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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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Abel Ferrara’s TOMMASO Review

Abel Ferrara’s collaborations with Willem Dafoe all have an apocalyptic air to them; from the explicit apocalypse of 4:44 Last Day on Earth, to the death of Pier Paolo Pasolini (played by Dafoe) in Pasolini and, most abstractly, the nearing-the-millennium cyberpunk ode to technology and personal connection—and their approaching demise — in New Rose Hotel. This all considered, it’s a small wonder that the semi-autobiographical Tommaso feels as life affirming as it does, exchanging our current world of empty city streets and a life suddenly put on hold for bustling, pre-COVID, life in Rome — which isn’t to say it’s
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Black Directed Genre Films Available for Streaming

As a white person, I’ve been spending the past week trying to listen as much as possible and amplify the voices that urgently need to be heard. As a cinephile, I’m trying to share films that I’ve been exposed to that are created by Black filmmakers yet haven’t had the exposure they have deserved since their releases – the unfortunate, though hardly surprising, result of a film industry as rooted in racism as every other business in our country. Make no mistake, watching and sharing films is hardly the answer here, but they both offer a needed respite as well
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Did THE LAST DANCE Make Me Like Basketball?

I have always found it easiest to write about something I’m passionate about. That means whenever a superhero movie comes along, I usually have some opinions on them. They’re fun to talk about and a lot of people are generally interested in them. But I feel sometimes that sells my taste a little short, because I love compelling stories, and I get that from watching lots of different media. I love dramas, I love comedies, I love animation (y’all seen Steven Universe? It’s great), I love movies, I love television. I’ll give any genre and form a shot, as long
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What is the Snyder Cut?

If you’ve been on Twitter over the past two and a half years, then you may have come across the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. For those of you with lives, let me regale you. In 2017, Zack Snyder stepped down as the director of Justice League after the suicide of his daughter Autumn Snyder, and the film was handed over to Joss Whedon to complete reshoots that had been ordered by the studio. These reshoots ended up being rather extensive; well over half the movie was reshot and retooled in some way, from cut characters to digitally removed mustaches. The resulting film
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CINEPUNX Episode 112: CLOSENESS (16) and BEANPOLE (19) or Streaming the Darkness

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Cinepunx_ep112.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLOOK AT US DOING ANOTHER EPISODE IN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME, WHAT THE HECK IS EVEN GOING ON? Welcome to Episode 112 of Cinepunx, your favorite degenerate movie podcast! On this episode Josh chose two very depressing Russian films for us to discuss, though mostly they just bummed us out, 2016’s Closeness and 2019’s Beanpole both directed by the young Kantemir Balagov This episode is a bit short because we found ourselves without a TON to say about these films, especially because we did not want to spoil Beanpole
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Karate and Trauma: How BLOODSPORT Helps Me Cope

In 1988, the most important film in my life was produced by the infamous Canon Group. I was only two when Bloodsport was released onto the silver screen and it wouldn’t be until the summer of 1990 that I’d watch it for the first time. I know you’re thinking this is some weird form of satire, but I assure it isn’t. Bloodsport is the first movie I can recall after spending eight months of my being held against my will by my father and his mistress.   Bloodsport is a terrible movie if were being honest. Its script was written
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