Trailer: BITE THIS!

Nitehawk will see you when the sun goes down all August with our cinematic vampire series, BITE THIS!

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Best (and worst) of: BOND

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Our outdoor screening of From Russia with Love this Sunday has prompted all sorts of feelings, James Bond feelings. So, we’ve listed out all the actors who have played 007 on the big screen with our thoughts on what makes them good and/or so, so bad. Grab a martini, read the list and let the debate begin! Oh, and be at 50 Kent at 5pm for our FREE screening event that starts with Morricone Youth and ends with Bond!

Disclaimer: our list is on feature film Bonds and excludes stuntmen, television and radio programs as well as spoofs. But if you want to get really specific, this is the website for you.  (more…)

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Post No Bills: Walter Hill

Burn N’ Rubber: The Driver (1978, Walter Hill)
Saturday, July 26 & Sunday, July 27; Brunch | Buy Tickets

The word that always pops to mind when it comes to Walter Hill is “macho.” It seems that no matter what project he’s worked on, be it a western, a musical or a hard-nosed action movie, there’s always an air of classic stoicism to their male (always male) leads. I’d imagine that’s why he so frequently worked with actors of the squinty-eyed variety: your Charles Bronsons, Fred Wards and Nick Noltes. Men whose good looks peek out from deep lines caused by years of cigarettes, booze and good, old fashioned ass-kickings.

Hill’s films tend to be violent, but they rarely seem to revel in bloodletting. Beneath all of the bloodshed and swagger, there’s an air of sadness to Walter Hill’s catalogue of crooks, cowboys and conmen.

These men live off of violence, they make their money off of violence, but more often than not, the violence isn’t fulfilling, it’s draining.

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Music & Movies: THE BED SITTING ROOM Playlist

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Nitehawk’s having a little pre-party with Brightest Young Things in our downstairs bar tonight for The Bed Sitting Room and to get into the mood, we’ve made a playlist inspired by the film: a little mix of Badalamenti, Sex Pistols, French ballads, and obviously Hall and Oates. You can listen to it here but if you’re a ticket holder (and you should be) be here from 6pm – 7pm to receive your complimentary Absinthe ‘The Green Beast’ cocktail.

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Best Of: Movie Cars

Burn N’ Rubber: Two-Lane Blacktop (1971, Monte Hellman)
Friday, July 18 & Saturday, July 19; Midnite | Buy Tickets

This month at Nitehawk, our midnite and brunch series Burn N’ Rubber pays tribute to some of the best car movies ever made. The series features cars from the future, cars that can transform into robots, and cars that can outrun just about anything. The cars in these movies largely reflect the men and women behind the wheel, especially this weekend’s midnite feature Two-Lane Blacktop (Buy Tickets), where a pair of stoic gearheads race across the country in their primer-grey beast of a Chevy.

All of the shop talk in the office got us to thinking about our favorite cars in film, and below our blog editors Kris King and Caryn Coleman discuss some of their favorites. Buckle up!

diabolikThe Car: 1961 Jaguar E-Type
The Movie: Danger: Diabolik (1968, Mario Bava)
The Reason: When re-creating Italy’s notorious comic Diabolik for the big screen, Mario Bava knew that high style visuals were a must: from the slinky outfits to the seemingly endless cavernous lair and, of course, that perfect, sleek Jaguar. Just like John Phillip Law’s version of Diabolik, the car is veiled in black, angularly thin and agile as it dodges bullets from helicopters and escapes into the mountains after stealing some jewels. You know, the usual. There’s really not much more to say other than this car is supremely sexy. – CC (more…)

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KEEP MOVING: Richard Lester’s THE BED SITTING ROOM

artseen-bedsittingroomART SEEN presents THE BED SITTING ROOM (Richard Lester, 1969) with Aïda Ruilova, Aldo Tambellini, and Elizabeth Price (Buy Tickets)

Imagine if Luis Buñuel and Monty Python made a film and you’ll get a sense of Richard Lester’s surrealist post-apocalyptic farce, The Bed Sitting Room. It is perhaps the strangest “last men on earth” film ever made and that you’ll ever see but it’s also the most wonderful.

This Art Seen screening of The Bed Sitting Room along with artist films by Aïda Ruilova, Aldo Tambellini, and Elizabeth Price, is a reprisal of film program at Toronto’s Power Plant Gallery called Keep Moving: objects and architecture in the apocalypse. This title stems from the phrase “keep moving” that’s constantly uttered throughout The Bed Sitting Room because it connotes and pokes fun at the very British insistence of “Keep Calm, Carry On” in the face of hardship. But in a larger sense, it embodies society’s general resistance to change and, in terms of disaster, reveals our general reluctance to pave a new way forward in favor of repeating the same old. Which is what happens in our psychedelic new London…

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Dreaming of INLAND EMPIRE

inlandempire-blogThe July program for our Summer of Surrealism series begins this Friday with two midnite 35mm (direct from Lynch) screenings of David Lynch’s epic Inland Empire (get tickets!). 

We’re happy to have Adam Lowenstein back at Nitehawk to introduce the film on Friday night, his forthcoming book Dreaming of Cinema: Spectatorship, Surrealism, and the Age of Digital Media is the inspiration for the series. Adam has also written the following essay for us, Dreaming of Inland Empire, that not only gives a fantastic perspective into Inland Empire but also speaks to the spirit of our slightly off-kilter surrealism series too. Let’s get weird…

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Dreaming of Inland Empire
Like Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr. before it, Inland Empire traces a path back towards David Lynch’s early experimental films and first feature Eraserhead, rather than building on the more conventional narrative structures of The Elephant Man, Dune, and The Straight Story or even the narrative strangeness of Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, or Twin Peaks. Inland Empire heightens the proclivities for loops in time, for character doubling and dispersal, for ominous tone over explicit explanation, and most of all, for dream logic, that characterize both Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr.

So is Inland Empire, with its embrace of dream logic, an example of Lynch as surrealist? Yes, at least to a certain extent. The doubling of characters here echoes Luis Buñuel’s tendencies to do the same, and the game Lynch plays to involve his audience in dream logic by first offering hints of familiar plot elements (the affair, the inside Hollywood production story, the Eastern European crime syndicate, the endangered prostitute) as well as familiar trademarks of his authorship (Lynch stalwarts Harry Dean Stanton, Diane Ladd, Grace Zabriskie, and of course, the truly magnificent Laura Dern all appear in the film, along with a number of signature “Lynchian” touches) echoes some of Buñuel’s game-like enticements of his audience.

Buñuel may have had more overtly political aims in mind when he engaged his viewers in games of perception and interpretation, but some of the goals are the same: to elevate the realm of dream to the realm of reality, to show how the former should not languish in the shadows of the latter but instead emerge as its revealer. For Lynch, “dream” will always be tied much more closely to the “dream factory” of Hollywood than for Buñuel, and one of the strengths of Inland Empire is its ability to sketch the complex network of desires between actor, character, production crew, and audience that gives Hollywood its special power of fascination. Inland Empire is not a Hollywood film nor an anti-Hollywood film; it is neither wholly surrealist nor wholly non-surrealist. It is Hollywood dreaming of surrealism, surrealism dreaming of Hollywood, and an exhilarating invitation to have us join that dream.

 
 

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10 Things About 10 Things I Hate About You

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Saturday, July 12 & Sunday, July 13; Brunch | Buy Tickets

- Kris King (@KrisKingTornado)

A few years back, my wife and I got into an argument about whether 10 Things I Hate About You or Can’t Hardly Wait was the King of the Late 90′s Teen Comedies. It went on for a few days. She stood in the corner of 10 Things I Hate About You, I argued for Can’t Hardly Wait. I had my reasons:

  1. Can’t Hardly Wait was the era’s spin on American Graffiti (It’s not. Well, it kind of is)
  2. It had a killer soundtrack (It does have a killer soundtrack.)
  3. I hadn’t seen 10 Things I Hate About You. So, obvious, it was girly bullshit. (Up yours, I win.)

She called me an idiot. Long story short, we watched both and it turns out I was wrong. Wrong Wrong… Wrong wrong wrong. Can’t Hardly Wait is still pretty fun, but it’s about as fluffy as you can get, and it doesn’t hold a candle to the smart-kid charms of 10 Things I Hate About You.

When up-and-coming high school it-girl Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) can’t date until her shrewish older sister, Kat (Julia Stiles) does first, a smitten, baby-faced new kid (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) hatches a scheme to pay the school’s resident tough, Patrick (Heath Ledger), to charm his way into Kat’s heart. It’s a played premise, but 10 Things I Hate About You turns out to be a clever, if tame, Shakespearean comedy that benefits from a providential cast and heaping dose of late-90′s cheese.

In any case, let’s listicle this thing.

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Special Independence Day Menu for JAWS & MARS ATTACKS!

jaws-specialmenuEat like Quint and Hooper (and hell, share some war stories) at Nitehawk this Independence Day weekend. Our brunch screenings of JAWS and MARS ATTACKS! will feature a special July 4th menu that you can’t get anywhere else…including our other films! Check out what’s on deck…

FOOD SPECIALS
Butter n’ Scotch ‘Smore Pie – $7
 

Lobster Roll $14
tarragon, red onion, brioche bun, house cut fries or salad

Kosher Hot Dog 
Brooklyn Bangers kosher hot dog, fresh sauerkraut, homemade relish, whole grain mustard, house cut fries or salad

DRINK SPECIALS
Summer Sangria with fresh fruit – $9

Catcher in the Rye – $10
Snap ginger liqueur, Old Overholt Rye, housemade mint lemonade

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Best Of: Mars Attacks! Cards

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Country Brunchin’: Mars Attacks! (1996, Tim Burton)
Saturday, July 5 & Sunday, July 6; Brunch | Buy Tickets

If I had to pick a favorite American past time, I would pick a cookout or a crab picking. If I had to pick a second favorite American past time, I would pick debasing our youth through trashy popular culture. You know the stuff, the kind of culture that creates heroes like Eric Cartman, Alfred E. Neuman, and Scorpion from Mortal Kombat. These are characters that do bad things and look good while doing it — and the best part about them, kids love the stuff and parents haaaatttte it. They’re monsters of bad taste who sneak their way under kids’ beds to teach them a thing or two about how the world really works.

In this regard, the little green troublemakers from the 1962 Topps trading card series Mars Attacks! deserve a top spot in our pop culture rogues gallery. Inspired by the grotesqueries of EC Comics, Mars Attacks! depicts a violent Martian invasion of Earth in a series of gory little vistas. Kicking off with the Martian demolition of Earth’s armies, the violent spacemen from Mars Attacks! rampage across the planet; unleashing giant bugs on civilians, zapping dogs with death rays, and stealing away all of our pretty blondes.

Even though humanity eventually triumphs in Mars Attacks! – we invade Mars and blow up the whole planet (an American plan, my guess) — it’s not Earth’s eventual victory that makes Mars Attacks! fun the to flip through, it’s seeing how much fun the Martians are having while killing little kids and blowing up bridges. When it comes to wanton acts of death and destruction, these Martians know how to party.

Below we’ve put together some of our favorite cards from Mars Attacks!, both from its original 54 card run and subsequent editions from the 1980s and 1990s. They get trashier as it goes along, but that makes sense. Stirring the pot is a war of attrition, and lucky for us, it looks like the Martians are winning.

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Video: Q&A with Todd Phillips after HATED: GG ALLIN AND THE MURDER JUNKIES screening

We learned a lot about GG Allin and director Todd Phillips at our Music Driven screening of Phillips’ documentary, Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies. Anecdotes include how John Wayne Gacy became uncredited executive producer, some raunchy stuff about GG’s funeral and the orange stickers he gave to crew so GG wouldn’t punch them in the face. Enjoy!

Next up in our Music Driven series is BAD BRAINS LIVE (1979 & 1982) with Darryl Jenifer and Sacha Jenkins on Tuesday, July 8!

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Protein Bar: SNOWPIERCER Special

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Protein Bar Midori lime jello, watermelon, pineapple, coconut “snow” Snowpiercer (2014, Bong Joon Ho) | Buy Tickets

Life’s not too great onboard of the Snowpiercer, a supertrain that hosts the last remnants of humanity. A few years back we tried to fix global warming with some chemtrails, which had the unfortunate side effect of freezing the place solid, and now, here we are, on board a nonstop train to nowhere eating blocks of black gunk made of God knows what. Things are different for the folks at the front of the train, they nosh on steak and sushi while they kick back in their nightclubs and get their hair did.

For our Snowpiecer food special, we could have gone the steak and sushi route, but we decided to stick with the folks stuck in the back of the train and eat blocks of jello. Our version isn’t as rank as its post-apocalyptic inspiration, as we’ve traded out bugs for lime jello on a bed of pineapple and watermelon.

See? If they rich guys at the front of the train had just made this instead of force-feeding everyone horror-movie grub, maybe they wouldn’t have to deal with an insurrection every other week.

- Kris King (@KrisKingTornado)

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Sneak Preview: 2014 Summer Menu

Ah man, the beginning of Summer is the best. Allergy season is over with, it’s warm enough for the beach and a nice cool breeze blows through every window. It’s perfection for… a week or two. After that it’s all sweat and soaked shirts and standing in front of an open refrigerator to keep cool.

That’s why we chose this nice two week window to roll out our new summer menu. We held onto some favorites (steak skewers! fish tacos!) and added some fun new stuff that we’ve never tried before (crab cakes!).

Below Chef Michael Franey picked out two of his favorite new additions and talked them up a little bit.

- Kris King, @KrisKingTornado

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Kale Salad
Stone fruits, pine nuts, pecorino, tahini lemon dressing

“Peaches and nectarines are my favorite fruits. Sweet, juicy and abundant this time of year. This salad uses the bitterness of the kale and the nutty flavors from tahini and pecorino as a great balance for the pure sweetness from the assorted stone fruits.”

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Heirloom Tomatoes and Mozzarella
basil oil, micro basil

“Summer to me means tomatoes and basil, both thrive in the intense heat of the season. A mix of different heirloom tomatoes are paired here with fresh buffalo milk mozzarella and sea salt.”

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VIDEO: John Carpetner, The Dad-Swaggering Pop Icon of Your Dreams

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The Works – Kurt Russell: Big Trouble in Little China (1986, John Carpenter)
Friday, June 20 & Saturday, June 21; Midnite | Buy Tickets

Editing a movie with John Carpenter looks pretty fun. He hikes up his tweed sleeves, grabs his Beatle bass and jams the fuck out. At least that’s the scene for Carpenter’s video for the theme to Big Trouble in Little China, an amazing display of ego and lame dad-swagger.

He and his crew go between cutting the movie together and rocking out with their mullets out. At several points throughout the video all three of them take turns prancing around in an oversized a Chinese-style robe while rocking those plastic, slitted novelty glasses you see for sale at county fairs. It’s great, they all look really terrible.

Carpenter’s band is called The Coup De Villes, and it’s made up of him, Halloween III director Tommy Lee Wallace and Nick Castle, who played The Shape in the first Halloween film. Castle is the one hitting all of those high “Little ChIIIna”s in the song; so keep that in mind the next time you watch Halloween. Wear that information like a shield against the darkness.

The video’s below, it’s a hoot. Hell, a hoot-and-a-half.

- Kris King, @KrisKingTornado

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