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 146: “Creed”
We step into the ring with Ryan Coogler's "Creed" and discuss cinematography, boxing as a camera language; writing & Story, scene pacing, reaction shots, Donnie's motivation as the ultimate plot device; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 145: “Rocky” (1976)
We swing at Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky" and discuss cinematography; writing & story, defying genre, story breakdown; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 144: “Nomadland”
We take the scenic route through Chloé Zhao's "Nomadland" and discuss cinematography, filming in widescreen; story, what's the deal with Fern?; performance, some things that Frances McDormand does to create Fern; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 143: “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”
We choose the skuxx life in Taika Waititi's "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" and discuss deadpan humor; using perspective to tell a story; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 142: “Ted Lasso”
We grin through Jason Sudeikis' "Ted Lasso" and discuss cinematography, blurring the line between comedy and drama; writing & story, why we trust Ted Lasso; speculation on season 2; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
Ep 141: “Fire in the Sky”
We probe "Fire in the Sky" and discuss cinematography, timing your titles, how lens compression can create danger; inserting doubt; Aliens! Are they out there, are they among us?; and other such stuff and things and stuff.
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.
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)