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“Watching Downton Abbey with a Historian: Peace For Our Time”

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At The Toast, Mo Moulton watches Downton Abbey and discusses its portrayal of Neville Chamberlain. “Here, then, is Neville Chamberlain in 1925. He is fulfilling the expectations set by an extraordinary political family. His father, Joseph Chamberlain, ran a screw factory in Birmingham, where he became passionate about urban improvement as a method for bettering […]

“Bombay Mix”

Please enjoy an hour of rare Bollywood synth funk (and an interview with DJ Fitz who put the mix together). (via @BethLovesBolly)

“Black Women In Sequence: Re-Inking Comics, Graphic Novels and Anime”

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On Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with author Deborah Whaley about the representation of Black women in comics. She also talks about comics and representation with comics creator Phil Hester.

“Reel Romance: Favorite Film Discoveries of 2015”

Nitrate Diva shares her favorite classic film discoveries of 2015! “A theme that connects most (though not all) of these movies is unlikely or unexpected romance. In Second Floor Mystery, two strangers flirt through coded messages and elaborate fictions, modeled on potboiler clichés. In Heaven Can Wait, a playboy reflects on the value of lifelong […]

“Idleness Is An Art Form”

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At Teleport City, the Gutter’s own Keith writes about the Emmanuelle films and the woman who inspired the character. “My first glimpse at European sex films provided escape into a theoretically obtainable world. I decided I wanted to travel, that I wanted to be a writer, that I wanted to trod the earth with nothing […]

“William Cameron Menzies: Chandu The Magician

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At Movie Morlocks, friend of the Gutter Kimberly Lindbergs writes about William Cameron Menzies and his film, Chandu The Magician (1932). “In recent weeks, you might have heard about the upcoming Doctor Strange film currently scheduled for release in November of 2016. The news caught my attention because I’ve always liked the comic book character […]

The Miracle of Ajooba

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Ajooba is one of those Bollywood movies that almost everybody dismisses—cheap costumes, awkward giant monsters, make-do special effects—until you get them to actually think about it. Released in 1991, this  bank-breaking Indian and Soviet co-production features a plot that sounds more at home in the 1970s in the golden era of the type of film […]

Shakespeare by Jack Kirby

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io9 has a gallery of images of Jack Kirby’s costume designs for a 1969 production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. (Thanks, Sarah!)

“A Year With Women”

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Marya Gates has completed her project to watch only movies directed or co-directed by women in 2015. She shares the list of films and her thoughts at Cinema Fantatic. “Normally, I would write this post and talk about a few films I really loved from the year and maybe a theme I noticed in my […]

“‘The Black Dude Dies First’: Origins & More Musings”

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Some thoughts on Black characters dying first at Graveyard Shift Sisters. “I’m a bit sour to the notion that Black characters (always) die first as the issue skitters the line of accuracy. I’ve always watched horror movies a bit removed from this concept, consistently watching films that are more tainted by the formula. If Black […]

“Tamiya Iemon is the Worst”

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At Teleport City, the Gutter’s own Carol writes about The Ghost Story of Yotsuya in its film adaptations and its villain, Iemon, who is the absolute worst.

20 Films Directed By Women

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The Decider has a swank list of movies directed by women all of which are available on Netflix right now. (via The Muff Society)

“Goodbye to Japan’s Manga King”

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At The Daily Beast, Jake Adelstein writes about comic creator and folklore scholar Shigeru Mizuki, the astounding breadth of Mizuki’s work and Mizuki’s challenge to revisionist history. “Mizuki rose to fame through his popular comics, but starting in the seventies, he created a variety of controversial works which looked at the brutality of Japan during […]

Interview with Patricia Highsmith

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In a 1988 Sight And Sound interview, Patricia Highsmith talks about film adaptations of her novels, from Strangers On A Train (1950) to The American Friend (1977)

“The Art Of The Gag”

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Tony Zhou has a new video up at Every Frame A Painting. This time, he looks at Buster Keaton and, “The Art Of The Gag.”

“Transgression and the Horror Porn of Richard Kern”

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At Dirge Magazine, friend of the Gutter Less Lee Moore writes about the cinema of Richard Kern. “My introduction to Richard Kern was an issue of Spin magazine from the mid-1980s. Having recently fallen under the spell of the feral pleasures of Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel – a.k.a. JG Thirlwell – I was intrigued by […]

Looking At Opening Credits

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Art Of The Title looks the opening credits for The Man In The High Castle, True Detective and at Momentum, Alex Maragos interviews Andrew Geraci about making the opening credits for House Of Cards.

“Navajos on Mars: Native Sci-Fi Film Futures”

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‘The recent rise of Native-produced sci-fi films is more than an academic fascination. These diverse set of films have the power to not only help us to reimagine our assumptions about the futures of Indigenous peoples, but also to serve as a cultural mirror enabling us to reassess the Western sci-fi futures we have internalized. […]

“The Greatest Actor Alive”

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The Atlantic profiles Max Von Sydow. “For a significant portion of his six decades onscreen, he has been the greatest actor alive. Now, in his 87th year on Earth, he may be on the verge of becoming a pop-culture icon. In December, he’ll be seen in Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens, in a role […]

Magazines! So Many Magazines!

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The Media Digital History Library has so many media magazines–film, drama and radio reviews from 1894!  So many magazines! Old movie weirdos and old time radio enthusiasts, rejoice!

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    Mubi has a collection of film posters designed by Eva Švankmajerová, Surrealist painter, writer and filmmaker. Learn more about Eva Švankmajerová with an posthumous interview with Gwendolyn Albert, the translator of her novel, Baradla Cave.

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    At The Toast, Mo Moulton watches Downton Abbey and discusses its portrayal of Neville Chamberlain. “Here, then, is Neville Chamberlain in 1925. He is fulfilling the expectations set by an extraordinary political family. His father, Joseph Chamberlain, ran a screw factory in Birmingham, where he became passionate about urban improvement as a method for bettering the lives of his workers. As Liberal mayor of Birmingham, he was an early, passionate proponent of what became known as “gas and water socialism”: he wanted to put those services within reach of every resident by putting them under the management of local government. So far, it’s hard to imagine the Earl of Grantham having much in common with this energetic, egalitarian entrepreneur.”

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    In honor of Black History and Women In Horror Month, Graveyard Shift Sisters take a look at Audre’s Revenge Film collective, which was founded by Monika Estrella Negra:  “Audre’s Revenge Film was created in order to promote visibility of womyn, queer, trans and intersex folks of color in the sci fi and horror universe.

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    Please enjoy an hour of rare Bollywood synth funk (and an interview with DJ Fitz who put the mix together). (via @BethLovesBolly)

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    Nick Den Boer and Davy Force’s The Chickening is finally available to haunt your dreams forever. (The Gutter’s own Carol posted about The Chickening on the Toronto International Film Festival’s official Midnight Madness program blog here and here).

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    In Gareth Evans’ new short, “Pre Vis,” Hannah Al Rashid, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman throw down.

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