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Ep 28: The Room

In this episode: Wes gets drunk and ruins The Pestle; we discuss the failures of The Room, The Disaster Artist; and much more! “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is […]

Duration: 01:46:48

Ep 27: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

In this episode we discuss: the theme of The Last Jedi; a little visual analysis; we have an interview with Dr. Steven Vance, a planetary chemist and astrobiologist with JPL NASA to discuss space, Europa, exploring our solar system and so much more! “There is perhaps no better a demonstration of the folly of human […]

Duration: 01:25:04

Ep 26: Looper

In this episode we discuss: time travel; editing; theme; the future; and much more! “If the Universe came to an end every time there was some uncertainty about what had happened in it, it would never have got beyond the first picosecond. And many of course don’t. It’s like a human body, you see. A […]

Duration: 01:09:52

Ep 25: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

In this episode we discuss: Deus Ex Machina; camerawork & visual analysis; Kylo Ren, JJ Abrams; and much more! Visual Analysis (camerawork) Coming later today (sorry, ran out of time to get it finished before publishing) Notes & References: This Week’s Recommendations:

Duration: 01:05:15

Ep 24: Chef

In this episode we discuss: camerawork and visual technique of Chef; Chef as a metaphor; we interview chef Aaron; and much more! Visual Analysis (camerawork) Chef is largely shot with locked off frames. When we’re in the kitchen cooking, however, everything moves and pops a little bit more. Easily the most evident in the opening […]

Duration: 01:10:29

Ep 23: Garden State

In this episode we discuss: camerawork and editing; visual gags; when performances make the film; the impact this film had on us personally; and much more! Analysis Visual Gags Super simple payoff that simultaneously is at once digestible but also helps to build what we know about the character, that he’s “out of it”. […]

Duration: 01:13:26

Ep 22: Ex Machina

In this episode we discuss: Artificial Intelligence with special guest Byron Reese, host of Gigaom’s Voices in AI podcast; camerawork and visual storytelling techniques; the symbolism of Ex Machina; and much more! Check out Byron’s podcast: Gigaom’s Voices in AI Pre-order Byron’s book on Amazon: The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of […]

Duration: 01:21:05

Ep 21: The Hateful Eight

In this episode we discuss: camerawork and technique of shooting in one room; we weigh in with a special guest about Tarantino’s use of the N-word; and much more! “When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.” – Quentin Tarantino Notes & References: Film first releases […]

Duration: 01:15:25

Ep 20: Spider-Man: Homecoming

In this episode we discuss: Good villains; Epic failures as a story device; origin stories; and much more! Notes & References: Four Quadrants This Week’s Recommendations:

Duration: 01:05:44

Ep 19: Stranger Things

In this episode we discuss: the title sequence of Stranger Things; the composition & camerawork; pacing, themes, differences between seasons 1 & 2, and much more! The Byers are framed in two, above them is light in a separate panel, they’re below, with the snow swirling outside as if they’re in the Upside Down, separated […]

Duration: 01:19:09

Episode 18: Scott Pilgrim vs the World

In this episode we have special guest Joe Howes with us to discuss: the lighting of Scott Pilgrim vs the World; transitions; sound design; and much more. “I think one of the things that really separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool builders. I read a study that measured the efficiency of […]

Duration: 01:25:48

Ep 17: La La Land

In this episode we discuss: the symbolism of La La Land; Technicolor; the 180º rule; music and Hollywood; being an artist, and pursuing your dreams; and much more. “The way I look at a musical, you are commenting on the human condition no matter what you do. A musical may be light and frivolous, but […]

Duration: 01:17:37

Ep 16: V for Vendetta

In this episode we discuss: The Overture of 1812; James McTeigue & The Wachowskis; Hugo Weaving & Natalie Portman’s amazing performances; the meaning of V for Vendetta, terrorism, patriotism, politics; and much more. “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell Notes & References: Thomas Paine: […]

Duration: 01:22:55

Ep 15: Stephen King’s “It”

In this episode we discuss: the theme of Stephen King’s “It”; camerawork and editing techniques; horror dramas; child actors; and much more. “Even bad guys (most of them, anyway) see themselves as good—they are the heroes of their own lives. Giving them a fair chance as characters can create some interesting shades of gray—and shades […]

Duration: 01:09:52

Ep 14: Baby Driver

In this episode we discuss: Edgar Wright’s style; foreshadowing; editing on set; the opening scene and the title sequence; and much more. “Maybe directors who are more interested in realism and naturalism come from cities, where they see things on their doorstep every day. But growing up as a kid in a very pretty but […]

Duration: 01:12:08

Ep 13: Sunshine

In this episode we discuss: the colors of Sunshine; Danny Boyle’s style vs David Fincher; the film’s theme; foreshadowing; and much more. “Truthfully, I can only say I was driven to make the film, that these images came to me and I did not question them. My only defence is: ‘Forgive me, for I know […]

Duration: 01:33:32

Episode 12: The Big Lebowski with guest Scott Graham

In this episode: we discuss the Coen Brothers; the human comedy of The Big Lebowski; Philip Seymour Hoffman; the real antagonist; and much more. “If the material is challenging, it forces you to challenge yourself when handling it.” – Joel Coen Notes & References: Scott Graham on Instagram (or is it instaGRAHAM ohhhhh! …yeah.) The […]

Duration: 00:59:34

Ep 11: Rogue One

In this episode: we discuss the cinematography of Rogue One; FX & set design; war; and much more. Wes’s additional thought: I really loved my friend Justin’s thoughts about the lack of character development, but after recording our episode and continuing to chew on this film I do completely agree with him, but war movies […]

Duration: 01:00:44

Ep 10: The Social Network

In this episode: we discuss the audio & music of The Social Network; Aaron Sorkins tropes; David Fincher’s cinematography style; ways the plot is subtly underscored; Sean Parker’s role in the movie; and so much more. “Trying to guess what the audience wants and then trying to satisfy that is usually a bad recipe for […]

Duration: 01:06:06

Ep 9: The Dark Tower

In this episode: we discuss adapting Stephen King novels. The differences between The Gunslinger book and The Dark Tower movie. Moments of ineffective filmmaking. Enhancing the hero and villain. Girbaud vs Faded Glory, and much more! “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” – Stephen King […]

Duration: 00:57:19

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