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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was Mike’s umpteenth time and my first. I’d seen Rocky Horror on TV before, but never live with the shadow cast, the dancing, the devirginizing, and, of course, the talking to the screen. Rocky Horror premiered the year I was born and in all that time, to my ongoing shame, I’d never done the real deal.
The experience, which we talk about in our first episode of “Whiskey Flicks,” awakened in me a desire to explore midnight movies in New York City, at both the regular film series curated at various theatres in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and at more off-the-beaten-path screenings.
There’s a rich history and still-active culture surrounding these deep-A.M. cinematic curiosities, and a broad selection of cult classics, obscure genre pictures, and forgotten gems to be enjoyed, processed, and discussed.
The cast of this podcast is a group of friends – playwrights and theatre artists – who enjoy movies maybe a little more than they should. They like to stay up late on the weekends. And they like to drink. Why not record a podcast about all those things? It’s 2017 and doing this is easy and practically free.
So here we are.
As the series progresses we hope to wrangle special guests from time to time. Maybe we’ll include other more famous podcast personalities in our discussions, maybe we’ll conduct interviews with the curators of the film series we attend, or maybe if we develop a following of any kind we’ll invite listeners along and record some post-movie discussions outside the theatre.
I don’t know. Anything could happen. Or not. The main point is:
We love movies. And we hope, if you’re listening, that you do to.
We love staying up past our bedtime. And if you’re listening, we hope it’s at an unreasonable hour.
And we love whiskey. Okay, some of us prefer wine. But come on, whiskey’s the best.