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.

gsuperThe Deuce: Super Dude (1974, Henry Hathaway)
Thursday, August 7; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
This month, The Deuce heads to the 42nd Street Apollo with Super Dude, a blaxploitation film that hasn’t been seen on the big screen in over thirty years. Directed by Henry Hathaway, the Oscar nominated director behind True Grit, Niagra, and countless others, Super Dude is a classic vigilante revenge flick, where a group of men with large guns vie to clean up the streets by any means necessary.

gfd2dBite This!: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996, Robert Rodriguez)
Friday, August 8 & Saturday, August 9; Midnite | Buy Tickets
Presented in 35mm by El Rey Network!
Bad guys are always high tailing it to Mexico in movies, but they never seem to make it. They always get gunned down somewhere, or have a sudden moral change of heart or something, but it’s pretty rare when we get to see what happens after a successful evasion of Johnny Law. Turns out there are a lot of vampires involved.

getdLive+Sound+Cinema: Enter the Dragon (1973, Robert Clouse)
Friday, August 8 & Saturday, August 9; Midnite | Buy Tickets
For its first crack at producing a Hong Kong-style action film, Hollywood managed to knock it out of the park with Enter the Dragon. Bruce Lee’s last and best feature, Enter the Dragon takes place on a mysterious island where contestants from all over compete in an illegal martial arts tournament for gold and glory. There’s something sinister at the tournament’s root, however, and it’s up to Lee to sniff out exactly what’s funding such an elaborate game.

We’ll be screening the film with Morricone Youth in tow to perform a live score, the same group to blow up the spot with fantastic re-workings of Mad Max and Foxy Brown. When it comes to re-scoring classics in slick 70’s grit, Morricone Youth are the kings of New York.

gbodyA Reasonable Length: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, Don Siegel)
Saturday, August 9 & Sunday, August 10; Brunch | Buy Tickets
It’s always great when a film goes political and then no one can decide which side of the political spectrum its rooting for. Readings of sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers swings both ways, and both are apt: a warning against the loss of self-identity in communism; or as a metaphor for a state that cracks down on outside ideas. Regardless, if there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that someone is coming after you, and you’re next. YOU’RE NEXT!

gndBite This!: Near Dark (1987, Kathryn Bigelow)
Friday, August 15 & Saturday, August 16; Midnite | Buy Tickets
Kathryn Bigelow has a knack with the allure of the bad guy, and in her vampire Western Near Dark she assembles the baddest group of shit-kicking bloodsuckers in cinema. The vampires of Near Dark terrorize the country-side like a gang of outlaws, and when one of their brings a white-hat hillbilly into their group, he has to prove that he’s capable of the kind of killin’ that comes with the territory of eternal life.

afterdarkSpoons, Toons & Booze
Saturday, August 16 & Sunday, August 17; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Kids are going back to school, and you don’t have to! STB celebrates our escape from the tyrannical cycle of the educational system with a bunch of cartoons about the trials and tribulations of learnin’. It’s funny now because we don’t have to deal with it.

ghorseArt Seen: The Horse’s Mouth (1958, Ronald Neame)
Saturday, August 16 & Sunday, August 17; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Sir Alec Guinness would have been 100 years old this year, and Art Seen is celebrating the English great’s centennial with a screening of The Horse’s Mouth. Based on Joyce Cary’s classic novel and written for the screen by Alec Guinness, The Horse’s Mouth brilliantly shows the struggle of artistic creation and how artistic integrity is often mixed with insanity.

gnbkNatural Born Killers (1994, Oliver Stone)
Friday, August 22 & Saturday, August 23; Midnite | Buy Tickets
With all the subtly of a sledgehammer, Oliver Stone cooked up Mickey and Mallory, his debased version of Bonnie & Clyde for the MTV generation. Sick as it is cool, trashy as it is thoughtful, Natural Born Killers still packs a punch and its send-up of the media’s tendency to champion monsters rings true twenty-years later.

ghungerBite This!: The Hunger (1983, Tony Scott)
Friday, August 22 & Saturday, August 23; Midnite | Buy Tickets
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gpdlA Reasonable Length: Punch-Drunk Love (2002, Paul Thomas Anderson)
Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Adam Sandler gives an amazing and unusual performance as Barry Egan, a socially impaired owner of a small novelty business, who is dominated by seven sisters and is unlikely to find love unless it finds him. When a mysterious woman comes into his life, his emotions go haywire, fluctuating between uncontrollable rage, lust and self-doubt. Oh, and he’s also be extorted by a phone sex line owner.

gbandtedBill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989, Stephen Herek)
Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24; Brunch | Buy Tickets
“Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K.” We had an open brunch, so we plugged Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure into it. Why? Well, we like selling out theaters, but also because… uh.. computers and…. SAN DIMAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RULES.

gpass2Journalists in Film: The Passenger (1975, Michelangelo Antonioni)
Tuesday, August 26; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
After failing to locate a band of rebels, a deeply embedded journalist (Jack Nicholson) becomes burned out on the life of a war correspondent, and assumes the identity of a dead arms dealer. With a beautiful young student in tow (Maria Schneider), he soon finds out that the life of an arms dealer has its own troubles. It’s kind of like Vice News: The Movie, really.

gnosBite This!: Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979, Werner Herzog)
Friday, August 29 & Saturday, August 30; Midnite | Buy Tickets
Werner Herzog’s sickly-looking remake of Nosferatu treats Dracula’s reign of terror in England like a kind of plague. Both beautiful and sickening, the film feels slick with rot and features one of the most penetratingly haunting scores in all of horror. An absolute essential.

gdetourA Reasonable Length: Detour (1945, Edgar G. Ulmer)
Saturday, August 30 & Sunday, August 31; Brunch | Buy Tickets
“King of the B’s” director Edgar G. Ulmer takes us cross country from New York to Los Angeles along with nightclub pianist as Al Roberts hitchhikes to visit his girlfriend. But after the driver he’s with suddenly dies, Roberts takes on his identity in order to avoid suspicion with the police. From that point, he only plunges deeper trouble with the law and the ladies. It’s part of A Reasonable Length because it tells all of that in just over an hour. A pocket sized pot-boiler.