Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens


Meet this 21-year-old Syrian who shot an Oscar-winning film


Khaled Khatib was an Aleppo-based cinematographer for “The White Helmets”, which won a 2017 Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

From Our Archives

Review: Three Times (Taiwan, 2005)


A review of Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien's classic of three acts.

Review: Fleet of Time (China, 2014)


I’ve watched so many coming-of-age tragi-romance stories that I’m starting to lose track! Fleet of Time is the next one on my personal hit list,...

Review: Black Coal, Thin Ice (China, 2014)


When a movie is named Black Coal, Thin Ice, you can probably guess that it won’t be about unicorns and rainbows. As expected, director Diao...

Review: Control Room (United States, 2004)


More than a decade on, Control Room (trailer here) is perhaps more relevant and entertaining than it was upon its release in 2004. Set during...