Cinema lovers unite! Two actors and filmmakers decided to cut through all the fluff and start a movie podcast where they actually discuss the film and not a million other things you don't care about. Covering the obvious (did you like the movie?) while diving a little deeper (what is Interstellar really about? is there a bootstrap paradox?) we are having an in-depth conversation about movies and see if they hold up to scrutiny, and maybe even inform us about life or moviemaking itself. Because a good movie is often about more than what it's about. So, let's see if these Hollywood directors & writers are up to snuff as we cover blockbusters, independent films, direct to Netflix movies, and everything else; maybe your next favorite film is an indie you haven't even heard of, let us introduce you to another way of watching movies.
Ep 138: “Notting Hill”
We enter the blue door in "Notting Hill" and discuss cinematography, how you can see this is a drama and not a comedy; acting, Julia Roberts' performance; writing & Story, the genius of exposition as a game, the Baader–Meinhof phenomenon; music, and how they nearly ruined the ending and why I wish I could edit this movie; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 137: “Magnolia”
We rain on Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia" and discuss cinematography, long takes, transitions, anamorphic framing; ensemble writing; music; magnolia flower facts; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 136: “Soul” (Pixar, 2020)
We search Pixar's "Soul" and discuss death; side missions, making it all add up to something; the zone; we have a surprise guest appearance; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 135: “Hamilton”
We take a shot at Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton" and discuss live performances on stage vs film; wardrobe, set design; musical songwriting vs albums; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 134: “Casting, Auditioning, and Picking a Monologue” (Special Edition)
We pull a bonus episode out of our Patreon archive and discuss:
* the casting process, going through hundreds of submissions, what Wes looks for in an audition;
* how Todd did in all three rounds of his auditions;
* what makes for a good or bad monologue;
* and other such stuff and things and stuff.
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Ep 133: “Wonder Woman 1984”
We put the lasso of truth on Gal Gadot's "Wonder Woman 1984" and discuss themes and conversational subtext in Wonder Woman; Chekhov's Gun, wasted story elements; using a temp track for editing purposes (and how "Sunshine" was ripped off once again); and other such stuff and things and stuff.
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Expert Level Analysis
I like to listen to the podcast and randomly drop film nuggets throughout the day like I really know what I’m talking about.🤓
Finally Found My Film Podcast
I’ve been looking for a quality film podcast for the past two years and happened to stumble upon the Pestle to prime myself for a re-showing of 70MM interstellar IMAX about a month ago.
I was blown away by Wes and Todd’s analysis - bringing new insights and perspectives into a film I’ve seen 15+ times.
Both guys approach film from similar but slightly nuanced backgrounds and views and it’s really reflected in the episode. You get insight on lighting, cinematography, acting, music, editing, composition, etc. etc. etc.
Just a fantastic all around program, can’t wait until you get “real” sponsors!
- Charlie L.
(PS: NEED a Parasite episode)
1st time listening. Thanks for the tips. Good luck on phase 2 Yegua.