Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the CinePunked team casting their eyes over a festive film. This time out the 2010 Finnish horror/comedy Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. Fusing traditional tales of Santa Claus, with a sci-fi monster twist – the perfect antidote to the usual saccharine fare.
With Robert JE Simpson and Dr Rachael Kelly. … More Podcast – You Better Watch Out
No, not THAT kind of montage. If you immediately thought of Rocky Balboa and Team America – read on. There’s more to montage than meets the eye. … More A Quick Guide to Analysing Visual Style: Montage
Mise-en-scène has the capacity to communicate vast amounts of information, very often without you noticing. In this third instalment of our series on visual style, we look at what we mean when we talk about mise-en-scène and the part it plays in the language of film. … More A Quick Guide to Analysing Visual Style: Mise-en-scène
CinePunked goes rummaging through the film archives via acclaimed Cold War documentary The Atomic Café, revealing a frightening concoction of propaganda, deception, delusion, and fear linked by America’s presentation of the perceived benefits and risks of the atomic bomb and a nuclear war. With memories of the cold war stirred up in 2022 by recent action in eastern Europe we find ourselves wondering if anything has really changed in the last eight decades… … More Podcast – Duck and Cover
Marking the 110th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, the CinePunked team assemble to discuss the definitive screen version of the incident – Roy Ward Baker’s 1958 film A Night to Remember. Gathering just outside of Belfast, where the ship was built, Robert, Rachael and Neil consider the legacy of the night, Belfast’s relationship with the story, generational trauma and just what we’d do if faced with the same situation. … More Podcast – Iceberg – Dead Ahead
Segei Eisenstein’s film Battleship Potemkin is often hailed as one of the best films ever made. It tells the story (based on a real-life incident) of the crew of a Russian battleship mutinying in 1905, leading to a bloody confrontation in the streets of Odessa.
CinePunked gather to assess its value to a modern audience and pick apart the propaganda from the truth. … More Podcast – Men, Maggots and Mutiny
Prompted by a screening of Eric Steel’s 2006 documentary The Bridge, about those who choose to end their lives at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the CinePunked team engage in a frank and sensitive panel discussion examining the issues raised by the film, in particular the wider topic of suicide and mental health struggles.
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Via everything from The X Files to Welsh rugby, ‘Fanomenal’ sees CinePunked’s Robert JE Simpson and special guest Dr Bethan Jones discuss the wide world of fandom including academic fandom studies, anti-fandom, gatekeeping and more. … More Podcast – Fanomenal
CinePunked’s Robert JE Simpson is joined by Dr Paula Blair for a conversation around their responses to the experience of influential, Ukranian-born, avant garde filmmaker Maya Deren, with particular attention to her debut Meshes of the Afternoon, and At Land. … More Podcast – Meshes With Maya
Concluding their Orphic journey, Robert and Neil follow Jean Cocteau into the underworld for his cinematic farewell Testament d’Orphée – a complex, meta-layered film mixing poetry, time-travel, fact and fiction and the complexities of legacy. Will Neil make it through? Does any of it make sense? And how will the experience change the CinePunked team? … More Podcast – Testament d’Orphée