Episode 81: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

For this week’s podcast, The Bit Players join the Muppets at Christmastime for the 1992 film starring Michael Caine, The Muppet Christmas Carol. The guys talk about how the timelessness of the Muppets alongside the timelessness of Charles Dickens’ classic novella makes for the perfect pairing every holiday season for a film that brings both laughs and tears. Speaking of timelessness, Michael Caine proves he is just about the only actor on the planet that can hang with thespians as trained and skilled as Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear and the rest, but the guys still talk about how things could have gone very differently had Ebenezer Scrooge taken things a little bit more personally at his nephew’s.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Director
Brian Henson
Stars
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, The Great Gonzo, Rizzo the Rat, Fozzie Bear, Michael Caine

Selected By
Brian

4.4

Aired Tuesday, December 27, 2016

For this week's podcast, The Bit Players join the Muppets at Christmastime for the 1992 film starring Michael Caine, The Muppet Christmas Carol. The guys talk about how the timelessness of the Muppets alongside the timelessness of Charles Dickens' classic novella makes for the perfect pairing every holiday season for a film that brings both laughs and tears. Speaking of timelessness, Michael Caine proves he is just about the only actor on the planet that can hang with thespians as trained and skilled as Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear and the rest, but the guys still talk about how things could have gone very differently had Ebenezer Scrooge taken things a little bit more personally at his nephew's.

Episode 50: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

It’s Oxfords, not brogues, this week as the guys suit up for the listener-selected 50th episode on Matthew Vaughn’s 2015 spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service. They talk about how what separates Kingsman from the rest of the pack is the fact that Colin Firth and company always defer to fun on the film, never taking itself or the spy genre too seriously, which actually makes it one of the spy films to take the most seriously. Once again the baffling time-resistance of Michael Caine is discussed as well as the guys picking their own Sun headline on the day they save the world.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Director
Matthew Vaughn
Stars
Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill

Selected By
Listener Vote

4.6

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Aired Wednesday, April 13, 2016

It's Oxfords, not brogues, this week as the guys suit up for the listener-selected 50th episode on Matthew Vaughn's 2015 spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service. They talk about how what separates Kingsman from the rest of the pack is the fact that Colin Firth and company always defer to fun on the film, never taking itself or the spy genre too seriously, which actually makes it one of the spy films to take the most seriously. Once again the baffling time-resistance of Michael Caine is discussed as well as the guys picking their own Sun headline on the day they save the world.

Episode 47: Batman Begins (2005)

To the Bit Cave we go this week as the guys break down Christopher Nolan’s 2005 Batman Begins, the first installment in the Dark Knight trilogy starring Christian Bale. They discuss how well (or poorly) Bale works as Batman/Bruce Wayne, the wonder of Liam Neesons, and how the film expertly navigates the world of Gotham baddies by putting forth more of a conglomerate of evil than a single prolific villain. They also pick what would make for the best Batman Begins action figure as well as their personal favorite Batman villains.

Batman Begins (2005)
Director
Christopher Nolan
Stars
Christian Bale, Katie Holmes, Liam Neeson, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Ken Watanabe, Mark Boone Junior

Selected By
Brian

4.6

what movies are
About

Aired Wednesday, March 23, 2016

To the Bit Cave we go this week as the guys break down Christopher Nolan's 2005 Batman Begins, the first installment in the Dark Knight trilogy starring Christian Bale. They discuss how well (or poorly) Bale works as Batman/Bruce Wayne, the wonder of Liam Neesons, and how the film expertly navigates the world of Gotham baddies by putting forth more of a conglomerate of evil than a single prolific villain. They also pick what would make for the best Batman Begins action figure as well as their personal favorite Batman villains.

Episode 17: Interstellar (2014)

The guys head to the cosmos for this week’s episode on Christopher Nolan’s 2014 film Interstellar. They are particularly awe-struck by the conceptual ambition on display here, like most of other Nolan’s films, but what makes Interstellar so special is the film’s ability to finally bring heady concepts and visual grandiosity together with raw, impactful human emotions. The performances from Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway – not to mention the brilliant supporting cast – truly bring out those emotions in a poignant way that makes Interstellar such a special film. The guys also put themselves in Romily’s shoes and try to fill 23 years worth of down time and talk about their favorite corn-based snacks.

Interstellar (2014)
Director
Christopher Nolan
Stars
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Matt Damon

Selected By
Brian

4.6

what movies are
About

Aired Friday, July 31, 2015
The guys head to the cosmos for this week’s episode on Christopher Nolan’s 2014 film Interstellar. They are particularly awe-struck by the conceptual ambition on display here, like most of other Nolan’s films, but what makes Interstellar so special is the film’s ability to finally bring heady concepts and visual grandiosity together with raw, impactful human emotions. The performances from Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway – not to mention the brilliant supporting cast – truly bring out those emotions in a poignant way that makes Interstellar such a special film. The guys also put themselves in Romily’s shoes and try to fill 23 years worth of down time and talk about their favorite corn-based snacks.