On the 4th episode of Missing Pieces, The Lady-Wan from the Screen Fix Podcast joins me to talk about 2004’s Garden State. Zach Braff swings for the fences with a story he wrote, directed, produced and starred in (not to mention putting together an all-timer soundtrack), and it definitely paid off at the time… But the film and star’s reputation has taken a hit in recent years. We discuss whether it still works. Puzzle pieces include The Graduate, American Beauty, Dazed & Confused and Annie Hall.
Wes Anderson Films
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 71st episode of Piecing It Together, film-critic Josh Bell joins me for one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Ari Aster’s sophomore effort, Midsommar. It’s an insane trip into the Swedish countryside filled with lots of strangeness and an excellent central performance by Florence Pugh. Puzzle pieces include mother!, Dogville, The Witch and the films of Wes Anderson.
On the 53rd episode of Piecing It Together, Josh Bell joins me again for Vox Lux, Brady Corbet’s polarizing look at the life of a pop star (played as a young girl by Raffey Cassidy and as an adult by Natalie Portman) whose life and career is marred by tragedy. A difficult movie, but a fascinating one, Josh and I fall on totally different ends of the spectrum of opinions on the film which makes for a great conversation. Puzzle pieces include A Star Is Born, We Need To Talk About Kevin, mother! and Dogville.
On the 9th episode of Piecing It Together, co-host Kris Krainock and I discuss the 9th film from Wes Anderson, the writer/director behind The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. A return to the stop-motion animation style he explored previously in Fantastic Mr. Fox, this film follows a pack of previously domesticated dogs who have been exiled to Trash Island off the coast of Japan in the near future. When a 12 year old boy crashes his plane on the island, they team up to help him find his dog. Puzzle pieces include the films of Akira Kurosawa, The Jungle Book, Saturday Morning Cartoons and Wes Anderson’s own filmography.