Darksiders Review

Just because we’ve entered a new decade doesn’t mean we’re so eager to start things anew. The success of Modern Warfare, Grand Theft Auto and Halo echo in countless other wannabes and it’s a story gamers have had to groan through time and time again. 2010 will probably play no differently, and with God of […]

TADFF 2010
Alien vs. Ninja Review

How often does a film truly deliver on its premise? The very title of Alien vs. Ninja makes a promise to the audience that aliens and ninjas will go head-to-head in the film. Now I know what you’re thinking: this is a Japanese b-movie, surely there is a musical number or some boring melodrama getting […]

Scarlet #1 Review

Bendis Is Not Fooling Me My bookshelves prove that I am a fan of Brian Michael Bendis’ work. His creator-owned titles (Torso, Jinx, Fire, Alias, and the much-lauded Powers) rest in their place of honor at eye-level and have cemented firmly in my brain the fact that the man is a true wordsmith. While I […]

TADFF 2010
HIGH School Review

Toronto After Dark is always full of pleasant surprises. Having only seen this rather enigmatic trailer for HIGH School, I really had no idea what to expect. I was vaguely aware that the movie had been well received at Sundance earlier this year, but beyond that I knew nothing. That’s probably the best way to […]

Monday Night Combat Review

Monday Night Combat is the fourth release in Microsoft’s 2010 Summer of Arcade series and with games like Limbo coming out of the gate so strong—it may be in contention for this year’s Game of The Year title—one may get the feeling that the Summer of Arcade can only go downhill from there. The Summer […]

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Fan Review

Thus far this month Dork Shelf has featured several reviews of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World–you can check them out here. And here. These are excellent reviews, from the non-biased perspectives of writers who were not steeped in the books before watching the movie. This review is the opposite of that. I’ve been reading, collecting, […]

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Review

I won’t lie, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was practically made for this site. It’s a film adaptation of a video game inspired comic book that is not only set in Toronto, but was filmed here too. We cut our teeth covering various aspects of the film’s casting and production. So—despite the fact I’ve only […]

The Expendables Review

Thanks to Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, the action film reached its height in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It was a world where a man could battle an army of terrorists single-handedly and not only survive, but slaughter them all; where a man could fire forty rounds from his hand gun—while […]

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Review

Fantasia 2010 Review Last night I dared to say on Twitter that, after seeing Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, director Edgar Wright is on his way to gaining status as an auteur. This sparked a lively debate among friends on whether this was true, or even what the definition is of an auteur. To my […]

Batman: Under the Red Hood Review

Batman: Under the Red Hood is the latest DC Comics animated film from Warner Premiere and WB Animation. The film is based on two well known Batman comic book stories:  the groundbreaking 1980’s arc A Death in the Family and the controversial 2005 arc Under the Hood. The former was significant because it featured the […]

Fantasia 2010 – Bodyguards and Assassins Review

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for epic historical films. Grand, sweeping narratives recalling some great event, or really any film where I get to stare at gorgeous sets and costumes. That’s pretty much the reason I went to see Bodyguards and Assassins. I thought, why not learn a little history while I watch some […]

Fantasia 2010 – Neighbor Zombie Review

It seems that cinephiles worldwide can’t get enough of zombies these days. Vampires too, but I’ve always been a bit puzzled by the attraction to zombies. After all, they are undead creatures who have no cognitive functions and eat brains. There is no romance there. As such, the vast majority of zombie movies these days […]

Fantasia 2010 – Eve’s Necklace Review

Contemporary film noir is often referred to as Neo-noir, since at least the historic reasons for the existence of noir (disenchantment with the establishment, post-war malaise, reaction against the “norm” of postwar America) seem no longer relevant. So to try and make a neo-noir film today, and to up the ante by using mannequins instead […]

Fantasia 2010 – Van Von Hunter Review

There have a few times over my years of attending film festivals that I’ve seen a short film so amazing I wish it had been feature-length. More often than not, I’ve seen films that would have worked as shorts, but fall apart as features. Unfortunately, Van Von Hunter falls into the latter category. Based on […]

Fantasia 2010 – Fish Story Review

A lone man meanders through the seemingly empty streets of Tokyo on his scooter. Garbage is strewn in the streets; cars are abandoned; there is not a soul in sight. That is, except at a strange little record shop. The man seems annoyed that the owner, a strange and exceedingly calm man would open his […]