Episode 99: 12 Angry Men (1957)

The guys head to the courtroom this week with their podcast on Sidney Lumet’s 1957 debut feature film, 12 Angry Men. Given the fact that the Henry Fonda-led film is the highest rated that the Bit Players have watched thus far, the guys spend a lot of time discussing this reception that accumulated over the past 60 years, breaking down the various merits that have carried over to create what is ultimately a pretty timeless experience. Lumet tells his story simply and profoundly, which could never be a knock on a movie, but he also tells it black and whitely, and that’s always gonna cause a glitch in the Bit Players hardware. Despite that, the guys find a lot to love about 12 Angry Men, from the camerawork that brings such a plain setting to life, to the jurors’ diaper-lined suit pants.

12 Angry Men (1957)
Director
Sidney Lumet
Stars
Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam

Selected By
Clark

4.6

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Aired Monday, September 4, 2017

The guys head to the courtroom this week with their podcast on Sidney Lumet's 1957 debut feature film, 12 Angry Men. Given the fact that the Henry Fonda-led film is the highest rated that the Bit Players have watched thus far, the guys spend a lot of time discussing this reception that accumulated over the past 60 years, breaking down the various merits that have carried over to create what is ultimately a pretty timeless experience. Lumet tells his story simply and profoundly, which could never be a knock on a movie, but he also tells it black and whitely, and that's always gonna cause a glitch in the Bit Players hardware. Despite that, the guys find a lot to love about 12 Angry Men, from the camerawork that brings such a plain setting to life, to the jurors' diaper-lined suit pants.

Episode 13: On the Waterfront (1954)

The guys go back to 1954 to look at Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront, a film that took home an unprecedented eight Academy Awards. They consider just what it is about the film that helped it sweep come award season and continue to hold favor with critics and fans alike; it’s a film that represents a watershed moment in classic Hollywood with the gritty realism of its documentarian cinematography, underclass characters, and straight-off-the-street actors bringing something wholly new and exciting to cinema. Not to mention, Marlon Brando gives a career-defining performance as the film’s protagonist Terry Malloy, which stands at the center of the film and what makes it so exciting, even today. The guys also discuss where they would stash their own Oscars so as not to lose it like Brando allegedly did, as well as this year’s Wimbledon and Roger Federer’s legacy in that tournament.

On the Waterfront (1954)
Director
Elia Kazan
Stars
Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Eva Marie Saint

Selected By
Jeff

4.4

Aired Friday, July 3, 2015
The guys go back to 1954 to look at Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront, a film that took home an unprecedented eight Academy Awards. They consider just what it is about the film that helped it sweep come award season and continue to hold favor with critics and fans alike; it's a film that represents a watershed moment in classic Hollywood with the gritty realism of its documentarian cinematography, underclass characters, and straight-off-the-street actors bringing something wholly new and exciting to cinema. Not to mention, Marlon Brando gives a career-defining performance as the film's protagonist Terry Malloy, which stands at the center of the film and what makes it so exciting, even today. The guys also discuss where they would stash their own Oscars so as not to lose it like Brando allegedly did, as well as this year's Wimbledon and Roger Federer's legacy in that tournament.