November 22, 2017

GENRE | James Franco Masters 'The Disaster Artist' x Rio Grind

"Don't be weird, Greg."
James Franco Timmy Wiseau | The Disaster Artist

Enigmatic actor and sometimes performance artist James Franco, in the role of his lifetime, embodies the infamous Tommy Wiseau, the filmmaker behind possibly the best bad movie ever made, in the completely triumphant The Disaster Artist. Based on The Room actor Greg Sestero—played in the film so heartwarmingly so by James' real-life brother Dave Franco—and Tom Bissell's biographical book of the same name, the film both recreates and celebrates the disastrous genesis, production, and reception of the awful but now famed cult classic film.

November 21, 2017

IMBIBE | HJU:Z Lounge x Opening x Westin Bayshore

"Rules don't apply."
HJU:Z Lounge | The Westin Bayshore Hotel | Coal Harbour, Vancouver

Coal Harbour—(November 16, 2017) The shiny and new but awkwardly named HJU:Z Lounge (pronounced "Hughes"), quietly nestled inside The Westin Bayshore hotel, was unveiled recently to much glitz and glamour—just down the hall from the still fairly recently opened H2 Rotisserie & Bar from earlier this year.

November 20, 2017

GENRE | 'Bodied' Slam – Joseph Kahn Battles x Rio Grind

"Probably assume everything is a gun metaphor."
Rio Grind Film Festival 2017 | Calum Worthy Eminem Joseph Kahn | Bodied

Korean-American filmmaker Joseph Kahn, most famous for directing visually inventive music videos from pop artists like Taylor Swift and Britney Spears, seems to very much understand and is ably qualified to break down the ills and artistry of contemporary culture and sociology. Produced by Eminem, Bodied is dynamic indie movie using the competitive rap battle subculture as a means to dissect controversial subject matter relating to racial tensions, cultural appropriation, rampant misogyny, casual homophobia, political correctness, freedom of speech, and white privilege.

November 16, 2017

CINEMA | 'Justice League' Reassembles An Age of Heroes

"The world needs Superman."
Gal Gadot Ezra Miller Jason Momoa Ray Fisher Zack Snyder Joss Whedon | DC Justice League

Messy but fun. That's what director Zack Snyder's much discussed DC Comics superhero team-up, Justice League, mostly is. Re-written and finished by The Avengers filmmaker Joss Whedon after Snyder was forced to leave the film due to personal tragedy, the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice sequel largely aims to apologize for that film's grim, overlong, self-indulgent tone the way it tried to fix the consequences of Man of Steel before that.

November 13, 2017

WEEKENDER | Fan Expo Vancouver 2017 x Canada Place

Fan Expo Vancouver 2017 | Canada Place
Thor cosplayer Bob Brocksmilie / Photo | Catherine Jenkins
Waterfront—(November 10 to 12, 2017) The sixth annual Fan Expo Vancouver cosplay and comic book convention took over Canada Place for the Remembrance Day long weekend. The jam-packed, three-day event was another geeked out celebration of fans and followers dressed up to see stars, characters, creators, and artists from their favourite genre properties.

November 9, 2017

CINEMA | 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' Burns

"Raped while dying and still no arrests. How come Chief Willoughby?"
Frances McDormand Woody Harrelson Martin McDonagh | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Irish-British playwright turned filmmaker Martin McDonagh has made another darkly irreverent take on the complex nature of human emotions. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a very funny but disturbing rumination on grief, tragedy, escalation, and retribution. The In Bruges director tackles hot button issues like police brutality, rape/murder, and small-town vigilante justice with a certain bluntness and wit.

November 6, 2017

GENRE | Justin Chon Riots – 'Gook' Strikes x VAFF 2017

VAFF 2017 | Justin Chon | Gook

Korean-American actor Justin Chon clearly has more talent and ambition than he's been allowed to showcase thus far in his career. For for sophomore directorial effort, the ultra low-budget, black-and-white indie movie provocatively titled Gook, he dramatizes a day in the life of two working brothers and a young African-American girl as the 1992 L.A. riots break out amidst the Rodney King verdict in nearby Paramount, California.