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

Interview: Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair

April 23, 2014

We talk to writer/director Jeremy Saulnier and actor Macon Blair about their work on the subdued revenge thriller Blue Ruin and about the film’s subdued nature, the creation of Blair’s character, trusting the audience to come to the right conclusions, and where Bliar’s exceptional on-screen facial hair now resides in Saulnier’s house. Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Everything Will Be Review

April 22, 2014

Everything Will Be Canadian Spectrum Julia Kwan’s look at a rapidly disappearing way of life in Vancouver’s Chinatown is a vital and vibrant piece of work for anyone worried about gentrification or the need for convenience over character. It’s an … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Sleepless in New York Review

April 22, 2014

Sleepless in New York Love, Factually Nicely balancing the pain of heartbreak (and sometimes the creepiness and schadenfreude) of a relationship ending with a spattering of science and anthropology, Academy Award nominee Christian Frei’s latest outing is an unpretentious series … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Interview – Adam Rifkin

April 22, 2014

Adam Rifkin has directed and written films of every genre possible, but this is the first time he has ever made a film about someone so close to him that he actually considers them family. For the documentary Giuseppe Makes … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Songs for Alexis Review

April 21, 2014

Songs for Alexis Made in Denmark The romance at the heart of Elvira Lind’s Songs for Alexis might feature a teenage trans man and his girlfriend, but it’s appeal goes far beyond just being an LGBT-centred documentary. It’s such a … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: The Agreement Review

April 21, 2014

The Agreement Made in Denmark A practically Strangelove-ian, low-fi fly on the wall look at what seems like an inconsequential border dispute takes centre stage in this darkly humorous political documentary that once again serves to prove that many mock … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Actress Review

April 21, 2014

Actress International Spectrum The actual point of director Robert Greene and actress Brandy Burre (best known for a recurring role on The Wire) is hard to discern, but intriguing to think about. Probably one of the only films to ever … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: The Backward Class Review

April 21, 2014

The Backward Class Canadian Spectrum Far removed from the slums and almost pathetically impoverished outlying areas of Bangalore, India there’s a residential school refuge for students who wish to rise above the lowly and antiquated caste they were born into … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Come Worry With Us! Review

April 21, 2014

Come Worry With Us! Next One doesn’t have to be a fan of the post-rock orchestral stylings of Montreal’s Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra to enjoy or understand this equally amusing and dramatic anti-rock doc from Helene Klodawsky. It’s … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Whitey: The United States v. James J. Bulger Review

April 21, 2014

Whitey: The United States v. James J. Bulger Special Presentations Paradise Lost trilogy filmmaker Joe Berlinger looks at one of the most notorious and wanted gangsters in US history: James “Whitey” Bulger, the notoriously iron fisted and widely feared head … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Super Duper Alice Cooper Review

April 21, 2014

Super Duper Alice Cooper Special Presentations/Hot Docs Live Special Event Teaming Monkey Warfare director Reginald Harkema with rock doc royalty Sam Dunn and Scot McFayden (Metal: A Head Bangers Journey, Metal Evolution), this supposed first ever “rock doc” takes archival … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Rich Hill Review

April 21, 2014

Rich Hill Special Presentations This look at growing up poor in Middle America would make for an excellent double bill with this year’s (admittedly more successful) The Overnighters, but Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos’ Sundance Grand Jury Prize … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Red Lines Review

April 21, 2014

Red Lines World Showcase In the fight to bring democracy and peace to war torn Syria, two activists from vastly different backgrounds have teamed up to amass a greater network of contacts and connections on the ground than any other … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: The Overnighters Review

April 21, 2014

The Overnighters Special Presentation Jesse Moss’ outstanding and arresting Sundance award winner has rightfully earned all of its comparisons to being a modern day Steinbeck story. This tale of one boom town in modern America bursting at the seams is … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: The Secret Trial 5 Review

April 21, 2014

The Secret Trial 5 Canadian Spectrum An in depth look at an ongoing thirteen year nightmare for five Canadian families, The Secret Trial 5 examines the shadowy and highly unethical concept of detaining those suspected of having committed or potentially … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Mugshot Review

April 21, 2014

Mugshot Next Is someone’s arrest record snapshot something that the whole world should see? How much should the public be allowed to know after someone’s arrest? Historically, what if mugshots are the only ways of identifying certain marginalized people who … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Joy of Man’s Desiring Review

April 21, 2014

Joy of Man’s Desiring Canadian Spectrum Not a documentary in the strictest sense of the word, the latest film from consistently intriguing filmmaker Denis Côté asks if one can truly understand the depression, anxiety, and mindset of every day labourers … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Life After Death Review

April 21, 2014

Life After Death World Showcase A thoughtful and darkly comedic look at how the generosity of the religious can be taken advantage of, Life After Death goes to Kigali, Rwanda to look at one young man who might not be … Continue reading

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