Episode 47: Batman Begins (2005)

To the Bit Cave we go this week as the guys break down Christopher Nolan’s 2005 Batman Begins, the first installment in the Dark Knight trilogy starring Christian Bale. They discuss how well (or poorly) Bale works as Batman/Bruce Wayne, the wonder of Liam Neesons, and how the film expertly navigates the world of Gotham baddies by putting forth more of a conglomerate of evil than a single prolific villain. They also pick what would make for the best Batman Begins action figure as well as their personal favorite Batman villains.

Batman Begins (2005)
Director
Christopher Nolan
Stars
Christian Bale, Katie Holmes, Liam Neeson, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Ken Watanabe, Mark Boone Junior

Selected By
Brian

4.6

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Aired Wednesday, March 23, 2016

To the Bit Cave we go this week as the guys break down Christopher Nolan's 2005 Batman Begins, the first installment in the Dark Knight trilogy starring Christian Bale. They discuss how well (or poorly) Bale works as Batman/Bruce Wayne, the wonder of Liam Neesons, and how the film expertly navigates the world of Gotham baddies by putting forth more of a conglomerate of evil than a single prolific villain. They also pick what would make for the best Batman Begins action figure as well as their personal favorite Batman villains.

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.

Episode 32: The Fighter (2010)

The guys are back in the ring again as they take a look at David O. Russell’s gritty 2010 film The Fighter, a story of boxing and brotherhood. The film follows brothers Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) as they struggle to keep afloat and make something of themselves at very different points in their lives. They discuss the ways the film does and doesn’t eschew boxing clichés, the way that David O. Russell is able to tell such a compelling story with so little, and how Bale delivers quite possibly one of the greatest acting performances of all time. They also take a page out of Dicky’s book (not the one with the word “crack” written all over it, though) and plan out the documentary that would be made about their own lives.

The Fighter (2010)
Director
David O. Russell
Stars
Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

Selected By
Jarryd

4.2

Aired Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The guys are back in the ring again as they take a look at David O. Russell's gritty 2010 film The Fighter, a story of boxing and brotherhood. The film follows brothers Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) as they struggle to keep afloat and make something of themselves at very different points in their lives. They discuss the ways the film does and doesn't eschew boxing clichés, the way that David O. Russell is able to tell such a compelling story with so little, and how Bale delivers quite possibly one of the greatest acting performances of all time. They also take a page out of Dicky's book (not the one with the word "crack" written all over it, though) and plan out the documentary that would be made about their own lives.