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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 abou 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.

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
Explicit
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.

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