On the 109th episode of Piecing It Together, Kris Krainock joins me for the first episode of 2020, a movie that was probably my #1 most anticipated of 2019… Uncut Gems. After the Safdie Brothers blew my mind with their film 2017 film Good Time, they return with an anxiety inducing story set in the NYC diamond district starring Adam Sandler. Puzzle pieces include Punch Drunk Love, Requiem For A Dream, Boiler Room and California Split.
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 the 43rd episode of Piecing It Together, new co-host Joe Black and I discuss one of the biggest movies of 2018, A Star Is Born. This is the 4th version of this classic story of one star’s ascent while her mentor goes down in flames, and quite frankly, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper knock it out of the park. Puzzle pieces include Crazy Heart, Once, and Lady Gaga’s actual career.
On the 14th episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host Kris Krainock and discuss two movies (a first for this show) that not only happen to be two of the best movies of the year so far, but they both share a very important puzzle piece in the classic film Taxi Driver. First Reformed was written & directed by Paul Schrader (who of course also wrote Taxi Driver) and deals with a pastor played by Ethan Hawke who begins to spiral out of control from the pressure of trying to balance the political desires of the church and what he knows in his heart God would think is the right way to live in this world. You Were Never Really Here was written & directed by Lynne Ramsay and follows a man played by Joaquin Phoenix whose life has been defined by violence as he attempts to rescue a young girl from a life of sex trafficking while the effects of all that violence begin to take a toll on him. Aside from Taxi Driver, other puzzle pieces include Diary of a Country Priest, mother!, A History of Violence and Ordet.