Monthly Archives June 2020

Steven Universe is the Queer Cartoon I Wish I Had as a Kid

When you’re an adolescent trans person living in white suburbia, it can be really hard to understand who you are when you don’t see yourself anywhere on television. I remember spending my time watching hours of cartoons; my laughter and joy clouded up my insecurities and kept me placated as a child. It can be frustrating now when I think back to how I never had a chance to learn who I was in the space I grew up in. Now, I just remember fragments of my childhood and how clearly, I was experiencing gender dysphoria. Usually it involved my
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THIS JUSTIN: Let’s Talk About Lovecraft’s Racism

Few figures in the realm of horror fiction cast a shadow like that of H.P. Lovecraft. His influence can be felt in almost every medium of entertainment. Lyrics inspired by his writing can be found everywhere from death metal classics such as Morbid Angel’s Altars Of Madness to Metallica’s magnum opus Master Of Puppets. Stephen King, the modern titan of horror fiction, cites Lovecraft as one of his biggest influences, and references to Lovecraft can be found peppered through his work. Supernatural, one of the longest running television shows in history, is packed with nods to Lovecraft. At the end
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CINEPUNX Episode 114: Z and THE PARALLAX VIEW aka: The Paranoia Episode

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Cinepunx_ep114.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFRIENDS FAMILY COMRADES We are so blessed that you have decided to join us for yet another episode of Cinepunx, the premiere podcast about films featuring brown punx of questionable pedigree. On this amazing episode we cover to political thrillers focused on paranoia and conspiracy THE PARALLAX VIEW and Z We hope you had time to check these films out before listening as we freely spoil them, though in case you were ignorant like me, Z is based off a true story in Greece so a little lesson in
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What I Learned In Attempting to Create a Comprehensive List of American Films By Black Filmmakers

I’m a white male that grew up in a state that was 98% white according to a 1990 census, that state being New Hampshire. I had very few minorities in my school classes through high school and even the college I attended, Keene State College, had only a 4% minority enrollment in 2010 when I graduated. Not only have I been afforded white privilege throughout my life, I wasn’t even exposed to anything else for the majority of that time – outside of various trips to NYC, Boston and other cities in the US, it was not until I moved
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Now is Not The Time for Movie Theaters

Last week I had a really bad day. You know when all of your insecurities and worries pile up after seeing how the government is taking away your civil rights in the cruelest way possible, and you feel helpless and tired? It was one of those days. It left me exhausted more than usual, like I had no other ideas on how to feel better. Even explaining my problems away after almost 3 years in therapy didn’t help. It was a day where I didn’t want to problem solve, I just wanted to disassociate. I used to have a pretty
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Killer Workout’s Bob Husak on the band’s new EP and the slasher for which they’re named

As if naming their band after an obscure slasher wasn’t enough, Seattle dance punks Killer Workout also named their new EP Four : Three after the aspect ratio for old CRT television sets. ’80s inspired new wave meets goth dance jams, horror movie appellation, and cinephile references? I was in from the get-go, and that was before I’d even taken a listen to the band’s music—which, for the record, is catchy, definitely danceable, and very suitable for the prom scene in any Canadian tax shelter terror you can think of. As if that wasn’t enough, in the lead-up to the
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THIS JUSTIN: Altered, Lovely Molly, And The Horror Of Sexual Assault

Welcome to THIS JUSTIN, a column dedicated to my love of all things weird and spooky. Each week I’ll be taking you on a deep dive into something creepy and/or crawly and talking your ear off about why I love it so much. Spoilers ahead for both films, and also I’d like to add a content/trigger warning due to themes of sexual assault. In the pantheon of horror films, Eduardo Sanchez will likely be remembered best (and not entirely unjustly) for his 1999 film The Blair Witch Project. It took the horror world by storm and kicked off a craze
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Watchmen, Hooded Justice, and Fighting Crime While Black

*The following article features massive spoilers for the Watchmen TV series* I’ve been thinking a lot about 2019’s Watchmen series. Not just because it was my favorite piece of media I saw last year, but I think its core themes and ideas are so evidently relevant to right now. I’m waiting for an army of men wearing Rorschach masks to crash a protest or for Dr. Manhattan’s giant blue member to trend on Twitter. In a time where people are protesting in the streets and facing the aggressive force of police daily, where American cities have curfews, along with military
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Abel Ferrara’s TOMMASO Review

Abel Ferrara’s collaborations with Willem Dafoe all have an apocalyptic air to them; from the explicit apocalypse of 4:44 Last Day on Earth, to the death of Pier Paolo Pasolini (played by Dafoe) in Pasolini and, most abstractly, the nearing-the-millennium cyberpunk ode to technology and personal connection—and their approaching demise — in New Rose Hotel. This all considered, it’s a small wonder that the semi-autobiographical Tommaso feels as life affirming as it does, exchanging our current world of empty city streets and a life suddenly put on hold for bustling, pre-COVID, life in Rome — which isn’t to say it’s
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CINEPUNX Episode 113: SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL and EXTRACTION Feat. Andrew Wellbrock

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Cinepunx_ep113.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHEY THERE STREET WARRIORS, WELCOME BACK TO A NEW EPISODE OF CINEPUNX! Big apologies for the delay in release of this episode friends, but this will be no surprise to you that we recorded this episode prior to the the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent uprisings across the country. So, even though the episode was edited and finished in a bout a week, the day it was ready was the day we all took to the street or to the internet in outrage. When I first
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