208 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 208: “Jaws”

    Ep 208: “Jaws”

    We chew on Spielberg's "Jaws" and discuss Cinematography, day for night; Story & writing, Quint vs Hooper, shark cage; Shark fun facts!; and other such stuff and things and stuff.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep 207: “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

    Ep 207: “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

    We kneel before Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and discuss Cinematography, a grand reveal; Story & writing, new depth to an old character; and other such stuff and things and stuff.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep 206: “Munich” (Spielberg, 2005)

    Ep 206: “Munich” (Spielberg, 2005)

    We responsibly discuss Spielberg's "Munich" and discuss Cinematography, heightening a moment through contrasting camerawork; Story & Writing, questions being raised, contextualizing the film; and other such stuff and things and stuff.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ep 205: “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark”

    Ep 205: “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark”

    We swing through Spielberg's "Raider's of the Lost Ark" and discuss Cinematography, framing, blocking, cheating; Story & writing, setting up the supernatural, Indy the hero, epic failures; and other such stuff and things and stuff.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Ep 204: “Jurassic Park”

    Ep 204: “Jurassic Park”

    We excavate Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" and discuss Cinematography, motivated camera moves; Story & writing, exposition, dialog cues, where the original succeeds and sequels fail; Sound, combining sound design with music to heighten a moment; and other such stuff and things and stuff.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Ep 203: “Oldboy” (Chan-wook Park, 2003)

    Ep 203: “Oldboy” (Chan-wook Park, 2003)

    We're charmed by Chan-Wook Park's "Oldboy" and discuss Wes' editing process and screenwriting blues; Story & writing, the opening shot, sex scenes in movies, hallway hammer sequence; and other such stuff and things and stuff.

    • 1 hr 30 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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