Monthly Archives July 2017

FANTASIA 2017: TRAGEDY GIRLS

I’m not sure where I stand with Tragedy Girls. Maybe I’ll have a better understanding by the time I finish this review. I have always been a proponent of films that make you root for the bad guys, and films that make you question yourself in how you’re reacting to certain characters and situations – but there is a line that Tragedy Girls crosses that…I don’t know. I’m not sure if it made me appreciate the full-on balls to the wall approach of the filmmaker, or check out of the film because the last shred of humanity had been sucked
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FANTASIA 2017: PORK PIE

You know what can be just as fun as seeing a movie that’s either really good or really bad? A movie that has a surprise, within a surprise. And I’m not referring to big plot twists or insane character revelations, I’m talking about the movie’s level of condition. Just when you think it’s going to zig, it zags. Pork Pie took me through quite the ride, and at first it frustrated me – only to make me want to give it a hug. How about that? Jon (Dean O’Gorman), a novelist, is twisted up at his lowest point. He got
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CINEPUNX Episode 67: Talking Fellini with Heidi Saman (NAMOUR)

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Cinepunx_Episode_67.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTHE PUNX ARE BACK! On this intellectually engaging and yet totally tubular episode we discuss three films by Federico Fellini     La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, and La Dolce Vita Our guest is Philadelphia based Writer, Director, Producer HEIDI SAMAN! We spend some time talking to Heidi about her stellar film, Namour which is currently available on Netflix! We do our usual WACK AND ON TRACK gimmick, and then jump into it discussing these films. Joash and I were relatively ignorant about Fellini, and this discussion represents some of
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FANTASIA 2017: TOKYO IDOLS

Japanese idol culture isn’t a new fad by any means, but its popularity has been steadily increasing in the last few decades. You can attribute a myriad of reasons to that popularity, but it’s mainly due to the dedication and enthusiasm of the culture’s young stars. Although some boy groups do exist, idols are mostly peppy, fresh-faced girls admired for their overblown cuteness along with their singing and dancing talents. They generally don’t play any instruments, and most of the time are on stage accompanied by a pre-recorded track – a song which they likely did not write. But these
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FANTASIA 2017: FRIENDLY BEAST

A little fun fact about me: I really enjoy movies that take place in one night, or during a twelve-ish hour sequence. Actually, let me correct that last statement. I freaking love movies that take place in one night. Situations have to be taken care of in an allotted amount of time that brings out the best or worst in everyone, or at least their most true self. Sometimes characters change into someone they never thought they could be. I’m a straight-up sucker for movies with that plot point. Writer/director Gabriela Amaral Almeida didn’t just do that with Friendly Beast
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REVIEW: DUNKIRK

I’ve never been someone you want to engage with in a discussion about Christopher Nolan. For me, he’s always been one of those “middle of the road” filmmakers. I don’t love him enough to get excited about his work, and don’t dislike him enough to tear it down. I actually think, for a filmmaker, that’s the worst place to reside. I’ve found films like The Prestige and Memento to be solid and inventive films, but lacking in emotional engagement. I’ve found films like The Dark Knight and Inception to be good, mostly entertaining pictures that fell victim to an onslaught
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NEW MUSIC MONDAY: Volume One

It’s easy to get stuck in a rotation (or worse, a rut) where you listen to the same 10 bands, 20 records on repeat and can’t seem to find the right additions to your log of jams. With the democratization of the internet, finding music is (technically) easier than ever, but, with a million choices before you (and plenty of ways to legally stream new music) it can be a daunting task. In that light, we’ve asked our writers to share their favorite new (sometimes liberally using that word) tracks they can’t get enough of.  So without further ado, we
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Interview: Edgar Cantero talks his new novel, MEDDLING KIDS

Edgar Cantero’s new book, Meddling Kids (out now in hardback from Doubleday), was described to me as “Scooby-Doo Meets H.P. Lovecraft.” As much as I had enjoyed Cantero’s first book, The Supernatural Enhancements, you would’ve had me at Scooby Doo. Meddling Kids reminds me of all the Trixie Belden / Three Investigators / Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys books I read as a kid, to say nothing of the Encyclopedia Brown vibes that the movie Mystery Team had. So, yeah: every single thing I enjoy. It tells the story of how The Blyton Summer Detective Club reconvenes after a decade
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FANTASIA 2017: EXPO 67 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

Do you ever wonder what happened to the World’s Fair? We don’t hear too much about them anymore. But those massive international events that seemed to define multicultural progression and optimism in the twentieth century aren’t exactly gone – it’s just America’s involvement in them that is (the last World’s Fair that was held on American soil was in New Orleans in 1984). It’s sad and unfortunate that our culture doesn’t concern itself too much anymore with global events meant to bring us together to celebrate and learn about our differences instead of letting them divide us. But, as with
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CINEPUNX Episode 66: Talking Coens with Jasmin Carroll (Amalgam Comics)

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Cinepunx_Episode_66.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHERE IT IS, A PODCAST, SLIGHTLY TRANSFORMED! JUST A LITTLE ESCAPE FROM THE “NORM”! Welcome friends to another exciting episode of Cinepunx! On this very special episode we welcome great friend of the show Jasmin Carroll of Amalgam Comics & Coffee  We talked about three films by the amazing Coen Brothers: Miller’s Crossing, The Man Who Wasn’t There, and Inside LLewyn Davis As usual, big thanks to the folks at LEHIGH VALLEY APPAREL CREATIONS, seriously folks, get your shit screen printed there so they keep sponsoring us! Jasmin
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