Posts by Andrew Parker

TIFF 2014: Roger Waters The Wall Review

Roger Waters The Wall Special Presentations A decidedly personal venture for the former Pink Floyd mastermind, this concert film takes Roger Waters’ most iconic composition for the band – a sprawling double album about literally walling oneself off from the outside world – and expands upon those themes to look at its wartime roots. The […]

TIFF 2014: The Look of Silence Review

The Look of Silence TIFF Docs A stunning and even more wrenching companion piece to his incendiary The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence returns to the repressed feelings towards Indonesia’s bloody past and tackles them head on for one of the best films of the year. Instead of a macrocosm of […]

TIFF 2014: Before We Go Review

Before We Go Special Presentations It’s not that actor Chris Evans has made a particularly bad film with his debut effort as a director, but he’s certainly made something that aims low and still feels fairly uninspired. There’s plenty of “witty” banter, little substance that makes sense, and a pair of leads (including Evans) that […]

TIFF 2014: A Little Chaos Review

A Little Chaos Gala/Closing Night Film Actor Alan Rickman’s stately period drama about the construction of the fountains and gardens at the Palace of Versailles couldn’t be more boring if it was actually about the intricacies of gardening. Instead, it’s an inert drama that doesn’t improve on the sight of the same actors digging for […]

TIFF 2014: Time Out of Mind Review

Time Out of Mind Special Presentations I’ll admit a bit of a bias here since I once went through a period where I was homeless, so on some level I think the experience of what it’s like living on city streets in the latest film from Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart) is a bit too […]

TIFF 2014: The Editor Review

The Editor Midnight Madness A loving homage to lesser, shoddier made giallo films of the 70s and 80s, The Editor finds its greatest strength in pulling together a lot of small details together that film nerds will love, but that others might not find as amusing. Once one of the world’s greatest film editors, Rey […]

TIFF 2014: Cake Review

Cake Special Presentations A great, but not exactly against type turn from Jennifer Aniston can’t salvage this slovenly, misshapen dramedy about an angrily depressed pill popping woman with chronic pain and a wealth of repressed feelings. Claire (Aniston) has separated from her husband and lost her child following a tragic accident. She goes through her […]

TIFF 2014: 99 Homes Review

99 Homes Special Presentations Essentially Wall Street for the era of the U.S. bailout and sub-prime mortgage collapse, this assured return to form for filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Goodbye Solo, At Any Price) benefits from a wealth of style and tension and a pair of exceptionally matched leading performances. After being evicted from […]

TIFF 2014: The Imitation Game Review

The Imitation Game Special Presentations Benedict Cumberbatch carries the day in a role that feels almost custom made for the sort of droll loner act he has been perfecting across his past several films and his hit TV series, Sherlock. Only this time, he’s certain to get some award season buzz because he’s playing noted […]

TIFF 2014: Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films Review

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films Midnight Madness Genre buffs need no explanation as to what Cannon Films is. The biggest action, horror, skin, and exploitation outlet from the 70s through the early 90s has become synonymous with some of the strangest, goofiest, most exciting, action packed, and sometimes strangely artful films […]

TIFF 2014: Backcountry Review

Backcountry Discovery A devil-may-care city boy (Jeff Roop) brings his girlfriend and potential fiancée (Missy Peregrym) on a camping trip to a provincial park that he insists he knows like the back of his hand since he grew up in the area. Surprise, surprise, he’s stubborn and doesn’t know what he’s doing and her resourcefulness […]

TIFF 2014: The Forger Review

The Forger Gala John Travolta stars as an art forger and single dad about to embark on one last gig so he can spend some quality time with his dying son in this passable potboiler that’s more of a character study than a thriller or a heist film. Ray Cutter (Travolta) is a convicted felon […]

TIFF 2014: The Good Lie Review

The Good Lie Special Presentations Nothing at all like its extemely misleading marketing campaign, the refugee and immigration drama The Good Lie proves that Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau (the Oscar nominated Monsieur Lazhar) can make the leap to Hollywood without sacrificing his voice or artistic integrity. Following the Sudanese civil war that began in the […]

TIFF 2014: The Cobbler Review

The Cobbler Special Presentations I only have 300 words or less to explain The Cobbler, but I doubt I could adequately convey anything about it in less than 30,000 words. How else would one describe one of the most original and bafflingly crazy misfires you’ve ever seen? Like Ishtar, it’s a film that will someday […]

TIFF 2014: The Theory of Everything Review

The Theory of Everything Special Presentations A mostly well rounded biopic that looks at the relationship between renowned scientific mastermind Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane Wilde, The Theory of Everything marks a return to fictional filmmaking for James Marsh after his direction of Man on Wire and Project Nim. Eddie Redmayne transforms himself […]

TIFF 2014: Tusk Review

Tusk Midnight Madness A melding of Kevin Smith’s comedic sensibilities with the dark weirdness that permeated his last effort, Red State, Tusk might be the oft hockey jersey clad auteur’s most ambitious and thoughtful project yet. It’s not without its flaws, but Smith has clearly reached the “I just don’t give a fuck” portion of […]