Episode 61: The Princess Bride (1987)

As you wish (or maybe as you didn’t wish at all, who can tell?), the Bit Players are here with a discussion on the 1987 Rob Reiner classic The Princess Bride. It’s a film we all know and love for its funloving, lighthearted take on not only fairy tales but the way fairy tales are told, and it is a straight-up nostalgia fest as the guys break down the film. They think about whether the film will continue to last in the canon and the reasons its stayed around this long, from the incredible cast to the sharp-witted dialogue.

The Princess Bride (1987)
Director
Rob Reiner
Stars
Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin

Selected By
Jarryd

4.8

what movies are
About

Aired Wednesday, June 22, 2016

As you wish (or maybe as you didn't wish at all, who can tell?), the Bit Players are here with a discussion on the 1987 Rob Reiner classic The Princess Bride. It's a film we all know and love for its funloving, lighthearted take on not only fairy tales but the way fairy tales are told, and it is a straight-up nostalgia fest as the guys break down the film. They think about whether the film will continue to last in the canon and the reasons its stayed around this long, from the incredible cast to the sharp-witted dialogue.

Masters of Disaster: Twister (1996)

Find something to strap yourself down to, because the newest minisode series Masters of Disaster is here, starting with the 1996 blockbuster Twister. All of the Bit Players can vividly remember being enthralled by the Helen Hunt- and Bill Paxton-led disaster movie, but coming back to look at it with a different perspective yields an entirely new set of realizations. Namely: Twister is a really awesome movie. Whether it’s the still holding up special effects, the incredible cast of side characters — Philip Seymour Hoffman is in this thing, for crying out loud — or the goofy gap-toothed grin that Paxton can barely suppress as he reads Michael Crichton’s words, Jan de Bont’s film truly has something for every type of movie watcher. It’s a disaster cinema miracle.

Twister (1996)
Director
Jan de Bont
Stars
Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jamie Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Selected By
The Bit Players

5.0

what movies are
About

Aired Friday, November 6, 2015

Find something to strap yourself down to, because the newest minisode series Masters of Disaster is here, starting with the 1996 blockbuster Twister. All of the Bit Players can vividly remember being enthralled by the Helen Hunt- and Bill Paxton-led disaster movie, but coming back to look at it with a different perspective yields an entirely new set of realizations. Namely: Twister is a really awesome movie. Whether it's the still holding up special effects, the incredible cast of side characters — Philip Seymour Hoffman is in this thing, for crying out loud — or the goofy gap-toothed grin that Paxton can barely suppress as he reads Michael Crichton's words, Jan de Bont's film truly has something for every type of movie watcher. It's a disaster cinema miracle.

Cruis’n World: Days of Thunder (1990)

Rev up your engines for the first installment of Cruis’n World, the Bit Players semi-regular celebration of Tom Cruise. For the first time out, the guys head to Daytona, Florida for Cruise’s 1990 NASCAR film Days of Thunder, directed by Tony Scott. The film sees Cruise steaming up the screen with Nicole Kidman and burning up the track with Robert Duvall and Michael Rooker. Days of Thunder came at a time when Cruise was nearly at his most powerful, riding the success of another Scott-directed film, Top Gun, and he could do no wrong here. A character named Cole Trickle doesn’t even need a backstory, as long as he’s got some smoke to emerge from.

Days of Thunder (1990)
Director
Tony Scott
Stars
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Michael Rooker, Cary Elwes

Selected By
The Bit Players

3.8

Aired Friday, October 2, 2015

Rev up your engines for the first installment of Cruis'n World, the Bit Players semi-regular celebration of Tom Cruise. For the first time out, the guys head to Daytona, Florida for Cruise's 1990 NASCAR film Days of Thunder, directed by Tony Scott. The film sees Cruise steaming up the screen with Nicole Kidman and burning up the track with Robert Duvall and Michael Rooker. Days of Thunder came at a time when Cruise was nearly at his most powerful, riding the success of another Scott-directed film, Top Gun, and he could do no wrong here. A character named Cole Trickle doesn't even need a backstory, as long as he's got some smoke to emerge from.