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Ep 109 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?
Ep 108 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!

Ep 107- Rob Roy (1995)
September 21, 2020 06:09 PM PDT
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Gather ye 'round, children, and we'll weave ye' a tale. From the Highlands of Scotland where the breeze kisses the heather, and Liam Neeson kisses Jessica Lange under an upright boulder.
Matt and Trevor order off menu for a steaming plate of haggis to discuss Rob Roy, the other Scottish period film from 1995, and one that contains 100% less Mel Gibson than the alternative.
Rob Roy McGregor, a Scottish chief would live to become an outlaw, before entering legend as a folk hero. His true story is loosely adapted for the screen, with an all-star cast including Neeson, Lange, Brian Cox, Tim Roth, John Hurt, Eric Stoltz, and Andrew Keir.
Solid performances, dynamic swashing of buckles, and expert sword play bring the world of 18th century Scotland to life, in what amounts to a crime/fugitive thriller by today's standards.
Also, Rob Roy is very in love with his wife. They don't want you to forget that.
Love, honor, revenge, pride, politics, and crime are all on display amid the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands.
Ep 106 Bill and Ted Trilogy aka 'Bill and Ted's Most Triumphant Nighthawks Special'
September 05, 2020 02:10 PM PDT
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"An unexamined life is not worth living."
-Socrates

"The best place to be is here. The best time to be is now."
-Wyld Stallyns

"Bake 40 to 45 minutes or just until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack."
-Betty Crocker

Wisdom comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it's from history's greatest philosophers pondering life and death. Sometimes it's a 30-year-old slacker film franchise pondering time and space.

Sometimes it's a trusted brand in consumer baking telling you how to cook brownies.

In any case something nice and special happened, if only of the most brief and frivolous moment, and the Nighthawks would like to share that with you.

But first, it's time to make good on an episode we've long teased. What you have on your device in front of you is the Bill and Ted Trilogy episode of the Nighthawks Podcast.

We have a spoiler-filled discussion of the first two nearly-30-year-old films in the franchise, which introduced a generation of Gen X and Elder Millennials to Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted "Theodore" Logan:

BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
BILL AND TED'S BOGUS JOURNEY

Then we have a brief spoiler-free discussion to talk about our very positive reaction to the new 2020 film:

BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC

Maybe the Bill and Ted Franchise, featuring the fantastically talented Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will never be considered "indispensable Art," but it is something that we think a lot of folks need right now.

Be Excellent to Each Other,
And Party On, Dudes...
Ep 105 Arachnophobia
August 06, 2020 10:16 PM PDT
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Ol' Matt and Trevor
Did Dare to Endeavor
To watch a film by Frank Marshall
Along Came Some Spiders
And they were venomous biters
To this Amblin Thrillomedy we're partial
It's the late Frank Marshall's directorial debut: Arachnophobia. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, the movie was branded as (god only knows why) a "Thrillomedy," seeking to give wide audiences a movie that would scare them silly.
Starring Jeff Daniels, John Goodman, and Julian Sands; Arachnophobia is the PG-13 killer spider thriller that gave the heebie jeebies to younger versions of Matt and Trevor. On the film's 30th anniversary, does it hold up?
Or is it a desiccated and dried up husk?
Ep 104 Boyz n the Hood featuring Guest Host Terry Flemings
Explicit
July 27, 2020 11:29 PM PDT
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This Episode of the Nighthawks Podcast is not censored for profanity or content. Listener discretion is advised.
Nighthawks Diner special Guest Host Terry Fleming drops in to talk to Matt about a movie they've been familiar with since they were young. Trevor, on the other hand, is watching this John Singleton 1991 classic for the first time.
Today the Nighthawks Diner is abuzz with discussion of Boyz n the Hood, the Freshman film for the late John Singleton, who would have a long and impressive career before his death.
Meanwhile Boyz n the Hood also offers us babyfaced performances from Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Regina King, Angela Bassett, Lawrence Fishburne and a cavalcade of others.
What was John Singleton saying in 1991? What does the movie say about the modern day?
Are we listening yet?

Special thanks to our guest, Terry Fleming:
https://www.instagram.com/terryfphotos/
https://www.facebook.com/unfilteredbachelor/

Resources for addressing and understanding the current BLM movement in the United States are available below. A version of this list also ran with the show notes of our previous episode, but the astute listener will note the addition of a link to watch the National Geographic Documentary LA 92 (which is discussed in this episode) for free.

One Of US Net’s Live From the End of the World webcast that specifically discusses the Black Lives Matter movement, and what allies need to know and how to help.
The webcast was facilitated by Chris Cox at One of Us, and featured an all black panel.
https://oneofus.net/2020/06/one-of-us-show-live-from-the-end-of-the-world-ep-11/

Panelists include:
Joshua Dylan Hunter: The Reel Pineapple - https://www.facebook.com/thereelpineapple

Michael Van Slyke: Archangel Arts - https://www.facebook.com/pg/archangelarts/community/

Gene Seliasse - Is a critic, screenwriter, comic writer, friend of the podcast. His comic anthologies include Puerto Rico Strong, Kayfabe Anthology Vol 3, and Elsewhere. Gene is also the writer of Peter Pan and the Land of Forever, a Modern twist on the classic Peter Pan story, an upcoming film from Dream Teller Animation Studios.
https://thescrumsports.com/author/geneselassie/
https://www.dreamtellerstudio.com/feature-films/
https://www.comixology.com/Elsewhere/digital-comic/
https://www.lionforge.com/puerto-rico-strong/

Books:

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
https://newjimcrow.com/about/buy

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
https://www.sealpress.com/titles/ijeoma-oluo/so-you-want-to-talk-about-race/9781580056779/

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-1

Movies:

LA 92 (National Geographic doc about the Rodney King Riots as discussed in episode 104):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaotkHlHJwo

13th (Netflix Documentary)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8

Selma
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Abkka8Vf2_M

Just Mercy
https://www.justmercyfilm.com/

Monsters and Men
https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/Monsters-and-Men/1042022

Horror Noire A History of Black Horror (as briefly discussed in Ep 104)
https://www.shudder.com/movies/watch/horror-noire-a-history-of-black-horror/4548652

STOP (short film)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5S2F1TLSvs
Ep 103 Man on Fire (2004)
June 23, 2020 06:07 PM PDT
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It's one of those magical times when the late Tony Scott crossed paths with the legendary Denzel Washington.

Believe it or not, Trevor watched this movie for the FIRST time, specifically for this episode. Would the kidnapping revenge thriller hold up to nearly 25 years of build up?

Matt saw this in a timely manner and has been a fan. No question about it, Matt thinks the movie works.

Links from the intro:

One Of US Net’s Live From the End of the World webcast that specifically discusses the Black Lives Matter movement, and what allies need to know and how to help. The webcast was facilitated by Chris Cox at One of Us, and featured an all black panel.

https://oneofus.net/2020/06/one-of-us-show-live-from-the-end-of-the-world-ep-11/

Panelists include:

Joshua Dylan Hunter: The Reel Pineapple - https://www.facebook.com/thereelpineapple

Michael Van Slyke: Archangel Arts - https://www.facebook.com/pg/archangelarts/community/

Gene Seliasse - Is a critic, screen writer, comic writer, friend of the podcast. His comic anthologies include Puerto Rico Strong, Kayfabe Anthology Vol 3, and Elsewhere. Gene is also the writer of Peter Pan and the Land of Forever, a Modern twist on the classic Peter Pan story, an upcoming film from Dream Teller Animation Studios.

https://thescrumsports.com/author/geneselassie/

https://www.dreamtellerstudio.com/feature-films/

https://www.comixology.com/Elsewhere/digital-comic/

https://www.lionforge.com/puerto-rico-strong/

Books:

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander

https://newjimcrow.com/about/buy

So You Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeoma Oluo

https://www.sealpress.com/titles/ijeoma-oluo/so-you-want-to-talk-about-race/9781580056779/

How to Be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi

https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-1

Movies:

13th (Netflix Documentary)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8

Selma
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Abkka8Vf2_M

Just Mercy
https://www.justmercyfilm.com/

Monsters and Men
https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/Monsters-and-Men/1042022

Horror Noire A History of Black Horror
https://www.shudder.com/movies/watch/horror-noire-a-history-of-black-horror/4548652

STOP (short film)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5S2F1TLSvs

Ep 102- The Bee, 2019 Short Film; with Katie Mae Peters
May 16, 2020 06:43 PM PDT
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Good evening to the denizens of the Nighthawks diner. We are pleased to report that as the world finds itself in a nightmare absurdist dystopia of COVID-19, the streets around the conceptual Nighthawks diner are a little safer from crime.

Actress, producer, comedian, stunt performer, and all-around-entertainment-engine Katie Mae Peters pulls up a seat in the diner booth with Matt and Trevor to talk about her feature role in The Bee, a short film that was released online at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.

We talk with Katie about her wild and crazy journey in and around the film industry. A journey that would find her as a director of a live multi-camera television show in high school, a zombie on The Walking Dead, a coach for Team USA Roller Derby, a genuine Texas filmmaker, and a stunt performer in Los Angeles.

The journey also finds Katie Mae starring as the title character in the short that is the basis of this week's show.

Take 14 minutes and enjoy...

Important Links:

Watch The Bee here: https://bit.ly/2ZaehQN

The Bee on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3bDKxOT

Katie Mae Peters on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2WHgXUJ

Ep 101 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle - A 4/20/20 Special
April 19, 2020 11:03 PM PDT
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It's that time of year, and with the calendar coincidence, we couldn't turn down another pass at a 4/20 marijuana-themed episode.

This year is 2020 so 4/20 gets two extra 20s, and we're assured that means we get to consume more marijuana than normal 4/20, and we get to celebrate longer because all month is 4/20.

The mysteries of this holiday are many, and we're getting to the age where we don't understand.

What we do understand are raunchy pod comedies from the early millennium. We also need to apologize for a lot of comedy from the early millennium. There's a lot of gay panic in Harold & Kumar's franchise. Something that we weren't sensitive to back then but is a call for introspection this time.

Speaking of introspection, it's not all insensitive humor. The poop and fart jokes still land as poop and fart jokes, and the movie offers us a refreshing look at functional stoners, as well as non-white protagonists.

Issues of race and xenophobia are touched on. So are early millennium hangups on plural sexuality.

Take a walk down memory lane, and decide for yourself: Does Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle hold up?

Ep 100 Special- What Do Movies Mean to Us?
Explicit
April 15, 2020 10:15 PM PDT
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It’s a simple question.

What do movies mean to you?

It’s the answers that aren’t always so simple.

For this episode we asked this question of fourteen guests, and their answers are as varied as they are. Big thanks to these folks for making this special episode extra special.

Mark Ball (Podcaster- Doing the Nasty, Action Figure Photographer; Chris Bucheit (Chef, Musician- Middle Class Joe); Susan Burke (Comedian, actor, director, writer- Southbound, Stan Against Evil); C. Robert Cargill (Novelist, podcaster, writer- Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Sinister); Rebecca Frost (Podcaster, critic); Steven DeGennaro (Podcaster, writer, director- Found Footage 3D, Stop); Lucas Lee Graham (Producer, director, cinematographer- Escape from Tomorrow)
Cameron Maris (Oscar Czar, musician- Middle Class Joe)
Matt Peters (Comedian, actor- Orange is the New Black, Weeds)
Maxim Pozderic (Video clerk, live trivia game show host)
Charity O’Haodagain (Podcaster, previous Nighthawks guest)
Scott Schalchlin (State of Texas, previous Nighthawks guest)
Nicholas Don Smith (Comedian, host- Dungeons and Comedy)
Kristal Starr (Comedian)
Special guest appearance by Cadence (Small child)

FEATURING AN ALL-NEW SINGLE BY NIGHTHAWKS HOUSE BAND: MIDDLE CLASS JOE

Editorial Note: After the interviews were conducted for this podcast, but before production was complete, one of our guests suffered some very unfortunate news. Because of the economic impacts of COVID-19, Vulcan Video; Austin, Texas video store; will shutter completely. We have spoken with Max since then, and he is in good spirits but very sorry about the closure.

From all of us at the Nighthawks’ conceptual diner to all of our loved ones at Vulcan Video: Our love to you.

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