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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