Posts by Phil Brown

Interview: Jonathan Sobol

We talked to the director Jonathan Sobol about the Canadian indie A Beginner's Guide to Endings about the film's conception, it's stacked cast (including JK Simmons and Harvey Keitel), and his plans for the future.

Jesus Henry Christ Review

If movies were judged purely on their level of forced quirkiness, then Jesus Henry Christ would be in the running for the best of the year. Thankfully, we don’t live in that world and this movie will be quickly forgotten.

Where Do We Go Now Review

Despite a wildly inconsistent tone and gags that don't always work, the core ideas behind TIFF 2011 audience award winner Where Do We Go Now are fresh and new.

Hysteria Review

If you’re only going to see one movie about vibrators this year, Hysteria should be at the top of your list.

Bernie Review

Based on a bizarre true life crime from 1996, director Richard Linklater's coal black comedy and mockumentary Bernie stands as one of the best films of his already stacked career.

Interview: Kevin Durand

We talked to Canadian character actor Kevin Durand about his latest role as a bank robber in the historical drama Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster, what it's like to play a lot of character driven roles, and about being able to adapt to filming in Sault Ste. Marie. Oh, and we asked him a tad about Cosmopolis.

Sound of My Voice Review

The twisty sci-fi tinged mystery Sound of My Voice raises as many questions as it does answers, and despite a great performance from co-writer Brit Marling as an enigmatic cult leader, viewer enjoyment hinges on the ability to deal with large amounts of ambiguity well.

Detachment Review

Director Tony Kaye's Detachment wants nothing more than to rip your guts out and make you feel like shit for 98 minutes… in a good way. It’s a sort of emotional horror movie for educators. It might ruin your day to watch the movie, but at least it feels like the harsh experience was done with a purpose, even if Kaye’s execution is somewhat muddled.

Headhunters Review

An almost old fashioned, slick, and sometimes icky thriller, the Norwegian import Headhunters doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it's aimed squarely at an appreciative adult audience.

Interview: Headhunters Director Morten Tyldum

Dork Shelf recently had the chance to speak with Norwegian director Morten Tyldum about his new film Headhunters. He discussed the challenges of making the screen adaptation his own, the logistics of shooting in an outhouse, and his new American sci-fi thriller What Happened To Monday?

The Pirates: Band of Misfits Review

Aardman Animation, the creators of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, bring you The Pirates: Band of Misfits, a giddy sugar rush of British animated entertainment.

Warriors of the Rainbow Review

While certainly impressive, the North American cut of the originally 5 hour long Taiwanese epic Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale leaves a lot to be desired in the storytelling department. There are, however, plenty of decapitations.

Interview: Aardman Animator Peter Lord

We talk with Aardman animation co-founder and stop motion maven Peter Lord about his latest film The Pirates: Band of Misfits, casting voice actors, the pitfalls of searching for animated perfection, and the changing landscape of his business.

Damsels In Distress Review

For someone missing in action for over a decade, writer/director Whit Stillman fits into the current indie comedy landscape pretty comfortably with Damsels in Distress.

The Lucky One Review

Unapploagetically corny, but still a bit bland, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Lucky One will either delight fans of Zac Efron and Sparks or it will grate their nerves to no end.

Interview: Whit Stillman

Dork Shelf talks to Damsels in Distress director Whit Stillman about how films have changed during his lengthy absence from behind the camera, his casting process, and the rise of fratboy cinema.