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Top Ten Characters From 20 Years of The Simpsons: Part Two

Before the holidays I embarked on the perilous journey of choosing the ten ‘greatest’ Simpsons characters from the show’s last 20 years, not including the principle family itself.  Check selections 10 through 6 out here.  A perfectly cromulent list thus far, if I do say so myself.  The final five are even harder to decide […]

Top Ten Characters from 20 Years of The Simpsons: Part One

With The Simpsons’ 20-year anniversary having been on December 18th, you would think that I would make two top 10 lists, but alas my list formats were made to be followed and ten is still a perfectly cromulent number.  After all, being 20 years old isn’t what makes The Simpsons great, its many instances of […]

Podcast 12: Transformers

To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Jeff, Joel, Lucas and Will discuss all things Transformers. From the original 80's cartoon and comics to the toys and the recent live-action films we've got our giant shape-shifting alien robot bases well covered.

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

AMC Developing Walking Dead TV Show

The cable channel AMC is mostly known for playing classic movies, and also for creating the wonderful original shows Mad Men and Breaking Bad.  I’m quite happy with Mad Men — ah Joan — but apparently AMC isn’t satisfied with having two great shows. We’re going to be getting more original programming from AMC soon, […]

Podcast 9: Bearded Sharks

In this "mantastic" episode Lucas, Will, Jeff, and Joel find themselves trapped in a cage deep underwater, assaulted from all sides by the desperate later seasons of The Simpsons. The dorks talk about how Matt Groening's show has changed over time, about what they've been consuming, and some hot news from the worlds of film, video games, and email spam.

Sean Bean Cast in HBO’s Game of Thrones

The Hollywood Reporter has some big casting news for HBO‘s television adaptation of George R. R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones fantasy series.  Sean Bean has been cast as Lord Eddard Stark, one of the main characters from the book.  Bean, whose resume is quite long, is recognizable to many as Boromir from Lord of the […]

Moving Up: Exclusive with Defying Gravity’s Dylan Taylor

From commercial funny man (pepsi,  pizza pops, bud light), to movie slow poke (Tideland,  Charlie Bartlett), to the biggest House Party animal in last year’s under-performing (though not without its moments) original Comedy Network series, Toronto actor Dylan Taylor has been on the up and up for a few years now. You could even say […]

Futurama is Back!

Good news, everyone! After six horrible years, Comedy Central has finally given Futurama back to us, for at least 26 brand new episodes.  Huge DVD sales of the series and TV movies, combined with strong ratings for re-runs of the show prompted producers to give in to the cries of fans and finally bring Futurama back […]

Retro Kick: Growing Up with Canadian TV

We Canadians often take for granted or mock Canadian TV programming.  Our television tastes have broadened so much in the last decade or so, that we often see our own television industry as producing shows that are too hokey, too corny and even too Canadian for our sophisticated TV palettes.  This is not to say […]

Mashup: Han Solo, P.I.

“Han Solo, P.I” is the creation of YouTube user TheCBVee. The video is a mashup of Star Wars and the 1980’s TV show Magnum, P.I. starring Tom Selleck.  Oh, internet you never cease to amaze me. The Star Wars spoof  is a painstaking shot for shot re-imagining of the original Magnum, P.I. intro sequence, as you […]

My Little Pony Live-Action Film Trailer

With live-action iterations of Transformers and G.I. Joe both hitting theatres this summer, it’s easy to forget the other 1980’s cartoon/toy-line adaptation that will be coming to a theatre near you in the coming months.  I am of course referring to My Little Pony: Reign of Buttercup Sprinkles. What a delicious little send up of […]

137 Uncomfortable Plot Summaries

postmodernbarney has posted a truly epic list of 137 uncomfortable-but-true plot summaries of movies, TV shows, and comic books we all know and love. Among my favourites: E.T.: Out-of-control pet causes mayhem, sadness. Big Trouble in Little China: Redneck trucker kills Chinese immigrants. War Machine: Alcoholic rich white man gives weapons to black man. Risky […]

TV Character Battle: Ben Linus of Lost vs. That Guy from Lie To Me

Friend of Dork Shelf and fellow dork in her own right, Christie St. Martin, has posted an epic TV character grudge match over at her newly redesigned site.  What would happen if you pitted Benjamin Linus from Lost, master deceiver and manipulator extraordinaire against Lie To Me‘s Dr. Cal Lightman, a human Lie Detector? Having […]

Venture Bros. Season 3 DVD Review

Behold the might of Jeff’s Venture Bros. Season 3 DVD review! Bringing back the Anti-Gravity scale; things will be rated out of 1 to 5 G‘s! The Good The Venture Bros. is incredibly well written and layered. It stands up to multiple viewings and every episode has commentary. The Meh While we have deleted scenes, they […]

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’s Cobra Commander Fails

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra comes out this summer from director Stephen Sommers. Sommers; creator of such cinematic gems as Deep Rising, The Mummy 1 & 2 and Van Helsing, has resurrected 60’s action figure and 80’s cartoon G.I. Joe as a summer blockbuster in the mold of these films. By in the mold […]

Podcast 2: Buying Games, Canadian Content, and Poirot’s Moustache

We're back this week with another podcast. Jeff, Will, and Lucas discuss how they go about deciding to purchase video games, the role of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission and advertising in creating Canadian shows and making it difficult for Canadians to watch foreign shows, and Hercule Poirot—supercop.