ep 109 | Full Metal Jacket (1987)
January 22, 2018
Director
Stanley Kubrick
Stars
Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Arliss Howard


The guys are born to kill as they head into the jungles of Vietnam with Private Joker for this week's podcast on Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket. They talk about the film in comparison to other war films, particularly with how realistic it handles the psychological effects of war, and whether or not that's really all that fun to watch for a podcast. One of the more interesting things about the film is its structure; Kubrick puts his privates (Matthew Modine, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Arliss Howard) through the ringer before throwing them into the war itself, so the film has two distinct halves. This seems to be the most conversation-worthy aspect of the film and how it sets up the physical terrors of war with the psychological ones of R. Lee Ermey.

Restrospective
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!
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Countdown
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.
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Countdown
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.
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