Kodi Smit-McPhee

Dark Phoenix Video Review

Managing Editor Jason Gorber reviews Dark Phoenix – Does it raise the X-Men franchise from the ashes of Apocalypse or is it a First Class failure?

Slow West Review

Slow West is a thrilling debut and a worthy addition to the list of recent revisionist Westerns that already includes The Proposition and The Assassination of Jesse James.

John Maclean Interview

Dork Shelf recently got a chance to chat with Slow West director John Maclean as the film gears up for its Canadian release. We picked his brain about the motivations behind his uniquely strange Western debut.

The Young Ones Review

There's not enough story, character, or originality to sustain Jake Paltrow's great looking and well acting apocalyptic western The Young Ones.

The Congress Review

The Congress is unquestionably one of the worst films of the year, but probably the only one made by a visionary talent.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

A slight step above its rather silly predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes decides to go the deathly serious route instead of keeping things light and fun with decidedly mixed results.

Interview: Rob Meyer

We talk to Rob Meyer, director of the coming of age film A Birder's Guide to Everything (now available on DVD and VOD in Canada, and on DVD in the US this coming Tuesday and starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Kingsley) about the energy his young stars brought to the production, how he pulled unlikely inspiration from Monty Python, why it’s impossible to look cool while birdwatching, and why he was actually really excited to fight his film’s initial R-rating in front of the MPAA.

Home Entertainment Round-Up: 5/20/14

We play catch up with the DVDs we've accumulated over the past month with Phil looking at Criterion releases for Riot in Cell Block 11 and Breaking the Waves, the recently remastered Sorcerer, a re-cut version of the documentary Cocaine Cowboys, the fourth and final season of Eastbound and Down, and the latest Paranormal Activity film. Dave looks at straight-to-video efforts Mr. Jones and Bad Country, along with new discs for Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and Seven Warriors. And Andrew looks back on A Birder's Guide to Everything and Big Bad Wolves.

TIFF Next Wave 2014: A Birder’s Guide to Everything Review

A Birder’s Guide to Everything If one were to cross a low-key modern American indie with a 1980s coming of age road comedy, you would get something close to the amusing and thoughtful debut feature from Rob Meyer, A Birder’s Guide to Everything. Both a better breed of teen movie than audiences normally get and […]

Romeo and Juliet Review

There’s almost nothing that I can say about Carlo Carlei’s big screen staging of Romeo and Juliet. It would be redundant to say there’s nothing here that you haven’t already seen before, and yet it’s worse than that. This is EXACTLY what you have seen before. It’s a drab, lifeless Shakespearean melodrama perked up ever so slightly by a few decent performances that does absolutely nothing whatsoever to warrant its existence.

ParaNorman Review

From top to bottom, ParaNorman is a little genre gem for longtime fans and pint-sized newcomers. This is an animated film that refuses to talk down to children, packs in more entertainment value than should be legally allowed, and actually has something to say to the impressionable viewers.

Interview: ParaNorman’s Chris Butler & Sam Fell
Part Two

In the age of the omnipresent CG animated film and vapid big budget spectacle, it’s incredibly refreshing to see a lovingly handcrafted stop-motion animated movie like ParaNorman come along. We had a chance to speak with directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell earlier this year, and talked about the talented young cast of the film, the directors' own experiences with bullying, ParaNorman's relationship to the horror genre, the importance of zombies, and much more.

Interview: ParaNorman’s Chris Butler & Sam Fell
Part One

In the age of the omnipresent CG animated film and vapid big budget spectacle, it's incredibly refreshing to see a lovingly handcrafted stop-motion animated movie like ParaNorman come along. We had a chance to speak with directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell earlier this year, and talked about the "John Carpenter meets John Hughes" origins of the film, how technology has helped make stop-frame animation more practical, and much more.