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Episode 068: Bridesmaids & Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Episode 068: Bridesmaids & Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Ensemble comedies are usually light and breezy, and that's true of our double feature tonight as well - but even our picks have crowd-pleasing, sit-com-like setups, these films both use this to dig into far deeper material than is the norm for this genre. Up first: Kristen Wiig's megahit Bridesmaids, directed by Paul Feig, which was sold as the female answer to The Hangover, but is so much more than that - followed by Pedro Almodóvar's outlandish indie smash Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which introduces us to baby Antonio Banderas! #MartiniGiant

Episode 067: "Moon and Robot & Frank"

Episode 067: "Moon and Robot & Frank"

When people think of science fiction, they generally think of mega-budget spectacles - noisy junk that slathers on the expensive visual effects to cover for the fact that the scripts are terrible. But when filmmakers keep the budget low, it can free them up to take more chances and tell more interesting stories. So tonight MG offers up a double feature of low-budget, high concept indies that manage to keep it smart while shooting for the stars: Duncan Jones' Moon and Jake Schreier's Robot and Frank starring Frank Langella! #MartiniGiant

Episode 066: Sneakers and Baby Driver

Episode 066: Sneakers and Baby Driver

It's a double feature of offbeat heists! Heist movies are a staple of the MG diet - and tonight we have a double-feature of offbeat choices that might just be on track to become new classics - first up: though it bombed in 1992, younger audiences have recently rediscovered Robert Redford's wildly ahead-of-it's-time caper comedy Sneakers, that features a plot tailor-made for our post-Snowden age - followed by a newer entry: Edgar Wright's stylish and action-packed semi-musical, Baby Driver, that is as violent as it is hilarious, and has one of the best car chases in modern memory! #MartiniGiant

Episode 065: Paris, Texas & Blood Simple

Episode 065: Paris, Texas & Blood Simple

It's a Texan double feature this time on MG - First is the Coen Brothers’ debut film Blood Simple, a seething neo-noir that rocked the indie world when it came out, introduced us to Academy favorite Francis McDormand, and secretly laid out a map of the directors' greatest obsessions, hinting at Fargo, No Country for Old Men and more! Next up is Wim Wenders gentle-and-upsetting Paris, Texas, which features Harry Dean Stanton in one of his finest, most understated performances! #MartiniGiant

Episode 064: Tenet & Primer

Episode 064: Tenet & Primer

For the third in our Time Travel series, we present two strangely similar films that were made at opposite ends of the budget spectrum, and had opposite fates at the box office! First up - Shane Carruth's five-thousand-dollar indie smash Primer, an incredibly complex thriller that won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and invigorated young filmmakers everywhere - followed by Christopher Nolan's equally (pointlessly?) complicated Tenet, which studios hoped would save theaters, but instead might have been the last nail in the coffin for the theater experience! #MartiniGiant

Episode 063: Get Carter & The Limey

Episode 063: Get Carter & The Limey

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 we edit movies) with his low-budget thrillerThe Limey in 1999, starring an iconic Terrence Stamp! #TheLimey #MartiniGint

Episode 062: The Big Short

Episode 062: The Big Short

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. Part documentary, part slick comedy, this incredibly inventive film is the rare example of a mainstream movie tackling an important and complex subject without dumbing it down or making it boring - and even more importantly, making it fun and re watchable. Should we have expected this from the director ofAnchorman? #theBigShort #MartiniGint

Episode 061: Get Out Your Handkerchiefs

Episode 061: Get Out Your Handkerchiefs

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 some point, because even though it starts off as a light comedy of manners, it changes into a wildly different experience by the end! #TheLimey #MartiniGint

Episode 060: Blow-Up & The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Episode 060: Blow-Up & The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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 the real worst villain is between these two thrillers! (Spoiler alert: nobody buys it, but it's a great debate!) #TheLimey #MartiniGint

Episode 059: Rollerball

Episode 059: Rollerball

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 of2001,1984, andThe Longest Yard work, turning it into something truly unique in 70s sci-fi! #TheLimey #MartiniGint

Episode 058: Citizen Kane & Mank

Episode 058: Citizen Kane & Mank

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' future. Join us as we take a deep dive on the relationship between these two visionary films. #TheLimey #MartiniGint

Episode 057: Parasite & The Servant

Episode 057: Parasite & The Servant

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 very upsetting master-servant relationship - and a film made during a similar time of social upheaval! #TheLimey #MartiniGint