Episode 85: For a Few Dollars More (1965)

For this week’s podcast, The Bit Players once again venture into Sergio Leone’s The Man with No Name trilogy, For a Few Dollars More. The guys find similar issues to A Fistful of Dollars, wondering if Leone’s seeming directorial incompetence would fly today, as well as beginning to question whether one another watched the movie at all. Whether you find the squint-heavy film amateurish or not, it’s hard to deny the raw promise that the first two Man with No Name films offered in the famous trio of Leone, Clint Eastwood, and Ennio Morricone. There’s a lot of things you can say about For a Few Dollars More, but it not being fun sure isn’t one of them.

For a Few Dollars More (1965)
Director
Sergio Leone
Stars
Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volontè

Selected By
Anders

3.6

Aired Monday, February 6, 2017

For this week's podcast, The Bit Players once again venture into Sergio Leone's The Man with No Name trilogy, For a Few Dollars More. The guys find similar issues to A Fistful of Dollars, wondering if Leone's seeming directorial incompetence would fly today, as well as beginning to question whether one another watched the movie at all. Whether you find the squint-heavy film amateurish or not, it's hard to deny the raw promise that the first two Man with No Name films offered in the famous trio of Leone, Clint Eastwood, and Ennio Morricone. There's a lot of things you can say about For a Few Dollars More, but it not being fun sure isn't one of them.

Episode 75: The Thing (1982)

The Bit Players rev up their flamethrowers and head to the Arctic for this week’s podcast on John Carpenter’s influential 1982 horror movie, The Thing. The guys look at 1982 as a whole in examining why The Thing was unsuccessful at the box office despite its high quality and eventual influence, how Carpenter and Kurt Russell are a match made in movie heaven, films that came both before and after that compare with the terrifying isolation story, what they’d do if they themselves were in a similar situation (hint: it involves liberal flamethrower use), and more. More specifically, the guys compare The Thing with Jaws and how the two films offer completely oppositional views on how to deal with a movie monster, but how each seems to achieve equal levels of terror.

The Thing (1982)
Director
John Carpenter
Stars
Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David

Selected By
The Bit Players

4.8

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Aired Monday, October 31, 2016

The Bit Players rev up their flamethrowers and head to the Arctic for this week's podcast on John Carpenter's influential 1982 horror movie, The Thing. The guys look at 1982 as a whole in examining why The Thing was unsuccessful at the box office despite its high quality and eventual influence, how Carpenter and Kurt Russell are a match made in movie heaven, films that came both before and after that compare with the terrifying isolation story, what they'd do if they themselves were in a similar situation (hint: it involves liberal flamethrower use), and more. More specifically, the guys compare The Thing with Jaws and how the two films offer completely oppositional views on how to deal with a movie monster, but how each seems to achieve equal levels of terror.

Episode 51: The Untouchables (1987)

Listen here, see: the Bit Players are back to talk about Brian De Palma’s 1987 love letter to prohibition, The Untouchables. The guys break down Sean Connery’s Oscar-winning performance and his contractual accent forgiveness clause, how much better this movie could have been if its central character wasn’t its most one-dimensional, and the stunning visual beauty on which De Palma obviously labored very hard, completely forgetting to make an emotionally coherent movie. They also pick their own squad names and missions as well as try to cast the perfect modern-day Eliot Ness.

The Untouchables (1987)
Director
Brian De Palma
Stars
Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Andy Garcia

Selected By
Anders

2.8

Aired Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Listen here, see: the Bit Players are back to talk about Brian De Palma's 1987 love letter to prohibition, The Untouchables. The guys break down Sean Connery's Oscar-winning performance and his contractual accent forgiveness clause, how much better this movie could have been if its central character wasn't its most one-dimensional, and the stunning visual beauty on which De Palma obviously labored very hard, completely forgetting to make an emotionally coherent movie. They also pick their own squad names and missions as well as try to cast the perfect modern-day Eliot Ness.

Episode 16: A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

The guys form a posse at dawn to wrangle up their first Western film, and what a classic it is. Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars not only launched three massive careers in film (the director himself, his star Clint Eastwood, and the film’s composer, Ennio Morricone, who went on to become one of the world’s greatest, but the gritty film also helped launch an entire genre of film, the Spaghetti Western, that is still being replicated today. They discuss just what it is that makes the film stand up today, especially considering it has largely been bolstered by cult love, as well as the score, Eastwood’s performance, and the terrible physical acting by the slain gunmen strewn about A Fistful of Dollars. They also give themselves their own outlaw names, plan an activity they’d love Morricone to score, and run down what else they’ve been watching.

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Director
Sergio Leone
Stars
Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne Koch

Selected By
Anders

3.6

Aired Friday, July 24, 2015
The guys form a posse at dawn to wrangle up their first Western film, and what a classic it is. Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars not only launched three massive careers in film (the director himself, his star Clint Eastwood, and the film's composer, Ennio Morricone, who went on to become one of the world's greatest, but the gritty film also helped launch an entire genre of film, the Spaghetti Western, that is still being replicated today. They discuss just what it is that makes the film stand up today, especially considering it has largely been bolstered by cult love, as well as the score, Eastwood's performance, and the terrible physical acting by the slain gunmen strewn about A Fistful of Dollars. They also give themselves their own outlaw names, plan an activity they'd love Morricone to score, and run down what else they've been watching.