Eraserhead – David Lynch’s debut nightmare of domesticity.

January 28, well past midnight, we gathered outside IFC Center with guest pal Eric Rice to discuss Eraserhead, David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, in which pretty much every trope he would employ over the next 40 years was already in some way on display.

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Our featured whiskey was Smuggler’s Notch Distillery’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Also, here are links to the David Lynch Foundation for those of you interested in Transcendental Meditation, and to Cagey Films for an excellent article by Kenneth George Godwin on the making of Eraserhead.

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The Warriors – it’s a long, hard ride from the Bronx to Coney Island. And goodbye to the Landmark Sunshine…

On Friday, January 5, we braved (or at least less-wussed) the single-digit temperatures of the “bomb cyclone” to make our last visit to the Landmark Sunshine Cinema (which closed last weekend as of this writing) for Walter Hill’s 1979 NYC gangs-in-costumes classic The Warriors.

In this episode we talk about the movie, the novel by Sol Yurick, and the ancient Greek text that started it all, Xenophon’s Anabasis.

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At the movie we met two eager Warriors fans visiting NYC from Argentina and we enjoyed our featured spirit, Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey.

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The following weekend we traveled to Coney Island in search of the spot where the Warriors finally saw home, only to find it as changed as the rest of the city, pausing for a nosh at Nathan’s Hot Dogs for further unpacking of the movie and its sources.

 

And here are a couple fun extras:

Actor Thomas G. Waites on getting fired from The Warriors.

Nick Carr breaks down the NYC filming locations for The Warriors on ScoutingNY.com. 

 

 

 

 

Footballs, new dresses, future wives and spoons: Tommy Wiseau’s The Room.

In early October we returned to the Landmark Sunshine for Tommy Wiseau’s modern classic romantic psychological drama The Room. There we encountered passionate fans, airborne spoons, and Tommy himself, whose intro Q&A we captured in its entirety.

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For the movie, I drank Spirits of Old Bennington Kilted Wheat Whiskey, a bottle of which I purchased in September during a trip to Vermont. I don’t know what the hell the others were drinking that night. But for our discussion a few days later we drank Jamison, apparently.

Happy holidays, and join us for our next outing, when we head back again to the Sunshine (gotta cram as many movies as we can before it closes) for The Warriors, Friday, January 5 at midnight!

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Desert surrealism, enlightenment, tarot and a lot of blood: El Topo and The Holy Mountain.

 

In this episode we do a deep dive into the first two films by Alejandro Jodorowsky. El Topo is widely regarded as the first “midnight movie,” after gaining a cult following at the long-gone Elgin Theater. Though not as well known, The Holy Mountain is an even richer and more ambitious journey into Jodorowsky’s cinematic universe.

Our special guest on this episode is Sarah Lyons – writer, activist, occultist and witch – who walks us through The Holy Mountain’s use of tarot-related symbolism and imagery.

You can also find the unedited recordings of our discussions in the sidebar to the right.

Our featured whiskey for this episode is Van Brunt Stillhouse Rye Whiskey, which we found pairs nicely with surrealism.

El Topo (1970 Mexico)  aka El topo Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Kids on Bikes, a Killer Clown, and a couple waiting for a bus: I.E.: IT.

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On Saturday, September 9 we were joined by special guest Nicole Strawbridge for our first first-run movie of Whiskey Flicks, Stephen King‘s IT at Cinepolis Chelsea.

Before the movie we took a trip down memory lane, with Dan recalling the middle school teacher who first introduced him to King’s books. (Thanks, Mrs. Palumbo!) Afterwards, we encountered a couple outside the theatre who shared King-related memories of their own over the final pulls of bourbon from King’s County Distillery.

Also, we’re nerds:

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Dystopian anime at the Sunshine Cinema (w/ motorcycles, creepy kids, and Tokyo destroyed not once but twice!)

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On Saturday, August 26 we were joined by special guest Lawrence Dial for a midnight screening of Katsuhiro Otomo’s AKIRA at the soon-to-be-closed Landmark Sunshine Cinema. For several of us it was the first time seeing this anime classic, though for Lawrence it was somewhere around his 200th.

Our first on-the-street recording captures our reactions to the film, some personal history of Lawrence’s growing up with AKIRA, and a bunch of sirens on Houston Street. At one point we sip from a bottle of Cherry Bomb Whiskey from Eastside Distilling in Portland, OR and do our best not to get locked inside the security gates of the theatre.

As promised during the episode, here is a video by Nerdwriter about the use of light in AKIRA, through which he provides an excellent analysis of the movie.

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Guitar strings, pig carcasses, dingos, and 1,200 miles of Outback.

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Our first official episode of “Whiskey Flicks” centers on Road Games, a 1981 Australian thriller directed by Richard Franklin, and starring Stacey Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis. Mike, Dan and Jack discuss the flick’s virtues and deficits and somehow get onto the subject of growing up as latchkey kids.

That’s what happens when you mix absurdist Aussie highway shenanigans with Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey whiskey.

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