Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens


Meet Joshua Wong: the 20 year-old poster boy of Hong Kong’s democracy movement


Wong is the subject of "Joshua: Teenager v. Superpower"―a new documentary now available on Netflix.

From Our Archives

Review: If Cats Disappeared from the World (Japan, 2016)


A heartfelt Japanese film with a somewhat misleading title (fortunately).

An interview with Dror Shaul, director of “Atomic Falafel”


"Atomic Falafel", which satirizes Israel-Iran nuclear tensions, has been praised as an Israeli "Doctor Strangelove"

Review: Somewhere Only We Know (China, 2015)


Prague is a perennial favorite of American university students trying to satisfy their endless wanderlust. It is indeed a beautiful city, and it is there that...

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...