Episode 73: Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

Listen with your vampire ears as the Bit Players talk about the puffy-shirted, rouge-coated 1994 film Interview with the Vampire on this week’s podcast. The Anne Rice adaptation starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt is all pomp and circumstance, leaning heavily into grandiosity and stage-worthy theatrics and presents a classy, cultured view of vampire lore with Pitt and Cruise playing opposing sides of the coin with Cruise’s Lestat relishing in his nightly delights and Pitt’s Louis brooding and crying all over the film’s rather protracted runtime. The guys talk how the film constantly feels at odds because of its unrelenting focus on Louis, a bonafide bummer of a creature, when all we want is Lestat Lestat Lestat. They break down how Pitt learned the hard way that you can’t share a screen with Blonde Tom Cruise and come out looking adept at your job.

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Director
Neil Jordan
Stars
Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater

Curated by: Brian

4.0

Aired Monday, October 17, 2016

Listen with your vampire ears as the Bit Players talk about the puffy-shirted, rouge-coated 1994 film Interview with the Vampire on this week's podcast. The Anne Rice adaptation starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt is all pomp and circumstance, leaning heavily into grandiosity and stage-worthy theatrics and presents a classy, cultured view of vampire lore with Pitt and Cruise playing opposing sides of the coin with Cruise's Lestat relishing in his nightly delights and Pitt's Louis brooding and crying all over the film's rather protracted runtime. The guys talk how the film constantly feels at odds because of its unrelenting focus on Louis, a bonafide bummer of a creature, when all we want is Lestat Lestat Lestat. They break down how Pitt learned the hard way that you can't share a screen with Blonde Tom Cruise and come out looking adept at your job.

Episode 25: Let the Right One In (2008)

The guys begin their month-long spookfest with Tomas Alfredson’s 2008 vampire flick Let the Right One In, starring Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson as Oskar and Eli, two twelve-year old Swedes who meet in the strangest of times. They discuss the ways the film not only eschews horror standards but manages to rewrite them in the simplest terms, as Alfredson’s adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel plays on the imagination and subtlety rather than more in-your-face scare tactics, creating a beautiful and compelling filmwatching experience. The two central characters’ relationship is at the film’s core, and the guys discuss the implications of that relationship in the mode of the vampire movie and this movie particularly, which seems to highlight a need for human connection, even for a monster. They also reveal what their own dealbreakers might be if the new girl next door catches their fancy and answer one of your own submitted questions about their own dream film adaptations.

Ep 25 Let the Right One In (2008)
Director
Tomas Alfredson
Stars
Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar

Curated by: Jeff

4.6

What Movies Are About

Aired Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The guys begin their month-long spookfest with Tomas Alfredson's 2008 vampire flick Let the Right One In, starring Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson as Oskar and Eli, two twelve-year old Swedes who meet in the strangest of times. They discuss the ways the film not only eschews horror standards but manages to rewrite them in the simplest terms, as Alfredson's adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel plays on the imagination and subtlety rather than more in-your-face scare tactics, creating a beautiful and compelling filmwatching experience. The two central characters' relationship is at the film's core, and the guys discuss the implications of that relationship in the mode of the vampire movie and this movie particularly, which seems to highlight a need for human connection, even for a monster. They also reveal what their own dealbreakers might be if the new girl next door catches their fancy and answer one of your own submitted questions about their own dream film adaptations.

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