Monthly Archives May 2017

Netflix Weekly: WAR MACHINE

The issue of Rolling Stone released in 2010 contained an article titled “The Runaway General” by a journalist named Michael Hastings. He was tasked to follow around a general who was just hired to find closure for the United States in the war against Afghanistan. War Machine, the cinematic adaptation of that event, features a scene where the journalist (named Sean Cullen, played by Scoot McNairy) first meets the general (named Glen McMahon, played by Brad Pitt). It’s a brief scene, but pivotal nonetheless. Towards the end of their moment together, McMahon mentions how he wants to be on the
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Review – DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE

The life of the artist is frequently envied and romanticized. Turn back the pages of most history books, and you’ll find the artist has been looked to for social critique, entertainment and insight for thousands of years, fulfilling an important function in society. Given this role, it’s no surprise that films about artists hold a lot of interest. The life of the film auteur has been enjoying particular focus in recent years; from Hitchcock/Truffaut to De Palma to the upcoming Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, cinematic journeys into the lives and methodologies of celebrated filmmakers prove to enthrall and entertain. On
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Review – PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Dead Men Tell No Tales

In what was intended to be a fun, easy ManDate episode, has not devolved into a mindless rambling by yours truly on the 5th installment of a film series that should have ended as a trilogy. In case the title and the accompanying photo didn’t give it away yet, I’m talking about Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. While I can honestly say that I highly enjoyed the original trilogy of the series and was, at least, entertained by the 4th film, I’m not entirely sure who asked for a 5th film and why it exists outside
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CONSPIRACY THEORY: No, Not The Mel Gibson Movie

The “found footage” craze in horror films is just about sputtering out, and hopefully all of the footage out there has been found or is about to be found, and we won’t be subjected to films like Conspiracy Theory for much longer. I really can’t imagine it getting much worse after this though.  I’ll be blunt: this movie was bad. Real bad. Like…amongst-the-worst-films-I’ve-ever-watched bad. I’ve seen some bad movies. I’ve seen some bad found footage movies. And, I’ve even seen some bad found footage movies about mischievous and sinister aliens. None of them come close to the cinematic train wreck
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CINEPUNX Episode 64: Talking TAKE SHELTER, MUD, and MIDNIGHT SPECIAL With Brenden “Bear” Hubbard

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CINEPUNX_EPISODE_64.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWE BACK!!’ Greetings both faithful and irresolute listeners to a new and wonderful episode of CINEPUNX! On this episode we welcome a very special guest, BRENDEN HUBBARD! Brenden is unique as he is both a working tour dog and a working producer whose films have won numerous awards. Rarely have we had a guest who fulfills our reason for existing so completely, and with Brenden I fell like we have a really unique view into the independent film world. Often, as film fans, when we discuss film making
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It Came From Iceland: CHILD EATER

Being a child is an existence oftentimes based on fear. As children, we lack the ability to rationalize what we see and hear around us. We’re quicker to leap to insane conclusions about what happens, and quicker to translate an uncertainty of anything into a certainty that we are witnessing something horrible and supernatural. An adult hears something go bump in the night, and the worst they might think is that a burglar has broken into their home, or a mischievous cat has decided to embark on a bout of late night goofiness. A child, however, is quick to conclude
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Celebrating Twenty Years of Space Madness in EVENT HORIZON

Caution: This review is not for the spoiler-squeamish This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Paul W.S. Anderson’s mad foray into the deepest reaches of space (and elsewhere), Event Horizon. Anderson gets a lot of flack these days for providing the world with Resident Evil after Resident Evil, but back in the mid ‘90s, he was a particularly sought-after director, turning down shots at X-Men and Alien: Resurrection. When Paramount sent him the script for Event Horizon, Anderson was excited at the prospect of crafting a ghost story as impactful as The Shining or as timeless as The Haunting. He
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Unreleased Scores We’ve No Chance of Ever Seeing, But We Want Them Anyway

Thanks to a resurgence in soundtracks, there is astonishing variety of scores we never thought we’d ever see officially released: the scores for Basket Case and its sequel, Spookies, Chopping Mall, Phase IV, and Surf Nazis Must Die. These are but a few of the albums put out by the likes of Terror Vision, Waxwork, and Strange Disc, but for every obscure B-movie and cult flick out there, we can’t help but wonder at other titles which still have yet to see the light of day. Unsurprisingly, many of the titles we’re after come from the land of television, a genre
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Netflix Weekly: MINDHORN

Something has to be said for the opening scene of Mindhorn, a show-within-a-movie tale from the United Kingdom. From its plot summary and Netflix trailer, I got this pit feeling that the film would just jump right into footage of the “Mindhorn” TV show, complete with VHS-quality footage of the program it mimics. Don’t get me wrong; we’re eventually given a scene that screams Knight Rider all the way down to that trailer voice guy that thrived in the 1980’s. But instead, we’re given two and a half minutes of character introduction, as we watch Richard Thorncroft, aka Mindhorn (Julian
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REVIEW: THE LOVERS

So: let’s break this review down into three things The Lovers gets right and the one thing The Lovers gets wrong, with there being an overlap. When I’m this split on a picture, I find it’s best to break it down on a very simple level and see where I stand after the smoke clears. The Lovers is about a long-time married couple, Michael (Tracy Letts) and Mary (Debra Winger), who couldn’t have less tolerance for one another at this later stage in life. They are still together out of habit more than anything else. Unbeknownst (or not) to one
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