Posts by Will Perkins

Our Idiot Brother Review

It's hard not to like Paul Rudd. The actor has an affable, everyman charm and a real gift for comedy that comes through in almost every role he plays, even when the source material isn't particularly inspired. Rudd's new film, Our Idiot Brother — in which he plays the titular dumb sibling — is not a particularly inspired piece of filmmaking, but it nevertheless manages to coast by on good intentions and happy accidents much like its central character.

Griff the Invisible Review

Griff the Invisible is an odd little film, one that wears a big heart on its sleeve. Writer/director Leon Ford has created a film that is equal parts enamouring and sad. The film stars Ryan Kwanten as the titular Griff, a quiet loner who doubles as a masked vigilante by night. What makes this film different from the growing roster of DIY vigilante movies, is that our hero's crime-fighting adventures are essentially made up. His foes are imagined fantasies and his feats gross exaggerations of his own creation. It's a relatable tale of outsiders who try to fit in the only way they know how.

The Devil’s Double Review

The Devil’s Double is the disturbing tale of Latif Yahia, a well to-do Iraqi man who is forced to become the body double of Uday Hussein, the sadistic elder son of dictator Saddam Hussein. Despite a strong first half, this is a very uneven film, one that goes from an interesting character study of two wildly different men to an unnecessary action film by the third act.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Trailer

An intense new trailer for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has hit the web. The film — an adaptation of the John le Carré's novel of the same name — is the first English-language effort from Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson. Set during the coldest days of the Cold War, semi-retired spy George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is enlisted by MI6 to help sniff out a Soviet double agent within their ranks.

TIFF 2011: Midnight Madness Lineup

This morning, the Toronto International Film Festival announced the full slate of Midnight Madness titles, and it's an extremely exciting line-up featuring films from newcomers and returning vets alike. Midnight Madness is where you'll find world premieres of some of the best genre flicks of the year. This programme is for your inner dork; the place to be if you don't feel up for the stuffiness and pretension found elsewhere in the festival. Crime, action, horror, sci-fi - it's all here.

Toronto Indie Game Tuesday: Ponycorns, Pixels & Grids

Toronto Indie Game Tuesday is a new weekly feature on the site. Every Tuesday, we will endeavour to encapsulate all the latest and greatest goings on in the local indie game scene, from news and trailers, to playable demos, download codes, events and more!

Hot Docs to take over Bloor Cinema

It's the end of an era for the historic Bloor Cinema, and the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Annex rep theatre. Earlier today, Hot Docs announced that it has entered into a joint venture with Blue Ice Film to manage and program the theatre beginning this Fall. The group also plans to revitalize the space by making much needed upgrades to the Bloor's technical equipment; that means new projectors, a new sound system, new seating and more. A major overhaul of the lobby and the façade are also in the works.

Game of Thrones Episode 1.2 Review

With the introduction and exposition heavy first episode behind it, Game of Thrones now moves onto the business of the story. In the wake of shocking conclusion of the first episode (incest and attempted child murder still qualify as shocking, right?), the second episode, titled "The Kingsroad", quite literally takes the action on the road. Many characters embark on journies that will shape the events of the entire season, and indeed the rest of the series.

Battlefield 3 Gameplay Trailer

Electronic Arts and DICE yesterday released a spectacular 12-minute gameplay trailer for their upcoming Battlefield 3. The military first person shooter (shocking, we know!) is being touted as EA's answer to Activision's incredibly popular Call of Duty franchise.

Game of Thrones Interview:
Kit Harington

Today we were lucky enough to speak with actor Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in HBO's epic fantasy series Game of Thrones. We discussed the audition process for the show, his character Jon Snow, the sprawling and illustrious cast, Thrones fan sites, and what he keeps on his dork shelf.

Insidious Interview:
James Wan & Leigh Whannell

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the creative team behind the original Saw, director James Wan and writer/actor Leigh Whannell. We discussed their new film Insidious, the horror genre, their film inspirations and influences, their favourite Toronto haunts and the dark secrets that their respective dork shelves undoubtedly hold.

The Rep – Episode 5
Top Men?

Dork Shelf.com is now a proud sponsor of The Rep! The ongoing web-series documents the trials and tribulations of our friends at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Episode 5 follows the gang as they travel deep into the depths of a defunct cinema to uncover a mysterious cache of 35mm film cannisters.

Captain America: The First Avenger Trailer

The first full length trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger has hit the web. The Marvel Comics adaptation is being directed by Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, The Wolfman) and stars Chris Evans as the titular super soldier.

Super 8 Theatrical Trailer Arrives

After releasing the theatrical trailer for J.J. Abrams' new film Super 8 on Twitter last Friday, Paramount finally released the high definition version to the rest of the web today. Details about the Steven Spielberg produced film remain scarce, but judging by this new trailer we'd say that Super 8 looks like some strange amalgam of Stand By Me, The Goonies and War of the Worlds.

New Trailer for HBO’s Game of Thrones

HBO unleashed a new trailer for their upcoming fantasy series Game of Thrones today. Based on the novels of George R. R. Martin, Thrones revolves around the medieval world of Westeros, a turbulent kingdom where the ruling houses vie for control of the coveted Iron Throne. The show boasts an amazing cast that includes fantasy vet Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and HBO alum Aiden Gillen.

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Trailer & Release Date

Toronto developed indie game experiment Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is an exciting convergence of Canadian talent. The iPhone/iPad game just got a new trailer and release date. Sort of. The mysterious "Audience Calibration Procedure" doesn't contain an exact release date per se, but it does stress the significance of the Vernal Equinox - the first day of Spring.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Trailer Hits

The first trailer for the DC universe animated film Green Lantern: Emerald Knights debuted today. Emerald Knights is an anthology of short animated films, in the same vein as the Batman: Gotham Knight film that coincided with the release of The Dark Knight. Similarly, this film will be released in the weeks leading up to the live action Green Lantern film on June 17th.