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Before We Vanish by Ayeen Forootan Film

Zappa | Alex Winter

Much like the iconoclast at the center of this doc, Zappa is singular, uncompromising, and riveting. Whether you appreciate Frank Zappa’s work, few would deny the massive impact he had on contemporary art music. The musician, who died relatively young after a terminal battle with…

November 24, 2020
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by Daniel Gorman Film Horizon Line

About Endlessness | Roy Andersson

About Endlessness is a gentler than usual work from Roy Andersson, one that reflects humanity’s ability to create both great beauty and profound suffering. Those complaining that Wes Anderson’s movies all look the same have clearly never encountered the work of Roy Andersson. Over the…

September 18, 2020
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Before We Vanish by Luke Gorham Film

Aniara | Pella Kågerman

Adapted from Nobel Laureate Harry Martinson’s long form poem of the same name, Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja’s Aniara skews largely sensationalist — to its detriment. The film’s logline remains faithful to its science-fiction source material: a massive, Mars-bound spaceship packed with colonists finds…

June 13, 2019
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