Top 10 Films of 2015

2015 will always be a special year for the Bit Players when it comes to film, not only because it was the year that the podcast actually began, but it was actually a great year for new movies. Childhood dreams were realized when we got more Star Wars, the character of Rocky Balboa was gloriously revitalized in Creed, Pixar delivered one of their finest and most impactful offerings to date, some of the obligatory novel adaptations were actually quite good, Mad Max redefined what it means to be an action movie, and a whole lot of characters horrifically died in gorgeous snowy settings. We predict that it was a year of films that, when we look back years later, will continue to offer some of our lifelong favorite watches, and our top 25 films of 2015 is the list that best embodies what was so great this year and will continue to be so for years to come.

Aired Monday, February 22, 2016

2015 will always be a special year for the Bit Players when it comes to film, not only because it was the year that the podcast actually began, but it was actually a great year for new movies. Childhood dreams were realized when we got more Star Wars, the character of Rocky Balboa was gloriously revitalized in Creed, Pixar delivered one of their finest and most impactful offerings to date, some of the obligatory novel adaptations were actually quite good, Mad Max redefined what it means to be an action movie, and a whole lot of characters horrifically died in gorgeous snowy settings. We predict that it was a year of films that, when we look back years later, will continue to offer some of our lifelong favorite watches, and our top 25 films of 2015 is the list that best embodies what was so great this year and will continue to be so for years to come.

Episode 30: Rocky (1976)

Yo, anyone! This week, The Bit Players discuss Rocky, the iconic 1976 picture that put Sylvester Stallone on the map as a screenwriter and actor. The film depicts a down-and-out Philadelphian boxer with the coolest strut in town and the coolest a cappella trashcan gang singing his hymns as he gets a lucky shot at putting down the cigarettes and beer bottles for a second and taking on the world champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). What’s most resonant in this rewatch, boxing aside, is how the film gets down to some basic relatable human truths in all of its characters. Whether we want to admit it or not, there’s a little Rocky inside all of us. The guys explore that further as they describe their own boxing personas and their retirement plans when their brains have turned to mush.

Rocky (1976)
Director
John G. Avildsen
Stars
Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith

Selected By
Brian

4.8

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Aired Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Yo, anyone! This week, The Bit Players discuss Rocky, the iconic 1976 picture that put Sylvester Stallone on the map as a screenwriter and actor. The film depicts a down-and-out Philadelphian boxer with the coolest strut in town and the coolest a cappella trashcan gang singing his hymns as he gets a lucky shot at putting down the cigarettes and beer bottles for a second and taking on the world champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). What's most resonant in this rewatch, boxing aside, is how the film gets down to some basic relatable human truths in all of its characters. Whether we want to admit it or not, there's a little Rocky inside all of us. The guys explore that further as they describe their own boxing personas and their retirement plans when their brains have turned to mush.

Episode 21: First Blood (1982)

The guys strap on their bullet vests and tie their bandannas tight for this week’s episode on First Blood, the very first film in the iconic Rambo series starring Sylvester Stallone. Though the roots of what we have come to know about action films can easily be traced right through the center of John Rambo’s heart, the Bit Players are struck by how subtle and suspenseful First Blood actually is. The film blurs the lines between hero and villain, puts post-traumatic stress disorder and its effect on soldiers coming home from the Vietnam War and the lack of psychological assistance they receive in reacclimatizing into the everyday world of American life — with that theme in particular still ringing true even today, sadly — and offers a pretty stark view of post-war politics in 1970s America (along with some pretty sweet booby traps and car jumps, of course). Speaking of booby traps, the guys recount their all-time favorites in film (which turn out to all be from the first two Home Alones and what other film deserves a long string of identity-changing absurd action sequels.

First Blood (1982)
Director
Ted Kotcheff
Stars
Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna

Selected By
Clark

4.2

Aired Monday, August 31, 2015

The guys strap on their bullet vests and tie their bandannas tight for this week's episode on First Blood, the very first film in the iconic Rambo series starring Sylvester Stallone. Though the roots of what we have come to know about action films can easily be traced right through the center of John Rambo's heart, the Bit Players are struck by how subtle and suspenseful First Blood actually is. The film blurs the lines between hero and villain, puts post-traumatic stress disorder and its effect on soldiers coming home from the Vietnam War and the lack of psychological assistance they receive in reacclimatizing into the everyday world of American life — with that theme in particular ringing true even today, sadly — and offers a pretty stark view of post-war politics in 1970s America (along with some pretty sweet booby traps and car jumps, of course). Speaking of booby traps, the guys recount their all-time favorites in film (which turn out to all be from the first two Home Alones and what other film deserves a long string of identity-changing absurd action sequels.