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 75: The Thing (1982)

The Bit Players rev up their flamethrowers and head to the Arctic for this week’s podcast on John Carpenter’s influential 1982 horror movie, The Thing. The guys look at 1982 as a whole in examining why The Thing was unsuccessful at the box office despite its high quality and eventual influence, how Carpenter and Kurt Russell are a match made in movie heaven, films that came both before and after that compare with the terrifying isolation story, what they’d do if they themselves were in a similar situation (hint: it involves liberal flamethrower use), and more. More specifically, the guys compare The Thing with Jaws and how the two films offer completely oppositional views on how to deal with a movie monster, but how each seems to achieve equal levels of terror.

The Thing (1982)
Director
John Carpenter
Stars
Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David

Selected By
The Bit Players

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Aired Monday, October 31, 2016

The Bit Players rev up their flamethrowers and head to the Arctic for this week's podcast on John Carpenter's influential 1982 horror movie, The Thing. The guys look at 1982 as a whole in examining why The Thing was unsuccessful at the box office despite its high quality and eventual influence, how Carpenter and Kurt Russell are a match made in movie heaven, films that came both before and after that compare with the terrifying isolation story, what they'd do if they themselves were in a similar situation (hint: it involves liberal flamethrower use), and more. More specifically, the guys compare The Thing with Jaws and how the two films offer completely oppositional views on how to deal with a movie monster, but how each seems to achieve equal levels of terror.