Episode 109: Full Metal Jacket (1987)

The guys are born to kill as they head into the jungles of Vietnam with Private Joker for this week’s podcast on Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 film Full Metal Jacket. They talk about the film in comparison to other war films, particularly with how realistic it handles the psychological effects of war, and whether or not that’s really all that fun to watch for a podcast. One of the more interesting things about the film is its structure; Kubrick puts his privates (Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Arliss Howard) through the ringer before throwing them into the war itself, so the film has two distinct halves. This seems to be the most conversation-worthy aspect of the film and how it sets up the physical terrors of war with the psychological ones of R. Lee Ermey.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Director
Stanley Kubrick
Stars
Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Arliss Howard

Selected By
Anders

3.6

Aired Monday, January 22, 2018

The guys are born to kill as they head into the jungles of Vietnam with Private Joker for this week's podcast on Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket. They talk about the film in comparison to other war films, particularly with how realistic it handles the psychological effects of war, and whether or not that's really all that fun to watch for a podcast. One of the more interesting things about the film is its structure; Kubrick puts his privates (Matthew Modine, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Arliss Howard) through the ringer before throwing them into the war itself, so the film has two distinct halves. This seems to be the most conversation-worthy aspect of the film and how it sets up the physical terrors of war with the psychological ones of R. Lee Ermey.

Featuring "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen

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 15: Barry Lyndon (1975)

The guys demand satisfaction on this week’s episode for Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 visual and satirical masterpiece of 18th Century high class society. The humor of the film is the center of their discussion, as it unanimously caught them off guard. Ryan O’Neal delivers a brutally believable performance of the status-obsessed titular character, but the film’s satellite characters are what give Barry Lyndon so much energy and believability in its humor; from Lord Bullingdon (young and old) to Reverend Runt, the cast is masterfully crafted and made up to emulate the ludicrous nature of the satire’s subject, to the point where the painting-like images on the screen feel all too real in their depictions. They also plan their own survivals in a Napoleonic, duel-fevered society.

Barry Lyndon (1975)
Director
Stanley Kubrick
Stars
Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee

Selected By
Clark

4.2

Aired Friday, July 17, 2015
The guys demand satisfaction on this week's episode for Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick's 1975 visual and satirical masterpiece of 18th Century high class society. The humor of the film is the center of their discussion, as it unanimously caught them off guard. Ryan O'Neal delivers a brutally believable performance of the status-obsessed titular character, but the film's satellite characters are what give Barry Lyndon so much energy and believability in its humor; from Lord Bullingdon (young and old) to Reverend Runt, the cast is masterfully crafted and made up to emulate the ludicrous nature of the satire's subject, to the point where the painting-like images on the screen feel all too real in their depictions. They also plan their own survivals in a Napoleonic, duel-fevered society.