Offscreen rarely reviews big budget Hollywood. But I am making an exception with the latest remake of Planet of the Apes, if only to reaffirm why it is that Offscreen treads cautiously when it comes to current Hollywood.
Image Entertainment presents for the first time in North America, the uncut, English dub version of Mario Bava's gothic masterpiece, The Mask of Satan (re-titled Black Sunday by AIP for its US release in 1961).
Orson Welles has been on record as saying that The Trial (1962) was the favorite of his films. Perhaps this is because it was the first film since Citizen Kane to be released precisely as he had intended, without any studio imposed changes and interference.
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On is an impassioned cinema verite-styled account of the one-man wrecking crew/dissident Okuzaki Kenzo, an ex-Private of the 36th Engineering Corps who fought in the West Pacific during World War 2. Read review of recent book on the film.
Will Buster Keaton ever date? Unlikely, as this recent retrospective demonstrates.
The Award winning Canadian experimental narrative film Subterranean Passage is a meticulously layered visual puzzle that slowly unravels through a series of echoing motifs on the wonder and resiliency of childhood imagination.
American Psycho is funny, irreverent, 'Hitchcockian', and much more.
Genghis Blues touches the very core of the human soul -as great music does- and demonstrates with poetic simplicity how music can be the great cultural leveler. How else can you explain the immediate, symbiotic link that is established between a burly, blind, near-forgotten San Franciscan bluesman and the people of a remote Central Asian nation, Tuva?
My curiosity about a film entitled Burn, Witch, Burn has been peaked since the day I purchased an original one-sheet of the film in the mid-1970's. With the film still unavailable on video, I had written off the likelihood of every seeing the film.
For its annual benefit screening, La Cinémathèque Québécoise offered a restored 35-mm print of Paul Leni's searing expressionistic historical drama, The Man Who Laughs.
Sopyanje is a stirring Korean style road movie that weaves emotive Korean folk music (Pansori) and pastoral landscapes with a powerful plea for Korean identity.
Affliction is a powerful account of domestic male violence and a man trapped within its vicious circle. Nick Nolte is the trapped man Wade Whitehouse, the town's part-time sheriff and all-around handyman, and son to Glen Whitehouse (sublimely played by James Coburn).
10 Reasons to see Confession.
Lech Majewski, writer/director of The Roes' Room, calls his film an “autobiographical film opera”. A writer and director of opera as well as of film, Majewski composed the music and libretto that provide the text of the film.
I have left for last the most powerful alienating effect on nature, Sokurov's use of special distorting lenses and mirrors that give the image an oblique, quivering feel. It is a unique form of distortion, one that has had many viewers baffled.