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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Episode 76: Rollerball

    This episode of Welcome To The Party Pal thoroughly explores the 1975 science fiction sports film Rollerball, directed and produced by Norman Jewison. Rollerball stars James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn and Ralph Richardson. The screenplay was written by William Harrison, and adapted from his own short story entitled “Roller Ball…

  • Episode 75: Cape Fear

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal hosts Michael Shields and Christian Niedan explore 1962’s and 1991’s Cape Fear, the two film adaptations of John D. MacDonald’s 1957 psychological novel, The Executioners. 1962’s Cape Fear stars Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum and Polly Bergen and was directed by J. Lee Thompson. The subsequent adaptation was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Robert De…

  • Episode 74: Alice In Borderland

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal host Michael Shields, with the help of author and film & television enthusiast Douglas Grant*, explores the Japanese thriller series Alice in Borderland. Alice in Borderland is a series based on the manga of the same name by Haro Aso, and it is directed by Shinsuke Sato. The enthralling eight episode…

  • Episode 73: Nomadland

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, hosts Michael Shiels and Mitch Lucas delve deeply into one of the best films released in 2021, the American drama film Nomadland. Set amid the fallout of the economic collapse of a town in rural Nevada, Nomadland follows Fern (Frances McDormand) as she packs her van…

  • Episode 73: Last Action Hero

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, film historian and host Christian Niedan, with the help of editor and culture journalist Dante A. Ciampaglia, explore the fascinating particulars of the 1993 fantasy action comedy Last Action Hero, directed by John McTiernan. It is a satire of the action genre and associated clichés, containing several parodies of action films in the form of films within…

  • Episode 71: The Film Adaptations of Edward Bunker

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal hosts Michael Shields and Christian Niedan celebrate the contributions to cinema by Edward Bunker. Bunker was an author of crime fiction, a screenwriter, convicted felon, and an actor. He wrote the scripts for — and acted in — Straight Time (1978) (adapted from his debut novel No Beast So Fierce), Runaway…

  • Episode 70: The Mandalorian Season 2

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal hosts Michael Shields and Mitch Lucas commemorate the second season of the Disney+ television series The Mandalorian which stars Pedro Pascal as the title character, a bounty hunter trying to return “The Child” (Grogu!) to his people, the Jedi. It is part of the Star Wars franchise, set after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983)…

  • Episode 69: Ted Lasso

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, host Michael Shields, with the help of film/television enthusiast and podcaster Jonathan Hart, celebrates Ted Lasso, the comedy series developed by Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Joe Kelly and Brendan Hunt, based on a character of the same name that Sudeikis first portrayed in a series of promos for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Premier League.…

  • Episode 68: Sweet Smell of Success

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, film historian and host Christian Niedan, with the help of editor and culture journalist Dante A. Ciampaglia, celebrate the 1957 cult classic Sweet Smell of Success. Sweet Smell of Success is a noir drama film directed by Alexander Mackendrick, starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, and Martin Milner, and written by Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman, and Mackendrick…

  • Episode 67: A Holiday Movie Celebration

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, host Michael Shields, with the help of the podcaster behind the Daddy Unscripted Podcast, Timothy Wheaton, celebrates a bevy of movies that are brimming with all the feels, ones that have become profoundly embedded in American’s year end rituals and celebrations. Throughout this ode to Holiday…

  • Episode 66: A Face In The Crowd

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, host Michael Shields — with the help of actor / comedian / writer / director and host of the podcast God Ween Evan, Will Nunziata — dissects A Face in the Crowd, the 1957 film starring Andy Griffith (in his film debut), Patricia Neal, and Walter Matthau, and directed by Elia Kazan (Gentleman’s…

  • Episode 65: Raised By Wolves

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, hosts Michael Shields and Chris Thompson examine Raised By Wolves, the science fiction drama television series created by Aaron Guzikowski that premiered on HBO Max on September 3, 2020. The first two episodes were directed by Ridley Scott who also serves as an executive producer for the show. Raised By Wolves centers on two androids —Father and…

  • Episode 64: Miranda July’s Kajillionaire

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, host Michael Shields, along with film historian Christian Niedan, examines the recently released film Kajillionaire, from acclaimed writer/director Miranda July. The moving and wildly original comedy tells the story of con-artists Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) who have spent twenty-six years training their only…

  • Episode 63: 1980’s Horror Films, Part Two

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, hosts Michael Shields and Mitch Lucas conclude 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,…

  • Episode 62: 1980’s Horror Films, Part One

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, hosts Michael Shields and Mitch Lucas commence on 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Episode 56: The 400 Blows, Breathless, and The French New Wave

    In an episode that acts as an introduction to one of the most exciting and influential periods of cinematic history, Welcome To The Party Pal hosts Mitch Lucas and Michael Shields explore the French New Wave, an art film movement which emerged in the late 1950s. The movement was characterized by its rejection of traditional…

  • Episode 55: Fellini’s 8 1/2

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, hosts Mitch Lucas and Michael Shields explore the 1963 Italian surrealist comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini, 8 1⁄2. It stars Marcello Mastroianni as Guido Anselmi, a famous Italian film director who suffers from stifled creativity as he attempts to direct an epic science fiction film. It is shot in black and white by cinematographer Gianni…

  • Episode 54: Da Five Bloods

    In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, host Michael Shields, with the help of film historian and writer Christina Niedan, explores the latest release from prolific filmmaker Spike Lee entitled Da Five Bloods. The film’s plot follows a group of aging Vietnam War veterans who return to the country in search of the remains…

  • Episode 53: The Leftovers, Season Three

    In the third and final installment of a three-part series breaking down the meticulously crafted and thought-provoking HBO series The Leftovers, hosts Chris Thompson and Michael Shields seek to interpret one of the most penetrating television shows of all time. The Leftovers is the supernatural mystery drama created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based…

  • Episode 52: The Leftovers, Season Two

    In the second installment of a three part series breaking down the meticulously crafted and thought provoking HBO series The Leftovers, hosts Chris Thompson and Michael Shields seek to interpret one of the most penetrating television shows of all time. The Leftovers is the supernatural mystery drama created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based…

  • Episode 51: The Leftovers, Season One

    In the first of a three part series breaking down the meticulously crafted and thought provoking HBO series The Leftovers, hosts Chris Thompson and Michael Shields seek to interpret one of the most penetrating television shows of all time. The Leftovers is the supernatural mystery drama created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on…

  • Episode 50: A Yorgos Lanthimos Retrospective

    In this latest episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, hosts Mitch Lucas and Michael Shields celebrate the eccentric, provocative, and and thought-provoking works of famed Greek film and stage director, producer, and screenwriter Georgios “Yorgos” Lanthimos. Yorgos has received four Academy Award nominations for his work, including Best Foreign Language Film for Dogtooth, Best Original Screenplay for The Lobster (2015), and Best Picture and Best Director for The Favourite (2018). Lanthimos’…

  • Episode 49: Ozark, Season 3

    Welcome To the Party Pal meticulously explores the ins-and-outs of Nexflix’s fascinating money-laundering drama Ozark, the crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams starring Jason Bateman and the multi-talented Laura Linney as a married Chicago couple forced to relocate their family to the Ozarks following a money laundering scheme gone wrong. Ozark…

  • Episode 48: The Tiger King Episode

    Welcome To the Party Pal meticulously explores the breakout hit Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, the true crime documentary miniseries about the life of zookeeper Joe Exotic released by Netflix on March 20, 2020. The series focuses on the small but deeply interconnected society of big cat conservationists such as Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue, and collectors such as Exotic, whom Baskin accuses…

  • Episode 47: Star Trek : Picard

    Welcome To the Party Pal meticulously explores the in-and-outs of a compelling new addition to the Star Trek franchise — Star Trek: Picard. Picard is a web/television series featuring the character Jean-Luc Picard (in a role reprised by the brilliant Sir Patrick Stewart), created for CBS All Access and developed by Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon,…

  • Episode 46: Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10

    In this episode, hosts Michael Shields and Justin Wells celebrate the tenth season of the HBO comedy television series Curb Your Enthusiasm, created by and starring Larry David as a fictionalized version of himself. The series follows Larry in his life as a semi-retired television writer and producer and stars Cheryl Hines as his wife Cheryl, Jeff Garlin as his…

  • Episode 45: The 1917 Episode

    Even though the menacing year that is 2020 is in full swing, Welcome To The Party Pal takes a look back at one of 2019’s most acclaimed and captivating films, 1917. 1917 is a British epic war film directed, co-written, and produced by Sam Mendes. The film stars George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, and features assists from Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, and Benedict…

  • Episode 44: An Ian McKellen Tribute

    Ian Mckellen is a legend of stage and cinema. He has incredibly starred in over four hundred plays and films and he is that rare character actor that awes in each and every performance. McKellen is a celebrity of such distinguished political and social service that it has transcended his international fame to reach beyond…

  • Episode 43: The Women of Action

    Welcome To The Party Pal invites you to join in on an in-depth look at an exciting mixture of Hollywood filmmakers on the eve of what appears to be a golden age for female action directors. Inspired by an article by film historian Christian Niedan (who is featured in this episode) entitled “The Women of Action,”…

  • Episode 42: Parasite

    Welcome To The Party Pal (Osiris Media) invites you to join in on a deconstruction / celebration of the most celebrated and important film of 2019, Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite. Parasite is a South Korean dark comedy thriller directed by Joon-ho, who also wrote the film’s story and co-wrote the screenplay with Han Jin-won. The film…

  • Episode 41: The 92nd Academy Awards

    Welcome To The Party Pal (Osiris Media) proudly presents a celebration of the the year in cinema 2019 with an episode dedicated to the 92nd Academy Awards. In this episode, hosts Mitch Lucas and Michael Shields recap the Oscar ceremony while shining a light on the remarkable works that the famed award ceremony commemorated. Expounding…

  • Episode 40: Uncut Gems

    Welcome To The Party invites you to a deconstruction / celebration of the most stressful and manic film of 2019, Uncut Gems. Uncut Gems is the crime thriller directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ronald Bronstein. The film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin Garnett, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Mike Francesa, Idina Menzel, and Eric Bogosian. The plot follows Howard Ratner (Sandler), a jeweler and…

  • Episode 39: The Mandalorian / The Rise of Skywalker

    Welcome To The Party Pal journeys to a galaxy far, far away in an episode dedicated to the gift that keeps giving that is Star Wars. In an dual-focused episode, the most recent offerings from the Jedi, Sith, and droid thronged universe are discussed in depth. First up, hosts Mitch Lucas and Michael Shields set…

  • Episode 38: Watchmen

    Welcome To The Party invites you to a deconstruction / celebration of Season One of HBO’s Watchmen. Watchmen is a superhero drama television series that continues the 1987 DC Comics series Watchmen, created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The television series was created by Damon Lindelof for HBO, with Lindelof serving as executive producer…

  • Episode 37: The End of the F***ing World

    Welcome To the Party Pal meticulously explores the in-and-outs of the fascinating British dark comedy / drama television program The End of the Fing World. The End of the Fing World, which is based on a graphic novel of the same name by Charles Forsman, follows James (Alex Lawther), a 17-year-old who believes himself to…

  • Episode 36: The Lighthouse

    Batten down the hatches! Episode 36 of Welcome To The Party Pal travels to a remote island off the coast of New England to examine one of the most original and captivating films of 2019, The Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is an American psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Eggers, who co-wrote the screenplay…

  • Episode 35: Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman

    Welcome To The Party Pal invites you to experience a celebration of Martin Scorsese’s latest filmmaking epic, The Irishman. The film is a 2019 American crime flick directed and produced by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese and written by Steven Zaillian, based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. It stars…

  • Episode 34: The Name of The Rose

    Welcome To The Party Pal transports listeners back in time to 1327 Italy in an episode dedicated to multiple adaptations of Italian author Umberto Eco’s renowned novel, The Name of The Rose. The Name of The Rose follows an enlightened friar and his young apprentice as they investigate a series of mysterious deaths at an abbey risking…

  • Episode 33: Succession Season 2

    Welcome To The Party Pal invites listeners into the sordid, captivating world of HBO’s Succession. Succession is an American satirical comedy-drama television series created by Jesse Armstrong that centers on the fictional Roy family, the dysfunctional owners of a global media and hospitality empire. The series features an ensemble cast which includes Brian Cox, Nicholas Braun, Kieran Culkin, Natalie Gold, Matthew Macfadyen, Alan Ruck, Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong, and J. Smith-Cameron (among…

  • Episode 32: Chasing The Moon with Robert Stone

    Episode 32 delves into Chasing the Moon, a film by Robert Stone, a six-hour documentary series about the space race that journeys from its earliest beginnings to the monumental achievement of the first lunar landing in 1969 and beyond. Chasing the Moon thoroughly reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional…

  • Episode 31: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Welcome To The Party Pal journeys back to 1969 Los Angeles to celebrate the 9th film by acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,everything is changing as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way…

  • Episode 30: Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus

    Episode 30 on WTTPP takes you on the road in an in-depth celebration of the first two seasons of Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus. Tales from the Tour Bus is an animated documentary television series created by Mike Judge, Richard Mullins and Dub Cornett that airs on Cinemax which presents a biographical…

  • Episode 29: Chernobyl

    In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics became one of the world’s worst man-made catastrophes. In June 2019, the hosts of Welcome To The Party Pal — Brian Sachson and Michael Shields — convened to celebrate and dissect HBO’s 5 part miniseries about the…

  • Episode 28: Black Mirror, Season 5

    The Welcome To The Party team revisits the subject of their debut episode, once again exploring the twisted, thought-proving world of the techno-paranoia anthology Black Mirror. Black Mirror is a television series created by Charlie Brooker, which he writes and executive produces with Annabel Jones, where each episode “is all about the way we live…

  • Episode 27: The Apocalypse Now 40th Anniversary Spectacular

    On the cusp of its 40th Anniversary, the Welcome To The Party Pal duo — with the help of actor/comedian Will Nunziata (of God Ween Evan fame) — celebrate the masterpiece that is Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. Apocalypse Now journeys to Vietnam in 1970 where Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) takes a dangerous and uniquely psychedelic…

  • Episode 26: The Game of Thrones Episode

    WTTPP hosts Brian Sachson and Michael Shields — with the help of Game of Thrones expert and Across The Margin’s GOT Guru Geoffrey Golia — celebrate and dissect the worldwide phenomenon that is the television series Game of Thrones. Coming on the heels of the hit HBO show’s series finale, the George R.R. Martin penned…

  • 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,…