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Updated February 2020
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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. Becau ...
 
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We profile David Fincher’s “Mindhunter” and discuss: cinematography, and use of color and camera movement; editing; writing & storytelling, some of the subtle psychological inserts; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of t…
 
So many people exhaust themselves trying to lose weight in the most inefficient way. Don’t put 95% of your effort where only 5% of the results come from. The 3 Rules of Fat Loss are where 95% of the results come from, the gurus & magazine editors can keep the other 5%. 40+ Recipe Cards are at the very bottom. This article will be updated frequently…
 
We sing through National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation” and discuss: editing; physical comedy; story; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “What’s funny is funny. The same thing that made you laugh a hundred years ago makes you laugh now.“ – Chevy Chase Watch us on YouTube: Short Spotlight: “Threads” This Week’s Recommendations: The post Ep 9…
 
We sparkle through “Twilight” and discuss: writing and story, what makes Twilight an awful movie; special guest Scott Garrett Graham; Wes maybe gets stoned on air as a coping mechanism for intellectualizing a bad movie; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.“ – Erne…
 
We do the math on Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” and discuss: plot and subplots; performances; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “I don’t want a lot of guys like me who played the game. Quite frankly, I want blank canvases; I want people to come in with new ideas. I don’t want the biases of their own experiences to be a part of their decisio…
 
We speed through Christian Bale’s “Ford v Ferrari” and discuss: super in-depth cinematography breakdown; writing, and keeping a story on topic; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “I woke up this morning, and I still don’t believe I won the Daytona 500.“ – Dale Earnhardt Notes & References: Gator in the water prank Ford v Ferrari BTS Watch u…
 
We try to recall Michel Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and discuss: cinematography; writing and story, subtle commentary; we are joined by special guest Dr. Jennifer Sapio!!; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “I hate a movie that will end by telling you that the first thing you should do is learn to love yourself. That is…
 
We relive Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow” and discuss: shooting a time travel story; writing and story; cinematography, how color grading, lenses, and lighting impacted the story; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.“ – Sun Tzu Wat…
 
We cackle through Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker” and discuss: cinematography; story; performances; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Remorse for what? You people have done everything in the world to me. Doesn’t that give me equal right?“ – Charles Manson Notes & References: Denis Villeneuve IMDB Short Spotlight: This Week’s Recommendations: Th…
 
We tiptoe through John Carpenter’s “The Thing” and discuss: cinematography; special effects and how they tie into the theme; building suspense; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Horror is always the same. It changes with the culture and changes with technology. The stories are always the same. There are just two basic stories in horror, t…
 
We stalk through Drew Goddard’s “The Cabin in the Woods” and discuss: cinematography; story and writing; allegory; the role of horror films in society; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Some people ask why people would go into a dark room to be scared. I say they are already scared, and they need to have that fear manipulated and massaged…
 
We sprint through Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later” and discuss: cinematography, how the film medium affects the story; story and writing; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Show people your stuff, listen carefully to their responses, but ultimately don’t value anyone’s opinion above your own. Be influenced by writers you dislike as well as wr…
 
We ride through Michael Mann’s “Collateral” and discuss: cinematography, film and digital; emotionally investing in characters; challenging the characters; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.“ – Ralph Waldo Emerson Notes…
 
We jazz-hands our way through Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige” and discuss: writing tricks; story; the film’s real “prestige”; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes.“ – Harry Houdini Short Spotlight: Todd’s sweet sweet microphone This Week’s Recommendations: The post Ep 86: “The Prestig…
 
We fly through Gus Van Sant’s “Finding Forrester” and discuss: cinematography, and how lens selection affects the perception of the story; writing; story, and inciting incidents’; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together…
 
We decipher Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” and discuss: cinematography; color; story; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “A language is not just words. It’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It’s all embodied in a language.“ – Noam Chomsky Notes & References: Lance Armstron…
 
We venture into Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” and discuss: cinematography, camerawork, and lighting; story & writing; storming the beaches in the opening scene; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “...just know that every man I kill the farther away from home I feel.“ – Captain Miller Notes & References: Moral Injury Maggie Rogers…
 
We kickpunch, blast, and stab our way through Keanu Reeves’ “John Wick 3” and discuss: world building; fighting; we interview Aaron Alexander, an actor, stuntman, and fight choreographer (“Lucifer”, “Agents of Shield”, “Dirty John”, “Threads”, et al); and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yo…
 
We blast our way through James Cameron’s “T2: Judgment Day” and discuss: wardrobe; vfx; story & writing; scifi rules of time travel; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “I tend to like strong female characters. It just interests me dramatically. A strong male character isn’t interesting because it has been done and it’s so cliched. A weak ma…
 
We stalk our way through James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi/horror/action film “The Terminator” and discuss: visual storytelling; fx; robots & AI; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. You know all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and he’s like, yeah,…
 
We drink our way through Alexander Payne’s “Sideways” and discuss: story; cinematography; performances; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine.“ – Heraclitus Notes & References: Wes’ vineyard mini-documentary This Week’s Recommendations: The post Ep 79: “Sideways…
 
We blast into Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” and discuss: story; theme; genre mixing; and a plethora of more things such as this. “The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable.” – Friedrich Nietzsche This Week’s Recommendations: The post Ep 78: “Avengers:…
 
We drift into Tom Hanks’ “Cast Away” and discuss: cinematography; story & theme; how subtext creates powerful emotions; and a plethora of more things such as this. “Black holes ain’t as black as they are painted. They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought. Things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly to another u…
 
We burn through Tony Scott’s “Man on Fire” and discuss: editing; performances; writing, how writing drama for film can differ from TV; And many of the things. “There came this point where I sat down with all my notebooks and I had to start to write, when I thought: this whole notion of writing for the person who understands nothing, the average rea…
 
We land on “Apollo 11” and discuss: cinema verite vs direct cinema; power of editing; celluloid vs digital; and a plethora of more things such as this. Clip of the Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouRbkBAOGEw Notes & References: Vanity Fair article & video Space.com featurette Wiki: Direct Cinema vs Cinema Verité Todd Douglas Miller detailing c…
 
We slide into Judd Apatow’s “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and discuss: defining the romantic comedy genre; cinematography; comedy story structure; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Realize that sleeping on a futon when you’re 30 is not the worst thing. You know what’s worse, sleeping in a king bed next to a wife you’re not really in love with …
 
We take a swing at Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby” and discuss: cinematography; boxing as a metaphor; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.“ – Muhammad Ali Notes & References: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates This Week’s Recommendations: The post Ep 73: “Million Dollar Bab…
 
We scope out Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games” and discuss: Camerawork, why so much handheld; Katniss as a character; Set design; Kuleshov effect; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.“ – George Orwell …
 
We explore Alex Garland’s “Annihilation” and discuss: Cinematography and composition; Story & theme, what is it really about; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.“ – C.S. Lewis This Week’s Recommendations: The post Ep 71: “Annihilation” appeared first on The Pestle.…
 
We slice through Robert Rodriguez & James Cameron’s “Alita: Battle Angel” and discuss: VFX; story; what was learned from a Robert Rodriguez Q&A; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.“ – Isaac Asimov Notes & References: Robert Rodriguez d…
 
We party through “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and discuss: cinematography, consistent framing, immersion; paradoxes of time & success; the theme & lesson of the historical figures; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once…
 
We dance through Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” and discuss: Super 16mm film, and how it affects the story; building tension and anxiety; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.“ – Pablo Picasso Notes & References: The Pestle Ep 5: Whiplash This Week’s Recommendations: The post Ep 68: “Black…
 
We orbit Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity” and discuss: cinematography, motivated camera moves; theme & symbolism; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the over wrought heart and bids it break.“ – William Shakespeare (Macbeth) Notes & References: The Pestle ep 3: “Warrior” No-Budget “slow mo…
 
We limp through Jeunet’s “A Very Long Engagement” and discuss: color; story; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be …
 
We journey into JRR Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and discuss: cinematography; adapting a novel; Wes’s favorite edit in the movie; we are joined by Joe Howes, actor, aerial drone filmmaker, VFX artist, WETA Digital programmer, and resident Lord of the Rings expert encyclopaedia; and other such stuff and things and st…
 
Yipikaye, melon farmers!! We slomo jump into “Die Hard” and discuss: is “Die Hard” the best action movie and the best Christmas movie of all time; story & theme; cinematography; we are joined by special guest badass WETA Digital programmer, and actor Joe Howes(!!!); and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Actors are agents of change. A film, a …
 
We fly through Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s oner “Birdman” and discuss: cinematography, mirror shots, motivated camera moves, upstage lighting; themes and story; acting; we are joined by special guest badass WETA Digital programmer, and actor Joe Howes(!!!); and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Life and death matters, yes. And the question of how…
 
We trek through the documentary “Free Solo” and discuss: Lens compression and how it affects the story; love and climbing; we interview Aicacia, a badass rock climber; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “You come to a point in your life when you really don’t care what people think about you, you just care what you think about yourself.“ – E…
 
We explore the Ridley Scott space film “The Martian” and discuss: performances; cinematography; story; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as p…
 
We roll through Nicolas Winding Refn’s crime drama “Drive” and discuss: cinematography; colors and allegory of “Drive”; performances; And other such stuff and things and stuff. “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.“ – Buddha Notes & References: Don’t quit. This Week’s Recommendations: The post Ep 60: “Drive” (2011) …
 
We jam out with the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and discuss: the score; Queen; Wes goes off the grid using research instead of notes; And other such stuff and things and stuff. “When I’m dead, I want to be remembered as a musician of some worth and substance.“ – Freddie Mercury Notes & References: John Ottman on editing & scoring the…
 
We journey into the anime film “Your Name.” and discuss: animation; story; we also interview Justin Kaufman, a concept artist with experience in animation; And other such stuff and things and stuff. “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.“ – Walt Disney Notes & References: Justin Kaufman’s Instagram A…
 
We jam out to Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born” and discuss: cinematography; music; performances and story; And other such stuff and things and stuff. “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.“ – Kurt Cobain Notes & References: “A Star is Born” audio workflow This Week’s Recommendations: The post Ep 57: “A Star is Born” (2018) a…
 
We explore Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” and discuss: camerawork and cinematography; story; And other such stuff and things and stuff. “The church says the earth is flat; but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even in a shadow than in the church.” – Ferdinand Magellan Notes & References: This Week’s Recommendations: The …
 
We settle into the 2018 horror “Hereditary” and discuss: story, themes, and symbolism; acting, making the scene more than about words on the page; And other such stuff and things and stuff. “Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go.” – Mr. Rogers…
 
We explore the 2017 Best Picture nominee “Hidden Figures” and discuss: Why Hidden Figures is not a good movie; Wes rants about the problem with big budget black films; And other such stuff and things and stuff. “You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” – Malcolm X Note…
 
We investigate the 2015 Best Picture movie “Spotlight” and discuss: cinematography; composing a frame with a purpose; journalism stories; and much more! “For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?” – Jesus (Mark 8:36) Film Analysis: Let’s take a look at how they may intentionally compose images in S…
 
We walk through the horror movie “It Follows” and discuss: cinematography; creating tension through the choice of lens; the horror rules and symbolism of “It Follows”; and much more! “Ladies you sold 200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies as a kid and now you can’t sell your man on wearing a condom. Come on.” – Dr. Ruth This Week’s Recommendations: PBS Sp…
 
We sprint through Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can” and discuss: cinematography; movie tricks; story techniques; and much more! “What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes.” – Harry Houdini Notes & References: Cinematography discussion about nets & lens filters This Week’s Recommendations: The post Ep 51: “Catch Me If You Can” ap…
 
We take 7 minutes to dive into Cameron Crowe’s “Vanilla Sky” and discuss: SFX Makeup; importance of nudity; cinematography; and much more! “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Ludwig Jacobowski This Week’s Recommendations: The post Ep 50: “Vanilla Sky” (7 Minute Pestle) appeared first on The Pestle.…
 
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