Monthly Archives October 2018

CINE-WEEN: Elbee Defends A Remake THE HILLS HAVE EYES (2006)

Over the years, remakes — especially horror remakes — have gained such a sour reputation that even the mere mention of the word is immediately followed by groans, sighs, and rolled eyes. Of course, the main problem with remakes is that we can’t help but compare them to the original works. The other problem is that hardly anything is capable of conquering that beast called nostalgia. We have endless discussions of “what’s wrong with the original?” and “is this even necessary?” with points and counterpoints so meticulous that the whole argument has become exhausting. But what if we took that element
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Liam & Nick go on a HEAVY TRIP

Heavy Trip, the debut feature from directors Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio — who co-wrote the film with Aleksi Puranen and Jari Olavi Ranta — might be the first film to really show the lives and friendships of metalheads without also layering in occult or supernatural elements. The story of Impaled Rektum, who play “Symphonic Postapocalyptic Reindeer-Grinding Christ-Abusing Extreme War Pagan Fennoscandian Metal,’ manages to be touching and hilarious, with an absolutely brutal soundtrack: “In this offbeat comedy from Finland, Turo is stuck in a small village where the best thing in his life is being the lead vocalist for
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REKT: CINE-WEEN Edition – THE SHRINE (2010)

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 Lore’s turn to do the damage. Here are Justin Harlan‘s thoughts on The Shrine (2010). Let me start with an apology to my fellow Cinepunx staffers who have chosen films for the last few months of REKT. Each of the past three months, I’ve accepted the challenge of a REKT selection and, each of the past three months, I’ve failed. I hope to one day go back and
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CINE-WEEN: An Invitation to the Dance

It was not a Market Basket bag; of that I am certain. Most every other specific detail has flown out of my memory, but I remember specifically that the bag my big sister handed to me was not one of the ubiquitous ones from Market Basket. It was bigger, deeper, and as such held many more books than a Market Basket bag would have. “I don’t want any of these,” she said. “Do you want any of them?” The bag of paperbacks was a gift from the parents of one of my sister’s friends. They’ve long known that both my
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CINE-WEEN: Why I Keep October Spooky

Every October (although let’s be real – it’s started bleeding into September) I try to watch as many horror movies as I can. Maybe you do, too; it seems like a thing that a lot of people do. But why? I don’t mean in a practical sense – obviously a big part of it is that watching scary movies is fun. But what is this seasonal compulsion to watch as many horror movies as possible (essentially binge-watching, before we thought of it in those terms)? Why do I find myself planning my life around these movies for a whole month
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CINEPUNX Episode 86: CHECKING IN, HANGIN OUT

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Cinepunx_Episode_86-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWE HAVE RETURNED!! Welcome one and all to another ridiculous and wonderous episode of the good ole CINEPUNX!! Friends, this is a bit of a strange episode. We had planned and prepared for a very specific topic for a very specific guest, and due to an emergency that guest had to cancel. It happens. So we could discuss that topic without them, we could cancel, or we could soldier forward and just shoot the proverbial shit. So that is what we did. We talked, we shared our WACK
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CINE-WEEN: Put Some Terror on Your Turntable With Pig Baby’s Deadbolt reissues

The scary and eerie voodoobilly sounds of Deadbolt have been emanating from southern California for well over two decades now, but until this past March, very little of the band’s output has been available on vinyl. Aside from a few split singles and 7-inch releases, the music from “scariest band in the world” has only ever been released on compact disc. It’s an impressive discography, full of concept albums about murderous vagabonds (Hobo Babylon), a group of contract killers (Tijuana Hit Squad), and mysterious drivers on the highway (Voodoo Trucker), among others. The way in which Deadbolt combines dark surf-rock
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WELCOME TO CINE-WEEN 2018

The air is starting to carry a chill, the leaves are showing their first hints of color, and the stench of pumpkin spice haunts every corner of every suburb in America: it must be October! Each October, Cinepunx takes the opportunity to spend the month celebrating our most beloved holiday, Halloween! Dubbed Cine-Ween, this month-long celebration involves articles, podcast episodes, and special giveaways as well your favorite Cine-Punkers showing up at local “spoopy” events around the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley area. We take this opportunity to expand our already sick obsession with Horror in all its forms even more, to
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Rekt: THE NINTH CONFIGURATION

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 Trey Lawson’s turn to do the damage. Here are Liam‘s thoughts on The Ninth Configuration. I have what many have told me is an irrational fondness for The Exorcist II: The Heretic. It is a wild, weird, and maybe ultimately unsuccessful film. I saw it when I was young and I am probably blinded by nostalgia, I admit it. Still, it charms me with its utter strangeness, and I assume it is this
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Festival Roundup: ASH IS PUREST WHITE (2018, dir. Jia Zhangke)

This series highlights 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 latest film under discussion premiered in competition at Cannes earlier this year. It recently screened at TIFF and will also feature in NYFF’s line-up, playing on October 1st and 10th respectively. For quite some time, Jia Zhangke has been regarded as one of China’s—and indeed the world’s—premier filmmakers. This has been the case from the earliest days in his career, during which his debut feature
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