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TIFF Review: Solomon Kane

With only a few middle-of-the-road horror films to his name, Brit filmmaker Michael J. Bassett tackles sword and sorcery with his third directorial effort, Solomon Kane.  Adapted from the short stories and poems of Robert E. Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian), Solomon Kane tells the tale of the eponymous 17th century mercenary and thief.  […]

TIFF Review: Bright Star

Just because a film is set more than a few decades ago, doesn’t mean it’s a period film.  And just because events happened in a particular kind of society 200 years ago, doesn’t mean they are not relevant today.  Jane Campion made that clean with her feature The Piano, and she has returned to these […]

TIFF Review: Fish Tank

15 year-old Mia’s life is claustrophobic.  The council estate flat that she shares with her mother and sister is tiny. The corridors are tiny, and filled with young people who swear in ways that would make Mickey Rourke blush.  Her mother seems to care little for her; in fact, there doesn’t seem to be anyone […]

TIFF Review: Defendor

Think Gotham City is the only city with a monopoly on costumed vigilantes?  Think again.  Hamilton, Ontario has its own guardian of the night: Defendor, a well meaning citizen hero bent on cleaning up the streets of The Hammer, or at least trying to. Defendor is the first feature film from Canadian actor Peter Stebbings, […]

TIFF Review: The Vintner’s Luck

The Vintner’s Luck is Niki Caro’s fourth feature, and it is as mixed as film as the wine and angels on her screen.  It is a sumptuous film, one that engages the senses beyond sight and sound.  While it is gorgeous to look at, its moments of exchange between story and viewer are too few […]

Paranormal Activity Trailer

Odd things start occurring shortly after a young couple moves into a seemingly typical suburban home.  A mysterious presence is in the house, keeping them up at night.  In an effort to get to the bottom of these disturbing events, the couple setup a camera to record the bedroom as they sleep.  Things get scary […]

TIFF Review: Les Herbes Folles

If Les Herbes Folles were directed by a newcomer, you would call it an extraordinary, quirky, thoroughly French look at the strange happenstance of love, the objects that lead us there, and what would happen if we said out loud the often strange things we were thinking.  But the film is directed by the great […]

TIFF Blog: Space & Time in the Festival City

It begins around the middle of August, with advertisements in bus shelters and streetcars plastered with logos. September comes, and virtually every store on Bloor Street between Yonge Street and Avenue Road has a movie theme in their window.  Mannequins are wrapped in film strips, old televisions play DVDs, and signs welcome attendees of the […]

TIFF Review: The Road

If you saw director John Hillcoat’s last film The Proposition, then you know that he is perhaps the only man suited to adapt Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road.  The world as we know it has been utterly destroyed: Society no longer functions and every bit of infrastructure is gone.  A father and son struggle to […]

TIFF Blog: Noah’s Film Festival Experience (Part 1?)

I can’t speak for the rest of this town’s cinema lovers, but one of the best parts of our film festival for me has always been the surprises.  Not knowing which films I’m going to end up seeing, who’s going to be at the screenings, and which ones I will like. My priorities when choosing […]

Solomon Kane Trailer

The first trailer for big screen adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane has hit the net.  The film (which is one of my picks) is set to debut during Midnight Madness at the Toronto Film International Film Festival on September 16th, so this trailer is just in time. Solomon Kane does not have a […]

Shelagh’s TIFF ’09 Picks

Trying to choose films to see at Toronto International Film Festival is often like trying to eat everything at the buffet of the world: every kind of food is offered and it is impossible to eat everything.  Choices have to be made, and gems will be missed.  But choose I must.  Will has already covered […]

Will’s TIFF ’09 Picks

The 2009 Toronto International Film Festival starts tomorrow, running from September 10th until the 19th.  Featuring over 300 films from over 60 countries, the festival has an amazing lineup of movies this year.  Dork Shelf will be there, giving you all the latest news and reviews from the 34th annual film fest. You can expect […]

Boondock Saints II Red Band Trailer

IGN has posted the first trailer for Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day; the upcoming sequel to the 1999 cult hit helmed by director, Troy Duffy. All the core characters will be returning; Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus reprise their roles as the McManus brothers.  David Della Rocco returns as himself, and most importantly, […]

Guy Ritchie to Helm DC’s Lobo

Warner Bros. has thrown us a mean curve ball.  Variety is reporting that Lobo — everyone’s favourite “Bastitch” — is getting his own film. The live action adaptation of the DC anti-hero will be directed by none other than Dork Shelf favourite, Guy Ritchie.  Lobo will be Ritchie’s followup Sherlock Holmes. The synopsis for the […]