Posts by Noah R. Taylor

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.

Miami Connection Review

Remember that time when you were in that band with all of your karate buddies and you would literally have to fight for gigs? No? Well then I guess you were never in a band like Miami Connection’s Dragon Sound.

Leviathan Review

Leviathan is an experimental documentary that experiments more than it documents. Shot aboard a commercial fishing boat in the North Atlantic, the only thing you’ll learn about commercial fishing is that it’s a wet and ugly endeavour. Filmmaker/ Harvard anthropology professor Lucien Castaing-Taylor and co-director Véréna Paravel are contributing to a tradition of ethnographic filmmaking that concerns itself more with observation and ways of seeing than it does with telling a story.

Shepard and Dark Review

A touching though sometimes lagging story about enduring friendship, Shepard and Dark highlights aspects of Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark’s relationship that has now spanned half a century. The impetus for the documentary is the archiving of hundreds of letters that passed back and forth between them over the decades. As much about the individual men as their correspondence, one can’t help but feel this lingering film would have been much more compelling as a documentary short as opposed to feature length.

Tatsumi Review

Part biography, part short story compilation, Tatsumi animates the life and selected works of mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi in a film that will please fans and newcomers alike.

Interview: Christopher Heron of The Seventh Art

A look inside the process of independently producing the newest format of web content: the video magazine. The Seventh Art offers an alternative to traditional film analysis with in-depth interviews, video essays and profiles achieved with a precision that makes them archival-worthy. Founder Christopher Heron talked to us a bit about the impetus behind the magazine and the state of online film exploration.

Interview: Peter Bogdanovich

The words “nervous” and “anxious” do not do justice to what I was experiencing as I sat in what is probably the swankiest private screening room in Toronto (located in Yorkville’s Hazelton Hotel) waiting to interview the fantastic Mr. Bogdanovich. Since our camera fell through at the last minute, we were armed only with a Fostex FR-2 sound recorder, a microphone bigger than most modern cameras, and a hope that he’d appreciate the old-school nature of the apparatus.