Episode 89: Minority Report (2002)

On this week’s podcast, the guys break down Steven Spielberg’s 2002 adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell. The Bit Players dig deep into the efficiency of 2054’s Washington D.C. pre-crime unit, marvel at how they stopped a single murder at all with such an insane system, but mostly just sit back and take solace in the fact that Cops is still on air. They discuss how quickly it takes for Cruise to enter full-on sprint in this movie, perhaps the fastest in his career, the interesting ways that Spielberg plays with tone in such a serious world, and the brilliant performance from Max von Sydow, who was also in the Seventh Seal. Don’t forget, Max von Sydow, actor in the Seventh Seal.

Minority Report (2002)
Director
Steven Spielberg
Stars
Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow

Selected By
Clark

4.2

Aired Monday, April 10, 2017

On this week's podcast, the guys break down Steven Spielberg's 2002 adaptation of Philip K. Dick's Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell. The Bit Players dig deep into the efficiency of 2054's Washington D.C. pre-crime unit, marvel at how they stopped a single murder at all with such an insane system, but mostly just sit back and take solace in the fact that Cops is still on air. They discuss how quickly it takes for Cruise to enter full-on sprint in this movie, perhaps the fastest in his career, the interesting ways that Spielberg plays with tone in such a serious world, and the brilliant performance from Max von Sydow, who was also in the Seventh Seal. Don't forget, Max von Sydow, actor in the Seventh Seal.

Top 10 Films of 2015

2015 will always be a special year for the Bit Players when it comes to film, not only because it was the year that the podcast actually began, but it was actually a great year for new movies. Childhood dreams were realized when we got more Star Wars, the character of Rocky Balboa was gloriously revitalized in Creed, Pixar delivered one of their finest and most impactful offerings to date, some of the obligatory novel adaptations were actually quite good, Mad Max redefined what it means to be an action movie, and a whole lot of characters horrifically died in gorgeous snowy settings. We predict that it was a year of films that, when we look back years later, will continue to offer some of our lifelong favorite watches, and our top 25 films of 2015 is the list that best embodies what was so great this year and will continue to be so for years to come.

Aired Monday, February 22, 2016

2015 will always be a special year for the Bit Players when it comes to film, not only because it was the year that the podcast actually began, but it was actually a great year for new movies. Childhood dreams were realized when we got more Star Wars, the character of Rocky Balboa was gloriously revitalized in Creed, Pixar delivered one of their finest and most impactful offerings to date, some of the obligatory novel adaptations were actually quite good, Mad Max redefined what it means to be an action movie, and a whole lot of characters horrifically died in gorgeous snowy settings. We predict that it was a year of films that, when we look back years later, will continue to offer some of our lifelong favorite watches, and our top 25 films of 2015 is the list that best embodies what was so great this year and will continue to be so for years to come.

Midnight Showing: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

The guys get swept up in the Star Wars mania once again with J.J. Abrams’s stunning resurrection of the series, The Force Awakens. The film captures exactly what Midnight Showing is all about: the experience of going to the cinema as a transportative and immersive experience, as Abrams throws us right back into the world that became so familiar and beloved over the course of our lives, bringing back old favorites and adding new characters that will live on forever thanks to how rich and well-developed they are. The Force is strong with this one.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
Director
J.J. Abrams
Stars
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson

Selected By
The Bit Players

4.8

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Aired Friday, December 25, 2015

The guys get swept up in the Star Wars mania once again with J. J. Abrams's stunning resurrection of the series, The Force Awakens. The film captures exactly what Midnight Showing is all about: the experience of going to the cinema as a transportative and immersive experience, as Abrams throws us right back into the world that became so familiar and beloved over the course of our lives, bringing back old favorites and adding new characters that will live on forever thanks to how rich and well-developed they are. The Force is strong with this one.

Episode 9: The Seventh Seal (1957)

The guys discuss Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film The Seventh Seal. They break down the film’s elements of life and death as well as its takedown of organized religion, and discuss the legacy that it ultimately holds as one of the most well-regarded pieces of art in the film canon. The Seventh Seal personifies Death (portrayed by Bengt Ekerot) in a way that brings the supernatural and the human together in a harrowing way for the film’s characters – particularly for the agnostic hero knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) – but Bergman’s statement seems to be one of positivity in the fate of humanity regardless. The guys also discuss the games in which they would challenge Death, a cause that would get them crusading, and the ideal final feast.

The Seventh Seal (1957)
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Stars
Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot

Selected By
Clark

4.2

Aired Friday, May 22, 2015
The guys discuss Ingmar Bergman's 1957 film The Seventh Seal. They break down the film's elements of life and death as well as its takedown of organized religion, and discuss the legacy that it ultimately holds as one of the most well-regarded pieces of art in the film canon. The Seventh Seal personifies Death (portrayed by Bengt Ekerot) in a way that brings the supernatural and the human together in a harrowing way for the film's characters - particularly for the agnostic hero knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) - but Bergman's statement seems to be one of positivity in the fate of humanity regardless. The guys also discuss the games in which they would challenge Death, a cause that would get them crusading, and the ideal final feast.