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Ep 65: “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”

1/9/2019
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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 […]

Duration:01:23:03

Ep 64: “Die Hard”

1/1/2019
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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 […]

Duration:01:09:57

Ep 63: “Birdman”

12/19/2018
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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 to […]

Duration:01:04:44

Ep 62: “Free Solo”

12/11/2018
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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 […]

Duration:01:09:33

Ep 61: “The Martian”

12/4/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:45:51

Ep 60: “Drive” (2011)

11/27/2018
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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: This Week’s Recommendations:

Duration:00:55:19

Ep 59: “Bohemian Rhapsody”

11/21/2018
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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: […]

Duration:01:00:53

Ep 58: “Your Name.”

11/13/2018
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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 […]

Duration:01:10:08

Ep 57: “A Star is Born” (2018)

10/30/2018
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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:

Duration:01:20:08

Ep 56: “First Man”

10/23/2018
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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: […]

Duration:01:00:19

Ep 55: “Hereditary”

10/16/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:52:39

Ep 54: “Hidden Figures”

10/3/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:50:17

Ep 53: “Spotlight”

9/25/2018
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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 […]

Duration:01:20:01

Ep 52: “It Follows”

9/18/2018
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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.” – […]

Duration:00:47:39

Ep 51: “Catch Me If You Can”

9/11/2018
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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:

Duration:00:56:48

Ep 50: “Vanilla Sky” (7 Minute Pestle)

9/4/2018
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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:

Duration:00:14:54

Ep 49: “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

8/15/2018
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We dissect Tom Cruise’s new action movie “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and discuss: Acting; opening; writing; and much more! “Women are more sympathetic creatures in jeopardy, plus they’re more interesting to photograph. I’d rather photograph a woman walking around with a candelabra than a guy. It’s as simple as that. Somebody once said that the […]

Duration:00:56:50

EP 48: “Gladiator”

8/6/2018
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We visit Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning picture “Gladiator” and discuss: cinematography; telling a story through wardrobe; VFX; and much more! “The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.” – Marcus Aurelius This Week’s Recommendations:

Duration:01:05:24

Ep 47: “Almost Famous”

8/1/2018
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We rock out with Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous” and discuss: cinematography; editing & story techniques; themes and symbolism; and much more! “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, […]

Duration:01:03:42

Ep 46: "The Departed"

7/18/2018
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We sneak a look at Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” and discuss: 180º rule; themes; the importance of theme; and much more! “Justice is incidental to law and order.” – J. Edgar Hoover Film Analysis This Week’s Recommendations:

Duration:01:03:13