Posts by Trey Lawson

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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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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