82 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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    • 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!

    Episode : The White Lotus

    Episode : The White Lotus

    Welcome To The Party Pal sets its sights on The Aloha State in an episode that celebrates the first season of The White Lotus, the American satirical comedy-drama series created, written, and directed by Mike White (Enlightened). The series was greenlit in October 2020 and filmed in Hawaii in late 2020. Featuring an ensemble cast including Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Lacy, Natasha Rothwell, and Steve Zahn, the first season, consisting of six episodes, concerns the lives of the staff and guests at a tropical resort in Hawaii. In August 2021, the series was renewed for a second season, which will tell the story of a different group of travelers during their stay at another White Lotus property. In this episode hosts Michael Shields and Justin Wells explore the intriguing way in which the series was conceived, converse upon what the season says about Hawaii's lasting colonial trauma and they way in which people of privileged vacation, while pontificating over the varying dynamic and comedic themes present in the season.
     
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    • 41 min
    Episode 81: Loki

    Episode 81: Loki

    This episode of Welcome To The Party Pal celebrates Loki, the television series created by Michael Waldron for Disney+, based on Marvel Comics featuring the character of the same name. It is the third television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. The series takes place after the events of the film Avengers: Endgame (2019), in which an alternate version of Loki created a new timeline. Waldron serves as head writer, with Kate Herron directing for the first season. Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki from the film series, with Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Tara Strong, Sasha Lane, Jack Veal, DeObia Oparei, Richard E. Grant, and Jonathan Majors. In this episode your hosts, Michael Shields, Douglas Grant, and Chris Thompson explore what the arrival of Kang means for future Marvel movies, question what it means that Loki fell in love with a Variant of himself, dissect the unique visual aesthetic and set design employed in the series, and of course hail one of greatest additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the incomparable Miss Minutes.
     
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    • 33 min
    Episode 80: A Richard Donner Tribute

    Episode 80: A Richard Donner Tribute

    This episode of Welcome To The Party Pal celebrates the life and career of one of Hollywood’s most prolific and consistent directors, Richard Donner. Donner began his career as a television director, helming episodes of series like The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Fugitive, and The Twilight Zone. He made his film debut with the low-budget aviation drama X-15 (1961), but had his critical and commercial breakthrough with the horror film The Omen (1976). He directed the landmark superhero film Superman (1978), starring Christopher Reeve, and went on to direct beloved films such as The Goonies (1985) and Scrooged (1988), while reinvigorating the buddy film genre with the Lethal Weapon film series. In this episode hosts Michael Shields and Mitch Lucas expound upon what Donner’s films meant to them, consider how Donner’s Superman paved the way for all superhero franchises to follow (including the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe), breakdown Donner’s most renowned films, and much, much more.
     
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    • 36 min
    Episode 79: The Deer Hunter

    Episode 79: The Deer Hunter

    This episode of Welcome To The Party Pal thoroughly explores the ins and outs of the 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter. This enthralling, critically-acclaimed film, follows a trio of Russian-American steelworkers whose lives are changed forever after fighting in the Vietnam War. The three soldiers are played by Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and John Savage, and co-starring John Cazale (in his final role) and Meryl Streep. The story takes place in Clairton, Pennsylvania, a working-class town on the Monongahela River south of Pittsburgh, and in locations around Vietnam.In this episode, hosts Michael Shields and filmmaker Mitch Lucas meticulously explore the themes present in The Deer Hunter while contemplating how post traumatic stress disorder is presented in the film. They discuss the work of the talented director behind the film and his notable fall from grace, the myriad of controversies surrounding the film, the use of Russian Roulette as a central metaphor of the film, the anti-war sentiments of The Deer Hunter, and much more.
     
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    • 38 min
    Episode 78: Yasuke

    Episode 78: Yasuke

    Welcome To The Party Pal delves into Yasuke, the Japanese-American original anime series loosely based on the historical figure of the same name, an African warrior who served under Japanese daimyo Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku period of samurai conflict in 16th century Japan. Created by LeSean Thomas and animated by Japanese animation studio MAPPA, the series stars Lakeith Stanfield as the titular character. In this episode, host Michael Shields, with the help of author and film & television enthusiast Douglas Grant, tout LeSean Thomas and Lakeith Stanfield's talents, explore the real life history of the the famed samurai Yasuke, laud the captivating score crafted by musician Flying Lotus, discuss the distinctive humor present in the series, and much, much more.
     
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    • 30 min
    Episode 77: The Serpent

    Episode 77: The Serpent

    Welcome To The Party Pal casts its gaze towards Bangkok, Thailand in an episode that explores The Serpent, a British crime drama serial developed by Mammoth Screen. The eight-part limited series is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix and is based on the crimes of serial killer Charles Sobhraj, who murdered young tourists between 1975 and 2000. The series stars Tahar Rahim in the lead role as Sobhraj. To heighten this examination of The Serpent, your host of this episode of WTTPP, Christian Niedan, is joined by Evan Fox. Fox is a veteran Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State — currently working in Bangkok, Thailand, with previous stints in Vietnam, The Philippines, and Bangladesh. He has traveled widely in South and East Asia, including two consecutive second place finishes in Cambodia’s Angkor Wat half-marathon in 2010 and 2011. Evan's unique insight into the customs and history of Southeast Asia heighten an episode that lauds a season of a gripping series to one that also celebrates the intricacies and wonders of Thailand.
     
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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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.

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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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