Posts by Noah R. Taylor

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.

The Odds Review

It’s rare that a thriller comes along and pulls you into the world of a movie in a way that really makes you experience the protagonist's fear. Try as it might, The Odds is not one of those rare exceptions. Set against the oxymoronic backdrop of a “high stakes high school gambling ring” the story spins a semi-decent mystery but suffers from a lack of logic and sympathetic characters we can identify with.

Doppelganger Paul Review

At one time or another, most of us have heard an acquaintance say “I swear I saw your doppelgänger the other day, this guy/girl looked exactly like you.” Or perhaps you’ve been that apparent “doppelgänger” and were mistaken for someone else. However it’s rare that we ever spot someone whom we consider to be our own double, which is the premise of Doppelgänger Paul, an offbeat Canadian comedy with a darkly dry humour that blindsides the viewer at its best moments.

Moon Point Review

An underdog story both thematically and in its making, Moon Point has you rooting for the characters and filmmakers alike. Since Canadian features, particularly the independents, usually end up seen by few if any, this one should be considered a victory just by virtue of you reading about it here. Fortunately the film does succeed in that it delivers a bit of fluffy entertainment, which is all most really ask for when going to the movies.