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  • Episode 25: The Bill Paxton Episode

    The Welcome To The Party Pal team invites you to join in on a celebration of the career of one of the most gifted character actors in modern times, Bill Paxton. With 97 acting credits to his name, including films such as The Terminator, Weird Science, Aliens, Near Dark, Tombstone, True Lies, Apollo 13, Twister,…

  • Episode 24: Avengers: Engame

    The Welcome to The Party Pal duo go all in on the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the follow up to 2018’s Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame. Dissecting and celebrating the finale to Marvel’s epic Infinity Saga, hosts Brian Sachson and Michael Shields expound upon the intricacies of the film, from the…

  • Episode 23: One Nation Under Stress

    In this latest episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, the eye-opening and urgent documentary One Nation Under Stress (HBO) is dissected with the help of its director Marc Levin. One Nation Under Stress follows Sanjay Gupta (CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent) as he tries to uncover the root causes of why American life expectancy is…

  • Episode 22: Leaving Neverland

    Pulling no punches, yet careful in their treatment of a sensitive/controversial topic, the Welcome To The Party Pal duo examines the HBO documentary directed and produced by filmmaker Dan Reed, Leaving Neverland, which focuses on two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege they were sexually abused as children by the singer Michael Jackson.…

  • Episode 21: Watership Down

    The latest episode of Welcome To The Party Pal invites you into the world of Richard Adams’s Watership Down. Expounding upon Adam’s 1972 survival and adventure novel which features a small group of rabbits, the 1978 animated film adaptation written and directed by Martin Rosen, AND the 2018 BBC/Netflix limited series, this episode discusses the…

  • Episode 20: True Detective Season 3

    The 20th episode of Welcome To The Party Pal draws you deep into the world of HBO’s True Detective, the gritty anthology crime drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. On the heels of the finale of Season 3, this episode explores the three timelines present in the season, Pizzolatto’s meticulously and deeply-engaging crafted storyline,…

  • Episode 19: Fyre Fraud/ Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

    Episode 19 of Welcome To The Party Pal ushers listeners into one of the most notorious festival failures of all time, Billy McFarland and Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival. Expounding on two documentaries that explored the arrogance and incompetence behind Frye’s failure — Hulu’s Fyre Fraud and Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened —…

  • Episode 18: Vice

    The Welcome To The Party Pal team once again gets political in an episode dedicated to the Oscar-nominate film Vice, directed by Adam McKay and starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carrell, and Sam Rockwell. Vice is the story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President…

  • Episode 17: The Die Hard 30th Anniversary / Xmas Spectacular!

    To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of one of the greatest action (and holiday?) films of all time, Welcome To The Party Pal dedicates it’s final episode of 2018 to the 1988 thriller directed by John McTiernan, written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart, and starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman: Die Hard. In…

  • Episode 16: A Prayer Before Dawn

    Episode 16 of Welcome To The Party Pal finds hosts Brian Sachson and Michael Shields journeying to Thailand in an episode that puts under the spotlight the ultra-intense 2017 drama A Prayer Before Dawn. The film recounts the amazing true story of Billy Moore (played by Peaky Blinder’s Joe Cole), an English boxer incarcerated in…

  • Episode 15: Fahrenheit 11/9

    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.

  • Episode 14: There Will Be Blood

    In the latest 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…

  • 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’s also the subject of the latest Welcome To The Party Pal podcast! This…

  • Episode 12: Mission Impossible — Fallout

    Episode 12 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…

  • Episode 11: The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2

    Take a journey into to the authoritarian, theocratic regime of The Republic of Gilead in the latest 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…

  • Episode 10: Westworld Season 2

    Welcome To The Party Pal hits its stride in its tenth episode where the second season of HBO’s Westworld is meticulously examined and hailed by hosts Brian Sachson and Michael Shields. Join in on a journey into The Cradle, through The Forge, and past The Door into the Valley Beyond, where the many moving pieces…

  • Episode 9: 2001: A Space Odyssey – 50th Anniversary Spectacular

    In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the Welcome To The party Pal duo blasts off to Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite to recount on the grandeur of the 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey. In a podcast that acts as a heartfelt ode to a film…

  • Episode 8: The Arnold Schwarzenegger Episode!

    The Welcome To The Party team invites you to join in on a celebration of the career of arguably the great action star of all time, Arnold Schwarzenegger. With the help of comedian, actor, and one of the hosts of the magnificent podcast God Ween Evan Will Nunziata, Brian Sachson and Michael Shields dive deeply…

  • Episode 7: Avengers – Infinity War

    Join in as the Welcome to The Party Pal team dives deeply into the 19th offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Avengers: Infinity War. In one of the nerdiest episodes yet, hosts Michael Shields and Brian Sachson sift through the ashes that remain following the Avengers confrontation with their most powerful enemy to date,…

  • Episode 6: Blue Planet II with Roger Horrocks (Underwater Cinematographer / Wildlife Cameraman)

    Welcome To The Party Pal returns with a true deep dive into BBC’s Blue Planet II. Blue Planet II is a 2017 British nature documentary series on marine life produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. Like its predecessor, The Blue Planet (2001), it is narrated and presented by naturalist Sir David Attenborough, while the…

  • Episode 5: Embrace of The Serpent

    In the latest episode of WTTPP, hosts Brian Sachon and Michael Shields explore the Amazon jungle through the 2015 drama Embrace Of The Serpent, directed by Ciro Guerra and written by Guerra and Jacques Toulemonde Vidal. Based on the the travel diaries of German Ethnologist Theodor Koch-Grunberg and American biologist Richard Evans Schultes, and dedicated…

  • Episode 4: Electric Dreams with Kalen Egan (writer/producer)

    The Welcome To The Party Pal team is back at it, this time putting under the microscope the exciting new anthology series now streaming on Amazon titled Electric Dreams. Electric Dreams is a series based on the writings of Philip K. Dick, and in this episode all the splendor of the captivating first season is…

  • Episode 3: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    The Welcome To The Party Pal team is back at it, this time delving deep into the Oscar-nominated film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Expounding upon the intricacies of the Martin McDonagh directed film, hosts Brian Sachson and Michael Shields discuss the remarkable ensemble cast, the pain that comes from the loss of a child…

  • Episode 2: Phantom Thread

    In this episode of Welcome to The Party Pal, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is dissected, and its grandeur examined. In the podcast Brian and Michael dive into the themes present in Phantom Thread such as obsession, neurosis, mother issues, love, the desire for control, and shared fetishes, while marveling over the trio of remarkable…

  • Episode 1: Black Mirror

    Welcome to the Party Pal is the 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,…