I didn’t know it until I saw it, but I have been waiting for a summer movie like Thor for a long time. It is fun, far more fun than any comic adaptation I have seen in years. Its director brings to it a distantiation that allows for investment in the fun of it all: the outrageous narration, exaggerated and impossible action sequences, and actors who can just let go and enjoy the ride without any pressure while still maintaining their integrity and talent. This, my friends, is what a summer movie should be: exciting, clever, comedic, and a joyride.
In this exciting new episode of the Fortress, Gavin illustrates the potential diversity of Ray Parker Junior's classic Ghostbusters theme song, and more importantly how to tie it into your day to day life.
Too often, when famous and successful franchises are mixed together for a crossover, you end up with a total disaster. Danger Girl and Army of Darkness manages, though not as well as the respective source materials, to be a fun, fast-paced, action-packed read!
Yet another Point One issue from Marvel, and I'm starting to notice some trends. Creator change-ups on titles; less forced back-story exposition; and the stories are just getting better and better! Secret Avengers #12.1 has all of these elements and is possibly the best issue yet in this stellar series.
Arrivals, false glory and palace intrigue are the primary concerns of the third instalment of HBO's Game of Thrones. The episode is entitled “Lord Snow”, though Jon Snow plays a relatively minor role in the episode as a whole, and is not technically a nobleman. Following the Stark family's arduous journey from Winterfell, the episode begins with Ned's uncomfortable arrival in King's Landing, where he assumes the title of Hand of the King.
This year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival kicks off today and runs through May 8. Featuring over 200 films in total, picking which films are worth seeing is a tall order for even the most seasoned fest-vet. With that in mind, allow us to present the second part of our Hot Docs coverage – A selection of documentaries that may just pique your interest.
This week Gavin and Jeff are joined by Todd Van Allen, host of the Comedy Above The Pub Podcast. The three men share their thoughts on comedy and politics in Canada, and wax poetic about upcoming blockbusters.
The 2011 Hot Docs Film Festival is bigger than ever this year with over 200 movies being screened of the course of 11 days. I understand that the choices are overwhelming this year, but here I am to briefly give all you fine Dork Shelf readers my top five picks of the festival and five other films that are in smaller categories of competition that you shouldn't overlook.
This year's Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through May 8. Featuring over 200 films in total, picking which films are worth seeing is a tall order for even the most seasoned fest-vet. With that in mind, allow us to present the first part of our Hot Docs coverage - A selection of documentaries that may just pique your interest.
It's no secret that Canadians love some home-grown talent; this includes Kill Shakespeare, a graphic novel that I described to my roommate this morning as "Shakespeare crossover fan-fiction that's actually good." On Monday, the team announced on Twitter that Astral Media have awarded Kill Shakespeare, among others, money to produce a screenplay.
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.
Last month the Dork Shelf crew had a chance to invade Wizard World Toronto and a fun time was had by all. I got to interview some lovely people, including Andy Belanger from Kill Shakespeare, as well as as Mike Stoklasa from Red Letter Media (largely famous as the voice of Harry Plinkett the film critic).
Cashing in on his esteemed and legendary career, Stan Lee's return to creating new comic characters was heavily publicized by Boom! Studios. Awesome. Stan Lee was back! Except when the first issue of Soldier Zero arrived on comic stands, it was a creative travesty.
In the last few months Image Comics has released a string of super-hot sell out new titles. This week, wunderkind writer and Image partner, Robert Kirkman weighs in with his mad-cap silly Super Dinosaur series. And by silly... I mean over-the-top awesome fun!
In the previous series, Steven Moffat hit the ground running, creating one of the most entertaining collections of episodes in Doctor Who history. With the eleventh incarnation of The Doctor garnering an impressive amount of critical praise and fan approval, its understandable that Moffat's sophomore effort is one of the most highly-anticipated television shows of the year.
Steampunk it! In this exciting new episode of the Fortress, Gavin shows us all the amazing world of Steampunk. Behold, as Gavin deftly transforms mundane everyday objects into "Steampunk" everyday objects!
Earlier this morning, HBO released ratings numbers for the premiere of their new epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Though the ratings were solid – if decidedly unspectacular – HBO also announced the show's renewal for a second season. Great news for fans new and old.