About Us

The Bit Players podcast exists to enjoy that close connection between film and our friendship. Five longtime friends make up the hosts: Jeff, Anders, Jarryd, Clark and Brian. We have known each other since middle school and though much has changed in the interim, our love of films remains. They strike us differently at different times in our lives. Some childhood classics have been replaced, while other time-tested movies still enjoy rewatch after rewatch. Regardless, we’ve grown fond of the movie-going experience and found that some of the magic of the movies ought to be shared. But we certainly don’t share tastes in film; in fact they're as divisive for us as the films are enjoyable. We gave up coming to unanimous agreement on which films to watch a while back and now settle for making lists. The process has each of us write three to five selections on a piece of paper that we ball up and put in a hat. The papers are then all tossed to the floor and the order in which they land, going left to right, determines the order we watch the films. Now that we live in different parts of the country, a podcast seems a natural way to continue with the fun of our lists. With The Bit Players, we hope to deepen our love of movies and convey some its magic with listeners.
Listen to the Group's Selections
Looking Back
on 1-100
The guys look back at the previous two-plus years of podcasting together, talking about episodes 1 through 100 in a very special retrospective episode. This isn't like those terrible clip shows that sitcoms would periodically run in the '90s, either. All new content from the Bit Players looking back at the films that have occupied their minds and lives for the past two years. They talk about their favorite acting performances, movies where their opinions have changed the most since the episodes aired, worst movies, best movies, and much, much more. They also break down some really fun stats about the previous 100 episodes, so this is not one to miss!
Tom Cruise
Paul Thomas Anderson
Quinten Tarantino
Robert Zemeckis
John Carpenter
M. Night Shyamalan
Top 10
of 2016
2016 was another great year in movies. From the low-budget indie flicks that made major waves like Hell or High Water and Don't Breathe to the massive super hero epics like Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, it was another year with a little something for everyone in the Bit Players. There were memorable songs, memorable characters, memorable moments all across the board. There were laughs, tears, frights, and action. It seems like every year gets better and better to be a movie fan as the ability to make a film reaches more and more creative fingertips, and 2016 was no exception. Bit Player favorites like Richard Linklater and the Coen Brothers delivered more of the same greatness we've come to expect, but newcomers like Robert Eggers and the continually impressive Jeremy Saulnier firmly placed themselves on the "to watch" list with their 2016 entries. Read below to find out everything we loved about this year, including best films, acting performances, music, scenes, writing, cinematography, and more.
Rob Reiner
Steven Spielberg
The Russo Brothers
Sydney Pollack
Matthew Vaughn
Neil Marshall
Top 10
of 2015
2015 will always be a special year for the Bit Players when it comes to film, not only because it was the year that the podcast actually began, but it was actually a great year for new movies. Childhood dreams were realized when we got more Star Wars, the character of Rocky Balboa was gloriously revitalized in Creed, Pixar delivered one of their finest and most impactful offerings to date, some of the obligatory novel adaptations were actually quite good, Mad Max redefined what it means to be an action movie, and a whole lot of characters horrifically died in gorgeous snowy settings. We predict that it was a year of films that, when we look back years later, will continue to offer some of our lifelong favorite watches, and our top 25 films of 2015 is the list that best embodies what was so great this year and will continue to be so for years to come.
Zack Snyder
John Lasseter
Chris Columbus
J.J. Abrams
Sam Mendes
John Carpenter
Jan De Bont
Martin Campbell
Tony Scott
Steven Spielberg
Christopher McQuarrie
The Wachowskis
Joss Whedon
Jorma Taccone

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