The Sylvester Stalloeuvre: Sylveary Work, Part 2

This week, in our second installment in our series looking back at the works of Sylvester Stallone, Will Sloan takes a look at even more of the actor's pre-Rocky early work with Lords of Flatbush and Death Race 2000

The Sylvester Stalloeuvre: Sylvearly Work

In the weeks leading up to the release of Expendables 2, Will Sloan takes a look at the career of the one and only, Sylvester Stallone, from the beginning, to the bitter middle, to his resurgence. First up, the early works: Woody Allen's Bananas and The Party at Kitty and Stud's.

Back to the Bloor

Late last month at a press day for the re-opening of The Bloor Cinema – now officially known as The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, after the noted documentary festival that saved the building from being turned into another condo building – there was still some work left to be done. The concession stand had yet […]

Thought Bubble: PlayStation Vita

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the PlayStation Vita at a Sony event in Toronto, but I’ve avoided the standard review/preview because I honestly don’t feel like I have anything noteworthy to contribute. I do, however, have a few thoughts about the Vita’s prospects and – to put it bluntly – I have my doubts about the handheld’s viability as a platform.

Defending The Indefensible: Judgment Night

In the first entry of the published offshoot of the popular screening series, Defending the Indefensible curator looks back at the "overlooked and under-appreciated" 1993 thriller Judgment Night, starring Emilio Estevez and Denis Leary.

The Nic Cage Project: Con Air

To celebrate TIFF’s ongoing Bangkok Dangerous: The Cinema Of Nicolas Cage series, Alan Jones has resurrected his retrospective of the actor’s work entitled The Nic Cage Project. In this edition, Jones boards Simon West's Con Air – playing tonight at the Lightbox.

The Poetry of Precision: Bresson at the Lightbox

Robert Bresson, one of the most important names in classic French cinema, is often overshadowed by the New Wave filmmakers who followed in his footsteps. His filmography is often unjustly relegated to the confines of film studies classes and the shelves of Criterion DVD collectors. The TIFF Bell Lightbox hopes to bring new eyes to Bresson’s work by featuring all thirteen of his films in a retrospective called The Poetry of Precision: The Films of Robert Bresson.

Lone Twin Debuts on TVO

Aside from the rarity of being a twin (roughly only 33 out of every thousand births are multiples of any kind), being born at the same time as another human being imparts a special bond that people born through single births simply can’t understand. Growing side by side as their bodies develop turns into growing older at the same rate and often going through the same familial issues. It’s the shared experience of brothers and sisters – complete with different personalities and personal quirks – amplified even further through closer proximity. But what happens when someone’s biological other half passes away?

The Great Muppet Mixtape

Is there anything dorkier than having a deep, profound love for The Muppets? When the guys here at Dork Shelf asked me if I could throw together a special week of Muppet related content in honour of this week’s release of the latest Muppet film, I nearly hyperventilated and passed out from excitement. The Muppets have been involved with several of my favourite films of all time and they had a huge impact on my understanding of writing and comedy.

The Scream Chronicles: Part Two

Most filmmaking is a seat of the pants endeavour fraught with pitfalls and last second changes. Nothing goes according to plan, but more often that not on major Hollywood productions things tend to go more swimmingly. That is, of course, provided that they aren’t making a sequel to one of the previous year’s biggest success stories. Scream 2 stands as a testament to director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson. It's a film that managed to be almost equally as good as the original and actually far more interesting on an academic level.

The Scream Chronicles: Part One

After watching all four Scream films again on Blu-ray, I find it a bit strange that I haven’t devoted more time to talking about a series of films that single-handedly revived the slasher genre with a blend of genuine terror and self-reflexive humour. So here now begins a four week long look back at the history of the now seminal series that has been slaying audiences since 1996.

Toronto International Film Festival Kicks Off

Despite the glamour and glitz associated with the TIFF, there are few things more lovingly dorky than a major film festival. This doesn’t necessarily extend to people who work within the industry (the talent, the buyers, the movers, the shakers) or the people who have to deal with the industry types, but for film lovers a festival is no different than playing video games for hours on end or obsessively collecting action figures.