High Time for July-Time: July at Nitehawk

July 2014

jaws4th of July: Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg)
Friday, July 4; Noon
Saturday, July 5 & Sunday, July 6; 11:45am | Buy Tickets

I think it’s mandated by law that every movie theater in America play Jaws on the Fourth of July, and if it’s not, it should be. Jaws is the official Fourth of July movie. Not only does it exploit the hell out of Summer’s greatest fear — the invisible threat that lurks beneath the waves — it throws the entire season on screen. It’s the smell of diesel fuel mixed with salt water and old wood; the cool evening breeze coming off the sea; it’s sports coats with anchors on them. Jaws is like the ideal vacation: serene, exciting and with a body count.

teamamerica4th of July Midnite: Team America: World Police (2004, Trey Parker)
Friday, July 4 & Saturday, July 5; Midnite | Buy Tickets

If the socio-political climate of 2004 seemed other-worldly at the time, it’s even stranger looking back on it with a full decade of perspective in hand. It’s been that long since Trey Parker and Matt Stone unleashed Team America: World Police, and their send-up of America’s reactionary post-9/11 dick-swinging is just as loud, offensive and funny as it was back in 2K4.

sexualistNitehawk Naughty: The Sexualist (1973, Kemal Horulu)
Friday, July 4 & Saturday, July 5; Midnite | Buy Tickets

The Sexualist chronicles the production of part-time astrologist Jeffrey Montclair’s latest nudie movie. Jumping between self-parody and bizarre screwball antics, and complete with a ‘gay gorilla,’ director Kemal Horulu’s mind-bending satire of the sex film industry serves as a textbook example of oddball, experimental filmmaking from the earliest years of hardcore feature films.

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

ACK! ACKACK ACK ACK! ACK ACK ACKACK ACK ACK! ACK ACK ACK! [We want to serve you brunch and screen Mars Attacks on 4th of July weekend. There will be a band and it will be fun.] *ZAP* *ZAP* *ZAP*

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Music Driven: Bad Brains Live (1979 & 1982, Richard Oretsky)
Tuesday, July 8; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

For Music Driven this month, we’re dredging up two New York performances from pioneering D.C. hardcore band Bad Brains.  First, the group’s 1979 performance chronicled in My Picture in the Movies, Baby followed by Live at CBGB from 1982. After it’s over Sacha Jenkins will be here to talk it over with Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer.

rockydistanceOne Nite Only: Rocky (1976, John G. Avildsen)
Wednesday, July 9; 7:00pm | Buy Tickets

Classic story of a classic nobody taking on a classic somebody in a classic showdown. It’s Rocky, and it’s a classic is the point I’m trying to make. Based on the real life heavyweight battle between Muhammed Ali and obscure fighter Chuck Wepner, where Wepner managed to go 15 rounds against the champ, making Ali mighty mad in the process.

Director John G. Avildsen will be here for a Q&A after the movie.

sosThe Deuce: Screw on Screen (1975, Jim Buckley)
Thursday, July 10; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

This month The Deuce sets its sights on the Victory Theater, one of former-Times Square’s most notorious X-rated theaters. To celebrate the sleaze-palace we’re hosting a rare 35mm screening of S.O.S – Screw on the Screen, a feature length version of Al Goldstein’s controversial magazine Screw. The film plays like an episode of 60 Minutes or 20/20, except this version is full of vaginal acrobats and dirty jokes, making it about a million times better.

inlandSummer of Surrealism: Inland Empire (2006, David Lynch)
Friday, July 11 & Saturday, July 12; Midnite | Buy Tickets

Inland Empire is David Lynch and his longest and weirdest. It’s non-linear, loaded with grotesque abstractions, and Laura Dern going s. You can never really be too sure about these things. One thing is certain, though, Inland Empire is three hours long and we’re starting at midnite. Coffee will be temporarily priced at $15 per cup.

Introduction to the Friday screening by Adam Lowenstein, author of the upcoming book Dreaming of Cinema: Spectatorship, Surrealism, and the Age of Digital Media.

deathraceBurn N’ Rubber: Death Race 2000 (1975, Paul Bartel)
Friday, July 11 & Saturday, July 12; Midnite | Buy Tickets

We’re opening up our screeching-loud midnite series Burn N’ Rubber with the ultimate highway battle royale: the Roger Corman classic Death Race 2000. In the future, the country’s most popular sport involves elaborately decorated vehicles plowing down pedestrians for points. As a means to distract the masses from brutal government oppression, it’s aces; but things start to unravel when the race’s most popular driver, Frankenstein, allies with resistence fighters in taking the whole system down

10things2 10 Things I Hate About You (1999, Gil Junger)
Saturday, July 12 & Sunday, July 13; Brunch | Buy Tickets

A few years ago I got into an argument with my wife. I said that Can’t Hardly Wait was the best movie to come out during the late-90’s teen movie boom, and she said 10 Things I Hate About You. Turns out I was wrong. Waaaay wrong.

10 Things I Hate About You is grade above pure nostalgia. It’s got a dynamite young cast; a bubbly, if kind of silly, soundtrack; and it updates Shakespeare without being too cute about it (okay, it’s pretty cute about it). Remember, for this 35mm screening, there will be no drinking, no drugs, no kissing, no tattoos, no piercings, *no* ritual animal slaughters of any kind. 

transBurn N’ Rubber: Transformers: The Movie (1986, Nelson Shin)
Saturday, July 12 & Sunday, July 13; Brunch | Buy Tickets

So, apparently, Michael Bay’s newest Transformers movie is a big, long, loud mess — which is kind of a shame, because we really, really wanted it to be good this time (Stupid, right?). Alas, there’s still only one true Transformers movie and that’s the bright, nutty and, at times, surprisingly dark animated original.

bedsitSummer of Surrealism: The Bed Sitting Room (1969, Richard Lester)
Thursday, July 17; 7:30pm | Buy Tickets

ART SEEN presents the surrealist post-apocalyptic comedy THE BED SITTING ROOM with artist films by Aida Ruilova, Aldo Tambellini, and Elizabeth Price. And we’ll be having a pre-party with Brightest Young Things and complimentary Absinthe cocktails for ticket holders.

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

Hustling their way east from California in a souped up, matte-grey ’57 Chevy, a two-man racing team made up of James Taylor and Dennis Wilson, meet their match in Warren Oates and his brand new, yellow GTO. Their road rash manifests in a cross-country race, where not only are the participants pitted against one-another, but also the loneliness of the road, the ironic stillness of high speed driving, and just what the hell to do once they get where they’re going.

nightmareSummer of Surrealism: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, Wes Craven)
Friday, July 18 & Saturday, July 19, July ; Midnite | Buy Tickets

Dreams are where our latent desires and anxieties meld into a navigable space. It can be a dangerous space, your dreams; it’s a space where natural law and order don’t have a place anymore, making it a pretty hairy place to navigate safely. Fortunately, the dreamscape comes with a safety net. You wake up, forget and move on. But, that’s not the case when Freddy Kruger’s around. Freddy uses your dreams against you, and, somehow, he managed to remove the safety net.

Freddy Kruger is the most terrifying monster imaginable, a dream demon that carves at both your body and your subconscious.  As a kid, I didn’t even like copies of A Nightmare on Elm Street being in the house, I was afraid Freddy would peel himself off that case — a fear that my mother finds endlessly adorable. But something she never seemed to understand is that the mere idea of Freddy can be deadly. Once he makes his way into your mind, your his.

afterdarkSpoons, Toons and Booze After Dark
Saturday, July 19 & Sunday, July 20; Brunch | Buy Tickets

Change of pace this month at Spoons, Toons and Booze. Instead of Saturday Morning Cartoons and cereal, the Secret Formula duo will present a menu of late night staples: Space Ghost Coast 2 Coast, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Simpsons and more.

chienSummer of Surrealism: Surrealist Shorts with Live Score
Saturday, July 19 & Sunday, July 20; Brunch | Buy Tickets

Nitehawk presents a screening of short films that come from the original surrealist canon to accompany the more contemporary Summer of Surrealism program. To liven things up, we’ve invited Alyse Lamb, frontlady of noisey Brooklyn band EULA, to score the shorts. What’s playing? Eyeball slicing classic Un Chien Andalou, as well as work from Man Ray, Maya Deren and Germaine Dulac. It should be… beyond the pale.

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Nitehawk Outdoors: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, Joel & Ethan Coen)
Sunday, July 20; 7pm at 50 Kent Avenue | Info

Our outdoor screening series is back! This time we’ll be holding the screenings over at 50 Kent Avenue, and we’ll be kicking things off with O Brother Where Art Thou with a performance from Brooklyn bluegrass band The Birdhive Boys. It’s free and you don’t need to RSVP or anything, so just show up. If you want to feel special, we’ve roped off a VIP section that you can buy tickets for that will have its own bar and come with some cool stuff.

deadmanSummer of Surrealism: Dead Man (1995, Jim Jarmusch)
Friday, July 25 & Saturday, July 26; Midnite | Buy Tickets

Death is coming for all of us, but we have a tendency not to accept it until it’s staring at us right in the face. When a Ohio accountant (Johnny Depp) heads out west under the promise of steady work at a metal works, his life takes a turn when he winds up with a bullet near his heart. Now a dead man walking, Depp becomes a kind of spiritual outlaw, leaving a trail of bodies along his journey to the spirit-world.

roadwarriorBurn N’ Rubber: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981, George Miller)
Friday, July 25 & Saturday, July 26; Midnite | Buy Tickets

In Mad Max, a police officer loses his humanity as law-and-order crumbles around him. In the sequel, this lawman turned vagabond is offered the opportunity for redemption, as an isolated and vulnerable community needs his help to escape a group of bandits with eyes set on their cache of gasoline. Fortunately for us, everyone has enough gas for some of cinema’s most bitchin’ and cataclysmic car chases.

thedriver3Burn N’ Rubber: The Driver (1978, Walter Hill)
Saturday, July 26 & Sunday, July 27; Brunch | Buy Tickets

Walter Hill’s game of cops and robbers sets a near-mute wheelman against a detective who will do just about anything to catch him. Stylish but not flashy, thrilling but some brains; The Driver is a tight genre piece that works because of its simplicity. Don’t bother with the seatbelt, just floor it.

russiawloveNitehawk Outdoors: From Russia With Love (1963, Terence Young)
Sunday, July 27; 7pm at 50 Kent Avenue | Info

After the success of Dr. No, the Bond franchise had a whole lot more money to play around with, and the result is From Russia With Love. It’s a tight spy thriller that features Bond still in his women-and-gunplay phase, so it’s not quite at jetpacks and rocket-cars yet. Robert Shaw makes a great villain to boot. Plus we’re screening it outside and Morricone Youth will be there to perform a bunch of Bond music before hand.

greenberetJournalists in Film: The Green Berets (1968, Ray Kellogg & John Wayne)
Tuesday, July 29; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

Loosely based on the novel of the same name by Robin Moore, The Green Berets is an anti-communist and pro-Saigon film produced at the height of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. It shows the conflicts and complications of warfare as cynical war correspondent George Beckworth, who works for a liberal newspaper, becomes complicent in the violence towards the Viet Cong.