Book Shelf
Under the Dome Review

Last November I was privileged enough to witness a rare meeting of the minds and report on it for Dork Shelf. Cronenberg looks under King’s Dome detailed the filmmaker’s interview with Stephen King in front of a giddy audience at Toronto’s Canon Theatre. Although they covered many subjects it was primarily a promotional event for […]

TADFF 2010
The Last Exorcism Review

Classics do a lot of good, but that good is typically exhausted in one fell swoop. Plus that bit of good is usually exclusive to the classic itself. This reigns especially true in horror, where one good thing leads to endless, terrible others. The Exorcist is regarded as one of the most effective and poignant […]

TADFF 2010
Heartless Review

British artist Philip Ridley has only directed three feature films in his career. I must confess that I am not familiar with his first two films, The Reflecting Skin and The Passion of Darkly Noon, but everyone I’ve talked to says they are strange and disturbing experiences. With that in mind, I went into Ridley’s […]

TADFF 2010
Rubber Review

I was ecstatic when I found out a year ago that Quentin Dupieux (aka Mr. Oizo) was going to be making a film. His history as an electro artist and music video director from an era of bar none the greatest music videos, which at the time had stations to play on, opened up a […]

TADFF 2010
Black Death Review

Can I just start by saying how metal that title is? What a rockin’ black metal name for a film. I know, I know, it’s just a synonym for one of history’s most infamous plagues, one which only make our excessive paranoia over swine flu and SARS seem like meagre whining (not to mention that […]

TADFF 2010
RoboGeisha Review

When a new film is being made by the same group who gave us the camp hits Tokyo Gore Police and Machine Girl, the purchase of your ticket is like an informal contract that you are basically down with whatever is about to happen for the next feature-length amount of time. No matter what. However, […]

TADFF 2010
Centurion Review

When British director Neil Marshall isn’t making excellent horror films like Dog Soldiers and The Descent, he is making action movies. Fairly mediocre action movies. His last attempt at the action genre, the post-apocalyptic Doomsday, was both a critical and financial failure. Which was why I was skeptical about Marshall’s next crack at the action […]

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 […]