Monthly Archives November 2018

FROM THE STEREO TO YOUR SCREEN: Bryan Ferry and LEGEND

“Is Your Love Strong Enough?” by Bryan Ferry from Legend Bryan Ferry was coming off a very good year when he had “Is Your Love Strong Enough?” featured in Ridley Scott’s 1986 dark fantasy film, Legend. 1985 had seen the release of his massive Boys and Girls album, which featured the hit singles “Slave to Love” and “Don’t Stop the Dance.” It was a UK number one album, and went gold in the United States as well. Per the Technicolor Dreams blog, “Ferry took an unused demo called ‘Circles’ from the Avalon sessions and adapted it into this haunting, memorable
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BAFF 2018: AMAZON HOT BOX Blends Every Women-in-Prison Movie Ever

“An American college student named Penny is erroneously apprehended during a dissident round-up in the banana republic of Rattica. She is incarcerated into the island penal system overseen by Wardress Von Krupp who is constructing the world’s greatest information extractor. Crocodiles, religious zealots, psycho inmates and voodoo-based experiments block her every escape. Life is cheap and the jungle explodes in Amazon Hot Box.” Director James Bickert follows up his mad scientist/biker picture Frankenstein Created Bikers with the relatively straightforward women-in-prison homage Amazon Hot Box. The big deal about this movie is that it was evidently shot in secret, then unleashed
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REKT: HEAD – A Monkees Masterpiece or an Unwatchable Mess?

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 Joe Yanick’s turn to do the damage. Here are Justin Harlan‘s thoughts on Head (1968).   “The porpoise is laughing, goodbye, goodbye…” Ever since I heard “The Porpoise Song” by The Monkees in 2001’s Vanilla Sky, I’ve been fascinated with the song. Growing up with a dad who routinely listened to oldies and watched reruns of The Monkees, I was very familiar with the band, their show, and a
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REVIEW: OVERLORD Offers a Fresh Take on War and the Undead

“The thousand-year Reich needs thousand-year soldiers.” Cinematic retellings of World War II have reached a recent caliber with bilingual revenge in Inglourious Basterds, tank hellfire in Fury and the beach evacuations of Dunkirk. The opening of Overlord lulls the audience into a sense of expectation with the nervous banter of soldiers, trading jokes and insults as they huddle in their transports, only for the scene to explode into claustrophobic chaos. The real sense of dread begins with the centering of Jovan Adepo as the film’s lead, crawling out of the mud and ashes of the explosive opening. The isolation surrounding Private
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BAFF 2018: DEAD BY MIDNIGHT (11PM CENTRAL) is One Hell of a Midnight Movie

“It’s Halloween at WKIZ when the malicious Mistress of Midnight (Erin Brown) arrives to host her annual horror movie marathon ‘Dead by Midnight’. When the WKIZ staff begins disappearing only to turn up in the increasingly darker films, it’s up to line producer Candice Spelling (Hannah Fierman) to stop the Mistress of Midnight before her final and most diabolical film goes to air.” There’s really no better film to screen at midnight than a horror anthology, is there? It keeps the usually raucous audience on their toes, and by presenting a series of stories with a wraparound means that everyone
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CINEPUNX Episode 87: SUSPIRIA and Our Hot Takes There Of

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Cinepunx_Ep87.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDOUBLE DOUBLE TOIL AND TROUBLE SOMETHING SOMETHING WITCH STUFFFFF Oh hey friends, welcome to a brand spanking new episode of CINEPUNX! On this soul shattering episode we explore or mixed but mostly positive feelings about 2018’s SUSPIRIA as well as the original! Like usual we share our latest loves and hates in our patented WHACK AND ON TRACK! Some links to what we talked about pulled randomly from my memory because I refuse to take notes! Exhumed Films Brooklyn Horror Film Fest Yellow Veil Pictures Cult Leader City
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BAFF 2018: Scandanavian Shorts

Looking through the schedule for this year’s Buried Alive Film Festival 2018, I was struck by the fact that there was a solid handful of shorts from Scandinavia. There’s the Finnish Helsinki Mansplaining Massacre, the Dutch Netflix and Chill, and the Norweigian Rosalina. So, I watched all of them in one afternoon, looking for a pattern or a connection. I didn’t find much of one, aside from the fact that all three were brilliantly shot, with each short having well-done cinematography which uniquely defines each visually. They were also uniformly entertaining and well worth seeking out as soon as you’re
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BOOKSHELF: Karina Longworth’s SEDUCTION Tells the Stories of Women in Howard Hughes’ Shadow

In her new book, Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood, Karina Longworth uses the story of movie mogul and industrialist Hughes to examine the lives of myriad young women in the early days of Hollywood. Given that Longworth, host of the inimitable and interesting You Must Remember This podcast, has a knack for interweaving detailed stories of forgotten Hollywood, it should comes as no surprise that Seduction is a fascinating read. Better than that, though, is the way in which Longworth is able to take the concept of her podcast and expand it widely. As she states
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Keeping Up With The Criterions: DESERT HEARTS (1986)

The summer of 2018 will always live in infamy for me as the summer where I bought way too many Criterion Collection blu-rays during one of the 50% off sales. Honestly, I’m swimming in Criterions, and I don’t know how I’m going to make it through them all. So here, in this column, I invite you to keep up with the Criterions with me. Come along, won’t you? The world built by Donna Dietch in her 1986 film Desert Hearts is pretty unexpected. The film is set in 1959, and what the title tells us we should be in for
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NIGHT VISIONS: Revisiting The Henry Rollins-Hosted Horror Anthology Show

Horror anthologies are nothing new or buried deep within the genre. Movie series such as Creepshow, V/H/S, and Volumes Of Blood have told multiple stories within a single film, among many others. Televised horror anthologies have also been around for quite some time, with The Twilight Zone being the most notable throughout television history, spawning three television series, a radio series, and amusement ride at multiple Disney theme parks. Many programs have followed in its eerie storytelling footsteps: HBO’s Tales From The Crypt, Tales From The Darkside, The Outer Limits, Monsters; even a reboot of The Twilight Zone featuring Jordan
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