Bear with me: at first glance, this piece may fall outside the Cultural Gutter’s mission to share thoughtful writing about disreputable art. Kshudhita Pashan (1960) is based on a short story by Nobel laureate, author, musician, and all-around revered thinker Rabindranath Tagore. But its ghostly ladies, creepy palaces, […]
At Graveyard Shift Sisters, Mary Kay McBrayer writes about Midsommar. (Plot details are discussed so watch ou): “Midsommar acknowledges racial tropes of horror movies, and it somehow both utilizes them responsibly and realistically, and it subverts them just enough to keep us guessing. That’s good storytelling. “
Are you curious about that time Beowulf drank serpent’s venom so he would be as powerful as Grendel? You can read all about it here in the pages of Beowulf, Dragon-Slayer!
Kung Fu Kingdom interviews actor/director/fight choreographer Bruce Khan. It has some sweet video of Khan in action as well as some of his fight choreography in Jackie Chan’s The Medallion. Enjoy the trailer for his film Revenger here.
Paste Magazine has an appreciation of actor James Hong and his 500 film roles!
One day, as I was flipping through the latest issue of Starlog or Omni or something, I happen to see the cover of a magazine a little bit higher up on the shelves. It was an illustration of a topless woman in a slinky loincloth, doing what I’ve since come to refer to as “the wizard finger.”