Ray Harryhausen passed away last week. This has been noted by people more qualified than I to discuss the master of stop-motion magic—Rick Baker, Adam Savage, Todd Masters, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and more. The superhuman talent and perseverance evident in a Harryhausen effects sequence can easily be seen in countless visual effects artists since he first brought his creations to frame-by-frame life on the big screen. That makes sense. So how can I really say anything of worth when I say that I was also profoundly influenced by the artistry of Ray Harryhausen? With modesty, and a story about Clash of the Titans. Continue reading…
The line-up for the Midnight Madness Programme at the Toronto International Film Festival has been announced and the Gutter has some trailers and images for the films! Smuggler (directed by Funky Forest‘s Katsushito Ishii); The Day; Livid (from the directors of A L’Interieur/Inside); Kill List; The Incident; God Bless America (directed by Bobcat Goldthwait); Lovely [...]
A couple of looks at the art and history of film title sequences.
Cartoon Network has trailers for the upcoming animated shows, ThunderCats and Legend of Korra, the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender as well as an extended look at Green Lantern: The Animated Series with a short peek at the LEGO Ninja show, Ninjago.
It’s summer time and instead of beer bottles exploding out of coolers in a shower of refreshing ice, bikini-clad hotties and fireworks as we know it should be, everything is wilting and perhaps even melting. As far as I can tell there are only two possible explanations—Hot Lava Monsters have readjusted the earth’s thermostat to [...]
Fantasia Film Festival honored Bruce Leung Siu-Leung with their Legendary Kung Fu Star Award. He started his career as one of many Bruce Lee imitators before moving on working as an actor and action choreographer in films and television throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In the 2004, Leung returned as the Beast in Kung Fu [...]
“The Wong Fei-Hung Theme,” aka, “A Man of Determination,” might be the best known Chinese song outside the Chinese-speaking world. Here it is, in Cantonese, as the opening to Once Upon a Time in China, in George Lam Chi-Cheung’s music video and as karaoke for George Lam fans who read the Roman alphabet, as an [...]
Have you ever looked at someone and wondered, “Could they beat up China Miéville?” Now you have your answers, in story form.
Every April at the Gutter, the editors write about something outside their usual domains. This month, Comics Editor Carol Borden writes about stars of action cinema. I like ladies of asskickery, women who can throw a punch or wield a sharp pointy weapon, preferably both. Since it’s April and we mix things up here at [...]
An excellent gallery of images and collections, as well as historical context on 100 years of Korean comics.
Wendell Jamieson writes about Japanese sword fight films for The New York Times: “I recently asked my sensei, then and now, Noboru Kataoka — himself an actor who goes as Ken Kensai — to name the greatest sword fight film of them all, and he answered, The Sword of Doom without missing a beat.”
Today’s JJ Sonny Chiba’s birthday and so it might be a good time to see what our friends at Teleport City have been writing about him.
John Kreng finishes the fallacies of why filmmakers make action so hard to see with the punches, kicks and elbow smashes of his thoughts. And you can see the whole thing here. (via ShelfLifeCC)
Wildgrounds breaks down their most anticipated films of 2011.
Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune take a break from filming Sanjuro. Enjoy the juxtaposition of their Meiji era costumes against a 1960s city street.
This week would’ve been Bruce Lee Jun-Fan’s 70th birthday. Here’s a little memoriam we’ve put together in his honor: His screen test for the role of Kato in The Green Hornet (includes him doing forms in a suit); the opening credits for the Cantonese print of Enter The Dragon; a Time Magazine photo essay; and [...]
Laurie’s Wild West brings you pulps from Franco’s Spain.
Veteran Hong Kong actor, producer, writer and director, Wong Tin-Lam has died. His work in tv and film spans the 1950s through the 2000s. Gutter readers are probably most familiar with Wong’s work for Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai like The Mission and Election (as well as comedies like Fat Choy Spirit and My Left [...]
Salon has an excellent piece on the death of stunts in Hollywood movies, exploring everything from the history of film stunts, the reliance on CG effects and new-fangled “intensified continuity” editing. The piece also mentions Michelle Yeoh, Tony Jaa, Zoe Bell and Yakima Canutt. (Thanks, Brian from Shelf Life CC).
The top 25 video game mustaches.
Mubi has a lovely, thoughtful post on Jean-Claude van Damme in honor of his 50th birthday. ” But what does that make of an action-star-inverse like Van Damme, who’s at his most interesting when he’s at his most vulnerable and who does not, unlike Stallone or Willis, wield that vulnerability as a weapon, but presents [...]« go back — keep looking »