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For No Good Reason Review

May 16, 2014

For No Good Reason

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 in a quiet English home as sedate as his work is wild. That’s where Charlie Paul’s documentary For No Good Reason comes in, offering a rare glimpse into the life and times of one of the 20th century’s most distinctive artists. Generally speaking, documentaries like this tend to be a mixed bag, with their subjects often dull enough to deserve their public silence. Thankfully, Steadman’s no bore (he was Thompson’s longtime partner in crime after all) and opens up with surprising sincerity and honesty once cameras are shoved in his face.

What emerges is a tale of a quietly rebellious young British artist whose life and work was forever changed by the Hunter S. Thomspon experience, yet managed to find a career all his own once gonzo was gone. With Johnny Depp as host and interviewer, Steadman opens up about his wildest tales, give lessons on proper inkblot artistry, and delves into some of his more fascinating side projects like his surreal manipulated Polaroids portraits and an almost psychotically immersive Leonard Da Vinci project. It’s all ultimately all hero worship and fan service, but at least Paul’s project is visually distinct enough to feel like a real movie and Steadman is willing to let a little vulnerability and sadness slip out between rounds of regaling.

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Geek Hard Podcast: Episode 205

By Dork Shelf
April 20, 2014

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. Continue reading

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Transcendence Review

April 18, 2014

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. Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: For No Good Reason Review

September 3, 2013

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 … Continue reading

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The Lone Ranger Review

July 2, 2013

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. Continue reading

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Interview: James Badge Dale

July 1, 2013

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. Continue reading

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Thought Bubble:
We are artists
(so let’s start talking like it!)

By Navid Khavari
April 9, 2013

Are video games art? Yes. Should we move on? Yes. A guest editorial from Ubisoft Toronto narrative designer Navid Khavari. Continue reading

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This Week in DVD: 10/2/12

By Dork Shelf
October 2, 2012

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. Continue reading

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Dark Shadows Review

May 10, 2012

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. Continue reading

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Summer Movie Preview: The Merry Month of May

By Dork Shelf
May 7, 2012

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. Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2012 Reviews: Part 3

By Dork Shelf
April 25, 2012

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. Continue reading

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The New Old: Battle Royale & Dead Man

By Dork Shelf
March 23, 2012

In our new archival DVD column, Andrew Parker takes a look at the splatter action classic Battle Royale, while Phil Brown takes a look at Jim Jarmusch’s revisionist western Dead Man. Continue reading

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review

May 20, 2011

I cannot give a film a pass simply because it is fun to watch. There are plenty of really bad films that are fun to watch, but that doesn’t make them good films. Which is why to some degree it pains me to give the latest entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise a modestly negative review. It almost gets everything I like about the series right, but once you leave the theatre it will dawn on you that what you just saw wasn’t all that great. Continue reading

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Tim Burton Takes Toronto – Part 2

December 4, 2010

Part two of Sasha’s Tim Burton Takes Toronto examines the director’s late 80s and early 90s work: Batman, Edward Scissorhands and Batman Returns.

From 7 p.m. on Friday, November 26 to some ungodly hour on the morning of Sunday, November 28th, Torontonians were invited to TIFF Bell Lightbox to screen the entirety of Tim Burton’s filmography. This was in celebration of the Burton exhibit coming to town, which was first curated by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. For some, myself included, the prospect of sitting through sixteen feature films by Burton was intriguing — a Burton Blitz of sorts. Others might call it “Hell on Earth”. Continue reading

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Public Enemies Trailer

March 4, 2009

The first trailer for Michael Mann‘s 1930′s gangster flick Public Enemies has hit the web.  The film stars Johnny Depp as depression-era outlaw John Dillinger and Christian Bale as Agent Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent tasked to track and capture … Continue reading

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