Episode 93: Speed (1994)

The guys get behind the wheel on this week’s movie podcast on the classic Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock action flick, Speed. After what feels like hours spent upon breaking down Bullock’s career through the lens of IMDb scores, the Bit Players spend a few minutes talking about the movie itself, making comparisons to other action films both backward and forward, from Die Hard all the way to stuff like John Wick, realizing that Speed is just a real cut above the rest. Jan De Bont rides the high-octane thriller all the way to boomtown, population: Jeff Daniels, with zero good news to tell.

Speed (1994)
Director
Jan de Bont
Stars
Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Daniels, Dennis Hopper

Selected By
Jeff

4.6

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About

Aired Wednedsay, May 24, 2017

The guys get behind the wheel on this week's movie podcast on the classic Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock action flick, Speed. After what feels like hours spent upon breaking down Bullock's career through the lens of IMDb scores, the Bit Players spend a few minutes talking about the movie itself, making comparisons to other action films both backward and forward, from Die Hard all the way to stuff like John Wick, realizing that Speed is just a real cut above the rest. Jan De Bont rides the high-octane thriller all the way to boomtown, population: Jeff Daniels, with zero good news to tell.

Episode 54: Con Air (1997)

Strap in, because it’s going to be a bumpy flight this week for 1997’s action classic Con Air. As with any other movie starring Nic Cage, most of the conversation is dominated breaking down his legend, but they also discuss whether a film like Con Air is worthy of critical discussion in comparison to something that’s considered to be a little bit more serious. They quickly decide it’s probably not worth it and talk about Nic Cage’s southern accent, his hair, his BMI, magnetism and more. They attempt to place Con Air in the pantheons of ’90s action films, which is really a genre all its own.

Con Air (1997)
Director
Simon West
Stars
Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, John Cusack, Ving Rhames, Dave Chappelle, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo

Selected By
Clark

3.2

Aired Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Strap in, because it's going to be a bumpy flight this week for 1997's action classic Con Air. As with any other movie starring Nic Cage, most of the conversation is dominated breaking down his legend, but they also discuss whether a film like Con Air is worthy of critical discussion in comparison to something that's considered to be a little bit more serious. They quickly decide it's probably not worth it and talk about Nic Cage's southern accent, his hair, his BMI, magnetism and more. They attempt to place Con Air in the pantheons of '90s action films, which is really a genre all its own.

Masters of Disaster: Twister (1996)

Find something to strap yourself down to, because the newest minisode series Masters of Disaster is here, starting with the 1996 blockbuster Twister. All of the Bit Players can vividly remember being enthralled by the Helen Hunt- and Bill Paxton-led disaster movie, but coming back to look at it with a different perspective yields an entirely new set of realizations. Namely: Twister is a really awesome movie. Whether it’s the still holding up special effects, the incredible cast of side characters — Philip Seymour Hoffman is in this thing, for crying out loud — or the goofy gap-toothed grin that Paxton can barely suppress as he reads Michael Crichton’s words, Jan de Bont’s film truly has something for every type of movie watcher. It’s a disaster cinema miracle.

Twister (1996)
Director
Jan de Bont
Stars
Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jamie Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Selected By
The Bit Players

5.0

what movies are
About

Aired Friday, November 6, 2015

Find something to strap yourself down to, because the newest minisode series Masters of Disaster is here, starting with the 1996 blockbuster Twister. All of the Bit Players can vividly remember being enthralled by the Helen Hunt- and Bill Paxton-led disaster movie, but coming back to look at it with a different perspective yields an entirely new set of realizations. Namely: Twister is a really awesome movie. Whether it's the still holding up special effects, the incredible cast of side characters — Philip Seymour Hoffman is in this thing, for crying out loud — or the goofy gap-toothed grin that Paxton can barely suppress as he reads Michael Crichton's words, Jan de Bont's film truly has something for every type of movie watcher. It's a disaster cinema miracle.