Episode 71: Alien (1979)

The Bit Players venture into the dangerous unknown of outer space for this week’s podcast on Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic sci-fi horror movie, Alien. The guys unpack the film’s horror elements as they blend so well with such authentic science fiction, along with the ways that Alien serves as the perfect bridge between classic and modern horror, both drawing upon past conventions and beginning new ones for films to follow. They also break down the ways in which the science fiction allows Scott to examine morality in dire situations, and how he juxtaposes that firmly human trait with the synthetic beings that lurk in the film’s shadows. Much is also made of how the Xenomorph managed to pack those pounds on so quickly with such a sparse diet, as well as the ways that Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley broke new ground for female protagonists in horror.

Alien (1979)
Director
Ridley Scott
Stars
Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

Selected By
Jarryd

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Aired Monday, October 3, 2016

The Bit Players venture into the dangerous unknown of outer space for this week's podcast on Ridley Scott's 1979 classic sci-fi horror movie, Alien. The guys unpack the film's horror elements as they blend so well with such authentic science fiction, along with the ways that Alien serves as the perfect bridge between classic and modern horror, both drawing upon past conventions and beginning new ones for films to follow. They also break down the ways in which the science fiction allows Scott to examine morality in dire situations, and how he juxtaposes that firmly human trait with the synthetic beings that lurk in the film's shadows. Much is also made of how the Xenomorph managed to pack those pounds on so quickly with such a sparse diet, as well as the ways that Sigourney Weaver's Ripley broke new ground for female protagonists in horror.

Episode 39: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The guys embark on an epic journey, perhaps the most epic journey in the history of cinema, with Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The imaginings of J.R.R. Tolkien were brought to life for a whole new generation of fans (the Bit Players included) in 2001, and the films still stand the test of time. Perhaps it’s the nature of the storytelling on display here, with Middle Earth as the setting for the ultimate tale of good and evil. The guys also prep themselves for a journey of this magnitude by picking their road trip essential items and their preference for the leader of their own Fellowship.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Director
Peter Jackson
Stars
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Lee

Selected By
Anders

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Aired Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The guys embark on an epic journey, perhaps the most epic journey in the history of cinema, with Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The imaginings of J.R.R. Tolkien were brought to life for a whole new generation of fans (the Bit Players included) in 2001, and the films still stand the test of time. Perhaps it's the nature of the storytelling on display here, with Middle Earth as the setting for the ultimate tale of good and evil. The guys also prep themselves for a journey of this magnitude by picking their road trip essential items and their preference for the leader of their own Fellowship.