On April 21 (the day after 4/20, but whatever, man) we took Whiskey Flicks to Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg for the first time to cover Richard Linklater’s 1993 coming-of-age classic Dazed and Confused, the winner of their Marijuana Madness Tournament.
This episode consists entirely of our pre-show, greenery-fueled discussion. The next episode will cover our post-show chat, as well as our return trip to Nitehawk the following week for Videodrome, the runner up in the MJ Madness Tournament – an excursion that took a surprising turn.
And, as promised somewhere in the middle of our discussion, some links to statistics on marijuana-related arrests and convictions:
On Friday, March 23, we returned to the IFC Center for a midnight screening of Soylent Green, the 1972 dystopia thriller directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson in his final film.
We recorded our pre-show discussion at the now-shuttered El Quijote, a 90 year old Spanish restaurant in the ground floor of the Chelsea Hotel. Over dinner we talk with a couple at a neighboring table about all things (or at least some things) Jewish in NYC, and with staff of the restaurant about the closing of this mainstay 23rd Street restaurant.
This is the first edition of “Whiskey Sips,” our happy hour edition of Whiskey Flicks, where we pod about a “before bedtime” screening we just couldn’t resist.
On March 16, with a flask ofHudson Whiskey, we braved Friday evening in Times Square to ascend about thirty escalators at AMC Empire on 42nd Street for the hugest international cinematic success story you’ve probably never heard of: Detective Chinatown 2. As the icing on the pan-global cake, were accompanied byRachel McPhee, who acted in the film.
Friday March 2nd found Mike, Phlip and me at Videology in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the 1995 camp classic Showgirls. While Jack was off skiing or something, we were lucky to be joined by special guest Hadley Todoran.
Videology provided us with our featured whiskies for the night, in form of beer and shot combos. I went with Old Overholt. Some of the others may have gone with Jim Beam. I really don’t remember.
Needless to say, the drinking game emptied our cans and glasses faster than you can say “Versace.”
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.