Episode 73: Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

Listen with your vampire ears as the Bit Players talk about the puffy-shirted, rouge-coated 1994 film Interview with the Vampire on this week’s podcast. The Anne Rice adaptation starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt is all pomp and circumstance, leaning heavily into grandiosity and stage-worthy theatrics and presents a classy, cultured view of vampire lore with Pitt and Cruise playing opposing sides of the coin with Cruise’s Lestat relishing in his nightly delights and Pitt’s Louis brooding and crying all over the film’s rather protracted runtime. The guys talk how the film constantly feels at odds because of its unrelenting focus on Louis, a bonafide bummer of a creature, when all we want is Lestat Lestat Lestat. They break down how Pitt learned the hard way that you can’t share a screen with Blonde Tom Cruise and come out looking adept at your job.

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Director
Neil Jordan
Stars
Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater

Selected By
Brian

4.0

Aired Monday, October 17, 2016

Listen with your vampire ears as the Bit Players talk about the puffy-shirted, rouge-coated 1994 film Interview with the Vampire on this week's podcast. The Anne Rice adaptation starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt is all pomp and circumstance, leaning heavily into grandiosity and stage-worthy theatrics and presents a classy, cultured view of vampire lore with Pitt and Cruise playing opposing sides of the coin with Cruise's Lestat relishing in his nightly delights and Pitt's Louis brooding and crying all over the film's rather protracted runtime. The guys talk how the film constantly feels at odds because of its unrelenting focus on Louis, a bonafide bummer of a creature, when all we want is Lestat Lestat Lestat. They break down how Pitt learned the hard way that you can't share a screen with Blonde Tom Cruise and come out looking adept at your job.

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.

Top 10 Films 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.

Aired Monday, February 22, 2016

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.