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April 26, 2019

#StreamingScene by Daniel Gorman Film

A Land Imagined | Yeo Siew Hua

April 26, 2019

Yeo Siew Hua’s A Land Imagined is a strange beast, beginning as a straightforward, noir-inflected procedural before gradually giving way to a strange, dreamlike reverie, as the narrative contorts itself. Call it a long day’s journey into night. Set in Singapore, Detective Lok (Peter Yu) is investigating the disappearance of Wang (Liu Xiaoyi), a Chinese dayworker who’s been posted at a coastal land reclamation site. As the film makes clear, Singapore’s land mass has grown substantially over the years, as the…

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#KickingtheCanon by Paul Attard Music

Nas | Illmatic

In 1982, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five released what’s largely considered the first ‘conscious’ mainstream rap single, “The Message,” a harrowing seven-minute journey into the hellish existence of project housing and the means one must utilize to escape it. Freedom from this infernal…

April 26, 2019
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