Posts by Will Perkins

DayZ designer Dean “Rocket” Hall coming to Gamercamp

Toronto's Gamercamp is set to announce another stellar addition to their already rad local and international lineup today. Get your hatchets and beans ready, because we've learned that one Dean "Rocket" Hall, creator of the wildly popular ARMA 2 mod DayZ, will be coming to TO for the two day game celebration running November 3 - 4.

Interview: ParaNorman’s Chris Butler & Sam Fell
Part Two

In the age of the omnipresent CG animated film and vapid big budget spectacle, it’s incredibly refreshing to see a lovingly handcrafted stop-motion animated movie like ParaNorman come along. We had a chance to speak with directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell earlier this year, and talked about the talented young cast of the film, the directors' own experiences with bullying, ParaNorman's relationship to the horror genre, the importance of zombies, and much more.

Interview: ParaNorman’s Chris Butler & Sam Fell
Part One

In the age of the omnipresent CG animated film and vapid big budget spectacle, it's incredibly refreshing to see a lovingly handcrafted stop-motion animated movie like ParaNorman come along. We had a chance to speak with directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell earlier this year, and talked about the "John Carpenter meets John Hughes" origins of the film, how technology has helped make stop-frame animation more practical, and much more.

Interview: Indie Game: The Movie – Lisanne Pajot & James Swirsky

Don't let the name fool you, Indie Game: The Movie isn’t just something for gamers or geeks. The Kickstarter funded film follows several indie game designers as they struggle to complete their respective games - and it's a surprisingly familiar process. We sat down with filmmakers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky to discuss how they came to make a movie about game development, their Sundance success, and about some of the criticism that has been leveled at the film.

Big Boys Gone Bananas!* Review

The very best kind of David and Goliath stories are the ones where the David in question eventually wins out. However in his battle against fruit giant Dole Foods, victory never feels completely assured for Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten. Big Boys Gone Bananas!* is an autobiographical documentary about Gertten's protracted moral and legal fight to get his 2009 doc Bananas!* released. The film is essentially a documentary about a documentary, with the director of both movies becoming the central character in his own story.

Game of Thrones Episode 2.5 Review

It's hard to believe the season is already half over, but HBO's Game of Thrones continues to go strong in its fifth episode, entitled "The Ghost of Harrenhal." Gruesome deaths, political schemes, hard truths, and revenge are par for the course in this series and nowhere is that more evident than in this episode.

Game of Thrones Episode 2.4 Review

Starting with a fart joke and a direwolf mauling, "Garden of Bones" is an episode full of timely interventions and fateful confrontations, as well as one of the most disturbing cliffhangers you're ever likely to see on TV. Despite some missteps, HBO's Game of Thrones continues to be one of the most compelling shows on television with this fourth episode of the second season.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home Review

We've all known people like the titular character of the Jay and Mark Duplass' Jeff, Who Lives at Home. Nice guys who mean well, but for whatever reason are going nowhere fast. The film suffers from a few of the same maladies that afflict its main character. At times the film feels like an aimless collection of circumstances and encounters because, well, it is precisely that. It's a meandering tale that doesn't really accomplish much in the telling.

Interview: Michelle Fairley of Game of Thrones

Last week we were fortunate enough to speak with actress Michelle Fairley, who plays Winterfell matriarch Cateyln Stark on HBO's Game of Thrones. We discussed the series, her character's headspace at the beginning of this season, Fairley's favourite season two characters, what the future holds for Catelyn Stark, and more!

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition comes to the Lightbox

When TIFF announced earlier this year that A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin would be coming to the Bell Lightbox in Toronto for a speaking engagement, fans of his novels and the HBO series it spawned were elated. The "In Conversation..." event sounded great, but we knew that a simple visit would not be the only thing that the film fest group had in store for Game of Thrones fans. And boy, did they not disappoint. Today, TIFF along with HBO Canada and Random House announced Game of Thrones: The Exhibition.

TADFF 2011: DeadHeads Review

Genre mash-ups are all the rage these days. Remakes and reboots aside, it seems like the only way filmmakers are able to get a genre film made these days is if they blend well-trod tropes and conventions together. Vampire police procedural? Let's make a deal! Post-apocalyptic rom-com? Sign on the dotted line. Kung fu werewolf revenge drama? Please, just take our money! If any of these made up movie pitches appeal to you, then you might just get something out of the zombie-buddy comedy DeadHeads.

Toronto Comic Con Moves to Convention Centre

Earlier today, Wizard World announced that the 2012 Toronto Comic Con would be moving to a new venue: the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in the heart of downtown Toronto. It's welcome news for those of us who did not enjoy that chilly Spring trek out to the Direct Energy Centre.

Toronto After Dark 2011 Top Picks

The sixth annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival kicked off last night at the Toronto Underground Cinema with not one, but two screenings of the horror-wrestling film Monster Brawl. Toronto After Dark showcases some of the best and most off-beat genre cinema from around the world - from horror and sci-fi, to action, cult and everything in between. Here are a few noteworthy titles playing this year that we think are worth checking out.

Planet in Focus Film Fest 2011 Picks

Since 1999, the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival has been bringing some of the best environmentally conscious films from around the world to the city. Featuring nearly 100 films, the 2011 edition of Planet in Focus kicks off tomorrow and runs until Sunday, October 16th.

TIFF 2011: Drive Review

Director Nicolas Winding Refn has proven that he knows the dark world of crime dramas well. His new film Drive manages to be both an immaculate homage to the seminal crime films of Melville and Mann, and a worthy addition to a genre already full of classics.

Toronto After Dark ’11:
Eight Films Announced

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival has announced the first wave of feature films slated for this year's event. The Canadian genre fest features some of the best and most off-beat horror, sci-fi, action and cult cinema from around the world. Hit the jump to see the line-up!