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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And away we go: Rocky Horror, midnight movies, middle age, and alcohol.

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Not long ago, the creators of this project – Dan McCoy (that’s me) and Mike Niederman – went to The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Cinepolos Chelsea movie theatre.

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.

Until now.

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.

Over whiskey.

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.

So raise a glass with us.

To “Whiskey Flicks!”