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.
The Dark Knight
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 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.
On the 17th episode of Piecing It Together, co-host Chad Clinton Freeman and I discuss Sicario: Day of The Soldado. As tensions mount at the Mexico / Texas border, the US Government decides to treat the Mexican cartels as terrorists allowing them to get extra dirty. Along the way we sort of lose the point of the first Sicario… As well as that absolute modern classic’s main star, director, cinematographer and composer… But we still have Josh Brolin and Benecio Del Toro playing bad-asses and a script from Taylor Sheridan! Puzzle pieces include No Country For Old Men, Children of Men, Desierto and Desperado.
On the 15th episode of Piecing It Together, co-host Ryan Daugherty and I discuss quite possibly the ultimate entry in the man-child sub-genre of comedy films, Tag. From director Jeff Tomsic comes this true-life (seriously) tale of friends who refuse to grow up, as they hold on to their youth by continuing a childhood game of Tag well into their 40s. It stars a huge cast of comedy all-stars including Ed Helms, Hannibal Burress, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, Jeremy Renner and Leslie Bibb. Puzzle pieces include Judd Apatow films, Grown Ups, Community, The League and movies in which the villain is always two steps ahead of the heroes.
On the 3rd episode of Piecing It Together, co-host David Quinones and I discuss the biggest movie of the year, the unstoppable hit film Black Panther. Marvel took a chance creating the first true blockbuster with a majority black cast, and it paid off big. Puzzle Pieces for the film include James Bond, The Lion King, The Dark Knight and Kill Bill Vol 1.