Episode 88: Blood Simple (1985)

The Bit Players are back in the heart of Texas noir with the Coen Brothers 1985 debut film Blood Simple with this week’s podcast. The guys talk about how the film stacks up against the iconic directors’ later works and the flourishes of brilliance on display here, the ways in which they expertly use black humor to call upon the lunacy of the situation, and the film’s incredible use of tension when it needs it. They break down the bar’s unbelievable finances, Dan Hedaya’s gorgeous mane of body hair, and what Netflix browsing categories would be perfect.

Blood Simple. (1985)
Directors
The Coen Brothers
Stars
John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya

Selected By
Jarryd

3.8

Aired Monday, April 3, 2017

The Bit Players are back in the heart of Texas noir with the Coen Brothers 1985 debut film Blood Simple with this week's podcast. The guys talk about how the film stacks up against the iconic directors' later works and the flourishes of brilliance on display here, the ways in which they expertly use black humor to call upon the lunacy of the situation, and the film's incredible use of tension when it needs it. They break down the bar's unbelievable finances, Dan Hedaya's gorgeous mane of body hair, and what Netflix browsing categories would be perfect.

Episode 37: Fargo (1996)

The guys get their hands dirty with another Coen Brothers classic, the brilliant 1996 crime film Fargo, don’tchaknow? The film blurs the genre lines of comedy and drama with the shockingly brutal events that seemingly occur at random; it’s a screenwriting achievement in that the actual screenwriting is so well hidden by the wonderfully natural performances and amazing story craft. Fargo is a film that truly embodies the beauty of telling a story on screen, one that asks the viewer to appreciate the little things in life and maybe don’t try to kidnap their spouses. The guys also discuss New Year’s Resolutions and what their own paintings would be in a stamp contest.

Fargo (1996)
Directors
The Coen Brothers
Stars
Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Selected By
Jeff

5.0

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Aired Friday, January 8, 2016

The guys get their hands dirty with another Coen Brothers classic, the brilliant 1996 crime film Fargo, don'tchaknow? The film blurs the genre lines of comedy and drama with the shockingly brutal events that seemingly occur at random; it's a screenwriting achievement in that the actual screenwriting is so well hidden by the wonderfully natural performances and amazing story craft. Fargo is a film that truly embodies the beauty of telling a story on screen, one that asks the viewer to appreciate the little things in life and maybe don't try to kidnap their spouses. The guys also discuss New Year's Resolutions and what their own paintings would be in a stamp contest.

Episode 11: Raising Arizona (1987)

The guys discuss the Coen Brothers’ classic 1987 screwball comedy Raising Arizona, a film which helped not only solidify the Coens’ signature comedic style but also put Nic Cage on the map. The young Cage and Holly Hunter play off of one another perfectly while surrounded by a typically incredible cast of satellite characters (including Coen mainstays John Goodman and Frances McDormand) that give the film its life and humor, and the guys talk about just what it is about the juxtaposition of the Coens’ elevated writing and down-in-the-dumps characters that brings the comedy out of the situation. As Cage is one of the Bit Players’ collective favorite actors, the guys discuss their other favorite roles of his as well as what their vehicle of choice would be should they find themselves in a position of the lone rider of the apocalypse.

Raising Arizona (1987)
Director
The Coen Brothers
Stars
Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman

Selected By
Brian

4.2

Aired Friday, June 19, 2015
The guys discuss the Coen Brothers' classic 1987 screwball comedy Raising Arizona, a film which helped not only solidify the Coens' signature comedic style but also put Nic Cage on the map. The young Cage and Holly Hunter play off of one another perfectly while surrounded by a typically incredible cast of satellite characters (including Coen mainstays John Goodman and Frances McDormand) that give the film its life and humor, and the guys talk about just what it is about the juxtaposition of the Coens' elevated writing and down-in-the-dumps characters that brings the comedy out of the situation. As Cage is one of the Bit Players' collective favorite actors, the guys discuss their other favorite roles of his as well as what their vehicle of choice would be should they find themselves in a position of the lone rider of the apocalypse.