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 128: “Following” (1998, Christopher Nolan)
We break into Christopher Nolan's "Following" and discuss cinematography, shooting on 16mm film; writing & editing, adding intrigue to a simple story; locations on a small budget; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 127: “Once”
We busk through John Carney's "Once" and discuss cinematography; rules of a musical; story, movie trailer moments; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 126: “Lady Bird”
We leap into Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird" and discuss cinematography, lighting, and communicating a feeling; writing & story, efficiency with locations; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 125: “Primer”
We experiment with Shane Carruth's sci-fi cult classic "Primer" and discuss cinematography, shooting ratios; audio, selling a location; story & writing, advancing the story offscreen; low budget filmmaking; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 124: “Shattered Glass” (2003)
We report on Billy Ray's "Shattered Glass" and discuss the anatomy of a liar; journalism's function, process, weaknesses; the state of journalism today; at the end of the episode we also (to everyone's dismay) weigh in on the election; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 123: “World War Z”
We look for weaknesses in Brad Pitt's "World War Z" and discuss establishing zombie rules; making a hero; making bad situations for the hero; Wes tells a harrowing tale of his encounter with Brad Pitt, and other such stuff and things and stuff.
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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.
Additional lighting was worth it!
I’m a great cine-fan with little technical background and you guys took a movie (The Departed) that I slayed, despite the fun acting, for the plot hole of nobody figuring out who the moles were and make me want to elevate in my collection. Certainly inspiring for even more reviewing of that movie and your broadcasts! New fan!!!