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.

Ep 11 Raising Arizona (1987)
Director
The Coen Brothers
Stars
Nicolas Cage
Holly Hunter
Trey Wilson
John Goodman

Curated by: Brian

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.

Episode 7: Annie Hall (1977)

The guys dig into the world of romantic comedies with the one that started them all, Woody Allen’s 1977 film Annie Hall. They discuss the interesting ways that Allen examines memory through his character of Alvy Singer, what the film might be saying about the different ways to not only look at art but the world itself – Alvy’s cynical over-analysis or the titular Annie (played by Diane Keaton) and her wide-eyed wonder, and the power of a great montage. The film pioneered an entire genre and probably did it better than it’s been done since, but the inevitable conundrum of Annie Hall’s having ousted Star Wars for the 1977 Best Picture Academy Award might cloud some judgment about “what movies are all about.” The guys also dig into their own dating histories and think about what movie characters besides Annie might be their soul mates.

Ep 07 Annie Hall (1977)
Director
Woody Allen
Stars
Woody Allen
Diane Keaton
Tony Roberts

Curated by: Jeff

Aired Friday, May 8, 2015
The guys dig into the world of romantic comedies with the one that started them all, Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall. They discuss the interesting ways that Allen examines memory through his character of Alvy Singer, what the film might be saying about the different ways to not only look at art but the world itself - Alvy's cynical over-analysis or the titular Annie (played by Diane Keaton) and her wide-eyed wonder, and the power of a great montage. The film pioneered an entire genre and probably did it better than it's been done since, but the inevitable conundrum of Annie Hall's having ousted Star Wars for the 1977 Best Picture Academy Award might cloud some judgment about "what movies are all about." The guys also dig into their own dating histories and think about what movie characters besides Annie might be their soul mates.

Episode 6: MacGruber (2010)

In the first group pick episode, the guys talk one of their favorite go-to comedies in 2010’s MacGruber, directed by Jorma Taccone. Stemming from a brilliant series of Saturday Night Live skits, Will Forte’s MacGruber perfectly parodies B-level action heroes to the point where it’s easy to get lost and forget that you’re actually watching a comedy. And what a comedy it is. Forte and Kristen Wiig deliver laugh after laugh with smart, witty humor nestled comfortably alongside completely idiotic and even grotesque jokes that might make viewers who are a little uneasy with profanity uncomfortable, but that’s right in the Bit Players’ wheelhouse. Enjoy as the guys break down just what it is about MacGruber that makes it such a funny movie (and what makes Val Kilmer such a great villain), as well as a game of “Who Said It” and ideas for the sequel.

Ep 06 MacGruber (2010)
Director
Jorma Taccone
Stars
Will Forte
Kristen Wiig
Val Kilmer
Ryan Phillippe
Maya Rudolph

Curated by: The Bit Players

4.8


What Movies are About

Aired Friday, May 1, 2015
In the first group pick episode, the guys talk one of their favorite go-to comedies in 2010's MacGruber, directed by Jorma Taccone. Stemming from a brilliant series of Saturday Night Live skits, Will Forte's MacGruber perfectly parodies B-level action heroes to the point where it's easy to get lost and forget that you're actually watching a comedy. And what a comedy it is. Forte and Kristen Wiig deliver laugh after laugh with smart, witty humor nestled comfortably alongside completely idiotic and even grotesque jokes that might make viewers who are a little uneasy with profanity uncomfortable, but that's right in the Bit Players' wheelhouse. Enjoy as the guys break down just what it is about MacGruber that makes it such a funny movie (and what makes Val Kilmer such a great villain), as well as a game of "Who Said It" and ideas for the sequel.

Episode 4: Dazed and Confused (1993)

This week, the guys discuss Richard Linklater’s seminal 1993 coming-of-age film Dazed and Confused, talking about what exactly it is about the film that has placed it firmly in the company of the most classic films to come out of the ’90s. They look at the way that the character of Wooderson came to shape the career of Matthew McConaughey and wonder how much of that character is Wooderson and how much of him is Matt Mac himself, Linklater’s vision of humanity that perfectly depicts what it’s like to be a young, vulnerable high schooler just looking for acceptance, and think about how a film so steeped in simpler times will hold up with future generations. The film has a real sense of nostalgia attached to it, so they also revisit their own high school experiences, recalling the worst times they were ever busted for partying by their parents and reminiscing about the when they met each other, way back when.

Ep 04 Dazed and Confused (1993)
Director
Richard Linklater
Stars
Jason London
Wiley Wiggins
Matthew McConaughey
Milla Jovovich
Ben Affleck
Adam Goldberg
Joey Lauren Adams

Curated by: Anders

Aired Friday, April 17, 2015
This week, the guys discuss Richard Linklater's seminal 1993 coming-of-age film Dazed and Confused, talking about what exactly it is about the film that has placed it firmly in the company of the most classic films to come out of the '90s. They look at the way that the character of Wooderson came to shape the career of Matthew McConaughey and wonder how much of that character is Wooderson and how much of him is Matt Mac himself, Linklater's vision of humanity that perfectly depicts what it's like to be a young, vulnerable high schooler just looking for acceptance, and think about how a film so steeped in simpler times will hold up with future generations. The film has a real sense of nostalgia attached to it, so they also revisit their own high school experiences, recalling the worst times they were ever busted for partying by their parents and reminiscing about the when they met each other, way back when.