Posts by Ian MacIntyre

Daredevil: Deborah Ann Woll Interview

Daredevil star Deborah Ann Wall discusses her character's mysterious past, compares genre television to playing Shakespeare, and addresses the recent controversy around Netflix not offering a Described Video feature for the show.

The Interview Review

A look at a film you might never see suggests that it's just a pretty half-assed, only intermittently amusing comedy.

The Newsroom Episode 2.2 Recap

The new season of HBO’s The Newsroom is up and running, and the second episode, "The Genoa Tip," is principally spent maneuvering us towards the season’s larger ongoing stories. We get some long-overdue progress in the Jim-Maggie-Don love triangle, more of intrepid-as-opposed-to-incompetent reporter Neal Sanpat, and more than one genuinely fun scene featuring Sloan.

The Newsroom Episode 2.1 Recap

While The Newsroom's first season often mistook ripped from the headline fact for character and simplistic moralizing for profundity, having watched the first four episodes of season two we are happy to report that showrunner Aaron Sorkin seems to have fixed many of the problems that plagued the first season... and in a few cases replaced them with all new problems.

Orphan Black
Episode 1.1 Review

Orphan Black is a slick, sexy new sci-fi thriller premiering this Saturday on the Space network. The pilot episode is engaging, tense, and deftly paced, electing to merely hint at the series’ genetic bio-conspiracy underpinnings in favour of establishing character and atmosphere.

Interview: Yvette Nicole Brown & Gillian Jacobs of Community

One of the most eagerly anticipated returning shows of the Fall has to be NBC's Community, currently entering it's fourth season. To celebrate the fact that all three previous seasons of Community are currently available to stream on Netflix, our own Ian MacIntyre sat down with two of the shows stars - Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley) and Gillian Jacobs (Britta) - to discuss their favourite episodes, showrunner changes, the upcoming season, and... feet?

The Newsroom Episode 1.4 Recap

Episode four of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, "I’ll Fix You," is a fairly engaging episode which delves the furthest into Will’s personal and emotional life thus far. Despite the strong character moments for McAvoy though, it's beginning to seem as though the female characters on The Newsroom exist pretty much only to instigate plot.

The Newsroom Episode 1.1 Recap

Pilot episodes are notoriously hard to pull off. The writer must introduce characters, themes, and settings, all while telling a very specific type of “jumping off” story likely bearing little resemblance to the episodes that will follow. Such is the case with “We Just Decided To,” the first episode of super-creator Aaron Sorkin’s new show The Newsroom.

The Newsroom Preview

After a notable 5-year absence from television, made even more notable by a well-deserved Academy Award win for The Social Network screenplay, Aaron Sorkin returns this Sunday to HBO with his new show The Newsroom. Ian MacIntyre previews the first three episodes of Sorkin's fast-paced and highly political new TV series.

Lovers in a Dangerous Time Review

A sweet and straightforward independent movie infused with a great deal of authenticity, Lovers in a Dangerous Time is a film to be experienced rather than merely watched. It’s a sincere and thoughtful film with relatable small-town humour and genuine soul.

Dragon Age: Redemption Review

Dragon Age: Redemption is the latest web-series from writer/actress/internet-wunderkind Felicia Day. Set in the sprawling and epic fantasy universe of BioWare’s Dragon Age game series, last year’s 6-episode web-series has now been collected on DVD. But make no mistake: Dragon Age: Redemption is no mere web-based promotional tie-in. It is an ambitious project that pushes the boundaries of what can be accomplished in web-based filmmaking.

Limitless Review

Limitless is a story about smart people who make bad choices that turn them into even smarter people, who then make worse choices. It’s a light, well-made action-thriller about kickass unearned power and privilege, which brings the fun but never quite shows us the dark side that it keeps threatening to.

Battle: Los Angeles Review

Do you like modern war movies, gritty action, alien invasions, Aaron Eckhart and (most importantly) do you really really like over-the-shoulder shaky cam? Do you not care for things like original dialogue, plotting, or characters? If this describes you, then Battle: Los Angeles is what you should be watching right now.

Hall Pass Review

I’m gonna lay it all out for you: If you watched the trailer for Hall Pass and thought “I bet I could tell you, beat by beat, exactly how that movie’s plot is going to go”, then you are likely correct in your assumptions. Save for a some supporting cameos and a few typically-scatological set pieces, the Farrelly brothers’ latest film feels exactly like the marriages it seeks to satirize: good-natured and comfortable, but ultimately tepid and crushingly predictable.

Interview:
Bobby Farrelly Director of Hall Pass

This weekend sees the release of Hall Pass, the latest movie from the Farrelly brothers (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber, Stuck On You). We’ll have our review of the film up soon, but in the meantime director/writer Bobby Farrelly and co-writer Kevin Barnett sat down for a roundtable interview here in Toronto, and Dork Shelf’s own Ian MacIntyre was invited to join in. Bobby and Kevin discussed Hall Pass, how comedy has changed, marriage, and crazy Three Stooges casting rumors.

Cedar Rapids Review

Cedar Rapids is a nice movie. It’s a nice movie about a nice guy full of nice characters and nice jokes. And, like a young lady deciding whether or not to date a nice boy, your enjoyment of Cedar Rapids will depend on whether niceness on it’s own is enough to truly get you excited.

The Green Hornet Review

It’s been less than 24 hours since I watched The Green Hornet, and I’m already having a hard time forming a strong opinion on it. I’ve definitely never seen a movie try so hard and turn out so immediately forgettable. I at least have to give the movie moxie points for doing something (or rather, everything) differently. The Green Hornet eschews the now-formulaic Hollywood superhero blockbuster formula in favour of (seemingly) bold choices.