Monthly Archives March 2017

AT THE (MAHONING) DRIVE-IN with Virgil Cardamone And Matthew McClanahan

Any horror fan in northeastern PA has likely heard of the Mahoning Drive-In just outside of Lehighton, PA. Since 1949 the theatre has been offering moviegoers films in a 35 millimeter format on Simplex projectors, and to this day they’ve stuck with formula. The result is an experience that captures the nostagliac feel of genre films as they were original experienced. I was lucky enough to talk to Virgil Cardamone and Matthew McClanahan, two of the people involved with running the Drive-In every season about how they became involved with the operation of the theatre, the challenges of maintaining a “retro”
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The Mahoning Drive-In’s 2017 Season: Best Bets

For nearly 70 years, the Mahoning Drive-In has brought screenings under the stars to the denizens of the Lehigh Valley. Thanks to recent partnerships with the likes of Exhumed Films, and a desire to “deliver you a true love of film, filmmaking, and the nostalgic moviegoing experience you can only get at the drive-in,” the drive-in brings everything from obscure cult films to beloved favorites to their CinemaScope screen. As their 2017 season soon gets underway, we took a look at what’s been announced for the first few months, and give you a few tips as to the more obscure
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Salt-n-Pepa & Stay Tuned

“Start Me Up,” by Salt-n-Pepa, from Stay Tuned 1992’s Stay Tuned is a fairly meta film, for being a movie about people sucked into a television. The film’s star, John Ritter, was best known for his work in sitcoms such as Three’s Company, as was the actress who played his wife, Pam Dawber, from the likes of Mork & Mindy and My Sister Sam. There are scads of TV personalities throughout the film’s more minor roles: Don Pardo of Saturday Night Live fame plays an announcer, and Captain Lou Albano even pops up. Still, the film’s not exactly well-known, and
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ATLFF Review: HOLDEN ON (World Premiere)

Let’s talk about Holden On, shall we? Any film that ends with a phone number for a national assistance organization is going to inherently leave you feeling like you’ve just watched some sort of after school special. And it’s actually not entirely unfair to call Holden On an after school special. It deals with a single protagonist, follows him through a very complicated issue that needs more exposure than it receives, and ends in one of two ways those kinds of specials always end – with the protagonist’s salvation, or death. But Holden On is an after school special in
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CHEWIN’ THE FAT (ATLFF Edition) with Actor Matt Fahey

The 2017 Atlanta Film Festival kicks-off Friday and I figured – what better what to initiate coverage than with the first in a series of special ATLFF “Chewin’ the Fat” conversations. www.atlantafilmfestival.com My favorite aspect of film festivals is being introduced to talented folks I’d never heard of before. Such was the case with actor Matt Fahey, and his performance in Tamlin Hall’s Holden On (world premiering at ATLFF) made me stop and say, “I gotta chew the fat with him.” He grew up in rural Connecticut, shot this film in rural Georgia, and took the time to talk with Cinepunx about those correlations, building
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CHEWIN’ THE FAT with Editor Michael Felker

2017 is shaping up to be a pretty big year for editor Michael Felker. He’s had one flick, the genre-bending Get the Girl, already released in theatres and on-demand. His next film, the Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson time travel sci-fi-thriller, The Endless, world premieres at the TriBeCa Film Festival next month. Add to that his working on his own material and this just seemed like an opportune time to chew the fat. Known primarily for his collaborations with Moorhead and Benson, Felker is a proud FSU graduate and has an extensive love of cinema, which we discuss (or chew) in depth.
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In Theaters: KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Kong might be king of the jungle but he’s certainly not the king of keeping a tidy home. All those helicopter parts and body parts and skeleton lizard parts just lying around. That’s what happens when you don’t have parents or a Lady Kong to watch out for you. As far as monsters go, Kong is the bachelor of the group. He’s a loner. A rebel. A self-made ape. And, in terms of how long his kind lives, he’s probably just a teenager. And we know how awkward those teenage years can be for humans. Imagine how they are for
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RUNNING ON STREAM: Battling Winter Blues Edition

Welcome to a shiny new edition of RUNNING ON STREAM. Sorry for the delay: this column is designed, quite purposefully, to be easy to do so that it can come out regularly. However, I have a new and wonderful aspect to my life, my beautiful daughter Maeve. She is a little over a month old, and is succeeding at teaching me how little I know about life and adulthood and how to accomplish tasks in the world. Still, I was able to jump on this very late edition of what is inscrutably my most popular writing effort because the northeastern
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In Theaters/On VOD: BRIMSTONE

This film might as well have been called “Pain in Four Part Harmony”. Brimstone is a vicious film, filled with terrible people doing terrible things to people who don’t deserve what befalls them. It’s a Western, but it’s also a horror film. It’s a two-fold revenge tale where children are murdered, men are disemboweled, and women take to nooses like moths to a flame. I sit here with such a bitter taste in my mouth that I can’t believe I’m recommending the film. Martin Koolhoven is the man behind this madness, a director from the Netherlands making his English language
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CHEWIN’ THE FAT with Writer/Director Ryan Spindell

Anyone who follows the annual horror festival circuit is likely familiar with the name ‘Ryan Spindell.’ From TriBeCa to Fantastic Fest, Spindell’s short films have been screening and winning awards at festivals across the globe. His most recent short, The Babysitter Murders, has just finished its festival run after successful outings pretty much everywhere that matters. In short – he’s pretty much got this short film thing down. I’ve known Ryan for a few years and he was kind enough to answer some of my ridiculous questions from his Los Angeles dojo. He’s a horror dork, an impressive visual artist, and
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