Monthly Archives July 2020

CINEPUNX Episode 116: SHOWGIRLS (95) and YOU DON’T NOMI (20)

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Cinepunx_ep116.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSWELCOME CHILDREN TO THE LATEST AND GREATEST CINEPUNX SPECTACULAR! On this, our amazng ONE HUNDREDTH AND SIXTEENTH EPISODE, I have forced my unsuspecting co-host to watch the insane 1995 SHOWGIRLS as well as the recent documentary about the reception of that film, YOU DON’T NOMI! Ok so, we recorded this right before I started my move to Illinois, and like, I know we discussed a few very interesting things in our Wack and on Track but like, the move has erased all of that from my mind. My mind is
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Engage in the visual ASMR that is doggo doc WELL GROOMED

Right now, it seems as though there’s nothing we need more than something to calm us down, chill us out, and bring our blood pressure to a manageable level. To that end, watching director Rebecca Stern’s documentary, Well Groomed (out this week on DVD and VOD), is a positive balm for the soul. “Accompanying a group of champion groomers and their gorgeous, vibrant dogs for one year on the technicolor competition circuit, WELL GROOMED effervescently and poignantly explores an America not often portrayed in cinema. From South Carolina to California, New York to Arkansas, the film follows the group from
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MOST WANTED is the Canadian drug-smuggling investigative journalism thriller you didn’t know you wanted

The Saban Films-distributed Most Wanted (in theaters and available on demand starting July 24) from writer/director Daniel Roby, sees Josh Hartnett doing his best Woodward and Bernstein in the role of Canadian journalist, Victor Malarek. “Inspired by the gripping true story, an investigative journalist (Josh Hartnett) unravels a twisted case of entrapment wherein a guy from the wrong side of the tracks, Daniel (Antoine-Olivier Pilon), is forced into a dangerous drug deal against his will and is sentenced to 100 years in a Thai prison. As Daniel endures torture and abuse, the journalist must track down the shady undercover cops
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THIS JUSTIN: The Horror Of THE TERMINATOR

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. Heavy spoilers ahead for THE TERMINATOR, TERMINATOR 2, TERMINATOR 3, and TERMINATOR: DARK FATE. Stop reading this RIGHT THE HECK NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE FIRST TWO FILMS. In any list of great cinematic one liners, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s deadpanned “I’ll be back” from 1983’s sci fi/neo noir classic The Terminator almost always cracks the top 25.
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ANALOG ADVENTURES: Shall we explore?

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. Class M Planets – Ravenswood (Treefort Lounge) Ravenswood by Class M Planets I’ll be honest — Class M Planets’ new LP, Ravenswood, took a minute to get into. I heard “psychotropic album,” and I was expecting something a little different. More early Pink Floyd, less
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THIS JUSTIN: The Strange World Of Screaming Mad George

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. In the realm of special effects artists, a few names come to mind immediately in regard to horror. You’ve got the titans of the genre, like Rick Baker and his untouchable work in An American Werewolf In London (and not to mention his work on Spielberg’s original version of the film that would become E.T.). You’ve got
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Cinepunx Episode 115: KILLER WORKOUT and DROP, DEAD, GORGEOUS with Justin Nordell

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Cinepunx_ep115-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSOH OUR DEAR, DEAR FRIENDS, GREETINGS AND BLESSINGS UPON YOU FOR RETURNING TO THIS, THE ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTEENTH EPISODE OF THE WORLDS MOST JIM JAMMY PODCAST, CINEPUNX! Your two brown heroes are joined by the amazing Executive Director of the Philadelphia Folksong Society, Justin Nordell!! We first met Justin when he was the only friendly person who worked for the Philadelphia Film Society (from PFS to PFS is kinda ridiculous btw) back around 2010-2011 and we have tried to keep up with him ever since. Just the best! Justin
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THE WAR OF THE WORLDS Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Byron Haskin’s 1953 film adaptation of The War of the Worlds has become as synonymous with its literary source as Orson Welles’ famed radio play that incited mass hysteria in 1938. As the first screen adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel, it paved the way for Steven Spielberg’s well-received 2005 iteration, a slew of direct-to-video and TV adaptations, and films like Mars Attacks! which explicitly reference it. Approaching Haskin’s film in 2020 was an interesting exercise — I hadn’t seen it in over twenty years — and one made all the better with Criterion’s brand new disc release. Almost everyone knows
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Claire’s 11 Favorite Movies of the Year… So Far

At this point in the year (normally on the exact halfway point) I like to write up a list of my favorite movies released thus far. Usually, I’ve seen a pretty interesting crop of movies I hope won’t be forgotten by the fall. But I don’t need to tell you that this year is different. We’re probably not going to see another movie in theaters until 2021. That’s a real bummer for me as someone who still considers the movie theater a second home. But I actually got to see a number of films before theaters closed (21 to be
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Find the Beauty in WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES: Review

We Are Little Zombies, the feature length debut for Japanese director Makoto Nagahisa, is a glorious contradiction of a film that combines heavy, potentially depressing narrative with vibrant, invigorating filmmaking. While these competing elements could have made the film a tonal mess, Nagahisa weaves them together in a way that produces something truly special. The film opens with a group of four children who meet on what should be the worst day of their lives; all of their parents have just died. But they all seem to be able to take the deaths in stride. In fact, they don’t seem
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