Posts by Rob Skvarla

Escape Through Lunacy: Philadelphia’s Dark Music Pioneer Releases New Album

Forever wars engulf entire regions of the globe. The braindead zombies of fascism are rising from the grave and again infecting political life with their noxious bite. Scientists predict we have less than 20 years to avert a worldwide climate apocalypse. In short, the world as we know it is coming to an end. Hailing from Philadelphia, Lunacy is a project about “being isolated in the world as it is, as we know it, and the demise of that world.” As with the outside world, a thread of apocalypticism runs through the project. The video for their song “Nail in
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EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC Is The Best and Worst EXORCIST Movie

  When revisiting a film for an anniversary, it’s easy to say: “That’s not as bad as I remember!” Time has a habit of healing old wounds, and we’re often inclined to give “bad” films reconsideration as they age. Rare is the case of a film that isn’t given some kind of favorable critical reappraisal. Exorcist II: The Heretic is that anomaly. It’s one of the few horror films of the last 40 years whose infamy has only grown with time. There are fans out there, sure, but they’re few and far between. Even reviews which try to highlight the positives
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5 Lesser-Known Movies That Are As Philly As CREED

EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece was originally published on the blog Mondo Jawn. Billy Penn recently posted a list grading films to find the “most Philly movie ever made.” As expected, Rocky and Creed appear, as do Silver Linings Playbook and Invincible. What’s surprising is that someone remembered Trading Places. Reading over their list, however, I grew frustrated. Specifically, I thought, “Here we go again, another Philly journalist has cultural amnesia.” Generally speaking, people writing about Philly can only recall events that happened within the last 10 or so years. If they do include something older, it’s probably something so well-known
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The 2017 Cinedelphia Film Festival: Four Festival Must-Sees

It’s that time of year again. April. What does that mean for film fans? It’s the beginning of blockbuster season, right? Unfortunately. But it’s also the beginning of festival season! Between April and October every year there are dozens of film festivals happening internationally, each shining a light on films in its respective niche. Philadelphia has a number of its own festivals that happen in various parts of the city during this time. Some are great, others not so much. The best festival for the last five years, however, has been the Cinedelphia Film Festival. An amalgam of genre fare,
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BEST OF 2016: Music

While this site may be called Cinepunx, we never said we ONLY listen to punk. If you’ve spent any time reading this site — and you should, because we’re awesome — you’ll know we cover a wide range of genres in both film AND music. This list covers our favorite albums of 2016 and contains what should definitely be a few surprises. What’s #1? Scroll down! 10. Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love! 9. Frank Ocean – Blonde 8. Angel Du$t – Rock the Fuck On Forever 7. Praise – Leave It All Behind 6. NAILS – You Will Never Be One of
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CINEPUNX BEST OF 2016: Film

Say what you will about 2016 — and many people already have — but it was a great year for film. 2016 saw the return of old favorites (Paul Verhoeven and Shane Black releasing new films), the continued dominance of comic book films and the Star Wars juggernaut, a host of new names offering, surprise, fresh ideas. Ideally, our list of films would be more comprehensive and shine a spotlight on more than just a handful of titles; alas, we were forced to whittle our much larger list of sixty picks down to a much digestible twenty-five. Such is the
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