Episode 68: Raging Bull (1980)

The Bit Players get back into the ring with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese for their podcast on Raging Bull. The film was released in 1980 and easily held the mantle of film of that decade for many critics, but the Bit Players are not many critics. Listen as they try to reconcile Scorsese’s baffling monochromatic decision and art-house boxing style with one of the greatest acting performances and character studies they’ve seen in the podcast’s year-plus history. They worry about Joe Pesci’s anger problems and De Niro’s complex carbohydrate problems and how to quantify a canon ball like Raging Bull when it comes to ratings.

Raging Bull (1980)
Director
Martin Scorsese
Stars
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty

Selected By
Anders

4.2

Aired Monday, September 12, 2016

The Bit Players get back into the ring with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese for their podcast on Raging Bull. The film was released in 1980 and easily held the mantle of film of that decade for many critics, but the Bit Players are not many critics. Listen as they try to reconcile Scorsese's baffling monochromatic decision and art-house boxing style with one of the greatest acting performances and character studies they've seen in the podcast's year-plus history. They worry about Joe Pesci's anger problems and De Niro's complex carbohydrate problems and how to quantify a canon ball like Raging Bull when it comes to ratings.

Episode 10: Goodfellas (1990)

The guys are back from break to talk about Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic mobster flick Goodfellas. The film blurs the lines between fact and fiction to the point where its real-life subject Henry Hill (played by, in the role of his lifetime, Ray Liotta) said it was almost 100% true. The guys break down the strange lure of Liotta and a career made on this role and roles like it as well as the twisted humor of the film’s most violent character, Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and the understated performance of Robert De Niro as Jimmy Conway. For all of the over-the-top violence and gangster grandiosity, the guys agree that the craziest part of the film is easily those actors playing 21- and 28-year old men, but the joy of the film isn’t affected. They also pick their own Wiseguy nicknames and prison jobs and discuss the vacations that kept them away for three weeks.

Goodfellas (1990)
Director
Martin Scorsese
Stars
Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Selected By
Anders

4.6

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Aired Friday, June 12, 2015
The guys are back from break to talk about Martin Scorsese's 1990 classic mobster flick Goodfellas. The film blurs the lines between fact and fiction to the point where its real-life subject Henry Hill (played by, in the role of his lifetime, Ray Liotta) said it was almost 100% true. The guys break down the strange lure of Liotta and a career made on this role and roles like it as well as the twisted humor of the film's most violent character, Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and the understated performance of Robert De Niro as Jimmy Conway. For all of the over-the-top violence and gangster grandiosity, the guys agree that the craziest part of the film is easily those actors playing 21- and 28-year old men, but the joy of the film isn't affected. They also pick their own Wiseguy nicknames and prison jobs and discuss the vacations that kept them away for three weeks.