Posts by Noah R. Taylor

Slamdance 2015: Wendell and the Lemon Review

Wendell and the Lemon is like no film you’ve ever seen before. It is about a man obsessed with a lemon he finds. If you were to ascribe a genre to it it would definitely be a comedy, as most of it is hilarious. There are however long stretches in the second half with few laughs. […]

Slamdance 2015 Interview: Britni West

As part of our continuing coverage of the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival, we sat down with filmmaker Britni West to talk about her lyrical look at life in rural Montana, Tired Moonlight. Dork Shelf: This movie has very free flowing feel to it. Can you walk me through the process a little, from writing, to shooting […]

Slamdance 2015: On Her Own Review

Many documentaries have been made about family farms in hard times, with struggles caused by large scale farming, bad economies, poor weather, etc. At first glance, On Her Own looks like it could just be another in a row of films documenting the plight of the independent farmer, but it’s really more about how Nancy […]

Slamdance 2015: Tired Moonlight Review

Director Britni West’s collage of life in rural Montana will undoubtedly draw comparisons to the work of Terrence Malick. It is free flowing in form, beautifully shot, and its narrative is secondary to an overall feeling the film creates with different characters providing poetic voiceover in favour of dialogue.  The film shifts between several “protagonists” […]

Leviathan Review

Rightfully Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Film, Leviathan is a well acted, beautifully shot film that highlights the best of mother nature and the worst of human nature.

Planet in Focus 2014: Family Farm Review

Family Farm  In the documentary Family Farm, filmmaker Ari A. Cohen examines some of the challenges small scale farmers face in today’s world of mass production. Visiting farms between Prince Edward Island and Manitoba, Cohen speaks with several types of farmers dealing with a variety of hardships, from livestock disease to pesticides to the slack regulation […]

TAD 2014: Why Horror? Review

Why Horror? The only documentary playing at Toronto After Dark examines why festivals like this exist. While the popularity of horror films may wane with the ebb and flow of moviegoer’s genre appetites, they are constantly consumed by the hardcore fans who are bloody passionate about the screen’s ability to shock and awe. For every […]

Believe Me Review

Believe Me is a faith based comedy that succeeds primarily because of all the confidence it has in itself.

TIFF 2014: Short Cuts Canada Program 6 Reviews

The shorts that make up Program 6 all address some kind of exploration. Exploration of other planets, other dimensions, or even just different ways of living. It’s a broad theme that brings with it the best and the worst of the Short Cuts Canada programs. A standout film, not just in this program but in […]

TIFF 2014: Good Kill Review

Good Kill  Special Presentations Voltage Pictures had a huge hit six years ago with The Hurt Locker. This year they deliver a very different kind of war movie with Good Kill. Ethan Hawke plays Tommy Egan, an ex fighter pilot who now fights terrorists 7000 miles away as a drone pilot based in Las Vegas. While the bomb […]

TIFF 2014: Short Cuts Canada Program 5 Reviews

Short Cuts Canada Programme 5 seems to be where they put all the shorts that would show in front of the Midnight Madness features if TIFF programmed them that way. These are the genre shorts, the crude comedies, and the freaky deaky. The little bit of animated goodness that is Sol Friendman’s Day 40 posits what it […]