Black Mass TIFF 2015 Review
The dreadfully unfunny Mortdecai is every bit as dire as its pre-release buzz suggested.
Enter for a chance to win passes to an advance screening of Mortdecai in select Canadian cities on January 22nd, courtesy of Dork Shelf and eOne Films!
Enter for a chance to catch an advance screening of Into the Woods in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, or Vancouver on December 17th, courtesy of Dork Shelf and Walt Disney Studios Canada.
In honour of a mini-retrospective in his honour starting this week at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, we look at the career of Wes Craven, the best horror director of his time.
Transcendence (Wally Pfister, 2014) – More than anything else, Transcendence is a lesson in how tone can kill a movie. The premise is goofy, the science is half-cocked, and the message is obvious. However, it is a blockbuster, so those things wouldn’t matter quite so much if it were bright, colorful, and silly. But Transcendence […]
In honour of the TIFF Bell Lightbox kicking off a retrospective dedicated to one of America's best filmmakers this week, we count down our five favourite films from the reigning king of indie coolness, Jim Jarmusch.
Charlie Paul’s documentary For No Good Reason offers a rare, sincere, and honest glimpse into the life and times of one of the 20th century’s most distinctive artists, Ralph Steadman.
On this episode we review Transcendence starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany. We also speak with Kevin Hanchard of Orphan Black about what to expect in season two.
Transcendence is so universally awful and painful to sit through that it becomes the rare kind of film where partway through you keep questioning if it’s worse than other similarly abysmal misfires.
For No Good Reason Mavericks Director: Charlie Paul Best known for his hallucinatory drawings that somehow managed to visualize the unique madness inside the mind of Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman has for years remained somewhat of a mystery. His artwork is iconic, yet the man behind the inkblots tends to stay out of limelight […]
Aside from some really great stuntwork in a pair of showstopping (if incredibly similar) action set pieces, an interesting take on the film’s titular cowboy, and a good look overall, The Lone Ranger gets bogged down thanks to a useless 149 minute running time and a cavalier, ironic, and wholly unwelcome revisionist history that thinks it’s progressive but is dumb as desert dirt.
Dork Shelf catches up with character actor James Badge Dale, who can be caught in The Lone Ranger, World War Z, and Iron Man 3, about his latest Gore Verbinski directed, Johnny Depp starring effort, the feel and scale of dressing up for a period western, Lone Ranger's incredible stunt work, never getting recognized in public thanks to constantly changing facial hair, what it’s like to work with so little down time, his dorky love for a certain game involving multi-sided dies, and if there are any childhood fantasies he has left to fulfil.
Are video games art? Yes. Should we move on? Yes. A guest editorial from Ubisoft Toronto narrative designer Navid Khavari.
This week on video store shelves we take a look at Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, The Babymakers, Sean Bean in Cleanskin, and some indie film called The Avengers.
While definitely closer in tone to what director Tim Burton should be making with his vivid imagination, wit, and eye for detail, Dark Shadows shouldn’t be heralded as a comeback for the director just yet. The potential for this film to serve as a middle ground between the big haired auteur’s beloved Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice feels somewhat squandered by a lightweight script and a really terrible final 20 minutes.
Now that The Avengers has whet the appetites of Summer moviegoers, let's take a look at the other big releases this month, including Men in Black III, Dark Shadows, Battleship, and The Dictator.
Hot Docs 2012 Preview Day 3 and the hits just keep on coming with looks at China Heavyweight, In the Year of Hip Hop, Brooklyn Castle, The Frog Princes, Finding North, Radioman, Low and Clear, and The Betrayal.