July 30, 2015

REVIEW | 'Mission: Impossible' – Tom Cruise Goes 'Rogue Nation'

Tom Cruise Rebecca Ferguson Christopher McQuarrie | Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible joins the rare likes of the Fast & Furious franchise where the best and high water mark of the film series culminates in a fifth cinematic entry, easily blowing away everything that came before it (and likely after it). Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation completely pays off and adheres to the spy and action movie genres in addition to its previous four entries spanning nineteen years. The 53-year-old Tom Cruise (the greatest special effect in the film) is at his best alongside frequent collaborator, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, who has made one of the finest films of the year so far, while taking everything M:I to the next level.

July 27, 2015

WEEKENDER | Deighton Cup 2015 x Hastings Racecourse

Deighton Cup 2015 | Hastings Racecourse, Vancouver

Hastings-Sunrise—(July 25, 2015) The 7th annual Deighton Cup, always anchored by Saturday afternoon's Thoroughbred: A Day at the Races gala event, happened at Hastings Racecourse over the weekend. As the midpoint of summer usually marks a fanciful visit to the racetrack, well-dressed patrons came to watch the ponies in style for a formal day of chic sophistication at the races.

July 23, 2015

GRUB | First Look x Torafuku x Le Tigre x Strathcona

Torafuku Modern Asian Eatery | Vancouver Chinatown

Strathcona—(June 23, 2015) From the popular Le Tigre food truck, chefs/owners Clement Chan and Steven Kuan have finally opened up the hotly anticipated Torafuku ("lucky tiger" in Japanese), a modern Asian eatery, located between Campagnolo and Electric Owl on Main Street near Chinatown.

July 22, 2015

REVIEW | Drugs and Hip-Hop – 'Dope' Keeps It Fresh

Shameik Moore Malcolm Kiersey Clemons Tony Revolori | Dope

Dope is an endearing but overly plotted coming-of-age teen movie about the struggles of escaping the perils of your immediate surroundings. Filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa's film centres on a trio of black teenage geeks obsessed with '90s hip-hop culture, desperately trying to stay alive, and prosper in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California. The film wears its pop culture influences, sharp dialogue, and use of social media on its sleeve in vibrant fashion.

July 21, 2015

DINING | First Look x Royal Dinette x Financial District

Royal Dinette | Financial District, Vancouver

Financial District—(July 21, 2015) The set to open Royal Dinette restaurant located below the formerly two-storey Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar comes from acclaimed Farmer's Apprentice and Grapes & Soda chef/co-owner David Gunawan in partnership with the ubiquitous Donnelly Group (a silent partner). Taking over Blackbird's previous first floor dining area (the Keg Caesars before that) on Dunsmuir Street, the freshly renovated space is gorgeous with a classy, sophisticated look and feel in a neighbourhood dominated by chain restaurants.

July 20, 2015

REVIEW | 'Ant-Man' – Marvel Cuts Paul Rudd Down to Size

Paul Rudd | Marvel Ant-Man

Ant-Man the movie is not nearly as fascinating as its curious inception and road to the big screen. Coming at the very end of Marvel Studios' second phase of films, it's neither a sequel nor a team up film as it tries its best to carve out a unique place in the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film benefits greatly for being different and star Paul Rudd (who shares a co-writing credit with Adam McKay, Joe Cornish, and original director Edgar Wright) who plays off his very un-superheroic character, reformed cat burglar Scott Lang.

July 16, 2015

WEEKENDER | Brunch x Tableau Bar Bistro x Loden Hotel

Tableau Bar Bistro | Loden Hotel @ Coal Harbour, Vancouver

Coal Harbour—(July 11, 2015) Tableau Bar Bistro's fine French cuisine extends to their brunch service from Executive Chef Marc-André Choquette inside the boutique Loden Hotel. Last week, Tableau held a tasting to showcase their weekend offerings on their outdoor patio on a misty summer morning.