Monthly Archives December 2018

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Overturned All My Expectations

It was with some humor that I first encountered the news that Sony was going to be releasing an animated Spider-Man film. The deal with Marvel had already gone through, and I knew some version of the webslinger would be making an appearance in the MCU. How many versions of Peter Parker do we need? Surely there is some saturation point for this one particular Marvel character. Yet here we are, almost a full year later, and not only has Peter Parker appeared in his latest live action incarnation, but Spider-Man: Homecoming was one of the more celebrated recent Marvel
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Evolution Televised: Women’s Wrestling in 2018

When discussing pro-wrestling in 2018 — especially end of the year lists curated by pro-wrestling outlets — many people still point to places or matches that do not include women. Although there is a declarative “evolution” happening as far as perception and opportunities for women who wrestle in the business itself, there are still hordes of fans who ignore the matches and storylines entirely. As a rabid pro-wrestling mark and current pro-wrestling trainee, it stings me in two ways when folks dismiss or discourage women’s wrestling. Firstly, as a fan offended for the performers who destroy themselves like well-disciplined soldiers, and
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REKT Christmas Edition: DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS

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 Willa Rae’s turn to do the damage. Here are Elbee‘s thoughts on Dial Code Santa Claus. Helping me on this recommendation is my partner, Andrew Bargeron, illustrator and designer, podcast producer, and one-half of the old Got Me A Movie show, right here on Cinepunx. *** Elbee: This movie was recommended by a relative newcomer to Cinepunx named Willa Rae. Her recommendations were very heavy. Andrew: What do you
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CINEPUNX Episode 89: LADY SNOWBLOOD For Our Winter-Spectacular

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Cinepunx_Ep89.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHERE IT IS, A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Yes, your favorite degenerates of the cinema are back with a WINTER SPECTACULAR episode! What could be more Yule-tide appropriate than both of the Lady Snowblood Films?? Well maybe a few things, but these at least have “snow” in the name! Best to address the gorilla in the room right up front: YES, THIS EPISODE HAS SOUND ISSUES! This was a recording issue, mine actually, and our intrepid editor tried valiantly to restore the sound to something tolerable, and while he did a
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Hallmark Channel Christmas: A Conversation With a Cinepunx Mom

As the holiday season chugs full-steam ahead, seasoned Christmas-themed media consumers know this can only mean one thing: the Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” is in full swing. A holiday mainstay both revered and reviled, the Hallmark Channel Christmas movie is a near inescapable presence each year. They air pretty much continuously through the month of December, giving Hallmark enthusiasts ample opportunity to pull reluctant family members onto the couch for at least one ‘Mark marathon. There’s even a Countdown to Christmas checklist app to aid die-hards in their quest to see as many of these things as possible.  Hallmark movies
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Keeping Up With The Criterions: Christmas Edition ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS

Isn’t it great as December rolls around how we get to look forward to despising the business of arguing whether or not any of our favorite films are classifiable as “Christmas movies”? If a film has any semblance to the holiday season at all, it usually makes the cut — to the chagrin of naysayers who want a Christmas movie to specifically be about Christmastime, instead of only using it as a backdrop. So, alongside Shane Black movies, we have stuff like American Psycho and Eyes Wide Shut generously applied to Christmas, and for some reason, this is a thing
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REVIEW: AQUAMAN Not Quite a Sea Change, But Definitely a Course Correction

Aquaman (dir. James Wan) is perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the year. For one thing, the DC superhero movie franchise — or DCEU, or Worlds of DC, or whatever you want to call it — has been at best inconsistent with audiences and critics. (Frankly I like a lot of those movies better than most, but that’s a discussion for another time.) Add that to the fact that Aquaman as a character has, fairly or not, mostly been a punchline for the last several decades, and it is understandable why some might be eager to write off a
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Ho, Ho, Horror: All of the Seasonally Appropriate Genre Fare I Could Stomach

This year, it seems like Christmas is a time for killing in the horror genre. Over the last several weeks, I watched as many of 2018’s holiday horror releases as I could get my hands on, to the tune of a whopping eight films. In addition, I saw four seasonally appropriate releases in the theater. Lawrence’s Liberty Hall screened Black Christmas, and during the annual Nerds of Nostalgia podcast’s Christmas with the Nerds Triple Feature and Toy Drive, I caught Silent Night, Batman Returns, and The Long Kiss Goodnight. It’s been a bit of a slog, and I looked to
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DEATH HOUSE is Less ‘THE EXPENDABLES of Horror’ and Instead Completely Disposable

“During an exclusive tour, a power breakdown inside a secret prison known as the Death House sends two agents fighting through a labrynth of horrors while being pursued by a ruthless army of roaming inmates. As they fight to escape, the agents push toward the lowest depths of the facility where they learn a supernatural group of evil beings are their only chance for survival.” After years of build-up, the much-hyped and greatly-anticipated Death House — written by Gunnar Hansen and directed by Harrison Smith — dropped on VOD, Blu-ray, and DVD this week. The film has screened at festivals
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CINEPUNX Episode 88: PARIS, TEXAS + IT’S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER: A Farewell to Film Struck

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Cinepunx_Ep88.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDON’T CALL IT A COME BACK, WE BEEN HERE FOR YEARS! Oh look, you have come to join us for another magnificent episode of CINEPUNX, the only podcast discussing moshing and mise en scene on the ENTIRE internet. On this episode we have chosen two movies we each love that were available on the now shuttered streaming service Film Struck as way to say goodbye.  We also get into our patented WACK AND ON TRACK segment as well as share a little with with you and each other
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