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The Bit Players is a weekly film podcast hosted by five close, long-time friends. They will explore a film a week in a long-form conversation that digs into both the film itself and their relationships to film as a whole as well as the world around them. Mixing humor and insight (with a little bit o… read more

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Episode 109: Full Metal Jacket (1987)

January 22nd, 2018

1:18:30

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's1987 film Full …

Episode 108: Gladiator (2000)

November 20th, 2017

1:11:46

The guys head back in time to the glorious Roman-Aussie empire to do battle alongside Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's 2000 film, Gladiator. The film …

Episode 107: Carrie (1976)

October 30th, 2017

54:44

The guys bust out the ruffled tuxedos and pig blood buckets for this week's podcast on Brian De Palma's 1976 Stephen Kingadaptation, Carrie. They …

Episode 106: The Birds (1963)

October 23rd, 2017

1:18:50

The guys take the coast highway to Bodega Bay with pockets full of birdseed on this week's podcast on Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 film, The Birds. The …

Episode 105: The Devil's Backbone (2001)

October 16th, 2017

1:21:32

The guys head to a secluded Spanish wartime orphanage for this week's podcast on Guillermo Del Toro's 2001 film, The Devil's Backbone. The film is somewhat of a spiritual predecessor to the highly revered Pan's Labyrinth

Episode 104: Poltergeist (1982)

October 9th, 2017

1:09:46

They're here! The guys go into the light on this week's podcast with Tobe Hooper's 1982 spooky haunted house film, Poltergeist. The film's …

Episode 103: Aliens (1986)

October 4th, 2017

1:11:22

The guys wake up from a great 57 year nap in space, only to go on another bug hunt with Ripley on this week's podcast on James Cameron's Aliens. The continuation of Ridley Scott's original 1979 film sees Sigourney Weaver

Episode 102: 28 Days Later... (2003)

September 27th, 2017

1:14:54

The guys wake up from a great 28 day nap in a deserted London on this week's podcast on Danny Boyle's 2003 horrorclassic, 28 Days Later... The Bit Players look back at how the film went on to expand and influence not …

Episode 101: Blade Runner (1982)

September 21st, 2017

1:18:25

The guys venture two years into the future for this week's podcast on Ridley Scott's classic 1982 sci-fi mind-bender, Blade Runner. The Harrison Ford-helmed film asks some big questions about what it means to really be …

Episode 100: Top Gun (1986)

September 11th, 2017

59:58

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 …

Looking Back on Episodes 1-100

September 11th, 2017

2:00:55

The guys look back at the previous two-plus years of podcasting together, talking about episodes 1 through 100 in a very special retrospective …

Episode 99: 12 Angry Men (1957)

September 4th, 2017

1:22:12

The guys head to the courtroom this week with their podcast on Sidney Lumet's 1957 debut feature film, 12 Angry Men. Given the fact that the Henry Fonda-led film is the highest rated that the Bit Players have watched …

Episode 98: The Iron Giant (1999)

August 28th, 2017

59:04

The guys have some good old Cold War fun on this week's podcast with the most lovable killing machine in town, The Iron Giant. The 1999 film directed …

Episode 97: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

August 21st, 2017

57:03

The guys head back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away for the second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. The guys compare the film not only to the rest of the Star Wars …

Episode 96: Boogie Nights (1997)

August 14th, 2017

54:02

The guys head to the grimy cesspool known as San Fernando Valley for this week's podcast on Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 film, Boogie Nights. They …

Episode 95: Willow (1988)

August 7th, 2017

50:35

The guys might have made a small mistake in picking this week's podcast, Ron Howard's 1988 fantasy flick, Willow. It's an adventure that is at times …

Episode 94: Prometheus (2012)

August 1st, 2017

1:17:27

The guys join the crew of Prometheus as they discover the backstory of the Alien film franchise on this week's podcast. The Bit Players are back to …

Episode 93: Speed (1994)

May 24th, 2017

1:18:59

The guys get behind the wheel on this week's movie podcast on the classic Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock action flick, Speed. After what feels like …

Episode 92: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

May 16th, 2017

1:24:09

The guys head back to Hogwarts for this week's podcast on the 2005 fourth installment of the Wizarding World franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet …

Episode 91: Highlander (1986)

May 2nd, 2017

1:17:34

The guys get a raging Quickening on this week's podcast on the 1986 sci-fi fantasy cult classic, Highlander. From the second the bell rings on this …

Episode 90: Kill Bill, Vols. 1 & 2 (2003 & 2004)

April 24th, 2017

1:10:14

On this week's podcast, the guy's break down both of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films, tackling the Whole Bloody Affair from 2003 and 2004. They …

Episode 89: Minority Report (2002)

April 10th, 2017

1:35:18

On this week's podcast, the guys break down Steven Spielberg's 2002 adaptation of Philip K. Dick's Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise and Colin …

Episode 88: Blood Simple (1985)

April 3rd, 2017

1:06:55

The Bit Players are back in the heart of Texas noir with the Coen Brothers 1985 debut film Blood Simple with this week's podcast. The guys talk about how the film stacks up against the iconic directors' later works and …

Top 10 Films of 2016

February 27th, 2017

1:56:55

2016 was another great year in movies. From the low-budget indie flicks that made major waves like Hell or High Water and Don't Breathe to the …

Episode 87: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

February 20th, 2017

53:16

The guys put on their dancing shoes as they tap-dance away with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds for this week's podcast on Singin' in the Rain. The …

Episode 86: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

February 14th, 2017

1:04:28

The guys head to the sewers to chill with the four raddest heroes in half-shells around for this week's podcast on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In most of the Bit Players' cases, memories of the film rested firmly in …

Episode 85: For a Few Dollars More (1965)

February 6th, 2017

1:02:26

For this week's podcast, The Bit Players once again venture into Sergio Leone's The Man with No Name trilogy, For a Few Dollars More. The guys find …

Episode 84: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

January 30th, 2017

51:55

The Bit Players delve into madness, madness with their podcast on David Lean's 1957 World War II film, The Bridge on the River Kwai. With the film being the second Lean picture that they've covered, they discuss a lot …

Episode 83: Lethal Weapon (1987)

January 23rd, 2017

47:52

The guys are getting too old for this shit on this week's podcast for the 1987 buddy-action film Lethal Weapon, with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. …

Episode 82: Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

January 9th, 2017

50:21

Join the Bit Players on this week's podcast for some crabby snacks and homemades as they talk about David O. Russell's 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. The guys break …

Episode 81: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

December 27th, 2016

59:49

For this week's podcast, The Bit Players join the Muppets at Christmastime for the 1992 film starring Michael Caine, The Muppet Christmas Carol. The …

Episode 80: Casablanca (1942)

December 19th, 2016

57:27

It's the beginning of a beautiful friendship as the Bit Players talk about the iconic 1942 World War II film Casablanca on this week's podcast. As …

Episode 79: Die Hard 2 (1990)

December 12th, 2016

1:03:33

The Bit Players rejoin Bruce Willis for another Christmas Day massacre with their podcast on the 1990 action sequel, Die Hard 2. The guys discuss how, while John McClane's character is ramped up to eleven with his …

Episode 78: Back to the Future (1985)

December 5th, 2016

1:00:19

The Bit Players rev up the Delorean for a trip Back to the Future on this week's podcast on Robert Zemeckis's classic 1985 film. The guys talk about that year's slate of films and what exactly it is about Back to the …

Episode 77: Collateral (2004)

November 22nd, 2016

1:00:25

The Bit Players hop in the cab in with Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise as they discuss Michael Mann's 2004 film Collateral on this week's podcast. They …

Episode 76: North by Northwest (1959)

November 7th, 2016

1:09:53

The guys go on a thrilling adventure across the country with their podcast on Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 action classic, North by Northwest. They talk about the ways in which the pretty straightforward thriller seems to …

Episode 75: The Thing (1982)

October 31st, 2016

1:00:08

The Bit Players rev up their flamethrowers and head to the Arctic for this week's podcast on John Carpenter's influential 1982 horror movie, The Thing

Episode 74: The Evil Dead (1981)

October 24th, 2016

1:02:43

The guys head to a cabin in the woods for this week's podcast on Sam Raimi's 1981 film debut, the sometimes scary, often hilarious, Evil Dead. The …

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

October 17th, 2016

58:15

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 …

Episode 72: Rosemary's Baby (1968)

October 10th, 2016

59:50

The Bit Players continue their Spooktacular string of movie podcast episodes with Roman Polanski's 1968 horror classic, Rosemary's Baby. They talk …

Episode 71: Alien (1979)

October 3rd, 2016

59:33

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 …

Episode 70: ParaNorman (2012)

September 26th, 2016

1:07:55

The Bit Players head to Blithe Hollow this week for their podcast episode on LAIKA Studio's 2012 stop-motion film ParaNorman. The film falls in a …

Episode 69: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

September 19th, 2016

1:03:53

The Bit Players buddy up for a bank-robbing adventure through Bolivia with this week's podcast on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The guys talk …

Episode 68: Raging Bull (1980)

September 12th, 2016

1:04:33

The Bit Players get back into the ring with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese for their podcast on Raging Bull. The film was released in 1980 and …

Episode 67: Signs (2002)

September 8th, 2016

47:28

The guys see the miracles this week on their podcast episode covering M. Night Shyamalan's 2002 film Signs. What starts as an attempt to critically break down the film, featuring one of each Mel Gibson's and Joaquin …

Episode 66: Chinatown (1974)

September 1st, 2016

51:04

Forget it, Bit Players. It's Chinatown. The guys dig into Roman Polanski's 1974 film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway on this week's podcast. …

Episode 65: E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982)

August 25th, 2016

59:05

The guys phone home this week as they talk about another Steven Spielberg masterpiece, 1982's E.T. the Extraterrestrial. Though the film remains to …

Episode 64: Heat (1995)

August 18th, 2016

57:05

The guys feel the heat around the corner this week as they discuss Michael Mann's 1995 crime classic Heat. Aside from just being an incredible movie, Heat is probably most known for finally bringing acting titans Robert …

Episode 63: The Wrestler (2008)

August 4th, 2016

1:01:08

The guys take a leap off of the top rope with Randy "The Ram" Robinson in Darren Aronofsky's brilliant 2008 film, The Wrestler. Despite the terribly depressing tone of the film and the way that it ends, they search for …

Episode 62: The Shining (1980)

July 27th, 2016

1:01:05

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 …

Episode 61: The Princess Bride (1987)

July 6th, 2016

48:30

As you wish (or maybe as you didn't wish at all, who can tell?), the Bit Players are here with a discussion on the 1987 Rob Reiner classic The Princess Bride. It's a film we all know and love for its funloving, …

Episode 60: Romancing the Stone (1984)

June 29th, 2016

31:47

It's a grand adventure to the wilds of Colombia as the guys break down the 1984 oft-forgotten gem of a film Romancing the Stone. The film got …

Episode 59: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

June 22nd, 2016

42:19

It plays the episode from iTunes store or else it gets the hose once more as the guys talk Jonathan Demme's 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs. They talk about what a classic film villain Hannibal Lecter is, and how …

Episode 58: Gattaca (1997)

June 15th, 2016

54:51

The guys take to the skies once again, this time doing a little body switching to do so, with Andrew Niccol's 1997 film Gattaca. The film takes a …

Episode 57: The Terminator (1984)

June 1st, 2016

49:32

Come with us if you want to live! The Bit Players are breaking down James Cameron's 1984 sci-fi classic and one of the world's first glimpses of …

Episode 56: Ocean's Eleven (2001)

May 25th, 2016

1:08:05

The guys round up the crew for one last job: Steven Soderbergh's 2001 classic heist remake Ocean's Eleven. The guys talk about how the film's …

Episode 55: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

May 18th, 2016

52:00

The guys dig deep into the world of Indiana Jones with the franchise's first installment, 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, directed by Steven Spielberg. They talk about how films like Raiders never seem to get the same …

Midnight Showing: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

May 13th, 2016

50:32

Back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe we go with the latest and greatest installment, Captain America: Civil War. The guys talk about how the film succeeds in ways that DC's foil from this year Batman v Superman failed, …

Episode 54: Con Air (1997)

May 11th, 2016

1:00:47

Strap in, because it's going to be a bumpy flight this week for 1997's action classic Con Air. As with any other movie starring Nic Cage, most of the conversation is dominated breaking down his legend, but they also …

Episode 53: Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

May 4th, 2016

1:13:43

The guys pull out their book of fairy tales and head into the twisted mind of Guillermo Del Toro for 2006's Pan's Labyrinth. They discuss the role of …

Episode 52: Breathless (1960)

April 27th, 2016

1:05:05

The guys take a trip back in time to 1960s Paris, France for the French New Wave classic Breathless, directed by Jean-Luc Godard. They address the context that surrounds the film and how that context might influence …

Cruis'n World: The Firm (1993)

April 25th, 2016

39:46

The guys are back to Cruis'n the World with Sydney Pollack's 1993 legal thriller The Firm. They talk about what a bizarre film it truly is, probably …

Episode 51: The Untouchables (1987)

April 20th, 2016

1:06:24

Listen here, see: the Bit Players are back to talk about Brian De Palma's 1987 love letter to prohibition, The Untouchables. The guys break down Sean Connery's Oscar-winning performance and his contractual accent …

Episode 50: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

April 13th, 2016

52:18

It's Oxfords, not brogues, this week as the guys suit up for the listener-selected 50th episode on Matthew Vaughn's 2015 spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service. They talk about how what separates Kingsman from the rest …

Episode 49: The Descent (2005)

April 7th, 2016

58:44

The guys journey deep into the caves of Appalachia this week with their discussion of one of this century's greatest horror films, Neil Marshall's 2005 bloodbath The Descent. The film manages to do a lot with a little, …

Midnight Showing: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

April 1st, 2016

59:26

The guys don their capes and masks once again and head to the cinema for Zack Snyder's behemoth superhero flick Batman V Superman: Dawn of …

Episode 48: The Man from Snowy River (1982)

March 30th, 2016

49:07

Round up your wild brumbies and head for the hills this week when the Bit Players talk George Miller's (no, not that George Miller) 1982 Aussie …

Episode 47: Batman Begins (2005)

March 23rd, 2016

1:08:29

To the Bit Cave we go this week as the guys break down Christopher Nolan's 2005 Batman Begins, the first installment in the Dark Knight trilogy …

Episode 46: Broadcast News (1987)

March 16th, 2016

51:43

5, 4, 3, 2...(points), the guys are taking to the news room this week for their episode on James L. Brooks's 1987 film Broadcast News. They talk about the way the film can be taken in one of two ways, as a poignant …

Episode 45: Falling Down (1993)

March 9th, 2016

49:19

The guys finally snap and go postal this week on their episode of Joel Schumacher's 1993 cult classic Falling Down. They compare the film with others …

Episode 44: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

March 2nd, 2016

1:04:22

The guys go back to their high school halls with the 1999 romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About You. They talk about the great performances from the …

Top 10 Films of 2015

February 22nd, 2016

2:21:58

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 …

Episode 43: Almost Famous (2000)

February 17th, 2016

1:05:19

The guys have a fever dog scratching at their back door this week with Cameron Crowe's 2000 powerful love letter to music, Almost Famous. The film …

Episode 42: Toy Story (1995)

February 10th, 2016

1:09:46

You've got a friend in the Bit Players with this week's episode on the iconic game-changing 1995 animated film Toy Story. The guys discuss Pixar's long-standing reign as the premier animated studio and the ways that …

Episode 41: Groundhog Day (1993)

February 3rd, 2016

58:19

Listen to this week's episode to see if the guys see their shadows as they discuss Harold Ramis's 1993 hit Groundhog Day. Bill Murray's electric …

Episode 40: Sunshine (2007)

January 27th, 2016

1:09:15

The guys are hurtling toward the sun strapped to a bomb this week for their episode on Danny Boyle's underrated 2007 sci-fi film, Sunshine. They discuss the merits and pitfalls of searching for realism in science …

Episode 39: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

January 20th, 2016

1:12:27

The guys embark on an epic journey, perhaps the most epic journey in the history of cinema, with Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The …

Episode 38: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

January 13th, 2016

1:08:43

The guys check into the marvelous, the majestic, the Grand Budapest Hotel, run by the dedicated concierge M. Gustave. They discuss where the film stands among the rest of Wes Anderson's illustrious directing career, the …

Episode 37: Fargo (1996)

January 8th, 2016

1:04:22

The guys get their hands dirty with another Coen Brothers classic, the brilliant 1996 crime film Fargo, don'tchaknow? The film blurs the genre lines of comedy and drama with the shockingly brutal events that …

Episode 36: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

December 29th, 2015

59:17

We solemnly swear that we are up to no good with this week's episode on Alfonso Cuarón's 2004 film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The film …

Midnight Showing: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

December 25th, 2015

1:09:19

The guys get swept up in the Star Wars mania once again with J.J. Abrams's stunning resurrection of the series, The Force Awakens. The film captures exactly what Midnight Showing is all about: the experience of going to …

Episode 35: Home Alone (1990)

December 22nd, 2015

58:03

This is our podcast, and we have to protect it. Join the guys as they set up their analytic booby traps for the Chris Columbus-directed Christmas …

Episode 34: Die Hard (1988)

December 15th, 2015

1:05:28

Yippie ki-yay, anyone! The guys are scaling the elevator shaft of the Nakatomi Plaza alongside John McClane to go deep inside the 1988 classic action flick Die Hard. They walk through the greatest thrills, kills, and …

Episode 33: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

December 8th, 2015

48:47

Grab a buddy and hit the road this week with the Bit Players as they sit down and talk about John Hughes's holiday classic Planes, Trains, and …

Episode 32: The Fighter (2010)

December 1st, 2015

1:01:54

The guys are back in the ring again as they take a look at David O. Russell's gritty 2010 film The Fighter, a story of boxing and brotherhood. The …

Episode 31: Spirited Away (2001)

November 24th, 2015

1:04:07

The guys head off for a relaxing stay at Yubaba's bath house this week as they discuss Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 Academy Award-winning film Spirited Away. Not only does Miyazaki's film display the limitless capabilities of …

Midnight Showing: Spectre (2015)

November 20th, 2015

54:54

The latest installment of Midnight Showing sees the guys head to the cinema to check out the newest film in the 007 franchise, the Sam Mendes-directed Spectre. In what is possibly Daniel Craig's final foray in the …

Episode 30: Rocky (1976)

November 18th, 2015

57:04

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 …

Episode 29: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

November 10th, 2015

1:14:17

A few days ago, in a makeshift podcast studio pretty, pretty nearby, the Bit Players sat down and tackled George Lucas's masterful 1977 classic Star …

Masters of Disaster: Twister (1996)

November 6th, 2015

57:42

Find something to strap yourself down to, because the newest minisode series Masters of Disaster is here, starting with the 1996 blockbuster Twister. All of the Bit Players can vividly remember being enthralled by the …

Episode 28: Halloween (1978)

November 3rd, 2015

46:21

The guys conclude their abbreviated spooktacular month of horror with one of the all-time greats: John Carpenter's iconic slasher flick Halloween. …

Episode 27: It Follows (2015)

October 30th, 2015

1:00:10

Watch your back and pick up your pace with this week's episode on David Robert Mitchell's instant horror classic It Follows starring Maika Monroe. …

Episode 26: Scream (1996)

October 27th, 2015

58:17

Do you like scary movies? The guys go back and relive one of the more iconic ones, the 1996 Wes Craven-directed Scream, which not only helped revitalize the master of horror's career, but the horror genre in general. …

Episode 25: Let the Right One In (2008)

October 13th, 2015

1:14:51

The guys begin their month-long spookfest with Tomas Alfredson's 2008 vampire flick Let the Right One In, starring Kåre Hedebrant and Lina …

Cruis'n World: Days of Thunder (1990)

October 2nd, 2015

40:47

Rev up your engines for the first installment of Cruis'n World, the Bit Players semi-regular celebration of Tom Cruise. For the first time out, the …

Episode 24: Casino Royale (2006)

September 29th, 2015

1:14:11

Get the Aston Martin gassed up for this week's episode on Casino Royale, the Bit Players' (and Daniel Craig's) first James Bond film, directed by Martin Campbell. They discuss the film's placement in the overall 007 …

Episode 23: Big Fish (2003)

September 22nd, 2015

1:10:07

This week the guys talk about Tim Burton's 2003 film Big Fish, starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, and Jessica Lange. They discuss the ways that the film is both a major departure for …

Episode 22: Citizen Kane (1941)

September 7th, 2015

53:33

The Bit Players take on the "greatest American film of all-time" this week when they talk about Orson Welles' iconic classic Citizen Kane. They examine just what it is about the film that helped it reach such an …

Episode 21: First Blood (1982)

August 31st, 2015

1:19:28

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 …

Episode 20: Mulholland Drive (2001)

August 24th, 2015

1:22:20

This week, the Bit Players get a little weird with David Lynch's 2001 film Mulholland Drive, starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. …

Episode 19: Lost in Translation (2003)

August 14th, 2015

1:10:36

In this week's episode, the guys talk Sofia Coppola's 2003 film Lost in Translation, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. The film follows …

Episode 18: Jaws (1975)

August 7th, 2015

55:30

This week, the guys dip their toes into the waters for Steven Spielberg's 1975 pop-horror classic Jaws for their third group pick episode. It's a film that inspired an almost universally widespread fear of sharks, a …

Midnight Showing: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

August 5th, 2015

57:32

The guys bust out the popcorn and soda again for another Midnight Showing episode, this time for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise-helmed series is one of the strongest yet, and …

Episode 17: Interstellar (2014)

July 31st, 2015

1:26:11

The guys head to the cosmos for this week’s episode on Christopher Nolan’s 2014 film Interstellar. They are particularly awe-struck by the conceptual …

Episode 16: A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

July 24th, 2015

1:15:12

The guys form a posse at dawn to wrangle up their first Western film, and what a classic it is. Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars not only …

Episode 15: Barry Lyndon (1975)

July 17th, 2015

1:24:25

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, …

Episode 14: Talk to Her (2002)

July 10th, 2015

1:21:45

With Talk to Her, the guys have their first true test of reconciling meaning and beauty, as Pedro Almodóvar places hefty concepts of one-way love, …

Episode 13: On the Waterfront (1954)

July 3rd, 2015

1:09:45

The guys go back to 1954 to look at Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront, a film that took home an unprecedented eight Academy Awards. They consider just what it is about the film that helped it sweep come award season and …

Episode 12: The Matrix (1999)

June 29th, 2015

1:17:05

In the Bit Players' second group pick episode, the guys take on the Wachowskis' sci-fi classic The Matrix, discussing not only the impact the film had upon release, but its continued legacy in the film canon. They break …

Episode 11: Raising Arizona (1987)

June 19th, 2015

1:20:04

The guys discuss the Coen Brothers' classic 1987 screwball comedy Raising Arizona, a film which helped not only solidify the Coens' signature comedic …

Episode 10: Goodfellas (1990)

June 12th, 2015

1:49:08

The guys are back from break to talk about Martin Scorsese's 1990 classic mobster flick Goodfellas. The film blurs the lines between fact and fiction to the point where its real-life subject Henry Hill (played by, in …

Episode 9: The Seventh Seal (1957)

May 22nd, 2015

1:47:15

The guys discuss Ingmar Bergman's 1957 film The Seventh Seal. They break down the film's elements of life and death as well as its takedown of …

Episode 8: Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

May 15th, 2015

1:29:54

The guys talk Steven Soderbergh's breakthrough debut feature Sex, Lies, and Videotape, starring Andie MacDowell, James Spader, Peter Gallagher, and …

Episode 7: Annie Hall (1977)

May 8th, 2015

1:33:35

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, …

Midnight Showing: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

May 6th, 2015

1:31:17

In the first very special Midnight Showing episode, the guys reflect back on seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron in theatres last weekend, reliving the experience from preparation to post-credits. Joss Whedon left the world …

Episode 6: MacGruber (2010)

May 1st, 2015

1:03:11

In the first group pick episode, the guys talk one of their favorite go-to comedies in 2010's MacGruber, directed by Jorma Taccone. Stemming from a brilliant series of Saturday Night Live skits, Will Forte's MacGruber …

Episode 5: Unbreakable (2000)

April 24th, 2015

1:22:11

The guys break down M. Night Shyamalan's 2000 film Unbreakable, his excellently twisted take on the comic book or super hero genre. They look at the film's place in the ranks of not only Shyamalan's films as a catalog …

Episode 4: Dazed and Confused (1993)

April 17th, 2015

1:35:17

This week, the guys discuss Richard Linklater's seminal 1993 coming-of-age film Dazed and Confused, talking about what exactly it is about the film that has placed it firmly in the company of the most classic films to …

Episode 3: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

April 10th, 2015

1:36:13

This week, the guys talk about David Lean's 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia. They explore not only the grand visual spectacle that Lean was able to capture and turn into a massive success at a brisk four hours, but the way …

Episode 2: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

April 3rd, 2015

1:32:57

The guys talk Steven Spielberg's subversive 1977 blockbuster Close Encounters of the Third Kind, touching on the depiction of the impossibility of human communication and the nature of total obsession through the main …

Episode 1: A Prophet (2009)

March 26th, 2015

1:25:00

In the very first episode of the Bit Players, the guys break down 2009's A Prophet, directed by Jacques Audiard. They take a look at where the film …

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