Episode 101: Blade Runner (1982)

The guys venture two years into the future for this week’s podcast on Ridley Scott’s classic 1982 sci-fi mind-bender, Blade Runner. The Harrison Ford-helmed film asks some big questions about what it means to really be a human in a world with synthesized humanity, a question that is just as poignant and perplexing now as it was when Philip K. Dick wrote the source material in 1968. The Bit Players consider that question, among many others of equal weight, such as how M. Night Shyamalan would twist this thing up, what the porno version of the film would be called, and how many times Daniel Day-Lewis would have sex with a robot to prepare for the role should he have answered the call for Rick Deckard.

Blade Runner (1982)
Director
Ridley Scott
Stars
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmett Walsh, Daryl Hannah

Selected By
Jeff

4.6

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Aired Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The guys venture two years into the future for this week's podcast on Ridley Scott's classic 1982 sci-fi mind-bender, Blade Runner. The Harrison Ford-helmed film asks some big questions about what it means to really be a human in a world with synthesized humanity, a question that is just as poignant and perplexing now as it was when Philip K. Dick wrote the source material in 1968. The Bit Players consider that question, among many others of equal weight, such as how M. Night Shyamalan would twist this thing up, what the porno version of the film would be called, and how many times Daniel Day-Lewis would have sex with a robot to prepare for the role should he have answered the call for Rick Deckard.

Featuring "End Titles" by Vangelis

03:55 Number Crunching
17:00 Blade Runner Introduction
18:00 Ridley Scott's World-Building
23:33 How is Rick Deckard a Good Blade Runner?
26:00 Harrison Ford's Performance
32:20 Are Replicants All That Different from Humans?
40:04 Rick Deckard vs. Roy Batty
41:26 "Tears in Rain" Monologue
45:46 Is Deckard a Replicant? Probably Not.
50:54 Clark's Corner: Blu-Ray Combo Pack, Recast, Lestat-Approved, Sleepover Seal of Approval, How Would M. Night Shyamalan Provide a Twist?
1:00:09 Ratings

Episode 98: The Iron Giant (1999)

The guys have some good old Cold War fun on this week’s podcast with the most lovable killing machine in town, The Iron Giant. The 1999 film directed by Brad Bird showed that the Disney way of doing things wasn’t always the only way of doing things when it came to telling a story in animated form, and the Bit Players break down how the film might have changed animated features going forward. They also pit the Iron Giant against other movie robots in an ultimate battle royal, which they believe the Vin Diesel-voiced monster has a legit shot at winning. They also debate whether or not they believe Brad Bird can actually draw or not.

The Iron Giant (1999)
Director
Brad Bird
Stars
Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, Christopher McDonald

Selected By
Jarryd

4.4

Aired Monday, August 28, 2017

The guys have some good old Cold War fun on this week's podcast with the most lovable killing machine in town, The Iron Giant. The 1999 film directed by Brad Bird showed that the Disney way of doing things wasn't always the only way of doing things when it came to telling a story in animated form, and the Bit Players break down how the film might have changed animated features going forward. They also pit the Iron Giant against other movie robots in an ultimate battle royal, which they believe the Vin Diesel-voiced monster has a legit shot at winning. They also debate whether or not they believe Brad Bird can actually draw or not.

Episode 88: Blood Simple (1985)

The Bit Players are back in the heart of Texas noir with the Coen Brothers 1985 debut film Blood Simple with this week’s podcast. The guys talk about how the film stacks up against the iconic directors’ later works and the flourishes of brilliance on display here, the ways in which they expertly use black humor to call upon the lunacy of the situation, and the film’s incredible use of tension when it needs it. They break down the bar’s unbelievable finances, Dan Hedaya’s gorgeous mane of body hair, and what Netflix browsing categories would be perfect.

Blood Simple. (1985)
Directors
The Coen Brothers
Stars
John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya

Selected By
Jarryd

3.8

Aired Monday, April 3, 2017

The Bit Players are back in the heart of Texas noir with the Coen Brothers 1985 debut film Blood Simple with this week's podcast. The guys talk about how the film stacks up against the iconic directors' later works and the flourishes of brilliance on display here, the ways in which they expertly use black humor to call upon the lunacy of the situation, and the film's incredible use of tension when it needs it. They break down the bar's unbelievable finances, Dan Hedaya's gorgeous mane of body hair, and what Netflix browsing categories would be perfect.

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.