A review of Eric Guirado's The Grocer's Son that focuses on the social and inter-personal dynamics of a French family and life in a small town in Provence.
A review of M. Night Shyamalan's 8th feature film.
An in-depth humanist analysis of Haaz Sleiman's The Visitor.
The end of the world is hot on US screens of late, culminating in the intriguing technological experiment, Cloverfield.
An genre analysis of Park Chan-Wook's particular brand of film thriller.
In this survey some of Offscreen's regular contributors speak their mind on cinema of the last ten years. Offscreen would like to thank the valuable contribution of its many writers. To note the obvious, Offscreen would not be where it is today if not for them.
Author Becky Korman compares and contrasts the strengths and weaknesses of a Nigerian (Ezra) and American (Blood Diamond) film based on a similar subject: the consequences of civil war on the people of Sierra Leone as a result of conflict surrounding the diamond trade.
Authour Jason Lindop offers a close analysis of director Sissako's symbolic treatment of the social and economic effects of globalization and Western intervention in Africa.
Ryan Spence’s essay concentrates on Sissako’s formal interplay between varying forms of interogative discourse (trial process, question/answer, song) and narration, and how the differing power structures of communication in Africa and the West need to be addressed before the true collective voice of Africa can be heard and, in turn, true economic and social progress.
An analysis of the film Thunderbolt, a representative of the hundreds of recent video works to be coming out of Nigeria in recent years (sometimes called Nollywood). Author Murphy places the film within the (hopefully) burgeoning desires and ambitions of this burgeoning commercial industry.
Author Guan-Soon wrestles through the virutes and ambiguities of Zhang Yimou’s Hero, a film which, according to Guan-Soon, negotiates between a Hollywood style blockbuster and a culturally savvy Chinese martial arts epic.
A review essay of one of the most intriguing low budget American horror films ever made, taking into account production history and how director Herk Harvey uses the film's technical limitations to its benefit.
A tribute to the Hammer great Freddie Francis, cinematographer par excellence and director of countless horror films, including the film given extensive analysis here, The Creeping Flesh.
A review of Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain tracing the film's literary roots in Allegory, Romanticism and Epic poetry.
An introspective analysis of what happens when aesthetization meets the politically volatile subject of global capitalism.