Mia Wasikowska

Only Lovers Left Alive Review

Only Lovers Left Alive might be world renowned auteur Jim Jarmusch’s most widely accessible film, but that doesn’t mean it’s a straight up vampire story or a tale of lovers under strain. It’s a eulogy for a dying way of life that paints the filmmaker as the last of a dying breed.

This Week at The Bloor: 1/31/14

This week at The Bloor Cinema, films and stories about children featuring Nina Davenport's First Comes Love and film scholar Mark Cousins' more literally titled A Story of Children and Film

TIFF 2013: The Double Review

The Double Special Presentation Director: Richard Ayoade After starting his directorial career with a pitch perfect recreation of bad 80s television in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, Richard Ayoade has slid into to feature filmmaking by mimicking much artier affair. His sweet little debut Submarine riffed on Wes Anderson and all the French New Wave directors that […]

TIFF 2013: Only Lovers Left Alive Review

Only Lovers Left Alive Special Presentation Director: Jim Jarmusch It’s easy to get lost in a song, which explains why it’s so easy to immerse yourself in Jim Jarmusch’s wandering snow globes. From the Memphis ghosts of Mystery Train to the street bred samurai of Ghost Dog, Jarmusch embraces musical influence in a very literal […]

Interview: Chan-wook Park

Dork Shelf talked to famed Korean director Chan-Wook Park (Oldboy) about where his desire to tell such dark stories springs from, why he selected Stoker for his North American debut, the casting process, his identifying with the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and his study of film criticism and philosophy.

Stoker Review

If Hitchcock was still alive he very well could have made Stoker, but with corpse reanimation still just a beautiful dream, Chan-wook Park fills the portly silhouette nicely. That’s high praise indeed and thankfully both the man and the film deserve it.

CONTEST: See STOKER in TORONTO!

Enter for a chance to win one of five pairs of passes to see an advance screening of Stoker in Toronto on Thursday, February 28th at 7:00pm, courtesy of Dork Shelf and Fox Searchlight.

Lawless Review

Lawless feels like a film compromised somewhere in the editing process with long passages awkwardly truncated and the director’s patented slow, thoughtful pacing replaced with a more action-centric aesthetic, but the film still works reasonably well as an entertaining gangster yarn filled with the performances you get as a prestigious director working with his pick of the top actors around.

CONTEST: See LAWLESS in 4 Cities!

Enter for a chance to win a pair of passes to an advance screening of Lawless in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, or Winnipeg on Monday, August 27th at 7pm from Dork Shelf and Alliance Films.

This Week in DVD: 5/15/12

This week's a busy one at the video store, as we take a look at Chronicle, Hard Core Logo 2, a BBC remounting of Great Expectations, Rampart, Albert Nobbs, the first season of Hell on Wheels, Wrestlemania XXVIII, and a very brief, curt message about The Devil Inside.