Offscreen Notes

  • Preview of the FNC 2016

    October 2nd, 2016

    With around 380 films and events to choose from, a little guidance may be necessary to help you decide what to watch at the 45th edition of the FNC. Click here:

  • H.G. Lewis RIP: September 26, 2016.

    September 28th, 2016

    Horror legend passes on at age 87 on September 26, 2016. A year after the Grand Guignol theatre shut down its doors forever in 1962 Lewis took over the mantle of goremeister with his groundbreaking Blood Feast (1963). Horror was never quite the same. Lewis followed Blood Feast with Two thousand Maniacs! (1964), Color Me Blood Red (1966), A Taste of Blood (1967), and others. Lewis’ films were never the slick article but showed the hand of an exploitation wizard, always pushing the envelope for taste and trying to offer audiences the type of sensationalism they would never find in mainstream cinema. R.I.P. Lewis. http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/herschell-gordon-lewis/258744/a-tribute-to-herschell-gordon-lewis-forever-the-godfather-of-gore

  • Curtis Hanson: 1945-Sept. 20, 2016

    September 21st, 2016

    Hollywood director-writer Curtis Hanson, like many others, got his start working with Roger Corman, writing the Lovecraft based The Dunwich Horror. Hanson’s breakthrough film was LA Confidental (1997), though he had a string of effective thrillers in the late 1980s, and early 1990s (The Bedroom Window, Bad Influence, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle). Hanson died of natural causes.

  • Abbas Kiarostami Dead at Age 76 (1940-July 4, 2016)

    July 5th, 2016

    Cinephiles all over the world are mourning the loss of arguably the greatest filmmaker of his generation, Abbas Kiarostami. We are particularly touched here at Offscreen because of what he has meant for the journal since its inception in 1997. By then Kiarostami had established himself as Iran’s greatest cinematic export, and was recognized in 1997 by Cannes with its top award, the Palme d’or for A Taste of Cherry. My own introduction to Iranian cinema came a few years before this when a few Iranian film students introduced me to the riches of their National cinema. Kiarostami along with Makhmalbaf were two of the first filmmakers they told me to watch. As such Kiarostami and Makhmalbaf became my guides into a whole new cinema culture which has continued to enlighten and entertain me for over 20 years now. Kiarostami’s death, though not unexpected —a current Iranian student told me a few months ago that he was very sick— is still a shock, and more importantly, sad because of the realization that there will be no more new Kiarostami films. Things do not get much sadder than that for a cinephile.

  • RIP Prince

    April 22nd, 2016

    A death that has come too early in his life, at age 57. Interview with Prince on Larry King Live.

  • Tony Conrad, Experimental Artist Dead at 76

    April 11th, 2016

    Jonas Mekas’ brief tribute

  • Colin Low: 1926-Feb. 24, 2016

    February 26th, 2016

    A legend and pioneering force in Canadian cinema has died at age 89. Low was a mainstay at the NFB and was a pivotal force in making them such a National treasure. Through Hors Champ‘s hosting of a special retrospective in Montreal I was fortunate to meet Mr. Low and was struck by his astuteness and self-effacing nature. Click to read two articles featured on Low in this past issue.

  • Don Owen: 1931- Feb. 21, 2016

    February 24th, 2016

    Canadian pioneer feature filmmaker Don Owen is dead at age 84. Owen, along with Larry Kent, was a trailblazer for the fiction film industry in Canada, directing the first NFB fiction feature in 1964, Nobody Waved Goodbye. Listen to this excerpt of Don Owen talking about his art.

  • Douglas Slocombe, RIP:

    February 24th, 2016

    The great British cinematographer Douglas Slocombe died on Feb 22, 2016 at the age of 103. Slocombe began as a photo-journalist for seminal magazine Life before making the switch to filmmaking with Ealing Studios. Slocombe worked on a variety of films, totalling 80 over-all, and many awards. One of this most impressive achievements was Joseph Losey’s The Servant, a brooding examination of power and manipulation which used stark black and white imagery and reflecting surfaces to jarring effect. Slocombe became an important collaborator with Steven Spielberg, who used him on many key films. The Guardian obituary.

  • Angus Scrimm (1916-Jan. 9, 2016)

    February 22nd, 2016

    Angus Scrimm will always be remembered for his villainous turn as the spooky Tall Man from the 1979 surreal horror masterpiece Phantasm. Scrimm was typecast as the Tall Man but in the best way possible, repeating the role in several sequels and transplanting the character’s persona into other horror roles. The Tall Man was a unique horror icon, a hearse driver (dressed in black suit and tie) with one foot in the grave and the second in a nightmarish dreamscape. Scrimm has left a lasting impression on the many people he has worked with, as reported here.

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