January 16, 2017

FEAST | Dine Out x La Pentola x Opus Hotel x Yaletown

La Pentola Italian Restaurant | Opus Hotel Vancouver, Yaletown

Yaletown—(January 12, 2017) Tourism Vancouver's 15th annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival is just around the corner with some of the 284 participating restaurants previewing their prix fixe menu items. On our tour, we sampled La Pentola's four-course set meal inside the boutique Opus Hotel.

January 12, 2017

CINEMA | Feasting on the 'Theater of Life'

"What if food waste could feed the hungry?"
Massimo Bottura Refettorio Ambrosiano | Peter Svatek NFB | Theater of Life

Downtown—(January 9, 2017) Produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Theater of Life follows famed Italian chef turned activist Massimo Bottura and his Refettorio Ambrosiano soup kitchen during Expo Milano in 2015. The documentary directed by Montréal filmmaker Peter Svatek explores ideals of feeding those most vulnerable while using repurposed food waste and the connections made with the local population being served.

January 9, 2017

CINEMA | 'Hidden Figures' Does the Math of Space and Race

"Here at NASA, we all pee the same colour."
Taraji P. Henson Octavia Spencer Janelle Monáe | Margot Lee Shetterly Theodore Melfi | Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures tells the true story of three female African-American mathematicians (or human "colored computers") and their essential role in successfully executing the 1960s manned space program at NASA during the early days of the space race set against the backdrop of segregation. Co-writer/director Theodore Melfi has assembled a very pleasing if entirely conventional film based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly.

January 5, 2017

GRUB | Breakfast Club x Jam Cafe x Crosstown

Jam Cafe | Crosstown, Vancouver

Crosstown—Victoria's wildly popular Jam Cafe has quickly become another Vancouver beacon in its still relatively new Beatty Street location (the original home and location of Café Medina) over the past year. To see for ourselves, we sampled our own breakfast feast.

January 2, 2017

CINEMA | Martin Scorsese Prays for 'Silence'

"The price for your glory is their suffering."
Issey Ogata Martin Scorsese | Shūsaku Endō Silence

Silence is legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese's long-gestating, over quarter-century passion project based on the 1966 novel about "hidden Christians" written by Catholic-Japanese author Shūsaku Endō. The work of historical fiction revolves around two Portuguese Jesuit priests and their mission in seventeenth century, shogun-era Japan and the violent persecution they face after Christianity is outlawed in the country.

December 29, 2016

CINEMA | Top 10 Films of 2016

Kim Min-hee Park Chan-wook | The Handmaiden
Each film reviewed where linked below.
1) The Handmaiden * (dir. Park Chan-wook)
2) La La Land (dir. Damien Chazelle)
3) Moonlight * (dir. Barry Jenkins)
4) O.J.: Made in America ¹ (dir. Ezra Edelman)
5) Hunt for the Wilderpeople (dir. Taika Waititi)
6) Sing Street (dir. John Carney)
7) The Lobster * (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
8) Jackie (dir. Pablo Larraín)
9) Manchester by the Sea * (dir. Kenneth Lonergan)
10) Arrival (dir. Denis Villeneuve)

December 26, 2016

CINEMA | Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Sing – 'La La Land'

"You change your dreams and then you grow up."
Ryan Gosling Emma Stone Damien Chazelle | La La Land

La La Land is the kind of modern musical people who tend to hate musicals will likely enjoy. Whiplash filmmaker Damien Chazelle takes Old Hollywood troupes of breaking into song, dance numbers, jazz standards, glitz and glamour to make a very self-conscious and contemporary Los Angeles story of romance and creative expression. It bursts with pure cinematic magic and spectacle in every frame using seamless filmmaking tricks to get across its uncynical musical themes and ode to dreamers. Chazelle executes his ambitious vision in an endearingly unpolished yet technically impressive fashion.