62 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 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
    Episode 58: Coin Catcher

    Episode 58: Coin Catcher

    In this episode Welcome To The Party Pal focuses its gaze on a new short film written and directed by one of the hosts of the podcast, Mitch Lucas, That film, Coin Catcher, shot entirely on 16mm and Super 8 film, stars David Carl as Kelly No-Drop, a former world record Coin Catcher in search of his former greatness. The film also stars Katie Hartman as Dez and David Bluvband as Boss Boom. Coin Catcher is a comedic take on a boxing movie, where a down on his luck slugger who’s a shell of his former self meets the muse that helps him fight again. Mitch Lucas has been making art, photographs, pastel drawings, comedy shorts, and films for over twenty years, and this latest offering from a uniquely talented artist highlights the vast array of filmmakers and films that have inspired him over the years. In this episode Michael Shields interviews Mitch Lucas about the inspiration for conceiving Coin Catcher, the many nods in it to renowned filmmakers, the challenges and opportunities of both filming throughout New York City and of shooting on 16mm and Super 8 film, and much more. Also, it must be noted, Mitch professes his undying love for the classic American sitcom Happy Days in this episode, a beloved television series where “really everything I [Mitch] make is sort of a sequel to Happy Days.”


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    • 35 min
    Episode 57: Most Dangerous Game

    Episode 57: Most Dangerous Game

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, host Michael Shields, with the help of film historian Christian Niedan, explore the numerous adaptations of Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game" (also published as "The Hounds of Zaroff"). The renowned tale features a big-game hunter from New York City who falls off a yacht and swims to what seems to be an abandoned and isolated island in the Caribbean, where he is hunted by a Russian aristocrat. Launching into the discussion with an examination of the 1932 RKO Pictures film The Most Dangerous Game, starring Joel McCrea and Leslie Banks, Michael and Christian dissect what is so compelling about a story which combines psychological savagery with enthralling action. Further exhibiting the allure and timelessness of Connell’s story, the hosts examine the innovative 1994 remake Surviving the Game which was directed by Ernest R. Dickerson and stars Ice-T, Rutger Hauer, and Gary Busey. The episode culminates with a discussion centering on the recently released Quibi series Most Dangerous Game starring Liam Hemsworth as Dodge Maynard, a track star and a real estate investor with a brain tumor who is offered an absurd financial opportunity from a rich CEO named Miles Sellers (Christopher Waltz) if he agrees to let himself be hunted. Join in on a discussion that spans almost a hundred years of "The Most Dangerous Game,” featuring reimaginings which highlight exactly why this brutal yet thought-provoking story gets the remake treatment time and time again.
     
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    • 54 min

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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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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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