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Witches In Contemporary Cinema and Television: A Radical Feminist Aesthetic

The portrayal of witches and witchcraft in film, television and new media is a very specific and effective framework for a radical feminist ideology. The content within this framework is inclusive of age, gender, ability, etc. The application of a violent, dark tone to this content acts as an aesthetic tool to convey a feminist ideology with radical intent to a post 9/11 audience. In the last decade, the female voice, the feminine form and the emblematic presentation of the Witch in television and cinema suggests a societal conflict between the sexes, a reignited focus on the natural world and a
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Cinepunx’s Best of 2018

It’s the Best Movies and Music of 2018, 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 of the site to join in the fun. It’s a goddamn end of the year free-for-all. Get at it below. TL;DR: People were really into First Reformed, Hereditary, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Mandy, in terms of movies. For music, it was Tragedy’s Fury, Turnstile’s Time and Space, Janelle Monae’s Dirty
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SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Overturned All My Expectations

It was with some humor that I first encountered the news that Sony was going to be releasing an animated Spider-Man film. The deal with Marvel had already gone through, and I knew some version of the webslinger would be making an appearance in the MCU. How many versions of Peter Parker do we need? Surely there is some saturation point for this one particular Marvel character. Yet here we are, almost a full year later, and not only has Peter Parker appeared in his latest live action incarnation, but Spider-Man: Homecoming was one of the more celebrated recent Marvel
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Evolution Televised: Women’s Wrestling in 2018

When discussing pro-wrestling in 2018 — especially end of the year lists curated by pro-wrestling outlets — many people still point to places or matches that do not include women. Although there is a declarative “evolution” happening as far as perception and opportunities for women who wrestle in the business itself, there are still hordes of fans who ignore the matches and storylines entirely. As a rabid pro-wrestling mark and current pro-wrestling trainee, it stings me in two ways when folks dismiss or discourage women’s wrestling. Firstly, as a fan offended for the performers who destroy themselves like well-disciplined soldiers, and
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The Ten Most Underrated Emo Records of All Time

Ah, emo. The most fractious word in the history of the language of punk rock, a genre that has room for such delineations as “oogle,” “egg-punk,” “trash viper,” and “dumpster diver”; for such genre differentiation as “hardcore,” “slowcore,” “post-proto punk,” and “art punk” has often had a difficult time accepting what it considers its most derogatory nomenclature: emo. At this point, everyone knows that emo is short for emocore, which is short for emotional hardcore. It might have been slung as an insult towards hardcore punk bands of the mid-80s who chose to take an artier, dare I say it,
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JUST ANNOUNCED – CINEDELPHIA 666 HIGHLIGHTS AND SCHEDULE

Hear ye witches, goblins, and film lovers, things are getting diabolic at this year’s Cinedelphia Film Festival! Presented by PhilaMOCA, 2018 is the 6th year running for CFF – and they’ve affectionately titled this incarnation of the fest “Cinedelphia 666.” This year’s festival theme is centered around “spirituality, the occult, and outsider thought,” with the infernal events kicking off April 12. Opening night of the fest will feature TST founder Lucien Grieves performing a live ritual followed by a screening of the Mexican cult film Alucarda. Other highlights of CFF this year include actress Jessica Harper in attendance for a
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The Collet Effect: Visiting Jaume Collet-Serra’s Films

Director Jaume Collet-Serra is about to release his eighth film in twelve years, and seven of them have a comfy, indented seat in the thriller genre. There’s no denying he’s a busy man, and there’s no denying he’s become a trusted filmmaker within the industry. Yet, with the body of work he has, shouldn’t the phrase “hey, the new Collet-Serra film is coming out soon” be a bit more common? By an auteur’s third or forth film, he or she (and there should be more she, but that’s another topic for another time) should invoke some sort of excitement amongst
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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 of the site to join in the fun. It’s a goddamn end of the year free-for-all. Get at it below. Max Davis, Hardcore’s Human Resources Consultant @Cactus_Max Movies 1. Good Time Good Time feels like 40 miles of bad road. I went in without any real expectation and was pummeled by the
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CINEPOCALYPSE Announces First Wave Lineup, and Guess What? Eric Roberts Will Be There

Cinepocalypse just announced their 2017 lineup, and boy, it is a doozy! The festival kicks off November 2 at Chicago’s prestigious Music Box Theatre, with screenings and other events wrapping up on November 9. Renowned screenwriter Simon Barrett (You’re Next, The Guest, Blair Witch) will be hosting the event in its entirety. Included in the festival are several highly anticipated screenings, including the Illinois premiere of Tyler MacIntyre’s reinventive slasher, Tragedy Girls (covered here by our very own Billy Ray Brewton), the U.S. premiere of Ted Geoghegan’s (We Are Still Here) historic revenge epic Mohawk, and the 40th Anniversary screening
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CINEPUNX Remembers George A. Romero

Regular listeners to the flagship show of this collective, Cinepunx, will have heard the story a few times of my introduction to horror when a less than attentive parental figure allowed me to join my not yet “step” siblings to watch A Nightmare on Elm Street. This is, honestly, a pretty good story. It doesn’t tell the whole story though, as NOES was inflicted upon me. I didn’t choose it. Horror, though now something I had been exposed to, was not my choice. But it was Night of the Living Dead which I first chose: a cheap VHS available at
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