COFFY

Cinematographer Ken Stachnik (ClownTown, The Toybox) joins MG to talk about Pam Grier's classic Coffy.  A high point for the 1970's 'blaxploitation' movement, Grier's performance set the mold for female action heroes for decades to come.  

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eXistenZ

MG welcomes VR mastermind Sally Slade to the podcast to discuss eXistenZ.  Released only three weeks after the Wachowski sister's karate-kick-to-the-zeitgeist The Matrix, we compare how this acid-trip Xbox flick holds up after twenty years.

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T-Men

Artist Robh Ruppel - who's brilliant work can be seen in Into the Spider-verse - joins MG to take on one of the most influential genres in movie history: Film Noir.  This weeks choice: Anthony Mann's gorgeous and criminally underseen T-Men.

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Wake in Fright

VFX Oscar nominee Joe Farrell  joins us to talk about the film version of his grandfather’s novel WAKE IN FRIGHT!  Nearly 50 years since its release, this classic of Outback horror is as frightening as ever, and not for the faint of heart!

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Poltergeist

1982: Tobe Hooper hit big with Poltergeist, it is said that Spielberg had actually directed it, but didn't want to overshadow E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, out the same year. But MG claims that the combination made the best horror film of the 80s.

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Fish out of Water Movies

Fish out of water movies are one of the most enduring and well-loved film genres, with examples like Mr. Mom, Back to the Future, and Legally Blonde being perennial steaming favorites. But MG being MG, we've decided to dive into some slightly  more obscure choices that we think listeners will love: Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye, Hal Ashby's Being There, and Bill Forsyth's cult-classic Local Hero.

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Le Transporter

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!

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Time Travel Movies Part 1

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.

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OSCARS 2019

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!

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Neill Blomkamp

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

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Groundhog Day

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.

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The Godfather Part I & II:

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.

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2001: A Space Odyssey vs. 2010: The Year We Make Contact

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.

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