The Pestle


Ep 77: “Cast Away”

April 24, 2019

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 universe. So if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up—there’s a way out.” – Stephen Hawking

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  1. Marc Israel says:

    Thanks for an enjoyable episode. I’m a bit surprised as having seen this decades ago with no lasting emotional attachment your combined reactions got me to hit the buy button on Amazon.

    Inspirational movies hold a place in my heart, especially when when sentimental is mixed with action taken, not necessarily an action film. While listening to you both, I was already thinking this as a go to movie when in any possible funk to inspire a change in outlook and spark that action.

    Family movie night ahead! We all love Tom Hanks and I don’t think my wife and daughter has seen it.

    Another addition to the collection is on its way… thanks!!!

    1. wes says:

      Oh wow, I can’t wait to hear how your family reacted to it! And I’m right there with you, mixing sentiment with some purpose is usually going to resonate with me, I love a good inspirational film. Give me a Rudy, or Pursuit of Happyness anytime and I’ll probably be a puddle of mush by the end, haha.

      1. Marc Israel says:

        Daughter didn’t bite despite the Tom Hanks gravity. 13 going in 28 miss independent. Wife proclaimed “boring@ after skipping the opening 30 minutes.. the good news is that I get to use wireless headphones when they don’t watch and, as a musician, love movie audio. I’m slways thinking that I know the movie magic secret due to paying attention to sound as an active listener. I bet Todd gets that….. although his fascination with Superhero movies is baffling, but I have no dog in that fight…. just because it’s not my cup of java doesn’t mean anything but that it’s not for me…

        Referencing last episode but nothing to really comment on so will await sideways…. as an AA member for 20 years now I’m curious as to your take and will rewatch in advance

        Thanks again for your efforts on your second jobs. Glad you guys care about movies in the ways you all do.

        1. wes says:

          haha, your family sounds awesome, and familiar to my own. It’s interesting the things that stick with some people and not others.

          Congrats on 20 years!! That’s amazing!

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