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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 up to the bar, my friend, and enjoy the expertly mixed, lovingly crafted hot takes of Martini Giant.

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 up to the bar, my friend, and enjoy the expertly mixed, lovingly crafted hot takes of Martini Giant.
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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 up to the bar, my friend, and enjoy the expertly mixed, lovingly crafted hot takes of Martini Giant.

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Episodes

Episode 016: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot with Mike Hill

7/11/2019
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Mike Hill is known for his amazing concept work in Blade Runner 2049 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but his incredible breakdowns of how stories work in film are equally impressive. Join us as we get his first impressions on an MG favorite: Michael Cimino's first film, Thunderbolt & Lightfoot. This underseen masterpiece is a strange mix of genres - starting as a buddy comedy and ending as a sort of American tragedy - but it features one of Clint Eastwood's best performances, and got...

Duration:03:33:35

Episode 015: Chinatown

6/26/2019
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Roman Polanski's genre-defining masterpiece Chinatown is almost inarguably one of the greatest movies ever made: a flawless epic featuring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston all at the top of their game, with a screenplay that is often held up as the best that Hollywood has ever produced - we still feel its influence on modern film, in everything from Blade Runner to Detective Pikachu...but it has also become shorthand for what is now a central problem for film fandom: in the...

Duration:03:05:00

Episode 014: Coffy with Ken Stachnik

6/12/2019
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Cinematographer Ken Stachnik, whose work can be seen in the scary-as-hell thrillers ClownTown and The Toybox, joins MG to talk about one of his great cinematic inspirations:Pam Grier's vengeance-packed, genre-defining hit Coffy. Often cited as the best film of the 1970's 'blaxploitation' movement, Coffy's crossover success changed how Hollywood thought about stardom and subject matter, and Grier's powerful performance set the mold for female action heroes for decades to come. Frank...

Duration:03:50:19

Episode 013: eXistenZ with Sally Slade

5/29/2019
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MG welcomes VR mastermind Sally Slade to the podcast to discuss David Cronenberg's Ambien-esque acid trip thriller eXistenZ. Coming out only three weeks after the Wachowski sisters' similarly-themed kick-to-the-Zeitgeist superhit The Matrix, the film failed at the box office, but it has recently been reappraised, being seen by many as both a companion piece to Cronenberg's earlier masterpiece Videodrome, as well as a bizarrely prescient commentary on our current technological life, often...

Duration:03:51:47

Episode 012: T-Men with Robh Ruppel

5/16/2019
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Artist Robh Ruppel is known for his incredible work on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, Love, Death & Robots, as well as his gorgeous art book Graphic L.A , so MG is thrilled to have him in to discuss the most visually-focused of genres: Film Noir. Over the decades, Noir became one of the most influential movements in movies, with big-budget pictures from Blade Runner to Sin CIty to Detective Pikachu spending millions to replicate its signature vibe. But when it started, these stark...

Duration:03:10:23

Episode 011: Wake in Fright with Joe Farrell

5/2/2019
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A very special episode of MG as VFX Oscar nominee Joe Farrell joins us to talk about 1971's notorious shocker WAKE IN FRIGHT, often listed as one of the greatest -- and most disturbing -- films of the 70's, and it was based on the novel by our guest's own grandfather! Long thought lost, the picture was rescued from obscurity by its editor, who, after nearly a decade of searching, discovered a pristine copy in Pittsburgh, and was re-released in 2009 to long-deserved acclaim. Though almost 50...

Duration:03:32:47

Episode 010: Poltergeist

4/18/2019
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In 1982, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" auteur Tobe Hooper had the biggest hit of his career with the haunted house classic "Poltergeist" - a film that was written, produced, and some say overshadowed by Steven Spielberg - leading many to suspect that Spielberg himself had actually directed it, but didn't want the shockfest to taint the good-boy image (and possible oscar chances) he earned from the same year's smash "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial." But MG argues differently - that the film is as...

Duration:03:39:54

Episode 009: Fish out of Water Movies

4/3/2019
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Fish out of water movies are one of the most well-loved film genres, with Mr. Mom, Enchanted, Back to the Future, and Legally Blonde being perennial favorites. But MG being MG, we've gone slightly obscure with our selections: Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye, with Elliott Gould as a hard-boiled 40's-styled detective in New Age 70's LA, Hal Ashby's Being There, starring Peter Sellers as a childlike gardener who becomes a political guru, and Bill Forsyth's gently brilliant Local Hero, in which...

Duration:03:04:07

Episode 008: The Transporter with Lon Grohs

3/20/2019
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MG welcomes its first guest as Chaos Group's Lon Grohs joins us to talk about his favorite film, The Transporter. Jason Statham's breakout as a leading man had a major impact on popcorn movies, influencing the Jason Bourne films, the Taken franchise, and the Fast and the Furious series among countless others. But while it checks all the boxes of a standard Hollywood action-spectacle, it's European roots show in both tone and theme. Was producer Luc Besson having a little more fun with his...

Duration:03:16:09

Episode 007: Time Travel Movies Part 1

3/6/2019
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Martini Giant cries its collective face off over Christopher Reeve, ping-pong, and a spilled pint as -- at listeners' request -- we take on time-travel movies. This is the first in a series covering this jam-packed genre, so prepare to get paradoxical with three under-the-radar selections: the weepy/creepy Somewhere in Time, the drinky/thinky Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, and the sentimental/transcendental About Time. Of course our listeners in 2040 know already that this...

Duration:02:53:42

Episode 006: Oscars 2019 - A bonus episode!

2/28/2019
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We roll up the red carpet in a special OSCARS POST-MORTEM! For a while it seemed like this year's Academy Awards might collapse under the weight of politics, social media, and tone-deaf choices, but in the end they surprised everyone by delivering a show that was as brisk, well-received, and inoffensive as any they have broadcast. In short: MG takes offense at this. Join us as Nichols goes deep on VFX's relationship to awards, Thron gets angry about a movie he basically didn't see, and...

Duration:02:35:43

Episode 005: Roma & The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

2/21/2019
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In 2018, Netflix launched a frontal assault on the Hollywood system, recruiting not just big stars, but some of the world's most respected writer/directors to helm some incredible new works. The result? Alfonso Cuaron's deeply personal Roma and The Coen Brother's anthology film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs are both up for Oscar gold -- and success will signal a major change in how studio movies are funded, distributed, and experienced, not to mention shake up the concept of what is a...

Duration:03:31:45

Episode 004: Niell Blomkamp films

2/6/2019
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Martini Giant looks at the prescient work of filmmaker Neill Blomkamp, who’s amazing first feature District 9 is arguably even more relevant today than it was upon its release. He also directed a sexy Matt Damon as a robo-powered blue-collar worker in Elysium and a sexy Hugh Jackman as an white-collar engineer in Chappie. In addition, listeners might want to Google his YouTube hits Tetra Vaal and Alive in Joburg, as well as the spectacularly inventive collected shorts of Blomkamp’s Oats...

Duration:02:45:40

Episode 003: Groundhog Day

1/23/2019
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Bill Murray's Groundhog Day was originally received as yet another light n' clever 90's rom-com, but has since gone on to become a cultural icon in the vein of It's a Wonderful Life as audiences picked up on the deeper layers of this amazingly structured, almost Buddhist life lesson. But don't let this write-up fool you; on the way to all that trippy inner peace, Martini Giant is more than happy to get all hot-buttony about politics, Louis CK, and the use of offensiveness in art. Also in...

Duration:02:40:28

Episode 002: The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II

1/9/2019
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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...

Duration:02:38:31

Episode 001: 2001: A Space Odyssey vs. 2010: The Year We Make Contact

11/25/2018
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In MG's debut episode, Chris, Dan, and Erick compare Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey - a common #1 on on critics' top-ten lists - with Peter Hyams' 2010: The Year We Make Contact - itself often numbered among people's top 1000 films they can dimly remember seeing, maybe on HBO or something. Other topics include: pornographic B52 bombers, equine measurement standards, and Corinthian vs. Scheiderian leather.

Duration:02:35:06