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Angela Englert

Writes at culturalgutter.com, blogs at screamsharing.com

The True Meaning of Masculinity

When we first meet John McClane (Bruce Willis), hero of John McTiernan’s seminal 1988 hit Die Hard, he’s not feeling the holiday spirit, grudgingly giving in to small talk with his seatmate on a crowded flight to L.A. And so, the first things McTiernan makes sure we know […]

Angela Goes to Nightstream 2021!

Along with the Gutter’s own Carol, I was privileged to receive press credentials for the Nightstream 2021 film festival this year, showcasing an amazing, week-long line-up of features, shorts, and events in a virtual format. Now as the festival draws to a close, I’m reflecting on my favorites […]

Don’t Go in the Cutting Room

In writer-director Prano Bailey-Bond’s debut feature Censor (2021), we meet Enid (Niamh Algar), a pleasant young woman with a not-so-pleasant job: gutting the good parts of bad movies. Enid is a censor. She clearly loves her work though, or at least believes in its value, and if she […]

What Sparks Joy

So, let’s talk Sparks. What is/who are Sparks? To some extent, no one really knows, still, even after the release of director Edgar Wright’s lovingly comprehensive documentary about the band, The Sparks Brothers (2021). While the band has spanned many lineups and genres from the early 1970s all […]