40 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 40: Uncut Gems

    Episode 40: Uncut Gems

    Welcome To The Party invites you to a deconstruction / celebration of the most stressful and manic film of 2019, Uncut Gems. Uncut Gems is the 2019 American crime thriller directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ronald Bronstein. The film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin Garnett, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Mike Francesa, Idina Menzel, and Eric Bogosian. The plot follows Howard Ratner (Sandler), a jeweler and gambling addict in New York City's Diamond District, who gets in over his head with loan sharks and must retrieve an expensive gem he purchased in order to pay off his debts. Listen in as hosts Mitch Lucas and Michael Shields celebrated Sandler's masterful performance, Daneil Lopatin's (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) synthetic, anxiety-stoking score, and the directorial team behind the film that most certainly has a bright future ahead of them. This episode also finds Mitch and Michael conversing on the most unlikeable protagonist in movie history, the Golden Globe Award winners, and more!

    • 41 min
    Episode 39: The Mandalorian / The Rise of Skywalker

    Episode 39: The Mandalorian / The Rise of Skywalker

    Welcome To The Party Pal journeys to a galaxy far, far away in an episode dedicated to the gift that keeps giving that is Star Wars. In an dual-focused episode, the most recent offerings from the Jedi, Sith, and droid thronged universe are discussed in depth. First up, hosts Mitch Lucas and Michael Shields set their sights on The Mandalorian, the space Western web television series that premiered on Disney+ in November. Set in the Star Wars universe, the series takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and 25 years prior to the events of The Force Awakens and it follows the exploits of a Mandalorian bounty hunter beyond the reaches of the New Republic. Jon Favreau serves as creator, head writer, and showrunner, and The Madalorian stars Pedro Pascal in the title role. Following the examination of that season’s captivating eight episodes — and the obvious discussion of the phenomenon that is Baby Yoda — your hosts turn their attention towards the final film in the nine-part “Skywalker Saga,” The Rise of Skywalker. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a film produced, co-written, and directed by J. J. Abrams and is the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017). In this episode Mitch and Michael exhaust their superabundance of Star Wars knowledge and find a way to both celebrate the latest offering from the Star Wars universe while bidding farewell to a storyline that has meant the world to them for decades.

    • 50 min
    Episode 38: Watchmen

    Episode 38: Watchmen

    Welcome To The Party invites you to a deconstruction / celebration of Season One of HBO’s Watchmen. Watchmen is a superhero drama television series that continues the 1987 DC Comics series Watchmen, created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The television series was created by Damon Lindelof for HBO, with Lindelof serving as executive producer and writer. Its remarkable ensemble cast includes Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, and Hong Chau. To aid in the breakdown of this compelling, weighty, and ground-braking “remix” of the original comic series, this episode features comedian and Watchmen aficionado Terry Thomas Jr. Terry, who hails from Bessemer, Alabama, started his comedy career in 2010, and since then his career has been on the rise. He was a stand-out at the 2016 LA Comedy Festival via Sirius FM, he can be seen on several episodes of the hit television show Impractical Jokers, and can be found performing on the regular at New York City’s famed Comedy Cellar. Follow Terry Thomas Jr. on Twitter @TerryTee and at his website (for Tour dates!) at TerryTee.com.

    • 58 min
    Episode 37: The End of the F***ing World

    Episode 37: The End of the F***ing World

    Welcome To the Party Pal meticulously explores the in-and-outs of the fascinating British dark comedy / drama television program The End of the Fing World. The End of the Fing World, which is based on a graphic novel of the same name by Charles Forsman, follows James (Alex Lawther), a 17-year-old who believes himself to be a psychopath, and Alyssa (Jessica Barden), a rebellious classmate who sees in James a chance to escape from her tumultuous home life. To properly break down the two seasons of the compelling breakout hit series, the WTTPP team turns to Jonathan Hart (from the famed WTTPP Bill Paxton Episode) for help. Jonathan Hart is the host of the Brokedown Podcast and a co-host of the Helping Friendly Podcast, both on the Osiris Podcast Network, and with his assistance this episode fashions itself a must-hear The End of the F***ing World companion guide that gives an emphatic hat-tip to the brilliant musical choices (Graham Coxon!) made by the showrunners. Learn more about Jonathan Hart's podcasts (Breakdown Podcast / Helping Friendly Podcast) at OsirisPod.com!

    • 55 min
    Episode 36: The Lighthouse

    Episode 36: The Lighthouse

    Batten down the hatches! Episode 36 of Welcome To The Party Pal travels to a remote island off the coast of New England to examine one of the most original and captivating films of 2019, The Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is an American psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Eggers, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Max Eggers. Shot in black-and-white, the film follows two lighthouse keepers (portrayed by Willem Dafoe & Robert Pattinson) who start to lose their sanity when a storm strands them on the remote island. In this episode your hosts, Michael Shields and Mitch Lucas, marvel at the extremes lengths it took to make this picture come to life, celebrate the tremendous performances found within it, examine the unique and captivating cinematography, and even find time to converse on all the great films in cinematic history that depict a human's decent into madness.

    • 37 min
    Episode 35: Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman

    Episode 35: Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman

    Welcome To The Party Pal invites you to experience a celebration of Martin Scorsese’s latest filmmaking epic, The Irishman. The film is a 2019 American crime flick directed and produced by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese and written by Steven Zaillian, based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. It stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, with solid co-star performances by Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, and Anna Paquin (to name but a few!). The film follows Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a truck driver who becomes a hitman and gets involved with mobster Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and his crime family, including his time working for the powerful Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). Released by Netflix with limited theatrical release on November 1st, 2019, to be followed by digital streaming on November 27th, 2019, The Irishman has been met with heaps of critical acclaim. In this latest podcast episode hosts Michael Shields and filmmaker (and latest member of the WTTPP team!) Mitch Lucas dissect the weighty themes present in the film, hail the incredible acting performances found within, and consider the fascinating real-life story behind this murderous tale. On top of all that, Michael and Mitch mull over the merits of directors working with and releasing films via Netflix, and then dig into Scorsese’s recent criticisms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

R0wj ,

Great Discussions

Thoughtful and well researched chats on the films and shows that I love. What’s not to like? Spoilers abound so watch what they’re reviewing first but then it’s a pleasure to dive in and hear what they have to say about your favorite program.

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Great movie discussions from guys that are definitely stoned.

I have sex with one of the hosts of this show so I’m obligated to give it a good review. But no seriously, if you love movies then this is your new guilty pleasure.

Daddy Unscripted Podcast ,

These guys are a hoot!

I love the idea of this podcast and how they execute it. The topics are things that I am usually very interested in, so that's a bonus. But, these guys talk about things even with movies or shows that I love... but maybe didn't ever really think of the angles they are taking on. I laugh a lot with these episodes and they give me just the right amount of "making me want to think" while still being entertained. Well done, gents!

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