May 21, 2015

WANDER | The Juice Truck x Native Shoes x Spring Fling

The Juice Truck x Native Shoes Spring Fling | Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

Mount Pleasant—(May 21, 2015) Local brands The Juice Truck and Native Shoes teamed up to celebrate their newly launched, limited edition shoe collaboration. The custom shoe print is "inspired by what we create and where we live" with a playful, psychedelic theme, hints of tropical plants, and 1980s floral patterns.

May 20, 2015

REVIEW | A Disney Future – Escape from 'Tomorrowland'

"I get things are bad, but what are we doing to fix it?"
George Clooney | Disney Tomorrowland

Filmed all over British Columbia, Tomorrowland aims to be family friendly, PG action adventure wrapped in Disney's trademark branding, theme park mythology building, and idealistic spirit celebrating imagination. Instead, animator/filmmaker Brad Bird has crafted a rather glossy but very messy film full of simplistic yet bright ideas and no real story or mystery. It trades a sense of wonder and hope for a narratively unfocused journey to nowhere.

May 19, 2015

CONCERT | U2 Live x Innocence + Experience Tour x Rogers Arena

U2 Innocence + Experience Tour | Rogers Arena, Vancouver

False Creek—(May 15, 2015) On night two of U2's global kick-off to their Innocence + Experience Tour, the four Irish rockers continued to show fans everything they are made of musically inside a sold out Rogers Arena. The world tour (delayed after Bono's cycling accident) is in support of their thirteenth studio album, Songs of Innocence, among their most autobiographical albums to date after nearly forty years together. As a result, the show reflected man aspects of their (troubled) youths while paying tribute to their early musical influences.

May 18, 2015

DINING | Bao Boards x Gyoza Bar x Aburi Restaurants

Gyoza Bar + Ramen | West Pender Street, Vancouver

Downtown—(May 12, 2015) Since opening last year to much anticipation and a mixed reception, Aburi RestaurantsGyoza Bar has evolved their menu, branching out into more mixed Asian fusion culinary influences. As such, they introduced a new dinner concept anchored by their signature bao boards.

May 14, 2015

REVIEW | The Mad and the Furious – 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Tom Hardy | Mad Max: Fury Road

Australian filmmaker George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most masterfully made and choreographed action movies I've ever seen. Tom Hardy takes over the title role (originated by Mel Gibson) and with only a few words, anchors the film's minimalist plot he and Charlize Theron—it's really her story—maximize the relentless, bone rattling action for nearly the entire runtime. It's a triumphant, visionary piece of pulp and modern filmmaking bursting from every frame.

May 13, 2015

REVIEW | Life's A Pitch – 'Pitch Perfect 2' Causes Treble

"You are such a ca disappointment!"
Anna Kendrick Hailee Steinfeld | Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2 is perfectly emblematic of most (romantic) comedy sequels and the struggles they face in revisiting the material that made their predecessors so successful while refreshing and adding new elements to move characters/stories forward. Add to the mix the lighting in the bottle quality of the original low budget Pitch Perfect, a surprise cultural hit never designed to a be franchise where the college aged characters were left with relatively closed storylines, and we have a tall order to satisfy.

May 11, 2015

WANDER | Vancouver Biennale x Trans Am Totem x False Creek

"Are you down on cars or are you down with cars?"
Trans Am Totem | False Creek, Vancouver

False Creek—You may have been wondering exactly what that massive totem pole on the grassy median at Quebec Street and Milross Avenue is. The Trans Am Totem is a public art project selected to be a part of the 2014-16 Vancouver Biennale exhibition. The monument, two years in the making, was assembled by North Vancouver artist/sculptor Marcus Bowcott and is best described as a five car vertical traffic jam atop one another and stacked on a 20-foot high old-growth cedar tree stump.