You can’t ask for more diametrically opposed programming than what we’re offering up this July. For Midnights, we’re venturing into the seedy, urban underbelly that was Post-Vietnam America, and for Brunch we’re lighting up the screen with the glow of Technicolor.
Hatched’s Summer Movie Guide
July 6 and July 7; Midnight: Taxi Driver (1976)
Dir. Martin Scorsese
A film that needs no introduction, Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver depicts post-Vietnam New York City as the broken, spooky hellscape that it was, brimming with pushers, hookers and psychopaths like Travis Bickle. We’ve been itching to play this one for a long time!
July 7 and July 8; Noon: Leave Her to Heaven (1945) on 35mm
Dir. John M. Stahl
Kicking off our amazing technicolor brunch…coat (?) month is Leave Her to Heaven, a rare film noir that steps out of the shadows and into a world of vibrant color. The tale of a femme fatale (Gene Tierney) whose mean jealous streak has murderous ends earned Tierney an Oscar nomination for Best Actress (she lost to Joan Crawford for Mildred Pierce) and features a fresh faced Vincent Price as a spurned lover.
July 13 and July 14; Midnight: 48 Hrs. (1982)
Dir. Walter Hill
A grittier film than many remember, 48 Hrs. is proof positive of Eddie Murphy’s considerable talent (though 1000 Words might say otherwise). But even with the 21-year-old stealing nearly every scene, it’s still, at its heart, a Walter Hill film (The Driver, The Getaway, The Warriors). Fighting executives who wanted to exploit Murphy’s comic chops more, Hill still managed to produce a cop movie that’s as seedy as the 70’s with just enough of that 80’s flavor to round it out.
July 14 and July 15; Noon: Forbidden Planet (1956)
Dir. Fred Wilcox
Shot in rich, ultra-wide Cinemascope, loaded with gloriously detailed matte paintings, and rocking a creepy all-electronic score (the first in motion picture history), the endlessly influential Forbidden Planet is hopping onto the big screen at Nitehawk. A kind of sci-fi version of The Tempest, Forbidden planet follows the crew of a starship as they investigate a colony that has suddenly gone silent–only to find scary, forbidden-y things.
July 20 and July 21; Midnight: Cruising (1980)
Dir. William Friedkin
While investigating a series of brutal murders, a New York City police officer (Al Pacino) must delve into the seedy world of the West Village gay S&M scene. Does he like what he finds there? Wildly controversial both now and at its release, William Friedkin’s Cruising raised the hackles of New York’s gay community when it went in to production, prompting thousands to protest and attempt to interfere with filming with air horns and mirrors. Today, the movie has enjoyed a softened reputation, and boasts a good deal of support from some circles in the gay community. The film also features a soundtrack from LA punk band Germs, who contributed several original songs to the soundtrack.
July 20; Midnight and July 22; Noon: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) with The Raspberry Bros.
Dir. Steve Barron
Almost more of an adaptation of Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman’s darker comic book than the Saturday morning cartoon version, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a dream come true to a generation of kids addled on pizza and candy commercials. Twenty years on, the movie may not have held up as much as you’d hope, but it’s still a good time accompanied by a slice and a bit of live riffing from New York’s own Raspberry Bros. These special brunch and midnight screenings will feature live comedy from Nitehawk’s team of wise-cracking cinefiends and also pizza in theater for one and all.
July 21 and July 22; Noon: Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
Dir. Frank Tashlin
Widely regarded as Jayne Mansfield’s best film, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? takes shot at pretty much every aspect of the entertainment industry at the time: televisions success over films? Yep. The burgeoning ad industry? That too. Hollywood’s tendency to hype everything up into an utterly unbelievable ball? Of course.
July 27 and July 28; Midnight: The Exterminator (1980)
Dir. James Glickenhaus
Coming back from Vietnam only to discover that New York City has descended into a punk riddled pit, vet John Eastman (Robert Ginty) deals with his city’s crime problem the only way he knows how: with extreme force and a huge flame thrower. The Exterminator is a low budget, low rent actioner designed specifically to please audiences and is loaded with explosions, gunshots and all sorts of other things that tear people apart.
July 28 and July 29; Noon: The Red Shoes (1948)
Dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Arguably The Archers’ (Directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger) best film, The Red Shoes is an eloquent, beautiful modernization of Hans Christian Anderson’s original fairy tale. A story within a story, the film follows the exploits of a young ballerina, Vicky (Moira Shearer), who becomes the break out star of her new company and snatches the lead for their adaptation of Anderson’s story. But with the pressures of the ballet weighing down on her, Vicky begins to crack as she tries to balance her art with her love life.