by Sam Thomas-Redfern

#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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Scanners | David Cronenberg

It seems natural to react with bewildered laughter when watching Scanners. The sight of actors contorting themselves with pained screams and Dick Smith’s visceral special effects work conjoin to present moments so vigorous, so carnal, the viewer often has to expel some kind of emotion…

April 1, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Sam Thomas-Redfern Film

Cockfighter | Monte Hellman

Any talk of this film would be remiss without mention of its legendary tagline: “He came into town with his cock in his hand, and what he did with it was illegal in 49 states.” Notwithstanding this audacious piece of marketing, Cockfighter was a…

January 26, 2019