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Two Interviews with Marjorie Liu


Author and comics creator Marjorie Liu is interviewed by Nerds of Color and The Beat about her latest comic, Monstress. “There are a couple ways to describe Monstress. The first way is as a dark steampunk epic fantasy about a girl who has a psychic connection to a monster. On another level, there were a […]

Ek Paheli Leela: When a B-Movie Goes Good


When I was recently asked for my recommendation for the most underrated Bollywood film of 2015, I didn’t go with the high-profile, high-intelligence, period piece flops from big-name directors that I loved even though very few critics did (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! from Dibakar Banerjee and Bombay Velvet from Anurag Kashyap). Instead, I nominated this gleefully […]

“Writing Irene Adler”


At Pornokitsch, Rose Biggin writes a list about writing Irene Adler.

A Girl Thinks Too Much Alone At Night


Sometimes I really want to like something. I really, really do. And it’s not bad and I don’t actively dislike like it. I just don’t like it. I love the film, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. It’s one of my favorite films of 2014 and it’s one I recommend. But the comic version, […]

Carol Talks Horror on the CBC


On CBC Radio’s Day 6 with Brent Bambury, the Gutter’s own Carol talks about horror movies directed by women and makes a few Halloween recommendations. (And here’s one of Carol’s favorite promotional pieces she wrote for one of the films for its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival).

31 Days of Horror, Part II


It’s the second ten days or so of 31 Days of Horror with the Gutter’s own Carol. “Spookoween 2015 got a little rougher for me. I’m a little more ambivalent about some of the films I watched for Part II. One I even started and stopped. This time we have two appearances by Vincent Price, […]

Women Destroy Science Fiction


Read stories, essays and excerpts from Lightspeed magazine’s “Women Destroy Science Fiction” issue, which just happened to win a 2015 British Fantasy Award!

“Vampires, Psychics and Ghosts: A Look At Queer Women In Horror”


At Bitch Media, Sara Century writs about Queer women in horror. “The first horror films to feature queer female characters are some of the first films of any kind to portray queer women.”

The Horrifying Power of a Mother’s Love: Rosemary’s Baby and The Babadook

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I had an uninvited guest once, and it was inside me. If you’ve ever seen a sonogram of a cancer tumor, a demon analogy isn’t too much hyperbole. Tumors look objectively wicked and wrong. The barbs of its flesh under my own skin pricked. And while it was there, I was never really alone. But […]

“Strong Female Characters and the Double Standard”


At, Liz Bourke writes about the double standard in how strong female characters are evaluated: “But show me a female character whose major characteristics are competence with violence, willingness to defy authority, and the occasional ability to make entertaining banter, and I’ll show you a character who—I am willing to guarantee you—has been dismissed […]

Kaneto Shindo’s Kuroneko


The Gutter’s own Carol writes about cat demon ladies and the enduringly eerie Kaneto Shindo film, Kuroneko, at Teleport City.

31 Days of Horror 2015


Comics Editor Carol writes about horror movies (and tv) for 31 Days of Horror. Barbara Steele! Ghosts! Maybe Ghosts! Fairytales! Madness!

“10 Trailblazing Horror Films Directed by Women”


At TCM’s Movie Morlocks blog, Kimberly Lindbergs writes about 10 horror films directed by women. “I’ve been enjoying a lot of [TCM’s] Trailblazing Women programming myself but since we’re in the middle of Schocktober, I thought I’d set aside some time to highlight some of my favorite horror films and thrillers directed by women who […]

The Pioneering Women of Electronic Music


The Vinyl Factory has an interactive timeline of women in electronic music from Ada Lovelace to the 2014 Ada Project–with links to recommended listening.

Buddha Palm (1964)


At Actionland, Heroic Sister Achillesgirl writes about subtitling the 1964 wuxia film, Buddha Palm. And she provides you with the subtitles and a link to the film!



Edith Garrud taught Suffragettes jiu-jitsu and formed Emmeline Pankhurst’s Bodyguard. “The first connection between the suffragettes and jiu-jitsu was made at a WSPU meeting. Garrud and her husband William, who ran a martial arts school in London’s Golden Square together, had been booked to attend. But William was ill, so she went alone. ‘Edith normally […]

Interview with Geena Davis


At the Guardian, Elizabeth Day talks with Geena Davis about feminism, sexism in the film industry and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. “I mean, it’s freaky when you start examining it. For decades it’s been the same ratio – we’ve all grown up on that ratio. Could it be that women’s presence […]

Interview with Kate Beaton


At the Guardian, Kate Beaton talks about comics, history and her years working in Alberta’s oil sands.

Interview with Goodnight Mommy directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz

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At Indiewire, directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz talk about genre, violence and the fear that people aren’t who you think they are. “‘I think if violence is grounded in something which is true to characters and to the world, it’s important to show it in cinema,’ said Franz. ‘We need to confront people. It’s […]

Interview with Director Lucile Hadžihalilović

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The Gutter’s own Carol interviews director and screenwriter Lucile Hadžihalilović at the Vanguard Program Blog of the Toronto International Film Festival. Hadžihalilović is the director of Innocence (2004) and Evolution (2015), as well as the screenwriter of Gaspar Noé’s Enter The Void (2009).

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    Open Culture has a re-vamped trailer for a film adaptation of  Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius’ comic The Incal. One that never happened. “[Incal‘s] success made it a logical candidate for film adaptation, and so director Pascal Blais brought together artists from Heavy Metal magazine (in which Mœbius first published some of his best known work) to make it happen. It resulted in nothing more than a trailer, but what a trailer; you can watch a recently revamped edition of the one Blais and his collaborators put together in the 1980s at the top of the post.” (Thanks, Felipe!)


    Hyperallergic has a gallery of astronomical and cosmological illustrations from photographer Michael Benson’s books, Cosmographics: Picturing Space Through Time. (Thanks, Stephanie!)


    A homophobic Tumblr post becomes Queer dystopian adventure fiction in two responses. Behold! (Thanks, Adele!)


    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.”


    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 lurid descriptions of pornographic short films featuring Thirlwell and paramour/collaborator Lydia Lunch, whose snarky sound bites I scrawled in the margins of my diaries.”


    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.


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