Say Hello to Our New Fall Menu!

Like clockwork, the first cool, late summer breeze rolls through Brooklyn and everyone starts FREAKING OUT ABOUT FALL. Right now, it’s kind of an inter-season. A time when it’s chilly in the shade, so you dust off a jacket that’s too heavy, buy a pumpkin late and then march right out into the sun where it’s still 80 degrees. You may feel silly now, but rest assured, you won’t feel like the fool for long. It’s comin’, man. We’re already playing horror movies and coming up with new food. Fall is comin’ baby and it’s gonna be sweet.

Below we’ve put together a quick look at three new dishes from our fall menu, which is getting a head to toe revamp this weekend. New popcorn, new salads, new beers, new cocktails – the works. Check it out:


italian sausage, beef, sun-dried tomato marinara, gruyere, grilled bread
Espositos Italian Sausage and ground beef are mixed with egg and bread crumb, slow cooked in a marinara made with sun-dried tomatoes, red wine and sage. Three meatballs are baked with the marinara and topped with Gruyere cheese.

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Q&A: ROCKY Director John G. Avildsen

After we watched Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed beat the snot out of one-another, we were delighted to host the film’s Oscar-winning director, John G. Avildsen, for a Q&A. Avildsen sat down with our own John Woods and discussed how they made the boxing look real (a 32-page “ballet” written by Stallone), and how some of the film’s best quiet moments came about because they were cheap to shoot.



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Post No Bills: King Kong

The Deuce: King Kong (1976)
Thursday, September 11; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

A lot of things have been called the Eighth Wonder of the World: Natural Bridge in Virginia; the Terra cotta Army in China; Andre the Giant. Wondrous brutes they are, none can hold a candle to the true Eighth Wonder, Kong a fearsome gigantic ape with a soft spot for the ladies.

The eighty-year-old ape is the crowned King of both Skull Island and Manhattan; and over the course of his bizarre film history he’s done battle with dinosaurs, airplanes, military choppers, Godzilla and a robot version of himself named Mechani-Kong.

Below, we’ve put together a large collection of posters chronicling Kong’s history, from his King-making 1933 appearance through his bizarre trek to Japan and then back through the gutter of trashy ’70s Manhattan

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Kurt Fuller introduces WAYNE’S WORLD

Kurt Fuller is a That Guy actor, and he’s been one of our favorite Those Guys for years now. He has a funny That Guy role in Wayne’s World, playing Rob Lowe’s subservient assistant Russell, so when we got a tip that he would be in town the same weekend as our Brunch screening of Wayne’s World, we were stoked to have him introduce. In his intro, Fuller talks how Wayne’s World holds up, Rob Lowe’s hair and working with the fiercely competitive SNL crowd. He also shouts. It’s awesome.

Introduction: KURT FULLER INTRODUCES WAYNE’S WORLD from Nitehawk Cinema on Vimeo.

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Nitehawk ’94: September at Nitehawk

1994-trailerimageEvery year, we’ve taken a liking to peering back 20 years into the past to see what good stuff we find, and it’s always a treat. 1994, it turns out, was a good year…. well kind of. It was actually a rather ugly year: there was OJ, there as Tonya Harding, there was Newt Gingrich. Times were tough, but the movies? Choice. This month we’re dedicating both our Brunch and Midnite features to ’94, but we also have a great Nitehawk Nasty lined up, a pair of Music Driven features, and whole host of other stuff.

simpsCafe: Simpsons Club
Mondays; 10pm | Free
After a long Summer off drinking Skittlebrau alone, we’re bringing our weekly Simpsons Club back to the cafe. Starting on Labor Day, we’ll be heading back to the early seasons again, and pepper in some late season gems to keep things funky. Of course, we’ll still have original commercials, shorts and extras every week; plus, it’s free, so really there’s no excuse not to come out. I guess you could always just watch FXX, but… No! Wait! COME BACK

shallow1994: Shallow Grave (1994, Danny Boyle)
Friday, September 5 & Saturday, September 6; Midnite | 35mm | Buy Tickets
Danny Boyle’s feature-length debut, Shallow Grave, features baby faced Ewan McGreggor, Christopher Eccleston and Kiwi actress Kerry Fox as a group of flatmates whose friendship gets tested by a big ass box of dirty money. There’s a problem, though: they have to dispose of their new roommates corpse in order to keep it. Makin’ paper’s never easy, is it? (more…)

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Quotes: Antonioni on THE PASSENGER


Michelangelo Antonioni on his main character, John Locked played by Jack Nicholson, in his 1975 film THE PASSENGER (screening Tuesday, August 26 in 35mm as part of our series with VICE News Journalists in Film - get tickets!)

…His problem is that he is a journalist – he can’t get involved in everything he reports because he’s a filter. His job is always to talk about and show something or someone else, but he himself is not involved. He’s a witness not a protagonist  And that’s the problem.

via Diary of a Screenwriter

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Post No Bills: Werner Herzog

Bite This!: Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979, Werner Herzog)
Friday, August 29 & Saturday, August 30; Midnite | Buy Tickets

Teutonic filmmaker, and all all around mad genius Werner Herzog makes films that run a pretty wide spectrum: from captivating, like his sickly take on Nosferatu, to downright unwelcoming (give Even Dwarfs Started Small a shot). Impenetrable or not, Herzog’s movies are always a marvel. He’s a kind of enlightening force in cinema; impenetrable or not, his films pack the kind of lasting impact on the viewer that some directors — good ones, at that — may only achieve once in a career.

Below we collected posters from Herzog’s narrative career, a filmography like no other, filled with dwarves, rubber barons and a crack-addled Nic Cage.

Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)Even-Dwarfs-Started-Small-Poster (more…)

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Q&A: BAD BRAINS LIVE with Darryl Jenifer

For our July Music Driven entry, we screened two live films from legendary D.C. hardcore band Bad Brains and invited one of the band’s founding members: bassist Darryl Jenifer to talk it out with Sacha Jenkins, a “television producer, filmmaker, writer, musician, artist, curator, and chronicler of hip-hop, graffiti, punk, and metal cultures” (that’s from Wikipedia).

The two spent nearly an hour talking shop on Jenkins’ early musical influences (“the blessing of versatility”), how the band evolved from punk to a more spiritual Rasta slant, and his self-appointed position in the band to keep them playing tight. They cover plenty more than that. It’s a soulful and funny history of Bad Brains, punk rock and racism in America. It’s a blast.

BAD BRAINS LIVE Q&A with Darryl Jenifer and Sacha Jenkins from Nitehawk Cinema on Vimeo.


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Alan Cumming introduces SPICE WORLD

One day, we decided to ask friend-of-Nitehawk, and all around dazzling human being, Alan Cumming to pick out a movie for him to introduce, and we would hunt down a print and screen it. Much to our delight, Alan picked Spice World. Here he is introducing the film, where he spiced up our lives with some stories about how he nabbed a part in the movie, what it was like being around the Spice Girls at the height of their fame, and why his chest hair seems to move throughout the picture.

Alan Cumming introduces SPICE WORLD (June 12, 2014) from Nitehawk Cinema on Vimeo.

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Get a sense of what the Alec Guinness’ penned and starring film on being an artist, The Horse’s Mouth (and get tickets to this weekend’s screening)…

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Best Of: Alec Guinness

alecgArt Seen: The Horse’s Mouth (1958, Ronald Neame)
Saturday, August 16 & Sunday, August 17; Brunch | Buy Tickets

Sage-like English actor Sir Alec Guinness would have been 100 years old in 2014. Over his 86-year life, he fought in World War II, won a Tony for his stagecraft, and starred in sixty-two screen and television roles. He was nominated for six Oscars. He won two.

Guinness starred in many a fine picture, and everyone has their particular favorites (Always Star Wars, forever Star Wars), so ahead of our special screening of one Guinness’s lesser known works, The Horse’s Mouth, our blog editors Caryn Coleman (@caryn_coleman) and Kris King (@KrisKingTornado) decided to go through his career and talk about their favorites.

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One Sentence Review: The Monster Club (1980)

TheMonsterClub_quad_UK_GrahamHumphreys-3As dull as a thirty-year-old entry of Masterpiece Theater and about as scary, horror anthology The Monster Club would be a total snooze were it not for the incredible frame narrative that involves Vincent Price and John Carradine kicking it in an underground punk club made just for monsters.

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Post No Bills: Kathryn Bigelow

sjff_02_img0584Bite This!: Near Dark (1987, Kathryn Bigelow)
Friday, August 15 & Saturday, August 16; Midnite | Buy Tickets

This week, our month-long modern vampire series Bite This! heads way out to Arizona for Kathyrn Bigelow’s shit-kicking horror western Near Dark. The first female director to nab an Academy Award in her field, Bigelow has a kind of empathy for the devil with movies populated by bikers, bank robbers, and drug dealers. Her characters walk along the brink, toeing a line so thin that it disappears the closer one gets.

The Loveless (1981)

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Near Dark (1987)
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Best Of: John Saxon

enterthedragonbdcap3_originalLive + Sound + Cinema: ENTER THE DRAGON (1973, Robert Clouse)
Friday, August 8 & Saturday, August 9; Midnite | Buy Tickets

The character John Saxon was made to play is the dashing, daring scoundrel — and play that role he has, frequently; but the Brooklyn native, with his distinct eyebrows and razor-sharp jawline, pops up in all kinds of crazy B-movie rolls and never fails to liven up even the most dismal material. He’s fought Italian zombies, waged battles across the stars and played more cops and cowboys than you can count.

Below, our blog editors Kris King (@KrisKingTornado) and Caryn Coleman (@caryn_colemanchoose their favorite Saxon roles. One thing’s for certain: whether he’s working beside Bruce Lee or slumming it with Joe Don Baker, John “Action” Saxon is the man.


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