The Library of America shares Dashiell Hammett’s short story, “The Main Death,” and adds some context. “On its surface, “The Main Death” seems to be a straightforward puzzle mystery: an abundance of seemingly contradictory clues perplex the cops and detectives (and the reader), the Continental Op hunts down […]
For this year’s Switcheroo Month, I decided to write about a lesser known film by one of the most reputable directors around—Akira Kurosawa’s The Bad Sleep Well (1960). Set in then contemporary mid-Twentieth Century Japan, The Bad Sleep Well is the story of Koichi Nishi (Toshiro Mifune) seeking […]
At Vulture, Sam Adler-Bell considers recent ‘Eat the Rich ‘ movies including The Menu (2022), Triangle of Sadness (2022), Glass Onion (2022), and Parasite (2019). “The true villains of our time are ensconced in cocoons of comfort, immune to accountability. They enjoy their lives; they are not burdened […]
The Gutter’s own Carol Borden watches Jean-Denis Bonan’s A Woman Kills / La Femme borreau (France, 1968) and it is the most French movie that ever movied! Read more here.
The Gutter’s own Carol has some thoughts on Li Xiaofeng’s neo-noir, Back To The Wharf! She has additional thoughts on censorship and Chinese crime films. “Back To The Wharf is one of a wave of Chinese crime dramas in recent years. These films make up for the bloated, […]
Video game adaptations have a rocky history in film. For every good-to-ok one, like Mortal Kombat (1994), Sonic The Hedgehog (2020) or Werewolves Within (2021), there are scores of films that don’t do justice to their digital counterparts. The K:D ratio* just isn’t great for these movies, partly […]