July 28, 2014

Cinemist: 12 Years of 'Boyhood'

"I just thought there would be more."
Richard Linklater Boyhood

Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater's twelve-year film project Boyhood, filmed between 2002 and 2013, is a remarkable achievement in long-form filmmaking and cinematic storytelling. Filmed every year for a few days over twelve years incorporating the development of a boy's childhood, Ellar Coltrane playing Mason Jr., from age six to eighteen living in suburban Texas, the film is a true slice of life and both epic and intimate in style and scope.

July 24, 2014

Booooooom! x Herschel Supply Co. x 'Drawing on the Past'

Booooooom! x Herschel Supply Co. | Vancouver, BC

I'm a big fan of the collaborate art blog Booooooom! and founder/Japanese-Canadian artist Jeff Hamada's work. When Hamada announced his "Drawing on the Past" art project and collaboration with Herschel Supply Co. in making a limited edition backpack (only 75 made) based on his childhood sleeping bag with liner artwork by Andrea Wan, I had to snap one up quickly. It's pretty cool.

July 21, 2014

Midsummer Night x Market Wednesdays x Campagnola Restaurant

A Midsummer Night dinner preview at Campagnolo Italian restaurant on Main Street in Strathcona on July 16, 2014.

Campagnolo Restaurant | Chinatown, Vancouver

A special family style supper club edition of Campagnolo’s Market Wednesdays dinner happens August 6th. Featuring a special menu inspired and made from fresh ingredients and produce from the Vancouver Farmers Markets at Main Street Station just down the block, the feast is paired with wines from Masi. (Camp Upstairs bar manager Peter Van de Reep making cocktails, above.)

July 17, 2014

From Beer to Lunch x Steel & Oak Brewing x New Westminster

Beerfest for lunch at Steel & Oak Brewing Co.'s tasting room in New Westminster on July 10 and 11, 2014.

Steel & Oak Brewing | New Westminster, BC

I finally made it to the much buzzed about brand new craft brewery out in New West.

July 14, 2014

From the Weekend: Vancouver Canadians Baseball

Minor League Baseball (MiLB) game: Vancouver Canadians 6, Everett AquaSox 2 at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium on July 11, 2014.

Vancouver Canadians Baseball | Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium

Northwest League of Professional Baseball (NWL) match up of single-A rivals on this Friday night scorcher and rout for the home team. Highlight of the night: Off to the sushi races with Ms. BC Roll, Mr. Kappa Maki, and Chef Wasabi.

July 10, 2014

Cinemist: A New 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a remarkable achievement in combining traditional narrative filmmaking with digital performance and motion-capture technology and animalistic storytelling. The Planet of the Apes series is a curious one as Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprisingly effective franchise revival leaving the door open to an eventual re-imagining of the greater ape world. Here, with a mostly new cast and storyline, as director Matt Reeves takes over for Rupert Wyatt, Dawn reaches the apex of this human/animal story using immaculate special effects to bridge the cinematic gap along with survivalist themes.

July 9, 2014

Cinemist: Bong Joon-ho Rides the 'Snowpiercer'

"The train is the world."
Bong Joon-ho Chris Evans Tilda Swinton Snowpiercer Movie

Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's first English language film, Snowpiercer, is an ambitious, adequately grim, allegorical film about a dystopian future using a contained, singular environment to explore big ideas and themes surrounding our individual humanity with an international cast. Based on the French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, the film uses its high concept premise to delve into deep thematic issues and resolve humanity's primal survivalist instincts with cold rational thought.