Cultural Gutter: Over the Moon, Comrade

On the Cultural Gutter, Over the Moon, Comrade is my look at the Soviet science fiction adventure Cosmic Voyage and the film that inspired it, Fritz Lang’s Woman in the Moon.

Peking Opera Blues

One of the great films of the Hong Kong New Wave, Tsui Hark’s Chinese Revolution era adventure is notable for focusing not on the war or heroic men, but on the friendship that grows between three women who find themselves involved in a tangled web of espionage.

Cultural Gutter: Battle of the Brains

All in all, brains aren’t really scary – at least up until that moment when you see one pick up a hammer with its spinal cord and come flying at you.

Alcohol Professor: Sinning in Sydney

After more hours than I want to count neatly folded into the capsules that comprise coach service on most major American air carriers, I stepped into Sydney, Australia with only a single thought in my mind: I needed a drink.

Bullitt

Steve McQueen stars as a San Francisco cop assigned to protect a witness against the Mob. Before the film winds to its thrilling conclusion on the tarmac of San Francisco International, viewers will marvel at McQueen’s casual cool and one of the best car chases in cinema.

Alcohol Professor: Duelling Counts

On Alcohol Professor, I’m looking at the Dueling Counts fighting over the creation of one of the best cocktails, the Negroni, and James Bond’s affection for the drink.

Alcohol Professor: London’s Historic Pubs

Like every city in the UK, London has no shortage of public houses both historic and haunted. And as I do any time I’m in a city in the UK, I vowed to cram as many of them as I could into one increasingly tipsy tour of the town’s pubs

Master of the Game

Master of the Game is the kind of trashy supermarket checkout line novel that is stuffed with awful members of the uber-rich doing terrible things to one another and hatching elaborate revenge schemes because, what else do they have to do all day?

Rome, Open City

Although one certainly cannot dismiss the impact of World War II on the United States, it’s an order of magnitude more shocking to witness the devastation  wrought across Europe. For all our suffering, we could come home to a country that remained largely untouched by large-scale conflict. Those in Europe, however, were already home.

Cultural Gutter: Kungfu-Powered Afrocyberpunk Pulp

On The Cultural Gutter, Kungfu-Powered Afrocyberpunk Pulp is a look at Steven Barnes’ 1983 novel Streetlethal, which is sort of cyberpunk meets Mack Bolan starring Luke Cage in a story about magic orgy mushrooms.

A Dandy in Aspic

A double agent operating in London dreams of retiring, but his life is complicated when he is assigned to assassinate a traitor: himself. With one foot in the pop art fantasy of James Bond and another in the grim world of John Le Carre, A Dandy in Aspic never quite succeeds at being either.

Cultural Gutter: The Cosmic Crooner

On the Cultural Gutter, we’re going on a tour of the universe via The Cosmic Crooner, all about Frank Sinatra’s bizarre Trilogy, a third of which is devoted to a swingin’ tour of the future.