Academy Awards

Tuned In Episode 3 – Violent Actions

After the obligatory deconstruction of Sunday night's disaster at the Oscars Dork Shelf's TV critics Susan Stover and Peter Counter talk about action and violence in television.

Omar Review

Omar (nominated for Best Foreign Film at this Sunday's Oscar ceremony) is an emotional thriller that actually works a lot better as raw drama rather than as any type of geo-political statement or message movie that it thinks it can muster.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014: Saving Face Review

Saving Face Winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary Short in 2012, Saving Face addresses one of Pakistan’s most horrific societal issues— the alarmingly frequent acid attacks on women. The shocking truth is that most of these attacks are being perpetrated by spouses or other close family members. The film follows the lives of acid-attack […]

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014: The Missing Picture Review

The Missing Picture Nominated this year for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars (but strangely not for Best Documentary, where it also could have been a contender) and winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes last year, Rithy Panh’s multimedia look at the devastation caused by the Khmer Rouge during the Kampuchea Revolution […]

Unsung Anniversaries #3: American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt

For this week's Unsung Anniversaries, we go with a pretty deep cut to celebrate the 25th anniversary of American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt, and in the process talk a little bit about the history of 1980s movie making powerhouse Cannon Films, what happens when a franchise has to recast its lead, and why the film has two standout performances from cult acting icons that almost make it worth watching.