MG takes on a cockney-crime double feature with two of our favorite tough guys! First on the list is Mike Hodges' grim gangster classicGet Carter from 1971, starring Michael Caine; a film that still tops many British best-of lists to this day and remains a major source of inspiration to filmmakers on both sides of the pond, ranging from Guy Richie to Paul Greengrass… and the director of our second film: indie darling Stephen Soderberg, who reinvented the genre (and the way w
MG takes some inspiration from recent events - in this case, Reddit vs. the 1% - and looks back at Adam McKay's hilarious (read: wildly depressing) stock-market-horror movie The Big Short, starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt.MG takes some inspiration from recent events - in this case, Reddit vs. the 1% - and looks back at Adam McKay's hilarious (read: wildly depressing) stock-market-horror movie The Big Short, starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt.
This week we take on a french classic - and one of Chris' favorite movies - Bertrand Blier's bizarre, hilarious, and ever-more controversial social satire from 1978, Préparez vos Mouchoirs! (or as it's known in the US,Get out Your Handkerchiefs! ). Starring Patrick Dewaere, Carole Laure, and a young (and nearly unrecognizable) Gérard Depardieu, there's a lot of laughs in this one - but MG can almost guarantee that there's also something to offend everyone in the audience at
Join us for a double feature of generation-centric murder mysteries: David Fincher's big-budget, dark-n-kinky version ofThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Antonioni's alienating arthouse classic Blow-Up! MG finds plenty of crossover in these stories, and toxic men getting away with whatever they want is a theme that is central to both films - but things take a turn for the heated as Thron goes rogue and challenges Chris, Erick, and all of Twitch-chat with a theory on who th
James Caan has had an incredibly varied career, from mobster classics likeThe Godfather and Thief, to light-hearted comedies like Wes Anderson's break out Bottle Rocket and Jon Favreau's Elf. But one of his best is also one of his least remembered and strangest films - Norman Jewison's dark-future sports epic ,Rollerball from 1975. Caan's patented tender-tough-guy demeanor is the moral backbone of this dystopian drama - and MG argues that's what makes its weird blend of2001,1
No film in the history of American cinema casts as long a shadow as Orson Welles' masterpiece Citizen Kane- but was the magic really all Welles'? David Fincher's answer, Mank - based on a screenplay by his father - would argue no. But MG feels that this Netflix original has more to say than simply defending the credit of its title character, and that Fincher is using his streaming freedom not only to evoke old-time Hollywood glory, but also to shed some light on the business'
Parasite's win for Best Picture in 2020 was a major breakthrough, representing a huge shift at all levels of the film industry. Audiences in America and around the world are demanding change, and the balance of power is starting to change rapidly - in fact, the movie's story can almost be seen as a symbol of this revolution. Join MG as we take a look at this Bong Joon Ho masterpiece, as well as similar power-flip: Harold Pinter's The Servant from 1963, a grim story about a ve
Break out the eggnog and wrap tinsel 'round your headphones as we bring you an MG Yuletide double feature! And between these two inspirational flicks - one famous, one forgotten - we make the argument that it might just be time to crown a new winter classic! First up - the all-time champion, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart. The challenger? Well, you might not have even heard of it: Nicholas Cage's The Family Man… directed by *checks notes* Brett Ra
After a long four years and a nightmarish 2020, we still didn't know which path the country would take in November - so we picked movies that represented both choices! First up, a classic of 70's political-paranoia filmmaking: Alan Pakula's deep-in-the-weeds Watergate thriller,All the President's Men- starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in one of the great cinematic team-ups as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Then, to cleanse our palette and stoke our worst fears, it'
MG features a father-daughter team-up today as we are joined by Erick's daughter (and contributing website artist) Olivia Schiele! Together they've cooked up a double feature that covers a huge range of spooky flavors! First up: ghosts, saber-toothed sand worms, and demonic possession all come together hilariously in Beetlejuice - the movie that introduced the world to the now-universally recognized stripes-and-nightmares style of Tim Burton, followed by Don Siegel's hugely u