Posts by Brandon Bastaldo

12 Years a Slave
Video Review

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.

Bros, Bras, Blunts, & Balls

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.

At Any Price Review

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.

Cockneys Vs. Zombies Review

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.

Daughters of the Dust

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

The Waiting Room Review

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.

The Central Park Five Review

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.

Lloyd the Conqueror Review

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.

Interview: Darcy Michael

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.

TAD 2012 Reviews
Part Three

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.

Sushi: The Global Catch Review

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.

X-Men Master Gordon Smith at TIFF

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.

360 Review

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

A Summer in France (At TIFF)!

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.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection Review

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.

Alien Retrospective: Part Three – Alien 3

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.

Alien Retrospective: Part Two – Alien

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.

Alien Retrospective: Part One – Aliens

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.