Monthly Archives April 2018

Serendipity

This is REKT, the column where each month one Cinepunx staffer recommends films to the rest of the fam. We may be stoked, or we may be wrecked. This month, it’s Justin Harlan’s turn to do the damage. Here are Elbee‘s thoughts on Serendipity.   When Justin suggested all John Cusack movies for this month’s recommendations, I have to admit I groaned a bit. I’m not knocking Justin’s taste in movies or his affinity for the man Cusack, but I just knew I’d end up watching and writing about some sappy romantic comedy since that portion of his career is the
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CINEPUNX Episode 80: THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Cinepunx_Episode_80.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNo matter where you go, there you can LISTEN TO CINEPUNX! Welcome to a new episode of the greatest scientist, surgeon, martial arts, rock star podcast on the planet. We welcome all our Blue Blaze Irregulars and thank you for supporting us on another cinematic adventure across the dimensional waste lands. It has been QUITE SOME TIME since our last episode, but not as long as we have done in the past! On this wonderful installment we discuss one of our favorite films of all time, The Adventures
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Grosse Pointe Blank

  This is REKT, the column where each month one Cinepunx staffer recommends films to the rest of the fam. We may be stoked, or we may be wrecked. This month, it’s Justin Harlan’s turn to do the damage. Here are Trey Lawson‘s thoughts on Grosse Point Blank.   I’m frankly shocked that I’ve gone this long in life without ever watching Grosse Pointe Blank. I was probably a bit young when it first hit theaters, but it’s the kind of quirky action comedy that in high school I would have rented repeatedly. Weirdly, I’d seen exactly one scene before –
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Grandview, U.S.A.

This is REKT, the column where each month one Cinepunx staffer recommends films to the rest of the fam. We may be stoked, or we may be wrecked. This month, it’s Justin Harlan’s turn to do the damage. Here are Nick Spacek‘s thoughts on Grandview, U.S.A.   They shot Grandview, U.S.A., in Pontiac, Illinois, right down the road from where my wife grew up in Belvidere. Several folks she knew were extras in the movie, and she was more excited than anything when the movie was finally released on DVD back in 2011. I’d not seen it nor heard of
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The New in Review: READY PLAYER ONE

Steven Spielberg’s most recent blockbuster has been fraught with controversy, most of it warranted, owing largely to the author of its source material Ernst Cline. Ready Player One, the novel, inspires little to no praise and it left the film at a great disadvantage when considering that Cline was involved in the film’s screenplay. Yet the latter presents itself as something close to a grand masterpiece when compared to the written version’s insufferable form. The film is not without its quite considerable faults, particularly in its uncritical assessment of its dystopic future which I will speak to later, but nor
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Getting Blu: LIQUID SKY, THE DEVIL INCARNATE and CITY OF THE DEAD

You know what? Sometimes, genre and exploitation movies can be downright depressing; they’re not all joyful celebrations of excess and weirdness. In fact, some flicks can be brutally crushing examinations of how many people want to take those who are different and unique and crush them like insects under the heel of a boot. It’s been a rough couple of weeks. Please bear with me. Vinegar Syndrome’s Blu-ray release of the 1982 new wave cult classic, Liquid Sky, originally debuted as a Black Friday release in November of last year, celebrating the 200th Vinegar Syndrome release. The special, limited edition
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Anthology horror GHOST STORIES makes the leap from stage to screen

“The Brain Sees What It Wants to See.” So goes the poster tagline for Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s film, Ghost Stories. Watching the film, it takes a while to figure out just what it means, but once it clicks, the film becomes one of the most rewarding horror anthologies to come along in ages. For every Southbound or Trick ‘r Treat the last few years, rewarding viewers with intertwining stories and plots, there are myriad films such as Tales of Halloween or Holidays which merely present a series of shorts around a theme, feebly connecting them via some ridiculous
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Cinematic Synths: Slasher Film Festival Strategy’s Christopher Ashley

A great number of micro labels have popped up parallel to the soundtrack resurgence. While Death Waltz, One Way Static, and Giallo Disco do a lot of soundtrack reissues and releases, they’ve also been at work to present new artists working in the the ‘genre.’ Acts – like Videogram, Antoni Maiovvi, Metavari, and Espectrostatic – all inspired, in one way or another, by synth-laden horror and thriller scores. These labels and artists are the next step for those who’ve gotten into soundtracks, but want something that works more as a musical experience, rather than one tied directly to a film.
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Legacy of Fear: What A QUIET PLACE Says About Raising Children in a World of Terror

Spoilers below. I worry about the world. There’s nothing especially noteworthy about that. The world is a big. Life is scary, and the only definite fact about it is that it will end. There’s plenty to worry about just on a day to day basis. But those general anxieties have only been amplified in the time since people around me, my friends and family members, began starting their families. Bringing children into the world. I have two nieces who I love more than anything in this life, and yet for all the delirious joy that goes into seeing them grow
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WE GOT ISSUES: Looking Back At 50 Issues of SAGA

The world of comic books, like any of our cultural constructs and inspired inventions, experiences change slowly. At the forefront of these changes are visionaries, revolutionaries, and ripples from the larger collective procession of humanity; you can spot them if you’re paying attention. In March of 2012, one appeared on the horizon line, announcing its arrival with a splash page both profound and vulgar. That comic book is Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, and that first page looks like this: Chances are at this point you’re either completely on board or at the very least intrigued. If
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