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.

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

Selected By
The Bit Players

5.0

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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 43: Almost Famous (2000)

The guys have a fever dog scratching at their back door this week with Cameron Crowe’s 2000 powerful love letter to music, Almost Famous. The film follows an amazing ensemble cast around on tour with one of the better fictional bands of all time in Stillwater, with Oscar-nominated performances from Frances “Old McDonald” McDormand and Kate Hudson, but virtually every character in Almost Famous is memorably portrayed. The guys discuss how their allegiances and interpretations have shifted over time but the way the film remains just as poignant and important to this day. They also pick their own band to follow in the bygone decadent ’70s as well as recall a time when an album particularly touched their hearts.

Almost Famous (2000)
Director
Cameron Crowe
Stars
Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Lee, Zooey Deschanel

Selected By
Anders

4.8

what movies are
About

Aired Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The guys have a fever dog scratching at their back door this week with Cameron Crowe's 2000 powerful love letter to music, Almost Famous. The film follows an amazing ensemble cast around on tour with one of the better fictional bands of all time in Stillwater, with Oscar-nominated performances from Frances "Old McDonald" McDormand and Kate Hudson, but virtually every character in Almost Famous is memorably portrayed. The guys discuss how their allegiances and interpretations have shifted over time but the way the film remains just as poignant and important to this day. They also pick their own band to follow in the bygone decadent '70s as well as recall a time when an album particularly touched their hearts.

Masters of Disaster: Twister (1996)

Find something to strap yourself down to, because the newest minisode series Masters of Disaster is here, starting with the 1996 blockbuster Twister. All of the Bit Players can vividly remember being enthralled by the Helen Hunt- and Bill Paxton-led disaster movie, but coming back to look at it with a different perspective yields an entirely new set of realizations. Namely: Twister is a really awesome movie. Whether it’s the still holding up special effects, the incredible cast of side characters — Philip Seymour Hoffman is in this thing, for crying out loud — or the goofy gap-toothed grin that Paxton can barely suppress as he reads Michael Crichton’s words, Jan de Bont’s film truly has something for every type of movie watcher. It’s a disaster cinema miracle.

Twister (1996)
Director
Jan de Bont
Stars
Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jamie Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Selected By
The Bit Players

5.0

what movies are
About

Aired Friday, November 6, 2015

Find something to strap yourself down to, because the newest minisode series Masters of Disaster is here, starting with the 1996 blockbuster Twister. All of the Bit Players can vividly remember being enthralled by the Helen Hunt- and Bill Paxton-led disaster movie, but coming back to look at it with a different perspective yields an entirely new set of realizations. Namely: Twister is a really awesome movie. Whether it's the still holding up special effects, the incredible cast of side characters — Philip Seymour Hoffman is in this thing, for crying out loud — or the goofy gap-toothed grin that Paxton can barely suppress as he reads Michael Crichton's words, Jan de Bont's film truly has something for every type of movie watcher. It's a disaster cinema miracle.