Posts by Max Davis

CINE-WEEN: Inspired by the Motion Picture

The year is 2001. You walk into a record store with roughly 10 bucks in your pocket that you’ve saved by not eating lunch at school for a few days. You have one goal, stretch this 10 bucks and walk out of this Sam Goody with as much music as possible. Would it be nice to leave with a new album? Sure, but those usually run you anywhere from 15 to 20 bucks. You can’t go two weeks without food, and your neighbor doesn’t need their lawn mowed for the third time this month. You have one viable option and
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CINE-WEEN: 86ed’-ALIENS and the Music of the USCM

1986 may be one of the greatest years for film and music in recorded human history.  A year that saw the release of such highly lauded records as Bad Brains’ I against I, Cro-Mags’ Age of Quarrel, Metallica’s Master of Puppets, Beastie Boys’ License to Ill, The Smiths’ Queen is Dead, and so many more that I could write a separate piece on how 1986 is the reason why I think music is good.   This was also a year that saw an incredible run of genre films such as Big Trouble in Little China, The Fly, Labyrinth, Highlander, Texas Chainsaw
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CINE-WEEN: Matthew Lillard “A Career RetroSPOOKtive”

Two things I hate: nostalgia for the past and the seasonal fixation on horror films.  My hate is so real that I’m about to tickle both of my non-existent fancies simultaneously.  Why this exercise in punishment?  Well because I love Matthew, I love Liam, but I’m also highly susceptible to suggestion and peer pressure.  I still have my scruples though; I’ll be damned if I’m going to give my art away for free without it being on my own terms.  I could wax poetic about great horror films, directors, or actors, but when it comes to the genre my tastes
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2015: The Cinepunx Top 10s

  The task was simple.  A spattering of interesting contributors were commissioned to put together a list of their top 10 records and movies of 2015, including some short write-ups for their five favorites in each category.  Some found no difficulty in completing this task  (a miracle for those of us who painstakingly deliberate internally on this very subject the entire year).  Others found it a bit more challenging.  But after countless misspellings, 4 different variations on how to say The Hateful Eight, the submission of what can only be assumed is a dissertation on media in the year 2015,  and
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The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Everything: Terror Beyond “Horror”

So here we are yet again, another October is coming to a close and with it the opportunity to relish the most exciting time of the year. Its the season of hoodie weather, shit tastings like pumpkin, costuming ourselves as racial and cultural stereotypes, and binge watching horror movies for a month because its a thing people on the internet were doing…. Let’s be real, that’s bullshit. In general, our obsession to compartmentalize our months thematically is one of habits that we as a society need to work on, but, I digress. Any true blue horror fan doesn’t set aside
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BEFORE FURIOSA THERE WAS… An ode to Sci-Fi’s reigning queen

Earlier this year, George Miller captivated audiences by revisiting his dystopian universe in which the Road Warrior, Mad Max, rampages across the wastelands of the old world in a never ending fight for survival and meaning. Tom Hardy, who had been cast as the heir to the role Mel Gibson made famous, captured the torment and grit of Miller’s character perfectly, but the movie introduced us to a new character the likes of which Miller had never tackled in any of his previous “Max” adventures. From the moment she appeared on screen, Charlize Theron stole the show as Imperator Furiosa.
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