- Michael Shields
This episode of Welcome To The Party Pal celebrates the life and career of one of Hollywood’s most prolific and consistent directors, Richard Donner. Donner began his career as a television director, helming episodes of series like The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Fugitive, and The Twilight Zone. He made his film debut with the low-budget aviation drama X-15 (1961), but had his critical and commercial breakthrough with the horror film The Omen (1976). He directed the landmark superhero film Superman (1978), starring Christopher Reeve, and went on to direct beloved films such as The Goonies (1985) and Scrooged (1988), while reinvigorating the buddy film genre with the Lethal Weapon film series. In this episode hosts Michael Shields and Mitch Lucas expound upon what Donner’s films meant to them, consider how Donner’s Superman paved the way for all superhero franchises to follow (including the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe), breakdown Donner’s most renowned films, and much, much more.
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