Martini Giant loves movies like you love movies. Three industry professionals, Chris Nichols, Daniel Thron and Erick Schiele gather biweekly to talk obsessively about their favorite films, share insider stories on moviemaking, and drink some mighty fine cocktails. In this podcast, there's no kind of film we don't love, and everything is on the table from Infinity War and A Star is Born to Alphaville and Eraser head. So if you like your opinions served up as strong as your drinks, then saddle up to the bar, my friend, and enjoy the expertly mixed, lovingly crafted hot takes of Martini Giant.
Martini Giant - The Transporter . March 20th, 2019
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Lon Grohs joins us with his favorite film: The Transporter. A movie he argues altered the course of action movies, including The Fast and the Furious, Taken, and the Bourne franchise. Get oiled up and ready to wrestle as MG tackles its guest episode!
At listeners' request, Martini Giant takes on its first time-travel episode, and gets paradoxical with three under-the-radar selections: the talky/stalky Somewhere in Time, the drinky/thinky Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, and the sentimental/transcendental About Time.
We roll up the red carpet in a special OSCARS POST-MORTEM! For a while it seemed like this year's Academy Awards might collapse under the weight of politics, social media, and tone-deaf choices, but in the end they surprised everyone by delivering a show that was as brisk, well-received, and inoffensive as any they have broadcast. In short: MG takes offense at this. Join us as Nichols goes deep on VFX's relationship to awards, Thron gets angry about a movie he basically didn't see, and Schiele finds a way to make a Lusitania joke feel like a natural part of conversation in this special BONUS EPISODE!
2018 is the year when Netflix blew up the Hollywood system, using the Coen Brothers and Alfonso Cuaron as the dynamite. Join MG in looking at The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Roma, as Oscar dies streaming on the red carpet in our epic new episode.
Martini Giant looks at Neill Blomkamp’s work, but not before Thron apologies for being a dick about Elysium on Facebook many years ago. Be sure to watch Tetra Vaal, Alive in Joburg, the collected work of Oats Studios, the features Elysium, Chappie, and the brilliant District 9
Groundhog Day could have been just another 90's rom-com, but instead is Gen-X’s It's a Wonderful Life. Join us as MG punches Ned Ryerson right in the face and gets all hot-buttony about politics, Louis CK, and being offensive through art.
Frances Ford Copolla's Godfather I and II rejuvenated cinema in the 1970s with an intimate yet epic portrait of a family through time that works both as grand entertainment and as a symbol of America's slow decline. Yet even with that, we still find time to give a shout-out to Victoria Principle in Earthquake. It's all about balance, Giant fans.
In MG's debut episode, Chris, Dan, and Erick compare Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey - a common #1 on on critics' top-ten lists - with Peter Hyams' 2010: The Year We Make Contact - itself often numbered among people's top 1000 films they can dimly remember seeing, maybe on HBO or something. Other topics include: pornographic B52 bombers, equine measurement standards, and Corinthian vs. Scheiderian leather.