Episode 97: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The guys head back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away for the second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. The guys compare the film not only to the rest of the Star Wars series, but also the rest of director Irvin Kershner’s catalogue, which includes such classics as RoboCop 2 and Never Say Never Again. They talk about how Empire stands alone and bridges the series together, as well as how the actors both grow and, well, don’t, from A New Hope to Episode V. The Bit Players also imagine what it might have been like had iconic method actor Daniel Day-Lewis prepared for a role in the film.

Ep 97 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Director
Irvin Kershner
Stars
Mark Hamill
Harrison Ford
Carrie Fisher
Billy Dee Williams
Anthon Daniels
David Prowse
Peter Mayhew
Kenny Baker
Frank Oz

Curated by: Anders

5.0


What Movies are About

Aired Monday, August 21, 2017

The guys head back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away for the second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. The guys compare the film not only to the rest of the Star Wars series, but also the rest of director Irvin Kershner's catalogue, which includes such classics as RoboCop 2 and Never Say Never Again. They talk about how Empire stands alone and bridges the series together, as well as how the actors both grow and, well, don't, from A New Hope to Episode V. The Bit Players also imagine what it might have been like had iconic method actor Daniel Day-Lewis prepared for a role in the film.

Episode 96: Boogie Nights (1997)

The guys head to the grimy cesspool known as San Fernando Valley for this week’s podcast on Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 film, Boogie Nights. They talk about the film in relation to the rest of PTA’s work, how it stands out in establishing a bonafide modern-day auteur, and the crazy array of talented actors that make up the lovable band of dick-swangin’ buddies. They also discuss who would be able to reshape this classic if it were to be remade, which actually turned out way easier than you’d think.

Ep 96 Boogie Nights (1997)
Director
Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars
Mark Wahlberg
Burt Reynolds
Julianne Moore
Heather Graham
William H. Macy
Luis Guzmán
Don Cheadle
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
John C. Reilly

Curated by: The Bit Players

5.0


What Movies are About

Aired Monday, August 14, 2017

The guys head to the grimy cesspool known as San Fernando Valley for this week's podcast on Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 film, Boogie Nights. They talk about the film in relation to the rest of PTA's work, how it stands out in establishing a bonafide modern-day auteur, and the crazy array of talented actors that make up the lovable band of dick-swangin' buddies. They also discuss who would be able to reshape this classic if it were to be remade, which actually turned out way easier than you'd think.

Episode 95: Willow (1988)

The guys might have made a small mistake in picking this week’s podcast, Ron Howard’s 1988 fantasy flick, Willow. It’s an adventure that is at times ridiculous, hilarious, fun, heartwarming, and just plain awful, but somehow it all kind of works. They talk about the enigma that is Val Kilmer, just how this film achieved its cult status alongside something like The Princess Bride, which is actually good.

Ep 95 Willow (1988)
Director
Ron Howard
Stars
Val Kilmer
Joanne Whalley
Warwick Davis

Curated by: Clark Carmichael

Aired Monday, August 7, 2017

The guys might have made a small mistake in picking this week's podcast, Ron Howard's 1988 fantasy flick, Willow. It's an adventure that is at times ridiculous, hilarious, fun, heartwarming, and just plain awful, but somehow it all kind of works. They talk about the enigma that is Val Kilmer, just how this film achieved its cult status alongside something like The Princess Bride, which is actually good.

Episode 94: Prometheus (2012)

The guys join the crew of Prometheus as they discover the backstory of the Alien film franchise on this week’s podcast. The Bit Players are back to discuss the film franchise’s deep mythology established with Ridley Scott’s 2012 film as well as how the film stands apart from and up to the rest of the franchise, particularly Alien and Aliens. They talk about the Prometheus crew’s over-eagerness to immediately pop open their helmets in a completely alien world, the insane amount of goo on screen, and much more.

Ep 94 Prometheus (1994)
Director
Ridley Scott
Stars
Noomi Rapace
Michael Fassbender
Charlize Theron
Idris Elba
Guy Pearce
Logan Marshall-Green

Curated by: Jarryd Baxter

4.6


What Movies are About

Aired Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The guys join the crew of Prometheus as they discover the backstory of the Alien film franchise on this week's podcast. The Bit Players are back to discuss the film franchise's deep mythology established with Ridley Scott's 2012 film as well as how the film stands apart from and up to the rest of the franchise, particularly Alien and Aliens. They talk about the Prometheus crew's over-eagerness to immediately pop open their helmets in a completely alien world, the insane amount of goo on screen, and much more.

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.

Ep 93 Speed (1994)
Director
Jan de Bont
Stars
Keanu Reeves
Sandra Bullock
Jeff Daniels
Dennis Hopper

Curated by: Jarryd Baxter

4.6


What Movies are 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 92: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

The guys head back to Hogwarts for this week’s podcast on the 2005 fourth installment of the Wizarding World franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The guys talk about the series as a whole, how chill the fake Madeye Moody really seems to be (minus the whole trying to kill Harry thing), how they would have handled the order of cooking up a Voldemort stew, and more. Things get interesting when the Bit Players line up to rate the film: will the reactions be as cold as Cedric’s lifeless body or hot as the Beauxbatons students?

Ep 92 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Director
Mike Newell
Stars
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson
Rupert Grint
Robert Pattinson
Michael Gambon
Ralph Fiennes
Maggie Smith
Alan Rickman
Gary Oldman
Brendan Gleeson

Curated by: Anders Oster

4.8


What Movies are About

Aired Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The guys head back to Hogwarts for this week's podcast on the 2005 fourth installment of the Wizarding World franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The guys talk about the series as a whole, how chill the fake Madeye Moody really seems to be (minus the whole trying to kill Harry thing), how they would have handled the order of cooking up a Voldemort stew, and more. Things get interesting when the Bit Players line up to rate the film: will the reactions be as cold as Cedric's lifeless body or hot as the Beauxbatons students?

Episode 91: Highlander (1986)

The guys get a raging Quickening on this week’s podcast on the 1986 sci-fi fantasy cult classic, Highlander. From the second the bell rings on this movie it is instantly among the greatest films of all time, and it only back somersaults deeper and deeper into our hearts as it progresses. We’re still not totally sure what’s happening at any point or what the “prize” is or what Christopher Lambert’s accent is or how a sneeze could change the course of a sea vessel, but none of that seems to matter one single bit. Because this movie. Is. Awesome.

Ep 91 Highlander (1986)
Director
Russell Mulcahy
Stars
Christopher Lambert
Sean Connery
Roxanne Hart
Clancy Brown

Curated by: Anders Oster

Aired Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The guys get a raging Quickening on this week's podcast on the 1986 sci-fi fantasy cult classic, Highlander. From the second the bell rings on this movie it is instantly among the greatest films of all time, and it only back somersaults deeper and deeper into our hearts as it progresses. We're still not totally sure what's happening at any point or what the "prize" is or what Christopher Lambert's accent is or how a sneeze could change the course of a sea vessel, but none of that seems to matter one single bit. Because this movie. Is. Awesome.

Episode 90: Kill Bill, Vols. 1 & 2 (2003 & 2004)

On this week’s podcast, the guy’s break down both of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films, tackling the Whole Bloody Affair from 2003 and 2004. They talk about what it was like to see these films when they first came out and the influence they had on their movie-loving young lives, as well as which of the two films they prefer and why. These are unquestionably weird and glorious films, both unique in their own ways, but the Bit Players have come to think of them as a single piece of art, so it made sense to look at them together like this for their first Tarantino flick.

Ep 90 Kill Bill, Vols. 1 & 2 (2003 & 2004)
Director
Quinten Tarantino
Stars
Uma Thurman
David Carradine
Vivica A. Fox
Daryl Hannah
Lucy Liu
Michael Madsen

Curated by: The Bit Players

5.0


What Movies Are About

Aired Monday, April 24, 2017

On this week's podcast, the guy's break down both of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films, tackling the Whole Bloody Affair from 2003 and 2004. They talk about what it was like to see these films when they first came out and the influence they had on their movie-loving young lives, as well as which of the two films they prefer and why. These are unquestionably weird and glorious films, both unique in their own ways, but the Bit Players have come to think of them as a single piece of art, so it made sense to look at them together like this for their first Tarantino flick.

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.

Ep 89 Minority Report (2002)
Director
Steven Spielberg
Stars
Tom Cruise
Colin Farrell
Samantha Morton
Max von Sydow

Curated by: Clark

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.

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.

Ep 88 Blood Simple. (1985)
Directors
The Coen Brothers
Stars
John Getz
Frances McDormand
Dan Hedaya

Curated by: Jarryd

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.