documentary

Blank City Review

New York City has seen its share of artistic revolutions, though any kind of positive revolution might have seemed impossible in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The city was crippled by massive debt with no help from the federal government, and whole neighbourhoods were urban war zones as countless buildings were left abandoned or […]

The Peddler Review

Before the days of iPods, televisions, and even radio or mass print publications, humans entertained themselves and each other by telling stories. In small groups around campfires, communities would tell each other the stories of their past and present. Fastforward to the 21st century, and Argentinean filmmaker Daniel Burmeister seems to have resurrescted this spirit. […]

David Wants to Fly Review

Every filmmaker dreams of meeting their favourite director. So when aspiring filmmaker David Sieveking had the opportunity, he begins his film David Wants to Fly with a trip to the United States to hear David Lynch speak about his passion for Transcendental Meditation, a movement founded by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi—who also inspired, among others, […]

The People vs. George Lucas Review

It’s appropriate that I am writing this review on May 4th, also known as Star Wars Day—May the Fourth be with you…! *groan* Before I talk about The People vs. George Lucas, let me first qualify my review with a short preamble about my relationship with Mr. Lucas. May 18th, 1999. It’s raining, it’s cold […]

The Parking Lot Movie Review

It has been my long-held belief that everyone in North America should work at least one minimum wage job in their life, for a minimum of six months. Not just to understand how impossible it is to live on minimum wage, but also to understand how we treat people who provide us with necessary services, […]

Disco and Atomic War Review

As part of the former USSR, Estonia was geographically closer to (supposedly) democratic Finland than the communist powers in Moscow. When Finland began to broadcast television, they showed not only their own programs, but American ones as well. The north coastal Estonian city of Tallinn was only 80 km from Helsinki, and as much as […]

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Review

Rush is probably the strangest anomaly in rock music. They have sold the third most number of albums worldwide of any band (after The Rolling Stones and The Beatles), but have never had a number one single. Their fans are arguably the most devoted in the world, and yet (until recently), Rush has been panned […]

Hot Docs 2010 Picks

The 2010 Hot Docs International Documentary Festival starts on Friday, April 29th. Showcasing the best in documentary filmmaking from Canada and around the world, Hot Docs is playing some really wonderful films this year. Like last year, Dork Shelf has compiled a list of the suitably dorky films that we’re planning to see at this […]

Free Screening of Exit Through the Gift Shop

Anyone familiar with the street art movement knows the name Banksy. Though no one knows the true identity of the illusive urban artist, his distinctive graffiti art can be seen in cities all over the world. If you’re a fan of Banksy’s work or street art in general, the new documentary Exit Through the Gift […]

Hot Docs 2009 Picks

The 2009 Hot Docs International Documentary Festival starts next week in Toronto. Showcasing the best in documentary filmmaking from Canada and around the world, Hot Docs is playing some truly great stuff this year. Dork Shelf has compiled a list of the films that we’re planning to see at this years festival and the picks are […]

Free Screening of Comic Book Confidential

To kick off Free Comic Book Day on May 2nd, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, The Beguiling and the Hot Docs Film Festival have teamed up to present a free screening of Comic Book Confidential.  The documentary by Toronto film maker Ron Mann traces the history of comic books from their early origins through the […]