Top 10 Films of 2016

2016 was another great year in movies. From the low-budget indie flicks that made major waves like Hell or High Water and Don’t Breathe to the massive super hero epics like Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, it was another year with a little something for everyone in the Bit Players. There were memorable songs, memorable characters, memorable moments all across the board. There were laughs, tears, frights, and action. It seems like every year gets better and better to be a movie fan as the ability to make a film reaches more and more creative fingertips, and 2016 was no exception. Bit Player favorites like Richard Linklater and the Coen Brothers delivered more of the same greatness we’ve come to expect, but newcomers like Robert Eggers and the continually impressive Jeremy Saulnier firmly placed themselves on the “to watch” list with their 2016 entries. Read below to find out everything we loved about this year, including best films, acting performances, music, scenes, writing, cinematography, and more.

Aired Monday, February 27, 2017

2016 was another great year in movies. From the low-budget indie flicks that made major waves like Hell or High Water and Don't Breathe to the massive super hero epics like Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, it was another year with a little something for everyone in the Bit Players. There were memorable songs, memorable characters, memorable moments all across the board. There were laughs, tears, frights, and action. It seems like every year gets better and better to be a movie fan as the ability to make a film reaches more and more creative fingertips, and 2016 was no exception. Bit Player favorites like Richard Linklater and the Coen Brothers delivered more of the same greatness we've come to expect, but newcomers like Robert Eggers and the continually impressive Jeremy Saulnier firmly placed themselves on the "to watch" list with their 2016 entries. Read below to find out everything we loved about this year, including best films, acting performances, music, scenes, writing, cinematography, and more.

Episode 70: ParaNorman (2012)

The Bit Players head to Blithe Hollow this week for their podcast episode on LAIKA Studio’s 2012 stop-motion film ParaNorman. The film falls in a long line of kid-friendly horror that was a huge part of modern adult moviegoers’ personal history of post-trick-or-treat Halloween nights as kids, so they discuss the feelings of nostalgia that the relatively benign take on horror brought about as well as the way ParaNorman constantly subverts those limitations with adult complexities and morality lessons valuable to kids and parents alike. Much like the more well-known efforts of Pixar, LAIKA makes universal films, but the guys discuss the ways that ParaNorman is different from a typical Pixar flick, most notably in style and its tangibly hands-on animation.

ParaNorman (2012)
Directors
Chris Butler & Sam Fell
Stars
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman

Selected By
Jeff

4.0

Aired Monday, September 26, 2016

The Bit Players head to Blithe Hollow this week for their podcast episode on LAIKA Studio's 2012 stop-motion film ParaNorman. The film falls in a long line of kid-friendly horror that was a huge part of modern adult moviegoers' personal history of post-trick-or-treat Halloween nights as kids, so they discuss the feelings of nostalgia that the relatively benign take on horror brought about as well as the way ParaNorman constantly subverts those limitations with adult complexities and morality lessons valuable to kids and parents alike. Much like the more well-known efforts of Pixar, LAIKA makes universal films, but the guys discuss the ways that ParaNorman is different from a typical Pixar flick, most notably in style and its tangibly hands-on animation.

Episode 11: Raising Arizona (1987)

The guys discuss the Coen Brothers’ classic 1987 screwball comedy Raising Arizona, a film which helped not only solidify the Coens’ signature comedic style but also put Nic Cage on the map. The young Cage and Holly Hunter play off of one another perfectly while surrounded by a typically incredible cast of satellite characters (including Coen mainstays John Goodman and Frances McDormand) that give the film its life and humor, and the guys talk about just what it is about the juxtaposition of the Coens’ elevated writing and down-in-the-dumps characters that brings the comedy out of the situation. As Cage is one of the Bit Players’ collective favorite actors, the guys discuss their other favorite roles of his as well as what their vehicle of choice would be should they find themselves in a position of the lone rider of the apocalypse.

Raising Arizona (1987)
Director
The Coen Brothers
Stars
Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman

Selected By
Brian

4.2

Aired Friday, June 19, 2015
The guys discuss the Coen Brothers' classic 1987 screwball comedy Raising Arizona, a film which helped not only solidify the Coens' signature comedic style but also put Nic Cage on the map. The young Cage and Holly Hunter play off of one another perfectly while surrounded by a typically incredible cast of satellite characters (including Coen mainstays John Goodman and Frances McDormand) that give the film its life and humor, and the guys talk about just what it is about the juxtaposition of the Coens' elevated writing and down-in-the-dumps characters that brings the comedy out of the situation. As Cage is one of the Bit Players' collective favorite actors, the guys discuss their other favorite roles of his as well as what their vehicle of choice would be should they find themselves in a position of the lone rider of the apocalypse.