Category: Screen

Turning Heel

Though a good/evil distinction is present in most narratives, when it comes to professional wrestling the dynamic between babyfaces (good guys) and heels (bad guys) is uniquely important. In an entertainment medium that lives and dies based on the reactions and whims of the live audience, it’s critical […]

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 […]

Maha Badmaash

I’ve been watching Bond movies since seeing No Time to Die in the theater—I ACTUALLY WENT TO THE MOVIES!!!—so it’s time to bring another Indian spy-ish film to the Gutter. I say “-ish” because, as previously discussed, the formulas of popular Hindi cinema generally don’t allow for the […]

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 […]