Monthly Archives August 2018

Rekt: VIGILANTE

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 Liam’s turn to do the damage. Here are Elbee‘s thoughts on Vigilante.   If there’s any hole in my cinematic knowledge, it would have to be exploitation pictures. This isn’t an admission so much as it is an attempt for you readers to understand me and the kind of films I love and appreciate….wait a minute, wow. I already sound like a snob here. What I mean is, I don’t
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Rekt: NINJA BUSTERS

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 Liam’s turn to do the damage. Here are Trey Lawson‘s thoughts on Ninja Busters.   I’m going to be honest with you: I’d never even heard of Ninja Busters (Paul Kyriazi, 1984) until it showed up on the list for REKT this month. Filmed in 1984 but never released, this flick was recently rediscovered by Garagehouse Pictures and given a full bluray release with all the bells and whistles. Presumably capitalizing on the ninja
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Festival Roundup: AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL (2018, dir. Hu Bo)

This series will highlight films that have played and will be playing at various international film festivals, from Berlinale in Germany or Locarno in Switzerland to Toronto International Film Festival or New York Film Festival. The first film under discussion makes had its US premiere at New Directors/New Films in April and has its Canadian premiere at TIFF next month. Cormac McCarthy wrote of a “diverging equity” between experiences of beauty and pain in the world and the notion seems to have become one of some explanatory power for Hu Bo. With McCarthy, he appeared to concur that in history’s
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REVIEW: The Brutal, Messy Beauty of WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE

This review contains mild spoilers.   Is it possible to ever fully know a person?  Sure, we can attempt to form relationships, approximate a kind of understanding and familiarity. Maybe even really love somebody unconditionally. But short of tearing into flesh and muscle, pulling away the literal surface of a person to truly get to grips with who they are on the inside, can we ever really know what they harbor in their heart? You might think so. What happens if you’re wrong? What happens when the person you think you know most intimately isn’t who they say they are?
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Director Steve Mitchell on Bringing KING COHEN to the Screen

Listing all of the films made by director Larry Cohen would be pages long, and if you added in the number of TV show episodes, it’d be pages and pages past that. Even if you were to distill it down to the number of Blu-ray reissues over the last few years, it would be absurdly lengthy. Suffice it to say, in the last five years, the genre icon has seen Q: The Winged Serpent via Scream Factory, Maniac Cop 2 and Uncle Sam on Blue Underground, and The Stuff via Arrow Video, all of which come with amazing commentary from
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CINEPUNX Episode 84: SCIENCE CRAZED & TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE featuring Isaac Williams

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Cinepunx_episode_84.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLOOK OUT, HERE COMES THE SHAMBLING HORROR KNOWN AS CINEPUNXXXXXXXXXX!!! Hey friends, welcome back to another awesome episode of CINEPUNX! On this amazing installment, we were honored to host film maker, music aficionado, and charming neer-do-well Isaac Williams! You may know Isaac from the horror film scene in Philadelphia, or perhaps you read our feature on him written by the man Nick Spacek! Regardless, Isaac is great, and he brought us a topic we had not yet gotten to, MICRO BUDGET INSANITY! So we jumped into SCIENCE CRAZED
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The Pasolini Project: A Journey Into Pasolini, PART 4: THE HAWKS AND THE SPARROWS

This is The Pasolini Project, a monthly discussion series from Adrianna Gober and Doug Tilley delving into a vast body of work that, until relatively recently, had not been widely available on home video: the films of director, poet, journalist, and philosopher, Pier Paolo Pasolini. We’ll be exploring Pasolini’s filmography in chronological order, taking occasional detours through his staggeringly extensive artistic efforts outside of film, as well as the work of his collaborators and other related media. For Part Four of our deep dive into all things Pasolini, we’re taking a stroll through Rome with Totò and Ninetto Davoli in
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You Always Were an Asshole: The ALIENS Character Study You Never Asked For

Revelations, epiphanies, and other assorted results of rummaging in the braincase do not, like most things in life, work the way we have come to expect. We absorb so much from all the storytelling we entertain ourselves with that we can’t help but take it entirely too literally most of the time. This is understandable, since most stories are going for maximum efficiency, aiming to tie up with a pretty bow what in most cases is a clumsy, crooked mess. It’s more appealing that way, in particular when we’re talking about heroes and legends. The structure of the hero’s journey,
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