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TIFF 2012: Short Cuts Canada

We take an in depth look at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival's Short Cuts Canada programmes, which often showcase talent well worth keeping a close eye on.

TIFF 2012 Reviews: Part 1

With the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival kicking off this Thursday, Dork Shelf begins their coverage of the Festival of Festivals with our look at Dredd 3D, The Sessions, Krivina, Rust and Bone, I Declare War, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and the huge opening night gala, Looper.

Friendly Festivals: Shinsedai and STANP

Programmers for two Toronto based film festivals and series, Chris MaGee from the Shinsedai Japanese Cinema Festival (at the Revue through Sunday) and James McNally, curator of the short film series Shorts That Are Not Pants (Friday night at the Revue) talk about their co-existence in the city's landscape of cinema culture and attempt to put to rest the question asking if there's simply too much going on in the city.

Kids Take Over the Lightbox!

We take a look at some of the offerings at this year's TIFF Kids Festival, running April 10th to the 22nd at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Even though the festival is technically for kids aged 3-13, aren't we all just kids at heart?

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition Preview

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition opened yesterday in Toronto, and runs for he next eight days at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Dork Shelf was lucky enough to get a guided tour on Thursday, and we were pretty impressed by all of the costumes, props, and weaponry from HBO's fantasy series that were on display.

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition comes to the Lightbox

When TIFF announced earlier this year that A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin would be coming to the Bell Lightbox in Toronto for a speaking engagement, fans of his novels and the HBO series it spawned were elated. The "In Conversation..." event sounded great, but we knew that a simple visit would not be the only thing that the film fest group had in store for Game of Thrones fans. And boy, did they not disappoint. Today, TIFF along with HBO Canada and Random House announced Game of Thrones: The Exhibition.

Attack the Bloc: Cold War Sci-Fi at the Lightbox!

There are some corners of the cinema landscape I am woefully blind to. One such area is Soviet-era science fiction from the Eastern Bloc. American sci-fi from the same period is quite popular, with films like War of the Worlds and Invasion of the Body Snatchers playing heavily on Cold War anxieties. The only Soviet science fiction films I’d even heard of were those of Russian director, Andrei Tarkovski. Solaris in particular is quite famous, but even that I’ve never seen. Even if I wanted to get into these films, where would I begin? Luckily, the TIFF Bell Lightbox is here to help us out.

TIFF 2011 Review: Wuthering Heights

Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights is going to anger a lot of people. Which is a shame, because it is brilliant. As an interpretation, not an adaptation, Arnold take a different route, exploring certain themes and characters within the text from a different perspective. And what a perspective – this is raw, gritty, melancholy and visceral in […]

TIFF 2011 Picks
Part One

The 2011 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow and will run until September 18th. Now you're going to hear a lot about the celebrities in town, the parties going down and the massive queues, but at the end of the day TIFF is about the movies. And with over 330 movies playing this year, there's definitely no shortage of films to choose from.

The New Auteurs:
Kelly Reichardt at TIFF

A hero of the indie circuit with a legitimate knack for homing in on the current American spirit, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt has become recognized by many as tragically overlooked by many, many others. Well look over no longer, Toronto, as this week the TIFF Bell Lightbox begins a retrospective on the filmmaker, screening her catalog of films from the past two decades, including Wendy and Lucy, Rivers of Grass and her latest, Meek's Cutoff.

Tim Burton Takes Toronto – Part 3

Part Three of Sasha’s Tim Burton Takes Toronto follows the last leg of her Burton Blitz -- the “animation detour” that is James and the Giant Peach and The Nightmare before Christmas.