Offscreen Notes

  • John Singleton (1968-April 29, 2019)

    April 30th, 2019

    One of the most important Africa American directors of recent years, John Singleton has died at the young age of 51. Singleton came to prominence with his striking debut about LA street gangs Boyz N the Hood (1991) and followed that with Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), Rosewood (1997), Shaft (2000) and many other films, often featuring strong black characters and urban social issues. Along with Spike Lee Singleton was a powerful voice of creative expression for the experiences of Black Americans in the 1990s and 2000s.

  • Larry Cohen

    March 24th, 2019

    The generation of great American horror auteurs of the 1970s, when horror was wedded to social unrest without sacrificing scares, is slowly leaving us with the most recent to fall, Larry Cohen (1941-March 23, 2019). Cohen was 77. Cohen started as a scriptwriter and always hung on to his ability to write great eccentric characters and stories on the pulse of the underdog. Cohen spared no punches with his social criticism and was less concerned with visual style as he was with critical subtext (consumerism in Stuff, political paranoia in The Invaders TV show, religion and cult indoctrination in God Told Me To, greed and opportunism in Q, vigilantism in Maniac Cop, class in Bone, etc.). He was outspoken, brash, funny and a bit of an iconoclast. His wry social satire and gritty style will be missed.

  • Diversity Calendar for 2019

    February 8th, 2019

    This link of a wonderful idea was sent to me by an Offscreen contributor, a diversity calendar that will hopefully get people thinking inclusively.

  • Dick Miller: RIP, 1928-Jan. 30, 2019

    January 31st, 2019

    Somehow I thought Dick Miller would just never die. Small people seem to just live longer. Miller was in too many Corman films to remember, pretty much all the good ones, and was a good luck charm for many other directors, who loved to have him on their set. Like Joe Dante. No role was too small for Dick. And no role was too small for Dick to not leave a mark on. A sixty plus year career that finally comes to a stop.

  • Dušan Makavejev R.I.P (1932-January 25, 2019)

    January 27th, 2019

    Great Serbian director Dušan Makavejev has passed away at the age of 86, leaving behind a unique body of political and radical work:

  • Richard Marks dies at age 75

    January 5th, 2019

    Great Hollywood editor Richard Marks passes away at age 75, leaving behind an impressive body of work that includes editing The Godfather 2 and Apocalypse Now.

  • Sondra Locke Dies (1944-Nov. 3, 2018)

    December 13th, 2018

    Actress Sondra Locke died Nov. 3, 2018 at the age of 74. Locke will be most likely remembered as the long-time former girlfriend of Clint Eastwood, acting in six of his seminal films during his heyday of the 1970s, 1980s. I will remember her for her turn in a little seen and practically forgotten chiller from 1972 A Reflection of Fear, where she plays a young mentally disturbed woman named Marguerite who suffers from serious Daddy (played by a pre-Jaws Robert Shaw) issues, that come to the fore when estranged father returns to Marguerite’s coastal town in the company of a sexy girlfriend, played by Sally Kellerman. It is a creepy, get-under-your skin film brimming with sexual tension and one heck of a knock-down twist ending.

  • Bernardo Betolucci 1941-November 26, 2018

    November 26th, 2018

    A few days ago it was Nicolas Roeg (Nov. 23) and today cinema loses another legend, with the passing of Bernardo Bertolucci (Variety). Bertolucci was at the forefront of International cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, managing to breakthrough into more mainstream acceptance, with films such as Last Tango at Paris, Last Emperor, and The Sheltering Sky, while still maintaining a formal elegance and complexity. The two films, made back to back in 1970, were The Spider’s Stratagem and The Conformist. Essays on both films can be found here and here.

  • Nicolas Roeg dead at 90.

    November 25th, 2018

    One of the most important and inventive directors (and cinematographers) of his generation, Nicolas Roeg, has died at age 90.

  • Book Launch of Crosscurrents: How film policy developed in Quebec 1960–1983

    November 20th, 2018

    New book by Constance Dilley, Ph.D.

    Reception: 5:00–6:30 p.m. in conjunction with Éléphant at the Cinémathèque québécoise, 335 Boul. de Maisonneuve E., Montréal, Québec

    Speakers:

    Jason Luckerhoff (professor, UQTR)
    Claude Martin (honorary professor, U de M and associate professor, UQTR)
    Constance Dilley, author (a.k.a. Connie Tadros)

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