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NIGHTSTREAM Kicks Off Thursday With A Virtual Smorgasbord For Genre Fans

Summer has come and gone, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting chillier. Normally for us horror fans on the East Coast, that would mean it’s almost time for the annual BROOKLYN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL in the beginning of October. Alas, in the era of COVID-19, the new normal means packing people into theatres all over Brooklyn and running the risk of getting sick, so this year there’ll be no pilgrimage for me. Instead, we’re arguably getting an even bigger (albeit entirely virtual) event: NIGHTSTREAM. Running between October 8th through October 11th, Nightstream is a four-day long
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CINE-WEEN 2020: Horror Films Directed By Women Available to Stream

It is October 1st, which will kick off an annual horror binge for many (with some diehards probably starting last month) and with that means a lot of genre staples in constant rotation — and few, if any, of those staples being directed by women. Below are some genre highlights with female directors that are currently available on streaming platforms. BLOOD DINER (1987, dir. Jackie Kong) Jackie Kong’s absolutely wild — and firmly 80s — riff on BLOOD FEAST needs to be seen to be believed. The plot is simple: two cannibal brothers that run a health food focused diner,
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REVIEW: ALIEN ADDICTION Just Wants To Have Fun

There’s an endearing quality to a film that has no shame or hesitation in going for the gold with juvenile humor. Some would even call it a charm. Shea Sterling’s Alien Addiction is certainly a film that leans heavily into lowbrow comedy, and does so with such dedication and such a sense of “fuck it dude, whatever” that you can’t help but get sucked in. I don’t mean that in a car wreck rubbernecking, “so bad it’s good” way. Alien Addiction has less in common with deliberately schlocky nonsense like Sharknado or any of the other billion or so movies
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SPIRAL: A Review

Trauma has a nasty way of never letting us completely move past it. It shapes us and helps give birth to the person we eventually become as adults. Similarly, on a macro scale, society rarely moves entirely past the trauma that it has inflicted on us. Kurt Harder’s Spiral is a story in which trauma has made the protagonist an unreliable narrator, but paradoxically one who is entirely justified in their fear and paranoia. It’s a story about what lies just beneath the surface of an idyllic community, the price that is paid for keeping said community idyllic, and how
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CINEPUNX Episode 117: The Bird With The Crystal Plumage and All The Colors of The Dark, Getting Josh into Giallo

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Cinepunx_ep117.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHELLO AND WELCOME TO OUR NIGHTMARRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Oh wait, no, it is just the latest and amazing episode of CINEPUNX! On this fantastic episode Josh takes a leap into one of Liam’s favorite genres of film, the Giallo! I will not bore you here with a complicated and technical description of these films, I saved that for the podcast! We are of course novices in this historic tradition, and so please be patient with any misconceptions we bring to our discussion. However, we also LOVE FEEDBACK, so hit us
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New Bomb Turks release a ‘Diamond Edition’ of Nightmare Scenario to benefit Columbus orgs

Columbus, Ohio’s New Bomb Turks have been making pedal-to-the-metal, jet-fueled rock ‘n’ roll for 30 years now. While they don’t tour quite as much as they used to, the band is still kicking. Today, the band drops a 20th anniversary release of Nightmare Scenario on Bandcamp. The LP is New Bomb Turks’ fifth full-length album, and is presented in a “Diamond Edition,” featuring unheard mixes and a bonus track, all re-mastered by Jim Diamond. The reason behind all of this, says the band’s singer, Eric Davidson, ends up being a pretty simple one. “Crypt did a reissue of our very
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Cinepunx Episode 115: KILLER WORKOUT and DROP, DEAD, GORGEOUS with Justin Nordell

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Cinepunx_ep115-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOH OUR DEAR, DEAR FRIENDS, GREETINGS AND BLESSINGS UPON YOU FOR RETURNING TO THIS, THE ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTEENTH EPISODE OF THE WORLDS MOST JIM JAMMY PODCAST, CINEPUNX! Your two brown heroes are joined by the amazing Executive Director of the Philadelphia Folksong Society, Justin Nordell!! We first met Justin when he was the only friendly person who worked for the Philadelphia Film Society (from PFS to PFS is kinda ridiculous btw) back around 2010-2011 and we have tried to keep up with him ever since. Just the
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THE WAR OF THE WORLDS Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Byron Haskin’s 1953 film adaptation of The War of the Worlds has become as synonymous with its literary source as Orson Welles’ famed radio play that incited mass hysteria in 1938. As the first screen adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel, it paved the way for Steven Spielberg’s well-received 2005 iteration, a slew of direct-to-video and TV adaptations, and films like Mars Attacks! which explicitly reference it. Approaching Haskin’s film in 2020 was an interesting exercise — I hadn’t seen it in over twenty years — and one made all the better with Criterion’s brand new disc release. Almost everyone knows
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Steven Universe is the Queer Cartoon I Wish I Had as a Kid

When you’re an adolescent trans person living in white suburbia, it can be really hard to understand who you are when you don’t see yourself anywhere on television. I remember spending my time watching hours of cartoons; my laughter and joy clouded up my insecurities and kept me placated as a child. It can be frustrating now when I think back to how I never had a chance to learn who I was in the space I grew up in. Now, I just remember fragments of my childhood and how clearly, I was experiencing gender dysphoria. Usually it involved my
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Now is Not The Time for Movie Theaters

Last week I had a really bad day. You know when all of your insecurities and worries pile up after seeing how the government is taking away your civil rights in the cruelest way possible, and you feel helpless and tired? It was one of those days. It left me exhausted more than usual, like I had no other ideas on how to feel better. Even explaining my problems away after almost 3 years in therapy didn’t help. It was a day where I didn’t want to problem solve, I just wanted to disassociate. I used to have a pretty
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