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April 2019

#KickingtheCanon by Sam Thomas-Redfern Film

The Night of Counting the Years | Shadi Abdel Salam

April 21, 2019

“You who go, you will return / You who sleep, you will rise / You who walk, you will be resurrected.” So begins The Night of Counting the Years, director Shadi Abdel Salam’s first and only feature film. The quote derives from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, and is not only symbolic of the events depicted in the film, but also of the objectives that surrounded its production. Abdel Salam studied architecture in Egypt under Hassan Fathy, a man…

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#BlockbusterBeat by Daniel Gorman Film

Hellboy | Neil Marshall

Other than as blatant studio IP management, there is no real reason for this Hellboy to exist. Some executive realized, hey, we have a superhero comic book character just sitting there, going unused, waiting for franchise rebirth. The problem is that the first two…

April 19, 2019
#StreamingScene by Luke Gorham Film

Guava Island | Hiro Murai

“Anywhere where in order to get rich you have to make someone else richer is America” says musician Deni (Donald Glover) early into Guava Island — a cynical musing that proves a thematic ingress for this film. The specifics of the fictional, Caribbean-flecked nation…

April 19, 2019
#StreamingScene by Daniel Gorman Film

Unicorn Store | Brie Larson

It’s really not clear why Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson would want to cash-in her awards clout on a hopelessly muddled slog like Unicorn Store. Filmed ages ago, the film has been sitting on a shelf since at least 2017, only finally being released now, presumably,…

April 17, 2019
#StreamingScene by Chris Mello Film

Drift | Helena Wittmann

The narrative framework of Helena Wittmann’s Drift revolves around two women, each going their own separate ways after spending some time together in northern Germany. One of the women intends to return home to Argentina; the other, who Wittmann’s film spends most of its time with, sails…

April 17, 2019