Monthly Archives April 2017

Netflix Weekly: WIN IT ALL

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to the our new column here at Cinepunx, NETFLIX WEEKLY! Each week let Jaime Burchardt be your guide through the highs and lows of Netflix exploding original film content!) Before watching Win it All, the phrase I kept hearing and seeing online that described co-writer/director Joe Swanberg’s film went to the tune of “the most mainstreamed film he’s done yet” more or less. And you know what? That phrase isn’t wrong. If you look at Swanberg’s filmography, he’s etched out a sturdy career that thrives in indie filmmaking. Win it All is indeed his most “mainstreamed” effort,
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Killer Musings, Part 2: Interview With Mink Stole

For over 50 years, Mink Stole has been a regular member of Dreamland, the close-knit and dedicated team of actors and production crew who have worked tirelessly to help bring the work of cult filmmaker John Waters to life. From the early, bare bones 8mm and 16mm shorts and infamous “trash trilogy” Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble and Desperate Living, to the pop-culture phenomenon-launching Hairspray and everything before, after and between, Mink Stole won the hearts of cult film fans with scene-stealing ease. On May 9, Serial Mom, Waters’ wickedly funny 1994 send-up of true crime, gets the deluxe collector’s edition
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Killer Musings: A Look Back at SERIAL MOM

For many years, filmmaker John Waters spent his leisure time traveling the United States, stopping from city to city and eagerly hopping from one court date to another; not on trial, but as spectator. A self-described “crime hag,” Waters viewed criminal trials as a kind of elaborate theater. The often surreal circumstances of many of the cases, as well as the high drama of prosecution vs. defense and the curious public interest in the alleged criminals on trial, made a perfect showing of camp spectacle and bizarre farce. Waters shrewdly recognized the potential for a story and wrote Serial Mom,
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CINEPUNX Episode 62: SO FAST, SO FURIOUS, SO PUNX

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Cinepunx_Episode_62.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIT DON’T MATTER IF WE RECORD BY AN INCH OR A MILE, A PODCAST IS A PODCAST, AND YOU ARE WELCOME TO THIS, OUR MOST FASTEST AND FURIOUS EPISODE TO DATE!! Yes, the Punx return to discuss the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise (not including 8 which Josh had not yet seen). I have talked endless trash on these films, while Josh really lives his life a quarter mile at a time. It is not that I have issues with family, or even with a multi-racial team of international
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WE GOT ISSUES: March Comic Round-Up

A-hoy-hoy, everyone! The dreadnaught of chicanery, Johnny, is back with a brand new comic round-up! In March, I read 197 comics (that’s right, I keep track). Here’s what’s worth mentioning: Once and Future Queen #1 by (W) Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride (A/CA) Nick Brokenshire from Dark Horse Comics was a pretty solid debut issue from the Amelia Cole team. Another modern sword in the stone story starring a 19-year-old chess prodigy who finds and draws the fabled Excalibur from its resting place. Adventure ensues. Definitely worth checking out. All Time Comics: Crime Destroyer #1 by (W) Josh Bayer, (A) Herb Trimpe
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PHILLY: FREE FIRE ( Ben Wheatley) Ticket Give Away

Let’s just say it up front: Ben Wheatley is just great! KILL LIST, A FIELD IN ENGLAND, HIGH RISE; Dude has directed some of the best genre films of the past 10 years. So, when we got the opportunity to give away free passes to his latest, FREE FIRE, we jumped at the opportunity. The screening is on Thursday, April 13th at 730pm at the Ritz East. Email us at cinepunx@gmail.com. We will randomly choose winners (you and a friend) and let you know by Wednesday next week! Look, this movie looks great. Brie Larson is awesome. This looks like
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My GRINDHOUSE Gratitutde: Ten Years Later and it Still Gets to Me

Useless Talent No. 7: Building Film Prints I was coming up on the three-year point of my employment status as a projectionist for an AMC theater in New York. Back then it wasn’t just pressing a button on a digital projector, it meant working with actual film. Threading film through rollers & platters, checking on sound quality and making sure the screen didn’t look like crap. I loved it. My total run as a projectionist for six years (three in New York & three here in Texas) still holds the title as the best job I’ve had yet. One of
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The 2017 Cinedelphia Film Festival: Four Festival Must-Sees

It’s that time of year again. April. What does that mean for film fans? It’s the beginning of blockbuster season, right? Unfortunately. But it’s also the beginning of festival season! Between April and October every year there are dozens of film festivals happening internationally, each shining a light on films in its respective niche. Philadelphia has a number of its own festivals that happen in various parts of the city during this time. Some are great, others not so much. The best festival for the last five years, however, has been the Cinedelphia Film Festival. An amalgam of genre fare,
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CHEWIN’ THE FAT with Actor/Director Graham Skipper

With a name like Graham Skipper, you’d expect a fun interview. Most folks know Graham from his roles on camera in Almost Human, The Mind’s Eye and Beyond the Gates, and on stage in the hit Los Angeles production of Re-Animator: The Musical. But – get this – he directs too! His new feature, the sci-fi romance Sequence Break, world premieres April 6th at the ridiculously loaded Chattanooga Film Festival. Graham took the time to chew the fat with me about his influences, why musical theatre rocks, and what horror film wrecked his 13-year-old self. What are your thoughts on
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