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Bob Saget (1956-2022)

Bob Saget, the legendary comedian and performer who mixed popular entertainment on shows like Full House with his unique and acerbic sense of humour and bristling stand-up delivery, has died at age 65.

The Criterion Shelf: Fox Noir

The genre of film noir got underway at the beginning of the forties, inspired as it was by the dark perspectives brought on by World War II. Twentieth Century-Fox joined every other studio in capitalizing on their popularity almost immediately with the release of their first entry, I Wake Up Screaming in 1941. Talking about film noir tends to bring our minds to popular Warner Bros. classics like The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep, tales of Los Angeles detectives and double-crossing blondes, but Fox had its own spin…

Interview: Director Will Sharpe on The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

At first glance, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain might seem like an enjoyable but paint-by-numbers British biopic. Naturally, you’ve got the pedigreed casting (Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy), a life story filled with both comedy and tragedy, and of course, frames fairly bursting with picture-perfect period costumes and set designs. Nothing to sneeze at, certainly, but also nothing that particularly stands out. And that’s what might’ve been had this particular film not found the perfect marriage of director and subject. The subject is…

He Saved Latin: A Wes Anderson Retrospective

Today, after two delays and more than 17 months since it was set to premier at Cannes, Wes Anderson’s new film, The French Dispatch, is finally being released in cinemas. In order to celebrate this momentous (it is, right? Movies are back, people!) occasion, we take a look back at Anderson’s sprawling, whimsical, and oftentimes biting filmography.

GIF-able Jessica: Saluting TIFF Tribute Actor, Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain knows how to make an entrance. The recipient of TIFF’s Tribute Actor Award has only been in the public eye for a decade. However, she’s produced one of the best bodies of work of any Hollywood actor ever during such a period. Chastain was everywhere in 2011 as the Summer of Jessica touched down and gave audiences oodles of face time with one of the most versatile and consistently likeable performers ever to grace the screen. Chastain is pulling…

Recent reviews

Simon Kinberg’s The 355 looks to honour a famous female operative from the American Revolution—codenamed Agent 355—with a modern, crowd-pleasing spy thriller with four women at its core.

The film follows CIA wild card Mason “Mace” Browne (Jessica Chastain) and colleague, Nick (Sebastian Stan), as they attempt to retrieve a deadly digital weapon before it falls into the wrong hands. The operation goes bust when German agent Marie Schmidt (Diane Kruger) gets in the way and in the resulting chaos,…

Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard star in Jesse Eisenberg’s directorial debut, When You Finish Saving the World. This caustic, darkly comic, often excruciating portrait of a broken family unit is typical of A24’s quirky output, and exactly the kind of well realized and unique American Indie that the festival was born to present.

Watch Chief Critic Jason Gorber’s review from Sundance now: thatshelf.com/sundance2022-when-you-finish-saving-the-world/

Transformania picks up more or less where the previous film ended, with the centuries-old Dracula (Brian Hull, ably stepping in for Adam Sandler), a successful hotelier to all manner of supernatural monsters, contemplating retirement and domestic bliss with Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), the great-granddaughter of onetime Dracula nemesis-turned-ally, Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan). Like all parents with a sizeable fortune and/or real-estate holdings, Dracula envisions daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) as his heir apparent. Unfortunately for Dracula, he’s never quite outgrown his distaste…

The Last Thing Mary Saw is the occult-themed, period horror feature film debut of Edoardo Vitaletti. Set in Southold, New York in 1843, Vitaletti challenges religious authority in a commendable first effort that presents some interesting set pieces and concepts, but is weighed down by a script that rings hollow.

The film begins with a young woman, Mary (Stefanie Scott), blindfolded in the midst of an interrogation. Through flashbacks we learn that Mary and her family’s maid, Eleanor (Isabelle Fuhrman),…

Liked reviews

"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.