Brandon Bastaldo

Brandon Bastaldo is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto's English and Cinema Studies programs. A life long comic book reader, film watcher, and fashion enthusiast, he feels luckier than ever to be reading, writing, and wearing the things he loves. Read his latest thoughts on his blog or here on dorkshelf.com.

12 Years a Slave
Video Review

October 18, 2013

And now for something a little different: A video review! Dork Shelf’s own Brandon Bastaldo takes a look at Steve McQueen’s slavery drama 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender. Continue reading

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Bros, Bras, Blunts, & Balls

July 16, 2013

With TOGA! The Reinvention of the American Comedy, the TIFF Bell Lightbox looks back on the history of the gross out, bro-down comedy with looks at three of our own personal favourites. Continue reading

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At Any Price Review

May 8, 2013

At Any Price is a gloomy parable that speaks to the woes of life in small town America. Director and co-writer Ramin Bahrani’s delivers a picturesque rendering of golden-glimmering wheat fields and comforts of country living. Yet, there is a general air of melancholy that floats through this film in which stories of lust, teenage angst and midlife crisis become implausibly intermittent. Continue reading

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Cockneys Vs. Zombies Review

February 1, 2013

Cockneys vs Zombies is a delightful treat for young, old and even the possibly undead zombie-genre lovers who will no doubt left drooling from this splatter-filled film of blood, guts and brains. Continue reading

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Daughters of the Dust

January 30, 2013

In honour of the start of the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s L.A. Rebellion black cinema retrospective this week, Brandon Bastaldo takes a look back at one of the most groundbreaking films ever made by a black woman, Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust Continue reading

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The Waiting Room Review

January 17, 2013

Offering an interesting counterpoint to dry and stuff polemics and television fantasies, the hospital set documentary The Waiting Room offers a great counterpoint and a nuanced look at the personal side of hospital economics. Continue reading

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The Central Park Five Review

December 25, 2012

The Central Park Five looks back at an extraordinary miscarriage of justice at a time when we should all be questioning just how aggrandizing the media can be during times of tragedy. Continue reading

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Lloyd the Conqueror Review

November 30, 2012

For a film about such a creative modern day phenomenon as LARPing, Lloyd the Conqueror takes a lazy approach to what could be a very funny conquest. Continue reading

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Interview: Darcy Michael

November 29, 2012

We talk to Canadian stand-up comedian and actor Darcy Michael about his latest role as a LARPing unicorn in the comedy Lloyd the Conqueror, battling while being a heavy smoker, and his stunning amount of weight loss over the past year. Continue reading

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TAD 2012 Reviews
Part Three

October 23, 2012

With the final slate of 2012 Toronto After Dark films upon us, we continue our coverage with looks at the zom-com Cockneys Vs. Zombies, the apocalyptic Korean sci-fi flick Doomsday Book, the country splat fest Inbred, the LARP comedy Lloyd the Conqueror, and the zombie found footage sequel REC 3: Genesis. Continue reading

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Sushi: The Global Catch Review

August 31, 2012

Sushi: The Global Catch is an equally mouth watering and socially conscious documentary that provides an insightful look at the dedication it takes to make a tasty raw fish dish. Continue reading

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X-Men Master Gordon Smith at TIFF

August 16, 2012

We got a chance to get a preview of the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s newest film related exhibit taking a look at the work of X-Men make-up effects artist and Ontario native Gordon Smith and talked to him briefly about his own origins and working with Bryan Singer. Continue reading

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360 Review

August 3, 2012

Unremittingly bleak and down tempo, Fernando Meirelles 360 is the highbrow depressive equivalent of a modern day Garry Marshall film. Continue reading

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A Summer in France (At TIFF)!

July 13, 2012

This week, the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto starts off their Summer in France series, and we look at four classic films showing throughout the dog days: Belle du Jour, Elevator to the Gallows, Breathless, and Le quai des brumes. Continue reading

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Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection Review

July 1, 2012

Tyler Perry’s latest outing with the mad black woman Madea is just as broad and potentially damaging as ever, but the low point of Madea’s Witness Protection is that it might be more of a direct rip off of Big Momma’s House than the previous entries in the lowbrow series. Continue reading

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Alien Retrospective: Part Three – Alien 3

June 12, 2012

What follows is the third part of my in depth journey through the Alien universe, beginning with Aliens, then back to Alien, and ending off with Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. I do this in the hopes that maybe I can explain even just a little bit of the mysterious dark, fury that has left me thinking about LV-426 for the nearly two decades. Continue reading

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Alien Retrospective: Part Two – Alien

June 6, 2012

What follows is the second part of my in depth journey through the Alien universe, beginning with Aliens, then back to Alien, and ending off with Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. I do this in the hopes that maybe I can explain even just a little bit of the mysterious dark, fury that has left me thinking about LV-426 for the nearly two decades. Continue reading

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Alien Retrospective: Part One – Aliens

June 5, 2012

What follows is the first part of my in depth journey through the Alien universe, beginning with Aliens, then back to Alien, and ending off with Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. I do this in the hopes that maybe I can explain even just a little bit of the mysterious dark, fury that has left me thinking about LV-426 for the nearly two decades. Continue reading

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