Episode 96: Boogie Nights (1997)

The guys head to the grimy cesspool known as San Fernando Valley for this week’s podcast on Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 film, Boogie Nights. They talk about the film in relation to the rest of PTA’s work, how it stands out in establishing a bonafide modern-day auteur, and the crazy array of talented actors that make up the lovable band of dick-swangin’ buddies. They also discuss who would be able to reshape this classic if it were to be remade, which actually turned out way easier than you’d think.

Boogie Nights (1997)
Director
Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars
Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, Heather Graham, William H. Macy, Luis Guzmán, Don Cheadle, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly

Curated by: The Bit Players

5.0

What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, August 14, 2017

The guys head to the grimy cesspool known as San Fernando Valley for this week's podcast on Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 film, Boogie Nights. They talk about the film in relation to the rest of PTA's work, how it stands out in establishing a bonafide modern-day auteur, and the crazy array of talented actors that make up the lovable band of dick-swangin' buddies. They also discuss who would be able to reshape this classic if it were to be remade, which actually turned out way easier than you'd think.

Episode 87: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

The guys put on their dancing shoes as they tap-dance away with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds for this week’s podcast on Singin’ in the Rain. The timing is appropriate for doing this iconic musical due to the world being swept up in the La La Land craze, so much of this week’s episode is spent comparing and contrasting the two films. If there is one major difference between the two films that use song and dance to critique the film industry and Hollywood itself, it’s the genetic freaks at the helm of Singin’ in the Rain, most notably Kelly. The Bit Players marvel at the physicality of the musical numbers by Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor, comparing the legend of their athleticism to that of the all-time greats in any sport.

Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Directors
Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Stars
Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Curated by: Jeff

5.0

What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, February 20, 2017

The guys put on their dancing shoes as they tap-dance away with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds for this week's podcast on Singin' in the Rain. The timing is appropriate for doing this iconic musical due to the world being swept up in the La La Land craze, so much of this week's episode is spent comparing and contrasting the two films. If there is one major difference between the two films that use song and dance to critique the film industry and Hollywood itself, it's the genetic freaks at the helm of Singin' in the Rain, most notably Kelly. The Bit Players marvel at the physicality of the musical numbers by Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor, comparing the legend of their athleticism to that of the all-time greats in any sport.

Episode 83: Lethal Weapon (1987)

The guys are getting too old for this shit on this week’s podcast for the 1987 buddy-action film Lethal Weapon, with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. They look at the film in comparison to Die Hard, how Gibson might be a little too good of an actor for this type of series, how the saxophone music accompaniment throughout keeps Lethal Weapon constantly teetering on the edge of action flick and softcore porno, and just how in the hell this movie got nominated for an Oscar.

Lethal Weapon (1987)
Director
Richard Donner
Stars
Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey

Curated by: Jeff

2.6

Aired Monday, January 23, 2017

The guys are getting too old for this shit on this week's podcast for the 1987 buddy-action film Lethal Weapon, with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. They look at the film in comparison to Die Hard, how Gibson might be a little too good of an actor for this type of series, how the saxophone music accompaniment throughout keeps Lethal Weapon constantly teetering on the edge of action flick and softcore porno, and just how in the hell this movie got nominated for an Oscar.

Episode 82: Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Join the Bit Players on this week’s podcast for some crabby snacks and homemades as they talk about David O. Russell’s 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. The guys break down how well the film handles mental illness through the rich humanization of its characters, how it stands as David O. Russell’s best work thanks to an amazing screenplay and performances from top to bottom, and how the fact that Chris Tucker doesn’t represent that bottom, but more of an upper middle, is probably what makes Silver Linings Playbook such a great watch.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Director
David O. Russell
Stars
Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker

Curated by: Jarryd

5.0

What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, January 9, 2017

Join the Bit Players on this week's podcast for some crabby snacks and homemades as they talk about David O. Russell's 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. The guys break down how well the film handles mental illness through the rich humanization of its characters, how it stands as David O. Russell's best work thanks to an amazing screenplay and performances from top to bottom, and how the fact that Chris Tucker doesn't represent that bottom, but more of an upper middle, is probably what makes Silver Linings Playbook such a great watch.

Episode 78: Back to the Future (1985)

The Bit Players rev up the Delorean for a trip Back to the Future on this week’s podcast on Robert Zemeckis’s classic 1985 film. The guys talk about that year’s slate of films and what exactly it is about Back to the Future that has stood the test of time, especially when compared to the films that the Academy deemed the best of that particular year. It’s a film that will forever resonate with audiences, partly due to its exploration of how we interact with our pasts in the way that Marty McFly gets to be a mommy-kissing fly on the wall of his parents’ teenaged lives, but also by just how persistently fun the film is. The guys pick their remake, from actors and directors to the song that McFly wows the 50s sock-hop crowd with.

Ep 78 Back to the Future (1985)
Director
Robert Zemeckis
Stars
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson

Curated by: The Bit Players

5.0

What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, December 5, 2016

The Bit Players rev up the Delorean for a trip Back to the Future on this week's podcast on Robert Zemeckis's classic 1985 film. The guys talk about that year's slate of films and what exactly it is about Back to the Future that has stood the test of time, especially when compared to the films that the Academy deemed the best of that particular year. It's a film that will forever resonate with audiences, partly due to its exploration of how we interact with our pasts in the way that Marty McFly gets to be a mommy-kissing fly on the wall of his parents' teenaged lives, but also by just how persistently fun the film is. The guys pick their remake, from actors and directors to the song that McFly wows the 50s sock-hop crowd with.

Episode 69: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

The Bit Players buddy up for a bank-robbing adventure through Bolivia with this week’s podcast on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The guys talk about the brilliance of William Goldman’s screenplay and how the constant levity and interplay of the film’s two leads, Robert Redford and Paul Newman, keeps things fun throughout its duration. They discuss whether a film of such lighthearted tone could be considered a “classic” Western, and whether that’s even what Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid strives to be, modern-day comparisons of star power, and what the town folk must have been thinking about getting robbed blind by the hottest dudes in Bolivia.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Director
George Roy Hill
Stars
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross

Curated by: Brian

4.8

What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, September 19, 2016

The Bit Players buddy up for a bank-robbing adventure through Bolivia with this week's podcast on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The guys talk about the brilliance of William Goldman's screenplay and how the constant levity and interplay of the film's two leads, Robert Redford and Paul Newman, keeps things fun throughout its duration. They discuss whether a film of such lighthearted tone could be considered a "classic" Western, and whether that's even what Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid strives to be, modern-day comparisons of star power, and what the town folk must have been thinking about getting robbed blind by the hottest dudes in Bolivia.

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.

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.

Episode 55: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

The guys dig deep into the world of Indiana Jones with the franchise’s first installment, 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, directed by Steven Spielberg. They talk about how films like Raiders never seem to get the same critical/award love these days, and the ways that this film stands above the pack in the world of fun-loving action flicks. It seems that the thing that really distinguishes this film (and subsequent franchise) is the incredible likeability of its protagonist, so the guys look at who might be able to ever fill Harrison Ford’s shoes should the series get a modern-day reboot.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Director
Steven Spielberg
Stars
Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman

Curated by: The Bit Players

5.0

What Movies Are About

Aired Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The guys dig deep into the world of Indiana Jones with the franchise's first installment, 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, directed by Steven Spielberg. They talk about how films like Raiders never seem to get the same critical/award love these days, and the ways that this film stands above the pack in the world of fun-loving action flicks. It seems that the thing that really distinguishes this film (and subsequent franchise) is the incredible likeability of its protagonist, so the guys look at who might be able to ever fill Harrison Ford's shoes should the series get a modern-day reboot.

Episode 52: Breathless (1960)

The guys take a trip back in time to 1960s Paris, France for the French New Wave classic Breathless, directed by Jean-Luc Godard. They address the context that surrounds the film and how that context might influence modern perceptions as well as how those modern perceptions might hurt or help viewings. They also discuss the film’s relationship between Patricia (BAFTA-Nominated Jean Seberg) and Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) feels as if it buzzes with life given the off-the-cuff dialogue and hand-held film style. They also pick the one question they’d ask an author of their choice (as Patricia does in the film) and a movie star they’d like to emulate like Michel and Humphrey Bogart.

Breathless (1960)
Director
Jean-Luc Godard
Stars
Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo

Curated By: Jeff

4.0

Aired Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The guys take a trip back in time to 1960s Paris, France for the French New Wave classic Breathless, directed by Jean-Luc Godard. They address the context that surrounds the film and how that context might influence modern perceptions as well as how those modern perceptions might hurt or help viewings. They also discuss the film's relationship between Patricia (BAFTA-Nominated Jean Seberg) and Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) feels as if it buzzes with life given the off-the-cuff dialogue and hand-held film style. They also pick the one question they'd ask an author of their choice (as Patricia does in the film) and a movie star they'd like to emulate like Michel and Humphrey Bogart.

Episode 46: Broadcast News (1987)

5, 4, 3, 2…(points), the guys are taking to the news room this week for their episode on James L. Brooks’s 1987 film Broadcast News. They talk about the way the film can be taken in one of two ways, as a poignant examination of the ongoing state of network news casting, an expansion and continuation of the spirit of Network, or more of a character study based around the working lives of its three main characters. Either way you slice it, however, Broadcast News is a classic, and what movies are about.

Broadcast News (1987)
Director
James L. Brooks
Stars
William Hurt, Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks

Curated by: Jarryd

5.0

What Movies Are About

Aired Wednesday, March 16, 2016

5, 4, 3, 2...(points), the guys are taking to the news room this week for their episode on James L. Brooks's 1987 film Broadcast News. They talk about the way the film can be taken in one of two ways, as a poignant examination of the ongoing state of network news casting, an expansion and continuation of the spirit of Network, or more of a character study based around the working lives of its three main characters. Either way you slice it, however, Broadcast News is a classic, and what movies are about.