Monthly Archives August 2017

CINEPOCALYPSE Announces First Wave Lineup, and Guess What? Eric Roberts Will Be There

Cinepocalypse just announced their 2017 lineup, and boy, it is a doozy! The festival kicks off November 2 at Chicago’s prestigious Music Box Theatre, with screenings and other events wrapping up on November 9. Renowned screenwriter Simon Barrett (You’re Next, The Guest, Blair Witch) will be hosting the event in its entirety. Included in the festival are several highly anticipated screenings, including the Illinois premiere of Tyler MacIntyre’s reinventive slasher, Tragedy Girls (covered here by our very own Billy Ray Brewton), the U.S. premiere of Ted Geoghegan’s (We Are Still Here) historic revenge epic Mohawk, and the 40th Anniversary screening
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Bookshelf: LIGHTS, CAMERA, GAME OVER!

In his new book, Lights, Camera, Game Over: How Video Game Movies Get Made (out now via Schiffer Publishing), writer Luke Owen tackles a diverse array of film adaptations. From 1993’s Super Mario Bros., all the way through 2015’s Adam Sandler vehicle, Pixels, it’s a remarkable set of tales. Owen, the deputy editor for the UK pop culture site, Flickering Myth, works mostly chronologically, telling the story of each game in its own, mostly self-contained chapter. The self-containment works nicely, in that you can jump around and look at the games and/or films that interest you most, if you’re so
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7 MEXICAN INDIE ACTS AMERICA NEEDS TO KNOW

When I moved to the Rio Grande Valley from Tennessee, I must say nothing prepared me for the unexpected culture shock of deep south Texas. If that sounds like a complaint, please believe it isn’t: proud Latin culture is one of the greatest components to the RGV, and the full immersion of Mexican art, food, and music in the Valley is breathtaking. In my short time here, I’ve witnessed some incredible Mexican musicians stop by on this side of the border, and, in this article, I’ve gathered just a few notable acts to share with you. All of these artists
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Netflix Weekly: DEATH NOTE

Death Note is unfamiliar territory to me, in a sense. Personally speaking, I don’t fall into the tug-of-war that is medium comparison that often. What I mean is, I usually don’t know a movie’s source material before I see it. I rarely read the book beforehand (a lot of times afterwards), and, while I haven’t read any of the Death Note manga series that started as early as 2003, I’ve seen the anime, and I’ve even seen the two-part film saga that came out in 2006…and that’s not even all of them! A live-action mini-series and another film came out just
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Remembering BRAIN DAMAGE

I love it when I go into a movie knowing little to nothing about it. Really, truly nothing about it. All I knew before I popped in Arrow’s blu-ray to Brain Damage was that it has a cult following, and growing up, it was featured on a lot of lists for most disgusting horror movies. One of the things that I love about Arrow’s releases (something I first experienced with their recent Re-Animator release — and, yes, I’m behind on their game) is the palette of clips playing on the menu screen. While I set up my specs before I
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CINEPUNX Episode 69: Talking Demonic Possession with Josh Agran (THE EXORCIST, BEYOND DARKNESS, SHOCK!)

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Cinepunx_Episode_69.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTHE POWER OF PUNX COMPELS YOU! THE POWER OF PUNX COMPELS YOU! Welcome my devious little demon spawn to another hellish episode of CINEPUNX! On this episode we sat down with Josh Agran of many bands including PAINT IT BLACK and KNIVES OUT, and also of friendship! Josh had a simple request, for us to discuss some Possession themed films. So we dove into the true paradigmatic film of the type, The Exorcist which was Josh’s choice because he has better taste than we do. Josh Alvarez and I
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Netflix Weekly: WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY

The latest of Netflix’s offerings, What Happened to Monday, is a mighty peculiar film. While the themes of identity in a futuristic setting aren’t something new, the story it weaves within said themes is undeniably interesting, and it has the potential to craft something emotionally deep and complex. Instead, in the hands of director Tommy Wirkola — who gave us two Dead Snow films and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters — it ends up being something much fiercer but more shallow. But does that make it a bad movie? The original script from Max Botkin and Kerry Williamson focuses on
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Filmiversary: TEEN WOLF TOO, or How I Realized “My Second Favorite Movie of 1987” Is Actually A Pile of Trash

Confession: as I initially had the idea for this article, I was one hundred percent prepared to write a mind-blowingly sharp review taunting you all with the idea that Teen Wolf Too was smart and edgy, and was exactly the opposite of its sour reputation. Confession: as I re-watched Teen Wolf Too to study it for this article, I quickly had to come to grips with the fact that my long-standing, heartfelt adoration of the film was a bit…well okay, I’ve been wrong for thirty years. The story in Teen Wolf Too is simple: Scott Howard’s geeky cousin Todd arrives at college
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Interview: Lloyd Kaufman on the 18th annual TROMADANCE Film Festival

The long-running TromaDance festival began as a rebuttal to the fact that Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Cannibal! The Musical submitted to Sundance, and didn’t get so much as a “fuck you, go away” in response. In the intervening years, the festival has moved away from Park City, Utah, but not from its original idea, conceived of back in 1999. Since then, TromaDance has been committed to the principals of being “free to enter and attend, focusing on independently produced films made without the Hollywood system.” The 18th Annual TromaDance Film Festival will be held at The Peoples Improv Theater
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CINEPUNX Episode 68: Walter Hill Discussion (THE DRIVER, STREETS OF FIRE)

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Cinepunx_Episode_68.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTHE FOLLOWING IS A PUNK ROCK FABLE, BECAUSE WE RESPECT SOMEONE WHO IS GOOD AT CASTING, AND WE ARE VERY GOOD AT CASTING! That’s right my little latex wearing lovelies welcome to episode 68 of CINEPUNX, in which we take a tour through two films by the under rated director Walter Hill: The Driver and Streets of Fire! As usual, big thanks to LEHIGH VALLEY APPAREL CREATIONS for their generous sponsorship, and for bringing you this lovely episode. As discussed on the episode, I am damn tired y’all.
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