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

Selected 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 67: Signs (2002)

The guys see the miracles this week on their podcast episode covering M. Night Shyamalan’s 2002 film Signs. What starts as an attempt to critically break down the film, featuring one of each Mel Gibson’s and Joaquin Phoenix’s greatest performances, the podcast basically turns into a love-fest for what the Bit Players see as Shyamalan’s greatest directorial achievement. Signs certainly seems to be the point in which everything best clicked for the polarizing filmmaker, where the otherworldly perfectly balances the humane and an understanding of self and family creates an understanding of the world at large.

Signs (2002)
Director
M. Night Shyamalan
Stars
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin

Selected By
The Bit Players

5.0

what movies are
About

Aired Thursday, September 8, 2016

The guys see the miracles this week on their podcast episode covering M. Night Shyamalan's 2002 film Signs. What starts as an attempt to critically break down the film, featuring one of each Mel Gibson's and Joaquin Phoenix's greatest performances, the podcast basically turns into a love-fest for what the Bit Players see as Shyamalan's greatest directorial achievement. Signs certainly seems to be the point in which everything best clicked for the polarizing filmmaker, where the otherworldly perfectly balances the humane and an understanding of self and family creates an understanding of the world at large.

Episode 47: Batman Begins (2005)

To the Bit Cave we go this week as the guys break down Christopher Nolan’s 2005 Batman Begins, the first installment in the Dark Knight trilogy starring Christian Bale. They discuss how well (or poorly) Bale works as Batman/Bruce Wayne, the wonder of Liam Neesons, and how the film expertly navigates the world of Gotham baddies by putting forth more of a conglomerate of evil than a single prolific villain. They also pick what would make for the best Batman Begins action figure as well as their personal favorite Batman villains.

Batman Begins (2005)
Director
Christopher Nolan
Stars
Christian Bale, Katie Holmes, Liam Neeson, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Ken Watanabe, Mark Boone Junior

Selected By
Brian

4.6

what movies are
About

Aired Wednesday, March 23, 2016

To the Bit Cave we go this week as the guys break down Christopher Nolan's 2005 Batman Begins, the first installment in the Dark Knight trilogy starring Christian Bale. They discuss how well (or poorly) Bale works as Batman/Bruce Wayne, the wonder of Liam Neesons, and how the film expertly navigates the world of Gotham baddies by putting forth more of a conglomerate of evil than a single prolific villain. They also pick what would make for the best Batman Begins action figure as well as their personal favorite Batman villains.

Episode 45: Falling Down (1993)

The guys finally snap and go postal this week on their episode of Joel Schumacher’s 1993 cult classic Falling Down. They compare the film with others like it that use heat as a device to show a character’s breaking point, celebrate the hilariously ’90s style of the film and its director, who is probably stuck back in 1996 and we don’t even know it, and just how this film has managed to garner such acclaim, when seemingly everything points to it being a bad movie. See where the guys themselves stand as well as their own vanity plate a la D-FENS and where they’d pick to retire.

Falling Down (1993)
Director
Joel Schumacher
Stars
Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey

Selected By
Jeff

2.0

Aired Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The guys finally snap and go postal this week on their episode of Joel Schumacher's 1993 cult classic Falling Down. They compare the film with others like it that use heat as a device to show a character's breaking point, celebrate the hilariously '90s style of the film and its director, who is probably stuck back in 1996 and we don't even know it, and just how this film has managed to garner such acclaim, when seemingly everything points to it being a bad movie. See where the guys themselves stand as well as their own vanity plate a la D-FENS and where they'd pick to retire.

Episode 5: Unbreakable (2000)

The guys break down M. Night Shyamalan’s 2000 film Unbreakable, his excellently twisted take on the comic book or super hero genre. They look at the film’s place in the ranks of not only Shyamalan’s films as a catalog but comic book films as a whole, and how the character of Elijah Price (played by Samuel L. Jackson) might have predicted the future in saying that in “mediocre times,” the world needs a hero like David Dunn (Bruce Willis). It’s certainly fun to hope there are heroes like that out there, and the guys look into their own characters to decide what super powers they might possess in a world where such things exist, who their archenemy would be, and talk about big summer blockbusters that they’re excited for.

Unbreakable (2000)
Director
M. Night Shyamalan
Stars
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

Selected By
Brian

4.4

Aired Friday, April 24, 2015
The guys break down M. Night Shyamalan's 2000 film Unbreakable, his excellently twisted take on the comic book or super hero genre. They look at the film's place in the ranks of not only Shyamalan's films as a catalog but comic book films as a whole, and how the character of Elijah Price (played by Samuel L. Jackson) might have predicted the future in saying that in "mediocre times," the world needs a hero like David Dunn (Bruce Willis). It's certainly fun to hope there are heroes like that out there, and the guys look into their own characters to decide what super powers they might possess in a world where such things exist, who their archenemy would be, and talk about big summer blockbusters that they're excited for.