NYFF: Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson Talk Indulgence, Trash, Poppers, and Celine Dion

“We wanted viewers to feel like they were washed up, panting on another shore somewhere having just had a brush with drowning in a tempest of narrative,” is how Canadian director Guy Maddin described his latest feature (co-directed with Evan Johnson), The Forbidden Room, which played this year’s New York Film… »10/01/15 2:15pm10/01/15 2:15pm

"It's Good To Be Confronted With Death": A Conversation With the Directors of the Horrifying Goodnight Mommy

One of the biggest stories about horror cinema in 2015 is actually the story of a trailer: When the American preview for the Austrian film Goodnight Mommy dropped in late July, it immediately went viral inspiring a rash of reaction videos and copy deeming it the “scariest trailer of all time.” (At this point, the view… »9/10/15 2:39pm9/10/15 2:39pm

Evan Dorkin Describes How Fandom Has Become "Eltingville Uber Alles"

Evan Dorkin is ruthlessly funny, and sometimes just ruthless, in this interview with Paste magazine. The occasion is the release of the second and final issue of Dorkin’s The Eltingville Club, but it’s an opportunity for Dorkin to share his typically snarky thoughts about the state of the comics industry and the dark… »8/14/15 1:40pm8/14/15 1:40pm

The City Is a Crossroads: Daniel José Older on Protest Art and Urban Lit


This week, Gawker Review of Books is running interviews with three authors from the world of speculative fiction, discussing their work and their place within the evolving genre. Our final interview is with Daniel José Older, author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, which debuted in January with the… »5/16/15 2:30pm5/16/15 2:30pm

Marc Guggenheim On Arrow, Legends Of Tomorrow And His New Comic

You probably best know Marc Guggenheim as the creator of Arrow, but he was a comic writer and fan long before Stephen Amell ever grabbed a bow. Now he’s returning to comic book stores with The Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum, and we got the details — including what’s in store for DC’s TV universe this fall. »5/15/15 3:48pm5/15/15 3:48pm

All Futures Are Political: a Q&A With Spec-Fic Author Alaya Dawn Johnson


For a super-genre known for its imagination of radically different worlds and futurescapes, speculative fiction has always been considerably conservative. Spec-fic—an umbrella term encompassing science-fiction, fantasy, horror, alternate history, and some in-between works—has often contrasted fantastic worlds of… »5/12/15 10:38am5/12/15 10:38am

An Anonymous Cop Is Here to Answer All Your Questions About the Police


Police officers turn up a lot in Gawker stories, but unless they’re a department commissioner giving a press conference or a union leader loudly berating a public official, it’s rare that they actually have a voice. What does the average beat cop think about Darren Wilson or Daniel Pantaleo? What is he looking for… »3/17/15 11:57am3/17/15 11:57am

How Sharlto Copley Became Chappie And Why Hugh Jackman Has To Kill Him

Sharlto Copley (District 9) brought the titular robot of Chappie to life, thanks to performance capture and director Neill Blomkamp, but as it turns out everyone wanted him dead. We spoke with the Chappie'scast — Copley, Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver — about the violence they inflicted upon this adorable robot. »3/05/15 5:00pm3/05/15 5:00pm

"How Did This Turn Into A Flirty Thing?" Amy Acker Talks Root And Shaw

The new season of Person of Interest plunged us into a dystopian A.I.-monitored world. And all of a sudden, Root is the linchpin of everything, as she helps the undercover Machine Gang. We talked to Amy Acker about Root's new role, her flirtation with Shaw, and whether Root will be meeting Samaritan's right-hand woman… »9/29/14 7:13pm9/29/14 7:13pm

The Year's First Must-See Horror Movie Is So Much More Than That

Jennifer Kent's Australian thriller The Babadook is of the big success stories from this year's Sundance Film Festival. The story seems standard enough: A boogieman character named the Babadook terrorizes a single mother, Amelia (Essie Davis) and her son Samuel (Noah Wiseman), who's so poorly behaved, he's a bit of a… »3/28/14 1:20pm3/28/14 1:20pm

Mike Mignola's Favorite Artwork From Hellboy's Last 20 Years

On Saturday, March 22nd, Mike Mignola's Hellboy will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of his first comic with celebratory events in comic stores around the world and a massive collection of Mignola's artwork, titled Hellboy: The First 20 Years. We asked the artist to pick his favorite 10 pieces, and… »3/21/14 4:00pm3/21/14 4:00pm