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.

Ep 93 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.

Episode 92: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

The guys head back to Hogwarts for this week’s podcast on the 2005 fourth installment of the Wizarding World franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The guys talk about the series as a whole, how chill the fake Madeye Moody really seems to be (minus the whole trying to kill Harry thing), how they would have handled the order of cooking up a Voldemort stew, and more. Things get interesting when the Bit Players line up to rate the film: will the reactions be as cold as Cedric’s lifeless body or hot as the Beauxbatons students?

Ep 92 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Director
Mike Newell
Stars
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson
Rupert Grint
Robert Pattinson
Michael Gambon
Ralph Fiennes
Maggie Smith
Alan Rickman
Gary Oldman
Brendan Gleeson

Curated by: Anders Oster

4.8


What Movies are About

Aired Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The guys head back to Hogwarts for this week's podcast on the 2005 fourth installment of the Wizarding World franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The guys talk about the series as a whole, how chill the fake Madeye Moody really seems to be (minus the whole trying to kill Harry thing), how they would have handled the order of cooking up a Voldemort stew, and more. Things get interesting when the Bit Players line up to rate the film: will the reactions be as cold as Cedric's lifeless body or hot as the Beauxbatons students?

Episode 91: Highlander (1986)

The guys get a raging Quickening on this week’s podcast on the 1986 sci-fi fantasy cult classic, Highlander. From the second the bell rings on this movie it is instantly among the greatest films of all time, and it only back somersaults deeper and deeper into our hearts as it progresses. We’re still not totally sure what’s happening at any point or what the “prize” is or what Christopher Lambert’s accent is or how a sneeze could change the course of a sea vessel, but none of that seems to matter one single bit. Because this movie. Is. Awesome.

Ep 91 Highlander (1986)
Director
Russell Mulcahy
Stars
Christopher Lambert
Sean Connery
Roxanne Hart
Clancy Brown

Curated by: Anders Oster

Aired Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The guys get a raging Quickening on this week's podcast on the 1986 sci-fi fantasy cult classic, Highlander. From the second the bell rings on this movie it is instantly among the greatest films of all time, and it only back somersaults deeper and deeper into our hearts as it progresses. We're still not totally sure what's happening at any point or what the "prize" is or what Christopher Lambert's accent is or how a sneeze could change the course of a sea vessel, but none of that seems to matter one single bit. Because this movie. Is. Awesome.

Episode 90: Kill Bill, Vols. 1 & 2 (2003 & 2004)

On this week’s podcast, the guy’s break down both of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films, tackling the Whole Bloody Affair from 2003 and 2004. They talk about what it was like to see these films when they first came out and the influence they had on their movie-loving young lives, as well as which of the two films they prefer and why. These are unquestionably weird and glorious films, both unique in their own ways, but the Bit Players have come to think of them as a single piece of art, so it made sense to look at them together like this for their first Tarantino flick.

Ep 90 Kill Bill, Vols. 1 & 2 (2003 & 2004)
Director
Quinten Tarantino
Stars
Uma Thurman
David Carradine
Vivica A. Fox
Daryl Hannah
Lucy Liu
Michael Madsen

Curated by: The Bit Players

5.0


What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, April 24, 2017

On this week's podcast, the guy's break down both of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films, tackling the Whole Bloody Affair from 2003 and 2004. They talk about what it was like to see these films when they first came out and the influence they had on their movie-loving young lives, as well as which of the two films they prefer and why. These are unquestionably weird and glorious films, both unique in their own ways, but the Bit Players have come to think of them as a single piece of art, so it made sense to look at them together like this for their first Tarantino flick.

Episode 89: Minority Report (2002)

On this week’s podcast, the guys break down Steven Spielberg’s 2002 adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell. The Bit Players dig deep into the efficiency of 2054’s Washington D.C. pre-crime unit, marvel at how they stopped a single murder at all with such an insane system, but mostly just sit back and take solace in the fact that Cops is still on air. They discuss how quickly it takes for Cruise to enter full-on sprint in this movie, perhaps the fastest in his career, the interesting ways that Spielberg plays with tone in such a serious world, and the brilliant performance from Max von Sydow, who was also in the Seventh Seal. Don’t forget, Max von Sydow, actor in the Seventh Seal.

Ep 89 Minority Report (2002)
Director
Steven Spielberg
Stars
Tom Cruise
Colin Farrell
Samantha Morton
Max von Sydow

Curated by: Clark

Aired Monday, April 10, 2017

On this week's podcast, the guys break down Steven Spielberg's 2002 adaptation of Philip K. Dick's Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell. The Bit Players dig deep into the efficiency of 2054's Washington D.C. pre-crime unit, marvel at how they stopped a single murder at all with such an insane system, but mostly just sit back and take solace in the fact that Cops is still on air. They discuss how quickly it takes for Cruise to enter full-on sprint in this movie, perhaps the fastest in his career, the interesting ways that Spielberg plays with tone in such a serious world, and the brilliant performance from Max von Sydow, who was also in the Seventh Seal. Don't forget, Max von Sydow, actor in the Seventh Seal.

Episode 88: Blood Simple (1985)

The Bit Players are back in the heart of Texas noir with the Coen Brothers 1985 debut film Blood Simple with this week’s podcast. The guys talk about how the film stacks up against the iconic directors’ later works and the flourishes of brilliance on display here, the ways in which they expertly use black humor to call upon the lunacy of the situation, and the film’s incredible use of tension when it needs it. They break down the bar’s unbelievable finances, Dan Hedaya’s gorgeous mane of body hair, and what Netflix browsing categories would be perfect.

Ep 88 Blood Simple. (1985)
Directors
The Coen Brothers
Stars
John Getz
Frances McDormand
Dan Hedaya

Curated by: Jarryd

Aired Monday, April 3, 2017

The Bit Players are back in the heart of Texas noir with the Coen Brothers 1985 debut film Blood Simple with this week's podcast. The guys talk about how the film stacks up against the iconic directors' later works and the flourishes of brilliance on display here, the ways in which they expertly use black humor to call upon the lunacy of the situation, and the film's incredible use of tension when it needs it. They break down the bar's unbelievable finances, Dan Hedaya's gorgeous mane of body hair, and what Netflix browsing categories would be perfect.

Episode 87: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

The guys put on their dancing shoes as they tap-dance away with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds for this week’s podcast on Singin’ in the Rain. The timing is appropriate for doing this iconic musical due to the world being swept up in the La La Land craze, so much of this week’s episode is spent comparing and contrasting the two films. If there is one major difference between the two films that use song and dance to critique the film industry and Hollywood itself, it’s the genetic freaks at the helm of Singin’ in the Rain, most notably Kelly. The Bit Players marvel at the physicality of the musical numbers by Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor, comparing the legend of their athleticism to that of the all-time greats in any sport.

Ep 87 Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Directors
Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Stars
Gene Kelly
Donald O'Connor
Debbie Reynolds
Jean Hagen

Curated by: Jeff

5.0


What Movies are About

Aired Monday, February 20, 2017

The guys put on their dancing shoes as they tap-dance away with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds for this week's podcast on Singin' in the Rain. The timing is appropriate for doing this iconic musical due to the world being swept up in the La La Land craze, so much of this week's episode is spent comparing and contrasting the two films. If there is one major difference between the two films that use song and dance to critique the film industry and Hollywood itself, it's the genetic freaks at the helm of Singin' in the Rain, most notably Kelly. The Bit Players marvel at the physicality of the musical numbers by Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor, comparing the legend of their athleticism to that of the all-time greats in any sport.

Episode 86: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

The guys head to the sewers to chill with the four raddest heroes in half-shells around for this week’s podcast on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In most of the Bit Players’ cases, memories of the film rested firmly in the realm of nostalgia until a modern rewatch, where the film actually holds up as one of the better comic book adaptations available. The film is at times dark, fun, funny, silly, serious, action-packed, patient. Fair warning: many earnest Star Wars comparisons are made.

Ep 86 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Director
Steve Barron
Stars
Leonardo
Donatello
Raphael
Michaelangelo
Splinter
Judith Hoag

Curated by: Brian

Aired Monday, February 13, 2017

The guys head to the sewers to chill with the four raddest heroes in half-shells around for this week's podcast on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In most of the Bit Players' cases, memories of the film rested firmly in the realm of nostalgia until a modern rewatch, where the film actually holds up as one of the better comic book adaptations available. The film is at times dark, fun, funny, silly, serious, action-packed, patient. Fair warning: many earnest Star Wars comparisons are made.

Episode 85: For a Few Dollars More (1965)

For this week’s podcast, The Bit Players once again venture into Sergio Leone’s The Man with No Name trilogy, For a Few Dollars More. The guys find similar issues to A Fistful of Dollars, wondering if Leone’s seeming directorial incompetence would fly today, as well as beginning to question whether one another watched the movie at all. Whether you find the squint-heavy film amateurish or not, it’s hard to deny the raw promise that the first two Man with No Name films offered in the famous trio of Leone, Clint Eastwood, and Ennio Morricone. There’s a lot of things you can say about For a Few Dollars More, but it not being fun sure isn’t one of them.

Ep 85 For a Few Dollars More (1965)
Director
Sergio Leone
Stars
Clint Eastwood
Lee Van Cleef
Gian Maria Volontè

Curated by: Anders

Aired Monday, February 6, 2017

For this week's podcast, The Bit Players once again venture into Sergio Leone's The Man with No Name trilogy, For a Few Dollars More. The guys find similar issues to A Fistful of Dollars, wondering if Leone's seeming directorial incompetence would fly today, as well as beginning to question whether one another watched the movie at all. Whether you find the squint-heavy film amateurish or not, it's hard to deny the raw promise that the first two Man with No Name films offered in the famous trio of Leone, Clint Eastwood, and Ennio Morricone. There's a lot of things you can say about For a Few Dollars More, but it not being fun sure isn't one of them.

Episode 84: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

The Bit Players delve into madness, madness with their podcast on David Lean’s 1957 World War II film, The Bridge on the River Kwai. With the film being the second Lean picture that they’ve covered, they discuss a lot of comparisons with the first, Lawrence of Arabia, and the ways that the director seems to portray flawed protagonists in a relatable way. This film in particular offers one of the more unique takes on morality that the guys can remember, with Alec Guinness expertly playing the poop-covered British officer doing his damnedest to avoid working under the warm blanket of the Geneva Convention.

Ep 84 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Director
David Lean
Stars
Alec Guinness
William Holden
Jack Hawkins

Curated by: Clark

Aired Monday, January 30, 2017

The Bit Players delve into madness, madness with their podcast on David Lean's 1957 World War II film, The Bridge on the River Kwai. With the film being the second Lean picture that they've covered, they discuss a lot of comparisons with the first, Lawrence of Arabia, and the ways that the director seems to portray flawed protagonists in a relatable way. This film in particular offers one of the more unique takes on morality that the guys can remember, with Alec Guinness expertly playing the poop-covered British officer doing his damnedest to avoid working under the warm blanket of the Geneva Convention.