Posts by Trey Lawson

CINE-WEEN: Why I Keep October Spooky

Every October (although let’s be real – it’s started bleeding into September) I try to watch as many horror movies as I can. Maybe you do, too; it seems like a thing that a lot of people do. But why? I don’t mean in a practical sense – obviously a big part of it is that watching scary movies is fun. But what is this seasonal compulsion to watch as many horror movies as possible (essentially binge-watching, before we thought of it in those terms)? Why do I find myself planning my life around these movies for a whole month
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Rekt: NINJA BUSTERS

This is REKT, the column where each month one Cinepunx staffer recommends films to the rest of the fam. We may be stoked, or we may be wrecked. This month, it’s Liam’s turn to do the damage. Here are Trey Lawson‘s thoughts on Ninja Busters.   I’m going to be honest with you: I’d never even heard of Ninja Busters (Paul Kyriazi, 1984) until it showed up on the list for REKT this month. Filmed in 1984 but never released, this flick was recently rediscovered by Garagehouse Pictures and given a full bluray release with all the bells and whistles. Presumably capitalizing on the ninja
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REKT: My Own Private Idaho

This is REKT, the column where each month one Cinepunx staffer recommends films to the rest of the fam. We may be stoked, or we may be wrecked. This month, it’s Adrianna Gober’s turn to do the damage. Here are Trey Lawson’s thoughts on My Own Private Idaho.   My Own Private Idaho is one of my big blindspots of ’90s cinema, and it is especially egregious considering that when I’m not writing about film, I write about English Renaissance history plays. This film is, of course, partly a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays transposed into early ’90s Portland, among
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Grosse Pointe Blank

  This is REKT, the column where each month one Cinepunx staffer recommends films to the rest of the fam. We may be stoked, or we may be wrecked. This month, it’s Justin Harlan’s turn to do the damage. Here are Trey Lawson‘s thoughts on Grosse Point Blank.   I’m frankly shocked that I’ve gone this long in life without ever watching Grosse Pointe Blank. I was probably a bit young when it first hit theaters, but it’s the kind of quirky action comedy that in high school I would have rented repeatedly. Weirdly, I’d seen exactly one scene before –
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7 Faces of Dr. Lao

  This is REKT, the column where each month one Cinepunx staffer recommends films to the rest of the fam. We may be stoked, or we may be wrecked. This month, it’s Elbee’s turn to do the damage. Here are Trey Lawson‘s thoughts on 1964’s 7 Faces of Dr. Lao.   I love old genre movies. They take me back to childhood, when my dad would rent old movies from when he was younger for me to watch. It was kind of a bonding thing, I suppose. Given its 1964 release date and subject matter, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao is exactly the
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“Cells Interlinked Within Cells Interlinked”: The Subversive Metanarrative of BLADE RUNNER 2049

WARNING: This article contains spoilers, including discussion of the final scenes of the film. If you haven’t seen Blade Runner 2049, then hurry up and see it on the biggest screen with the best sound system you can find. Then come back and read this.     “You’ve never seen a miracle.” The line, spoken by Dave Bautista’s Sapper Morton early in Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, 2017), is apt not only in setting up the film’s narrative & thematic progression, but also in describing the film itself. That a sequel made thirty years after the original, peppered with occasional cameos from original
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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND at 40: We’re Still Not Alone

As you may have heard, this year is the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. For years I’ve said without hesitation that it’s my favorite Spielberg film, but without putting much thought into why. On the occasion of its theatrical re-re-re-release, I think it’s time to look back at just what makes this film so powerful. Close Encounters of the Third Kind straddles the line between 1970s New Hollywood and the explosion of the blockbuster in the 1980s — more than perhaps any other film considering its complex release history. The theatrical cut was released
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