A look at the eclectic mix of offerings from Welcome To The Party Pal: The Mind-Bending Film & Television Podcast You Didn’t Know You Needed, fifteen episodes in…
Catch up with Episodes 1 – 5 & Episodes 6 – 10
Welcome to the Party Pal (WTTPP) is the ATM-affiliated mind-bending film and television podcast you didn’t know you needed! Hosted by Brian Sachson (producer/writer) 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. In the wake of the release of its fifteenth episode, ATM takes a look at what this exciting podcast has brought forth in its latest batch of episodes…
Episode 11: The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2
Take a journey into to the authoritarian, theocratic regime of The Republic of Gilead in the eleventh episode of Welcome To The Party Pal where the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale is thoroughly examined. The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian drama created by Bruce Miller which can be found on Hulu, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, and it is one of the most gut-wrenching and poignant series streamable today. In this episode, the WTTPP duo pore over the second season’s happenings, and marvel over the modern day parallels the show invokes. They also, remarkably, find a way to squeeze in a homage to Netflix’s Glow, and hail the remarkable actresses that comprise the Emmy nominees for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for 2018!
Episode 12: Mission Impossible — Fallout
Episode twelve of Welcome To The Party Pal finds hosts Brian Sachson and Michael Shields celebrating the sixth installment of the Mission Impossible series, Fallout. In a discussion about the action spy film written, produced, and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and starring Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Rebecca Ferguson (to name but a few!), Brian and Michael examine each of the movies in the series that led to the excellent sixth film, clap back at Tom Cruise haters while marveling over his remarkable commitment to his stunt work, explain both “Mustache-Gate” and the “Trapped In The Closet” controversy, and much, much more.
Episode 13: Wild Wild Country With Editor Neil Meiklejohn
Wild Wild Country is a Netflix documentary series about the controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho), his fiery assistant Ma Anand Sheela, and their deeply committed community of followers in the Rajneeshpuram community located in Wasco County, Oregon — and it is also the subject of the thirteenth episode of the Welcome To The Party Pal podcast! This incredibly fascinating moment in American culture is broken down with the help of Wild Wild Country’s film editor Neil Meiklejohn, who brilliantly helped craft this intriguing tale and fascinating case study that delves into topical issues of immigration, the divide between church and state, and human’s instinctual desire for community.
Episode 14: There Will Be Blood
In the fourteenth episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, hosts Brian Sachson and Michael Shields — with help from actor, comedian, writer and co-host of the podcast God Ween Evan, Will Nunziata — dive deeply into There Will Be Blood, the 2007 American drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. Expounding on the greatness of There Will Be Blood, Brian, Michael and Will laud the outstanding directing, acting, cinematography, and the score of the film, but in doing so tensions rise and a heated discussion ensues, where the talents (or lack there of?) of director Christopher Nolan becomes heavily contested, and where the trio attempts to get to the bottom of exactly what the Best Film of 2007 actually was!
Join in as the Welcome To The Party Pal team dissect and commend Michael Moore’s important new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9. In an episode that acts as a call to action to Vote(!), a passionate discussion ensues which examines the current state of American politics and in particular, Donald J. Trump’s presidency.
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To Be Continued…