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?

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

Selected By
Brian

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 38: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The guys check into the marvelous, the majestic, the Grand Budapest Hotel, run by the dedicated concierge M. Gustave. They discuss where the film stands among the rest of Wes Anderson’s illustrious directing career, the nature of the unreality of the worlds he creates as a true form of filmic escapism, where the bad guys are comically bad (tossing kittens out of windows bad), the world is a set of colors not seen in everyday life, and the stakes, no matter how high they might seem, hardly reach a point where real-life tension can be felt. Anderson is fully concerned with the beauty in being entertained, and never more so than with The Grand Budapest Hotel. The guys also discuss their favorite things about staying in hotels.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Director
Wes Anderson
Stars
Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum

Selected By
Jarryd

5.0

what movies are
About

Aired Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The guys check into the marvelous, the majestic, the Grand Budapest Hotel, run by the dedicated concierge M. Gustave. They discuss where the film stands among the rest of Wes Anderson's illustrious directing career, the nature of the unreality of the worlds he creates as a true form of filmic escapism, where the bad guys are comically bad (tossing kittens out of windows bad), the world is a set of colors not seen in everyday life, and the stakes, no matter how high they might seem, hardly reach a point where real-life tension can be felt. Anderson is fully concerned with the beauty in being entertained, and never more so than with The Grand Budapest Hotel. The guys also discuss their favorite things about staying in hotels.

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.

Best Male Performances | The Best of 2014

Since we just missed the cutoff of launching the Bit Players at the end of last year, we wanted to post what we considered to be our year-end roundup of 2014 in film. There were tons of amazing films and performances to choose from, and it was hard to narrow down to a consensus, but we managed to do that by the end. Inside you will find the best films, best male performances, best female performances, best directors, most overrated films, most underrated films, worst films, and the best scenes of the year, as well as our individual ballots if you want to see where all of these selections came from. Enjoy, and we look forward to a great year of watching film together along with you in 2015.

Since we just missed the cutoff of launching the Bit Players at the end of last year, we wanted to post what we considered to be our year-end roundup of 2014 in film. There were tons of amazing films and performances to choose from, and it was hard to narrow down to a consensus, but we managed to do that by the end. Inside you will find the best films, best male performances, best female performances, best directors, most overrated films, most underrated films, worst films, and the best scenes of the year, as well as our individual ballots if you want to see where all of these selections came from. Enjoy, and we look forward to a great year of watching film together along with you in 2015.

Jake Gyllenhaal
5. Jake Gyllenhaal
Nightcrawler
Louis Bloom

The audience cringes in fear for each action taken by this mentally unstable character. J Gyll nails both his subtle and overt mania. In a year with several stand-out male performances, this is my favorite. – Jarryd Baxter

J.K. Simmons
4. J.K. Simmons
Whiplash
Terence Fletcher

The best movie of the year features the best performance of the year. Simmons was given the role he was born to play and that is always when great becomes iconic. – Clark Carmichael

Ralph Fiennes
3. Ralph Fiennes
The Grand Budapest Hotel
M. Gustave

Ralph Fiennes has to have given one of the most underrated performances of the year, if only for the character’s uncanny ability to constantly walk this line between propriety and absolute vulgarity, often with bits of himself on each side of the line at once. It’s a brilliant and delightful character whom I could never imagine played by anyone other than Fiennes. Just like the balance between the proper and vulgar, M. Gustave is a character both tragic and comic, and to pull that off has to be difficult for an actor. Almost everything he says makes me laugh, but there is a deep and dark well of loneliness beneath the character that makes you want to be his friend for all different reasons. – Jeff Pearson

Michael Keaton
2. Michael Keaton
Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Riggan Thomson

Eddie Redmayne
1. Eddie Redmayne
The Theory of Everything
Stephen Hawking

This is one of the best performances I have ever seen, but not because of his charisma, enthusiasm, or unique delivery of lines. This is one of the best physical performances I have ever seen, and I was very impressed watching him transform throughout the movie from a fully healthy man to a man in the late stages of ALS. This is also one of those roles where I would imagine the actor is nothing much at all like the character he is playing. He made a great Stephen Hawking. I was never impressed with Eddie Redmayne before this movie but now I am excited to see what he does next, despite the fact that he’s not on my Oscar Fantasy League team. – Anders Oster

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