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TIFF Review: The People's Joker

In her introduction to the film’s Midnight Madness premiere screening, director/writer/star Vera Drew explicitly set the scene for what we were about to experience with The People’s Joker: “people do not want you to see this movie.”

How to Have an Audrey Hepburn Film Festival

Hot August nights are pretty much the ideal time to deep dive into the career of your favourite film stars or filmmakers. In the past, we’ve shown you how to throw your very own Colin Farrell Film Fest, and now we’re switching gears to bring you a guide to the great Ms. Hepburn. Audrey, not Katharine. Not that the fabulous Kate doesn’t deserve her own celebration but that’s a curated list for another day.

Director John Woo Talks of Birds, Knights, Musicals and more!

For decades John Woo has been revered as an iconic action director. Films like The Killer and Hard-Boiled helped define a style of Hong Kong cinema that was as groundbreaking as it was viscerally exciting. With a poetic use of violence and gunplay, it’s easy to see—through the likes of The Raid, John Wick or even the Fast and Furious films—a direct connection to Woo’s pioneering brand of thrills.

Interview: Director Dean Fleischer Camp on Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

For a movie about the tiniest of stop-motion animated creatures, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is jam-packed with big heart and big ideas. Dean Fleischer Camp’s delightful directorial feature debut tackles the concepts of community, grief, fear, love, and connection, and all through the eyes of an adorable one-inch-tall shell (voiced by Jenny Slate) and his grandmother (voiced by Isabella Rossellini).

The Best Films of 2022 So Far: Marvels vs. the Mavericks

Surveying the best films of 2022 offers a mixed state of the union. Movie theatres, after nearly two years of COVID-19 closures in Toronto, are open and full of flicks. However, nearly every multiplex in town is screening the same few films. That rarely happened in 2019.

Recent reviews

Daniel Radcliffe, Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson and more bring WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY to life for a TIFF Midnight Madness romp. How does it hold up to the legacy of the king of parodies? Tune in to find out!

Watch Jason Gorber's video review: thatshelf.com/tiff-2022-weird-the-al-yankovic-story-review/

As the world mourns the loss of England’s longest-serving monarch, Elizabeth II, director Stephen Frears and screenwriters Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope bring audiences the incredible story of the search for another. The reliably excellent Sally Hawkins gives a committed and passionate performance as the woman at the heart of the historic discovery, but The Lost King is a cinematic treasure hunt that never quite becomes the jewel in the crown it aims to be.

Thanks to Shakespeare’s oft-performed portrait…

There’s something so riveting and enjoyable about seeing two people going at each other in a single location. That is exactly what Margaret Qualley and Christopher Abbott do (quite literally) here in Sanctuary, a kinky, hilarious look at power dynamics and gender roles.

Hal (Abbott) is a Porterfield, which means he is to take over his just-deceased father’s empire of hotels – we’re talking hundreds around the globe. In a swoop, decades of wealth and power will be handed to…

The Gravity looks and sounds fantastic. Cinematographer David Ungaro’s haunting cinematography creates the surreal vibe of a world on the precipice of a cataclysm. Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine’s majestic score gives the action and drama additional gravitas.

The Gravity is a solid sophomore effort from the French Burkinabé director. It’s an intriguing sci-fi crime flick showing hints of Ido’s potential as a genre filmmaker. It may not soar to the heights of better sci-fi films, but it still defies gravity for a moment or two.

Read Victor Stiff's full review: thatshelf.com/tiff-2022-review-the-gravity/

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"How doth ye like yon apples?!"

simultaneously one of the great action parodies because beyond the expertly crafted looney tunes visual gags, on a filmmaking level it's frequently indistinguishable from the real thing (god mctiernan) and one of the best movies about a movie star literally wrestling with their own hollywood fantasy image and myth. "you've brought me nothing but pain."

full discussion on episode 57 of my podcast SLEAZOIDS.

15-YEAR OLD ME: "Oh boy! A RESIDENT EVIL film and a remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD! I hope this means there will be a new wave of zombie films!"

*A FINGER ON THE MONKEY'S PAW CURLS*

Zack Snyder can craft a fun action scene, but I am baffled as to why he wanted to make ARMY OF THE DEAD.

It's a zombie heist film (There's potential there!), with a charming gang of actors (I do love Dave Bautista!), buckets…

So weird, so Danish, and yet, not even Anders Thomas Jensen’s weirdest Danish film.