Monthly Archives December 2017

Cinepunx’s Best of 2017

It’s the Best Movies and Music of 2017, as determined by your friends at Cinepunx. Because we’re egalitarian as hell, we not only let everyone determine their own lists, we let them determine their own awards, and — throwing all caution to the wind — we even invited friends of the site to join in the fun. It’s a goddamn end of the year free-for-all. Get at it below. Max Davis, Hardcore’s Human Resources Consultant @Cactus_Max Movies 1. Good Time Good Time feels like 40 miles of bad road. I went in without any real expectation and was pummeled by the
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WE GOT ISSUES: BEST COMICS OF 2017

It’s nearly the end of the year, a time normally steeped in sundry traditions, but here in Pop Culture World it’s all about the love/hate relationship with the “Best of the Year” lists. There was a great deal about 2017 that I’d rather not revisit, for the sake of my own sanity and yours, but what was once again spectacular and vibrant was the comic book output from all corners of the medium, so let’s talk about that. Let’s spend a few minutes together and get overly stimulated about this sacred thing from our youth, this ritual booster we participate
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CINEPUNX Episode 74: Discussing FASCINATION (79) With Samm Deighan

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Cinepunx_Episode_74.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWELCOME TO ANOTHER HAUNTING AND PHANTASMAGORICAL EPISODE OF CINEPUNX!! On this amazing episode we spend some much needed time with WRITER, EDITOR, PODCASTER, FRIEND, AND RETURN GUEST SAMM DEIGHAN!! Some places you can find Samm are DIABOLIQUE DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS  and most importantly (ie: buy it) LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN  On this episode we discuss the work of Jean Rollin, much misunderstood French director, with a special focus on his classic film FASCINATION. Do we solve the puzzles of his mysterious cinematic style? Not
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Microbudget Horror Royalty Todd Sheets and His Much Anticipated Werewolf Gorefest

If you are interested in low budget film and/or independent horror, it’s likely that the name Todd Sheets is not a new one for you. Sheets has 46 director credits and 44 writer credits on IMDb, not to mention a slew of other credits as an editor, producer, actor, etc. His 1993 Zombie Bloodbath tends to be the title most folks have heard of, but his recent releases Dreaming Purple Neon and House of Forbidden Secrets have gained quite the following. Longtime fans know that he has fought through serious health concerns over the past several years, so his heart
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Hallmark Punx: (ROMANCE) IN THE DIGITAL AGE’s Emo Nostalgia

If you grew up listening to Taking Back Sunday and going to Warped Tour, director Jason Michael Brescia has crafted the movie for you. The plot summary of his new film, (Romance) In the Digital Age, goes as follows: “When the video of a once-famous emo band performing impromptu karaoke together goes viral, a door opens for the possibility of a reunion the day of the guitarist’s Christmastime wedding.” The film is, essentially, a Hallmark Channel holiday movie for the kids who wore Drive Thru Records t-shirts and still know all the words to Piebald’s “Grace Kelly With Wings.” It
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Annie Lennox & Al Green & SCROOGED

“Put A Little Love in Your Heart,” by Annie Lennox & Al Green, from Scrooged 1988’s Scrooged always seems to get shunted to the side when we’re talking Christmas genre movies. Black Christmas and Gremlins always get the horror nods, in addition to Santa slashers like Silent Night, Deadly Night and Christmas Evil. The action advent selections are always Die Hard and Lethal Weapon, with maybe I Come In Peace for the heads. Romantic and family movies abound, obviously. However, with the exception of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, comedies with an acknowledgement of how awfully stressful the holidays can be —
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CINEPUNX Episode 73: Taking a GIRLS TRIP with Tony Rettman

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Cinepunx_Episode_73.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTHEM PUNX ARE BACK IN TOWN!! This is a very SPECIAL EPISODE of Cinepunx, and by “special” we mean incomplete. NOT BECAUSE OUR GUEST, TONY RETTMAN, AUTHOR AND PUNK EXPERT IS NOT AMAZING! Dude rules. No, it is ’cause our beloved Joshua Alavarez could not join us. DO NOT FRET! Friend of the show, booker, artist, and MAN ABOUT TOWN, Evan Vellela, was available to stand in. Granted, I talk a LOT so I did most of the talking, but it was still cool. Hey, we forgot to
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Filmiversary: LOST HIGHWAY and The Joy of Being Scared

The debate within film communities of whether or not something constitutes horror has grown tiresome, don’t you think? Personally, I find it counterproductive to the study of film to have boxes to check off in order for a movie to be included in any genre, and that goes tenfold for horror. The less we categorize things, the more creative filmmakers become, and the result is usually an exceptionally satisfying and fulfilling movie experience. That said, however, David Lynch isn’t a name certain horror communities closely associate with the genre. It’s a real shame, too, because although his work doesn’t necessarily
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Horror Remix returns with BLOOD BEAT & Nervous Curtains

When Vinegar Syndrome released the 1982 slasher oddity, Blood Beat, with a brand-new 2k restoration on DVD and Blu-ray in October, it marked the first time Fabrice A. Zaphiratos’ French/US production has been readily available in the United States in any official format. It’s a hallucinatory film, wherein a samurai warrior attacks and magically battles a family over the Christmas holidays in rural Wisconsin. Watching the film is like experiencing a fever dream: you’re never quite sure what’s going on, and in the rare moments when the plot hits a moment of lucidity, you can’t be sure if what’s occurring
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Films From the Void: SATAN’S CHEERLEADERS

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense of it all. Greydon Clark’s 1977 exploitation film, Satan’s Cheerleaders, has been given a new 2k scan from the original 35mm negative and released in a dual-disc DVD and Blu-ray release from VCI Entertainment. The film’s been one of those odd titles on my
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