Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens


A talk about kitties with the director of “Kedi”


Ceyda Torun discusses her documentary about Istanbul’s street cats.

From Our Archives

Review: Timecrimes (Spain, 2007)


Time travel isn’t anything new. As a sci-fi fan, I’ve seen plenty of it–Doctor Who, certain episodes of Stargate SG-1, Star Trek, you name it....

Review: The East is Red (China, 1965)


A first disclaimer – The East is Red is in fact a film recording of a musical theatre show delivered in the Great Hall of the...

An interview with Paul Fischer, author of “A Kim Jong-il Production”


In a special in-depth interview, author and filmmaker Paul Fischer discusses his book about North Korean cinema and comments on how perception and propaganda define...

Review: A Bittersweet Life (South Korea, 2005)


My god, I have been missing out. Admittedly, I’ve never been a fan of Korean dramas — they’re usually unrealistic, pathos-filled, campy fairytales that make my stomach...