Lo-Res Fall Cocktails: Raw and Uncensored

Fall appeals to all kinds of vices: artificial pumpkin flavoring, chainsaw murder movies, hiding weight gain under layers and layers and layers of trendy clothing; but one of the best vices for the blissful blip before Winter freezes our collective souls is drinking. Sweet drinks, warm drinks, funky drinks, strong drinks. The glory days of watery beer and limey, bubbly cocktails have had their day in the sun; it’s time to get to some real, honest heavy drinking.

Below, Nitehawk’s beverage team of Matt Walker and Nick Dodge take us through some of the highlights of the new cocktails on offer at Nitehawk’s bar, Lo-Res. Some are fruity, some are beety, all of them are named for dollar bin VHS tapes.

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Ballast Point Barrel Aged Rum, pistachio orgeat, Beet Syrup, fresh lime, black walnut bitters

It’s hard for me to imagine The Siberian Bull drinking a cocktail, but when I think of beets I think of Russia, and when I think of Russia, obviously I think of Ivan Drago. In this application the beet syrup tastes more fruity than earthy, so this cocktail ends up being much more accessible than it sounds. We’re making Pistachio milk in house, then making the orgeat from that, but to be honest, the pistachio milk is so good on its own I end up drinking most of it before we even make the orgeat. -MW (more…)

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Q&A: Former NYPD officer Robert Werner on 80 BLOCKS FROM TIFFANY’S

On Wednesday, August 12, Nitehawk and Mass Appeal got together for a screening of notorious Bronx gang documentary 80 BLOCKS FROM TIFFANY’S and held a discussion with one of the police officers from the film, Robert R. Werner moderated by ‘Rubble Kings’ director Shan Nicholson.

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Q&As from the 2015 Tribeca Film Institute Summer Documentary Series at Nitehawk Cinema

In July, Nitehawk teamed up with Tribeca Film Institute for the second year  to present a curated series of documentaries from the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. We hosted reprise screenings of three documentary highlights of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival: Live From New York(T)Error, and Very Semi-SeriousEach screening hosted a Q&A afterwards with the films’ directors, producers, and subjects which, lucky for you, we recorded and have posted here!



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Say Hello to Our Summer 2015 Menu!

Finally! Summertime, baby! The winds of winter have blown their last, and all the little trees and flowers have stopped blowing their horrible allergens into the air, and we can all just pause for a second and get some sun on our collective faces… and then go see a movie. Our chef Kurt Applegate and his team have put together a menu for the season, and below the man himself takes us through a few of the new fresh cuts.

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truffle butter, sriracha, chipotle, lime, citric salt
This spicy little number was concocted by one of our talented Expeditors, Vincent Rivera. He’s around the popcorn and their ingredients all the time. So, like any popcorn mad scientist would do, he decided to throw everything into a bowl just to see what happens. Vince thought it was pretty good, but the only thing that he thought could make it better was sriracha. Afterwards the entire staff at Nitehawk became addicted to it so, naturally, we just had to put it on the menu.

grilled artichokes, mixed olives, baby arugula, black pepper ricotta
Summer’s finally here, so I decided to lighten things up a bit. Using our own, carefully made, flatbread, we smother it with peppery ricotta that’s brightened up with some lemon zest. Top it off with some grilled artichokes and sliced olives and then pop it in the oven. After it’s nice and crispy we take it out of the oven and finish it off with some crispy baby arugula. Come enjoy one in our outdoor seating with a glass of Rose´ and pretend you’re at a sidewalk cafe in Provence.

Photo Jun 30, 5 00 01 PMGrilled Chicken Sandwich
roasted red peppers, arugula pesto, goat cheese, rosemary foccaccia
The Mexican Flag? The Italian Flag? Christmas in June? A lot of thoughts pop into my head when i see this sandwich and its radiant red, bright green and super white color scheme. But, mostly I just think about how delicious of a sandwich it is. Simple, balanced flavors make this one shine.

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Steak Torta
petit filet, romaine, herbed tomato, guacamole, pickled red onion, focaccia, house cut fries or salad
My good friend and Executive Sous Chef, Gregory Barrera is originally from southern Los Angeles, California. Let’s just say he knows his way around a torta. So, we put our heads together to bring you this flavor packed sandwich . When you put grilled petit filet, chopped romaine, sliced beefsteak tomato marinated in chimichurri, our own pickled red onions and guacamole on warm focaccia, you are left with a sandwich so heavenly you’ll be watching more movies with us.

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Don Draper on “I Am Curious (Yellow)”

Megan and Don love dirty movies! Missing Mad Men? Loving our Scandinavian sex film series? Well then, this clip is for you! Watch Don Draper name-drop I Am Curious (Yellow) (get tickets for this weekend’s midnite screenings) to Peggy in this Season 7 episode called “The Strategy”…scandalous!


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Nitehawk’s Senior Film Programmer Caryn Coleman writes on the devil, women, and New York in The Sentinel for Shock Til You Drop. Get Tickets to our 35mm screening of The Sentinel this weekend at midnite, part of our The Works: Jeff Goldblum

Are you one of the Legion?…

The devil certainly has a thing for New York women; at least in film. Like its striking satanic predecessor Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Michael Winner’s The Sentinel (1974) is rooted within an everyday reality. This makes it intimately relatable and, therefore, appropriately terrifying. These films exploit the familiarity of our shared experiences: who hasn’t been sad, wanted a family, or had trouble with a significant other? They place the idea horror within the context of the “home” which, as a literary Gothic staple has been going since the 1800s, but cinematically it represents that postmodern shift into the urban space where your neighbors, friends and lovers are whom you should now fear the most. This is especially true if you’re a young woman and only exacerbated if you’re a young woman living in a chaotic city like New York…READ THE REST

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Q&A: The Corrupt Cops of THE SEVEN FIVE

On Saturday, May 9, Nitehawk hosted a panel discussion with the subjects of the new documentary THE SEVEN FIVE, which chronicles one of the largest police corruption cases in New York City history, where Michael Dowd and his cohorts made out big in crack infested East New York. Led by New York Observer journalist Joshua David Stein, Dowd and his crew, Walter Yurkiw, Kenneth Eurell (who turned on Dowd), and Dori Eurell in a frank discussion about the ugly combination of power, drugs, and money.

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Nitehawk Trailer: COLD WAR (May Brunch)

Red Dawn | Top Secret | The Hunt for Red October | Dr. Strangelove | Rocky IV

Fitfully bookended by the building and tearing down of the Berlin Wall, The Cold War certainly inspired a lot of articles, protests, books, espionage, and a diverse group of films. Get your papers in order and let’s hope we make it through Checkpoint Charlie because our COLD WAR series is waiting just over the border…

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“SuperTrash” author Jacques Boyreau on killer Shatner midnite IMPULSE


Nitehawk is teaming up with Jacques Boyreau, author of SuperTrash: Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish and 21st Century Anxiety to present the 1974 trash classic IMPULSE (Buy Tickets) starring William Shatner as a murderous, polyester-clad gigolo. Below, Boyreau takes us through his choice…

Asked by Nitehawk’s John Woods to describe connections between SuperTrash and Impulse, I time-travel to a cinema-spot in San Francisco called The Werepad, where for twelve years — 1994 to 2006 — we pummeled our scene and screened many a film print, not to mention threw a whole bunch of uptempo parties. The Werepad, as witness-able from these interior pics, was not your average warehouse in the Bay, it was an architectural color of hell where we incubated among other items, a persuasion that became known as SuperTrash.


I published a book recently under that title and according to some Ph.D. reviewers, I make Antonin Artaud seem sane. Therein situates my connection to Impulse, one of the more mental movies we archived during our SF stay. I guess you could say the deluge of childlike lunacy outputted by William Shatner in Impulse — so spoiled and needy and optimistic — was a cracked pat on our backs! Truly do certain movies fight for a right to be nuts; in that regard, Impulse is altruistic on behalf of many many jagged loads.

When Roger Ebert called the movies an “empathy machine,” he didn’t admit the system prefers giving deranged advice! Alas! Amen! Yo! Gimme Some Psycho!

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On Explorers: The Adventure Begins In Your Own Back Yard!  

explorers_slider-960x370Nitehawk’s projectionist Joe Muto writes about one of his favorite films, Explorers, that just so happens to be playing at brunch this weekend in 35mm. (Get Tickets)

This is the second time that I’ll have the pleasure of manually projecting an original print of a favorite childhood film of mine. A film that, 25 years ago, i never would have dreamt I’d be writing about, never mind projecting for an audience.  Fans of the genre should come out this weekend for Explorers. And if you’ve never seen it….well… just as the aliens says at the end of the film, “It’s the stuff that dreams are made of.”

Whenever I think about my absolute favorite films of all time, I’m reminded of something crucial. If the year 1985 was taken out of the equation, I’d be left with a giant hole in my soul.  In fact, something like 80% of what I love, what I know, what I understand about myself, would be lost.  It’s inconceivable. But 1985 man!  With Back To The Future, The Goonies, The Breakfast Club, and Return To Oz, it’s remarkable how much of my childhood loves stem from this particular year in history.


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Interview: Leslie Buchbinder, Director of HAIRY WHO & THE CHICAGO IMAGISTS


This month, Nitehawk’s Art Seen presents the New York premiere of Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists. (Get your tickets here!) The new documentary centers around an incredibly unique group of artists in Chicago who, whether you know them or not, you will certainly recognize the artists they have influenced (like Gary Panter who will be at the April 23 screening). Art Seen programmer Caryn Coleman chatted with first-time director Leslie Buchbinder about the film, Hairy Who, New York and what’s up next…

Nitehawk: You grew up in Chicago and knew some of the “Hairy Who” artists. How did this influence you and when did you decide that this was a documentary you wanted to make?

Leslie Buchbinder: Well…it so happened that at the same time I entered adolescence, this extraordinary group of artists – later known as the Chicago Imagists – entered my family’s life. There was (happily, now!) no way to avoid either the art or the artists! While gazing at this powerhouse scene with pubescent eyes, I was alternately disturbed and relieved, perplexed and enlightened. Plus, I had the remarkable privilege of occasionally ‘hanging out’ with this group. For example, at the age of 14, I somehow coerced Ed Paschke and Roger Brown to spend an afternoon making holiday tree decorations with me. While we sat together forging ornaments out of flour, salt, and water, I watched Ed’s and Roger’s agile hands transform the goop into fully-painted forms, including genetalia-replete torsos adorned with sparkles & pins. The day was uncanny and magical: It reaffirmed my goal to live a life devoted to un-adult-erated creating within grownup time.


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Lo-Res Bar: Cocktails from Beyond the Grave


We’re cracking a champagne bottle on Lo-Res, a bar and screening room located on the groundfloor at Nitehawk Cinema. Lo-Res features content beamed directly from Nitehawk’s extensive VHS Vault throughout the day and long into the night on its retro TVs. More important than obsolete media though, are the bar’s choice selection of beers, whiskey, food and specialty cocktails.

Below, Nitehawk’s beverage director, Matt Walker, takes us through a few of the cocktails he and his team put together for the bar’s inaugural season – all of them named for their B-Movie spirit animals.

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Breuckelen NY Wheat Whiskey, Carpano Dry Vermouth, Luxar do Maraschino Liquer, Ramazzoti Amaro, Angostura Bitters

We’ve been barrel aging classic cocktails at Nitehawk for years, but we’ve never barrel aged one of our originals. This one is based on the Brooklyn cocktail but using Ramazzotti Amaro and Breuckelen’s delicious wheat whiskey instead of rye, then we aged it for six weeks in a seasoned rye whiskey barrel. We honestly had no idea how it would taste when it came out of the barrel, so we were pretty happy to find out it’s a glass full of heaven. (more…)

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Nitehawk Trailers: Tune In, Turn On (April Midnite)

Enter The Void | Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii | Fritz the Cat | The Kentucky Fried Movie

It’s remarkable how being in all kinds of mind frames can really change your perspective and help you view things differently. What you choose to accept as reality moving forward is up to you! So begins our April midnite series Tune in, Turn on. Death could very well be only the beginning with one eye still firmly on your formal mortal existence.

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Bruce LaBruce on THE DRIVER’S SEAT (1974)

unnamedArtist, filmmaker, provocateur Bruce LaBruce talks about The Driver’s Seat, a film he selected and will introduce on April 29 at Nitehawk (get your tickets here)…

In the mid-eighties, my roommate Candy and I rented a movie called The Driver’s Seat at After Dark, the local video store. It starred Elizabeth Taylor, with a cameo by Andy Warhol, so we couldn’t have been more excited. I’d always heard it was a Eurotrashy B-movie and the VHS copy quality was terrible, as if it had been ripped from a television broadcast, so somehow I didn’t get it at the time. About five years ago I re-watched a much better quality version online and it was a revelation. 

Elizabeth Taylor’s performance in an extremely challenging role struck me as one of her best. (She made the film on two conditions: that she could choose the cinematographer, and that it should be as faithful as possible to Spark’s novel.) The direction, by Italian theatre, opera, and film director Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, adapting a very bizarre and audacious novel by Muriel Spark (she also wrote The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), seemed remarkable. And it was shot by legendary cinematography Vittorio Storaro, who had already worked with Bertolluci on The Conformist and Last Tango in Paris, and would go on to shoot Apocalypse Now.

The Driver’s Seat, bathed in a magical golden light, represents one of my favourite pieces of cinematography. Beyond that, the film seems totally prescient and relevant today, with its numerous cataclysmic terrorist events, and Taylor’s complaints of violation at the airport security check. It’s also one of the most complex feminist statements of the seventies, serving as a kind of allegory for a woman in search of her ultimate orgasm. Incidentally, the film was produced by the nephew of director Roberto Rossellini, Franco, whose lover, Antonio Falsi, who also starred in Griffi’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (also shot by Storaro), plays the hot garage mechanic in The Driver’s Seat. Franco Rossellini also produced Caligula, which Falsi acted in, and both men were reputedly lost to AIDS.

See The Driver’s Seat in 35mm at Nitehawk Cinema on April 29 (purchase tickets here). And don’t miss the Bruce LaBruce film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (April 23–May 2, 2015). 

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