December 11, 2016

GATHER | TWG Tea Salon & Boutique x Grand Opening

TWG Tea Vancouver | Downtown Vancouver

Financial District—(December 8, 2016) TWG Tea Salon & Boutique has opened its first official North American location and celebrated by throwing a massive grand opening party. The Singaporean-based luxury tea brand, established in 2008, takes over the recently closed Urban Tea Merchant space with original proprietors Tom and Karinna James becoming exclusive TWG Canadian franchise partners/distributors under their VanSing Distribution Group.

December 8, 2016

CINEMA | Natalie Portman Deconstructs 'Jackie'

Natalie Portman Pablo Larraín | Jackie

A biopic of an iconic American figure directed by a Chilean filmmaker (making his English-language debut) and filmed in Paris with a French crew, Jackie is a stirring and enlightening yet wholly unconventional portrait of the former first lady. A sensational Natalie Portman stars in the performance of her life as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the immediate period before and after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.

December 1, 2016

CINEMA | Rebecca Hall Signs Off – 'Christine'

Rebecca Hall Michael C. Hall Antonio Campos | Christine

Rebecca Hall gives a towering performance as the tragic, real-life Florida reporter Christine Chubbuck who infamously took her own life live on air mid-report. Antonio Campos directs Christine as a sympathetic portrait of an awkward and unstable but driven young woman set against the Nixon era of changing local news.

November 28, 2016

CABLE | A Hipster Mystery – 'Search Party' Finds Itself

Alia Shawkat | Search Party TBS

Created by Fort Tilden filmmakers Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers alongside The State/Stella sketch comedy member Michael ShowalterSearch Party delights in exploring and skewering contemporary millennial youth culture in inventive ways just as it builds a darkly comic mystery around its clueless characters.

November 24, 2016

CINEMA | Tom Ford Hunts 'Nocturnal Animals'

"I'm too cynical to be an artist."
Amy Adams Tom Ford | Nocturnal Animals

Fashion designer Tom Ford's second film, Nocturnal Animals, is just as stylish, moody, and cinematic as his first, the sumptuous A Single Man. Full of offbeat, post-modern narrative shifts, the film, based on novelist Austin Wright's novel Tony and Susan, tells stories within stories in the style of a psychological thriller and film noir. These stories are mostly emotionally devastating and express a deeply cynical, knowing fatalism aided by Ford's impeccable eye for composition.

November 21, 2016

CINEMA | Disney and 'Moana' Make Waves

"What are you even doing here, princess?"
Dwayne Johnson Auli'i Cravalho | Disney's Moana

Moana is Walt Disney Animation's latest take on their tried and true Disney princess formula with enough progressive, contemporary twists including its Pacific Islands setting to make it stand out. Inspired by Polynesian culture, the animated film uses folklore and broad cultural traditions to emphasis its themes of adventure, empowerment, and exploration rather well.