Updated: May 5
Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather and The Godfather Part II rejuvenated cinema in the 1970s with an intimate yet grand portrait of a family through time that works both as visceral entertainment and as a symbol of America's slow decline. But their influence didn’t stop with that decade -- their visionary storytelling became a map for how we approach modern streaming entertainment.
The bingeworthy epic has become the backbone of dramatic filmmaking today, and these movies’ effect can be seen in everything from Netflix’ Ozark, to Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, to Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. But don’t worry, Martini Giant fans - our 70’s love-in isn’t just the hifalutin’ New Hollywood stuff. We still find time to give a shout-out to Victoria Principal in Earthquake. Because hell yeah.