Episode 46: Broadcast News (1987)

5, 4, 3, 2…(points), the guys are taking to the news room this week for their episode on James L. Brooks’s 1987 film Broadcast News. They talk about the way the film can be taken in one of two ways, as a poignant examination of the ongoing state of network news casting, an expansion and continuation of the spirit of Network, or more of a character study based around the working lives of its three main characters. Either way you slice it, however, Broadcast News is a classic, and what movies are about.

Broadcast News (1987)
Director
James L. Brooks
Stars
William Hurt, Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks

Selected By
Jarryd

5.0

what movies are
About

Aired Wednesday, March 16, 2016

5, 4, 3, 2...(points), the guys are taking to the news room this week for their episode on James L. Brooks's 1987 film Broadcast News. They talk about the way the film can be taken in one of two ways, as a poignant examination of the ongoing state of network news casting, an expansion and continuation of the spirit of Network, or more of a character study based around the working lives of its three main characters. Either way you slice it, however, Broadcast News is a classic, and what movies are about.

Episode 30: Rocky (1976)

Yo, anyone! This week, The Bit Players discuss Rocky, the iconic 1976 picture that put Sylvester Stallone on the map as a screenwriter and actor. The film depicts a down-and-out Philadelphian boxer with the coolest strut in town and the coolest a cappella trashcan gang singing his hymns as he gets a lucky shot at putting down the cigarettes and beer bottles for a second and taking on the world champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). What’s most resonant in this rewatch, boxing aside, is how the film gets down to some basic relatable human truths in all of its characters. Whether we want to admit it or not, there’s a little Rocky inside all of us. The guys explore that further as they describe their own boxing personas and their retirement plans when their brains have turned to mush.

Rocky (1976)
Director
John G. Avildsen
Stars
Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith

Selected By
Brian

4.8

what movies are
About

Aired Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Yo, anyone! This week, The Bit Players discuss Rocky, the iconic 1976 picture that put Sylvester Stallone on the map as a screenwriter and actor. The film depicts a down-and-out Philadelphian boxer with the coolest strut in town and the coolest a cappella trashcan gang singing his hymns as he gets a lucky shot at putting down the cigarettes and beer bottles for a second and taking on the world champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). What's most resonant in this rewatch, boxing aside, is how the film gets down to some basic relatable human truths in all of its characters. Whether we want to admit it or not, there's a little Rocky inside all of us. The guys explore that further as they describe their own boxing personas and their retirement plans when their brains have turned to mush.