You may have missed the news, but this is the 50th anniversary of a cheap, scrappy British science fiction series called Doctor Who. Like a fair number of folk my age, I first stumbled across Doctor Who one Saturday afternoon on PBS, back when PBS was able to air things like Doctor Who, The Avengers, The Prisoner, and it being cultural and all, Benny Hill. Unlike many, however, I seem to be one of the few people who came into the show not during an airing of the iconic Tom Baker years, but rather during the tenure of the man with the velvet smoking jackets and Venusian aikido. The Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, was my introduction to Doctor Who, and he remains my favorite. Continue reading…
Actress Marcia Wallace has died. Marcia Wallace is probably best known for voicing Edna Krabappel in The Simpsons, playing receptionist Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show, as Maggie Hawley in That’s My Bush! and as Annie Wilkes on The Young And The Restless. Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times and Rolling Stone have obituaries. […]
At The AV Club, Todd VanDerWerff writes about the influence of Homestar Runner: “The stuff on Homestarrunner.com was really funny, and even if the site hasn’t been updated in years, its surprisingly elaborate mythology and characters still pop up in online discussions from time to time. It also provided a blueprint for web TV going […]
I experience my flaws like grains of sand or loose teeth. They bother me and I worry at them absently, out of habit, but over time they’ve become familiar landmarks. Even though I keep wanting to change them, in some way they’re as much a part of how I understand myself as the qualities I […]
The Midnight Madness Program at the Toronto International Film Festival has been announced. The films being screened are: All Cheerleaders Die; The Station / Der Blutgletscher; The Green Inferno; Oculus (that’s the trailer for the original short); Afflicted; Almost Human; Rigor Mortis; R100; Why Don’t You Play In Hell?; and, Witching & Bitching / Las […]
As Romance Editor Chris Szego has often noted here at The Gutter, the theme of modern romance is that the hero can change. But what about sea mutants—can they change? In Jonathan Cases’s Dear Creature (Tor, 2011) a sea mutant falls in love with a human woman. It’s a beautifully-drawn and beautifully-written Shakespearean comedy with […]
Stephen Colbert talks about Daft Punk, among other things, on the Paul Mercurio Show: “Well, I’m beginning to see why they don’t do TV.”
The Gears of War trailer performed on the streets of Hong Kong by Lo Meng, Shaw Bros. star and Toad from The Five Deadly Venoms.
A 1912 silent short film of infidelity and insects by Władysław Starewicz. (via @NitrateDiva)
Ursula and Elisabeth Le Guin transcribe feline correspondence: “Although incomplete, these letters are of great interest in revealing much concerning the Five Deliberations. Though practiced openly and constantly by most cats, the actual nature of the Deliberations has remained obscure to most humans. Frederika’s revelation of them by name and her description of the practice […]
The Ferroni Brigade considers how Lau Kar-Leung brought comedy to kung fu as well as scrutinized the kung fu film tradition that had come before him. David Bordwell writes about Lau and how sometimes stylized action captures the real better than “realism.”
Here’s the first episode Wired’s new animated webseries about the NSA, Codefellas.
Recent shenanigans The Cultural Gutter has been involved in: The lost Drive-In Mob Movie S.P.E.C.T.R.E. on Monster Island; a transcript of the Shaitani Dracula tweetalong organized by The Mysterious Order of the Skeleton Suit; and the ongoing Twitter game/story, “Tonight On Mad Men.”
Reason interviews The Venture Bros.’ Jackson Publick. “The basic idea of The Venture Brothers was taking the world of Jonny Quest and jumping back into 30 years later, seeing how someone who grew up like Jonny — with that kind of space race enthusiasm and disregard for other cultures — would turn out. Dr. Venture […]
This tumblr collects many bad jokes kids have invented.
Patton Oswalt’s multi-franchise super-movie described in his Star Wars filibuster from Parks and Recreation, animated.
The Hollywood Reporter interviews director Takashi Miike about his new film, Shield of Straw: ” In Japan now, films are very safe. When I was young and went to old cinemas, they had a distinctive feel, an adult smell about them. As you got in your seat and the lights went down, there was a […]
Far East Films has a trailer for Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a romantic comedy about a North Korean miner who travels to Pyongyang to fulfill her dream of becoming an acrobat.
Actress and singer Deanna Durbin has died. The Los Angeles Times and The Guardian have obituaries. Audie Cornish and Melissa Block remember Durbin on NPR. Here Deanna Durbin sings, “Good-Bye” in Because Of Him (1946)
Breaking Bad as a Lego Adventure Game.
The New York Times interviews Mr. R, mastermind behind the China Daily Show, “a ‘fake news’ Web site in a country that is crying out for satire, where reality is so skewed by propaganda and inadvertent humor that it can be hard to tell the difference[.]“keep looking »