On the 111th episode of Piecing It Together, Catherine Gonzales joins me to talk about the Roger Deakins cinematography extravaganza that is 1917. The war film is shot in a way that makes it seem like one long take and is probably going to win Best Picture. Puzzle pieces include Birdman, Saving Private Ryan, Dunkirk and We Were Soldiers.
Mission: Impossible Series
On the 89th episode of Piecing It Together, Catherine Gonzales from Shuffle Online joins me to talk about Brittany Runs A Marathon, a film about a woman who decides to make a change her life. Starring Jillian Bell, it’s a sweet movie with a great message. Puzzle pieces include The Big Sick, Rocky, Yes Man and Heavyweights.
On the 81st episode of Piecing It Together, we jump head first into the Fast & Furious Universe with Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (a movie we already started to discuss on the special episode with my parents). The Lady-Wan from Screen Fix podcast joins me to discuss this absolutely ridiculous, unnecessary and pretty fun spin-off. Puzzle pieces include the Mission: Impossible, James Bond and Star Wars series, as well as every The Rock movie.
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 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.
On the 22nd episode of Piecing It Together, first time co-host Hunter Farris and I talk about Ant-Man & The Wasp, the Marvel action-adventure comedy frequently described as a lightweight side piece to the overarching Marvel Cinematic Universe story that both of us quite frankly like more than the rest of the series. Directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd, Michael Pena, Evangeline Lily and Michael Douglas, the Ant-Man series mixes everything you love about superhero movies with more laughs, more fun and more crazy sci-fi tech. Puzzle pieces include the Mission Impossible series, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Harold & Kumar series.
On the 21st episode of Piecing It Together, first time co-host Brian Garth and I talk about the 6th entry in the long running and apparently never slowing down action spy series Mission Impossible Fallout. Tom Cruise, now 56, still feels the need to do all kinds of insane, death defying stunts while saving the world, and for the first time in the series, a writer/director returns for a second installment. Christopher McQuarrie who wrote and directed the previous installment is back to finish the story he started in Rogue Nation… As well as get Tom Cruise to do a bunch of crazy stuff. Puzzle pieces include the previous Mission Impossible films, Uncharted, The Dark Knight and The Fast & The Furious series.
On the 20th episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host TJ Kross and I discuss the Uncharted Live Action Fan Film. Uncharted is based on the hit video-game series, one that always made sense for a film but every time Hollywood started trying to get one off the ground it would lose momentum, directors or actors and go back to the drawing board. All the while, fans asked for the actor Nathan Fillion to play the role of Nathan Drake, and somehow, director Allan Ungar finally made it happen. At 15 minutes, this fan film is unlike anything we’ve ever covered on the show before, but it still made for a great conversation with plenty of other movie (and video-game) inspirations to talk about. Puzzle pieces include Tomb Raider, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Da Vinci Code and Mission Impossible.
On the 19th episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host Kris Krainock and I discuss Skyscraper, the new action movie from The Rock that definitely doesn’t have Die Hard as a puzzle piece. Just kidding, of course it does, it’s the first one we discuss, but the movie absolutely wears its inspirations on its sleeve with The Rock needing to find a way to scale and enter a burning super-tower to rescue his family from terrorists. It’s ridiculous, it’s fun (but maybe not as fun as we’d have liked), and it made for a great conversation about action movies in general. Puzzle pieces (other than Die Hard) include The Dark Knight, King Kong, The Rock and True Lies.