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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.


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.






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


So You Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeoma Oluo


How to Be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi



13th (Netflix Documentary)


Just Mercy

Monsters and Men

Horror Noire A History of Black Horror

STOP (short film)

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?
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)


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.

Ep 99- Spenser Confidential vs. Spenser: For Hire
March 24, 2020 09:04 PM PDT
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It was bound to happen sooner or later and a collision of streaming coincidence allowed us to get this done in our first hundred episodes.

Matt is an old aficionado of the Robert B. Parker Spenser novels, a fan of the television series Spenser: For Hire, and he has strong opinions about the made-for-TV Spenser movies from the 90s and early aughts. He’s going into the 2020 Netflix offering, Spenser Confidential, with a keenly hewn fandom and a careful critical mind.

Trevor hadn’t consumed ANY Spenser properties when he finally sat down and socially distanced himself with Spenser Confidential. But after watching the new film with Mark Wahlberg, Winston Duke, and Iliza Shlesinger Trevor did his homework and read some Robert B. Parker to beef up for the episode.

The streaming gods did also smile upon Matt and Trevor, bestowing them with an unexpected and very welcome gift- three seasons of Spenser: For Hire on ImdbTV, a free-with-commercials service.

So in this episode the guys talk about Robert B. Parker’s work, Spenser: For Hire the series, and the dessert is a no-spoiler discussion of the latest R-Rated action comedy that debuted on the Netflix charts and still is hanging in there several weeks later.

Folks, a take on Parker’s Spenser is one we really wanted to do. It was intended mostly to be a larf, and something to check off the Nighthawks’ bucket list. But in these times, when we’re stuck inside and have nothing better but to watch a movie, the Nighthawks would like to encourage you to reach out and try something new.

Maybe one of the Spenser properties is for you. Maybe they aren’t. We recorded this episode with you folks in mind, hoping to give you the context needed to decide if a few seasons of Robert Urich and Avery Brooks are worth your time (I mean…how could that not be worth your time?) Maybe a few hours watching Alan Arkin be a crotchety fart is in your wheelhouse (again, whose wheelhouse is that NOT in?)

Hunker down. Stay healthy. We are always with you in the Nighthawks Diner.

In the meantime… episode 100 is fast approaching, and the recent coronavirus caused COVID-19 global pandemic has put a hitch in how we were planning to handle the content of that episode. With that being said we’ve resumed appropriately distant production, and hope to bring you a really special 100th episode very soon.

Ep 98 TRON
February 20, 2020 09:28 PM PST
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Welcome to the 80s!

Tortoiseshell glasses, with smoky lenses, Texas tech impresarios and Silicon Valley Dudes programing the latest hit video games.

As technology began to explode into the American home, the world struggled with how to interpret this new way of life. Inevitably the artistic medium of our times saw a pretty incredible attempt to imagine the world from within technology itself.

This is Disney's TRON, a 1985 science fiction film starring Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, and David Warner. The movie would become and infamous flop, and a bold new bar in the world of technology and animation.

A harbinger of things to come, not only narratively, but in the film industry; love it or hate it, TRON has grist for the Nighthawks' Diner conversation.

Pull up a seat and join us.

Ep 97 Oscars 2020 Reaction: O' Holy Crap
February 11, 2020 11:40 PM PST
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It's official. South Korean Director Bong Joon Ho ties Walt Disney for the most Oscar statuettes taken home in a single night, as Parasite walks away the literal winner, and the metaphorical winner.

Oscar Czar and House Musician Cameron Maris checks in with Matt and Trevor, as the Nighthawks record their first Oscar reaction episode, and what a year to do it.

A lot of love gets thrown around in this episode and very, very little shade.

But a little shade.

Ep 96 Oscar 2020- We're Back, Baby!
January 31, 2020 06:49 PM PST
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A comprehensive UNCENSORED special, exploring the 92nd Annual Academy Awards

Matt and Trevor have pulled Cameron out of cold storage, after an extra-long bout in the Nighthawks Diner's walk-in freezer- where he is stored between awards seasons.

And to save ourselves a headache in the edit for our 3 hour episode...This episode is uncensored for profanity and content.

We drop F-Bombs.

After taking the 91st Annual Academy Awards off, the Co-Hosts and the Oscar Czar make up for lost time with a special triple-long episode, that's STILL SHORTER THAN THE IRISHMAN!!!

In this episode we discuss (pulls out banjo): Dolemite is My Name; Toy Story 4; How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World; Mulan; The Little Mermaid; Missing Link; I Lost My Body; Rocketman; Harriet; Breakthrough; Frozen II; Joker; Little Women; Marriage Story; Bombshell; 1917; Jojo Rabbit; The Irishman; The Two Popes; Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker; What We Do In The Shadows; Uncut Gems; American Factory; Knives Out; Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood; Judy; Ford v Ferrari; A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood; and Parasite.

(All clips from films are used for educational and -sometimes- satire purposes.

Ep. 95- The Ice Harvest (with Ghostbusters Afterlife Trailer Talk)
January 11, 2020 07:41 PM PST
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It's a new year, and the guys in the Nighthawks diner are coming back from their holiday vacation having watched a special "Christmas Movie."

No. Not Die Hard. Die Hard is soooo 1986. (Just kidding, we love you, Die Hard.)

This holiday season, the boys checked in with director Harold Ramis and actors John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Platt, and Randy Quaid for a freezer-burned caper, in a Christmas time noir.

In the Ice Harvest, the boys find a fantastically dark film, based on a novel from Scott Phillips. The heist has already happened, all our characters have to do is behave themselves, and they can get away.

But sometimes, failing is the best way to succeed.

Also in this episode, an extra-long Trailer Talk concerning Ghostbusters Afterlife, the upcoming sequel to the original Ghostbusters franchise, starring (you guessed it) Harold Ramis.

Ghostbusters Afterlife trailer:


Ep 94- Star Wars Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (The End of a Saga)
December 23, 2019 07:37 PM PST
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Star Wars 1977 - 2019

Rest in Peace

In episode 94 of the Nighthawks Podcast we discuss Episode IX of the Third Star Wars trilogy, and marking a future uncertain for the franchise.

While opinions are starkly divided and battle lines have been drawn on social media- we humbly offer what we believe is a very mature, even-handed, and fair look at the movie.

Like everyone else, we have our opinions, but we are able to discuss the opinions of others without insulting their mothers.

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