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September 13, 2019

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by Daniel Gorman Film

The County | Grimur Hakonarson

I don’t know much about the history of the co-op farming system in Iceland— which began in the 19th century and persisted for decades before largely collapsing in the 1990’s— and Grimur Hakonarson’s new film, The County, doesn’t do much to change that. Loosely…

September 13, 2019
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by M.G. Mailloux Film

Citizen K | Alex Gibney

There was no way that we were going to escape the first four years of the Trump presidency without Alex Gibney making a documentary about one of its numerous scandals. Just as predictably perhaps, Gibney opts to turn his focus on the spectre of…

September 13, 2019
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by Sean Gilman Film

White Lie | Calvin Thomas & Lev Lewis

Calvin Thomas and Lev Lewis have been at the heart of the burgeoning Canadian independent film scene over the past few years, with their 2018 film Spice It Up serving as a kind of summation of the movement’s interest in the intersection of performance…

September 13, 2019
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by Steven Warner Film

The Last Porno Show | Kire Paputts

The Last Porno Show opens with shots of both hardcore pornography and an aerial view of a man graphically masturbating in a movie theater. It is a bold move, one that promises the viewer a bit of raunchy nastiness. But writer-director Kire Paputts is…

September 13, 2019
by Paul Attard Music What Would Meek Do?

Comethazine | Bawskee

If you took the most deplorable elements of today’s rap scene — the rampant misogyny, the nihilistic attitude towards putting any visible effort into anything, and the blatant non-creativity of most up-and-comers who are perfectly content being a Future or Migos clone —combined them,…

September 13, 2019
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