Monthly Archives January 2016

From the Stereo to Your Screen: Bobby Brown and Ghostbusters II

“On Our Own” by Bobby Brown from Ghostbusters II     The video for Bobby Brown’s “On Our Own” is a textbook case of how music videos from films sometimes use the slimmest of connections in order to sell a movie. Watching the video, it seems like the director shot two different ideas for the song — one for the song before it was attached to the film, and the other afterward — and then stitched them together as best he could. Visually, it’s a far cry from Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters,” from the first film, which featured all four Ghostbusters,
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Films from the Void: GHOST CHASE

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense of it all. Ghost Chase Everybody’s got different things that come to mind when you mention 80s’ movies. Bad haircuts and wardrobes, cheap effects and gimmicks, gross slimy monsters, you get the picture. One of my favorite personal artifacts of 80s’ movie history however,
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Out of Step: THE REVENANT AS CASTRATION

EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to the first edition of our new series, OUT OF STEP. Cinepunx has been lucky to feature some interesting and creative writing around film and music on the site, yet we have never featured current film reviews. We intentionally avoided this kind of writing for two reasons. One was because there are so many film websites that cover new films already, and quite well at that ( CINAPSE, BIRTH MOVIES DEATH, SCREENCRUSH). The second one is that we discuss new films on the podcast, so why repeat material? Finally though, one of our major motivations was simply
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Oingo Boingo and Weird Science

“Weird Science” by Oingo Boingo from Weird Science       It only seems natural that Danny Elfman would end up doing film scores, given the number of times his Los Angeles psychotic cabaret act, Oingo Boingo, had their music appear in films during the ‘80s. Their appearance in Back to School doing “Dead Man’s Party” is one of that movie’s more iconic scenes, and they’re all over the soundtrack to 1984’s Bachelor Party, also appearing in the film itself. However, it’s the title track for the 1985 sci-fi comedy, Weird Science, with which I identify the band cinematically. The
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Hong Kong Ethics: A Johnnie To Primer

Johnnie To is a prolific Hong Kong-based film director and auteur who has been active since the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Initially working in both television and film, he firmly decided to work in the regional movie business in the mid-1980’s. Beginning his film career as something of a journeyman director, To would go on to found his own production company, Milkyway Image, with frequent screenwriting collaborator, Wai Ka-Fai, in 1996. Were prior to 1996 and the founding of Milkyway, To had primarily been involved in directing one, perhaps two, movies per year; from 1997 to the present day
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2015: The Cinepunx Top 10s

  The task was simple.  A spattering of interesting contributors were commissioned to put together a list of their top 10 records and movies of 2015, including some short write-ups for their five favorites in each category.  Some found no difficulty in completing this task  (a miracle for those of us who painstakingly deliberate internally on this very subject the entire year).  Others found it a bit more challenging.  But after countless misspellings, 4 different variations on how to say The Hateful Eight, the submission of what can only be assumed is a dissertation on media in the year 2015,  and
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NEW SHIRT DESIGN IS HERE!! (almost)

CHECK OUT OUR NEW DESIGN FROM THE AMAZING JUSTIN GRAY!! Hey look, you want one of these shirts. Of course you do, who wouldn’t? We wanna sell you one as well. In order to do that though, we need to pre-sell some. That is right, we are selling shirts, to raise money, to make shirts. THAT IS HOW PUNK STUFF WORKS DUDE, GET INTO IT! So, these shirts will be $15 postage paid, just paypal us at liamface(at)gmail.com INCLUDE YOUR SIZE AND YOUR ADDRESS! Shirts will be available small to 3x! If you would like a shirt, but do not
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CINEPUNX EPISODE 43: THE HATEFUL EIGHT WITH HEXTER

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Cinepunx_Episode_43.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNOW YOU STOP RIGHT THERE AND RAISE YOUR HANDS TO THE SKY YOU CINEPUNX BECAUSE WE ARE CARRYING PRECIOUS SPOILERS!! Hey friends, and welcome to the latest travesty that is Episode 43 of CINEPUNX, brought to you in glorious MP3!! This episode we sat down with Hexter (@hexter ) who you may know as the handsome ginger who works so many R5 Productions shows in Philly and specifically in the box office of Union Transfer. What you may not know, but we cover in this episode, is that Hexter
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Conceivably Leftist Cinema: Blackhat

Mark Jessup: “How do you feel about this?” Carol Barrett: “Not good. It’s worse for the guy in there. I’m surprised you went along.” Mark: “Washington didn’t see Chai Wan.” With its opening shot Mann sets Blackhat—and our lives—firmly within the dialectics of rarefication and reification, connection and disconnection, proximity and distance: a disembodied connectivity and embodied disconnection. We move from the coming together of isolated bureaucratic monads to the emergence of a community of disparate people who test the limits of the abstraction-inducing dehumanisation such bureaucracy inspires. The state’s management of these dialectics to support—through its organisation and maintenance of the world—a mode of
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: AC/DC and Last Action Hero

“Big Gun” by AC/DC from Last Action Hero Last Action Hero has received the occasional “why it’s actually good” revisit over the last few years – most notably in a 2013 AV Club piece – and honestly, the film does have its moments. One could argue that it heralded the eventual transformation of Arnold Schwarzenegger from top action star to less-than to political figure, given that the movie was supposed to be huge, and ended up losing something like $26 million. Hell, Last Action Hero bombed so hard, people were baffled at how good and successful the following year’s True Lies
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