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…
The AV Club shares a recreation of the original version of Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s The Dark Crystal.
Filmmakers Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet made a four-minute video essay on director Dario Argento’s films for the French television channel Arte. via @Popshifter
Linda Holmes writes about The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and how her male love interest, Peeta, is “a movie girlfriend”: “Going by the traditional Hollywood rules, make no mistake: Peeta is a Movie Girlfriend. Peeta is Pepper Potts and Gwen Stacy, helping and helping and helping until the very end, when it’s time for the […]
Chris Sims reviews DC’s Superman: A Celebration OF 5 Years. “It’s divided into different eras….But thematically? There’s not a lot of variety. They focus overwhelmingly on one idea of how they want you to see Superman, and the Superman they present is a depressed sad sack who never wins. That’s the Superman they want you […]
At Of Human Bond_Age_, author Kate Laity writes about her secret agent, Chastity Flame, and the appeal of secret agents (and maniacal supervillains): “When I describe my secret agent Chastity Flame to people I usually use the shorthand description that she’s like an über-sexy female James Bond. Since the Bond reboot with the yummy Daniel […]
At Newsweek, Gogo Lidz profiles Betty Page and Mark Mori’s documentary about Page.
Jason Pargin (aka, David Wong) and Jack O’Brien talk about the very precise plot conventions of big Hollywood movies and how they shape our expectations in watching films on the Cracked podcast.
Allen Baron talks about making his film, Blast of Silence, and the differences between making an independent film between then and now. “In the fall of 1959 I returned to NYC and decided to make my own movie. Making an independent feature film then was expensive, extraordinarily technical, and if the film was completed the […]
Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (“The Goblin”) and Katalin Ladik (“The Resurrected Witch”) from the intensely sonic, Berberian Sound Studio, offer a performance of their vocal talent with sound designer Pál Tóth (aka, én) in Budapest.
“In his ongoing series of portraits titled, ‘Just the Two of Us,’ photographer Klaus Pitchler gained access to the homes of Austrian costume play (cosplay) enthusiasts where he photographed the elaborately costumed individuals against the backdrops of their everyday life.” See a gallery of his photographs here. (Thanks, Laura!)
Peter Gutiérrez has written a fascinating and thoughtful response to the film Zero Charisma and the webseries, The Guild.
At The AV Club, Scott Kaufman discusses editing and its unsettling effects in Donnie Darko.
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. […]
Director and producer Antonia Bird has died. Bird is probably best known for her films Ravenous (1999) and Priest (1994), but she also directed UK television series, episodes and tv movies such as, The Village, Cracker, MI-5, Inspector Morse and EastEnders. The BBC has an obituary. The Guardian has collected tributes to Bird. The Guardian […]
Director, stunt coordinator and stuntman Hal Needham has died. Needham directed Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run, but he also performed and coordinated stunts in The French Connection II, Three The Hard Way, Chinatown, Our Man Flint, The War Wagon and Blazing Saddles. and in television shows such as, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, […]
Nitrate Diva is hosting a Vincent Price Blogathon celebrating the career of Price, who died 20 years ago this week. See all the posts from participants here. The Gutter’s own Carol wrote a piece on The Raven (1963) and you can read that here.
Traumatic Cinematic Podcast has an interview with actor and horror icon, Robert Englund.
Ann Hornaday discusses “The Aesthetic Politics of Filming Black Skin”: “For the first hundred years of cinema, when images were captured on celluloid and processed photochemically, disregard for black skin and its subtle shadings was inscribed in the technology itself, from how film-stock emulsions and light meters were calibrated, to the models used as standards […]
Beth Watkins seeks out the truest fiascos in Indian film, which, of course, includes Shaitani Dracula. “To paraphrase Seinfeld, these movies are a mess—and they’re spectacular.”
On Pop Culture Happy Hour, Linda, Stephen and Chris share what pop culture makes them cry and why.keep looking »