Joe Swanberg

Easy Review

Netflix's new dramedy series Easy zooms in on the mundane, messy, and intimate moments make up the every day life.

The Roundup Episode #8 – Flying Duo

This episode Meg and Elena are flying "duo" before almost two months worth of guest co-hosts! We talk Mistress America, Digging for Fire, Fun Home, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, the Hugo Awards, and more.

Home Entertainment Review: The Sacrament

Ti West is one of the most exciting filmmakers working in the horror genre today, so it comes as a bit of a surprise that his latest feature abandons his greatest gifts as a director for found footage schtick.

Home Entertainment Review: Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas (Joe Swanberg, 2014) – Prolific low budget writer/director Joe Swanberg comes straight to VOD (with a limited theatrical for our neighbors to the south) with Happy Christmas, a slight yet effective piece of mumble core that feels a lot more intimate then it has any business being on a passing glance. Jeff and […]

The Sacrament Review

Indie horror darling Ti West branches out somewhat with The Sacrament, a fictionalized Vice Magazine styled fount footage retelling of The Jonestown Massacre, and for the most part it works wonderfully.

TIFF 2013: Proxy Review

Proxy Vanguard Director: Zack Parker Opening with a brick-induced miscarriage that sets the tone for what’s to follow, Proxy is if nothing else a dark and ballsy little thriller. Co-writer/director Zack Parker certainly has a knack for the misdirection, manipulation, and blasts of violence that define the genre and when the film works, comparisons to […]

TIFF 2013: The Sacrament Review

The Sacrament Vanguard Director: Ti West Strangely the most commercial and smartest and thoughtful film yet from Ti West (House of the Devil, The Inkeepers), The Sacrament terrifies simply by feeling as realistically as possible. A Vice magazine reporter and his cameraman (AJ Bowen and Joe Swanberg, respectively) follow a photographer (Kentucker Audley) to document […]

Drinking Buddies Review

Although perhaps a little bit more commercially minded than his cheaply produced, almost verite, largely improvised mumblecore dramas, Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies takes the same unforced and loose approach as the writer/director/editor/actor’s other creative endeavours and crafts a gentle, sweetly realized look at love and friendship.

You’re Next Review

Much like Scream did almost 20 years ago now, You’re Next resurrects the oft derided slasher genre with demented, witty, and terrifying glee.

This Week in DVD: 12/11/12

Nothing but horror for the holidays in this week's DVD column with looks at the anthology horror V/H/S, the remake Silent Night, the ridiculous concept of having a zombie Osama Bin Laden, and the truly depressing horror faced by some teens in American schools: underfunding.

V/H/S Review

Going 4 for 5, the found footage anthology of horror V/H/S delivers a solid bunch of shorts from budding horror stars and microbudget filmmakers working outside of their comfort zones.

Interview: Christopher Heron of The Seventh Art

A look inside the process of independently producing the newest format of web content: the video magazine. The Seventh Art offers an alternative to traditional film analysis with in-depth interviews, video essays and profiles achieved with a precision that makes them archival-worthy. Founder Christopher Heron talked to us a bit about the impetus behind the magazine and the state of online film exploration.

Interview: Joe Swanberg

Dork Shelf sits down to talk with prolific independent DIY filmmaker and actor Joe Swanberg about a trilogy of films he will be presenting at Innis Town Hall in Toronto on Sunday, May 13th.