March 19, 2018

KAFFE | Modus Coffee x West Broadway x Mount Pleasant

Modus Coffee Vancouver | West Broadway, Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant—After a couple years of hustling in Vancouver's vibrant coffee scene, the folks behind Modus Coffee Roasting Company, owners Sharif and Jessica, finally opened a proper brick and mortar coffee shop on West Broadway late last year.

March 15, 2018

TREAT | Cake and Coffee x Choco Coo Cafe x Richmond

Choco Coo Cafe | Richmond, BC

Richmond—First started in Coquitlam, Choco Coo Cafe recently opened a second (equally cute) location across the metro area. Known for their matcha, latte art, and little details, the cafe offers colourful takes on light dessert cakes.

March 12, 2018

CINEMA | 'Thoroughbreds' Has A Killer Pedigree

"Empathy isn't your strong suit."

Playwright turned first-time filmmaker Cory Finley impresses with a Hitchcock tinged comic thriller (think Strangers on a Train meets Heathers) centred on two troubled, sociopathic teenage girls in affluent settings. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke as Lily and Amanda, a pair of mismatched privileged Connecticut teens with an unusual, toxic friendship, Thoroughbreds is a coldly precise yet audacious film of detached emotions.

March 8, 2018

GENRE | 'The Death of Stalin' Dictates Laughs x JFL Northwest

Steve Buscemi Jeffrey Tambor Armando Iannucci | The Death of Stalin

British satirist and Veep creator Armando Iannucci continues his sharp streak of bitingly vicious political commentary. This time, he tackles the thick of Soviet politics as the title would suggest in the immediate aftermath of The Death of Stalin. His use of situational comedy, based on the French graphic novel La Mort de Staline, to express complex historical machinations and the absurdity of power is unsurprisingly sublime as ever.

March 5, 2018

IMBIBE | Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018 | Vancouver Convention Centre West

Waterfront—(February 26 to March 3, 2018) The 40th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival took over the social calendar last week with 25,000 guests wining and dining all across the city's two-dozen venues anchored by the multi-day and night International Festival Tasting Room inside the Vancouver Convention Centre West ballroom.

March 1, 2018

GENRE | Zoey Deutch Gives Her 'Flower' x JFL Northwest

"Smile, you're on candid camera, motherf*cker!"
Zoey Deutch Adam Scott Max Winkler | Flower

Flower, director Max Winkler's indie comedy/thriller starring Zoey Deutch as a promiscuous teen, cannot help but feel like typical film festival fare. It's a decently well-made and constructed story centred on a truly electric starring performance full of little quirks and a leering darkness from its offbeat but audacious subject matter.

February 26, 2018

CINEMA | Jennifer Lawrence Deceives 'Red Sparrow'

Jennifer Lawrence Francis Lawrence | Red Sparrow

Actress Jennifer Lawrence is having an interesting moment in her career. After the very divisive (and bonkers) Mother!, she reteams with her Hunger Games franchise director Francis Lawrence for another very different kind of role. Red Sparrow is decidedly not the sexy action spy thriller (in the vein of Atomic Blonde) it seems and much more of a insular, harrowingly grim character piece of espionage and intrigue à la John le Carré based on former CIA operative Jason Matthews' novel of the same name.