Episode 56: Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

The guys round up the crew for one last job: Steven Soderbergh’s 2001 classic heist remake Ocean’s Eleven. The guys talk about how the film’s ‘coolness’ is perhaps its greatest strength, and how that coolness is mostly buoyed by its massive star power (that only seems to grow as time goes on). Despite the fact that it’s just a super cool film, Steven Soderbergh’s seemingly effortless directorial coolness is probably the real star at play here. Soderbergh proves once again that he makes films that make it seem easy to make films: almost as easy as the heist in the film itself. Speaking of heists, the guys plan their own theoretical heists and pick their perfect team of crooks.

Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Director
Steven Soderbergh
Stars
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia, Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, Elliott Gould, Bernie Mac

Selected By
Anders

4.6

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Aired Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The guys round up the crew for one last job: Steven Soderbergh's 2001 classic heist remake Ocean's Eleven. The guys talk about how the film's 'coolness' is perhaps its greatest strength, and how that coolness is mostly buoyed by its massive star power (that only seems to grow as time goes on). Despite the fact that it's just a super cool film, Steven Soderbergh's seemingly effortless directorial coolness is probably the real star at play here. Soderbergh proves once again that he makes films that make it seem easy to make films: almost as easy as the heist in the film itself. Speaking of heists, the guys plan their own theoretical heists and pick their perfect team of crooks.

Episode 51: The Untouchables (1987)

Listen here, see: the Bit Players are back to talk about Brian De Palma’s 1987 love letter to prohibition, The Untouchables. The guys break down Sean Connery’s Oscar-winning performance and his contractual accent forgiveness clause, how much better this movie could have been if its central character wasn’t its most one-dimensional, and the stunning visual beauty on which De Palma obviously labored very hard, completely forgetting to make an emotionally coherent movie. They also pick their own squad names and missions as well as try to cast the perfect modern-day Eliot Ness.

The Untouchables (1987)
Director
Brian De Palma
Stars
Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Andy Garcia

Selected By
Anders

2.8

Aired Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Listen here, see: the Bit Players are back to talk about Brian De Palma's 1987 love letter to prohibition, The Untouchables. The guys break down Sean Connery's Oscar-winning performance and his contractual accent forgiveness clause, how much better this movie could have been if its central character wasn't its most one-dimensional, and the stunning visual beauty on which De Palma obviously labored very hard, completely forgetting to make an emotionally coherent movie. They also pick their own squad names and missions as well as try to cast the perfect modern-day Eliot Ness.