Zack Kotzer

This hopeless weirdo is a bit of a culture addict, given an NES and Bubble Bobble at a young age all going downhill from there. Zack is the assistant editor of Canadian culture mag, Steel Bananas as well as a contributing writer to the SPACE Channel, Newsarama and Torontoist. Zack is also working on a new safe haven for nerds called Giygas, though a word of warning, if you ask him about it, he will tell with gusto. Email - zack@dorkshelf.com

Kill Your Darlings Review

November 8, 2013

Despite sometimes gimmicky style and an underlying tendency to dumb itself down in hopes of courting younger viewers, Kill Your Darlings succeeds by daring to actually humanize some of literature’s most previously thought untouchable icons. Continue reading

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Interview: John Krokidas

November 4, 2013

Dork Shelf talks to Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas about humbling your idols, the Beat Generation, youthful ambitions, working with Daniel Radcliffe, and wondering aloud about Glen Danzig’s past Continue reading

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Our Man In Tehran Review

September 20, 2013

The Canadian documentary about the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979, Our Man in Tehran, is more about creating a well rounded and thoughtful history than trying to one up the fictionalized American account of events in Argo. Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: R100 Review

September 13, 2013

R100 Midnight Madness Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto Japan has absolutely no shortage of absurd, off-the-wall directors, who take already gaga plots and then execute them in even more surreal ways. Matsumoto, with the head-turning Big Man Japan under his belt, has … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Gerontophilia Review

September 13, 2013

Gerontophilia Vanguard Director: Bruce LaBruce Bruce LaBruce, Canada’s most shocking film director and queer zombie porn auteur, has officially mellowed. Expecting something edgy or cynical from his latest, Gerontophilia, will only have you second-guessing the sentiment as slow motion embraces … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas Review

September 13, 2013

The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas City to City Director: Elina Psilkou Branded by the festival as this year’s new-wave of Greek cinema entry, Antonis Paraskevas isn’t as high concept as Dogtooth, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t as bizarre … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Ningen Review

September 11, 2013

Ningen Contemporary World Cinema Directors: Guillame Giovanettie & Cagla Zencirci Japanese folk lore is whimsical, wide, weird, wonderful but heinously outlandish, overshadowing in alienation because of how odd and specific its supernatural inhabitants are. And much of that likely attracted … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Fading Gigolo Review

September 11, 2013

Fading Gigolo Special Presentation Director: John Turturro Turturro can have some fun with you behind the camera, and as cult actor worth rooting for in front of. Fading Gigolo, Turturro’s New York flavoured rom-com, wears its influences on its sleeve. … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Metalhead Review

September 11, 2013

Metalhead Contemporary World Cinema Director: Ragnar Bragason Thrashing, moshing, black, speed, doom, new wave of British and heavy, metal rules. It’s a vast collection of camaraderies and noise. And the usual arguments towards carpet bombing your ear drums is that … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Night Moves Review

September 11, 2013

Night Moves Special Presentation Director: Kelly Reichardt Each film Reichhardt makes is stark but mysterious, amplifying nuanced emotions by keeping their heads to the ground of the human experience. Night Moves (which has nothing to do with Bob Seger no … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Labor Day Review

September 7, 2013

Labor Day Special Presentation Director: Jason Reitman Since 2005’s Thank You for Smoking, Reitman has produced quirky, critical character studies, each slices of odd, complicated inhabitants in their near-highs and terrible lows. (And usually JK Simmons waves hello). In Labor … Continue reading

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Riddick Review

September 6, 2013

While solidly entertaining and once again establishing Vin Diesel’s sci-fi persona as a credible antihero, Riddick feels like a slight entry in a franchise bound for more ambitious turns. Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Kill Your Darlings Review

September 4, 2013

Kill Your Darlings Gala Director: John Krokidas Kill Your Darlings is the latest in a recent line of films about the poetic and enigmatic beat generation. Films like like Howl and On the Road portrayed their subjects (Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Only Lovers Left Alive Review

September 3, 2013

Only Lovers Left Alive Special Presentation Director: Jim Jarmusch It’s easy to get lost in a song, which explains why it’s so easy to immerse yourself in Jim Jarmusch’s wandering snow globes. From the Memphis ghosts of Mystery Train to … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: The Great Beauty Review

September 3, 2013

The Great Beauty Special Presentation  Director: Paolo Sorrentino We all get something different out of art. Some escape their regular lives for intervals of drifting into the others’ work, some have cocooned themselves with it, and some couldn’t give a … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Burt’s Buzz Review

September 3, 2013

Burt’s Buzz TIFF Docs Director: Jody Shapiro You’ve likely had that moment. Crawling through the Shoppers Drug Mart aisle, scanning the shelves for where the toothpaste begins. Eventually your eyes cross the rack of Burt’s Bees products, the massive yellow … Continue reading

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Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2 Review

April 12, 2013

While the simple elements remain faithful, do mysterious alterations to the Bit.Trip formula betray its uncanny predecessor? Continue reading

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From Up on Poppy Hill Review

March 21, 2013

It’s somewhat disappointing to report that From Up on Poppy Hill is a pretty looking, but boring and gutless romance, more akin to hundreds of other sappier anime tales of lusting than the touch of magic the wizards at Studio Ghibli are renowned for. Continue reading

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