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Martini Giant loves movies like you love movies. Three industry professionals, Chris Nichols, Daniel Thron, and Erick Schilele gather biweekly to talk obsessively about their favorite films, share insider stories on moviemaking, and drink some mighty fine cocktails. In this podcast, there's no kind of film we don't love, and everything is on the table from Infinity War and A Star is Born to Alphaville and Eraserhead. So if you like your opinions served up as strong as your drinks, then sidle ...
 
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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 fem…
 
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 fea…
 
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-Snowd…
 
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…
 
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 filmmaker…
 
MG takes on a cockney-crime double feature with two of our favorite tough guys! First on the list is Mike Hodges' grim gangster classic Get 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…
 
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…
 
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, th…
 
In this bonus episode, we invite back our former cohost Summre Garber to talk about the documentary slate at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival, where she is co-captain of the documentary-features program. Then we all discuss, in depth, the following three films: Code Name: Nagasaki, Everyone Wants to Be the Next Weismann and Holy Frit. This episode …
 
Join us for a double feature of generation-centric murder mysteries: David Fincher's big-budget, dark-n-kinky version of The 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 - bu…
 
James Caan has had an incredibly varied career, from mobster classics like The Godfather and Thief, to light-hearted comedies like Wes Anderson's breakout 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 …
 
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 t…
 
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 lo…
 
Break out the eggnog and wrap tinsel 'round your headphones as we bring you an MG Yuletide double feature! And between these two inspirational flicks - one famous, one forgotten - we make the argument that it might just be time to crown a new winter classic! First up - the all-time champion, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewa…
 
In this bonus episode, cohosts Bart and Chris revisit their favorite documentaries of 2020, and then invite, each in turn, six guest hosts from the past year to chat about their own favorites. Those guests, in alphabetical order, are: Hannah Buchdahl, Sandie Angulo Chen, Leslie Combemale, Roxana Hadadi, Lisa Sanchelo and Debra Zimmerman. Chris and …
 
After a long four years and a nightmarish 2020, we still didn't know which path the country would take in November - so we picked movies that represented both choices! First up, a classic of 70's political-paranoia filmmaking: Alan Pakula's deep-in-the-weeds Watergate thriller, All the President's Men - starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in…
 
MG features a father-daughter team-up today as we are joined by Erick's daughter (and contributing website artist) Olivia Schieile! Together they've cooked up a double feature that covers a huge range of spooky flavors! First up: ghosts, saber-toothed sandworms, and demonic possession all come together hilariously in Beetlejuice - the movie that in…
 
Directors Michael Mann and Ridley Scott have each developed a strong brand for themselves, so when you see their name on the marquee, you feel you know what to expect. But early in their careers, they both decided to take on a decidedly different kind of movie - the fairy tale - and while the results are a bit mixed, they are still fascinating, and…
 
We wrap up Season 10 with returning guest host Anuradha Rana (Associate Professor, School of Cinematic Arts, DePaul University) as we review Daniel Lombroso's White Noise, a profile of some of the current leading figures among the alt-right. This leads to a discussion of the dangers of turning one's lens on problematic ideologues, given how the cam…
 
Episode 1 Check out episode 1 of the TICA TEDS Podcast as we talk about the vision of planting 20 churches in Japan and recruiting 200 team members. Episode 1 vision Something Needs to Change Missionaries have been planting churches in Japan for 400 years, yet the Japanese people remain the world’s second largest unreached people group. Something n…
 
We have our second new guest host of the season join us this week: Inkoo Kang, formerly of Slate and now of The Hollywood Reporter. Together, we review the new Showtime documentary Citizen Bio, which profiles the late Aaron Traywick and his (not so) merry band of biohackers at Ascendance Biomedical, and pair that with an interview that Bart and Chr…
 
Join MG for a Halloween treat as we take on our first Twitch-based episode! Classic films always set a standard, but few movies are so groundbreaking that they create an entirely new genre, and Tobe Hooper's terrifying The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the biggest game-changers in cinema history. Mixing a low-fi, almost documentary flavor with …
 
This week, as the conclusion to the 2020 election season looms, and everyone anxiously awaits the results, we examine the grotesque incompetence, selfishness and venality of Donald Trump and others in his administration, as evidenced by their response to the coronavirus pandemic, through the lens of Alex Gibney's latest documentary, Totally Under C…
 
The internet and its many connected sites and apps is a fraught place, filled with algorithms that manipulate the user beyond what she or he comes close to realizing. Both films we discuss this week, The Social Dilemma and Feels Good Man, look at the more sinister aspects of online culture. Returning guest host Jennifer Proctor joins us a for a rev…
 
Chris' daughter Lily is with us tonight to talk about the current state of anime! The iconic Japanese style of animation and storytelling began its slow crossover to American theaters in the late 80's, but for a long time it was seen here only as a sort of niche, art-house novelty. No one could have predicted how big it would get, though - today, y…
 
Our nation's 39th president, Jimmy Carter, is on the documentary docket this week as we review Mary Wharton's Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, joined by returning guest host Sedika Mojadidi. That film looks at Carter's love of music and how it helped shape both his insurgent 1976 campaign and his time in the White House, revealing the compassio…
 
We are back! We start Season 10 with two documentaries about the animal kingdom: Bird Island and Space Dogs. With returning guest host Leslie Combemale (owner of ArtInsights Gallery), we review the former, and then Bart and Chris interview Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter, the directors of the latter. Given the political season and the upcoming episode…
 
At first glance, Chris' pairing of Godard's New Wave groundbreaker Masculin Féminin with John Water's mainstream crossover Hairspray might seem a little bizarre. In fact, they couldn't be further apart on the stylistic spectrum: the former is a wildly experimental art piece that captures Paris' pop culture with an almost documentary tone, and the l…
 
When Julian Schnabel decided to make a film out of of Jean-Dominique Bauby's autobiography The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, he was taking on a radical film making challenge that was both technically difficult and emotionally challenging: the story follows Bauby himself as he writes the book - even though he had been completely paralyzed by a mass…
 
MG takes on a double dose of Jesse James! First up: Samuel Fuller's I Shot Jesse James from 1949, a film that many regard as the most studio-esque of the great directors' work - but MG believes there is a brilliantly subversive message motivating this western classic. Next: Australian auteur Andrew Dominik takes major inspiration from Fuller's work…
 
In this special bonus episode, the last before we begin our momentous Season 10 … can you believe it? … Bart and Chris revisit some favorite moments from past shows, including: all the previous clip-montage intros; excerpts from our interviews with filmmakers Chelsea Hernandez, Stanley Nelson and Morgan Neville; an excerpt from Bart's interview wit…
 
Steven Spielberg's masterpiece Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a deeply personal film - it's one of the few screenplays he wrote himself, and debuts what would become his signature - broken families coming face-to-face with magical wonders. But when James Lipton asked how Spielberg's parents' jobs (a computer technician and a piano teacher) i…
 
We dive into our second Time Travel episode with a double-dose of 50's nostalgia: Frances Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married, and Gary Ross' Pleasantville. Now if you only watched the trailers, these movies might seem like polar opposites, with Peggy Sue seemingly wanting to glorify the past as Pleasantville sets out to mock it. But MG argues tha…
 
In this bonus episode, Bart and Chris interview filmmaker Laurens Grant, first briefly reviewing two of her documentaries, the 2016 Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement and the brand-new Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier, before launching into an in-depth examination of her career. Both a director and a producer, Grant has a lot to s…
 
Douglas Trumbull is a legend in the world of VFX; the iconic imagery and techniques he developed for such classics as Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey are landmarks in the history of the industry. But few know that he's also a director. His first picture …
 
For nearly sixty years, Werner Herzog has been a force in world cinema, serving as an inspiration to both mainstream and independent filmmakers alike with his strange combination of radical daring and gentle humanism - especially in the world of documentary film, where he made a mark with experimental work like Lessons in Darkness and Fata Morgana,…
 
Tonight MG offers a strange double feature as we take a look at two very different films. First up: the little-remembered American prison-escape melodrama Runaway Train, starring Academy Award winner Jon Voight in his most colorful performance outside of Anaconda; followed by an even bigger character - Toho Studios original kaiju in his building-st…
 
In this final episode of our 9th season, film critic Hannah Buchdahl (of chickflix.net) joins us to review the upcoming documentary on the many battles fought on our behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union in the age of Donald Trump, The Fight. Then, Bart and Chris interview Ramona Diaz about her (also upcoming) A Thousand Cuts, which profiles…
 
Money makes the world go round, does it not? Let the capital flow, so its profits may trickle down in a wellspring of bounty for all … except that the greater the flow, the faster it trickles up, away from the masses and into the hands of a rarefied, entitled elite that never seems to stop wanting more. In this week’s episode, Women Make Movies’ Ex…
 
Over the past decade, Armando Iannucci has delivered some of the sharpest, most bitter political comedy we've ever seen - and from his teardown of the Blair government in The Thick of It, to his Oscar nominated script for In the Loop, to HBO's Julia Louis Dreyfuss vehicle Veep, his writing has always been topical and on-point. But ironically, his m…
 
This week, we briefly step away from our problems at home (while never forgetting or minimizing them) to celebrate the culinary traditions of our neighbors to the south. Guest host Sandie Angulo Chen (of Common Sense Media) joins us as we review Elizabeth Carroll’s Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy, which profiles the titular nonagenarian, British-born …
 
Our nation is burning, and the fire has deep roots in our past. The police violence against communities and people of color is nothing new, emerging from the legacy of slavery that taints our history. In this week’s episode, with guest host Lisa Sanchelo (of the podcast I Love That Movie!), we review Becoming, the recent documentary about Michelle …
 
Woody Allen has averaged a production rate of a movie a year since 1966: in just over five decades, he's made over fifty films. Luckily for us, it's easy to pick out samples, because more than any other popular director, his career is divided into clear tonal sections - so tonight start with the fun stuff: three classics from his slapstick comedies…
 
In this week’s episode, we discuss cults (or not) and the science of climate change, de-extinction, space exploration and more, all in a brief 50 minutes, as we review Spaceship Earth and interview directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg about their We Are As Gods. Joining us as guest host this time is film critic and fellow podcaster Jessica B…
 
Welcome back! We kick off Season 9 with two documentaries about famous film people, starting with a group review of the biopic Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind and then cutting to an interview with French director Gregory Monro about Kubrick by Kubrick, which would have premiered at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, had it happened. Joining us as gu…
 
Few filmmakers have realized their personal style so thoroughly as Wes Anderson, whose movies have only become more stunningly art directed with each new entry; but have his micro-managed visuals started to distance him from his characters? MG tracks the ratio of production-design to story-satisfaction over the course of three fan favorites with Bo…
 
MG puts Chris through the Ludovico treatment! Yep, the rumors are true: even though Stanley Kubrick's bizarre, ultraviolent masterpiece A Clockwork Orange came out the same year that Chris was born, in all that time, our MG co-host has never actually seen it! He certainly knows its controversial history however: a movie so shocking, that on its ini…
 
In this bonus episode, Bart and Chris review the new nine-part Netflix documentary series The Innocence Files and then interview Sarah Dowland, director of the final episode. The series is divided into three sections – ““The Evidence,” “The Witness” and “The Prosecution” – each of which is comprised of three episodes, some of which are linked narra…
 
Most fans think of Ferris Bueller's Day Off as more or less The Rosetta Stone of 80's film, as it is both a perfect cross-section of that decade's style and humor, as well as being one of the most important comedies of all time: its fourth-wall-breaking, snappy-ironic attitude has influenced everything from Friends to Deadpool. But amazingly, Erick…
 
MG knows that, like everyone else in our socially-distanced world, you've probably reached the end of Netflix by now - so this week we dug deep to find you some truly obscure comedy gems: David Foley's wierdo-Hitchcockian The Wrong Guy and David Cross' COPS-inspired Run Ronnie Run - both only available on YouTube. As we all hunt for more content, h…
 
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