September 29, 2014

Cinemist: 'The Skeleton Twins' – Hader and Wiig Powers Activate!

"To whom it may concern, see ya later."
Bill Hader Kristen Wiig | The Skeleton Twins

Saturday Night Live veterans and comedians Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are absolutely sublime playing estrange twin siblings in The Skeleton Twins. Their comedic chemistry is unsurprising and hilariously fluid just as their dark, dramatic undertones about suicide and depression are affecting. Despite being such dramatically heavy film about cheating death and self sabotage, it's hard not to delight in the film's out of nowhere highlight where Hader lip syncs and dances to Starship’s classic power ballad duet, "Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now", in order to force a smile out of Wiig's character.

September 25, 2014

VIFF 2014: 'Foxcatcher' Wrestles with Shadows

Channing Tatum Steve Carell Mark Ruffalo | Foxcatcher

Amateur wrestling is a cold, visceral yet pure and artful sport. Director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) uses wrestling to craft a precise, slowburn psychological drama. Foxcatcher is so smartly and intelligently executed with such a thoughtfully careful eye for its characters with an eerie poeticism. Everything unfolds precisely as we follow real-life wrestling champion brothers and Olympic gold medalists Mark and Dave Shultz, perfectly cast and portrayed by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, in their journey towards American glory.

September 22, 2014

From Waffles to Brunch x Café Medina x Richards Street

Brunch tasting at the new Café Medina on Richards Street in the Library District on September 19, 2014.

Café Medina | Richards Street, Vancouver

I was invited to swing by Café Medina's digs on this rainy afternoon to get a taste of their signature dishes and latest offerings. Newly re-opened and already always packed, Vancouver's favourite Mediterranean-inspired brunch eatery is now located in a cavernous location, bringing back old favourites while injecting some fresh energy.

September 18, 2014

New Music: Death From Above 1979 Enters 'The Physical World'

"The thing that we learned in our time away is that the band exists without us, which is an incredible thing."
Death From Above 1979 | Commodore Ballroom

It's only slightly odd how it took ten years after Death From Above 1979's initial breakthrough effort, You're A Woman, I'm A Machine, for the Toronto dance punk duo to finally release their sophomore record. All this is happening after their quiet break up and subsequent reunion over creative differences and mutual acrimony/hostility. The Physical World is finally here and it definitely shows a decade of growth and musical sophistication while still harkening to the band's trademark visceral sound.

September 15, 2014

Chefs for Oceans x Sustainable Seafood x Four Seasons Hotel

Chefs for Oceans fundraiser at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver downtown on September 12, 2014.

Chefs for Oceans | Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

We celebrated Chef Ned Bell's successful completion of his ride across canada with a soirée at the Four Seasons Hotel. Bell returned home from his bike trip to raise awareness for sustainable seafood. The coast-to-coast journey took him 72 days and nearly 9,000 km to complete.

September 11, 2014

From Eggs to Brunch x Upstairs at Campagnolo x Strathcona

Brunch tasting at Upstairs at Campagnolo on Main Street in Strathcona on September 6, 2014.

Upstairs at Campagnolo | Strathcona, Vancouver

I'm a fan of Campagnolo's Italian group of restaurants including the flagship Main Street eatery, Roma, and the Upstairs bar. Starting this Saturday, you can enjoy brunch service at Camp's appropriately named, hip upstairs bar.

September 10, 2014

From Aburi to Dumplings x Gyoza Bar + Ramen x Grand Opening

Gyoza Bar + Ramen's dry run preview tasting and grand opening on West Pender Street on September 4 and 8, 2014.

Gyoza Bar + Ramen | West Pender Street, Vancouver

Gyōzas and ramen are among two of my favourite edible things and staples of the Japanese diet. Throw in Aburi Restaurants (of Miku and Minami fame) and their track record of top notch high end Japanese cuisine/dining and you have a highly anticipated recipe for this finally opened (slightly fusion style) Japanese noodle soup and dumpling eatery.