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Godzilla vs. Kong
April 10, 2021 02:25 AM PDT
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It's the title bout that you've been waiting for (since 1963).
One is a giant killer man-eating gorilla with a heart of gold.
One is a radioactive gila monster that is driven by unstoppable instinct.
This is Godzilla vs. Kong.
This is Lizard vs. Monke.
Kong has been living larger, older, and grayer in captivity since 'Nam, and is held by the Kaiju study team Monarch. Kong wants out.
Meanwhile Godzilla has come ashore in Florida and has shed his previously benevolent character developments.
Millie Bobby Brown (booster for Godzilla) teams with her friend Josh and undercover conspiracy theory podcaster Bernie Hays, to find out why Godzilla has a case of the Mondays.
A scientist, played by Alexander Skarsgård, must take Kong into the entrance of the fabled hollow earth, to find Kong's origins, and a source of energy that could tip the SCALES (pause for emphasis) out of Godzilla's favor and into humanity's.
Brewing underneath is a millenia-old war between titans, a mortal rivalry between ancient Kings Kong and ancient Gods Zilla. A rivalry that these two scions just can't help but reignite.
Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (aka Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey)
March 21, 2021 02:11 AM PDT
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The big news around the movie sphere is probably the release of the sought after, one time fabled, now real, Snyder Cut of WB's JUSTICE LEAGUE film, on HBOMax.
Matt and Trevor are still digesting "The Snyder Cut," but they recorded this episode for you to release in the meantime. While y'all are talking about Justice League, we're spotlighting a movie that people SHOULD be talking about more.
Hailed by critics and panned by segments of the fan base, Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is a four-color, nose-crunching, leg-breaking brawler with a ridiculous sense of humor and an unreliable narrator.
Is the movie all that bad? Is it all that good?
Are the criticisms of the movie legitimate complaints about quality, or could they have been fixed with better marketing?
Matt and Trevor follow Harley as she goes "Lemonade-ing" post break-up with Joker, and into a movie that proves that one of the most popular characters in the DC pantheon is NOBODY'S sidekick.
Starring Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Jurnee Smollett, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ella Jay Bosco, and Ewan McGregor; the boys in the conceptual Nighthawks Cafe make the case for this hefty-titled chapter of DC's journey on the big screen.
February 04, 2021 07:55 PM PST
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On the back of our discussion of Citizen Kane comes the discussion of a movie made nearly 80 years after Citizen Kane, about the making of Citizen Kane.
Mank is the 2020 offering from director David Fincher, exploring the troubled and complex person that was Herman J. Mankiewicz. A man who would be the writer of a movie that man consider the best American film ever made.
Mankiewicz must contend with William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, Orson Welles, and Louis B. Mayer on his journey to not only write the script while bedridden, but to advocate for his own credit on the film.
An all star cast features Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tuppence Middleton, and Charles Dance.
Not for the uninitiated, Mank calls back to the movie that inspired it on a level that should remind listeners to give Citizen Kane a rewatch before digging into Mank.
Joining Matt and Trevor in the Nighthawks Diner is Guest Co-Host Cameron Maris, who also is the Nighthawks Podcast Oscar Czar, and member of the Nighthawks House Band: Middle Class Joe.
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Citizen Kane
January 11, 2021 10:13 PM PST
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God and devil

Sinner and Saint

Communist and fascist

Charles Foster Kane is many things to many people. And the world got to know him in 1941 when the Freshman film of Orson Welles hit a limited number of screens, but still managed to snag multiple Oscar nominations and one win.

Citizen Kane is the portrait of a man, as painted by the people who knew him. Shown out of order and through hazy recollection. Equal parts American success story and American tragedy, the film is often considered among the best ever to come from the United States.

With multiple battles brewing behind the scenes and more Hollywood folklore than you can shake an Academy Award at, the Nighthawks bring Oscar Czar Cameron Maris in to discuss the legendary Citizen Kane.

'Hindsight is 2020' a Nighthawks Year in Review
December 31, 2020 09:32 PM PST
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Yeah, what can we say about 2020 that isn't echoing off the walls of every living room in the United States right now?
The best we can offer is some recommendations of new and upcoming films that we caught during our year in quarantine.
Featured in this episode:
Bill and Ted Face the Music The Invisible Man The Stylist The Vice Guide to Bigfoot The Mandalorian: Season 2 After Midnight Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn The Haunted Swordsman And Many More!
Gremlins (A 2020 Nighthawks Holiday Special)
December 25, 2020 12:52 AM PST
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There are ways in which mogwai and gremlins are like The Nighthawks, and ways in which they are unalike. For example:
“Keep them out of bright light, especially sunlight. It will kill them.”
This applies to both Nighthawks and the mogwai/gremlin population.
“Don’t feed them after midnight.”
This applies to mogwai, but not to Nighthawks. The Nighthawks actually prefer you DO feed them, regardless of the time of day.
For this year’s Holiday Special, Matt and Trevor have tapped the 1984 Joe Dante Action Horror Comedy GREMLINS. A film about adorable creatures that turn into horrible monsters, and the people who are kind of horrible, and keep being horrible, but they get a stern talking to from an independent business owner.
Considered a Christmas classic by the 21st century zeitgeist, the film seems to hold up as an alternative to the 40 new holiday offerings from Hallmark this year.
I’m not kidding, Hallmark made 40 holiday films. This year.
Dark and frightening by turns but this PG, should have been PG-13 slab of rib-tickling nightmare fuel has become a crossover for adults and youngsters alike, prompting a sequel and an upcoming animated television prequel.
Lone Wolf & Cub- Sword of Vengeance (Feat. Marc Walkow)
December 06, 2020 08:31 PM PST
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Feeling that itch for more in the vein of Star Wars: The Mandalorian?
Look no further, allow us to present: Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance. A Japanese film from 1972 that kicked off a six movie franchise, and was the first screen adaptation of the Lone Wolf and Cub manga by writer Kazuo Koike and artist Goseki Kojima.
Matt and Trevor watched Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance as a way to kick off our discussion about the grander Lone Wolf and Cub phenomenon. Joining them in the Nighthawks conceptual diner is the guys' favorite Asian cinema guru.
Marc Walkow has worn many hats in his life including festival programmer, film distributor, defacto translator, producer, and lawyer. During his time working professionally in film, Marc produced some of the special feature content for the Criterion Collection's Lone Wolf and Cub boxed set.
Marc gives Nighthawks listeners the inside scoop on the Lone Wolf and Cub series, the grander cultural touchstone that is the Kazuo Koike manga, director Kenji Misumi, producer Shintarô Katsu, and actor Tomisaburo Wakayama.
ALIEN (Monstoberfest in Space)
October 29, 2020 01:04 PM PDT
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The Nighthawks have brought you space vampires and space demons in 2020, but what is space the most famous for?

It is the dwelling of the ALIEN.

The seminal outer space horror movie from 1979 is the movie that launched, not only its own franchises, but launched several imitators and franchises throughout the last 40 years.

Sigourney Weaver is Lt. Ellen Ripley, a smart and tough space trucker running a mission with her coworkers, presented by Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, Ian Holm, and Veronica Cartwright.

What happens when the creature from beyond the stars is also a creature beyond human comprehension?

Directed by Ridley Scott, ALIEN is a film that brings together stellar design, superb performances, acute technical prowess, and mastery of horror that is often strived for but never quite met.

For the Mother of All Modern Space Horror, the Nighthawks bring in the Black Pope of Genre Film, Mark Ball, an action figure photographer, a stop-motion animator, podcaster, and horror movie super-fan.

Ridley Scott pulled out all the stops for ALIEN, and the Nighthawks Podcast is pulling out all the stops for this episode.

Event Horizon (Monstoberfest in Space)
October 21, 2020 10:48 PM PDT
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Off we go, in the the black empty void of space.
Trevor and Matt's second foray into 2020's MONSTOBERFEST IN SPACE takes them to the outer rim of the Solar System, and in orbit around Neptune.
Elite space explorers and a radical scientist team up to investigate the derelict spaceship, Event Horizon, which has been missing for seven years. The faster-than-light vehicle has successfully managed to fold space, but while traversing dimensions, it seems to have brought something back.
Folks. These aren't aliens.
Event Horizon was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and stars Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne, Kathleen Quinlan, Jason Isaacs, Richard T. Jones, and Sean Pertwee.
Trevor hadn't seen this movie in 23 years, and didn't care for it the first time around. Have two-plus decades managed to change his mind?
Lifeforce (1985) (Monstoberfest in Space)
October 10, 2020 09:00 PM PDT
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Content advisory: This film discusses the 1985 film named Lifeforce, not the 1986 video game Life Force (aka Salamander). Given the nature of the internet we felt it best to disclaim in advance.

The horror comes from beyond the stars for MONSTOBERFEST IN SPACE, the celebration of horror movies that have a basis in the cosmos.

During an Earth passby of Halley's Comet, daring British space exploration team makes a shocking discovery: a derelict alien spacecraft, with three naked humans in glass coffins.

When the glass coffins are brought on board, there is a disaster in space, causing the deaths of all the British space explorers, save one American Colonel.

Seemingly unharmed, the glass coffins are brought to earth where they are opened, and the psychic space vampires inside wreck havoc on London and the surrounding countryside.

Notorious for containing a LOT of Mathilda May, Lifeforce also stars Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, and Sir Patrick Stewart.

The naked space vampire movie that the guys thought they remembered, is not the one they caught on display. Overshadowed by a lot of nudity, Lifeforce shares a great deal of DNA with Dracula, Night of the Living Dead, and Alien.

And we don't just mean Dan O'Bannon, either. Whom we will discuss very, very soon.

Just not right now. Gotta leave some pod fodder for the rest of MONSTOBERFEST IN SPACE!

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