Episode 101: Blade Runner (1982)

The guys venture two years into the future for this week’s podcast on Ridley Scott’s classic 1982 sci-fi mind-bender, Blade Runner. The Harrison Ford-helmed film asks some big questions about what it means to really be a human in a world with synthesized humanity, a question that is just as poignant and perplexing now as it was when Philip K. Dick wrote the source material in 1968. The Bit Players consider that question, among many others of equal weight, such as how M. Night Shyamalan would twist this thing up, what the porno version of the film would be called, and how many times Daniel Day-Lewis would have sex with a robot to prepare for the role should he have answered the call for Rick Deckard.

Blade Runner (1982)
Director
Ridley Scott
Stars
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmett Walsh, Daryl Hannah

Selected By
Jeff

4.6

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Aired Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The guys venture two years into the future for this week's podcast on Ridley Scott's classic 1982 sci-fi mind-bender, Blade Runner. The Harrison Ford-helmed film asks some big questions about what it means to really be a human in a world with synthesized humanity, a question that is just as poignant and perplexing now as it was when Philip K. Dick wrote the source material in 1968. The Bit Players consider that question, among many others of equal weight, such as how M. Night Shyamalan would twist this thing up, what the porno version of the film would be called, and how many times Daniel Day-Lewis would have sex with a robot to prepare for the role should he have answered the call for Rick Deckard.

Featuring "End Titles" by Vangelis

03:55 Number Crunching
17:00 Blade Runner Introduction
18:00 Ridley Scott's World-Building
23:33 How is Rick Deckard a Good Blade Runner?
26:00 Harrison Ford's Performance
32:20 Are Replicants All That Different from Humans?
40:04 Rick Deckard vs. Roy Batty
41:26 "Tears in Rain" Monologue
45:46 Is Deckard a Replicant? Probably Not.
50:54 Clark's Corner: Blu-Ray Combo Pack, Recast, Lestat-Approved, Sleepover Seal of Approval, How Would M. Night Shyamalan Provide a Twist?
1:00:09 Ratings

Episode 97: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The guys head back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away for the second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. The guys compare the film not only to the rest of the Star Wars series, but also the rest of director Irvin Kershner’s catalogue, which includes such classics as RoboCop 2 and Never Say Never Again. They talk about how Empire stands alone and bridges the series together, as well as how the actors both grow and, well, don’t, from A New Hope to Episode V. The Bit Players also imagine what it might have been like had iconic method actor Daniel Day-Lewis prepared for a role in the film.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Director
Irvin Kershner
Stars
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz

Selected By
Anders

5.0

what movies are
About

Aired Monday, August 21, 2017

The guys head back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away for the second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. The guys compare the film not only to the rest of the Star Wars series, but also the rest of director Irvin Kershner's catalogue, which includes such classics as RoboCop 2 and Never Say Never Again. They talk about how Empire stands alone and bridges the series together, as well as how the actors both grow and, well, don't, from A New Hope to Episode V. The Bit Players also imagine what it might have been like had iconic method actor Daniel Day-Lewis prepared for a role in the film.

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

Selected 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.

Top 10 Films of 2015

2015 will always be a special year for the Bit Players when it comes to film, not only because it was the year that the podcast actually began, but it was actually a great year for new movies. Childhood dreams were realized when we got more Star Wars, the character of Rocky Balboa was gloriously revitalized in Creed, Pixar delivered one of their finest and most impactful offerings to date, some of the obligatory novel adaptations were actually quite good, Mad Max redefined what it means to be an action movie, and a whole lot of characters horrifically died in gorgeous snowy settings. We predict that it was a year of films that, when we look back years later, will continue to offer some of our lifelong favorite watches, and our top 25 films of 2015 is the list that best embodies what was so great this year and will continue to be so for years to come.

Aired Monday, February 22, 2016

2015 will always be a special year for the Bit Players when it comes to film, not only because it was the year that the podcast actually began, but it was actually a great year for new movies. Childhood dreams were realized when we got more Star Wars, the character of Rocky Balboa was gloriously revitalized in Creed, Pixar delivered one of their finest and most impactful offerings to date, some of the obligatory novel adaptations were actually quite good, Mad Max redefined what it means to be an action movie, and a whole lot of characters horrifically died in gorgeous snowy settings. We predict that it was a year of films that, when we look back years later, will continue to offer some of our lifelong favorite watches, and our top 25 films of 2015 is the list that best embodies what was so great this year and will continue to be so for years to come.

Midnight Showing: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

The guys get swept up in the Star Wars mania once again with J.J. Abrams’s stunning resurrection of the series, The Force Awakens. The film captures exactly what Midnight Showing is all about: the experience of going to the cinema as a transportative and immersive experience, as Abrams throws us right back into the world that became so familiar and beloved over the course of our lives, bringing back old favorites and adding new characters that will live on forever thanks to how rich and well-developed they are. The Force is strong with this one.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
Director
J.J. Abrams
Stars
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson

Selected By
The Bit Players

4.8

what movies are
About

Aired Friday, December 25, 2015

The guys get swept up in the Star Wars mania once again with J. J. Abrams's stunning resurrection of the series, The Force Awakens. The film captures exactly what Midnight Showing is all about: the experience of going to the cinema as a transportative and immersive experience, as Abrams throws us right back into the world that became so familiar and beloved over the course of our lives, bringing back old favorites and adding new characters that will live on forever thanks to how rich and well-developed they are. The Force is strong with this one.

Episode 29: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

A few days ago, in a makeshift podcast studio far away, the Bit Players sat down and tackled George Lucas’s masterful 1977 classic Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. As with just about any random sampling of five millennial men, Star Wars played a huge role in each of the guys’ lives from an early age, but the most remarkable thing about the film is just how well it holds up as a storytelling and visual achievement, with characters and ideals that will live on far after any of the film’s principle (and bit) players have perished. The guys have a blast reveling in the way the film impacted them and continues to impact them, how no matter how many video games Mark “Hambone” Hamill has to voice over, no one will ever take away Luke Skywalker from him, and how that one Storm Trooper is really regretting setting his pistol to “stun.”

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Director
George Lucas
Stars
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, Anthony Daniels

Selected By
Anders

5.0

what movies are
About

Aired Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A few days ago, in a makeshift podcast studio pretty, pretty nearby, the Bit Players sat down and tackled George Lucas's masterful 1977 classic Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. As with just about any random sampling of five millennial men, Star Wars played a huge role in each of the guys' lives from an early age, but the most remarkable thing about the film is just how well it holds up as a storytelling and visual achievement, with characters and ideals that will live on far after any of the film's principle (and bit) players have perished. The guys have a blast reveling in the way the film impacted them and continues to impact them, how no matter how many video games Mark "Hambone" Hamill has to voice over, no one will ever take away Luke Skywalker from him, and how that one Storm Trooper is really regretting setting his pistol to "stun."