film

Son of Kung Fu Fridays goes Underground

This Friday (August 13th) Kung Fu returns to the space at 186 Spadina with Son of Kung Fu Fridays! The Toronto Underground and Colin Geddes, curator of Midnight Madness and the original Kung Fu Fridays have teamed up to present the Shaw Brothers classic Mad Monkey Kung Fu. Chen (director Lau Kar-leung) and his sister […]

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Toronto Premiere Interviews

Last week the Dork Shelf crew hit the red carpet at the Winter Garden for the Toronto premiere of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. There we had a chance to talk with director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley and the cast, including Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth […]

Wright Stuff comes to The Underground

While shooting Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in our fair city last year, director Edgar Wright made Toronto his home. When Wright wasn’t busy making his movie—which wasn’t often—he was engaging with the local film community. On several occasions he curated his Wright Stuff film series at a local movie house that shall remain nameless. […]

Thor Comic Con Trailer

The much talked about trailer for Thor that Marvel screened for fans at the San Diego Comic Con last weekend has unsurprisngly found its way online. The Kenneth Branagh directed film stars Chris Hemsworth as the titular Norse god of thunder, Anthony Hopkins as his father, Odin, and Natalie Portman as his love interest, Jane […]

Toronto After Dark Announces Film Lineup

The 2010 Toronto After Dark Film Festival has just announced their lineup of films for this year. The fest runs from August 13 – 20 and features the best horror, sci-fi, action and cult films from around the world. They have some truly awesome, strange and ridiculous films playing this year, so don’t miss it! […]

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Review

Fantasia 2010 Review Last night I dared to say on Twitter that, after seeing Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, director Edgar Wright is on his way to gaining status as an auteur. This sparked a lively debate among friends on whether this was true, or even what the definition is of an auteur. To my […]

Batman: Under the Red Hood Review

Batman: Under the Red Hood is the latest DC Comics animated film from Warner Premiere and WB Animation. The film is based on two well known Batman comic book stories:  the groundbreaking 1980’s arc A Death in the Family and the controversial 2005 arc Under the Hood. The former was significant because it featured the […]

Sucker Punch Trailer

Leave it to director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) to find a reason to put five beautiful young actresses in leather school girl outfits and have them fight everything from mecha-samurai to dragons and fighter planes. Snyder has described his new film Sucker Punch as “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns”, which judging by the trailer […]

Fantasia 2010 – Bodyguards and Assassins Review

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for epic historical films. Grand, sweeping narratives recalling some great event, or really any film where I get to stare at gorgeous sets and costumes. That’s pretty much the reason I went to see Bodyguards and Assassins. I thought, why not learn a little history while I watch some […]

Fantasia 2010 – Neighbor Zombie Review

It seems that cinephiles worldwide can’t get enough of zombies these days. Vampires too, but I’ve always been a bit puzzled by the attraction to zombies. After all, they are undead creatures who have no cognitive functions and eat brains. There is no romance there. As such, the vast majority of zombie movies these days […]

Marvel’s Avengers Assemble at Comic Con

Marvel Studios brought out the big guns for their panels at the San Diego Comic Con this weekend. In addition to showing off the first footage from Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America, they assembled the cast of the upcoming Avengers film. Joss Whedon (Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) was officially announced as the […]

Fantasia 2010 – Eve’s Necklace Review

Contemporary film noir is often referred to as Neo-noir, since at least the historic reasons for the existence of noir (disenchantment with the establishment, post-war malaise, reaction against the “norm” of postwar America) seem no longer relevant. So to try and make a neo-noir film today, and to up the ante by using mannequins instead […]

Fantasia 2010 – Van Von Hunter Review

There have a few times over my years of attending film festivals that I’ve seen a short film so amazing I wish it had been feature-length. More often than not, I’ve seen films that would have worked as shorts, but fall apart as features. Unfortunately, Van Von Hunter falls into the latter category. Based on […]

TRON: Legacy Theatrical Trailer

Just in time for Comic Con, Yahoo Movies has posted the first look at the new trailer for TRON: Legacy. The film is being directed by Joseph Kosinski and stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde and Michael Sheen. The plot summary is as follows: Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, looks […]

Fantasia 2010 – Fish Story Review

A lone man meanders through the seemingly empty streets of Tokyo on his scooter. Garbage is strewn in the streets; cars are abandoned; there is not a soul in sight. That is, except at a strange little record shop. The man seems annoyed that the owner, a strange and exceedingly calm man would open his […]