September 1, 2014

The Garden Party x VanDusen Garden x Shaughnessy

The Garden Party and croquet classic at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Shaughnessy on August 23, 2014.

The Garden Party Vancouver | VanDusen Botanical Garden, Shaughnessy

It was an afternoon of amusement and dapper style over champagne, cocktails, luxury cars, and even live art with a backdrop of tea and croquet. Designed for some mild yet frivolous fun and frolicking, this Saturday was spent appreciating the garden scenery on a hot, late summer's day relaxing on the shady grass. Croquet, anyone?

August 28, 2014

Cinemist: Going Out to 'The One I Love'

Mark Duplass Elisabeth Moss The One I Love

Who and how we love through the context of idealized versions of ourselves and our romantic partners is the central premise, told rather mysteriously, around director Charlie McDowell's (son of Malcolm) first feature film, The One I Love. McDowell uses light romantic comedy touches and a bizarre metaphysical situation to explore marital relationship dynamics and our own wishes for others quite fluidly and thoughtfully.

August 25, 2014

Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2014 x David Lam Park x Yaletown

3rd annual Dîner en Blanc Vancouver secret dinner party at David Lam Park in Yaletown on August 21, 2014.

Dîner en Blanc 2014 Vancouver | David Lam Park, Yaletown

Vancouver hosted its third annual incarnation of the international communal dining experience, Dîner en Blanc, along with its 3,500 guests (with a wait list 30,000 deep). Inspired by the original Parisian style "white dinner" series, this very European traditionquickly spreading across Canada thanks to organizers The Social Concierge licensing the brandhappened on this late summer night. A sea of white devoured Yaletown's David Lam Park as the city is fast running out of viable locations for the not-so secret dinner after original venue, Jack Poole Plaza, and last year at Science World. Enjoy.

August 21, 2014

Cinemist: 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Feels Blue

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is mostly more of the same. Nine years after the relatively inventive and explicit film translation of writer/co-director Frank Miller's original hard-boiled, violent rift on film noir, the way too late sequel feels out of place and time for its lurid, pulpy subject matter and visual effects style storytelling. Filmmaker/co-director Robert Rodriguez brings his usual DIY, hard edged cinematic style, but the film fails to replicate the same charm of its predecessor while doubling down on all of its excess.

August 18, 2014

BC Living: 10 Things to Put in Your Mouth

BC Living | 10 Things to Put in Your Mouth

Read my magazine article for BC Living's fall food issue in print and online. I shared my picks for "10 Things to Put in Your Mouth" (full list below). I was tasked to choose ten different dishes from Vancouver restaurants that you must try.

August 14, 2014

Douglas Coupland is 'everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything'

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything art exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery on August 10, 2014.

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything | Vancouver Art Gallery

Enigmatic local author/artist Douglas Coupland has taken over VAG's first floor for the summer until September 1st. Full of his trademark modern pop art aesthetic and style, the colourful multimedia exhibit is visual feast for the eyes and brain, showcasing Coupland's prolific and eclectic collection of work. It's an endless exploration of cultural identity through popular culture, utopian optimism, and  the prevalence of technology. (Brilliant Information Overload / Electric Laser Goo / Liquid Video Game / Supersonic Mustang Pizza Pop Head, 2010, above.) Update: Photos from this post were featured by Instagram on their feed and official blog.

August 11, 2014

Cinemist: 'Let's Be Cops' – Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr. Fake It

Let's Be Cops Jake Johnson Damon Wayons, Jr.

Let's Be Cops has a pretty ingeniously simple plot and hook. New Girl co-stars, comedians Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr., play a pair of thirty-something L.A. losers, Ryan and Justin, who pretend to be cops in order to get cheap thrills and respect from strangers while getting into some legitimately gut busting hijinks and comedic situations. It's too bad this thin premise is stretched and morphed into a overly conventional episode of any procedural cop drama with a clunky, by-the-numbers script and surprising amount of violence and brutality.