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.
Blow-Up & The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Erick's put together a strange pairing for this episode's double feature: David Fincher's remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Antonioni's 60's-mod-classic Blow-Up - but MG argues these two pictures have more than murder in common!
James Caan has had an incredibly varied career, from mob dramas and blockbuster action flicks to tearjerkers and rom-coms - but one of his best is also one of his weirdest! MG takes on Norman Jewison's dark sci-fi sports epic, Rollerball!
Citizen Kane & Mank
MG argues that David Fincher is not only attempting to recreate the period of Citizen Kane with Mank, but might also be trying to shed a little light on the future of film. Join us as we take a deep dive on these two visionary pictures.
Parasite & The Servant
Parasite's Best Picture win was a breakthrough, and represents a major shift in global film - and the movie's story is almost symbolic of that disruption - join us as we take a look at it and a similar power-flip with Pinter's The Servant!
It's a Wonderful Life & The Family Man
MG gets in the holiday spirit as we take on two inspirational Christmas stories - one famous, one forgotten - and we argue it might be time to crown a new classic! Join us for Capra's It's a Wonderful Life and Nick Cage's The Family Man!
All the President’s Men & Idiocracy
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: Robert Redford in All the President's Men, and Mike Judge's Idiocracy!
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Exceptional Long-Form Movie Podcast
After listening to an MG episode, I love to revisit (or visit) these awesome (or terrible) films, and celebrate/cringe/appreciate/understand at a new level. Also check out Chris’ other podcast, CG Garage - also excellent!
The best movie critique podcast and my favorite podcast. Period. Chris, Dan and Erick have perfect chemistry. It’s like watching Frasier, just better. And if you like this, chances are you will also like Chris’s other podcast, CGGarage.
great podcast for cineastes
I've been checking out Martini Giant since the CG Garage days and it's essential listening for me now. I've been into watching all kinds of movies for 20+ years but I don't have as much time anymore to watch movies. However, I *find* the time to watch the great movies these episodes go over because I so enjoy the deep dives into filmmaking history and knowledge that the three hosts (and occasional guests) bring to each conversation. They are PASSIONATE about the craft and the lore involved with cinema. This show reminds me of why I got into movies so long ago: a blend of technical innovation and artistic expression that invites endless thought and conversation. If you want an excuse to catch up on great movies you haven't seen yet or want to revisit old favorites from a new perspective, Martini Giant is a fantastic way for a film lover to do deep dives into old and new classics.