Andrew Parker

Film Editor - Andrew Parker writes for numerous blogs and publications, including Notes From the Toronto Underground and his more personal pop-culture blog, I Can't Get Laid in This Town. He is also the curator of the Defending the Indefensible series. Email - andrew@dorkshelf.com

Guardians of the Galaxy Review

July 29, 2014

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy stands as proof that not every summer blockbuster has to choose between self-reflexive humour and stoic seriousness. Continue reading

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And So It Goes Review

July 25, 2014

Despite the presence of Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in the leads, Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes is as dull, formulaic, and resigned as its title suggests. Continue reading

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Films in Brief: 7/25/14

July 25, 2014

The low key thriller The Privileged and the food advocacy documentary GMO OMG return to the city after a festival screening and a previous engagement, respectively. One isn’t very good, one is unconscionably terrible. Continue reading

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This Week at The Bloor: 7/25/14

July 25, 2014

This week at The Bloor, looks at music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients in the uneven, but moving Alive Inside and a rallying cry against the rich American right wing in Citizen Koch. Continue reading

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Lucy Review

July 24, 2014

Luc Besson’s Lucy is a certifiably insane film, and that’s mostly a positive. Continue reading

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A Most Wanted Man Review

July 24, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman leaves behind one final exceptional leading performance in Anton Corbijn’s smart, stylish, and thrilling John le Carré adaptation, A Most Wanted Man. Continue reading

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Interview: Sara Driver

July 23, 2014

We talk to filmmaker Sara Driver on the eve of a TIFF Bell Lightbox retrospective of her work about her influences, ghosts that have stayed with her, and what working in New York City used to be like. Continue reading

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TIFF Announces First of Many 2014 Selections

July 22, 2014

TIFF didn’t announce an opening night film alongside today’s announcements of Galas and Special Presentations for their 2014 festival this September, but they announced plenty to get people excited for the event. Continue reading

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The Dance of Reality Review

July 17, 2014

Deeply personal and featuring a surprising amount of open emotion and empathy from the Chilean maverick Alejandro Jodorowsky, The Dance of Reality is his most linear and easy to understand story, but it’s also unmistakably one of his best. Continue reading

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The Original Buzz is Back

July 17, 2014

The original and iconic thriller The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was recently restored with 4K digital picture and 7.1 sound for its week long engagement at The Royal in Toronto starting today, and here’s how it was done. Continue reading

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Snowpiercer Review

July 17, 2014

A perfect blend of smarts and thrills, the sci-fi action allegory Snowpiercer is the summer blockbuster you’ve been waiting for. Continue reading

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Sex Tape Review

July 16, 2014

Jake Kasdan’s Sex Tape isn’t a good movie by any stretch, but it also isn’t inherently unfair to its audience. Continue reading

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Boyhood Review

July 16, 2014

Few films ever earn the right to be called a masterpiece. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a masterpiece. Continue reading

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Shorts Weather

July 15, 2014

Beat the heat with some shorts as the Shorts That Are Not Pants screening series returns to the Carlton in Toronto this Thursday. Continue reading

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Kuf Review

July 15, 2014

The tense, yet down to earth Turkish film Küf (which screens Wednesday night at 9:00pm at Double Double Land in Toronto as part of MDFF’s ongoing independent cinema screening series) is like three different films in one. Continue reading

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Interview: Richard Linklater

July 14, 2014

We talk with acclaimed American filmmaker Richard Linklater about his twelve year experience making Boyhood, his process, framing his epic story, the casting of Ellar Coltrane, the evolution of technology, parenting, and people’s reactions to the film. Continue reading

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Interview: Cody Hackman and Krzysztof Soszynski

July 14, 2014

We talk to professional fighters turned actors Cody Hackman and Krzysztof Soszynski about working together on the MMA drama Tapped Out, what’s important to them as professionals when they watch a film about fighting, why film and sports fans love fighting movies, and their experiences as actors. Continue reading

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Interview: Jay Ferguson

July 13, 2014

We talk with Jay Ferguson, creator of the webseries Guidestones – which kicks off its second season this Tuesday on CTV Extend – about working on a tenth of the budget of a regular television series, the show’s fascination with artwork, and how to tell a tightly packed story in only ten minute bursts. Continue reading

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