August 27, 2015
August 24, 2015
August 20, 2015
"I had sex today. Holy sh*t!"
The very misleadingly titled The Diary of a Teenage Girl, based on Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel, is a powerfully frank, provocative story about a 15-year-old girl's experiences with sex, drugs, and everything else you could think of in 1976 San Francisco. Actress turned filmmaker Marielle Heller makes an auspicious screenwriting/directorial debut as she admirably takes on the difficult task of openly expressing the simultaneously empowering and confusing sexual awakening of a teenage girl without any moralization.
August 17, 2015
August 13, 2015
"Our art is a reflection of our reality."
Straight Outta Compton was always going to be an inherently compelling and captivating story based on the subject matter of following the careers of members of the groundbreaking rap group, N.W.A (aka N*ggaz Wit Attitudes). Its unique success story of urban unrest during a turbulent time and place ultimately suffers from the same problems of most musical biopics and autobiographical histories as producers Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Tomica Woods-Wright (Eazy-E's widow) all have vested interests in cementing their respective ongoing legacies, images, and million dollar brands.
August 10, 2015
West End—To celebrate their first anniversary at the ritzy Sutton Place Hotel on Burrard Street, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar and Executive Chef Alex Chen are currently holding a weekly Summer Seafood Boil Series full of Southern style comfort food every Sunday night throughout the season—and now extended into September.
August 6, 2015
"For a special agent, you're not having a very special day, are you?"
The Man from U.N.C.L.E., based on the popular 1960s television series, comes from filmmaker Guy Ritchie who recreates all of the era's sexy spy genre troupes and Cold War politics in a very polished package. Coming off a string of diverse and subversive spy movies this year, including Kingsman, Spy, the latest Mission: Impossible, and forthcoming Spectre, U.N.C.L.E. plays it both straight with a standard save the world threat as it dials up Ritchie's trademark cinematic tricks and flourishes while amping up a sense of light fun and adventure quite well.