Posts by Nick Spacek

Fantasia 2020: Clapboard Jungle Offers Insight Into a Different Aspect of Filmmaking

Director Justin McConnell’s documentary, Clapboard Jungle, tackles the side of filmmaking not frequently explored – the financial and business aspect of an industry most usually looked at from the creative angle. Thanks to McConnell’s many years in the indie horror trenches, along with the wide swathe of individuals with which he manages to speak, the end result is something that’s both personal and a series of lessons for the burgeoning filmmaker. “An emotional and introspective journey following five years in the life and career of an independent filmmaker, supported by dozens of interviews, posing one question: how does an indie
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FANTASIA 2020: A (very) Small Selection of Our Picks for This Year’s Festival

August 20 through September 2 marks the 24th annual Fantasia International Film Festival! Of course, due to the ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the programmers have decided to forego an in-person event this year. But not to worry! They’ve lined up an exciting virtual edition of the festival, with a wide array of funky genre films from all over the world, and Cinepunx is thrilled to come at you with some great festival coverage. Join me (Bryan Christopher) and Nick Spacek as we take our first foray into the realm of Fantasia. Nick, there’s a lot of interesting stuff
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New Bomb Turks release a ‘Diamond Edition’ of Nightmare Scenario to benefit Columbus orgs

Columbus, Ohio’s New Bomb Turks have been making pedal-to-the-metal, jet-fueled rock ‘n’ roll for 30 years now. While they don’t tour quite as much as they used to, the band is still kicking. Today, the band drops a 20th anniversary release of Nightmare Scenario on Bandcamp. The LP is New Bomb Turks’ fifth full-length album, and is presented in a “Diamond Edition,” featuring unheard mixes and a bonus track, all re-mastered by Jim Diamond. The reason behind all of this, says the band’s singer, Eric Davidson, ends up being a pretty simple one. “Crypt did a reissue of our very
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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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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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STREAM WARRIORS: The strange mysteries of The Beach House

Every day, the various titans of streaming release new original content — some to theaters, some to live solely on the information super highway. STREAM WARRIORS is the Cinepunx family’s ongoing journey to help you navigate the tumultuous and snake-ridden waters of the streaming world. Director/writer Jeffrey A. Brown’s feature debut, The Beach House (on Shudder starting Thursday, July 9), is a slow-burn turn from relationship drama to creeping cosmic horror. “Escaping to his family’s beach house to reconnect, Emily and Randall find their off-season trip interrupted by Mitch and Jane Turner, an older couple acquainted with Randall’s estranged father.
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FROM THE STEREO TO YOUR SCREEN: A Men in Black double feature

Will Smith’s “Men in Black” from Men in Black Thanks to the social distancing measures in effect across most of the country, there will likely be no public fireworks displays in your neck of the woods. So, unless you have jackass neighbors like mine who have been blowing shit up since the middle of June, the best hope for seeing explosions and bright shining lights will be to check out this music video double feature, with the one and only Will Smith. Fuck. I hate myself for writing that. Still, for the better part of the late ’90s and early
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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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Chattanooga Film Festival Kicks Off This Friday, May 25, with an All-Digital Edition

This weekend, from Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25, The Chattanooga Film Festival (along with its presenting sponsor Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER and media partner Bloody-Disgusting), will go digital, making this an unprecedented opportunity to see a slew of brand-new genre films and specialty programming. In a nod to the time in which we all find ourselves, the festival is offering a full-access badge for the price of $30. A portion of the proceeds will be divided up and given back to participating filmmakers, as well. The best part? Features and shorts will be on available on-demand all four
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