191 episodes

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.

The Pestle: In-depth Movie Talk, No Fluff | Film Review | Spoilers Wes Evans: Actor, Filmmaker, Director, Writer; Todd Sapio: Actor, Producer, Musician, Athlete

    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 27 Ratings

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 191: “Dual” (2022, Riley Stearns)

    Ep 191: “Dual” (2022, Riley Stearns)

    And you may ask yourself, "How do I work this?" And you may ask yourself, "Where is that large automobile?" And you may tell yourself, "This is not my beautiful house" And you may tell yourself, "This is not my beautiful wife

    • 33 min
    Ep 190: “Chungking Express”

    Ep 190: “Chungking Express”

    We sneak into Wong Kar-Wai's "Chungking Express" and discuss cinematography, step-printing, the emotional impression of motion blur; story; directing & Acting without lines; and other such stuff and things and stuff.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep 189: “The Northman”

    Ep 189: “The Northman”

    We raid Robert Eggers' "The Northman" and discuss cinematography, locations, set design; story & writing, exploring historic cultures; and other such stuff and things and stuff.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep 188: “A Ghost Story”

    Ep 188: “A Ghost Story”

    We haunt David Lowery's "A Ghost Story" and discuss existentialism, the end of everything; we discuss what we remember from a Q&A at a screening with director David Lowery; story & writing, is the film underwritten or thoughtful?; and other such stuff and things and stuff.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep 187: “The Hurt Locker”

    Ep 187: “The Hurt Locker”

    We defuse Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" and discuss cinematography, camerawork, transitions; story & writing, opening scene, what's in a title; interview an Army veteran brother of the pod, Justin; and other such stuff and things and stuff.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Ep 186: How to Podcast or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Pestle

    Ep 186: How to Podcast or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Pestle

    Todd interviews Wes about this odyssey of creating and running The Pestle Podcast. We discuss how to start and maintain a podcast; what goes into every Pestle episode; a “Lightning Round” with Wes; and other such things and stuff and things.

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

The San Diego Chicken ,

A deep and different approach… really smart duo.

Big fan of this podcast Wes is a really smart guy and brings a bevy of knowledge on a lot of topics (even beyond cinema) that makes this movie show a bit deeper than most of the others I listen to. Todd brings a nice counterpoint and soul to each show. I also like that both of these guys seem to enjoy the same movies as I do, which is an added bonus. Keep it up fellas!

VerickWayne ,

Film Talk for Fans and Nerds

Really loving the show and fresh perspectives. Most shows regurgitate the same talking points and observations, if they stay on topic at all, but they spend almost the entire show discussing the movie in detail and with a passion for film and storytelling. Keep it up fellas!

alixw222 ,

My Forever Film Podcast

Have been listening to the Pestle for awhile now, but haven’t quite been able to put into words how much I love this pod. I’ve always been into film, but it wasn’t until the pandemic that my interest developed into a passion - and being able to share the magic of film with Todd and Wes has been awesome. Listening is like being in a room with two (really knowledgeable, fun) best friends. As filmmakers themselves, they always teach me something new, from cinematography choices and composition to acting and film meaning. Just all around stellar film analysis. And their passion for film really comes through - they get so excited about every film they discuss, it makes you want to just drop everything you’re doing to go re-watch and pick up on all the little nuggets you may have missed the first time.

Todd and Wes, thanks for giving me a greater sense of appreciation for film. Keep crushing it! Also, is a Tree of Life episode in the near future?

- Alix W.

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