Episode 101: Blade Runner (1982)

The guys venture two years into the future for this week’s podcast on Ridley Scott’s classic 1982 sci-fi mind-bender, Blade Runner. The Harrison Ford-helmed film asks some big questions about what it means to really be a human in a world with synthesized humanity, a question that is just as poignant and perplexing now as it was when Philip K. Dick wrote the source material in 1968. The Bit Players consider that question, among many others of equal weight, such as how M. Night Shyamalan would twist this thing up, what the porno version of the film would be called, and how many times Daniel Day-Lewis would have sex with a robot to prepare for the role should he have answered the call for Rick Deckard.

Blade Runner (1982)
Director
Ridley Scott
Stars
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmett Walsh, Daryl Hannah

Curated by: Jeff

4.6

What Movies Are About

Aired Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The guys venture two years into the future for this week's podcast on Ridley Scott's classic 1982 sci-fi mind-bender, Blade Runner. The Harrison Ford-helmed film asks some big questions about what it means to really be a human in a world with synthesized humanity, a question that is just as poignant and perplexing now as it was when Philip K. Dick wrote the source material in 1968. The Bit Players consider that question, among many others of equal weight, such as how M. Night Shyamalan would twist this thing up, what the porno version of the film would be called, and how many times Daniel Day-Lewis would have sex with a robot to prepare for the role should he have answered the call for Rick Deckard.

Featuring "End Titles" by Vangelis

03:55 Number Crunching
17:00 Blade Runner Introduction
18:00 Ridley Scott's World-Building
23:33 How is Rick Deckard a Good Blade Runner?
26:00 Harrison Ford's Performance
32:20 Are Replicants All That Different from Humans?
40:04 Rick Deckard vs. Roy Batty
41:26 "Tears in Rain" Monologue
45:46 Is Deckard a Replicant? Probably Not.
50:54 Clark's Corner: Blu-Ray Combo Pack, Recast, Lestat-Approved, Sleepover Seal of Approval, How Would M. Night Shyamalan Provide a Twist?
1:00:09 Ratings

Looking Back on Episodes 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!

Aired Monday, September 11, 2017

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!

Featuring "Keep it 100" by Grandtheft & Keys N Krates

Episode 100: Top Gun (1986)

The guys head into the Danger Zone with Maverick and Goose on this week’s podcast for the big episode 100 on Tony Scott’s 1986 film, Top Gun. The Bit Players celebrate this listener-selected movie by talking about the film’s seemingly limitless cultural reach, the film’s iconic soundtrack and moments that go with the songs, as well as the incongruous relationship of critical and audience response. The guys give a big upside-down middle finger to the first 100 episodes and look forward to 100 more.

Top Gun (1986)
Director
Tony Scott
Stars
Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, Tim Robbins

Curated by: Listeners

5.0

What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, September 11, 2017

The guys head into the Danger Zone with Maverick and Goose on this week's podcast for the big episode 100 on Tony Scott's 1986 film, Top Gun. The Bit Players celebrate this listener-selected movie by talking about the film's seemingly limitless cultural reach, the film's iconic soundtrack and moments that go with the songs, as well as the incongruous relationship of critical and audience response. The guys give a big upside-down middle finger to the first 100 episodes and look forward to 100 more.

Featuring "Playing with the Boys" by Kenny Loggins

Episode 99: 12 Angry Men (1957)

The guys head to the courtroom this week with their podcast on Sidney Lumet’s 1957 debut feature film, 12 Angry Men. Given the fact that the Henry Fonda-led film is the highest rated that the Bit Players have watched thus far, the guys spend a lot of time discussing this reception that accumulated over the past 60 years, breaking down the various merits that have carried over to create what is ultimately a pretty timeless experience. Lumet tells his story simply and profoundly, which could never be a knock on a movie, but he also tells it black and whitely, and that’s always gonna cause a glitch in the Bit Players hardware. Despite that, the guys find a lot to love about 12 Angry Men, from the camerawork that brings such a plain setting to life, to the jurors’ diaper-lined suit pants.

12 Angry Men (1957)
Director
Sidney Lumet
Stars
Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam

Curated by: Clark

4.6

What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, September 4, 2017

The guys head to the courtroom this week with their podcast on Sidney Lumet's 1957 debut feature film, 12 Angry Men. Given the fact that the Henry Fonda-led film is the highest rated that the Bit Players have watched thus far, the guys spend a lot of time discussing this reception that accumulated over the past 60 years, breaking down the various merits that have carried over to create what is ultimately a pretty timeless experience. Lumet tells his story simply and profoundly, which could never be a knock on a movie, but he also tells it black and whitely, and that's always gonna cause a glitch in the Bit Players hardware. Despite that, the guys find a lot to love about 12 Angry Men, from the camerawork that brings such a plain setting to life, to the jurors' diaper-lined suit pants.

Episode 98: The Iron Giant (1999)

The guys have some good old Cold War fun on this week’s podcast with the most lovable killing machine in town, The Iron Giant. The 1999 film directed by Brad Bird showed that the Disney way of doing things wasn’t always the only way of doing things when it came to telling a story in animated form, and the Bit Players break down how the film might have changed animated features going forward. They also pit the Iron Giant against other movie robots in an ultimate battle royal, which they believe the Vin Diesel-voiced monster has a legit shot at winning. They also debate whether or not they believe Brad Bird can actually draw or not.

The Iron Giant (1999)
Director
Brad Bird
Stars
Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, Christopher McDonald

Curated by: Jarryd

4.4

Aired Monday, August 28, 2017

The guys have some good old Cold War fun on this week's podcast with the most lovable killing machine in town, The Iron Giant. The 1999 film directed by Brad Bird showed that the Disney way of doing things wasn't always the only way of doing things when it came to telling a story in animated form, and the Bit Players break down how the film might have changed animated features going forward. They also pit the Iron Giant against other movie robots in an ultimate battle royal, which they believe the Vin Diesel-voiced monster has a legit shot at winning. They also debate whether or not they believe Brad Bird can actually draw or not.

Episode 97: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The guys head back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away for the second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. The guys compare the film not only to the rest of the Star Wars series, but also the rest of director Irvin Kershner’s catalogue, which includes such classics as RoboCop 2 and Never Say Never Again. They talk about how Empire stands alone and bridges the series together, as well as how the actors both grow and, well, don’t, from A New Hope to Episode V. The Bit Players also imagine what it might have been like had iconic method actor Daniel Day-Lewis prepared for a role in the film.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Director
Irvin Kershner
Stars
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz

Curated by: Anders

5.0

What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, August 21, 2017

The guys head back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away for the second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. The guys compare the film not only to the rest of the Star Wars series, but also the rest of director Irvin Kershner's catalogue, which includes such classics as RoboCop 2 and Never Say Never Again. They talk about how Empire stands alone and bridges the series together, as well as how the actors both grow and, well, don't, from A New Hope to Episode V. The Bit Players also imagine what it might have been like had iconic method actor Daniel Day-Lewis prepared for a role in the film.

Episode 96: Boogie Nights (1997)

The guys head to the grimy cesspool known as San Fernando Valley for this week’s podcast on Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 film, Boogie Nights. They talk about the film in relation to the rest of PTA’s work, how it stands out in establishing a bonafide modern-day auteur, and the crazy array of talented actors that make up the lovable band of dick-swangin’ buddies. They also discuss who would be able to reshape this classic if it were to be remade, which actually turned out way easier than you’d think.

Boogie Nights (1997)
Director
Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars
Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, Heather Graham, William H. Macy, Luis Guzmán, Don Cheadle, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly

Curated by: The Bit Players

5.0

What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, August 14, 2017

The guys head to the grimy cesspool known as San Fernando Valley for this week's podcast on Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 film, Boogie Nights. They talk about the film in relation to the rest of PTA's work, how it stands out in establishing a bonafide modern-day auteur, and the crazy array of talented actors that make up the lovable band of dick-swangin' buddies. They also discuss who would be able to reshape this classic if it were to be remade, which actually turned out way easier than you'd think.

Episode 95: Willow (1988)

The guys might have made a small mistake in picking this week’s podcast, Ron Howard’s 1988 fantasy flick, Willow. It’s an adventure that is at times ridiculous, hilarious, fun, heartwarming, and just plain awful, but somehow it all kind of works. They talk about the enigma that is Val Kilmer, just how this film achieved its cult status alongside something like The Princess Bride, which is actually good.

Willow (1988)
Director
Ron Howard
Stars
Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis

Curated by: Clark Carmichael

2.2

Aired Monday, August 7, 2017

The guys might have made a small mistake in picking this week's podcast, Ron Howard's 1988 fantasy flick, Willow. It's an adventure that is at times ridiculous, hilarious, fun, heartwarming, and just plain awful, but somehow it all kind of works. They talk about the enigma that is Val Kilmer, just how this film achieved its cult status alongside something like The Princess Bride, which is actually good.

Episode 94: Prometheus (2012)

The guys join the crew of Prometheus as they discover the backstory of the Alien film franchise on this week’s podcast. The Bit Players are back to discuss the film franchise’s deep mythology established with Ridley Scott’s 2012 film as well as how the film stands apart from and up to the rest of the franchise, particularly Alien and Aliens. They talk about the Prometheus crew’s over-eagerness to immediately pop open their helmets in a completely alien world, the insane amount of goo on screen, and much more.

Prometheus (1994)
Director
Ridley Scott
Stars
Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green

Curated by: Jarryd Baxter

4.6

What Movies Are About

Aired Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The guys join the crew of Prometheus as they discover the backstory of the Alien film franchise on this week's podcast. The Bit Players are back to discuss the film franchise's deep mythology established with Ridley Scott's 2012 film as well as how the film stands apart from and up to the rest of the franchise, particularly Alien and Aliens. They talk about the Prometheus crew's over-eagerness to immediately pop open their helmets in a completely alien world, the insane amount of goo on screen, and much more.

Episode 93: Speed (1994)

The guys get behind the wheel on this week’s movie podcast on the classic Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock action flick, Speed. After what feels like hours spent upon breaking down Bullock’s career through the lens of IMDb scores, the Bit Players spend a few minutes talking about the movie itself, making comparisons to other action films both backward and forward, from Die Hard all the way to stuff like John Wick, realizing that Speed is just a real cut above the rest. Jan De Bont rides the high-octane thriller all the way to boomtown, population: Jeff Daniels, with zero good news to tell.

Speed (1994)
Director
Jan de Bont
Stars
Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Daniels, Dennis Hopper

Curated by: Jarryd Baxter

4.6

What Movies Are About

Aired Wednedsay, May 24, 2017

The guys get behind the wheel on this week's movie podcast on the classic Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock action flick, Speed. After what feels like hours spent upon breaking down Bullock's career through the lens of IMDb scores, the Bit Players spend a few minutes talking about the movie itself, making comparisons to other action films both backward and forward, from Die Hard all the way to stuff like John Wick, realizing that Speed is just a real cut above the rest. Jan De Bont rides the high-octane thriller all the way to boomtown, population: Jeff Daniels, with zero good news to tell.