Monthly Archives June 2019

INTERVIEW: Filmmaker Aaron Michael Thomas, Creator of BY ANY MEANS, a Documentary About Black Flag

There’s no shortage of Black Flag-centric and related media. Whether it’s Stevie Chick’s 2009 biography Spray Paint the Walls, Henry Rollins’ own Get in the Van, Barred For Life (an examination of Black Flag tattoos) or even the 1981 documentary about L.A. punk, The Decline of Western Civilization, the band has been put under a microscope in all sorts of ways, by all sorts of people. Which makes it sort of weird that there isn’t any singular, all-defining Black Flag documentary, considering just how many documentaries — and punk rock documentaries in particular — there are nowadays. Aaron Michael Thomas
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FRANKENHOOKER: Camp, Sex Work, and Toxic Masculinity

Frank Henenlotter’s 1990 comedy horror cult classic, Frankenhooker, is a campy spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in which Jeffrey, a failed med student, reanimates his recently beheaded fiance, Elizabeth, after a freak accident. Jeffrey, who is part mad scientist and part obsessive lover, concocts a plan to build Elizabeth a new body, attach her severed head and revive her so they can be reunited. After making a deal with Zoro the pimp, Jeffrey chooses his desired parts from branded prostitutes, hoping for a big payday. After they literally explode from super crack, he’s able to rebuild and revive Elizabeth. Elizabeth
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CINEPUNX Episode 98: Summer Fun! (SUMMER SCHOOL, BOOKSMART)

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Cinepunx_ep98.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSCHOOL’S OUT FOR-EVER! Hey friends and welcome to a piping hot new episode of your favorite film and chaos podcast, CINEPUNX! On this illustrious new episode we talk two summer fun time films, SUMMER SCHOOL and BOOKSMART!   To be fair, this is much more of an episode about Summer School but honestly Booksmart just connected thematically, and not enough of y’all when to see it. GO SEE BOOKSMART YOU DINGLES! Anyway, think of this as our summer kick off, which is admittedly a little late but here
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CINEPOCALYPSE 2019: VILLAINS Might Not Stick the Landing, But the Run-Up is Perfection

“Mickey and Jules are lovers on the run, headed southbound for a fresh start in the Sunshine State. When their car dies after a gas station robbery, they break into a nearby house looking for a new set of wheels. What they find instead is a dark secret, and a sweet-as-pie pair of homeowners who will do anything to keep it from getting out.” While it might not stick the landing, the rest of the picture leading up to the ending of Dan Berk and Robert Olsen’s Villains is a delightful run. The duo co-wrote and co-directed this film and
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CINEPOCALYPSE 2019: DEADCON is D.O.A.

As a nearly 40 year-old man, I’m likely not the target audience for Deadcon. That said, I’m really not sure who is. It doesn’t really lean too strongly into the social media influencer aspect of the story, which is ostensibly the whole selling point of Scotty Landes’ script: “Deadcon tackles isolation in the age of social media and follows real-life YouTubers Lauren Elizabeth and Claudia Sulewski as they face vengeful ghosts even more horrifying than their devoted fans.” Director Caryn Waechter’s film ends up being a found footage movie mixed with a haunted house movie set in a hotel. The trappings
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CINEPOCALYPSE 2019: THE SWERVE is a ‘Lovingly Crafted and Punishing Affair’

The Swerve is the striking — and strikingly depressing — feature debut from New Jersey-based director Dean Kapsalis, and it’s best appreciated as it was envisioned: as a suburban update on a classical Greek tragedy. While actions, and the catastrophic results of those actions, are often telegraphed well in advance, it plays out in such a bleak and uncompromising fashion that you’ll inevitably be left emotionally drained by the end. While some viewers may find the slow, occasionally ponderous, pacing to be a detriment, this portrait of a housewife’s steady mental decline proves to be a lovingly crafted and punishing affair.
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CINEPOCALYPSE 2019: MOPE is ‘Utterly Sticky Nihilism’

Do not, under any circumstances, think that Lucas Heyne’s Mope is going to be a comedy. The title card, reading “this actually happened,” might give the impression — a la Fargo’s famous epigraph — that this is a fictional tale masquerading as a tragicomic reality. In truth, Heyne’s story of Steve Driver (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), Tom Dong (Kelly Sry) and their sad experiences and dire end as part of the low-budget fetish porn world of Eric (Brian Huskey) and his company, Ultima DVD, is real. You can read all about it at various “holy shit” clickbait websites, but the tagline sums
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