Monthly Archives August 2016

A Tale Of Two Stephens: How Stranger Things Absolutely Owns ‘80s Nostalgia

There is an increasing tendency amongst modern audiences to place great value upon their nostalgia for certain things. How often is a reboot/remake/whatever met not with criticism of the work from an artistic viewpoint, but rather from very visceral and emotional standpoint? Because nostalgia is a tricky and weird thing. Very easily, an artistic creation that is meant to cause us to look back fondly upon something and evoke some kind of pleasant feelings can fall into the realm of the cheesy and insincere. Something beautiful becomes something tacky. Something sweet becomes something saccharine and artificial. All too often, something
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In Theaters: Ben-Hur (or Ugh-Why)

Guys, can we talk about that new BEN-HUR movie? The one that maybe, probably didn’t need to be remade? The one with my man Toby Kebbell who is like a million times better than this? I’m trying really hard to be objective and open and tolerant and all that shit but sweet Lort Baby Jesus, this is a mess of biblical proportions. First, let me get this out of the way. From a technical standpoint, BEN-HUR ain’t all that bad. I mean the cinematography is fine, the editing is solid, the script isn’t that painful, the acting is just…you know,
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CINEPUNX Episode 54: THIS IS HARDCORE SPECIAL EPISODE Part 2

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Cinepunx_Episode_54.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPART 2 FEATURING MEMBERS OF JESUS PIECE, EDGEWISE, DAMNATION AD, and I mean, lots of cool people not in bands or in bands that you don;t know about. It is, without a doubt, lit.   HEY EVERYBODY!! Welcome to the second installment of our THIS IS HARDCORE FEST special episode. Now look, I know what you are thinking on this: “Liam, why is this episode so damn long?” LOOK Y’ALL, I SCREWED UP. I thought I had balanced out our two episodes perfectly and I had not. I’m
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SCENE REPORT: NAMOUR- Local Film Maker Shines at BlackStar Film Festival

There’s a certain measure of alienation inherent in one’s transition into adulthood. Regardless of the source, a typical young adult will always perceive pressure in terms of the speed at which his or her professional or social life is progressing. In Namour, Philadelphia filmmaker Heidi Saman expounds upon those feelings through the lens of Steven, the son of Egyptian immigrants working at an upscale restaurant in Saman’s native Los Angeles. Namour takes the viewer on an emotional journey through Steven’s life as a twentysomething faced with failing to meet the expectations of his family, his girlfriend, his employer, and his
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This Is Hardcore Fest – Sunday is NOT a Day of Rest

You ever watch zombie movies? Sure you do, you read Cinepunx! Sunday required attendees to dig deep for the last 16(!) bands. Outside, there were definitely more people sitting than standing. Three straight days of dancing will do that to you. I stupidly missed Strife (I also missed the secret show with them and Refused), but managed to find parking in time for a tofu meatball banh mi from Kung Fu Hoagies before Baltimore’s Ruiner went on. They were a lot of fun, even if the lead singer was kind of grumpy (chalk it up to having to go to
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This Is Hardcore Fest – Saturday’s Warrior

Saturday was back to your regularly scheduled programming (more hardcore, less Satan), with locals Ten Ton Hammer leading off. The forecast called for rain, which held off, as did the firestorm to purify (although the heat was a pretty good proxy). What’s great about the music starting at noon is that the teenagers have a good chance of convincing mom and dad to drop them off for a few sets before getting picked up to go home and eat dinner. It is very important to start listening to hardcore at a young age (and in my case, not to stop
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CINEPUNX Episode 53: THIS IS HARDCORE SPECIAL EPISODE PART 1

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Cinepunx_Episode_53.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSON THIS EPISODE A SPECIAL CONVERSATION WITH WALTER SCHREIFELS, CHAKA MALIK, GAVIN VAN VLACK, MARK BEEMER, KEVIN HARE, STEPHEN X WELCH, AND MORE!!     Greetings all, and thanks for joining us for a very special edition of Cinepunx, recorded almost entirely at THIS IS HARDCORE FEST!  This is the first part of our series, the second will post soon. We spoke to so many great people that we needed to break this into a couple episodes. On this episode we start off with an intro, a few folks
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This Is Hardcore Fest – Friday, I’m in Love

(all photos by ANNE SPINA) Survived Thursday? Not terribly difficult, but a pat on the back nonetheless. Friday brought the fest to the Electric Factory, where it would ride out the next three days. There was still many, many bands yet to play at this point, along with merch to buy, food to eat, and causes to support. I spent the early part of the evening in the lot, decided what to eat and contemplating a haircut from Lucky’s Barbershop before heading back inside for Full of Hell, who were chock full of—you guessed it—hell. They put together a punishing
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This Is Hardcore Fest – Round 1: Fight!

( Editor’s Note: Welcome to our first THIS IS HARDCORE FEST round up post! These are not comprehensive reviews of the fest, rather they are a documentation of one person’s experience of it. Fidel was a perfect choice for me to ask because he is someone older, who grew up with this music, but isn’t as involved anymore as me and Josh are. As TIHC fest grows, more and more of the audience are these returning core-men, and as such I value Fidel’s input very much. Importantly, all the photos in this piece and in all his pieces were taken
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