Episode 70: ParaNorman (2012)

The Bit Players head to Blithe Hollow this week for their podcast episode on LAIKA Studio’s 2012 stop-motion film ParaNorman. The film falls in a long line of kid-friendly horror that was a huge part of modern adult moviegoers’ personal history of post-trick-or-treat Halloween nights as kids, so they discuss the feelings of nostalgia that the relatively benign take on horror brought about as well as the way ParaNorman constantly subverts those limitations with adult complexities and morality lessons valuable to kids and parents alike. Much like the more well-known efforts of Pixar, LAIKA makes universal films, but the guys discuss the ways that ParaNorman is different from a typical Pixar flick, most notably in style and its tangibly hands-on animation.

Ep 70 ParaNorman (2012)
Directors
Chris Butler & Sam Fell
Stars
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Tucker Albrizzi
Anna Kendrick
Casey Affleck
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Leslie Mann
Jeff Garlin
John Goodman

Curated by: Jeff

Aired Monday, September 26, 2016

The Bit Players head to Blithe Hollow this week for their podcast episode on LAIKA Studio's 2012 stop-motion film ParaNorman. The film falls in a long line of kid-friendly horror that was a huge part of modern adult moviegoers' personal history of post-trick-or-treat Halloween nights as kids, so they discuss the feelings of nostalgia that the relatively benign take on horror brought about as well as the way ParaNorman constantly subverts those limitations with adult complexities and morality lessons valuable to kids and parents alike. Much like the more well-known efforts of Pixar, LAIKA makes universal films, but the guys discuss the ways that ParaNorman is different from a typical Pixar flick, most notably in style and its tangibly hands-on animation.

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.

Ep 56 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

Curated by: Anders

4.6


What Movies Are About

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.