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Kurt Russell Rocks An Eyepatch, Tommy Wiseau IRL, Get Freaky With Danish Vampyrs

It’s that time of the week again, y’all. Here’s a list of a moving pictures we’re excited to see.


Escape From New York
This is early ’80s sci-fi action at its finest. It’s the year 1997 and New York City is a police state (sounds familiar), but rather than shipping criminals to Rikers Island, the island of Manhattan has been converted into a maximum security prison where violence reigns. The probably named Snake Plissken (played by a mostly shirtless Kurt Russell) is not only working to bring back eyepatches, but he’s also on a reconnaissance mission to save the President after Air Force One crashes in the middle of Manhattan. Friday September 26th and Saturday September 27th at 12:20 am, IFC Center; tickets, $14
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You’ll Want to ‘Score’ Tix to These Live Soundtrack Performances

If you missed Alan Howarth performing his soundtrack to Halloween last Halloween, here are some more chances to catch modern maestros performing their film scores alongside the movies they soundtracked.
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9 Things Todd Phillips Revealed About Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Todd Phillips at left. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Nitehawk’s highly anticipated (by us, anyway) screening of Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies drew a crowd that may or may not have ever seen Todd Phillips’s subsequent films (Old School, The Hangover, etc.) In front of us was a guy in a Mohawk, brazenly smoking a vaporizer. Then there was the guy in the Plato’s Retreat shirt.
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Hated: G.G. Allin and the Murder Junkies

Punk rock sensation G.G. Allin was renowned for his outlandish live performance antics—which involved defecating on stage, self-mutilation, nudity, and attacking audience members. He typically ended sets smeared in various bodily fluids. Despite poor reviews, Allin attracted a cult following over his career, as he strived to inject a little danger into rock. He eventually died from a drug overdose while this 1993 biopic was in post-production. Hated was the first film from director Todd Phillips (Old School, Starsky & Hutch, The Hangover), and he will be present for a Q&A after the one-night-only screening.

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Now Showing: Bicycle Film Fest, Al Fresco French Flicks and More

Now you’ve finally made it through OITNB, maybe you’re ready for some big-screen action?


Fed Up
If Super Size Me, Food, Inc., Hungry for Change and the collected works of Michael Pollan have yet to convince you of the evilness of Big Food, why not hit up Fed Up? The tagline is “Congress says pizza is a vegetable,” and it only gets better from there. Brought to you by Katie Couric, Stephanie Soechtig and Laurie David (the producer behind An Inconvenient Truth), this doc delves into America’s obesity epidemic and the creepy corporations behind it. Apparently guaranteed to “change the way you eat forever.” So if you treasure your customary diet, maybe skip it…
Thursday June 26, 11am, Village East Cinema (189 Second Ave), $7.50. LAST CHANCE!
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We Love That Hated: GG Allin Is Showing, With Todd Phillips Shooting the Shit

First off, Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies is the best documentary of all-time. I know, I know: The Act of Killing, Man on Wire, Jodorowsky’s Dune… All of them are great, but do any of them show GG Allin, holed up in the St. Marks Hotel, maniacally chanting, “I HATE you motherfucker, I HATE you motherfucker”? This is the East Village way before Yoga for the People moved in a few doors down (though rest assured, you can still buy a GG Allin t-shirt and a choker on St. Marks. I did once, for Halloween.)
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Spoons, Toons & Booze

According the Nitehawk, the only thing missing from your weekend morning cartoons and cereal is booze. Compete in short contests with other cartoon-goers to decide which cartoon, out of 80 series from the ’30s to the ’90s, you want to watch. Your price for admission covers an all-you-can-eat cereal bar, replete with marshmallows, chocolate, and sugar poorly disguised as nutrition. And of course, choose drinks from a special selection of cocktails, or if you’re feeling bold, drop a shot of Baileys or Kahlua in your cereal.

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Spoons, Toons & Booze

According the Nitehawk, the only thing missing from your weekend morning cartoons and cereal is booze. Compete in short contests with other cartoon-goers to decide which cartoon, out of 80 from the ’30s to the ’90s, you want to watch. Your price for admission covers an all-you-can-eat cereal bar, replete with marshmallows, chocolate, and sugar poorly disguised as nutrition. And of course, choose drinks from a special selection of cocktails, or if you’re feeling bold, drop a shot of Baileys or Kahlua in your cereal.

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Make an Escape From New York Via These Films and Fests

Welcome to Reel Psyched, our weekly rundown of movies we’re especially excited to see.

Escape from New York

Get served Greenpoint brews and an array of appetizing plates while watching Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) save the president from a dystopian “future” (1997) Manhattan.
Wednesday, June 11, 7:30pm at Nitehawk (136 Metropolitan Ave); $65 for four-course meal and beer pairings as part of the Film Feasts series; also showing Saturday June 14, 12:15am (minus the booze and food)
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It’s Settled: ‘Marge vs. the Monorail’ Is the Best Simpsons Episode of All-Time

Last month, while Simpsons Club counted down the show’s top 17 episodes at Nitehawk, we asked a Simpsons superfan to pick his own favorites, so we could compare the two lists and name the best episode of all-time. Chris O. Cook gave us his list a couple of weeks ago and now Kris King of Simpsons Club has posted his list minus the #1 episode, which he reveals to us right here, right now.
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Allison Kave and Keavy Landreth on Girls: ‘I’m Writhing With Discomfort’

Welcome to Girls Talk, in which two of our favorite New Yorkers share the text messages they sent during this week’s episode of Girls.

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

A lot happened in the Girls universe recently: Lena Dunham hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend and announced the pub date for her book, Adam Driver was reportedly cast as the next Star Wars foe, Allison Williams got engaged, and Jemima Kirke has a four-page photo spread in the current issue of New York. Because Hannah spent most of the last episode with family, it feels like it’s been a while since we’ve seen the gang.

AllisonSelfieThe text in gray belongs to Clinton Hill’s Allison Kave, founder of First Prize Pies. Tomorrow night at Nitehawk Cinema is the release party for her first cookbook, First Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (and More).

KeavySelfieThe text in blue belongs to Kumquat Cupcakery founder Keavy Landreth, who lives in Crown Heights. That’s where she and Kave will open Butter & Scotch — “Brooklyn’s first dessert and cocktail bar” — this summer. Until then, you can purchase their treats at Smorgasburg and stores citywide.
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42 Kooky, Kinky Films to See in Theaters While You Wait For Nymphomaniac


Part one of Lars Von Trier’s much ballyhooed NC-17 tour de force, Nymphomaniac (NSFW trailer above), will finally make its NYC debut at Nitehawk Cinema on March 28 (we’re going to assume “LaBeouf in the Buff” will be one of the special Nympho-themed cocktails). Yes, that’s a whole month from now, but there are plenty of ways to stimulate your appreciation for strange, sex-crazed cinema in the meantime.
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