Author: Andrew Parker

Review: A LEGO Brickumentary

Founded in 1932 by Danish inventor Ole Kirk Christiansen, LEGO initially floundered making wooden and plastic toys before the 1949 creation of its signature interlocking building block toy. Held together with the patented “clutch power” system, the tiny plastic blocks became bigger and bigger over time, pulling in numerous licencees (Star Wars, most prominently) and attracting numerous celebrity devotees (Ed Sheeran, Dwight Howard, Trey Parker) who still play with the toy that lit up their childhood to this day. The possibility of LEGO toys are seemingly endless, leading to the company becoming the number two toy manufacturer in the world (valued...

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Review: Vacation

Feeling like his life and family have reached a bit of a rut, now grown up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) decides to relive what he delusionally thinks was one of the best times of his life: a vacation to the fabled Wally World theme park. He embarks on the journey in a crappy foreign rental car alongside his skeptical wife (Christina Applegate), his shy, eldest son (Skyler Gisondo), and his obnoxious, foul mouthed youngest (Steele Stebbins). Hijinks and wackiness ensues. More of a remake or a reboot than a proper sequel to the John Hughes started franchise that originally...

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Review: Pixels

A satellite carrying a welcome greeting – and footage of the 1982 World Video Game Championships – has been intercepted by a hostile alien race that sees arcade games as a form of actual combat and the contact established as a threat. The aliens attack in the form of classic arcade cabinet characters, and the President of the United States (Kevin James) enlists the help of his best friend and former rookie sensation gamer, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler) to come up with a way to help destroy the invaders before they wipe humanity out of existence. A high concept...

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Review: Irrational Man

Washed out, alcoholic philosophy and “ethical strategies” professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) has taken a job at a sleepy Connecticut university, presumably because he finds “no clear reason for living.” His work seems to be held in some sort of esteem, and he’s pursued romantically by an age appropriate Chemist (Parker Posey) and an eager student (Emma Stone), neither of whom he can bring himself to be intimate with. One day, he overhears a private conversation; a woman he has no connection to states that she’s getting screwed over by a potentially corrupt judge in a custody battle, one...

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Wild world: the Crocker family on All the Time in the World

Every summer, a large number of Canadians and their families retreat from bustling metropolises to rural, wooded, or lakefront cabins and islands with hopes of recharging their batteries and getting away from the daily grind and weekly stressors. In this day and age, however, most of these retreats are still relatively plugged in and wired to the outside world, and the amount of time spent at these idyllic retreats is often harshly regulated by never having as much time to spend there as one would hope (or in rare cases, too much time spent around bickering relatives). There’s probably more than...

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Review: Mr. Holmes

Long retired, moved on from his trusty second-in-command-slash-biographer Dr. Watson, and suffering from an aging body and the onset of senility, Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) moves back to his coutryside villa in 1947 with the intention of re-telling one of his real life mysteries in his own words. It was a case that was solved – his final one, in fact – but Holmes, despite his failing memory, insists Watson changed the ending when he fictionalized the account. The 93-year old is cared for by a put upon and none to eager housemaid (Laura Linney), but he finds his...

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Review: All the Time in the World

In an effort to help her family reconnect with a world outside of modern convenience and relationships that often require wi-fi passwords and text messages to keep them together, filmmaker Suzanne Crocker decamped from the big city, along with her husband, three kids, and two pets, to the bush of Canada’s Yukon. As the seasons change from summery, to wintry, to just damp and kind of blah, All the Time in the World documents one family’s attempted return to nature without electricity, running water, and (possibly most importantly) an absence of clocks. What makes this personal diary and travelogue...

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