The Pestle: In-depth Movie Talk, No Fluff | Film Review | Spoilers
By Wes Evans: Actor, Filmmaker, Director, Writer; Todd Sapio: Actor, Producer, Musician, Athlete
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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.
||CleanEp 58: “Your Name.”||Animation and story, we also interview Justin Kaufman, a concept artist with experience in animation, and other such stuff and things and stuff.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 57: “A Star is Born” (2018)||Cinematography; music; performances and story; and other such stuff and things and stuff.||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 56: “First Man”||Camerawork and cinematography; story; And other such stuff and things and stuff.||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 55: “Hereditary”||Story, themes, and symbolism; acting, making the scene more than about words on the page; and other such stuff and things and stuff.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 54: “Hidden Figures”||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.||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 53: “Spotlight”||Cinematography; composing a frame with a purpose; journalism stories; and much more!||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 52: “It Follows”||Cinematography; creating tension through the choice of lens; the horror rules and symbolism of “It Follows”; and much more!||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 51: “Catch Me If You Can”||Cinematography; movie tricks; story techniques; and much more!||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 50: “Vanilla Sky” (7 Minute Pestle)||SFX makeup; importance of nudity; cinematography; and much more!||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 49: “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”||Tom Cruise running, acting, movie opening, writing, and much more!||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 48: “Gladiator”||Cinematography, telling a story through wardrobe, VFX, and much more!||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 47: “Almost Famous”||Cinematography, editing & story techniques, themes and symbolism, and much more!||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 46: "The Departed"||We sneak a look at Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" and discuss the 180º rule; themes; the importance of theme; and much more!||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 45: "Deadpool 2"||Cinematography; satire and sincerity; writing; and much more!||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 44: HBO's "The Sunset Limited"||Cinematography, shooting in a small room; acting; writing; and we're joined by a special guest and close friend, Barnabas!||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 43: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"||Spielberg’s cinematography; storytelling devices; aliens; and much more!||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 42: "Contact"||The themes of "Contact"; visually reinforcing the themes; cinematography, framing and compositions choices; and much more!||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 41: “The Avengers: Infinity War”||Great villains, and the unexpected antagonist; VFX; Writing for an ensemble; and much more!||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 40: "The Big Sick"||Themes; storytelling with wardrobe; establishing tension; and much more!||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 39: “Se7en”||Character arcs; cinematography & camerawork; psychological violence; symbolism; and much more!||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 38: "A Quiet Place"||The metaphor of "A Quiet Place; the opening scene; sound; acting; and much more!||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 37: "Alien" (1979, Ridley Scott)||The symbolism in "Alien"; cinematography, and editing; design; the final sequence, and much more!||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 36: “Attack the Block”||The beasts of Attack the Block; theme & symbolism; horror gimmicks; John Boyega; and much more!||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 35: “Moana”||Musical efficiency in storytelling; lessons of Moana; Heihei as a sidekick; what filmmakers can learn from cartoons; and much more!||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 34: “Dumb and Dumber”||The cinematography of comedies; why this movie works; Wes goes on a rant; and much more!||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 33: Marvel's "Black Panther"||The symbolism of "Black Panther"; Ryan Coogler; camera settings (aperture/f-stop/iris, frame rate, shutter speed); and much more!||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 32: “Call Me By Your Name”||The camerawork of "Call Me By Your Name"; audio; the story; and much more!||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 31: “Fight Club”||The title sequence of "Fight Club"; lighting in the bar scene; the transitions; voiceover; camerawork & composition; and much more!||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 30: “Mudbound”||We interview one of the producers of the movie, Carl Effenson; we discuss the lighting and camerawork of "Mudbound"; intersectionality; film vs digital; and much more!||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 29: “Never Let Me Go”||Lighting and camerawork; framing & compositions; film stocks; and much more!||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 28: “The Room”||Wes gets drunk and ruins The Pestle; we discuss the failures of The Room, The Disaster Artist; and much more!||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 27: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”||The theme of The Last Jedi; a little visual analysis; we have an interview with Dr. Vance, a planetary chemist and astrobiologist with JPL NASA to discuss space, Europa, exploring our solar system and so much more!||12/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 26: “Looper”||The time travel of Rian Johnson's "Looper"; editing; theme; the future; and much more!||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 25: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”||The camerawork of Star Wars The Force Awakens; Deus Ex Machina storytelling; Kylo Ren; JJ Abrams; and much more!||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 24: “Chef”||The camerawork and visual technique of Jon Favreau's "Chef"; Chef as a metaphor; food experiences; we interview a chef; and much more!||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 23: “Garden State”||The camerawork and editing; visual gags; when performances make the film; the impact this film had on us personally, and much more!||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 22: “Ex Machina”||We discuss Artificial Intelligence with special guest Byron Reese, host of Gigaom's Voices in AI podcast; the camerawork and visual storytelling techniques; the symbolism of Ex Machina, and much more!||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 21: “The Hateful Eight”||The 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!||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 20: “Spider-Man: Homecoming”||Good villains; epic failures as a story device; origin stories; and much more!||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 19: "Stranger Things" Season 1 & 2||The title sequence of "Stranger Things"; the composition & camerawork; pacing, themes, differences between seasons 1 & 2, and much more!||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 18: "Scott Pilgrim vs the World"||The lighting of Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim vs the World"; transitions; sound design; and much more.||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 17: “La La Land”||Technicolor; the 180º Rule; being an artist; music and Hollywood; and much more.||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 16: “V for Vendetta”||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.||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 15: Stephen King’s “It”||Child actors; what makes a good horror film; drama & horror; and much more. Be sure to check the show notes for more analysis!||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 14: “Baby Driver”||Edgar Wright's style; the editing of Baby Driver; the Intro & Title sequences; rhythm & music; foreshadowing; and much more.||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 13: “Sunshine”||The colors of "Sunshine"; Danny Boyle's style vs David Fincher; the film's theme; foreshadowing; and much more.||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 12: "The Big Lebowski" with guest Scott Graham||We discuss The Coen Brothers; the human comedy of The Big Lebowski; Philip Seymour Hoffman; the real antagonist; and much more.||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 11: “Rogue One”||The cinematography of Rogue One; FX & set design; war; and much more.||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 10: “The Social Network”||The audio & music of The Social Network; Aaron Sorkin's tropes; David Fincher's cinematography style; ways the plot is subtly underscored; Sean Parker's role in the movie; and so much more.||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 9: “The Dark Tower”||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!||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 8: “Clue” – with special guest Joe Parsons||We have Master Pancake comedian Joe Parsons on to discuss turning a board game into a good comedy; making exposition fun; camera work that plays into comedy; the nature of comedy; and much more!||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 7: “Dunkirk”||The artwork of the Dunkirk poster; the true enemy of Dunkirk; the nature of tension; Nolan likes to give context; and much more!||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 6: "Transformers The Last Knight"||The extremes of Transformers; acting (in a bad movie); do you blame the screenwriters for a bad movie?; FX; respecting the audience & the world of your film; and much more!||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 5: “Whiplash”||Music & jazz, tension & resolution; the colors of Whiplash; and we debate the merits of Fletcher's teaching techniques.||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 4: "Guardians of the Galaxy 2"||The theme of Guardians of the Galaxy, using incongruity, the importance of the title sequence, FX, and much more.||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 3: "Warrior" - Immersion techniques||Camerawork, angles, and how composition can tie in with the subtext of the scene or even the entire movie, and much more.||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 2: "Interstellar" - What does it mean?||70mm film; FX; and a deep dive into the theme of Interstellar, and answer the question: is there a bootstrap paradox?||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 1: "Wonder Woman" - A man washes up on the women-only Alamo Drafthouse island.||Todd wanders into the Alamo Drafthouse’s women-only screening of Wonder Woman; The VFX of Wonder Woman; Feminism in Wonder Woman (According to two men, anyway, come get your mansplaination!)||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I'm always looking for a movie podcast, but it's difficult to stick to one, as the tone or the info isn't to my taste. I am thoroughly impressed with the podcast and have binged through all the shows currently up. Give it a download and enjoy!
Fills a gap that really needs to be filled.
There are countless great podcasts about filmmaking art and technique (Film Riot, The Artful Camera, Capturing Light) and there are countless great podcasts that review films (Now Playing, Mad About Movies).
I have been looking for a podcast that marries the two. HOW do you use filmmaking art and technique to shoot well-told stories worth telling?
The Pestle is that podcast.
It's like a film discussion with your smartest friends, but with tehcnique disucssion from filmmakers and performance discussion from performers.
Welcome to my rotation, The Pestle!!!
Great story and production analysis!
Pestle dives into really thought-provoking story and character analysis but also gives great insight on how each film's production and direction. AND it's not boring! Best of all worlds. Keep up the good talk.