“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.
“As a Black man in American, I brought something to the screen that hadn’t really been there before.”Jim Brown talks about his film career, making the transition from football to film and producing films in two parts of a documentary by Spike Lee. Here and here.
Paul Casey illuminates “Wrestling’s Dark Heart” in discussing responses to the lives and careers of wrestlers Chris Benoit and Triple H. “Chris Benoit, unlike Triple H, is not just a sign of ‘business as usual.’ He is the sign of not only a callous indifference to the health of these athletes by the audience who [...]
China Miéville is interviewed by Skelli Scar, who offers Miéville an excellent suggestion: “Lastly I have a suggestion for you, why not write a short story about what the Olympics would be like in Un Lun Dun?” “This is a startling and excellent idea. Immediately various sporting events are suggesting themselves to me. I am [...]
Pages from comic artist/mangaka Man Gataro’s Jigoku Koshien / Battlefield Baseball, vol. 2 at The Joseph Luster Report.
Indian actor Dara Singh has died. In remembrance, Todd from Die, Danger, Die, Die, Kill! has gathered together all his pieces about Singh’s films. The Times of India has responses from fans and filmmakers. The BBC has an obituary.
The FantAsia site is up and running with many, many trailers to get you ready for the festival. (Or at least, what films to keep an eye out for).
Trailers for movies playing at ActionFest 2012: Solomon Kane; Manborg; Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines; The Raid; True Romance; Wu Xia; Dragon Eyes; Let The Bullets Fly; A Gang Story; The Lost Bladesman; God Bless America; Goon; The Aggression Scale; The Day; Headhunters; Transit; Sinners and Saints; Bad Ass; The Wild Bunch [...]
Olympic fencer, sword master, stunt choreographer, performer and actor, Bob Anderson has died. Anderson performed Darth Vader’s lightsaber battles in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Her served as sword master, fight coordinator and stunt performer in films such as 1953′s The Master of Ballantrae featuring a swashbuckling Errol Flynn, The Princess [...]
Wipeout makes me laugh. It’s absurd and an appalling waste of water, but I’ve been watching it with a friend ever since we stumbled onto the “blind date” episode in season three and were still tuned in two hours later. It reminds me of how much I enjoyed American Gladiators when I was a kid. [...]
Jiang Wen’s latest film is a comedy short and you can watch it here. It’s in Mandarin. (via @TheGoldenRock )
A couple of looks at the art and history of film title sequences.
SFSignal has Handshake Magazine’s cinematic history of the future. The timecode in the upper right hand corner.
Wrestling superstar Macho Man Randy Savage has died. The L.A. Times has responses from members of the wrestling community, including Hulk Hogan, Mick Foley and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Wade Keller of ProWrestling Torch remembers Randy Savage here.
Kaiju Shakedown‘s Grady Hendrix has a new ebook out, Satan Loves You, combining Satan, crappy jobs and professional wrestling. Hendrix writes: “Sometimes I don’t want to think about what readers are looking for right now. Sometimes I don’t want to worry about what the marketing department needs or what my agent thinks is right for [...]
Every April at the Gutter, the editors write about something outside their usual domains. This month Comics Editor Carol Borden writes about movies. This is not even close to a full retrospective, because while Minoru Kawasaki doesn’t have a huge number of films, many of them are not available with English subtitles and I don’t [...]
Cartoonist Tim Jackson has gathered together a meticulously amazing collection of cartoons and comics strips by cartoonists of color. He includes an extensive index of cartoonist, cartoon and character names as well as galleries of gag cartoons, strips, editorial cartoons and sports cartoons from the 1920s through the 1960s. Make sure to check out his [...]
The Vault of Horror has a behind the scenes look at the development of the script for World Wrestling Entertainments’ original film, See No Evil.
Seems like we’re not the only ones who have noticed a resurgence of melodrama. Chris Vognar writes about melodrama, Black Swan and The Fighter.
Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill talks with Bridgett Riley about going from boxer to stuntwoman: “Women get minimal pads if any at times and high heeled shoes are sometimes a must depending on camera. Wardrobe sometimes makes us shoes that are stunt friendly. I like these wardrobe people. It just depends on the shot. The [...]
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