Episode 108: Gladiator (2000)

The guys head back in time to the glorious Roman-Aussie empire to do battle alongside Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott’s 2000 film, Gladiator. The film follows a general who became a slave, a slave who became a gladiator, a gladiator who probably never told a joke in his life, Maximus Decimus Meridius as he attempts to thwart the purely evil Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) and lay the smackdown on CGI tigers alongside tag team partner Juba (Djimon Hounsou). Though the film is largely gratuitous action, it took home Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and the Bit Players try to reconcile how the film holds up with the incredibly high praise it received at the time, thinking about how it would be received were it released today. After all, the only things keeping this movie from feeling a lot like 300 are dynamic Richard Harris and Oliver Reed performances. The discussion on Gladiator becomes a bit of a reckoning as it slowly dawns on the group that this movie, though totally badass, just might not be that good.

Gladiator (2000)
Director
Ridley Scott
Stars
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, Richard Harris

Selected By
The Bit Players

4.4

Aired Monday, November 20, 2017

The guys head back in time to the glorious Roman-Aussie empire to do battle alongside Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's 2000 film, Gladiator. The film follows a general who became a slave, a slave who became a gladiator, a gladiator who probably never told a joke in his life, Maximus Decimus Meridius as he attempts to thwart the purely evil Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) and lay the smackdown on CGI tigers alongside tag team partner Juba (Djimon Hounsou). Though the film is largely gratuitous action, it took home Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and the Bit Players try to reconcile how the film holds up with the incredibly high praise it received at the time, thinking about how it would be received were it released today. After all, the only things keeping this movie from feeling a lot like 300 are dynamic Richard Harris and Oliver Reed performances. The discussion on Gladiator becomes a bit of a reckoning as it slowly dawns on the group that this movie, though totally badass, just might not be that good.

Featuring "Now We Are Free" by Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard

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Episode 101: Blade Runner (1982)

The guys venture two years into the future for this week’s podcast on Ridley Scott’s classic 1982 sci-fi mind-bender, Blade Runner. The Harrison Ford-helmed film asks some big questions about what it means to really be a human in a world with synthesized humanity, a question that is just as poignant and perplexing now as it was when Philip K. Dick wrote the source material in 1968. The Bit Players consider that question, among many others of equal weight, such as how M. Night Shyamalan would twist this thing up, what the porno version of the film would be called, and how many times Daniel Day-Lewis would have sex with a robot to prepare for the role should he have answered the call for Rick Deckard.

Blade Runner (1982)
Director
Ridley Scott
Stars
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmett Walsh, Daryl Hannah

Selected By
Jeff

4.6

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Aired Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The guys venture two years into the future for this week's podcast on Ridley Scott's classic 1982 sci-fi mind-bender, Blade Runner. The Harrison Ford-helmed film asks some big questions about what it means to really be a human in a world with synthesized humanity, a question that is just as poignant and perplexing now as it was when Philip K. Dick wrote the source material in 1968. The Bit Players consider that question, among many others of equal weight, such as how M. Night Shyamalan would twist this thing up, what the porno version of the film would be called, and how many times Daniel Day-Lewis would have sex with a robot to prepare for the role should he have answered the call for Rick Deckard.

Featuring "End Titles" by Vangelis

03:55 Number Crunching
17:00 Blade Runner Introduction
18:00 Ridley Scott's World-Building
23:33 How is Rick Deckard a Good Blade Runner?
26:00 Harrison Ford's Performance
32:20 Are Replicants All That Different from Humans?
40:04 Rick Deckard vs. Roy Batty
41:26 "Tears in Rain" Monologue
45:46 Is Deckard a Replicant? Probably Not.
50:54 Clark's Corner: Blu-Ray Combo Pack, Recast, Lestat-Approved, Sleepover Seal of Approval, How Would M. Night Shyamalan Provide a Twist?
1:00:09 Ratings

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.

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

Selected By
Jarryd

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 71: Alien (1979)

The Bit Players venture into the dangerous unknown of outer space for this week’s podcast on Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic sci-fi horror movie, Alien. The guys unpack the film’s horror elements as they blend so well with such authentic science fiction, along with the ways that Alien serves as the perfect bridge between classic and modern horror, both drawing upon past conventions and beginning new ones for films to follow. They also break down the ways in which the science fiction allows Scott to examine morality in dire situations, and how he juxtaposes that firmly human trait with the synthetic beings that lurk in the film’s shadows. Much is also made of how the Xenomorph managed to pack those pounds on so quickly with such a sparse diet, as well as the ways that Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley broke new ground for female protagonists in horror.

Alien (1979)
Director
Ridley Scott
Stars
Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

Selected By
Jarryd

5.0

what movies are
About

Aired Monday, October 3, 2016

The Bit Players venture into the dangerous unknown of outer space for this week's podcast on Ridley Scott's 1979 classic sci-fi horror movie, Alien. The guys unpack the film's horror elements as they blend so well with such authentic science fiction, along with the ways that Alien serves as the perfect bridge between classic and modern horror, both drawing upon past conventions and beginning new ones for films to follow. They also break down the ways in which the science fiction allows Scott to examine morality in dire situations, and how he juxtaposes that firmly human trait with the synthetic beings that lurk in the film's shadows. Much is also made of how the Xenomorph managed to pack those pounds on so quickly with such a sparse diet, as well as the ways that Sigourney Weaver's Ripley broke new ground for female protagonists in horror.