Alan Cumming introduces SPICE WORLD

One day, we decided to ask friend-of-Nitehawk, and all around dazzling human being, Alan Cumming to pick out a movie for him to introduce, and we would hunt down a print and screen it. Much to our delight, Alan picked Spice World. Here he is introducing the film, where he spiced up our lives with some stories about how he nabbed a part in the movie, what it was like being around the Spice Girls at the height of their fame, and why his chest hair seems to move throughout the picture.

Alan Cumming introduces SPICE WORLD (June 12, 2014) from Nitehawk Cinema on Vimeo.

Trailer: BITE THIS!

Nitehawk will see you when the sun goes down all August with our cinematic vampire series, BITE THIS!

Video: Q&A with Todd Phillips after HATED: GG ALLIN AND THE MURDER JUNKIES screening

We learned a lot about GG Allin and director Todd Phillips at our Music Driven screening of Phillips’ documentary, Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies. Anecdotes include how John Wayne Gacy became uncredited executive producer, some raunchy stuff about GG’s funeral and the orange stickers he gave to crew so GG wouldn’t punch them in the face. Enjoy!

Next up in our Music Driven series is BAD BRAINS LIVE (1979 & 1982) with Darryl Jenifer and Sacha Jenkins on Tuesday, July 8!

VIDEO: John Carpetner, The Dad-Swaggering Pop Icon of Your Dreams

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The Works – Kurt Russell: Big Trouble in Little China (1986, John Carpenter)
Friday, June 20 & Saturday, June 21; Midnite | Buy Tickets

Editing a movie with John Carpenter looks pretty fun. He hikes up his tweed sleeves, grabs his Beatle bass and jams the fuck out. At least that’s the scene for Carpenter’s video for the theme to Big Trouble in Little China, an amazing display of ego and lame dad-swagger.

He and his crew go between cutting the movie together and rocking out with their mullets out. At several points throughout the video all three of them take turns prancing around in an oversized a Chinese-style robe while rocking those plastic, slitted novelty glasses you see for sale at county fairs. It’s great, they all look really terrible.

Carpenter’s band is called The Coup De Villes, and it’s made up of him, Halloween III director Tommy Lee Wallace and Nick Castle, who played The Shape in the first Halloween film. Castle is the one hitting all of those high “Little ChIIIna”s in the song; so keep that in mind the next time you watch Halloween. Wear that information like a shield against the darkness.

The video’s below, it’s a hoot. Hell, a hoot-and-a-half.

– Kris King, @KrisKingTornado

Video: PALO ALTO Q&A with JAMES FRANCO AND DAVID EHRLICH

After our May 23rd screening of PALO ALTO, James Franco came to Nitehawk to discuss the film with the Dissolve’s David Ehrlich. Thanks to both and all who saw the film for making it a fantastic evening!

Allow Ti West to Explain the Beauty of Gus Van Sant’s ‘Psycho’

Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
Friday, May 23 & Saturday, May 24; Midnite | Buy Tickets

Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot remake of Psycho is probably the most universally hated film I can think of. I know people who legit like Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla remake (my wife, ugh.), but I can’t think of anybody with positive opinions on Vince Vaughn’s flopsweaty Norman Bates.

Until now, at least. You see, director Ti West (who makes awesome horror movies like House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, and The Sacrament) has a healthier outlook on matters such as these.

In an episode from Trailers from Hell, the director explains that, while he doesn’t think the ’98 Psycho is necessarily a good movie, it is, at least, an interesting experiment in filmmaking. In theory, a shot-for-shot remake should be just as good as the original, but with hundreds of different hands on the project, there’s no way to grasp the same magic that makes the original work.

Hear the dude out. After all, it’s not like the original has gone anywhere.

Excerpt: HEAD AND HANDS: MY BLACK ANGEL

565x565x1Watch an excerpt of Aïda Ruilova’s latest film, Head and Hands: my black angel, before it screens at Nitehawk along with Pier Paolo Pasolini’s short La Ricotta on Tuesday, May 13 as part of our Art Seen series. (Get Tickets)

Aïda Ruilova’s latest film, Head and Hands, is a 45 minute work with director Abel Ferrara that alternates between his direct-to-camera statements and his conversation with writer Alissa Bennett; all of it centers around the life/death of Pier Paolo Pasolini (controversial director and intellectual) and Zoe Lund (writer and actress). What comes across is the obsession and, often, tragedy that comes forth through  intense creative desire. Fitting, the film is paired with Pasolini’s La Ricotta, a short starring Orson Welles that meditates on religion, capitalism, and movie making.

 

Video: Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Nitehawk is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a very special Country Brunchin screening of The Three Amigos on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 (Buy tickets!) But what we’re most excited about is the pre-show serenade by New York’s first and ONLY all-female mariachi band, Flor de Toloache! Check out this video from a recent performance to see how amazing they are!