Monthly Archives January 2019

BOOKSHELF: SUPERHERO BODIES Explores the Endless Permutations of Identity

For whatever reason, I fall in love with academic essay collections. The ability of the writers to analyze pop culture in new and unique ways always opens up my eyes to new possibilities when it comes to interpreting the things which I watch, read, and to which I listen. Superhero Bodies: Identity, Materiality, Transformation, from Routledge’s Advances in Comics Studies series, is one of those such books. Per the introduction, the book is “the first collection of scholarly research specifically dedicated to investigating the diversity of superhero bodies, their emergence, their powers, their secrets, their histories, and their transformations.” Now,
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Undermining the Patriarchy and Fascism: Ana in THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE

As the barren landscape for Victor Erice’s Spirit of the Beehive/El Espiritu de la Colmena (1976) is investigated in the film’s opening shots, a subtle icon in front of a building of a small, Spanish village immediately reveals its connection to Francoist Spain. Five overlapped, vertically upright arrows with a bow across the middle that serve as a clear indication of Filangism (a conservative, pro-Franco ideology). They are planted on the side of a wall as the camera creeps further into the village as its inhabitants gather to see James Whale’s 1931 adaptation of Frankenstein. A young Ana is mystified
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ANALOG ADVENTURES: Looking at Run Out Groove

I get a lot of random records, tapes, and books in the mail, because publicists forget that outlets for which I used to work aren’t around anymore, or someone finds the address hidden on my website, or… whatever. This is a way to keep them from piling up uselessly in the corner of the office. Run Out Groove is a cool company who sends me everything they press, and since the site I used to write for is now no longer operational in that capacity, there has been a huge pile of their last few (half-dozen) releases piling up on
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NEGRO TERROR Offers Up an Interesting Profile of the Memphis Hardcore Band

Memphis hardcore band Negro Terror first came to my attention via a post wherein someone was like, “Hey, this is a hardcore band made up of three black guys who are covering Skrewdriver songs to put a thumb in the eye of white supremacists.” Or something to that effect. Count me in, right? So, here’s the thing: anyone who’s a fan of oi / streetpunk / hardcore — hell, any sort of heavy or extreme music — is aware of the various pitfalls, sandtraps, and dangers lurking within those subgenres. Anyone who’s been told about a new black metal band
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CINEPUNX Episode 91: A DANGEROUS PLACE, RAGE – A PM Entertainment Episode

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Cinepunx_Ep91.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHere it is, a groove, slightly transformed, just a little escape from the norm! That is, it is episode number 91 of Cinepunx! On this spectacular and totally on time episode we take a look at two films from the extensive catalog of PM Entertainment! We have our good friend Rob Skvarla to thank for alerting us to the addition of these films to Amazon Prime! He is the best, go follow him. So we dive into two 90s action…classics? Well you will have to listen to find
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Kansas City’s Inner Altar Melds Hardcore’s Bite With Occult Rock Theatricality

This Friday, January 18, sees the release of the debut full-length from Kansas City’s Inner Altar, via the Company. Titled Vol III, the nine-track album takes the sound the band’s been honing for several years and really brings all of the disparate influences together, keeping a sense of space-rocking openness, while eschewing the rough-and-tumble looseness that dominated their previous EPs. I described it a couple of weeks back as “Danzig by way of the Cult, playing in a big, raucous warehouse,” when the video for “Lives of Fire” dropped, but the Company’s Joshua Wilkinson did an even better job of
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Rekt: LAND OF MINE

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 was supposed to be December but Liam is very late), it’s Willa Rae’s turn to do the damage. Here are Liam’s thoughts on LAND OF MINE. Land of Mine manages to tell a story from World War II of which I had no prior knowledge. Just after the war ended, millions of German POWs were forced to clear mines off the coast of Denmark, and many lost their lives in
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ANALOG ADVENTURES: Taking Back Sunday and Paul Jacks

I get a lot of random records, tapes, and books in the mail, because publicists forget that outlets for which I used to work aren’t around anymore, or someone finds the address hidden on my website, or… whatever. This is a way to keep them from piling up uselessly in the corner of the office. Taking Back Sunday – Twenty (Craft Recordings) Per the label, “Twenty is a career-to-date retrospective, celebrating 20 years of Taking Back Sunday. The collection spans each of their studio albums; Tell All Your Friends, Where You Want To Be, Louder Now, New Again, Taking Back Sunday,
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Talking Her Career (and That Amazing CUTTING CLASS Interview) With Jill Schoelen

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, the films of actress Jill Schoelen were readily available in the horror section of any self-respecting video store: The Stepfather, Cutting Class, Popcorn, and When A Stranger Calls Back, to name the highlights. However, as VHS waned and DVD began to make its ascent, most of these flicks were issued only as bare-bones discs, if at all, and went out of print fairly soon thereafter. Happily, in the last few years, fans have seen deluxe Blu-ray editions with restored prints and tons of extras make their way to the marketplace. Synapse kicked everything
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BOOKSHELF: Richard Lloyd’s EVERYTHING IS COMBUSTIBLE Burns With Fascinating Stories

Richard Lloyd is not Richard Hell. Richard Hell was born Richard Lester Meyers, and he was the other guitarist in Television; Lloyd’s the one who stuck it out. He was familiar with Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, and more of the icons of late ’60s rock ‘n’ roll guitar god suchness. Now that that’s out of the way, on to his memoirs. How do you review a book like Everything Is Combustible: Television, CBGB’s and Five Decades of Rock and Roll? It’s linear (at times), sure, and definitely works in the memoir style, wherein Lloyd relates tales of
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