Archives for Review

FILMS FROM THE VOID: Paul Naschy’s THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD makes its U.S. debut

For their latest batch of releases, world-spanning company Mondo Macabro presents the debut Blu-ray release – and first-ever US release – of director Paul Naschy’s The Beast And The Magic Sword. Long desired by fans of the Spanish director’s series of Waldemar Daninsky werewolf films, this 1983 horror fantasy is an absolute knockout of a release. “THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD is the last great film from Spanish horror legend Paul Naschy. Although he would go on making and planning films until his death in 2009, he never again attempted the epic sweep and grandeur of this 10th entry
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Inspiration, Creation and Sharing: VARDA BY AGNES Review

At the start of Agnes Varda’s final film, Varda By Agnes, she sits before a captive audience and lists off the three words that “guide” her life and work: Inspiration, Creation and Sharing. Even if you’re coming to her work for the first time with this film, it’s easy to see where each word fits into her body of work as well as her spirited and humbling outlook on life. Assembled through footage from a series of live audience talks that Varda gave regarding her career as well as numerous clips from her films and other fun surprises, Varda By
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Review: MEDIAS RES-Impressive Micro-Budget Neo-Noir

Dave, in debt to his roommate Joe, finds himself caught in the middle of an escalating series of crimes in the aptly titled neo-noir Medias Res. Dave is something of a would-be salesman, offering all sorts of wares from the trunk of his car. Unable to pay back his drug dealing roommate Joe, he is trapped as a kind of indentured servant accompanying Joe on various criminal endeavors. As Dave is drawn deeper into the underworld of Oakland, he becomes embroiled in a scheme that somehow involves Summer Hayes, the star of his favorite TV show, as well as the
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Review: HORROR NOIRE Offers Fresh Perspectives on Representation in the Genre

Documentaries about movies can be a tricky subgenre. Ideally, the doc should strike a balance between entertaining anecdotes and scenes from key films and the need to dig deep into the social, industrial, and cultural importance of the films. In other words, the best horror documentaries are more than just glorified clip shows with talking heads interspersed, instead actually bringing something new to how we understand the genre. With that in mind, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (dir. Xavier Burgin, 2019) is one of the best horror documentaries I’ve seen in a long time. As author/educator Tananarive Due
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REKT: CINE-WEEN Edition – THE SHRINE (2010)

This is REKT, the column where each month one Cinepunx staffer recommends films to the rest of the fam. We may be stoked, or we may be wrecked. This month, it’s Justin Lore’s turn to do the damage. Here are Justin Harlan‘s thoughts on The Shrine (2010). Let me start with an apology to my fellow Cinepunx staffers who have chosen films for the last few months of REKT. Each of the past three months, I’ve accepted the challenge of a REKT selection and, each of the past three months, I’ve failed. I hope to one day go back and
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(CINE-WEEN) THE MIND’S EYE: Psychokinetics Gone Wild

Much like in the classic 1981 Cronenberg sci-fi/horror, Scanners, The Mind’s Eye is a film about the exploration of psychokinetic powers. In fact, the science fiction thriller recently released on home video is much like Scanners in many ways. Film School Rejects even dubbed it “the best Scanners sequel we never got.” The story focuses on Zack Connors (Graham Skipper), an incredibly powerful psychokinetic whom seems to oft find himself a fugitive because of his abilities. In lieu of a prison sentence or other ramifications, Dr. Michael Slovak (John Speredakos) convinces him to join in a study, luring him into
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