98 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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    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

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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    Episode 98: Stranger Things Season 4, Vol 2

    Episode 98: Stranger Things Season 4, Vol 2

    In this episode, Welcome To The Party Pal celebrates Season 4, Volume 2 of Stranger Things, the science fiction horror drama television series created by the Duffer Brothers that is streaming on Netflix. The brothers serve as showrunners and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. Set in the 1980s primarily in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the series centers around numerous supernatural events occurring around the town, specifically around their connection to a hostile alternate reality called the “Upside Down,” after a link between it and Earth is made by a government child experimentation facility. The series stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Joe Keery, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Dacre Montgomery, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Brett Gelman. Season 4 of Stranger Things was released in two volumes. The first set of seven episodes were released on May 27, 2022, and the final two episodes of the season — the focus of this podcast episode — were released on July 1, 2022. In those episodes, Eleven loses a father figure, the gang prepares for and goes to war with Vecna, Hopper and Joyce make their escape from Russia, and the truth about where the monsters continually infesting Hawkins hail from comes to light — all of which is expounded upon in this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal hosted by Michael Shields with the help of author, speaker, teacher, and radio host River Jordan!
     


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    • 46 min
    Episode 97: Bottle Rocket

    Episode 97: Bottle Rocket

    In this episode, Welcome To The Party Pal revisits Wes Anderson's directorial debut Bottle Rocket, a cult classic that persists as one of the most cherished indie films of the 1990s. Bottle Rocket was written by Anderson and Owen Wilson and is based on Anderson's 1994 short film of the same name. Bottle Rocket is also the acting debut for brothers Owen and Luke Wilson, who co-starred with Robert Musgrave, their older brother Andrew Wilson, Lumi Cavazos, and the great James Caan. Throughout the episode host Michael Shields, with the help of pop culture, music, sports, and television writer Ryan O' Connell, expound upon what makes Bottle Rocket such an enduring indie classic while waxing nostalgic about the film's more memorable moments, and ultimately, they pay tribute to the recently deceased film legend James Caan who played a profoundly important role in making Bottle Rocket (and every film he took part in) so very special.
    Ryan O'Connell is a writer, event professional, and one-time musician from the great state of Maine who currently resides in New Jersey. He has contributed work to UPROXX, Heavy, and BroBible. He also maintains his own blog Giddy Up America. Ryan has watched 'The Wire' all the way through five times and as a result, will make reference to it on a near-regular basis.

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    • 36 min
    Episode 96: Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Episode 96: Obi-Wan Kenobi

    In this episode, Welcome To The Party Pal examines Obi-Wan Kenobi, the television miniseries created for the streaming service Disney+ that is part of the Star Wars franchise starring Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, reprising his role from the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Set ten years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), the series follows Kenobi as he sets out to rescue the kidnapped Princess Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) from the Galactic Empire, leading to a confrontation with his former apprentice, Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen). Throughout this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, hosts Michael Shields and Douglas Grant converse upon what this latest Star Wars television franchise means to the overall legacy of both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader. They delve into varying critiques of Obi-Wan Kenobi, celebrate the surprise appearance of young Princess Leia in the show, talk about the possibility of a second season, and so much more.
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    • 31 min
    Episode 95: Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 1

    Episode 95: Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 1

    In this episode, Welcome To The Party Pal celebrates Season 4, Volume 1 of Stranger Things, the science fiction horror drama television series created by the Duffer Brothers that is streaming on Netflix. The brothers serve as showrunners and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. Set in the 1980s primarily in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the series centers around numerous supernatural events occurring around the town, specifically around their connection to a hostile alternate reality called the "Upside Down," after a link between it and Earth is made by a government child experimentation facility. Season 4 of Stranger Things was released in two volumes. The first set of seven episodes, the focus of this episode, was released on May 27, 2022. In it, a new villian arises from the Upside Down, Hopper struggles to escape from a Soviet prison, and a powerless Eleven attempts to find her way in the world — all of which is expounded upon in this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal hosted by Michael Shields with the help of author, speaker, teacher, and radio host River Jordan!
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    • 30 min
    Episode 94: Ozark Season 4, Part 2

    Episode 94: Ozark Season 4, Part 2

    This episode of Welcome To The Party Pal celebrates the second half of the fourth season of Ozark, the crime drama television series created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams for Netflix. The series stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as Marty and Wendy Byrde, a married couple who relocate their family to the Lake of the Ozarks for money laundering. Bateman also serves as a director and executive producer for the series. In June 2020, the series was renewed for a fourth and final season, which consisted of fourteen episodes split into two parts; the first part was released on January 21, 2022, and the second part, which is the focus of this episode, on April 29, 2022. Throughout this podcast host Michael Shields, with the help of artist and film and television enthusiast Lindsay Paul Hanners, explore the themes present in Ozark, specifically focussing in on how the compelling series acted as a critique of both the American Dream and of late-stage Capitalism. They discuss a surprise hip-hop related cameo, a bold last stand for one of the series' most beloved characters, what the final surprise moment says about the series in aggregate, and a whole lot more.
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    • 40 min
    Episode 93: The Batman

    Episode 93: The Batman

    Welcome To The Party Pal celebrates The Batman, the latest reboot based on the DC Comics character Batman. The film was directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig. It stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman alongside Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell. The film sees Batman, who has been fighting crime in Gotham City for two years, uncover corruption while pursuing the Riddler (Dano), a serial killer who targets Gotham's elite. In this episode hosts Michael Shields and Douglas Grant discuss Matt Reeves unique, bold stylistic decisions, the Riddler finally getting his turn as the chief villain in a Batman movie, Colin Farrell's impressive Penguin prosthetics, John Turturro's unstoppable 2022, Zoë Kravitz's terrific take on Catwoman, how Kurt Cobain inspired Pattinson's Batman, and much, much more.
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    • 32 min

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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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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