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Episode 092: "Insomnia - 1997" & "Insomnia - 2002"
MG can't sleep! Tonight MG kicks off its series on Originals vs Remakes! Our first matchup: 1997's brutally bleak crime masterpiece Insomnia, starring a sleezy Stellan Skarsgård as a detective who might be worse than the murderer he's chasing down - going up against Christopher Nolan's 2002 stylish remake of the same name! The first is a scrappy, sleek, small-scale Norwegian thriller, and the second is - predictably - a big budget, star-studded Hollywood affair. Originals vs Remakes: INSOMNIA! Tune in and find out if Nolan's follow-up to Memento keeps us up late, or puts us to sleep! #MartiniGiant
Episode 091: "The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly" & "Miami Vice 2006"
Guilty Birthday Pleasures! Chris and Thron are almost exactly the same age, and tonight they've each chosen a favorite film to celebrate their combo birthday! So for tonight's double feature, they've each picked a film that has, like them, aged inexplicably well! First up, Chris brings us Sergio Leone's epic reinvention of a classic genre: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... Followed by Thron's choice: Michael Mann's feature-length paean to Colin Farrell's glorious mustache: Miami Vice 2006! So mix up those mojitos, don those sarapes, and join us for a truly Giant celebration! #MartiniGiant
Episode 090: "Columbus" & "After Yang"
Before and After Yang Tonight MG takes on the first two films by indie director Kogonada - - and while they couldn't be more different in terms of subject matter - one set in modern-day Indiana, - one set in modern-day Indiana, the other set in a futuristic world and dealing with artificial intelligence - they are equally thoughtful, unusual stories. First up is Columbus, set in that unlikely architectural Mecca of the Midwest, and stars John Cho in a career-best performance as a man dealing with his father's impending death. Next, we have After Yang, in which Colin Farrell wrestles with the meaning of memory in a beautifully sci-fi way! #MartiniGiant
Episode 089: "Hotel New Hampshire" & "The World According to Garp"
The World According to MG! Tonight MG takes on a double feature based on two John Irving books, and the results couldn't be more different! First up, things start off beautifully weird with Robin Williams' dramatic breakout The World According to Garp, featuring an Oscar-nominated performance by John Lithgow - but then crash and burn as Rob Lowe and Jodie Foster do their damndest to save the tone-deaf mess of The Hotel New Hampshire! What went wrong? Join us as we talk about the difficulties of adaptation, and the risks of too much Wallace Shawn! #MartiniGiant
Episode 088: "Silent Running"
A cli-fi classic! The late, great Douglas Trumbull only directed a couple of feature films, but their visionary imagery and heartfelt ideas are unlike anything else in sci-fi - and tonight we take a look at his first - the cli-fi classic Silent Running! The late, great Douglas Trumbull was known primarily for his groundbreaking visual effects work in films like 2001, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Blade Runner - but he was a visionary director as well, and though he only made a couple of films, their striking imagery and heartfelt messages have become a formative part of many young science fiction fans' lives - - especially ours here at MG! Join us tonight as we take a look at his first effort, the cli-fi classic Silent Running, starring Bruce Dern as a spacebound eco-terrorist! #MartiniGiant
Episode 087: "the Lobster" & "the Killing of a Sacred Deer"
Deer Lobster! Yorgos Lanthimos' combination of cringeworthy comedy and icy realism has produced some of the most compellingly bizarre films of the past twenty years - and tonight we take on two of his best: The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Lobster! There are few directors like Yorgos Lanthimos, Whose strange blend of icy realism and cringeworthy comedy has the power to make the mundane seem nightmarish, and nightmarish things seem horrifyingly mundane... and tonight MG dives into two of his most effective and upsetting works, each starring the director's most put-upon muse, Colin Farrell! First up, Farrell explains why, if he can't find love, he'd prefer to be The Lobster - and if that's not freaky enough, it's time to get out your blindfolds and load your rifles for The Killing of a Sacred Deer! #MartiniGiant
Episode 086: "MASH" & "McCabe and Mrs. Miller"
Altman Classics! Tonight's program features two of Robert Altman's best-received films - " The "been there" and "done that" sections are blank. " Robert Altman has long been seen as one of the great geniuses of American cinema; with iconoclastic masterpieces such as The Long Goodbye and Nashville influencing directors as different as Paul Thomas Anderson and Judd Apatow. " Radar !! " But even with those in mind, tonight's picks represent the core of Altman's deepest anti-establishment feelings, and not only in their themes, but in the productions themselves - which were wildly against the standard practices of both filmmaking and storytelling of the day! So get ready as MG takes on the anti-western McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and the anti-war comedy, M*A*S*H! #MartiniGiant
Episode 085: "Walter Mitty" & "Stranger than Fiction"
Tonight MG takes on a midlife double feature! " The "been there" and "done that" sections are blank. " Mid-life crisis stories are often dramas that keep both feet on the ground, but tonight MG looks at a couple of films that use comedic fantasy to break their hero's free from their humdrum lives! " Negative #25 !! " First up, Ben Stiller is all but forced to live out his adventurous daydreams when he must track down Sean Penn in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Followed by Will Farrell in Stranger Than Fiction, In which a drone like accountant discovers that he's actually a character doomed to die in a novel being written by Emma Thomson! #MartiniGiant
Episode 084: "The Razor's Edge" & "Broken Flowers"
Dramatic Murray! Tonight MG has a Bill Murray double feature ! The arc of Bill Murray's career has been fascinating - beginning as the ex-SNL goofball slob of Meatballs and Stripes, then shifting to the snarky charmer of Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, then finally morphing once again into the befuddled grouch of his Wes Anderson years. But Murray himself has always been an introspective spiritualist, - but tonight we take a look at two serious anomalies: Jarmusch's Broken Flowers, and Erick's favorite, The Razor's Edge! Two Serious Murrays! #MartiniGiant #NickWinters#BillMurray
Episode 083: "After Hours" & "Bringing out the Dead"
Lost Scorsese! Tonight MG has a Scorsese double feature - but it's possible that many listeners have never even heard of these two films, let alone seen them, as they are often lost in the director's flood of classics! First up is After Hours from 1985, Featuring the underrated Griffin Dunne as a beige-souled corporate desk jockey who finds himself stuck in a Kafkaesque nightmare version of the SoHo art scene, and then we follow it up with another crazed journey through NYC, as a wild-eyed and sleep-deprived Nicholas Cage works as an EMT in Bringing Out the Dead! Forgotten Scorsese! #MartiniGiant #Scorsese#Afterhours
Episode 082: "Nebraska" & "The Descendants"
MG brings the Payne! Alexander Payne's filmography contains some of the most bitter and hilarious films of the past twenty years, from Laura Dern's caustic abortion comedy Citizen Ruth to the movie that Thron calls the unofficial sequel to Ferris Beuler's Day Off: the merciless Reese Witherspoon showcase Election. But today we take a look at his softer side, With a double feature of Bruce Dern in Nebraska and George Clooney in The Descendants! Each was made to be much more audience friendly than his usual fair But does MG think they are Oscar-worthy or Oscar-bait? #MartiniGiant #GeorgeClooney #RealEstate
Episode 081: "Sexy Beast" & "Cul-de-sac"
Tonight MG takes in some uninvited guests! First up, Roman Polanski's lesser-known dark comedy Cul de Sac, featuring a young-n-skinny Donald Pleasence living in a lonely castle with his bored wife, Followed by ... " Shifter Cars !! " Under the Skin helmer Johnathan Glazer's first film, Sexy Beast - in which Ray Winstone lives in the more blissful isolation of retirement... but in both cases, a terrifying criminal guest arrives to shatter their world ... and steal the show with a larger-than-life performance! . #MartiniGiant #VincentGallo #ViloenceandCars