October 20, 2014

TEDxVancouver 2014 x Tilt x Queen Elizabeth Theatre

2014 TEDxVancouver: Tilt conference at Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 18, 2014.

TEDxVancouver 2014: Tilt | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

After taking last year off and the arrival of the official TED2014 conference in town, the independently organized TEDxVancouver returned, bringing along its 2,500 attendees (mostly newcomers and first-timers) for a full day of stories and inspiration. This was my fourth straight TEDxVancouver and it was both familiar and new in its high ambition and broad appeal (despite being a little all over the place at times), hoping to "Tilt" themes and shift thinking about human innovation.

October 16, 2014

From Hip to Coffee x Gene Cafe x Mount Pleasant

Coffee break at Gene Cafe on Main Street in Mount Pleasant on October 14, 2014.

Gene Cafe | Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

I love coffee shops. There's something about the lounging about vibe, hanging out, and caffeine in the air that appeals to me. Fortunately for me, Vancouver has many cafes of different varieties from chains to independents to pass the time in.

October 13, 2014

VIFF 2014: Violence and Jazz – Miles Teller Gets 'Whiplash'

"There are no two words in the English language more harmfull than good job."
Miles Teller | Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most (dramatically) "violent" films of the year. The way writer/director Damien Chazelle uses jazz to express uncompromising creative artistry is exceptional. Miles Teller tempers his natural charisma to give a fluidly determined and sympathetic portrait of a young musician obsessively trying to master every aspect of playing the drums. His performance in the face of J.K. Simmons as that of a tyrant and musical disciplinarian is superb.

October 9, 2014

VIFF 2014: Industry Interview – Filmmaker Jay Duplass

"Make movies, not meetings."
Filmmaker Jay Duplass | VIFF Industry Conference 2014

Along with his brother Mark (who's also also a prolific actor and stars on The League), Jay Duplass is the co-writer/director of films like Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home. The Duplass brothers broke onto the scene with their Sundance and SXSW hit, The Puffy Chair. Along with a group of other upcoming indie filmmakers, the two focused on inexpensive digital video productions and lo-fi films involving naturalistic dialogue and amateur actors (commonly referred to as "mumblecore"). Jay was in town for the Vancouver International Film Festival, speaking at the VIFF Industry conference on Totally Indie Day talking Crossing Over: From Indie to Studio on his experiences in filmmaking.

October 8, 2014

VIFF 2014: Sonja Bennett Goes to 'Preggoland' – Must See BC

Sonja Bennett | Preggoland | VIFF 2014 Must See BC

Vancouver actress Sonja Bennett (Young People F*cking) has written a charming vehicle to showcase her talents in both comedy and drama. The Trotsky director Jacob Tierney executes Bennett's script (written while she was actually pregnant) quite fluidly, framing moments of absurd comedy and cringing drama with a naturalistic style. Bennett and Tierney take the troupe of being a loser in your mid-thirties to ridiculous lengths for moments of both broad humour and affecting sadness.

October 7, 2014

From Dining to Lunch x Taste of Yaletown 2014 x Glowbal Grill

10th annual Taste of Yaletown lunch tour and preview at Glowbal Grill Steak & Satays from The Glowbal Collection in Yaletown on October 2, 2014.

Taste of Yaletown 2014 | Glowbal's Society Restaurant @ Yaletown, Vancouver

Taste of Yaletown, the downtown neighbourhood BIA's set menu restaurant program, is returning and media were toured around for a sneak peak of the different dining options available. I previewed the tasty offerings from the Glowbal Collection's titular eatery, Glowbal Grill (and also, Simply Thai Restaurant).

October 6, 2014

Cinemist: Gone, Baby, 'Gone Girl'

"I'm so sick and tired of being picked apart by women."
Ben Affleck Rosamund Pike David Fincher | Gone Girl

Meticulous filmmaker David Fincher's latest twisty thriller, based on the Gillian Flynn bestseller, Gone Girl is pulpy yet high-class melodrama at its finest. Perfectly cast, Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are devilishly delicious as a troubled married couple, where the wife mysteriously goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. The film adaptation acts as one, long, dark, disturbing metaphor for a toxic marriage and playing the victim, exploiting its own material as lurid, trashy fun. Fincher takes the boiler plate material and infuses a dark, atmospheric tone throughout to heighten the unfolding drama so precisely.