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The Blob (1958 & 1988)
June 02, 2021 05:00 PM PDT
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A 1950s Drive-In Classic starring Steve McQueen becomes a sloppy and violent 1980s practical effects slime-fest when it comes to the amorphous THE BLOB.
Originally pitched as an episode covering the 1988 The Blob only, the Nighthawks both watched the 1958 The Blob for the first time, doing homework for this episode, and they can’t help but talk about it.
In both movies an object crash lands from space outside a small town populated by small town folks. A poor old man happens upon the object, touches a bubbling mass inside, and is eventually and horribly consumed, as the mass pulsates, grows, expands, and begins to hunt down the delicious townspeople.
In the 1950s it was about young teenagers who aren’t believed by the establishment, and the town that has to band together for survival.
In 1988 the town’s teenagers are also the vanguard against The Blob, but at the heart of the story is a dark underplot involving shadowy government dealings and agents with unclear motives.
Each movie has its value, and both are on the menu tonight in the Nighthawks conceptual Diner.
Jurassic Park (1993)
May 21, 2021 09:39 PM PDT
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A jolly old eccentric billionaire has created the world's most astounding theme park, filled with living, breathing, roaring, snorting dinosaurs.
It's the movie that brought Dinosaurs into the modern age, and brought mainstream Hollywood films into the CGI age. Now nearly 30 years old, Jurassic Park is a film that captured the attention and the imagination of a generation, and spawned a franchise that still boasts a single continuity to this day.
Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, and Sir Richard Attenborough; this dinosaur adventure turned clone-a-saurus horror has become the gold standard for special effects, book to movie adaptations, and one of the most terrifying movie villains to grace the big screen.
Join Matt and Trevor at the conceptual Nighthawks Diner and remember Petticoat Lane- Er... Jurassic Park.
Post-Oscars 2021 (Oscar the Couch)
May 10, 2021 01:40 AM PDT
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The announcement of the Nighthawks 2nd annual Oscar pool is now... and none of our hosts won.
Meanwhile it's the button-down discussion of the 2021 Oscar results. Some surprises, some upsets, some bad calls, some good plays.
Discussed are the films Nomadland, My Octopus Teacher, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Minari, Promising Young Woman, and many others.
Was this a year that "Oscar got it right?" Or maybe some folks could have waited before tying Meryl Streep...
* shade thrown *
Sit in, get comfy, review the Oscars, and review some of the most talked about films of the year.
Oscars 2021 #OscarsSoSad
April 23, 2021 09:50 PM PDT
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It's that time of year again, for the glitz, the glamor, the pomp, the circumstance, the ceremony, the reaction shots from Meryl Streep...
It's time for the 93rd Annual Academy Awards, otherwise known as The Oscars, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In the Nighthawks Cafe is Oscar Czar Cameron Maris, breaking the nominees down for Trevor and Matt, and one thing is undeniable: The Oscar nominees this year are great...and super depressing.
Serve up the after dark coffee and pie and follow along on your Nighthawks Oscar Czar Unofficial Oscar Ballot, available at www.nighthawkspodcast.com
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.
Mank
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.
Middle Class Joe on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiddleClassJoeMusic/
Middle Class Joe on Band Camp: https://middleclassjoe.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-end-you-will-lose
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.

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