Episode 99: 12 Angry Men (1957)

The guys head to the courtroom this week with their podcast on Sidney Lumet’s 1957 debut feature film, 12 Angry Men. Given the fact that the Henry Fonda-led film is the highest rated that the Bit Players have watched thus far, the guys spend a lot of time discussing this reception that accumulated over the past 60 years, breaking down the various merits that have carried over to create what is ultimately a pretty timeless experience. Lumet tells his story simply and profoundly, which could never be a knock on a movie, but he also tells it black and whitely, and that’s always gonna cause a glitch in the Bit Players hardware. Despite that, the guys find a lot to love about 12 Angry Men, from the camerawork that brings such a plain setting to life, to the jurors’ diaper-lined suit pants.

12 Angry Men (1957)
Director
Sidney Lumet
Stars
Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam

Curated by: Clark

4.6

What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, September 4, 2017

The guys head to the courtroom this week with their podcast on Sidney Lumet's 1957 debut feature film, 12 Angry Men. Given the fact that the Henry Fonda-led film is the highest rated that the Bit Players have watched thus far, the guys spend a lot of time discussing this reception that accumulated over the past 60 years, breaking down the various merits that have carried over to create what is ultimately a pretty timeless experience. Lumet tells his story simply and profoundly, which could never be a knock on a movie, but he also tells it black and whitely, and that's always gonna cause a glitch in the Bit Players hardware. Despite that, the guys find a lot to love about 12 Angry Men, from the camerawork that brings such a plain setting to life, to the jurors' diaper-lined suit pants.

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 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

Curated 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 80: Casablanca (1942)

It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship as the Bit Players talk about the iconic 1942 World War II film Casablanca on this week’s podcast. As with any film that has earned the reputation that Michael Curtiz’s film has, the guys look at it through a modern populist moviegoer’s perspective and see how it holds up to scrutiny. It’s a particularly interesting war movie in that it was released during the war itself, so they break down what, if any, implications the contemporary political landscape had on the film. Ultimately the guys look back at the film as favorably as possible, given the fact that they like Marvel movies and Casablanca is like a hundred years old and in black and white.

Casablanca (1942)
Director
Michael Curtiz
Stars
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre

Curated by: Anders

4.6

What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, December 19, 2016

It's the beginning of a beautiful friendship as the Bit Players talk about the iconic 1942 World War II film Casablanca on this week's podcast. As with any film that has earned the reputation that Michael Curtiz's film has, the guys look at it through a modern populist moviegoer's perspective and see how it holds up to scrutiny. It's a particularly interesting war movie in that it was released during the war itself, so they break down what, if any, implications the contemporary political landscape had on the film. Ultimately the guys look back at the film as favorably as possible, given the fact that they like Marvel movies and Casablanca is like a hundred years old and in black and white.

Episode 77: Collateral (2004)

The Bit Players hop in the cab in with Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise as they discuss Michael Mann’s 2004 film Collateral on this week’s podcast. They talk about how Mann’s style is once again front and center in his film, which is especially impressive given the close proximity the viewer is afforded to such mega-stars as Cruise and Foxx. The film, like his 1995 film Heat before it, explores two characters on the opposite ends of morality who might have more in common than they originally thought, and the guys discuss the ways in which Mann chooses to reflect that. Some of those choices work (Foxx’s Max meticulous with his cab as Vincent is with a pistol) while some…just don’t (Audioslave and coyotes).

Collateral (2004)
Director
Michael Mann
Stars
Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett-Smith

Curated by: Jarryd

4.4

What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, November 21, 2016

The Bit Players hop in the cab in with Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise as they discuss Michael Mann's 2004 film Collateral on this week's podcast. They talk about how Mann's style is once again front and center in his film, which is especially impressive given the close proximity the viewer is afforded to such mega-stars as Cruise and Foxx. The film, like his 1995 film Heat before it, explores two characters on the opposite ends of morality who might have more in common than they originally thought, and the guys discuss the ways in which Mann chooses to reflect that. Some of those choices work (Foxx's Max meticulous with his cab as Vincent is with a pistol) while some...just don't (Audioslave and coyotes).

Episode 68: Raging Bull (1980)

The Bit Players get back into the ring with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese for their podcast on Raging Bull. The film was released in 1980 and easily held the mantle of film of that decade for many critics, but the Bit Players are not many critics. Listen as they try to reconcile Scorsese’s baffling monochromatic decision and art-house boxing style with one of the greatest acting performances and character studies they’ve seen in the podcast’s year-plus history. They worry about Joe Pesci’s anger problems and De Niro’s complex carbohydrate problems and how to quantify a canon ball like Raging Bull when it comes to ratings.

Raging Bull (1980)
Director
Martin Scorsese
Stars
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty

Curated by: Anders

4.2

Aired Monday, September 12, 2016

The Bit Players get back into the ring with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese for their podcast on Raging Bull. The film was released in 1980 and easily held the mantle of film of that decade for many critics, but the Bit Players are not many critics. Listen as they try to reconcile Scorsese's baffling monochromatic decision and art-house boxing style with one of the greatest acting performances and character studies they've seen in the podcast's year-plus history. They worry about Joe Pesci's anger problems and De Niro's complex carbohydrate problems and how to quantify a canon ball like Raging Bull when it comes to ratings.

Episode 66: Chinatown (1974)

Forget it, Bit Players. It’s Chinatown. The guys dig into Roman Polanski’s 1974 film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway on this week’s podcast. They break down their feelings going into a film that carries such a critical weight – making it feel must-see – and palpable dread that comes with sitting through a 131-minute classic, and how those feelings played out and potentially changed as the film unfolded. They compare the film to other crime noir films of its ilk, trying to place it in the ranks of the film canon.

Chinatown (1974)
Director
Roman Polanski
Stars
Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

Curated by: Clark

3.6

Aired Thursday, September 1, 2016

Forget it, Bit Players. It's Chinatown. The guys dig into Roman Polanski's 1974 film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway on this week's podcast. They break down their feelings going into a film that carries such a critical weight - making it feel must-see - and palpable dread that comes with sitting through a 131-minute classic, and how those feelings played out and potentially changed as the film unfolded. They compare the film to other crime noir films of its ilk, trying to place it in the ranks of the film canon.

Episode 64: Heat (1995)

The guys feel the heat around the corner this week as they discuss Michael Mann’s 1995 crime classic Heat. Aside from just being an incredible movie, Heat is probably most known for finally bringing acting titans Robert De Niro and Al Pacino together on screen for the first time, and the guys talk about how it’s a film that seems to play on the real-life movie magic as it makes its statement on two men who will do anything to get the job done and can’t seem to turn away from their work. The episode is about that, sure, but it’s really mostly about Val Kilmer’s ponytail.

Heat (1995)
Director
Michael Mann
Stars
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd

Curated by: Jeff

4.8

What Movies Are About

Aired Thursday, August 18, 2016

The guys feel the heat around the corner this week as they discuss Michael Mann's 1995 crime classic Heat. Aside from just being an incredible movie, Heat is probably most known for finally bringing acting titans Robert De Niro and Al Pacino together on screen for the first time, and the guys talk about how it's a film that seems to play on the real-life movie magic as it makes its statement on two men who will do anything to get the job done and can't seem to turn away from their work. The episode is about that, sure, but it's really mostly about Val Kilmer's ponytail.

Episode 63: The Wrestler (2008)

The guys take a leap off of the top rope with Randy “The Ram” Robinson in Darren Aronofsky’s brilliant 2008 film, The Wrestler. Despite the terribly depressing tone of the film and the way that it ends, they search for some redemption in the small moments that Mickey Rourke’s character manages to find, and how those moments are what make the film such a terrific one. The wrestling connoisseurs of the group break down the legitimacy of the wrestling scenes and they compare the film to the much more popular genre of boxing films.

The Wrestler (2008)
Director
Darren Aronofsky
Stars
Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood

Curated by: Brian

4.8

What Movies Are About

Aired Thursday, August 4, 2016

The guys take a leap off of the top rope with Randy "The Ram" Robinson in Darren Aronofsky's brilliant 2008 film, The Wrestler. Despite the terribly depressing tone of the film and the way that it ends, they search for some redemption in the small moments that Mickey Rourke's character manages to find, and how those moments are what make the film such a terrific one. The wrestling connoisseurs of the group break down the legitimacy of the wrestling scenes and they compare the film to the much more popular genre of boxing films.

Episode 59: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

It plays the episode from iTunes store or else it gets the hose once more as the guys talk Jonathan Demme’s 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs. They talk about what a classic film villain Hannibal Lecter is, and how successful the first installment of the film franchise is where one of the more iconic villains could really be second-billed behind the absolutely terrifying Buffalo Bill. There is some dissension in the ranks as some Bit Players feel the film is fully deserving of the uncanny Oscar sweep of the five major categories, while some find it to be typical horror cheese. One thing can be agreed upon: The Silence of the Lambs is creepy as hell.

Ep 59 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Director
Jonathan Demme
Stars
Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Lawrence A. Bonney

Curated by: Jarryd

4.4

Aired Wednesday, June 22, 2016

It plays the episode from iTunes store or else it gets the hose once more as the guys talk Jonathan Demme's 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs. They talk about what a classic film villain Hannibal Lecter is, and how successful the first installment of the film franchise is where one of the more iconic villains could really be second-billed behind the absolutely terrifying Buffalo Bill. There is some dissension in the ranks as some Bit Players feel the film is fully deserving of the uncanny Oscar sweep of the five major categories, while some find it to be typical horror cheese. One thing can be agreed upon: The Silence of the Lambs is creepy as hell.