Monthly Archives February 2020

The Dardennes’ YOUNG AHMED Review

Awards darling Parasite may have walked away with the Palme D’or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival but the Best Director award didn’t go to festival fave Bong Joon-Ho, it was awarded to long time Cannes favorites – and multiple award winners, including two Palme D’ors – the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc. And not without controversy. Not unlike Fatih Akin’s recent, also Palme D’or nominated, In the Fade which profiled real-world extremism in a humanist light, Young Ahmed sees the Dardennes’ handling the subject matter of homegrown Islamic terrorism through the use of brainwashed children. On its own, this
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Yves Boisset’s DOG DAY blu-ray Review

One of the final films that Lee Marvin acted in before his death in 1987, Yves Boisset’s Dog Day (aka Canicule) is a dark humor-tinged crime film that has more in common with low budget genre cinema of the 1970s than anything that was being released alongside it at the time. Based on the novel by Jean Herman and directed by French crime mainstay Boisset, neither of whom made much of a splash in the states. Yet, Dog Day feels far more American than European, and with this recent blu-ray from Kino, is ready to be discovered by an American
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José Ramón Larraz’s EDGE OF THE AXE blu-ray Review

Back in the spring of 2019, Arrow released Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz to unfortunately little fanfare. It was a cause for celebration to me and, seemingly, merely a handful of others. Larraz is far from a household name, even in the more niche horror and genre circles, but seeing Arrow bestow such a nicely designed box set on the filmmaker made me think that 2019 would mark the year that Larraz earned the credit he has deserved for so long, yet continuously evaded. But even nearly a year later, the limited edition box is still available new
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We Are Here To Love The Wrong People And Die: Romance and Mortality in MOONSTRUCK

After the passing of legendary actor Danny Aiello in December of 2019, any film fan’s Twitter timeline rightfully exploded in remembrances. From critical hits like Do The Right Thing and The Godfather: Part II to cult classics like Hudson Hawk, the man had a career that touched fans of every genre.  Including, as I was surprised to realize, romance nerds. I will not lie– the 1987 Oscar®-winning rom-com Moonstruck (written by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Norman Jewison) is my favorite film, completely unironically, and I was surprised at how many of my Twitter friends also held the movie
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Cinepunx Episode 106: BULLITT (68), and THE CONVERSATION (74) or Liam Misses San Francisco

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Cinepunx_EP106.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAND WE ARE BACK, THIS TIME WITH FLOWERS IN OUR HAIR, IT IS EPISODE 106 OF THE GREATEST FILM PODCAST TO EVER HAVE DONE OR DONE DID IT, CINEPUNX!!!! Hi friends, thanks for joining us. I have returned from San Francisco ready to discuss films with my bestest of bestie Josh Alvarez, and he decided we should celebrate my recent trip by discussing two CLASSIC films based in the City on the Bay (?), The Conversation and Bullit! We do not stop there though, no we do not!
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Analog Adventures: Lance the Proverbial Boil

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. Lucid Child’s My Universe is a heady swirl of Krautrock and psychedelia. The music of the West Coast outfit is intensely, almost eccentrically groovy. The opening has a frighteningly heavy low end, fairly vibrating my upstairs office, even with the volume turned down. When “Lucy
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CINEPUNX FAVORITES OF 2019

It’s only been a month since 2019 ended – is that possible? how can it only be a month??? – and sure many websites published their Best-Of lists sometime in the last two months, but ours are in time with those vaulted and hallow accolades, the Academy Awards. Also, I (Adam) personally believe the only real value the Academy Awards hold is their ability to foster conversation about cinema. I get as annoyed as anyone else with what I see as foolish picks, but at the same time I do enjoy a night when everyone else seems to care about
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Burt Reynolds’ and Elmore Leonard’s STICK Blu-ray Review

By the time Stick hit cinema screens in 1985, Elmore Leonard was far from the household name he had become in the mid 1990s. Up until that point, most of the screen adaptations of his work had been in the western genre thanks to films like Hombre and The Tall T in the 1960s. But as the 70s came, Leonard wrote an original screenplay for the Charles Bronson action film Mr. Majestyk and supplied the source novel for the failed Robert Mitchum thriller The Ambassador, which would serve as the first adaptation of 52 Pick-Up (and would get a much
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