Episode 62: The Shining (1980)

All work and no play makes the Bit Players dull boys as they return from hiatus to cover Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror flick, The Shining. Join the guys for a lovely hour getaway in the lovely room 237 at the Overlook Hotel, discussing Kubrick’s intensely honed-in vision and the way that vision, combined with having to work everyday alongside Jack Nicholson, just about destroyed Shelley Duvall, the allure of the scare in film, and all of the ridiculous theories that have spawned from the film due to its rather ambiguous nature.

The Shining (1980)
Director
Stanley Kubrick
Stars
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd

Selected By
Anders

4.6

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Aired Wednesday, July 27, 2016

All work and no play makes the Bit Players dull boys as they return from hiatus to cover Stanley Kubrick's classic horror flick, The Shining. Join the guys for a lovely hour getaway in the lovely room 237 at the Overlook Hotel, discussing Kubrick's intensely honed-in vision and the way that vision, combined with having to work everyday alongside Jack Nicholson, just about destroyed Shelley Duvall, the allure of the scare in film, and all of the ridiculous theories that have spawned from the film due to its rather ambiguous nature.

Episode 7: Annie Hall (1977)

The guys dig into the world of romantic comedies with the one that started them all, Woody Allen’s 1977 film Annie Hall. They discuss the interesting ways that Allen examines memory through his character of Alvy Singer, what the film might be saying about the different ways to not only look at art but the world itself – Alvy’s cynical over-analysis or the titular Annie (played by Diane Keaton) and her wide-eyed wonder, and the power of a great montage. The film pioneered an entire genre and probably did it better than it’s been done since, but the inevitable conundrum of Annie Hall’s having ousted Star Wars for the 1977 Best Picture Academy Award might cloud some judgment about “what movies are all about.” The guys also dig into their own dating histories and think about what movie characters besides Annie might be their soul mates.

Annie Hall (1977)
Director
Woody Allen
Stars
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts

Selected By
Jeff

4.2

Aired Friday, May 8, 2015
The guys dig into the world of romantic comedies with the one that started them all, Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall. They discuss the interesting ways that Allen examines memory through his character of Alvy Singer, what the film might be saying about the different ways to not only look at art but the world itself - Alvy's cynical over-analysis or the titular Annie (played by Diane Keaton) and her wide-eyed wonder, and the power of a great montage. The film pioneered an entire genre and probably did it better than it's been done since, but the inevitable conundrum of Annie Hall's having ousted Star Wars for the 1977 Best Picture Academy Award might cloud some judgment about "what movies are all about." The guys also dig into their own dating histories and think about what movie characters besides Annie might be their soul mates.