Episode 102: 28 Days Later… (2003)

The guys wake up from a great 28 day nap in a deserted London on this week’s podcast on Danny Boyle’s 2003 horror classic, 28 Days Later… The Bit Players look back at how the film went on to expand and influence not only the zombie film genre but horror as a whole, whether or not the film’s dissonant halves ultimately mesh well or not, unfortunate child acting, how Boyle’s choice to shoot the film in low quality digital video makes for more poignant (if pixelated) scares, and more. They spend a lot time comparing the zombies of the film to others across film’s history, pitting them together in a battle royale of brain feasting.

28 Days Later... (2003)
Director
Danny Boyle
Stars
Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson

Selected By
Brian

4.4

Aired Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The guys wake up from a great 28 day nap in a deserted London on this week's podcast on Danny Boyle's 2003 horror classic, 28 Days Later... The Bit Players look back at how the film went on to expand and influence not only the zombie film genre but horror as a whole, whether or not the film's dissonant halves ultimately mesh well or not, unfortunate child acting, how Boyle's choice to shoot the film in low quality digital video makes for more poignant (if pixelated) scares, and more. They spend a lot time comparing the zombies of the film to others across film's history, pitting them together in a battle royale of brain feasting.

Featuring "A.M. 180" by Grandaddy

03:55 Number Crunching
16:22 28 Days Later... Introduction
20:00 The Film's Opening Moments: Post-Apocalyptic Peen
24:07 Unique Guerrilla Style
28:00 What Makes These Zombies So Spooky?
31:38 The Humanity of the Zombies
36:30 The Evolution of Selena
39:51 Jim Rages
43:30 The Zombie Battle Royale
46:00 Danny Boyle's Social Missteps
51:42 Clark's Corner: Recast, Blu-Ray Combo Pack, Porno Version, How Does Daniel Day-Lewis Prepare for the Role of a Zombie?
1:02:28 Ratings

Top 10 Films of 2016

2016 was another great year in movies. From the low-budget indie flicks that made major waves like Hell or High Water and Don’t Breathe to the massive super hero epics like Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, it was another year with a little something for everyone in the Bit Players. There were memorable songs, memorable characters, memorable moments all across the board. There were laughs, tears, frights, and action. It seems like every year gets better and better to be a movie fan as the ability to make a film reaches more and more creative fingertips, and 2016 was no exception. Bit Player favorites like Richard Linklater and the Coen Brothers delivered more of the same greatness we’ve come to expect, but newcomers like Robert Eggers and the continually impressive Jeremy Saulnier firmly placed themselves on the “to watch” list with their 2016 entries. Read below to find out everything we loved about this year, including best films, acting performances, music, scenes, writing, cinematography, and more.

Aired Monday, February 27, 2017

2016 was another great year in movies. From the low-budget indie flicks that made major waves like Hell or High Water and Don't Breathe to the massive super hero epics like Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, it was another year with a little something for everyone in the Bit Players. There were memorable songs, memorable characters, memorable moments all across the board. There were laughs, tears, frights, and action. It seems like every year gets better and better to be a movie fan as the ability to make a film reaches more and more creative fingertips, and 2016 was no exception. Bit Player favorites like Richard Linklater and the Coen Brothers delivered more of the same greatness we've come to expect, but newcomers like Robert Eggers and the continually impressive Jeremy Saulnier firmly placed themselves on the "to watch" list with their 2016 entries. Read below to find out everything we loved about this year, including best films, acting performances, music, scenes, writing, cinematography, and more.

Midnight Showing: Spectre (2015)

The latest installment of Midnight Showing sees the guys head to the cinema to check out the newest film in the 007 franchise, the Sam Mendes-directed Spectre. In what is possibly Daniel Craig’s final foray in the immaculately-tailored suit of James Bond, we get what we usually would be craving: an origin story. However, when it comes to Bond, less may be more. Or, really, more may be more. More pure evil, more world-destroying weapons, more senseless beddings. Less petty personal Blofeld problems. Despite that, we’ll all forget the plot to the film in six months and be munching popcorn once again watching it together.

Spectre (2015)
Director
Sam Mendes
Stars
Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Belucci

Selected By
The Bit Players

3.0

Aired Friday, November 20, 2015
The latest installment of Midnight Showing sees the guys head to the cinema to check out the newest film in the 007 franchise, the Sam Mendes-directed Spectre. In what is possibly Daniel Craig's final foray in the immaculately-tailored suit of James Bond, we get what we usually would be craving: an origin story. However, when it comes to Bond, less may be more. Or, really, more may be more. More pure evil, more world-destroying weapons, more senseless beddings. Less petty personal Blofeld problems. Despite that, we'll all forget the plot to the film in six months and be munching popcorn once again watching it together.