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Welcome To The Party Pal: The Mind-Bending Film & Television Podcast You Didn't Know You Needed!

Welcome to the Party Pal is the mind-bending film and television podcast you didn’t know you needed.

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
10/5/2022

Episode 101: The Greatest HBO Character of All Time

In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal hosts Michael Shields and Ryan O' Connell set forth to answer one of the most impossible questions in television: Who is the greatest HBO character of all time? Basing their conversation on an article written by Ryan O' Connell at BroBible titled, "Who Is The Greatest HBO Character of All Time? We Set Up A Massive Battle Royale To Figure Out The G.O.A.T," the two overly prepared hosts analyze all the characters who have inhabited the programs of arguably the premiere television network ever. Does the cream of the crop hail from The Wire (Omar? / Bubbles? / McNulty?), Game of Thrones (Daenerys? / Cersei?), or perhaps one of HBO's acclaimed comedies (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Veep, Eastbound & Down)? Find out in an episode that offers a definitive answer to this pressing question. Beyond getting to the bottom of the best of the best, Michael and Ryan go on to tip their hat to a few notable Honorable Mentions, and then discuss some Future Stars from the rookie class (Rue from Euphoria / Kendall from Succession / etc.) that could one day be in the running for the top spot.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.Two articles mention in this episode of note: "The Top 20 Episodes of Breaking Bad" and "Boardwalk's Empire."
9/26/2022

Episode 100: Elvis

This episode of Welcome To The Party Pal journeys to Graceland to commemorate Elvis, the 2022 biographical musical drama film directed by Baz Luhrmann, who co-wrote the screenplay with Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce, and Jeremy Doner. The film follows the life of rock and roll icon, singer, and actor Elvis Presley, told from the perspective of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It stars Austin Butler in the title role with Tom Hanks as Parker, while Olivia DeJonge, Helen Thomson and Richard Roxburgh co-star. Elvis has grossed $285.8 million worldwide against its $85 million budget, becoming the second-highest-grossing music biopic of all-time behind Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) and the fourth-highest-grossing Australian-produced film. Butler's performance garnered widespread acclaim, while the film's costume and production designs as well as musical sequences received positive reviews. In this episode hosts Michael Shields and River Jordan celebrate the spectacles that are Baz Luhrmann's films. They discuss Tom Hanks polarizing portrayal of Colonel Tom Parker while hailing the astounding performance of Austin Butler as Elvis Presley. They talk about what Elvis says about America's longstanding problems with racism, puritism, and homophobia, how biopics can often be predictable and repetitive, Elvis's impact on America and American music, and so much more. Join in as a lifelong Elvis fan and a fledgling admirer celebrate the "King of Rock N' Roll."
8/3/2022

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!