Posts by Noah R. Taylor

A Master Builder Review

Actor and writer Wallace Shawn and director Jonathan Demme attempt to do justice to Ibsen and Louis Malle with A Master Builder, but neither seem to get a handle on the material.

I Origins Review

In I Origins, writer/ director Mike Cahill uses the old cliche ‘The Eyes Are the Mirror to the Soul’ to make something relatively original.

The Purge: Anarchy Review

The second round of The Purge is more of the same hard to believe baloney. Yet since the first film made so much money despite critics largely hating it, let's hope audiences have learned their lesson by now.

Hot Docs 2014: Bronx Obama Review

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have strange jobs thrust upon them because they are broke and look like somebody who has achieved greatness. Bronx Obama is an excellent documentary about how circumstances and necessity led Louis Ortiz down an unusual life path. Like so many blue collared workers, Ortiz found himself […]

Hot Docs 2014: Pulp Review

Pulp Nightvision One thing that made the Brit-pop explosion of the 90s brilliant was how every band had their own sound and image to match. There was Oasis with their balls-to-the wall Manchester working class swagger, Blur with their London educated art-rock, then there was the less easily defined Pulp, born in the unlikely town […]

Hot Docs 2014: The Immortalists Review

The Immortalists World Showcase The Immortalists follows Aubrey de Grey and Bill Andrews, two very different biologists who share the same goal: reversing the aging process. While their common objective does cause their paths to intersect from time to time, they’re not on the same journey. As a result, the film lacks focus, delving into […]

Video: Copper Set Visit

Dork Shelf was fortunate enough to visit the Toronto set of Copper where Five Points has been recreated inside what used to be the Fenwick Automotive factory. Cast members let us in on what's bigger and better about season two and why working on the show has been such a fun and humbling experience.

Lovelace Review

Despite a clever, non-linear structure the biopic Lovelace narrows its focus too much to be an interesting or even all that original look at its subject.

First slate of films announced for TIFF 2013

The first batch of films for this year's Toronto International Film Festival were announced this morning - including opening night film The Fifth Estate - and here's a look at what cinephiles have to look forward to starting this September the 5th.

NXNE Day 3 (Ladies Night)

Don't feel like braving the crowd at Yonge and Dundas square tonight? Then bomb around town and listen to some of these lovely ladies on what I've declared as the unofficial NXNE Ladies night.

NXNE Day 2

Some more recommendations for Day 2 of nxne including local rappers Wordburglar and D-Sisive, the post modern T. Nile, and blue grass boys Union Duke.

NXNE Day 1

1000 bands, 30 films, 150 comedians, 60 Artists… I believe it was Stephen Hawkins who said  “ain’t nobody got time for that.” If you thought picking between two stages at a festival was tough, looking at over a dozen shows happening concurrently around the city can get a little overwhelming.  As someone who is only […]

Graceland Review

The title Graceland should be taken as ironic, as there are very few saving graces among the characters that inhabit this dark story. Not for the light-hearted, it's a thriller that shocks in ways no Hollywood film could ever get away with.