Episode Summary

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 Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, with solid co-star performances by Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, and Anna Paquin (to name but a few!). The film follows Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a truck driver who becomes a hitman and gets involved with mobster Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and his crime family, including his time working for the powerful Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). Released by Netflix with limited theatrical release on November 1st, 2019, to be followed by digital streaming on November 27th, 2019, The Irishman has been met with heaps of critical acclaim. In this latest podcast episode hosts Michael Shields and filmmaker (and latest member of the WTTPP team!) Mitch Lucas dissect the weighty themes present in the film, hail the incredible acting performances found within, and consider the fascinating real-life story behind this murderous tale. On top of all that, Michael and Mitch mull over the merits of directors working with and releasing films via Netflix, and then dig into Scorsese’s recent criticisms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

About the Show

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, 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!