Justin McConnell

Lifechanger Review

As both a character study and an exercise in low-budget genre filmmaking, Lifechanger finds a smart balance between the ideas it seeks to evoke and the unsettling thrill that thenhorror provides.

What’s Your Take on Cronenberg?

In honour of the huge David Cronenberg exhibit and retrospective currently happening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto (running until January 19th), Dork Shelf talks to a plethora of film writers, personalities, programmers, podcasters, and filmmakers about what their favourite Cronenberg films are.

Blu-Ray Round Up: 7/1/13

This week, we look at Blu-Rays of horror classics Lifeforce and Phantasm II, one of Steven Spielberg's most underrated films, Empire of the Sun, the metal and cardboard documentary Skull World, and the bizarre worlds of Stoker and Spring Breakers.

Slaughter Nick for President and Skull World Reviews

This weekend brings a pair of documentaries about strange forms of notoriety to the Carlton Cinema in Toronto: Slaughter Nick for President and Skull World. Both films are hilarious and inspiring looks at people who love what they do and deeply appreciate the efforts of those around them. One of them just happens to be a down on his luck actor who finds out that a character he played on a crappy TV show has become a folk hero overseas, and the other is a Clutch loving metalhead who uses his creative side to create all out cardboard carnage.

Interview: Justin McConnell

We talk to filmmaker Justin McConnell about following around his buddy Greg Sommer, creator of the battle-tastic Box Wars for his documentary, Skull World, opening in Toronto this weekend.

This Week in… Festivals

No DVD column this week, but we'll return with it next week. Instead, we take a look at a whopping FIVE film festivals kicking off in Toronto this week: the 7th annual Canadian Film Fest, the Canadian Music Week Film Fest, Water Docs, the 13th annual aluCine Latin Film Festival, and Creepy Christian Cinema.

This Week in DVD: 6/12/12

We review a whopping 7 films currently out on DVD. There's a whole bunch of good, not great and a couple of real stinkers as we look at Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Machine Gun Preacher, The Collapsed, Madison County, The Prodigies, and Demoted