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…
Andrez Bergen interviews anime director Kenji Kamiyama for Madman.
All the red carpet interviews and post-screening question and answer sessions from this year’s Midnight Madness Programme at the Toronto International Film Festival. And all conducted by friend of The Gutter and Soldier of Cinema, Robert Mitchell! [Update: Link fixed!]
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 […]
Director and animator Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement. “’In place of feature animation, there are various things I want to try and do,’ he added. One example he gave was exhibits at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo. ‘I may even put myself on exhibition,’ he wisecracked. Asked if he would make short films, […]
A 1957 US Army training film intended for American servicemen in Japan.
“With the exception of the late Robert Dunham, to whom major roles in Toho’s Space Monster Dogora and Godzilla vs. Megalon assured significant recognition among genre fans, one of the most familiar – or at the very least persistent – Western faces in Japanese cinema of the 60s and 70s may be that of Andrew Hughes.” Kevin P. […]
At Teleport City, The Gutter’s own Carol writes about the sweetness of Sonny Chiba in Terror Beneath The Sea.
Adrian Curry looks at Takashi Kono’s poster from Yasujiro Ozu’s The Lady And The Beard and includes a gallery of more fine Kono art.
Armor for your cats by Jeff de Boer!
Jess Nevins writes about Sato Minoru’s The Foreign Farm (1931), Japanese science fiction in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries and “the White Peril.”
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 […]
At Babbler Dabbler, Briana discusses female cyborgs in Ghost In The Shell and in Alien: Resurrection.
“1987 was a remarkable year for manga adaptations. Not remarkable in volume—manga adaptations were nothing special in themselves—but for the commonalities that emerged. This year, we would find anime reaching for a measure of subtlety.” More at The Golden Ani-Versary of Anime.
[In April, the Guttersnipes like to mix it up a little. This month, Romance editor Chris Szego writes about anime] Only those with excellent social standing and those from filthy rich families are lucky enough to spend their time here in the elite private school, Ouran Academy. The Ouran Host Club is where the school’s […]
This week Trailers from Hell celebrates the films of Akira Kurosawa. First up, director Brian Trenchard-Smith discusses Rashomon (1950) in just over the time it takes to play the trailer.
A documentary on the making of Akira Kurosawa’s The Bad Sleep Well.
Vintage Ninja offers, “A 1962 Point of View” on “ninjutsu”–including covers and pages from an out of print copy of Jay Gluck’s Zen Combat. My favorite line, “The ninja never swaggered.”
Writer Donald Richie has died. Richie is best known for his writing on Japanese culture and film. The Japan Times and The New York Times have obituaries. Fora.tv has a conversation with Donald Richie in 2009, “Life in Japanese Film: Donald Richie.”
Director Nagisa Oshima has died. Oshima directed numerous films exploring sexuality, death and power of all kinds, including: In The Realm ff the Senses, The Empire of Passion, Japanese Summer: Double Suicide , Cruel Story of Youth and Taboo (starring a young Tadanobu Asano). He was also a pioneer of television, directing many documentaries for […]
At Wildgrounds, Kevin Ma shares his most enjoyable “bad” film and most enjoyable “good” film of 2012.keep looking »