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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Bite This! – August at Nitehawk

gaggieNitehawk Naughties: Memories Within Miss Aggie (1974, Gerard Damiano)
Friday, August 1 & Saturday, August 2; Midnite | Buy Tickets
After directing breakthrough skin flicks Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones, director Gerard Damiano sought to further legitimize the X-rated market with Memories Within Miss Aggie. Damiano took a few queues from Hitchcock and attempted a movie that had all of the acting, pretentious thematics and plot twists we’ve come to expect from quality cinema. All Damiano did was add some footage of people gettin’ it on. Get this man an Oscar. (Seriously, there was a campaign to get him an Oscar for this movie)

ghamA Reasonable Length: Harold and Maude (1971, Hal Ashby)
Saturday, August 2 & Sunday, August 3; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Hal Ashby’s twee romance between a suicidal rich kid and an off-beat octogenarian. Filled with morbid wit, heart and Cat Stevens, Harold & Maude laid the seeds that eventually flourished into the corduroy oak that is Wes Anderson. Best seen with someone much older (or much younger) than yourself.

gmartin2Bite This!: Martin (1976, George A. Romero)
Monday, August 4; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
Horror godfather George Romero made his vampire film Martin in 1974 in a rundown factory town outside of Pittsburgh. Romero’s vampire isn’t quite like his silver screen cousins, Martin — a seemingly normal young man — has no supernatural powers to speak of, and he certainly has no skills in seduction. But while Martin may not be a natural creature of the night, he does have a thirst for blood, and he has a grisly tool kit to help him get his evening fix.


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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


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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