Episode 82: Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Join the Bit Players on this week’s podcast for some crabby snacks and homemades as they talk about David O. Russell’s 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. The guys break down how well the film handles mental illness through the rich humanization of its characters, how it stands as David O. Russell’s best work thanks to an amazing screenplay and performances from top to bottom, and how the fact that Chris Tucker doesn’t represent that bottom, but more of an upper middle, is probably what makes Silver Linings Playbook such a great watch.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Director
David O. Russell
Stars
Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker

Selected By
Jarryd

5.0

what movies are
About

Aired Monday, January 9, 2017

Join the Bit Players on this week's podcast for some crabby snacks and homemades as they talk about David O. Russell's 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. The guys break down how well the film handles mental illness through the rich humanization of its characters, how it stands as David O. Russell's best work thanks to an amazing screenplay and performances from top to bottom, and how the fact that Chris Tucker doesn't represent that bottom, but more of an upper middle, is probably what makes Silver Linings Playbook such a great watch.

Episode 68: Raging Bull (1980)

The Bit Players get back into the ring with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese for their podcast on Raging Bull. The film was released in 1980 and easily held the mantle of film of that decade for many critics, but the Bit Players are not many critics. Listen as they try to reconcile Scorsese’s baffling monochromatic decision and art-house boxing style with one of the greatest acting performances and character studies they’ve seen in the podcast’s year-plus history. They worry about Joe Pesci’s anger problems and De Niro’s complex carbohydrate problems and how to quantify a canon ball like Raging Bull when it comes to ratings.

Raging Bull (1980)
Director
Martin Scorsese
Stars
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty

Selected By
Anders

4.2

Aired Monday, September 12, 2016

The Bit Players get back into the ring with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese for their podcast on Raging Bull. The film was released in 1980 and easily held the mantle of film of that decade for many critics, but the Bit Players are not many critics. Listen as they try to reconcile Scorsese's baffling monochromatic decision and art-house boxing style with one of the greatest acting performances and character studies they've seen in the podcast's year-plus history. They worry about Joe Pesci's anger problems and De Niro's complex carbohydrate problems and how to quantify a canon ball like Raging Bull when it comes to ratings.

Episode 64: Heat (1995)

The guys feel the heat around the corner this week as they discuss Michael Mann’s 1995 crime classic Heat. Aside from just being an incredible movie, Heat is probably most known for finally bringing acting titans Robert De Niro and Al Pacino together on screen for the first time, and the guys talk about how it’s a film that seems to play on the real-life movie magic as it makes its statement on two men who will do anything to get the job done and can’t seem to turn away from their work. The episode is about that, sure, but it’s really mostly about Val Kilmer’s ponytail.

Heat (1995)
Director
Michael Mann
Stars
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd

Selected By
Jeff

4.8

what movies are
About

Aired Thursday, August 18, 2016

The guys feel the heat around the corner this week as they discuss Michael Mann's 1995 crime classic Heat. Aside from just being an incredible movie, Heat is probably most known for finally bringing acting titans Robert De Niro and Al Pacino together on screen for the first time, and the guys talk about how it's a film that seems to play on the real-life movie magic as it makes its statement on two men who will do anything to get the job done and can't seem to turn away from their work. The episode is about that, sure, but it's really mostly about Val Kilmer's ponytail.

Episode 51: The Untouchables (1987)

Listen here, see: the Bit Players are back to talk about Brian De Palma’s 1987 love letter to prohibition, The Untouchables. The guys break down Sean Connery’s Oscar-winning performance and his contractual accent forgiveness clause, how much better this movie could have been if its central character wasn’t its most one-dimensional, and the stunning visual beauty on which De Palma obviously labored very hard, completely forgetting to make an emotionally coherent movie. They also pick their own squad names and missions as well as try to cast the perfect modern-day Eliot Ness.

The Untouchables (1987)
Director
Brian De Palma
Stars
Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Andy Garcia

Selected By
Anders

2.8

Aired Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Listen here, see: the Bit Players are back to talk about Brian De Palma's 1987 love letter to prohibition, The Untouchables. The guys break down Sean Connery's Oscar-winning performance and his contractual accent forgiveness clause, how much better this movie could have been if its central character wasn't its most one-dimensional, and the stunning visual beauty on which De Palma obviously labored very hard, completely forgetting to make an emotionally coherent movie. They also pick their own squad names and missions as well as try to cast the perfect modern-day Eliot Ness.

Episode 10: Goodfellas (1990)

The guys are back from break to talk about Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic mobster flick Goodfellas. The film blurs the lines between fact and fiction to the point where its real-life subject Henry Hill (played by, in the role of his lifetime, Ray Liotta) said it was almost 100% true. The guys break down the strange lure of Liotta and a career made on this role and roles like it as well as the twisted humor of the film’s most violent character, Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and the understated performance of Robert De Niro as Jimmy Conway. For all of the over-the-top violence and gangster grandiosity, the guys agree that the craziest part of the film is easily those actors playing 21- and 28-year old men, but the joy of the film isn’t affected. They also pick their own Wiseguy nicknames and prison jobs and discuss the vacations that kept them away for three weeks.

Goodfellas (1990)
Director
Martin Scorsese
Stars
Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Selected By
Anders

4.6

what movies are
About

Aired Friday, June 12, 2015
The guys are back from break to talk about Martin Scorsese's 1990 classic mobster flick Goodfellas. The film blurs the lines between fact and fiction to the point where its real-life subject Henry Hill (played by, in the role of his lifetime, Ray Liotta) said it was almost 100% true. The guys break down the strange lure of Liotta and a career made on this role and roles like it as well as the twisted humor of the film's most violent character, Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and the understated performance of Robert De Niro as Jimmy Conway. For all of the over-the-top violence and gangster grandiosity, the guys agree that the craziest part of the film is easily those actors playing 21- and 28-year old men, but the joy of the film isn't affected. They also pick their own Wiseguy nicknames and prison jobs and discuss the vacations that kept them away for three weeks.