Canadian film

CONTEST: See UNLUCKY at the Royal!

Greetings shelfers, it's your lucky day - although we can't say the same about the protagonist of Ian Robertson's new film Unlucky. The dark comedy begins its run at the Royal this weekend, and we have five tickets to give away to five very fortunate winners.

Rebelle Review

Several months after winning the best actress award in Berlin for it's leading actor and hot on the heels of its announcement as Canada's official entry for contention at this year's Oscar race, Kim Nguyen's Rebelle (War Witch) has been building considerable momentum in recent weeks and rightfully so.

Laurence Anyways Review

With his best film to date, Quebecois wunderkind Xavier Dolan still doesn't overcome his excessive love of style, but he assuredly makes his mark as a masterful storyteller in the lengthy Laurence Anyways.

TIFF 2012: Short Cuts Canada

We take an in depth look at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival's Short Cuts Canada programmes, which often showcase talent well worth keeping a close eye on.

Take This Waltz Review

More thematically interesting than good, Take This Waltz is the rare breed of film that strives for realism in individual sequences, but it never fully comes together as a total package.

Interview: Makeup Artist Gordon Smith

We talk to the extremely candid Canadian makeup design artist Gordon Smith in advance of his appearance at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto this Wednesday about his groundbreaking work on Near Dark and the X-Men films, as well as his early career and his working with Oliver Stone several times.

The Boss Review

A farce that’s desperate for laughs and devoid of anything resembling a consistent tone, the Canadian-Argentine-Columbian co-production The Boss (El Jefe) might have been a bit of a success in South America last year, but it’s about as welcome as the latest man-child offerings from Adam Sandler around these parts.

Interview: Randall Cole and Vincenzo Natali

We talked to director Randall Cole and producer Vincenzo Natali about their Canadian made found footage genre thriller 388 Arletta Avenue and the freakish ways that real life ended up imitating art.

Interview: Jonathan Sobol

We talked to the director Jonathan Sobol about the Canadian indie A Beginner's Guide to Endings about the film's conception, it's stacked cast (including JK Simmons and Harvey Keitel), and his plans for the future.

The Samaritan Review

Despite a suitably gritty start, the Toronto-set neo-noir The Samaritan quickly gets bogged down in inconsistencies and plot twists cribbed from other better films.

CONTEST: See THE CORRIDOR in Toronto!

It's that time again! We've another great contest for our readers in Toronto. Dork Shelf wants to send five lucky winners and their guests to see a screening of the Canadian indie thriller The Corridor in Toronto on Friday, May 18th at 9:00 PM at the Projection Booth Cinema!

Interview: The Samaritan Director David Weaver

We talk to The Samaritan director David Weaver about how the noir films of his youth crafted his latest Toronto shot project, working with Samuel L. Jackson, and the fine art of crafting a film about a con.

Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster Review

Featuring a great leading performance from Scott Speedman, Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster stands to be one of the best English language Canadian films in quite some time, and it marks director Nathan Morlando’s debut as a filmmaker to watch for in the future.