Episode 76: North by Northwest (1959)

The guys go on a thrilling adventure across the country with their podcast on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 action classic, North by Northwest. They talk about the ways in which the pretty straightforward thriller seems to differ from the typically Hitchcockian methods of telling a story, with the iconic director famously telling the viewer not to look too deeply at North by Northwest and a deeper enjoyment should arise. The Bit Players break that down in comparing it to James Bond films, Hitchcock’s other, more cerebral work, and the level to which Cary Grant’s Golden Era Hollywood star power translates to the modern viewer. Much of the film’s discussion can be narrowed down to one simple point, however: when put up against Richie Rich, is North by Northwest the best film to climax on the domepiece of Abraham Lincoln?

North by Northwest (1959)
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Stars
Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason

Selected By
Jeff

4.6

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Aired Monday, November 7, 2016

The guys go on a thrilling adventure across the country with their podcast on Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 action classic, North by Northwest. They talk about the ways in which the pretty straightforward thriller seems to differ from the typically Hitchcockian methods of telling a story, with the iconic director famously telling the viewer not to look too deeply at North by Northwest and a deeper enjoyment should arise. The Bit Players break that down in comparing it to James Bond films, Hitchcock's other, more cerebral work, and the level to which Cary Grant's Golden Era Hollywood star power translates to the modern viewer. Much of the film's discussion can be narrowed down to one simple point, however: when put up against Richie Rich, is North by Northwest the best film to climax on the domepiece of Abraham Lincoln?

Episode 13: On the Waterfront (1954)

The guys go back to 1954 to look at Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront, a film that took home an unprecedented eight Academy Awards. They consider just what it is about the film that helped it sweep come award season and continue to hold favor with critics and fans alike; it’s a film that represents a watershed moment in classic Hollywood with the gritty realism of its documentarian cinematography, underclass characters, and straight-off-the-street actors bringing something wholly new and exciting to cinema. Not to mention, Marlon Brando gives a career-defining performance as the film’s protagonist Terry Malloy, which stands at the center of the film and what makes it so exciting, even today. The guys also discuss where they would stash their own Oscars so as not to lose it like Brando allegedly did, as well as this year’s Wimbledon and Roger Federer’s legacy in that tournament.

On the Waterfront (1954)
Director
Elia Kazan
Stars
Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Eva Marie Saint

Selected By
Jeff

4.4

Aired Friday, July 3, 2015
The guys go back to 1954 to look at Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront, a film that took home an unprecedented eight Academy Awards. They consider just what it is about the film that helped it sweep come award season and continue to hold favor with critics and fans alike; it's a film that represents a watershed moment in classic Hollywood with the gritty realism of its documentarian cinematography, underclass characters, and straight-off-the-street actors bringing something wholly new and exciting to cinema. Not to mention, Marlon Brando gives a career-defining performance as the film's protagonist Terry Malloy, which stands at the center of the film and what makes it so exciting, even today. The guys also discuss where they would stash their own Oscars so as not to lose it like Brando allegedly did, as well as this year's Wimbledon and Roger Federer's legacy in that tournament.