Monthly Archives June 2017

EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC Is The Best and Worst EXORCIST Movie

  When revisiting a film for an anniversary, it’s easy to say: “That’s not as bad as I remember!” Time has a habit of healing old wounds, and we’re often inclined to give “bad” films reconsideration as they age. Rare is the case of a film that isn’t given some kind of favorable critical reappraisal. Exorcist II: The Heretic is that anomaly. It’s one of the few horror films of the last 40 years whose infamy has only grown with time. There are fans out there, sure, but they’re few and far between. Even reviews which try to highlight the positives
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THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS: Punx in Disguise

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the premiere of one of the most surprisingly subversive shows in television history Typically when we think about entertainers who have changed America, we think of cultural troublemakers such as Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Phyllis Diller, or Norman Lear. Each of them, in his or her own way, significantly altered our perceptions on topics such as censorship, race, and women’s liberation, bringing those issues to the forefront by using an effectively edgy approach. Whether it be via stand-up comedy routines, movies, or television, their confident, in-your-face attitudes were hard to ignore. So, if
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REVIEW: BABY DRIVER Is a Full-Throttle, Musical Thrillride

Caution: This article contains mild spoilers.   After completing his much-beloved “Cornetto Trilogy” and venturing into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with ­­Ant-Man, writer/director Edgar Wright turned his attention to the Great Cinematic Car Chase. The result, Baby Driver, races into theaters this Wednesday, June 28. In many ways, this is Wright at the top of his game, bringing us his tightest, most cohesive and technically impressive film. It’s jam-packed with explosive action sequences, ambitious stunts and at just under two hours, doesn’t feel a second too long. And like many of his films, it introduces an unconventional protagonist we can’t
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REVIEW: THE MUMMY

What did people expect from The Mummy? Seriously? I’ve read the negative reviews, some of them bordering on outlandish overkill, and none of them are really that eloquent at pointing out why the film isn’t entertaining. It’s like critics are disliking it for the sake of disliking it, as if there is a reason to root against the Dark Universe. Give Universal Pictures a break, you guys. They don’t have any superheroes to sell tickets so they have to resort to the properties they have. Sure, The Mummy might not have been the best way to kick off a series
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LITERATURE-PUNX: Cinepunx Summer Reading List

I cannot help but love summer. There is so much about it that seems outside my realm of interest: THE BEACH, POOLS, VACATIONS, AMUSEMENT PARKS, DECKS, WATER SPORTS, SWIM SUITS, SUMMER FOOTWEAR! None of these are particularly “on brand” for me (though at one time I was an embarrassingly devoted flip flop enthusiast), yet nothing feels more natural to me then a hot day, spent lazily jumping in and out of a pool, only to briefly interrupt whatever novel I had picked up for that month. After swimming and reading and probably talking to my friends, almost exclusively about girls
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Interview: Jason Amm of Waveshaper Media talks their upcoming Morton Subotnick documentary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Morton Subotnick’s landmark electronic album, Silver Apples of the Moon. Thus, it makes perfect sense that Waveshaper Media – the duo of director Robert Fantinatto and musician Jason Amm – is putting together a documentary on the musician. Subotnick appeared in the company’s last documentary, In Search of Wires, which is a film on the enduring appeal of the modular synthesizer, and from that relationship sprang their upcoming film, Subotnick. Waveshaper has an Indiegogo campaign going to raise the funds to finish the film, and so we spoke with the company’s Jason Amm
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REVIEW: ROUGH NIGHT

First off: I hated this movie when it was called Very Bad Things. It didn’t work with gents and it doesn’t work with ladies. Why? Tone, baby. It’s all about the tone. Trying to take a movie that is, essentially, about the accidental death of a stripper and inject it with whimsical comedy and emotional messages about friendship is doomed to failure no matter how you slice it. Here is a film that is so painfully unaware of what it wants to do and how it wants to do it that that, at times, it’s like you’re watching a mediocre
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In Theaters: ALL EYEZ ON ME Struggles Under the Weight Of Tupac’s Tremendous Life and Legacy

Major disclaimer here: This review might not be relevant. In fact, it could be totally unnecessary. That might be for the best. As one of a few white faces in the advanced screening of All Eyez On Me, the new biopic of Tupac Shakur, I do not shy away from the fact that my perspective on the film is not needed and might not be wanted. That being said, I did really want to see and evaluate the film, based purely on its merit. That is due to yet another disclaimer: I’m not that into Tupac. If his music is
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PROFILES IN CINEMA: Ron Marchini

In a week where the legendary Adam West has passed away (RIP Batman!), it seems especially fitting to launch this column with a martial arts champion and action film star who counted West as a friend, working with him in Paul Kyriazi’s Omega Cop. That action star is Ron Marchini. Ron Marchini is an American karate master who spent the late 60s and early 70s revered as the best defensive fighter in the country. He ranked as high as 3rd amongst martial artists in the United States in 1972. Marchini grew up in California, where he began practicing karate at
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CINEPUNX Episode 65: THE NEW YORK HARDCORE CHRONICLES FILM Event Recap

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Cinepunx_Episode_65.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWELCOME FRIENDS, ENEMIES, CRETINS AND DANDYS! I dunno. Yes, it is another stage-divingly good episode of CINEPUNX! On this episode we have the Q&A portion of our event, the Philly “Premiere” of THE NEW YORK HARDCORE CHRONICLES FILM! The event was a lot of fun, but it also was maybe not what we expected it to be. So we recorded a lengthy introduction with our co-presenter and friend of the show and host of L!F!P!  Joseph Gervasi. Basically, if you wanna hear us discuss how it went, the idea
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