featuring Fred Savage parodying his situation from The Princess Bride… What now?

SPECIAL EPISODE – Set Lusting Bruce

On this Special Episode of Piecing It Together, I repost a guest appearance I recently did on the Set Lusting Bruce Podcast. Set Lusting Bruce is a podcast all about Bruce Springsteen. I was a guest for two episodes, the first was a general conversation about music, podcasting and Bruce, but the second was a countdown of the host, Jesse Jackson and my favorite movie music moments. It’s a great movie talk and I thought it would be something you’d all want to hear.

Episode 38 – Widows

On the 38th episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host Kris Krainock and I get into what was apparently Steve McQueen’s life-long passion project, the female heist thriller Widows. Written by Gillian Flynn and featuring buzz-worthy performances from Viola Davis and Daniel Kaaluya, Widows has not disappointed many in the film community. But it disappointed us. Puzzle pieces include the Ben Affleck trio of Gone Girl, The Town and Live By Night, as well as Set It Off.

Wildlife (Review)

When young Joe asks his mother Jeanette what happens to the wild animals during a forest fire, she responds matter-of-factly that they adapt, and that it’s not worth crying over. This sums up actor Paul Dano’s directorial debut,¬†Wildlife, based off the novel by Richard Ford.