51 episodes

Welcome to the Party Pal is the mind-bending film and television podcast you didn’t know you needed. Hosted by Mitch Lucas (filmmaker) and Michael Shields (writer/editor), WTTPP is a celebration of the art of cinema and filmmaking, where movies and television shows are meticulously dissected and analyzed to evaluate their grandeur (or, conversely when necessary, lament their shortcomings). Guests will include the filmmakers and industry insiders that craft the works of art that inhabit the current zeitgeist. All spoilers, all the time...listeners be warned!

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Welcome to the Party Pal is the mind-bending film and television podcast you didn’t know you needed. Hosted by Mitch Lucas (filmmaker) and Michael Shields (writer/editor), WTTPP is a celebration of the art of cinema and filmmaking, where movies and television shows are meticulously dissected and analyzed to evaluate their grandeur (or, conversely when necessary, lament their shortcomings). Guests will include the filmmakers and industry insiders that craft the works of art that inhabit the current zeitgeist. All spoilers, all the time...listeners be warned!

    Episode 51: The Leftovers, Season One

    Episode 51: The Leftovers, Season One

    In the first of a three part series breaking down the meticulously crafted and thought provoking HBO series The Leftovers, hosts Chris Thompson and Michael Shields seek to interpret one of the most penetrating television shows of all time. The Leftovers is the supernatural mystery drama created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta's novel of the same name. The series begins three years after the "Sudden Departure," a global event that resulted in 2% of the world's population disappearing. In season one, police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), his family, grieving widow Nora Durst (Carrie Coon) and her brother, reverend Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston), are the focal points who struggle to adjust to life after the Departure. With the arrival of Covid-19, and the cost of societal and personal struggles that have resulted from a global pandemic, now seems like an apropos time to re-examine the weighty themes present in The Leftovers. The mysterious worldwide event that acts as the foundation of the series is chillingly relatable to our current times. The Departure and the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic both have left their mark, fueling the fires of uncertainty and unease, on a planet where nothing will ever be the same. The unique circumstances of the Departure become a compelling vehicle for commentary on dealing with loss in The Leftovers, and so, too, in this episode, where the various ways in which humans grieve, existential loneliness, and global catastrophic uncertainty are explored, among many other facets of the increasingly captivating series.
     
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    • 46 min
    Episode 50: A Yorgos Lanthimos Retrospective

    Episode 50: A Yorgos Lanthimos Retrospective

    In this latest episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, hosts Mitch Lucas and Michael Shields celebrate the eccentric, provocative, and and thought-provoking works of famed Greek film and stage director, producer, and screenwriter Georgios "Yorgos" Lanthimos. Yorgos has received four Academy Award nominations for his work, including Best Foreign Language Film for Dogtooth, Best Original Screenplay for The Lobster (2015), and Best Picture and Best Director for The Favourite (2018). Lanthimos' dark comedies are rife with weighty themes, feature outstanding casts, and make pointed social commentary on the corrosive effects of greed and power. Focusing in on three of his most heralded films (Dogtooth, The Lobster, and The Favourite), this episode serves as a celebration of a bold visionary and master world-builder whose films find a unique way to both fascinate and disturb.
     
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    • 58 min
    Episode 49: Ozark, Season 3

    Episode 49: Ozark, Season 3

    Welcome To the Party Pal meticulously explores the ins-and-outs of Nexflix’s fascinating money-laundering drama Ozark, the crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams starring Jason Bateman and the multi-talented Laura Linney as a married Chicago couple forced to relocate their family to the Ozarks following a money laundering scheme gone wrong. Ozark has garnered fourteen Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, with Bateman winning for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, and Julia Garner winning Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, both in 2019. In addition, Bateman has received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor – Television Series Drama. In this episode, hosts Michael Shields and Chris Thompson delve into Ozark’s latest season, a tense and riveting ten episode offering that finds the entire Byrd family up against the wall like never before. Hailing the brilliant acting across the series (particularly Laura Linney as Wendy Byrd and Julia Gardner as the fiery Ruth Langmore), the panic inducing plot lines, and the parallels to previous anti-hero shows of the past decade (Breaking Bad, anyone?), WTTPP’s latest is one part a celebration of the show's successes, and one part a deep dive into the themes and parables present in Season Three.
     
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    • 49 min
    Episode 48: The Tiger King Episode

    Episode 48: The Tiger King Episode

    Welcome To the Party Pal meticulously explores the breakout hit Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, the true crime documentary miniseries about the life of zookeeper Joe Exotic released by Netflix on March 20, 2020. The series focuses on the small but deeply interconnected society of big cat conservationists such as Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue, and collectors such as Exotic, whom Baskin accuses of abusing and exploiting wild animals. According to Nielsen ratings, Tiger King was watched by 34.3 million people over its first ten days of release, ranking as one of Netflix's most successful releases to date. In this episode, hosts Michael Shields and Justin Wells put forth a top ten list of the most astonishing moments present in the documentary, and in doing so shine a light on the implausible perversity and outlandish personalities present in the miniseries.
     
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    • 49 min
    Episode 47: Star Trek : Picard

    Episode 47: Star Trek : Picard

    Welcome To the Party Pal meticulously explores the in-and-outs of a compelling new addition to the Star Trek franchise — Star Trek: Picard. Picard is a web/television series featuring the character Jean-Luc Picard (in a role reprised by the brilliant Sir Patrick Stewart), created for CBS All Access and developed by Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Kirsten Beyer, and Alex Kurtzman. It is the eighth series in the Star Trek television franchise and Picard picks up twenty years after the feature film Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). The series finds a seemingly-retired Picard in the final chapter of his life, living on a French chateau and winery yet deeply troubled by his past, especially the death of his dear friend, the android Data, the destruction of the planet Romulus, and the devastation of Mars by an android uprising. 


    To properly break down this dark and intriguing first season of Picard, WTTPP turns to Jonathan Hart (from WTTPP’s famed Bill Paxton Episode and The End of The F***ing World Episode) for help. Jonathan Hart is the host of the music-centric Brokedown Podcast and a co-host of the Helping Friendly Podcast, both a part of the Osiris Media Group. To further explore the themes and imagery present in the first season of Picard, WTTPP spoke with writer, artist, and Head Editor at the Art & Culture magazine Across The Margin, Chris Thompson. Chris is a longtime fan of Star Trek, having as a teenager watched Stewart in his original role as Jean Luc Picard in the iconic 90s television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Chris brings his unique perspective and insight to this latest episode of WTTPP, bridging the twenty year gap between the two Picard-centric series and helping to explore themes of family, tragedy and hurt, and the nature of reality present in the first season of Picard.
     
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 46: Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10

    Episode 46: Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10

    In this episode, hosts Michael Shields and Justin Wells celebrate the tenth season of the HBO comedy television series Curb Your Enthusiasm, created by and starring Larry David as a fictionalized version of himself. The series follows Larry in his life as a semi-retired television writer and producer and stars Cheryl Hines as his wife Cheryl, Jeff Garlin as his manager and best friend Jeff Greene, Susie Essman as Jeff's wife Susie, and J.B. Smoove as Larry's friend and roommate Leon. In an episode by spite episode breakdown and analyzation of season ten's brilliance, Michael and Justin explore how uniquely timely the themes present in the season were, and just how cohesive the season manifested itself. Culminating in what would be Curb Your Enthusiasm's 100th episode, this latest season featured a star-studded cast including John Hamm, Fred Armisen, Clive Owen, Abbi Jacobsen, Isla Fisher, Jane Krakowski, Sean Penn, Timothy Olyphant, Mila Kunis, Jonah Hill, and Laverne Cox. Join in on an episode that tips its (MAGA) hat to a show brazen enough to jest about sex dolls, wobbly tables, yo-yo dieting, big goodbyes, dry scones, and more.
     
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min

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