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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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M.O.M. MOTHERS OF MONSTERS is Found Footage At It’s Best

Tucia Lyman’s directing debut M.O.M. Mothers of Monsters is as candid as it is surprising. This film’s hard-hitting social commentary, in addition to its use of found footage, sets it apart from others of its kind, such as Lynn Ramsey’s We Need to Talk About Kevin or Shawn Ku’s Beautiful Boy. Tackling the weighty subjects of school shootings and the American response to gun violence, M.O.M. isn’t afraid to make a statement or two about these issues (and I think it’s clear that it does see the country’s response to gun violence as a serious issue). Through its fast-moving plot,
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THE OTHER LAMB Review

Ever since the great pandemic of 2020 started taking shape in the US, I have been fetishizing the idea of escaping into the woods. This is far from a realistic, practical, or even safe thing for me to do under the current circumstances, but watching Małgorzata Szumowska’s religious cult horror/drama, I found myself making the journey for ninety-seven minutes without leaving my living room. The Other Lamb takes a page from several other cult pictures – Martha Marcy May Marlene is perhaps the most obvious jump-off point – and then brings it to nature, earning comparisons with Jennifer Kent’s brutal wilderness-set revenge
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EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY & The Defense of the Dumb Slut

Contemporary reviews to the 1989 Cult Classic EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY are, politely, not terribly kind. Cult Classics are, as a rule, not appreciated when they’re released. Some reviewers, like Roger Ebert, sort of got it off the bat calling the film “lighthearted and goofy”; others miss the proverbial pool float entirely, harping on the vapidity of Geena Davis’s Valerie and her air-headed boss, Candy, played by the film’s co-writer Julie Brown. That Valerie is, frankly, an idiot is the film’s entire point. Davis herself is so smart– literally, she’s in MENSA– that she plays the affable dimwit with the
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The Dardennes’ YOUNG AHMED Review

Awards darling Parasite may have walked away with the Palme D’or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival but the Best Director award didn’t go to festival fave Bong Joon-Ho, it was awarded to long time Cannes favorites – and multiple award winners, including two Palme D’ors – the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc. And not without controversy. Not unlike Fatih Akin’s recent, also Palme D’or nominated, In the Fade which profiled real-world extremism in a humanist light, Young Ahmed sees the Dardennes’ handling the subject matter of homegrown Islamic terrorism through the use of brainwashed children. On its own, this
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CINEPUNX FAVORITES OF 2019

It’s only been a month since 2019 ended – is that possible? how can it only be a month??? – and sure many websites published their Best-Of lists sometime in the last two months, but ours are in time with those vaulted and hallow accolades, the Academy Awards. Also, I (Adam) personally believe the only real value the Academy Awards hold is their ability to foster conversation about cinema. I get as annoyed as anyone else with what I see as foolish picks, but at the same time I do enjoy a night when everyone else seems to care about
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Drummer Dave Lombardo on Cuba & his score for LOS ÚLTIMOS FRIKIS

Drummer Dave Lombardo has an impressive resume: founding member of Slayer, member of Mike Patton’s Fantômas, Dead Cross, and the upcoming Mr. Bungle reunion shows, this year’s Misfits reunion shows, as well as Suicidal Tendencies. It’s a wild ride through punk, metal, and hardcore’s most influential names and acts, and Lombardo could to rest on his laurels until the day he dies and still be considered one of the greats. Such is not the case, however. The drummer recently completed his first full film score, for Nicholas Brennan’s documentary, Los Últimos Frikis, which tells the story of the Cuban heavy
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