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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 of irreverence), the Bit Players hope to become a part of your life as a film-lover.

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 of irreverence), the Bit Players hope to become a part of your life as a film-lover.
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United States

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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 of irreverence), the Bit Players hope to become a part of your life as a film-lover.

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English

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Episodes

Episode 109: Full Metal Jacket (1987)

1/22/2018
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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 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,...

Duration:01:18:33

Episode 109: Full Metal Jacket (1987)

1/22/2018
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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 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,...

Duration:01:18:33

Episode 108: Gladiator (2000)

11/20/2017
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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 follows a general who became a slave, a slave who became a gladiator, a gladiator who probably never told a joke in his life, Maximus Decimus Meridius as he attempts to thwart the purely evil Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) and lay the smackdown on CGI tigers alongside tag team partner Juba (Djimon Hounsou). Though the film is largely gratuitous...

Duration:01:11:45

Episode 108: Gladiator (2000)

11/20/2017
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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 follows a general who became a slave, a slave who became a gladiator, a gladiator who probably never told a joke in his life, Maximus Decimus Meridius as he attempts to thwart the purely evil Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) and lay the smackdown on CGI tigers alongside tag team partner Juba (Djimon Hounsou). Though the film is largely gratuitous...

Duration:01:11:45

Episode 107: Carrie (1976)

10/30/2017
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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 talk about King's affinity for over-the-top bullies — a group of which featured in Carrie among his most psychotic, fronted by John Travolta and Nancy Allen — the touching and incredibly acted performance from Sissy Spacek in the role of the title character, and the ways in which the film brings baddies from both within the home and without, a...

Duration:00:54:47

Episode 107: Carrie (1976)

10/30/2017
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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 talk about King's affinity for over-the-top bullies — a group of which featured in Carrie among his most psychotic, fronted by John Travolta and Nancy Allen — the touching and incredibly acted performance from Sissy Spacek in the role of the title character, and the ways in which the film brings baddies from both within the home and without, a...

Duration:00:54:47

Episode 106: The Birds (1963)

10/23/2017
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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 Bit Players discuss the interesting ways the film subverts audience expectations around every bend, with Tippi Hedren'sMelanie Daniels character playing the coy débutante taking things into her own hands, meeting various characters like love interest Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), schoolteacher Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette), and Hitchcock's...

Duration:01:18:52

Episode 106: The Birds (1963)

10/23/2017
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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 Bit Players discuss the interesting ways the film subverts audience expectations around every bend, with Tippi Hedren'sMelanie Daniels character playing the coy débutante taking things into her own hands, meeting various characters like love interest Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), schoolteacher Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette), and Hitchcock's...

Duration:01:18:52

Episode 105: The Devil's Backbone (2001)

10/16/2017
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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 a few years later, so much of the Bit Players' discussion is spent on comparing the two films, while trying not to let the perfection of Pan's Labyrinth bring down their perception of the older work. They do have a lot in common, however: the Civil War backdrop to a...

Duration:01:21:34

Episode 105: The Devil's Backbone (2001)

10/16/2017
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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 a few years later, so much of the Bit Players' discussion is spent on comparing the two films, while trying not to let the perfection of Pan's Labyrinth bring down their perception of the older work. They do have a lot in common, however: the Civil War backdrop to a...

Duration:01:21:34

Episode 104: Poltergeist (1982)

10/9/2017
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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 directorial credit has always been shrouded in mystery, and it certainly does have producer Steven Spielberg's fingerprints all over it, but no matter whose name we slap on the poster, it's a fun, scary time. The movie has everything you'd ever want in a horror experience: questionable parenting from Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams, a creepy kid, a...

Duration:01:09:47

Episode 104: Poltergeist (1982)

10/9/2017
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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 directorial credit has always been shrouded in mystery, and it certainly does have producer Steven Spielberg's fingerprints all over it, but no matter whose name we slap on the poster, it's a fun, scary time. The movie has everything you'd ever want in a horror experience: questionable parenting from Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams, a creepy kid, a...

Duration:01:09:47

Episode 103: Aliens (1986)

10/4/2017
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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 return, this time with plenty of rest, as she's ready to attempt to end the Xenomorph plague once and for all with a new rag-tag group of soldiers, featuring some of the most amazing characters that have ever been thrown together for a bug hunt: Bill Paxton as Hudson,...

Duration:01:11:21

Episode 103: Aliens (1986)

10/4/2017
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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 return, this time with plenty of rest, as she's ready to attempt to end the Xenomorph plague once and for all with a new rag-tag group of soldiers, featuring some of the most amazing characters that have ever been thrown together for a bug hunt: Bill Paxton as Hudson,...

Duration:01:11:21

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

9/27/2017
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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 only the zombie film genre but horror as a whole, whether or not the film's dissonant halves ultimately mesh well or not, unfortunate child acting, how Boyle's choice to shoot the film in low quality digital video makes for more poignant (if pixelated) scares, and more. They...

Duration:01:14:56

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

9/27/2017
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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 only the zombie film genre but horror as a whole, whether or not the film's dissonant halves ultimately mesh well or not, unfortunate child acting, how Boyle's choice to shoot the film in low quality digital video makes for more poignant (if pixelated) scares, and more. They...

Duration:01:14:56

Episode 101: Blade Runner (1982)

9/21/2017
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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 a human in a world with synthesized humanity, a question that is just as poignant and perplexing now as it was when Philip K. Dick wrote the source material in 1968. The Bit Players consider that question, among many others of equal weight, such as how M. Night Shyamalan would...

Duration:01:18:29

Episode 101: Blade Runner (1982)

9/21/2017
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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 a human in a world with synthesized humanity, a question that is just as poignant and perplexing now as it was when Philip K. Dick wrote the source material in 1968. The Bit Players consider that question, among many others of equal weight, such as how M. Night Shyamalan would...

Duration:01:18:29

Looking Back on Episodes 1-100

9/11/2017
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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. This isn't like those terrible clip shows that sitcoms would periodically run in the '90s, either. All new content from the Bit Players looking back at the films that have occupied their minds and lives for the past two years. They talk about their favorite acting performances, movies where their opinions have changed the most since the...

Duration:02:00:53

Looking Back on Episodes 1-100

9/11/2017
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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. This isn't like those terrible clip shows that sitcoms would periodically run in the '90s, either. All new content from the Bit Players looking back at the films that have occupied their minds and lives for the past two years. They talk about their favorite acting performances, movies where their opinions have changed the most since the...

Duration:02:00:53