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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. 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.

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.

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United States

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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. 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.

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English


Episodes

Ep 140: “Underwater”

3/2/2021
We drill into William Eubank’s “Underwater” and discuss: cinematography, the effects of handheld; story & writing, Norah the action hero, creating tension; how Kristen Stewart could save us from a robot uprising; what the monster could be and why it’s not what everyone thinks it is; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “If […] The post Ep 140: “Underwater” appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:00:51:15

Ep 138: “Notting Hill”

2/16/2021
We enter the blue door in “Notting Hill” and discuss: cinematography, how you can see this is a drama and not a comedy; acting, Julia Roberts’ performance; writing & Story, the genius of exposition as a game, the Baader–Meinhof phenomenon; music, and how they nearly ruined the ending and why I wish I could edit […] The post Ep 138: “Notting Hill” appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:14:33

Ep 137: “Magnolia”

2/9/2021
We rain on Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Magnolia” and discuss: cinematography, long takes, transitions, anamorphic framing; ensemble writing; music; magnolia flower facts; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country.“ – Exodus 8:2 Notes & References: Tom Cruise […] The post Ep 137: “Magnolia” appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:13:22

Ep 136: “Soul” (Pixar, 2020)

2/2/2021
We search Pixar’s “Soul” and discuss: death; side missions, making it all add up to something; the zone; we have a surprise guest appearance; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time.“ – Jean-Michel Basquiat Notes & References: Hidden details in Soul More […] The post Ep 136: “Soul” (Pixar, 2020) appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:07:14

Ep 135: “Hamilton”

1/26/2021
We take a shot at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” and discuss: live performances on stage vs film; wardrobe, set design; musical songwriting vs albums; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “No punishment, in my opinion, is too great, for the man who can build his greatness upon his country’s ruin.“ – George Washington Notes […] The post Ep 135: “Hamilton” appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:21:30

Ep 134: “Casting, Auditioning, and Picking a Monologue” (Special Edition)

1/19/2021
We pull a bonus episode out of our Patreon archive and discuss: the casting process, going through hundreds of submissions, what Wes looks for in an audition; how Todd did in all three rounds of his auditions; what makes for a good or bad monologue; and other such stuff and things and stuff. Notes & […] The post Ep 134: “Casting, Auditioning, and Picking a Monologue” (Special Edition) appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:00:35:55

Ep 133: “Wonder Woman 1984”

1/8/2021
We put the lasso of truth on Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 1984” and discuss: themes, and conversational subtext in Wonder Woman; Chekhov’s Gun, wasted story elements; using a temp track for editing purposes (and how “Sunshine” was ripped off once again); and other such stuff and things and stuff. “No one is useless in this […] The post Ep 133: “Wonder Woman 1984” appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:20:50

Ep 132: “Amadeus”

12/29/2020
We prance through F. Murray Abraham’s “Amadeus” and discuss: cinematography; story & writing, engaging the audience; living in the shadow of Mozart; special guest Scott Garrett Graham joins us; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “I have never thought of writing for reputation and honor. What I have in my heart must come […] The post Ep 132: “Amadeus” appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:31:46

Ep 131: “Burning”

12/22/2020
We put a match to the Korean film “Burning” and discuss: cinematography, natural lighting vs available lighting; editing, how long takes and rhythm of edits affects the experience; story, what is this movie about?; special guest Dave Jasmon; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “She was bored. She loved, had capacity to love, […] The post Ep 131: “Burning” appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:27:36

ep 130: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

12/15/2020
We slink through Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and discuss: cinematography, lighting the middle Earth; story & writing, morality, demonstrating possession; special guest Joe Howes takes a quiz to test his vast Tolkien knowledge; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “Whatever possession we gain by our sword cannot […] The post ep 130: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:37:48

Ep 129: “Memento” (2000, Christopher Nolan)

12/8/2020
We back our way through Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” and discuss: cinematography, setting the tone for a mechanically complex film; writing & story, why this film would not work if told with a traditional structure; comparing Memento to Following, what does an extra $9 million budget get you?; and other such stuff and things and stuff. […] The post Ep 129: “Memento” (2000, Christopher Nolan) appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:00:23

Ep 128: “Following” (1998, Christopher Nolan)

12/1/2020
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. “One of the worst things you can do is have a limited budget and try to do some big looking […] The post Ep 128: “Following” (1998, Christopher Nolan) appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:17:44

Ep 127: “Once”

11/25/2020
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. “If you look at my career… I couldn’t possibly have chosen those subjects if I was thinking, ‘That’s a great commercial idea.’ I’m not aware of a great musical where […] The post Ep 127: “Once” appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:22:26

Ep 126: “Lady Bird”

11/17/2020
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. “I wish people could achieve what they think would bring them happiness in order for them to realize that that’s not really what happiness is.“ – […] The post Ep 126: “Lady Bird” appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:13:51

Ep 125: “Primer”

11/10/2020
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. “If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be […] The post Ep 125: “Primer” appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:23:08

Ep 124: “Shattered Glass” (2003)

11/2/2020
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. “The term propaganda rings melodramatic and exaggerated, but […] The post Ep 124: “Shattered Glass” (2003) appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:37:38

Ep 123: “World War Z”

10/28/2020
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; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “I don’t think you need to spend $40 million to be creepy. The best horror films are the ones that are much less […] The post Ep 123: “World War Z” appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:21:46

Ep 122: “Shaun of the Dead”

10/20/2020
We invade Edgar Wright’s “Shaun of the Dead” and discuss: cinematography, revealing a punchline; comedic editing; humor, apocalypse humor; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “If I fail, the film industry writes me off as another statistic. If I succeed, they pay me a million bucks to fly out to Hollywood and fart.“ […] The post Ep 122: “Shaun of the Dead” appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:00:58:26

Ep 121: “Tucker and Dale vs Evil”

10/13/2020
We take a stab at “Tucker and Dale vs Evil” and discuss: story & writing, Final Girls, dramatic irony, violent humor, hiding exposition through humor; cinematography, supporting story perspective; practical effects; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no […] The post Ep 121: “Tucker and Dale vs Evil” appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:03:44

Ep 120: “Dope”

10/6/2020
We pedal through Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope” and peddle: story & writing, coming of age stories, writing humor, upping the stakes, kick the dog storytelling; and other such stuff and things and stuff. “There are so many people that don’t come in contact with black men. Whether they live in a homogeneous area that’s mostly white […] The post Ep 120: “Dope” appeared first on The Pestle.

Duration:01:15:50