64 episodi

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 64: Miranda July's Kajillionaire

    Episode 64: Miranda July's Kajillionaire

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, host Michael Shields, along with film historian Christian Niedan, examines the recently released film Kajillionaire, from acclaimed writer/director Miranda July. The moving and wildly original comedy tells the story of con-artists Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) who have spent twenty-six years training their only daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood), to swindle, scam, and steal at every opportunity. During a desperate, hastily conceived heist, they charm a stranger (Gina Rodriguez) into joining their next scam, only to have their entire world turned upside down. In this episode, not only are the eccentric particulars, outstanding cast, and weighty, timely themes of Kajillionaire explored, but Miranda July is celebrated as one of the most innovative filmmakers and artists working today...Kajillionaire being proof positive of this assertion. Because one film for the WTTPP team is hardly ever enough to dissect in one episode, Michael and Christian also bring into the conversation the 1990 neo-noir crime classic The Grifters, a film starring John Cusack, Anjelica Huston, and Annette Bening which, like Kajillionaire, features a unique family of embattled con artists.
     
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    • 44 min
    Episode 63: 1980's Horror Films, Part Two

    Episode 63: 1980's Horror Films, Part Two

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, hosts Michael Shields and Mitch Lucas conclude a two part exploration of, and an ode to, 1980’s horror films. In what was a truly game-changing decade, rife with unfathomable ingenuity and creativity, 1980’s horror films launched franchises, birthed tropes that define the genre to this day, and redefined possibilities in filmmaking, not just for horror movies, but for cinema in general. This episode focuses on the most successful and/or beloved films of the decade. Sharpening their focus on ground-breaking cinematic experiences such as Poltergeist, Gremlins, Friday The 13th, Aliens, The Gate, and A Nightmare on Elm Street, this episode highlights why the horror films of this era still resonate with audiences of all ages, and cause one to recoil in consideration of those things that go bump in the night.
     
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    • 41 min
    Episode 62: 1980's Horror Films, Part One

    Episode 62: 1980's Horror Films, Part One

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, hosts Michael Shields and Mitch Lucas commence a two part exploration of, and an ode to, 1980’s horror films. In what was a truly game-changing decade, rife with unfathomable ingenuity and creativity, 1980’s horror films launched franchises, birthed tropes that define the genre to this day, and redefined possibilities in filmmaking, not just for horror movies, but for cinema in general. This episode focuses on what is so special about these 1980’s horror classics, and touches on some of the most acclaimed directors of the era, from John Carpenter and David Cronenberg, to John Landis and beyond. WTTPP also celebrates in this episode the tremendously gifted special effects artists behind the unforgettable creatures featured in the films, and tips a hat to the writers behind these twisted tales, with a particular shout out to Stephen King, one of the most prolific writers of hair-raising stories of all time.
     
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    • 38 min
    Episode 61: An Honest Liar / F For Fake

    Episode 61: An Honest Liar / F For Fake

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal host Michael Shields, with the help of film historian Christian Niedan, delves into the nature of truth, and of art, and of the fine line that exists between deception and entertainment. To do this properly, two documentaries that expose the craft of deception are analyzed. First up, An Honest Liar, a documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James "The Amazing" Randi. Next, F for Fake is examined, a free-form documentary by Orson Welles where the legendary filmmaker reengages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous lines between illusion and truth, art and lies. Beginning with portraits of the world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles embarks on a dizzying journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes. Utilizing the content of these two thought-provoking documentaries that expose charlatans and con artists for what they are, and what they are capable of, Michael and Christian expound upon how truly anyone can be deceived while marveling at the profound talents of magicians and con artists. Join in on an episode of Welcome To The Party Pal that serves as a reminder to Question Everything!
     
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    • 57 min
    Episode 60: John Was Trying To Contact Aliens

    Episode 60: John Was Trying To Contact Aliens

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, host Michael Shields, along with the help of podcaster (Brokedown Podcast / The Helping Friendly Podcast) and musician Jonathan Hart, explores the recently-released micro-documentary John Was Trying To Contact Aliens. Directed by Matthew Killip and featuring electronic whiz John Shepherd, the documentary tells the story of a man who tried to contact aliens by broadcasting music into space for over 30 years utilizing state-of-the-art broadcasting equipment. While John’s quest to communicate with extraterrestrial life fails in its goal, John ends up making a significant and long-lasting connection nonetheless. In this episode Michael and Jonathan discuss how exceptional of a hobby it is to be E.T.’s personal DJ, the endearing spirit of John Sheppard, the deeply-affecting story of human loneliness and human connection at the heart of the film, and much more.
     
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    • 29 min
    Episode 59: Perry Mason

    Episode 59: Perry Mason

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, hosts Michael Shields and Justin Wells focus their aim at the period drama television show Perry Mason, based on the character of the same name created by Erle Stanley Gardner. The series premiered in June on HBO and was developed and written by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald. Starring Matthew Rhys in the title role, Perry Mason explores the origin tale of the famed defense lawyer. As the story goes, in 1932, Los Angeles was prospering while the rest of the U.S. was recovering from the grip of the Great Depression. Down-and-out private investigator Perry Mason is struggling with his trauma from World War I and from his recent divorce. Mason is hired for a sensational child kidnapping trial and his investigation portends major consequences for Mason, his client, and the city itself. Besides Rhys (The Americans), Perry Mason also stars Juliet Rylance, John Lithgow, Shea Whigham, Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Chris Chalk, and Stephen Root. It is directed and executive produced by Tim Van Patten (Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) and Robert Downey Jr. is also an Executive Producer. In this episode, Michael and Justin discuss the remarkable cast of Perry Mason, celebrate the noir aesthetic present in the series, dissect the abstruse case at the heart of the season, and talk about outlandish QAnon conspiracies….maybe a bit too much!
     
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    • 43 min

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