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Episode 140: "Eureka" and "Going Places"

Episode 140: "Eureka" and "Going Places"

MG Birthdays!    It's Chris' and Daniel's birthdays, So get ready to clutch some pearls! Tonight we have a hand-picked double feature that's both obscure and offensive! First up, if you thought Get Out Your Handkerchiefs was going to get us canceled, wait till you see Gérard Depardieu in Going Places!  After that - if you're still watching - get set for the inappropriate, insane mess of Gene Hackman's Eureka! Birthday Shockers!
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Episode 139: "Poor Things" and "Swiss Army Man"

Episode 139: "Poor Things" and "Swiss Army Man"

Corpse Comedies   Prior to Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Oscars tended toward stately, serious picks. But now we see stranger and more daring fare creeping in - So tonight MG looks at how the Daniels' started clearing this path with their beautifully low-budget epic Swiss Army Man; And look at where it's led us - Emma Stone's Oscar win for her role as the wild Bella Baxter in Poor Things! MG gets reanimated!
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Episode 138: "Raising Arizona"

Episode 138: "Raising Arizona"

Never leave a man behind!     After Blood Simple won Sundance, everyone expected the Coen Brothers to follow up with another noir . But instead they pulled a 180, giving us a slapstick masterpiece and their first bona fide hit! By now, we're used to the Coen Brothers' penchant for goofy comedy, from the musical massacre in Buster Scruggs to the suggestive Navy dance number in Hail Caesar. But Blood Simple, their debut film, had been a grim, Sundance-friendly noir - so in 1987, No one suspected their sophomore effort would turn out to be a slapstick classic! Join MG as we take on Raising Arizona!
Yoders and Sh*t !    Drink. Talk. Drink


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Episode 137: "West World" and "Ex Machina"

Episode 137: "West World" and "Ex Machina"

Robopocalypse! AI's seemingly exponential growth has many people nervous lately - But Hollywood's been warning us for years! Tonight we take on two cautionary classics: Alex Garland's unnerving Ex Machina, and Michael Crichton's original Westworld! AI's surprising growth has many people feeling nervous about the future - - So tonight MG takes a look at two of the best in a long line of cautionary tales about renegade robots!  First up, Alex Garland's Ex Machina, about a very strange and dangerous Turing test -
- Followed by the groundbreaking original version of Westworld from Michael Chricton, the master of theme-parks-gone-wrong!
(Martini) Giant Robots!    Drink. Talk. Drink


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Episode 136: "Saltburn"

Episode 136: "Saltburn"

MG gets Salty! Emerald Fennell has quickly become a divisive figure on the indie film scene, and her blithe-n-nasty brand of storytelling has audiences young and old clutching their pearls! Join us as MG takes on her latest joyous offense, Saltburn!  From Pasolini to Mel Brooks, There's little that we at MG love more than films that offend the tender sensibilities of mainstream culture. And rarely has mainstream culture been more in need of offense than today -
So tonight MG takes on a movie that has Twitter clutching its pearls: Emerald Fennell's Saltburn!
Class Dismissed!    Drink. Talk. Drink


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Episode 135: "Godzilla Minus One"

Episode 135: "Godzilla Minus One"

MG Minus One ! Godzilla is one of the most successful franchises in movie history, spawning Hollywood spinoffs, comic books, Netflix miniseries, and Saturday morning cartoons. Tonight, MG takes on the latest (and maybe greatest?) Godzilla Minus One! Beginning with 1954's Gojira, Toho Studios' Godzilla series went on to become one of the most beloved franchises in movie history - and over the decades, it's been many things: sometimes political, sometimes silly, sometimes scary. But with Godzilla Minus One we can now add...profoundly emotional?
Join us as MG crowns the new King of the King of Monsters!
Kaiju Martini!  Drink. Talk. Drink


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Episode 134: "Le Samouraï " & "The Killer"

Episode 134: "Le Samouraï " & "The Killer"

Character Assassination! David Fincher has long been on the cutting edge of the killer/thriller genre, Reinventing it many times over his career with classics like Se7en, Zodiac, Mindhunter, and Gone Girl. But with his latest Netflix-backed effort He both cuts new ground - and, in a weird way, gets back to basics: Join us as we look at The Killer, and it's classic inspiration, Le Samouraï !  

MG is Killing it!  Drink. Talk. Drink


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Episode 133: "Colossus: The Forbin Project!" & "Her"

Episode 133: "Colossus: The Forbin Project!" & "Her"

Dated AI & AI Dating! AI rising up and conquering humanity has been the subject of hundreds of films from Westworld to The Terminator - But tonight we feature a couple of films that suggest the reality will be more insidious than that!  Join us for the little-known 70s time-capsule Colossus: The Forbin Project, Followed by Spike Jonze’s chatbot-gone-rogue love story, Her! Two very different takes on how it may come to dominate our everyday lives.

Chat OMG! Drink. Talk. Drink


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Episode 132: "the Parallax View" & "Klute"

Episode 132: "the Parallax View" & "Klute"

Pakula Paranoia! In an era defined by paranoia and governmental distrust, no one tapped into the zeitgeist like Alan Pakula, who's dark explorations of America's moral erosion still disturb today! Join us for his masterpieces,  Klute and The Parallax View! With the betrayal of Watergate and the release of the Pentagon Papers, America in the 1970's was a haunted, Disillusioned society, and much of that stress can be seen in the films of the period. But MG argues that, even in a decade that brought us Apocalypse Now and Three Days of the Condor, No director was more plugged into this paranoid zeitgeist than Alan Pakula! Join us for his twin masterpieces, Klute and The Parallax View!

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Episode 131: "the Searchers" & "True Grit"

Episode 131: "the Searchers" & "True Grit"

Westerns - With and Without Wayne! For decades, John Wayne's westerns created a vast mythology of America's early days... That papered over historical truth in favor of heroic white male ego-fantasies. But towards the end of his career, two films stand out wherein he questions these narratives and his role in them - Join us as we take a look at his masterpiece The Searchers, As well the Coen Brother's reinterpretation of his classic True Grit!


(John) Wayne's World Drink. Talk. Drink


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Episode 130: "Monsters" & "Another Earth"

Episode 130: "Monsters" & "Another Earth"

Indie SF! Rogue One's Gareth Edwards and The OA's Brit Marling know that with sci-fi, sometimes the less money you spend, the more creative you get! Tonight we look at their dirt-cheap debuts, Monsters and Another Earth! Disney spent 350 million making the pretty-fun Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, And 288 million making the downright awful Black Widow.
But even though the combined budget of tonight's double feature wouldn't have covered craft service for those movies,
Each is packed to the brim with incredible concepts and beautiful images.
Join us as we talk about Gareth Edwards' Monsters and Brit Marling's Another Earth! Low Budget/High Concept! Drink. Talk. Drink


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Episode 129: "The Exorcist" & "The Exorcist III"

Episode 129: "The Exorcist" & "The Exorcist III"

Halloweeni Giant! Happy Halloween from MG! Tonight, pour yourself a nice pumpkin spice martini and cozy up to our Exorcist double bill! First up is William Friedkin's 1973 masterful original, Featuring a decade-best performance from Ellen Burstyn as a possessed kid's beleaguered mom - Then we follow it up with the film's second (and darkly comedic) sequel,
Exorcist III - directed by the book's author, William Peter Blatty!
Spend Halloween with MG and an Exorcist double feature!
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