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 162: “The VVitch”
We bathe in Robert Eggers' "The VVitch" and discuss killing children in movies; cinematography, natural lighting, setting up a new location; story & writing, sitting on a moment, and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 161: “Dawn of the Dead” (Zack Snyder, 2004)
We take a bite of Zack Snyder's "Dawn of the Dead" remake and discuss entertainment value, iconic moments; cinematography and editing, little details; story & writing, iconic moments, smooth exposition; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 160: “Let the Right One In”
We open the door to "Let the Right One In" and discuss cinematography, hiding adults in the frame; story & writing, classic vampire rules, using failure to propel the story; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 159: “Ready Player One”
We virtually experience Spielberg's "Ready Player One" and discuss cinematography, packing the frame, and cheating for the camera; story & writing; special guest Ricky Holm, founder of immersive technology creative agency Chocolate Milk & Donuts; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 158: “Sicario”
We set our sights on Denis Villeneuve's "Sicario" and discuss cinematography and pacing; what the walls in Sicario can tell us about the story; writing & story, the rule of repeats, and complex perspectives in Sicario; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 157: “Blade Runner 2049”
We interlink with Denis Villeneuve's "Blade Runner 2049" and discuss building on the original's visuals, ideas, et al; story and writing, Joi as exposition and expansion of what it means to be human; special guests Chris Menges and Cassandra Lopez who work at Weta Workshop and worked on the miniatures of Blade Runner 2049; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
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!
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!
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.