The Year in Hip-Hop 2018

While 2017 was the year where all of our worst social, political, and cultural fears became true and general anxiety disorder became a lifestyle for many of us, hip-hop remained an odd sort of “safe space.” The year began with fears about a new generation of teenagers with prefix heavy rap names who ...

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Cinepunx’s Best of 2017

It’s the Best Movies and Music of 2017, as determined by your friends at Cinepunx. Because we’re egalitarian as hell, we not only let everyone determine their own lists, we let them determine their own awards, and — throwing all caution to the wind — we even invited friends o ...

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WE GOT ISSUES: BEST COMICS OF 2017

It’s nearly the end of the year, a time normally steeped in sundry traditions, but here in Pop Culture World it’s all about the love/hate relationship with the “Best of the Year” lists. There was a great deal about 2017 that I’d rather not revisit, for the sake of my ow ...

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Netflix Weekly: MUDBOUND

I felt anger almost immediately after the credits started rolling for Mudbound, though it was not due to the film’s quality. As of this writing, I’m grateful that some good is rising out of the ashes that was the garbage fire year of 2017, for myself personally and the world. The climate’s changing, ...

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LADY BIRD in the Time of Chaos

At first glance, the decision to set Lady Bird in 2002-2003 seems like little more than an autobiographical flourish on the part of writer-director Greta Gerwig. Gerwig herself came of age during the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, so it makes perfect sense that this would be her frame of reference in dep ...

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BAFF 2017: BORLEY RECTORY

Before Shirley Jackson and Richard Matheson wrote their chilling tales of historically grand haunted houses, there stood a manor so feared that the people of England could not even whisper its name without quaking with fright. “Borley Rectory.” Those two words – fine on their own, but when put ...

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Josh Berwanger Plays Halloween DJ

Power pop band Berwanger‘s new album, The Star Invaders, comes out next week on Halloween. The new album features members of Broncho, Limbeck, Flaming Lips, Sam Cohen, and Eva Gardner (Mars Volta, Pink, Tegan and Sara).  This is a first for Josh Berwanger as it is his third album, marking the ...

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WE GOT ISSUES: WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD

The classic grindhouse-style horror thriller is a subgenre in film with an impressive back catalog to pore over, but not so much in the world of comics. Decades before what we consider grindhouse movies were even made, publishers like EC Comics were planting the seeds by releasing titles like Tales ...

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WE GOT ISSUES: SLAYER: REPENTLESS

What follows, dear reader, is one random miscreant’s thoughts regarding the new comic book based on the music and the members of the massively popular thrash metal band SLAYER. Since this unique work of fiction is dangerously straddling two worlds notorious for strong opinions, constant infigh ...

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Bookshelf: WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ

At their heart, David Wong’s books set in the town of Undisclosed are about perception. His first novel, John Dies at the End, its sequel, This Book Is Full of Spiders, and the latest, What the Hell Did I Just Read, all deal with the fact that what we’re seeing with our eyes might not actually be wh ...

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Exploitation.TV Party: SEXTOONS

Launching in 2013 with the release of the Lost Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis, Vinegar Syndrome quickly cemented themselves as one of the most important and exciting companies in the recent boutique home video boom. Presenting high quality transfers — of which they create in-house — of rare and ove ...

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Hail mother!, Full of Grace

  “Blessed art thou among women/ And blessed is the fruit of thy womb,/ Jesus.” -Hail Mary “The whole book’s gender biased…Read that book again sometime. Women are painted as bigger antagonists than the Egyptians and Romans combined. It stinks.” -Salma Hayek, Dogma Spoilers to follow As of this ...

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Review: SLIMED

Slimed, an independent blast of schlock wonder was finished nearly ten years ago, and it’s packed with everything writer/directors Eric Manche and Jeff Nitzberg wanted in a movie: “absurdity, action, comedy, apocalyptic stakes and evil hand puppets.” Yep. Hand puppets. This movie has everything you ...

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In Theaters: mother!

My original plan for this review, since I was hoping to Mandate it, was to get the best of both worlds by recording my own immediate thoughts on the film and then transcribing them into a review. It would have been easier and a different take on your standard babble trying to describe what you just ...

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Netflix Weekly: LITTLE EVIL

Is there such a thing as the “feel good” horror sub-genre? I think there is. You know what I mean, right? You put on a horror movie sometimes, not to be scared, but to chill and get lost for a couple of hours. Take Little Evil as a recent example. Little Evil tells the story of Gary (Adam Scot ...

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Review: IT (2017)

I’ve often spoken of how nostalgia is a very powerful factor in how we view art. It is a lens that is both effective and unreliable when consuming art; if we develop an attachment to something at an age that we might not be too discerning between good art and bad art, that attachment lingers. I mean ...

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WE GOT ISSUES: Aleister & Adolf

This graphic novel, quite simply, is a treatise on belief and magic, delivered through storytelling and torn from history. Bookended by events which transpired during the rise of the internet in the mid-1990s, the meat of this narrative takes place over the course of World War II, when Aleister Crow ...

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Films from the Void: OGROFF

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense ...

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