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

A Haunted House 2 Review

April 17, 2014

All things considered equally, Marlon Wayans’ megahit follow-up A Haunted House 2 isn’t as bad as some critics are secretly dreading it would be. It’s definitely not a major piece of cinema or anything that will ever be heralded as being notable in the history of parody flicks, but at least it has jokes and it aims for a higher targets than its predecessor did. Continue reading

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Hail Review

April 14, 2014

Hail is a purposefully uneasy and gorgeous looking and sounding story of one man trying to adjust to life outside of prison. It’s as emotionally charged and lyrical as a love poem and as raw as the coldest of winter evenings. It’s one of the best Australian films of the new century and it’s playing in Toronto for one night only. Continue reading

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Journey to the West Review

April 14, 2014

While it’s fun in spots and director Stephen Chow is bringing a great amount of his trademark ambition and imagination, Journey to the West is an ungainly and strangely distancing mess. Continue reading

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Oculus Review

April 11, 2014

Oculus is a smart, well acted, and deeply scary film that never treats the audience for a horror film like brain dead zombies who just want a gory, lazy geek show with a bunch of loud noises, whip pans, and smash cuts. Continue reading

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Rio 2 Review

April 11, 2014

The appeal of Rio 2 to adults will be quite minimal since it’s designed and calculated to be the best possible babysitter for undiscriminating tykes who have never seen any movies outside of the first Rio. Continue reading

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Draft Day Review

April 11, 2014

Although a bit over directed and having precious little clue how an NFL franchise is actually run, Draft Day remains a largely entertaining sports comedy designed specifically for people who hate sports comedies. Continue reading

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Interview: Mike Flanagan

April 10, 2014

We catch up with Oculus director Mike Flanagan to talk about adapting his own short to feature length, why it’s hard to pitch a movie about a killer mirror, how his lead actors went to great lengths to research their roles for a simple genre film, and how he kind of nerded out working with cast members from Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica. Continue reading

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Interview: Carlos Saldanha

April 10, 2014

We talk to Rio 2 director Carlos Saldanha about how the sequel came together, presenting ecological messages to children, the sounds and colour of Rio, and the creation of one of the most memorable character of the year that he thinks deserves a lot more credit (and rightfully so). Continue reading

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The Raid 2 Review

April 10, 2014

Fans of Gareth Evans’ previous bone crunching, face bashing, knife twisting, Indonesian action masterpiece The Raid will probably adore the fact that the ass kicking stakes have been raised considerably for the sequel. But hopefully they also appreciate the extra added effort to make a sequel that’s actually worth talking about beyond just the action sequences. Continue reading

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Focus on Images Festival 2014

April 10, 2014

We take a look at some of the many highlights from this year’s Toronto Images Festival, one of the most exciting times of the year for fine arts in Canada since the late 80s. Continue reading

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This Week at The Bloor: 4/10/14

April 10, 2014

This week at The Bloor brings the hilarious, heartbreaking, and touching anti-rock doc crowd pleaser Mistaken for Strangers and the somewhat disappointing and frustrating historical mystery The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden. Continue reading

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Algonquin Review

April 9, 2014

The Canadian indie drama Algonquin is a perfect example of a rare kind of film: the kind of idea that sounds terrible on paper or in a pitch, but one that works just fine in practice. Continue reading

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Dom Hemingway Review

April 9, 2014

Dom Hemingway contains plenty of thoughtful comedic performances and general ideas that are engaging enough to make one forget that the film itself isn’t all that great. Continue reading

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Interview: Gareth Evans

April 9, 2014

We talk to The Raid 2 director Gareth Evans about the greater ambitions of his ass kicking sequel, the pros and cons of having more time and locations to shoot in, what to expect from the conclusion to The Raid trilogy, and why you won’t find him hanging around any mud pits any time soon. Continue reading

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Interview: Tom Berninger

April 9, 2014

We talk to Tom Berninger, subject of and filmmaker behind the documentary Mistaken for Strangers about any potential fame he has seen as a result of appearing alongside his more famous and notable brother (lead singer of The National), how the film has the potential to bring new fans to The National’s music, why his brother has heavy metal tendencies despite not being a very metal guy, what he remembers about being on tour and his job, and why he really might not be all that different from his big brother. Continue reading

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Interview: Julian Richings

April 8, 2014

We talk to veteran Canadian actor Julian Richings about his return to the Canadian stage and the role of artist John Berger in The Art of Time Ensemble’s remounting of I Send You This Cadmium Red Continue reading

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Interview: Jonathan Hayes

April 8, 2014

We talk to Jonathan Hayes, director of the Canadian drama Algonquin about the clashing egos within his film’s characters, the concept of denial and distance within families, and how his film is now related directly to the work of Casablanca director Michael Curtiz. Continue reading

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Interview: John Mitchell

April 8, 2014

Back in 1987 the Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman comedy Ishtar became one of the most infamous box office disasters and critically reviled films of all time. But what if the movie itself was ahead of its time and not actually that bad? Filmmaker John Mitchell aims to answer that question with his documentary Waiting for Ishtar, which has recently started an IndieGoGo campaign to help with post-production. We chat with the filmmaker about the history of one of the most misunderstood moves of all time. Continue reading

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