Monthly Archives September 2020

REVIEW: ALIEN ADDICTION Just Wants To Have Fun

There’s an endearing quality to a film that has no shame or hesitation in going for the gold with juvenile humor. Some would even call it a charm. Shea Sterling’s Alien Addiction is certainly a film that leans heavily into lowbrow comedy, and does so with such dedication and such a sense of “fuck it dude, whatever” that you can’t help but get sucked in. I don’t mean that in a car wreck rubbernecking, “so bad it’s good” way. Alien Addiction has less in common with deliberately schlocky nonsense like Sharknado or any of the other billion or so movies
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CINEPUNX Episode 118: WILD AT HEART & TRUE ROMANCE Feat. Aaron Dalbec (BANE, BE WELL)

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Cinepunx_118.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA NEW EPISODE OF CINEPUNX? DON’T MIND IF I DO! Friends, not only do we discuss two very important, very influential films about angry Elvis fans on this very episode, we are joined by the amazing Aaron Dalbec of BE WELL and of course of BANE, so like, admit it. You are stoked. come on yes you are   On this awesome episode we discuss WILD AT HEART and TRUE ROMANCE with Aaron. We have both praise and criticism to reign on both films, and there is some
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THIS JUSTIN: Werewoofs Like Pina Coladas

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 Bad Moon, An American Werewolf In London, The Howling, Dog Soldiers, Ginger Snaps. Listeners of Horror Business and readers of THIS JUSTIN know I’m a sucker for a good werewolf film. Out of all of the archetypical movie monsters, the werewolf stands at the top of the mountain as the one that gets under my
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Newark’s New, Black-Owned Drive-In Brings Good Vibes and Fosters Community Amid the Pandemic

It’s been a difficult, turbulent year for film production and exhibition amid the chaos of Covid-19 shutdowns, particularly in the US, where virus cases have skyrocketed with no end in sight. While some larger theater chains have opened at diminished capacity, many movie theaters across the country remain closed with their futures uncertain. For American moviegoers itching to get back to the big screen, the start of the summer held one bright promise: going to the drive-in. According to the United Drive-In Theaters Association, there were 305 operational drive-in theaters in the United States as of October 2019, a number
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SPIRAL: A Review

Trauma has a nasty way of never letting us completely move past it. It shapes us and helps give birth to the person we eventually become as adults. Similarly, on a macro scale, society rarely moves entirely past the trauma that it has inflicted on us. Kurt Harder’s Spiral is a story in which trauma has made the protagonist an unreliable narrator, but paradoxically one who is entirely justified in their fear and paranoia. It’s a story about what lies just beneath the surface of an idyllic community, the price that is paid for keeping said community idyllic, and how
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The Comic Books of Late Stage Capitalism

All money is a matter of belief. Adam Smith, economist, widely considered to be the Father of Capitalism There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning. Warren Buffet, investor, business tycoon, and, as of this writing, the fourth-wealthiest person in the world Even a system that calls itself a democracy can become an oligarchy if power becomes concentrated in the hands of a few very wealthy people – a corporate and financial elite. Robert Reich, professor, author, former Secretary of Labor There is not much to say about the year
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Documentaries RED WHITE & WASTED and DTF Provide a Dark View of Human Behavior

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve found myself diving into each and every oddball suggestion that finds its way into my inbox. Bigfoot movie? Sure. Weeklong festival coverage? Let’s do it. Potentially awful theatrical release? Fuck it. However, what seems to keep grabbing my attention are the numerous documentaries I’ve seen over the last month. Given the fact that many of them deal with social situations, I’m guessing the appeal is simply viewing experiences which, right now, seem like visiting another planet. Granted, there is a bit of a sliding scale. It’s a vast difference between the recent Vinyl
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THIS JUSTIN: My Love/Hate Relationship With The Conjuring Films

In early 2013, the trailer for James Wan’s The Conjuring arrived in theaters. I remember thinking it looked absolutely stunning and downright frightening: an increasingly panicked Lili Taylor going from room to room, thinking her children are playing a prank on her, only to end up locked in the basement, and then that perfect shot of the disembodied hands clapping behind her and the screen cutting to black. So good. Even rewatching it I felt this delicious chill up my arms. It’s an extremely effective trailer, and I think it leads to a (largely) effective franchise of films. However, my
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Shawn Foree of Digital Leather on the Sonic Change-Up of New Wave Gold

The latest album by Shawn Foree under the name Digital Leather, New Wave Gold, comes as the musician is approaching two decades of making music. It’s a bit of a change-up from the more raw, electronic garage punk for which Foree has become known, with a warmer, more organic feel to the recordings. Digital Leather hasn’t necessarily mellowed, but it’s definitely had some of the rough edges rounded off on this album, out Friday via No Coast Recordings. I hopped on the phone to speak with Foree about the new album. Do you even know what number album New Wave
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No Choice But To Fight – An Interview With Alice Bag

It was 2006 and my older sister had left half of her stuff behind in her old room at my dad’s house; boxes of stuff I had every intention of rummaging through. Buried in a box of scratched CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes was a copy of Penelope Sepheeris’ legendary documentary, The Decline of Western Civilization. Decline is legendary for capturing the LA punk scene of the late 70s early 80s in its prime, featuring: X, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, FEAR, Circle Jerks, Germs, and Alice Bag Band. Upon each viewing, I was always floored with Alice Bag’s strong stage
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