March 21, 2017
March 16, 2017
March 13, 2017
The original Goon, a somewhat realistic feeling gem of a little Canadian sports flick co-written and produced by Montréal actor Jay Baruchel (and directed by Michael Dowse), was a violent, darkly sweet yet accessible take on the lowest levels of fighting in minor league hockey and the people gravitated towards that life. Its sequel, Goon: Last of the Enforcers, this time directed by Baruchel is unfortunately a much more broadly comic and very bloody affair—on ice.
March 9, 2017
Gastown—From chef/owner J.C. Poirier and the Kitchen Table Restaurants team most recently behind the award-winning Ask for Luigi Italian restaurant (also Pourhouse and Pizzeria Farina), the newly opened Joe Pizza aims to be West Cordova's no-nonsense (and very hipster friendly) by the slice neighbourhood pizzeria. So far, it mostly lives up to that hype, especially with its gorgeously lit corner space in the old Rainier Provisions location.
March 6, 2017
"Monsters exist. Nobody believed me."
Indie filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts makes his big Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking leap and takes on the King Kong monster franchise in his 1970s post-Vietnam War set Kong: Skull Island action movie mashup inspired by Apocalypse Now. Instead of the usual juxtaposition of the famous giant ape destroying the big city, this adventure happens almost entirely in his titular mythical homeland.
March 2, 2017
"You still have time."
Hugh Jackman returns for his allegedly last and most sentimental turn as the titular mutant character in the stripped down, revisionist Logan, partially inspired by the Old Man Logan comic book storyline. The Wolverine director James Mangold returns to make the film a far more gritty, violent, and very western genre feeling affair (think Shane). Most of the film's charm ironically comes from a sombre, deadly serious (and slight dystopian) tone and the fact that it just barely exists as an X-Men or superhero movie.