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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!

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.
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."

"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:


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


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...

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