November 19, 2015

REVIEW | High for the Holidays – A Merry 'The Night Before'

Seth Rogen Joseph Gordon-Levitt Anthony Mackie | The Night Before

The Night Before stars Joseph Gordon-LevittSeth Rogen (also a producer), and Anthony Mackie as childhood friends with an annual tradition of tying one off every year on Christmas Eve. The drug-fueled film starts as the trio slide into adulthood and decide to end the fourteen-year-long tradition with a bang and one final night of festive hard partying. As predicted, all sorts of cinematic debauchery and shenanigans proceeds from there including a turn of magical realism.

November 18, 2015

REVIEW | 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2' Flames Out

"It's so frustrating when she goes rogue."
Jennifer Lawrence | The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

The Hunger Games franchise has been a high watermark for, not only young adult entertainment, but complex human drama for all ages. Unfortunately, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is easily the weakest of the bunch as it fails to adequately stretch the third and final Suzanne Collins book into a suitable finale. While Mockingjay – Part 1 felt somewhat incomplete, its insular focus on Katniss' internal struggle was a welcome development as its fine acting and dialogue shined through any inconsistencies.

November 17, 2015

GATHER | Hy's Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

Hy's Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar | Hornby Street, Downtown Vancouver

Financial District—(November 12, 2015) After sixty years in business as a fixture of the steakhouse dining scene, Hy's Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar has unveiled their partially redesigned restaurant including a brand new cocktail bar upstairs after a few months of renovations.

November 16, 2015

REVIEW | All the Cardinal's Men – 'Spotlight'

Mark Ruffalo Michael Keaton Rachel McAdams Tom McCarthy | Spotlight

Co-writer/director Tom McCarthy uses The Boston Globe's 2002 investigative "Spotlight" team's uncovering of the Massachusetts Catholic Church's child sex abuse scandal to make a case for the value in the procedural work of journalism as he successfully recreates and constructs it for audiences here as high drama. Taking place mostly in drab offices, meeting rooms, and other everyday locations, the film is a thrilling reconstruction of the real-life story about uncovering abuse and corruption at the highest levels.

November 12, 2015

REVIEW | Love in the Time of Netflix – 'Master of None'

"I had to suffer through a minor racial trauma to get here."
Netflix | Aziz Ansari | Master of None | Modern Romance

Comedian Aziz Ansari has teamed up with his former Parks and Recreation writer/producer Alan Yang to create a thoughtful romantic comedy series tackling not only Modern Romance but issues of race and identity rather hilariously in the new Netflix original series, Master of None. Ansari plays Dev Shah, a loosely based autobiographical version of himself, who's a 30-something New York actor managing single life in the modern age.

November 9, 2015

SOCIAL | Latergramme x Why Instagram Makes Me Hungry

Mallee Rock Winery & Wild Rice | PAL Studio Theatre, Coal Harbour

Crafting a visual media strategy for your personal or professional brand can take a lot of hard work, time, and energy. Through my own self-titled blog, Tumblr journal YVArcade and of course, two Instagram accounts @rickchung and @yvarcade)  I’ve developed locally-focused lifestyle content centred around food, drink and dining culture in Vancouver.

November 5, 2015

REVIEW | 'Spectre' – James Bond Gets Shaken

"The dead are alive."
Daniel Craig Sam Mendes | James Bond 007 | Spectre

James Bond seems very tired at this point or at the very least, Daniel Craig, the sixth actor portraying him, does. Spectre, the latest and twenty-fourth entry in Ian Flemming's 007 series and named after the titular fictional criminal organization, brings back and tries to replicate the high watermark and success of its predecessor, Skyfall. Director Sam Mendes has reassembled his team for another tale of outlandish British espionage. However, in almost every conceivable way, Spectre is a subpar and unremarkable follow-up and franchise wrapping direct sequel to the Craig era of Bond films.