Posts by Phil Brown

Interview: Bully Director Lee Hirsch

We had an extensive conversation with Bully director Lee Hirsch about the gritty nature of making a documentary about schoolyard bullies, his film's battles with the MPAA in the States, and his hopes for the film to bring about real change.

The Raid: Redemption Review

Anyone upset that the movies have been lacking in balls-to-the-wall R-rated action of late can take solace in the fact that The Raid: Redemption has arrived.

Being Flynn Review

Paul Weitz’s Being Flynn is a tonally muddled and confused little movie, but ultimately an interesting one. It wants to be a dark and morally ambiguous slice of urban misery with a redemptive core, yet it never quite achieves that somewhat counterintuitive mash up. However, there are enough interesting ideas and a handful of solid performances (including a long awaited return to form for Robert DeNiro) that make it a hard movie to dislike.

King of Devil’s Island Review

King of Devil’s Island, depicting a harsh Norwegian juvenile detention centre, isn't too different from other juvie based films, but it's an undeniably affecting and gut-wrenching addition to the subgenre.

Casa de mi Padre Review

Even if it’s impossible to name check specific titles that Casa de mi Padre is mocking, this lovingly hilarious tribute to bad filmmaking is custom designed for movie geeks.

This Week in DVD: 3/13/12

It's another big week of DVD/Blu-ray releases. This week Phil Brown takes a look at Steven Spielberg's big-screen adaptation of The Adventures Of Tintin, Lars Von Trier's crushing end of the world tale Melancholia, Jason Reitman's dark comedy Young Adult, HBO's Game of Thrones Season One box set, and more!

Interview: Creators of Casa de mi Padre

This Friday, Will Ferrell returns with another cinematic entry of his patented brand of wacko-surrealist comedy. However, this time it’s a little different. Specifically, the movie, Casa De Mi Padre, is entirely in Spanish and subtitled. Dork Shelf got a chance to chat with Casa De Mi Padre’s writer Andrew Steele and director Matt Piedmont to discuss the origins of their completely insane (in the best possible sense) new movie.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Review

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen slides into screens this week with one of the most uninspiring titles for a major release in years, but at least this movie does exactly what it says on the box. Admittedly, there are a handful of sweet and funny little moments as well as some nice performances from, but the film is ultimately about, well, salmon fishing in Yemen. It's not exactly riveting subject matter. Sure assassinations, wartime tragedy, liberal doses of verbal sparring, and some gentle romance are woven in, but ultimately the movie is about the magical healing powers of fishing.

Silent House Review

Husband and wife directing team Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (who previously made the shark thriller Open Water) have dusted off one of Hitchcock's oldest tricks for their latest movie, Silent House, and while it certainly stands as an impressive technical achievement, unfortunately it isn’t that impressive of a movie.

Safe House Review

Ever since Paul Greengrass’ Bourne Identity sequels, espionage movies have been about terrorism and government cover-ups, set in third world countries and filmed with shaky handheld cameras and blown out colour schemes. Safe House falls firmly into this camp, loaded with nods to dirty dealings and water boarding. It’s a fairly entertaining movie, just one that definitely feels like it’s coming out a few years too late.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Review

When considering whether or not you want to watch Journey 2, the only question you have to ask yourself is: “Do I desperately need to see The Rock play a ukulele and bounce berries off his pecs in 3D?”

Interview: Journey 2 Director Brad Peyton

We talk to Journey 2 director and Newfoundland native Brad Peyton about the challenges of shooting underwater, adapting Jules Verne, being in awe of Michael Caine, and getting The Rock to play the ukulele.

Interview: Daniel Radcliffe

Dork Shelf talks to "that Harry Potter guy," Daniel Radcliffe, about breaking out into more adult roles, hosting Saturday Night Live, why everything sounds better when it's said by Alan Rickman, and his latest film, The Woman in Black.

The Legend of the Ridiculous Nicolas Cage

Nic Cage is one of Hollywood’s greatest eccentrics in a town know for having more than a few. Over the next 11 weeks the TIFF Bell Lightbox will be honoring the master of overacting with the career retrospective Bangkok Dangerous: The Cinema Of Nicolas Cage. Every Saturday night you’ll be treated to another highlight and hairdo from Cage’s illustrious career ranging from camp to legitimate classics and oh are there such sights to be seen.