Author: Andrew Parker

Review: Bon Cop Bad Cop 2

Just barely over a decade ago, the buddy cop/culture clash/comedy/action flick Bon Cop Bad Cop became the highest grossing Canadian film of all time at the domestic box office (and still is if you choose not to count Resident Evil sequels as being truly Canadian offerings). It was a breezy, lightweight, and enjoyable enough romp through mismatched copper tropes and gags aimed squarely at differences between Ontarians and the Quebecois. It wasn’t high art and not much of a spectacle packed blockbuster when placed into comparison with its American or Asian brethren, but one would have expected a sequel...

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Review: The Belko Experiment

The blackly comedic horror flick and survival thriller The Belko Experiment, a collaboration between genre mavens director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and writer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither), takes its cues from classic psychological and social thought experiments to deliver a solid, unpretentious funhouse yarn about a bunch of people forced into killing each other for a chance at survival. It’s essentially nothing more than the famous “trolley problem” writ large, and while The Belko Experiment holds few genuine surprises, it’s still a bloody fun work of wall-to-wall chaos. A group of American workers operating out of...

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Walking a new beat: an interview with Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 director Alain Desrochers

It has been nearly a decade since Canadian audiences flocked to see the sleeper hit buddy-cop comedy, Bon Cop Bad Cop, which cast well known, homegrown talents Patrick Huard and Colm Feore as Quebecois and Ontarian police officers, respectively. Until recently, the first film was the highest grossing Canadian film of all time (and still is if you don’t count things like the Resident Evil franchise as being Canadian), so it’s perhaps a bit surprising to some that it has taken so long to pull together what seems like a sure fire sequel. This weekend, Bon Cop Bad Cop...

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Review: The Wall

Packaged and marketed as a taut wartime action film, but playing more like a low-key, two-hander horror flick, director Doug Liman’s The Wall is a satisfying, unpretentious, slyly metaphorical bit of entertainment. It’s slight – the kind of film that suggests the leads and director did it as a lark while they all had a few days off – but assured and consistently suspenseful. It’s 2007, shortly after the supposed end to the American war in Iraq, and a pair of American snipers have been scoping out the scene of a massacre at an oil pipeline that’s under construction....

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Review: The Sandwich Nazi

For 26 years Salam Kahil has operated his small business in Vancouver with the same amount of love and abuse. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse and a former male escort, the Lebanese Muslim owner of a Scandinavian deli with a French name has enthralled and repulsed consumers with sexually explicit tales of past exploits and frank, often unsolicited insults and advice. It’s just the kind of personal touch that keeps people coming back for more. He’s also an invaluable member of the local community, often helping those who can’t pay for his services and helping to feed the...

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Hot Docs 2017 Review: I Am Another You

Before she made last year’s Oscar shortlisted documentary Hooligan Sparrow, Chinese-American filmmaker Nanfu Wang struck up an unlikely friendship with Dylan Olsen while on a road trip through America. A 22-year old drifter and former heroin addict, Olsen has lived on the streets in various cities across the country rather than go back to his conservative, but loving Mormon family back in Utah. Wang attempts to keep up with Dylan, whose charisma makes people naturally want to help him, but the filmmaker eventually gets frustrated with her travelling companion, gives up, and leaves. But after completing Hooligan Sparrow, Wang...

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Hot Docs 2017 Review: Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

Some might have found the big money civil suit that Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea brought against snarky investigative journalism outlet Gawker over a leaked sex tape to be a bit of a curiosity, but as the facts about the case started to come out and the real reason for the trial came to light, a frightening picture of how the rich and powerful are seeking to control the media at large began to emerge. Using the Hogan/Gawker trial as a jumping-off point, Brian Knappenberger’s Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press naturally and effortlessly takes on a three act...

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