October 5, 2015

GATHER | Worldwide InstaMeet 12 x A Pleasant Meet

A Pleasant Meet | Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

Mount Pleasant—(October 3, 2015) As part of Instagram's Worldwide InstaMeet 12, local photographers/Instagram'ers Chris Wong and Lucy Yun hosted a little meetup photo walk dubbed "A Pleasant Meet" in the titular neighbourhood. The day's theme was portraits and highlighting new people (via #TodayIMet). We gathered at Juice Truck's shop before touring around the area while snapping shots of each other. (Student Brandon Wu hanging out on the roof.)

October 1, 2015

VIFF 2015 | 'The Lobster' Skewers Modern Romance

VIFF 2015 | Colin Farrell Rachel Weisz | The Lobster

VIFF 2015—Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' absurdist dystopian comedy, The Lobster, is a rather unconventional, surrealist love story to say the least. It's a bold, insightful satirical look at society's obsession with finding romantic love and coupling as it takes those themes to bizarre lengths.

September 30, 2015

FEAST | New Fall Menu x PiDGiN x Gastown

PiDGiN Restaurant | Gastown, Vancouver

Gastown—(September 29, 2015) PiDGiN restaurant and Executive Chef Shin Suzuki launched their new fall menu last week and celebrated with an intimate seven-course pairing dinner featuring seasonal dishes each matched with a special cocktail, sake, or fine wine from bar manager Nelson Navasero and wine consultant Neil Ingram.

September 29, 2015

REVIEW | Emily Blunt Delivers – 'Sicario'

Emily Blunt Denis Villeneuve | Sicario

Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve continues his string of interesting, moody dramas with the drug war thriller, Sicario. It's a tense, often viscerally brutal film about law enforcement and duelling senses of justice on the American-Mexican border. What the film ultimately captures is the human toll and emotional cost of constantly battling the drug trade.

September 28, 2015

REVIEW | Science Fun – Matt Damon 'The Martian' Manhunter

Matt Damon Ridley Scott | The Martian

It's hard to imagine anyone not liking The Martian. Based on the Andy Weir novel, filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to form in a very straightforward but pleasing sci-fi film about an astronaut surviving while stranded on Mars. Often described as "science porn", the film takes a procedural and diary style narrative look at science, math, and problem solving while isolated on the red planet.

September 24, 2015

WANDER | Renew Gallery x Period Lighting & Decorative Arts

Renew Gallery Period Lighting & Decorative Arts | Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

Mount Pleasant—The former Vancouver Architectural Antiques, a fixture on Main Street for two decades, was reborn and rebranded earlier this year with a “renewed” focus on restoring early nineteenth and twentieth century lighting pieces, antique decor, and various architectural elements in their new location. Reopening as Renew Period Lighting & Decorative Arts (aka "Renew Gallery"), the refreshed business is very much in the same mould of its predecessor also from renowned antique expert Eric Cohen.

September 21, 2015

WEEKENDER | Brunch x Chambar Restaurant x Gastown

Chambar Restaurant | Gastown, Vancouver

GastownBrunch at the still relatively new location of the otherwise decade old Chambar Restaurant is an undeniably pleasant experience. Their well-regarded Belgian-focused menu aside, the space is already an inspiring fixture of dining and design in the cross section of downtown aptly known as Crosstown on Beatty Street near the Stadium District.