Top 10 Films 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.

Aired Monday, February 27, 2017

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.

Midnight Showing: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Director
Zack Snyder
Stars
Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot, Michael Shannon

Selected By
The Bit Players

2.2

Aired Friday, April 1, 2016

The guys don their capes and masks once again and head to the cinema for Zack Snyder's behemoth superhero flick Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. It's been a polarizing film since its inception, and that certainly didn't change when the film was finally released. They discuss just what the DC Cinematic Universe has in store with this "dawn," what exactly these super hero films must do to be successful, the nature of subjectivity in art and whether this could even be classified as art. Just kidding! They talk about flying and explosions.

Episode 32: The Fighter (2010)

The guys are back in the ring again as they take a look at David O. Russell’s gritty 2010 film The Fighter, a story of boxing and brotherhood. The film follows brothers Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) as they struggle to keep afloat and make something of themselves at very different points in their lives. They discuss the ways the film does and doesn’t eschew boxing clichés, the way that David O. Russell is able to tell such a compelling story with so little, and how Bale delivers quite possibly one of the greatest acting performances of all time. They also take a page out of Dicky’s book (not the one with the word “crack” written all over it, though) and plan out the documentary that would be made about their own lives.

The Fighter (2010)
Director
David O. Russell
Stars
Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

Selected By
Jarryd

4.2

Aired Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The guys are back in the ring again as they take a look at David O. Russell's gritty 2010 film The Fighter, a story of boxing and brotherhood. The film follows brothers Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) as they struggle to keep afloat and make something of themselves at very different points in their lives. They discuss the ways the film does and doesn't eschew boxing clichés, the way that David O. Russell is able to tell such a compelling story with so little, and how Bale delivers quite possibly one of the greatest acting performances of all time. They also take a page out of Dicky's book (not the one with the word "crack" written all over it, though) and plan out the documentary that would be made about their own lives.