July 24, 2017

CINEMA | Christopher Nolan Battles 'Dunkirk'

"Wars are not won by evacuations."
Fionn Whitehead Harry Styles Aneurin Barnard Christopher Nolan | Dunkirk

There are no German soldiers in Dunkirk. Writer/director Christopher Nolan has twisted his trademark filmmaking style to meticulously craft a self-contained war drama about the titular 1940 World War II evacuation (code-named Operation Dynamo). Dunkirk is a sweeping, ambitiously told thriller and time-fractured triptych told through soldiers at ground-level on land (one week), by sea (one day), and by air (one hour).

July 20, 2017

WEEKENDER | Sunday Cider x Summer Sizzler x Strathcona

Sunday Cider Summer Sizzler | Strathcona, Vancouver

Strathcona—(July 15, 2017) Volume 2 of Sunday Cider's increasingly popular Summer Sizzler mid-afternoon to early evening series enjoyed on a Saturday kicked off this past weekend.

July 17, 2017

CINEMA | Rooney Mara Haunts 'A Ghost Story'

Casey Affleck Rooney Mara David Lowery | A Ghost Story

Texas filmmaker David Lowery has re-teamed with his Ain't Them Body Saints co-stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck for a stripped down yet haunting (while a little silly) film in the fittingly titled A Ghost Story. It's a simple but wondrously bold cinematic encapsulation of grief, sadness, time, and existential life.

July 13, 2017

WEEKENDER | Richmond Night Market x River Rock Casino

Richmond Night Market 2017 | River Rock Casino Resort

Richmond—(July 8, 2017) Richmond Night Market, in its many different incarnations and locations over the years, has become an annual summer staple for both locals and tourists looking for a bit of Southeast Asian flair closer to home. Located centrally a short walk from both Bridgeport SkyTrain station and the River Rock Casino Resort, it has become known as a smörgåsbord of diverse food options and for good reason.

July 10, 2017

CINEMA | 'War for the Planet of the Apes' Triumphs

"We are not savages. Apes fight only to survive."
Andy Serkis Matt Reeves | War for the Planet of the Apes

It's remarkable how truly human a film about talking apes is capable of being. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves has crafted the third Planet of the Apes film into a devastatingly emotional "human" drama about family, survival, and the primal act of war. War for the Planet of the Apes is a fitting closing chapter to the prequel/reboot trilogy with motion-capture actor Andy Serkis fully paying off his ascendant arc as Caesar, leader of the apes.

July 6, 2017

FEAST | The Rise Eatery x Opening x South Granville

The Rise Eatery | South Granville, Vancouver
The Routine ramen poutine with fries, cheese curds, miso gravy, Kewpie mayo, and furikake
Fairview Slopes—(July 4, 2017) The Rise Eatery is South Granville's newest and latest globally-influenced restaurant with culinary influences from Argentina to Korea and Germany. The modern sixty-seat bistro opened recently with a focus on elevated dining and sharing plates (think Torafuku meets Heritage Asian Eatery).

July 5, 2017

CINEMA | 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Swings into Marvel Fun

"The spider's dead, Ned."
Tom Holland Jon Watts | Marvel Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man has never been so much fun on screen. Spider-Man: Homecoming, the sixth film in fifteen years and third iteration of the character in a decade, is also the first produced by Marvel Studios—the five previous films were all produced by Sony with minimal Marvel involvement—and it definitely shows as this effort is mostly a joyful celebration of the friendly neighbourhood webhead. Brit Tom Holland stars as a much younger, boyish high school focused version of the superhero set in what is ostensibly a very welcome teen superhero movie mashup.