That’s the takeaway, here.
That’s all we want you to do, is just exercise your right, should that be something you possess. We acknowledge that some of our listeners may not be eligible.
We know that some of our listeners don’t live in the United States of America. Some people won’t hear these episodes until some far flung date well after the election at hand is long decided.
There’s stuff for those people too:
Ep 75- The Purge: Election Year
Matt and Trevor take a dive into The Purge franchise, examining the third movie in the series- The Purge: Election Year.
Not only do the Nighthawks apply their usual compliments of Nighthawks gravy, as they talk about the movies and what they mean to them. But the boys also use the occasion to examine political allegory in artistic works, and its place in society.
Also, it doesn’t hurt that this is a movie where Frank Grillo kicks quite a lot of ass.
Ep 29- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Let’s get down to brass tacks.
We’re talking about FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS for this episode of the Nighthawks Podcast.
This deceptively deep movie is from film auteur and former Python, Terry Gilliam, and stars Johnny Depp as the enigmatic Dr. Hunter S. Thompson- er… Raoul Duke.
Hunter S. Thompson’s book is said to have defined a generation, and within it beats the soul of a man who is looking for one last grasp at the sixties.
What follows is a true-to-some-degree story about a drug addled journalist and his drug addled attorney taking on Sin City. Will Vegas be the paradise they seek, or just another money making shill?
We lost Dr. Thompson in 2005. The Nighthawks present this discussion as our humble tribute to an American folk hero.
Ep 37- Ali
It was 2001. Shortly after the attacks on 9/11. Directed by Michael Mann and starring the likes of Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, John Voight, Mario Van Peebles, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Joe Morton; the film Ali is released to critical acclaim and earning two Oscar nominations in short order.
It would be easy to tell the up-from-the-streets story of a young Kentucky boy named Cassius Clay. Tell the story about rising to the challenges of professional boxing as Clay battles his way to the national stage. The formulas for that story were all written long ago. But that’s not where this film goes.
ALI (the film) asked some tough questions of a Country that found itself thrust into a war in Afghanistan. Obviously, Michael Mann had no idea that the United States would be the victim of a terrorist attack in the months leading up to the release of this Muhammed Ali biopic, but he doesn’t “pull any punches” (sitcom laugh track.)
Instead, ALI (again, the film) faces issues like race and religion head on, as it tells the story of the greatest fight of Muhammed Ali’s life: his fight against the United States of America, spanning from 1964 to 1974.
Ep 43- Network
Directed by Sidney Lumet; written by Paddy Chayefsky; starring Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty.
You don’t get creative talent like that everyday, and NETWORK is one of those rare “unicorn” movies that manages to pull the talent together.
A biting commentary in its time, a warning of things that could be.
Now, NETWORK is seen as a frighteningly prophetic piece that foretold the state of modern media. No strangers to mass communications, Trevor and Matt manage to parse out what NETWORK was trying to say then and what it tells us now.
Ep 104- Boyz n the Hood (feat. Terry Flemings)
This Episode of the Nighthawks Podcast is not censored for profanity or content. Listener discretion is advised.
Nighthawks Diner special Guest Host Terry Flemings drops in to talk to Matt about a movie they’ve been familiar with since they were young.
Trevor, on the other hand, is watching this John Singleton 1991 classic for the first time.
Today the Nighthawks Diner is abuzz with discussion of Boyz n the Hood, the Freshman film for the late John Singleton, who would have a long and impressive career before his death. Meanwhile Boyz n the Hood also offers us babyfaced performances from Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Regina King, Angela Bassett, Lawrence Fishburne and a cavalcade of others. What was John Singleton saying in 1991? What does the movie say about the modern day? Are we listening yet?
Resources for addressing and understanding the current BLM movement in the United States are available below.
One Of US Net’s Live From the End of the World webcast that specifically discusses the Black Lives Matter movement, and what allies need to know and how to help. The webcast was facilitated by Chris Cox at One of Us, and featured an all black panel.
- Panelists include:
- Joshua Dylan Hunter ofThe Reel Pineapple – https://www.facebook.com/thereelpineapple
- Michael Van Slyke: Archangel Arts – https://www.facebook.com/pg/archangelarts/community/
- Gene Seliasse – Is a critic, screenwriter, comic writer, friend of the podcast. His comic anthologies include Puerto Rico Strong, Kayfabe Anthology Vol 3, and Elsewhere. Gene is also the writer of Peter Pan and the Land of Forever, a Modern twist on the classic Peter Pan story, an upcoming film from Dream Teller Animation Studios. https://thescrumsports.com/author/geneselassie/ https://www.dreamtellerstudio.com/feature-films/ https://www.comixology.com/Elsewhere/digital-comic/ https://www.lionforge.com/puerto-rico-strong/
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi