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?

frankensNitehawk Nasties: Flesh for Frankenstein (1973, Paul Morrissey)
Friday, September 5 & Saturday, September 6; Midnite | 35mm | Buy Tickets
Our trash-tastic series of barf-bag movies, Nitehawk Naughties, makes a comeback this month with the granddaddy of pervy gore flicks: Flesh for Frankenstein. Udo Kier plays Dr. Frankenstein as sexual deviant, he cobbles together parts from the finest countryside peasants to make a pair of grotesquely sexy monsters. Seeing the film, you will that to learn the secret to life is to fuck death in the gall-bladder. It’s a hoot.

bonnieCountry Brunchin’: Bonnie and Clyde (1974, Arthur Penn)
Saturday, September 6 & Sunday, September 7; Midnite | Buy Tickets
Beyonce and Jay-Z might be running around the country acting like they’re super cool, but neither has the swagger of the OG gun-totting, star-crossed badasses: Bonnie and Clyde. For September’s Country Brunchin’ we’ve invited Tatters and Rags back to the floor to perform a live preshow before the feature. After that: HANDS UP, BABY! THIS IS A ROBBERY.

true1994: True Lies (1994, James Cameron)
Saturday, September 6 & Sunday, September 7; Midnite | 35mm | Buy Tickets
We have a small collection of 35mm films here at Nitehawk. There’s Blazing Stewardesses, a sex comedy that rocks a 1.9 on IMDB, then there’s Cocoon 2: The Return, which is in great condition; and then… there’s True Lies. That’s right, we’ve got seven reels of prime-time Schwarzenegger and we’re tickled pink about it. We, uh, already watched it for ourselves, but then we decided it would be more fun to share.

llynArt Seen: Llyn Foulkes One Man Band (2013, Tamar Halpern & Christ Quilty)
Tuesday, September 9; 7:30pm
Saturday, September 13 & Sunday, September 14; Midnite | Buy Tickets
Llyn Foulkes One Man Band is a feature documentary that follows the Los Angeles-based painter and musician, Llyn Foulkes, from age 70 – 77 as he struggles to be acknowledged for his achievements. During the seven years chronicled in the film, Foulkes creates, destroys, and recreates a pair of large scale, three-dimensional paintings (one that costs him his marriage) all the while trying to keep a toehold on the art market.

tumblr_ldz0031Idr1qfqb65o1_1280One Nite Only: The Devil Wears Prada (2006, David Frankel)
Wednesday, September 10; 9:30pm | 35mm | Buy Tickets
We’re excited to team up again with gif-addled booze-hounds Brightest Young Things for a special Fashion Week screening of The Devil Wears Prada. The founder of cool-kid dating app Dreamcliq will be here to introduce the film, and she’s giving everyone free stuff too. Also, pre-movie cocktails from Lejay creme de cassis. It’s fancy, y’all.

kongThe Deuce: King Kong (1976, John Guillermin)
Thursday, September 11; 9:30pm | 35mm | Buy Tickets
The Deuce sets its eyes downtown to commemorate the Twin Towers and their most famous feature film appearance: as the stomping ground for Dino De Laurentis’s amped up 70’s version of King Kong.

crow1994: The Crow (1994, Alex Proyas)
Friday, September 12 & Saturday, September 13; Midnite | 35mm Buy Tickets
The Crow is one of those special kind of films that achieved cult status even before it was released. Most famous for the on-set death of its promising young lead Brandon Lee, The Crow made a major impact on popular culture, riding the a wave of angst-ridden darkness that would last throughout the rest of the decade and beyond. After all, what’s Heath Ledgers version of The Joker but a gussied up version of The Crow?

dummies1994: Dumb and Dumber (1994, Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly)
Saturday, September 13 & Sunday, September 14; Brunch | Buy Tickets
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heavenly1994: Heavenly Creatures (1994, Peter Jackson)
Friday, September 19 & Saturday, September 20; Midnite | 35mm Buy Tickets
Peter Jackson didn’t buy his one-way ticket to Middle Earth by making gross-out horror films that no-one watched, rather the film that put him on New Line’s radar was his indie breakthrough Heavenly Creatures, a twisted true story about a pair of friends who practically live for one-another. That all changes when the girls’ parents, worried that their friendship may be getting too close, threaten to rip them apart, and the girls’ once innocent imaginations take a dangerous turn.

tumblr_mwzfruOVWF1r63k2oo1_500Animal House (1978, John Landis)
Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21; Brunch | Buy Tickets
One of the most comforting thoughts in post-collegiate life is that you never, ever have to step foot in a classroom ever again after you graduate. No more teachers, no more books, no more… somethingsomething dirty looks. The problem is, now there’s work, and that sucks just as much, really. College wasn’t all 8am class times and Chaucer (oh, god, the Chaucer), there was plenty of upsides: drunkenness, radical teachers, and the ability to act like a pompous, id-driven crazy person and get away with it. Those days, sadly, are gone; but that’s ok. For the days when you pine for college haze, there’s always Animal House.

afterdarkSpoons Toons and Booze Rocks!
Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Do you guys like Jem and the Holograms? How about that band that Doug formed with all of his friends? Or maybe The Way Outs (they’re from way, way out!). This month, Spoons Toons and Booze shines a spotlight on your favorite cartoon rock stars, and they’ve got a whole bunch of cereal to share too! (Seriously, they always buy too much cereal, so please, come eat it)

bradleyMusic Driven: Charles Bradley: Soul of America (2012, Poull Brien)
Thursday, September 25; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
Brooklyn based soul singer Charles Bradley is an unlikely story. In 2011, he was sixty-two years old, and never made a dime off of music. But after a lifetime of turmoil — homelessness, personal trajedies and poverty — the stars aligned and Bradley cut his debut album, and it slams. Charles Bradley: The Soul of America, chronicles Bradley’s journey from being a James Brown impersonator to sold out crowds.

For this screening, director Poull Brien will be here for a Q&A and then we’re having a party afterwards with Kings County Soul spinning records in the bar. 

nextFinal Girl: You’re Next (2011, Adam Wingard)
Friday, September 26 & Saturday, September 27; Midnite | Buy Tickets
So. As always, we got a little excited about Halloween this year, and we packed October so tight with killer horror flicks that they’ve leaked into September. This month’s dedicated to the Final Girl, the essential female keystone to countless horror classics. We’re starting things off with a modern gem: Adam Winguard’s home-invasion thriller You’re Next, where the tables get turned on a group of murderers after they mess with the wroooong lady.

hauntingFinal Girl: The Haunting (1963, Robert Wise)
Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28; Brunch | 35mm | Buy Tickets
Classic haunted house tale about a group of researchers who head out to check out a ghastly old house that turns out to be Spook Central. Hill House, as its called, is no joke and has a track record of taking lives and consuming souls. The house rocks and rolls through the night, but things start looking really bad when one of the researchers, Nell, becomes abnormally fascinated with the building’s history.

vampyrLive + Sound + Cinema: Vampyr (1932, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Drifting along like some kind of a bad dream, Dutch silent director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Vampyr is a chilling early horror film loaded with spooky shadow play, and odd, off-putting mis-en-scene. We’ve invited Black Lodge back to provide the score to the film. Expect something… appropriately moody.

descendentsMusic Driven: Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (2014, Matt Riggle, Deedle LaCour)
Monday, September 29; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
Everyone knows punk, lot of people know proto-punk, and a whole slew of people know pop punk, but what about proto-pop punk? Look no further than The Descendents, a group that took punk’s aggressive sound and aimed it right at the heart, adding a whole new layer of melodies and passion to the genre. Their sound paved the way for the likes of Green Day, Saves the Day, and countless other band.

For our Music Driven screening of the film we’ve invited co-director Matt Riggle out to talk about the movie.

aceJournalists in Film: Ace in the Hole (1951, Billy Wilder)
Tuesday, September 30; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
So I’ve been trying to put my finger on the title Ace in the Hole for a few minutes now: Is it the Ace the reporter down in the Hole covering a man trapped in a collapsed? Or is the Ace the miner that the reporter is using for a big career saving story? Or is the Ace the reporter and the hole the fact that he’s stuck in Albuquerque? Like a damn onion, this title.