Offscreen Notes

  • Margot Kidder (1948-May 13, 2018)

    May 14th, 2018

    Sad news for Canadians and film buffs, to learn of the passing of Margot Kidder at age 69. Born in Yellowknife, Kidder is best known for her role as Lois Lane opposite Chris Reeves’ Superman, but horror fans will remember her for her salty mouthed character in Black Christmas, her outstanding dual role in Sisters and the Kathy Lutz in The Amityville Horror.

  • Marie Menken

    April 6th, 2018

    Rachel Churner on the art of Barbara Hammer:

  • Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors of Vision

    April 6th, 2018

    Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors of Vision is back in print after 40 years, thanks to Anthology Film Archives & Light Industry, 2017.

  • Jóhann Jóhannsson Dies at age 48

    February 10th, 2018

    Hailing from the land of Sigur Rós, Icelandic musician and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson died on Feb 9, 2018 at the young age of 48. Jóhannsson a guitarist, pianist and all-round musician composed some achingly beautiful music that defied easy categorization, slipping between classical, ambient, minimalism, and electronica. Lately Jóhannsson cemented a fruitful relationship composing for Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, scoring his films Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival (and teasingly, an abandoned score for Blade Runner 2049). He also worked with found footage filmmaker Bill Morrison (Miners’ Hymns, 2011). What a sad loss for the world of music and film.

  • Sergei Eisenstein, Happy Birthday!

    January 22nd, 2018

    The great Soviet filmmaker/theorist was born 120 years ago today, January 22, 1898. Kudos to Google for commemorating this with their google doodle.”

  • Grant Munro (1923-Dec. 9, 2017)

    December 12th, 2017

    One of the giants of Canadian animation Grant Munro died in Montreal on Dec. 9, 2017 at the age of 94. Munro acted, animated, painted, and wrote for over five decades. Some of his work and interviews can be streamed at the NFB website:

  • Ulli Lommel (1944-Dec. 2, 2017)

    December 5th, 2017

    German actor and director Ulli Lommel has died just shy of his 73rd birthday due to heart failure. Lommel began his career as part of the New German Cinema wave, directing a film based on real-life serial killer, Tenderness of the Wolves, before moving to New York where he met up with Andy Warhol and became an active collaborator in The Factory. Since then Lommel gravitated toward more popular genre fare, always lending a unique style to B-horror movies and psychological studies of killers. His better known films are such cult items as The Boogey Man, Boogeyman 2, and The Devonsville Terror. In his later years Lommel turned to making low budget shot on video films for the non-theatrical markets.

    Official Website

  • Ray Lovelock: 1950-November 10, 2017

    November 10th, 2017

    Born of an Italian mother and English father (who was part of the English army that landed in Italy in 1944 to help liberate Italy) Lovelock was a mainstay in the Italian film industry who worked on dozens of important popular genre films, starring in westerns, giallo, horror and crime films. Tall, blonde and handsome, Lovelock was a popular leading man type along with his equally handsome contemporaries Tomas Milian (also a good friend), Maurizio Merli, Terence Stamp, and Franco Nero. Lovelock’s first role was as the young cowboy who is lusted over by a homosexual gang of bandits, in the outstanding western, Django Kill….if you live shoot!, and was excellent as the young hippie up against arch conversative detective played by old Hollywood character actor Arthur Kennedy in the environmentalist zombie classic, The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue. His boyish good lucks served him well in the proto-feminist Queens of Evil, where his hippy on the run from the law hides out with the beautiful sisters, who have more than a sting in their tail. Perhaps Lovelock’s best run of form came in a series of important crime films when the poliziotteschi were popular and plentiful. Some of these include Almost Human, The Violent Four, Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man, and Violent City. Lovelock died at the age of 67 after a battle with cancer.

    Italian bio but with a nice montage of clips: http://www.repubblica.it/spettacoli/tv-radio/2017/11/10/news/e_morto_ray_lovelock_nei_polizieschi_anni_settanta_e_in_tv-180722972/?ref=fbpr

  • Hans Hurch, RIP

    September 18th, 2017

    Abel Ferrara directs a trailer the 2017 Vienna International Film Festival in tribute to its recently deceased Program Director Hans Hurch:

  • Harry Dean Stanton (RIP), age 91

    September 18th, 2017

    Seventy-five years after he smoked his first cigarette as he told us in Twin Peaks The Return character actor extraordinaire Harry Dean Stanton dies on September 15, 2017. Wow. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, The Intruders, Two-Lane Backdrop, The Godfather 2, Farewell, My Lovely, Straight Time, Alien, Escape from New York, Christine, Repo Man, Paris Texas, The Last Temptation of Christ, Wild at Heart, The Straight Story, The Good Life, and Twin Peaks: The Return. A man who epitomized cool by just being. An actor who seems to have never done the proverbial “dial one in” with a role. A director’s dream. An actor’s friend. A cinephile’s confidant.

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