Episode 66: Chinatown (1974)

Forget it, Bit Players. It’s Chinatown. The guys dig into Roman Polanski’s 1974 film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway on this week’s podcast. They break down their feelings going into a film that carries such a critical weight – making it feel must-see – and palpable dread that comes with sitting through a 131-minute classic, and how those feelings played out and potentially changed as the film unfolded. They compare the film to other crime noir films of its ilk, trying to place it in the ranks of the film canon.

Chinatown (1974)
Director
Roman Polanski
Stars
Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

Selected By
Clark

3.6

Aired Thursday, September 1, 2016

Forget it, Bit Players. It's Chinatown. The guys dig into Roman Polanski's 1974 film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway on this week's podcast. They break down their feelings going into a film that carries such a critical weight - making it feel must-see - and palpable dread that comes with sitting through a 131-minute classic, and how those feelings played out and potentially changed as the film unfolded. They compare the film to other crime noir films of its ilk, trying to place it in the ranks of the film canon.

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

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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.