Episode 100: Top Gun (1986)

The guys head into the Danger Zone with Maverick and Goose on this week’s podcast for the big episode 100 on Tony Scott’s 1986 film, Top Gun. The Bit Players celebrate this listener-selected movie by talking about the film’s seemingly limitless cultural reach, the film’s iconic soundtrack and moments that go with the songs, as well as the incongruous relationship of critical and audience response. The guys give a big upside-down middle finger to the first 100 episodes and look forward to 100 more.

Top Gun (1986)
Director
Tony Scott
Stars
Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, Tim Robbins

Selected By
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Aired Monday, September 11, 2017

The guys head into the Danger Zone with Maverick and Goose on this week's podcast for the big episode 100 on Tony Scott's 1986 film, Top Gun. The Bit Players celebrate this listener-selected movie by talking about the film's seemingly limitless cultural reach, the film's iconic soundtrack and moments that go with the songs, as well as the incongruous relationship of critical and audience response. The guys give a big upside-down middle finger to the first 100 episodes and look forward to 100 more.

Featuring "Playing with the Boys" by Kenny Loggins

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
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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.