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Toronto After Dark Review:
The Forbidden Door

The Forbidden Door‘s protagonist is not a starving artist, but a prosperous one learning that success can be just as torturous.  The film opens on him sipping champagne while denying an art collector one of his gallery pieces, as it has already sold.  The first few shots inside the art gallery give an initial impression […]

Green Lantern Moving to New Orleans?

Director Martin Campbell was supposed to start shooting the Green Lantern film in Australia in just a few weeks, but apparently the rise of the Australian dollar seems to be putting that start date in jeopardy.  When you’re making a film with a $150 million (US) budget in another country, a spike in the value of […]

FanExpo 2009 Starts This Weekend

FanExpo, the largest fan con in Canada returns to Toronto August 28th-30th.  Dork Shelf will be there!  FanExpo is essentially an amalgam of five smaller conventions dedicated to comic books, science fiction, horror, gaming and anime.  If you are a Canadian dork, FanExpo is the place to be this weekend. FROM AROUND THE WEB

Toronto After Dark Review: Strigoi

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival wrapped up this past Friday, the fest played some of the best genre films from around the world.  One film in particular seems poised to become the sleeper hit of the fest: Strigoi, the debut film from director Faye Jackson.  An eccentric and extremely black comedy, Strigoi is set […]

Inception Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s latest film Inception has finally revealed itself.  This is Nolan’s first film since The Dark Knight. Inception stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Canada’s own Ellen Page.  The production has been shrouded in mystery, almost nothing has been revealed about the movie other than the intentionally vague […]

Avatar Preview Reaction

Dork Shelf saw the 15 minute preview of James Cameron’s Avatar yesterday.  Having seen it do we think the film is worthy of the hype?  Well, yes and no. If you were like us and were left generally unimpressed by the teaser trailer for the film, then rest assured that the film looks far superior […]

Gamegasm: Next Gen Aliens

Game on, man, game on! A few months ago, when I was thinking to myself, “Hey, when are they going to make another game for the movie franchise Aliens?”  I found the website http://www2.sega.com/aliens/.  For those who haven’t been keeping up with current events, so to speak, a new Aliens: Colonial Marines game was set […]

Avatar Teaser Trailer

The first trailer for James Cameron‘s super-hyped, 12-years-in-the-making Avatar has finally arrived.  With the exception of the presentation made at Comic-Con this year, this teaser is the first time the public has seen the film in action. If you were one of the lucky people to score tickets for one of the Avatar preview events […]

The Wolf Man Trailer

I’m not a fan of horror films at all, but after seeing this trailer I definitely plan to check out director Joe Johnston‘s (Hidalgo) remake of The Wolf Man. The film stars one of my all time favorite actors: Benicio Del Toro.  His performances are a rare commodity these days with so much crap out […]

Inglourious Basterds Review

Inglourious Basterds is the latest film from Quentin Tarantino.  On the surface, you would think that Tarantino’s filmmaking sensibilities wouldn’t fit with a period setting, but surprisingly they do.  The movie has been advertised as a “men on a mission” movie, which it is, in part.  But the trailers and commercials don’t reveal what the […]

Wolverine Sequel: Remain Optimistic

The Hollywood Reporter just dropped some pre-production news about the upcoming Wolverine sequel.  Christopher McQuarrie is set to script the sequel, which will be set in Japan. If you suffered through the first Wolverine film, and actually stuck around until the end of the credits, you’ll know that Wolverine is briefly shown at a bar in Japan.  […]

District 9 Review

2009 has been an incredible year for science fiction films.  Duncan Jones’ impressive Moon and James Cameron’s super-hyped Avatar can consider themselves in extremely good company with District 9.  Director Neill Blomkamp has a very bright future ahead of him. Based on Blomkamp’s short film Alive in Joburg, District 9 is quite simply one of […]

The Losers Cast Their Villain

Jason Patric has signed for the role of Max, the main villain in the upcoming comic adaptation of Andy Diggle‘s The Losers.  The Vertigo Comics title deals with a CIA special forces team working hard to combat terrorism.  The hook being that the team is betrayed by their handler, Max (Patric), and left for dead.  […]

The Short Films and Commercials of Neill Blomkamp

People are going to be absolutely blown away when they see District 9; the first feature film South African born-Vancouver, BC based filmmaker Neill Blomkamp.  With the release of District 9 tomorrow, Blomkamp is sure to quickly become the hot new director in Hollywood.  His cinéma vérité style combined with his seamless integration of computer effects, […]

Riddick Franchise Still On?

Back in 2000, David Twohy made a small film called Pitch Black.  It was not at the top of anyone’s radar but it slowly became a sleeper-hit.  The main following stemmed from the film’s protagonist character, Richard B. Riddick (played by Vin Diesel).  His anti-hero antics caught everyone’s attention due his sharp dialogue and mysterious […]

Toronto After Dark Film Fest Starts This Friday

The fourth annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival begins this Friday at The Bloor Cinema.  Showcasing the best in sci-fi, horror and action film from around the world, the festival runs from August 14th – 21st. From the Official Toronto After Dark Presser: The Toronto premiere of the hotly anticipated Halloween spookfest Trick R’ Treat […]

If Movie Posters Used Bad Reviews

We all know movies put their best foot forward when it comes to poster blurbs.  Hollywood blockbusters are quick to use what Roger Ebert or A.O. Scott have to say about a movie, if it makes them look good.  But even if Ebert and his posse of real film critics don’t like a film, you’ll […]

Three Studios Fight for Vaughn’s Kick-Ass

After a very strong showing at Comic-Con this year the film Kick-Ass, formerly without a distributor, now has three studios fighting for the right to distribute the superhero flick!  Lionsgate, Universal and Paramount are all in the running to distribute the film.  Kick-Ass is an adaptation of the ultra-violent Mark Millar comic series of the […]