January 22, 2015

Concert: Death From Above 1979 x Vogue Theatre

Death From Above 1979 (first show) at the Vogue Theatre on January 21, 2015.

Death From Above 1979 | Vogue Theatre, Vancouver

What a show. A positive "Trainwreck", if you will. Toronto dancer punk rockers, Death From Above 1979 (duo Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler), sweated out an intense, vibrant, and very, very loud set to a raucous, all-ages crowd of adoring fans at the Vogue. It was raw, visceral, and bordering on euphoric from the front row. My ears and head-shaking neck still ache (a good ache, mind you) from the rhythmic satisfaction of their pulsating sounds well into the night.

January 21, 2015

From the Weekend: Strange Fellows Brewing x East Van

Beerfest at Strange Fellows Brewing's tasting room on Clark Drive in Strathcona on January 16 and 18, 2015.

Strange Fellows Brewing | East Vancouver, BC

From brewers Aaron Jonckheere and Iain Hill (formerly of Yaletown Brewing), Strange Fellows, the brand new East Van brewery, is already clearly the real deal. Recently opened, it already has a solid line up of beers.

January 20, 2015

Earnest Ice Cream x New Location x Mount Pleasant

Earnest Ice Cream's new location grand opening in Mount Pleasant on January 19, 2015.

Earnest Ice Cream | Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

Owners Ben Ernst and Erica Bernardi, who started out selling their artisan ice cream at farmers markets and on their bicycle cart (now displayed above their entrance), quickly outgrew Earnest Ice Cream's first, part-time Fraserhood neighbourhood shop and have finally expanded to their new, spacious, second location on East 2nd Avenue and Quebec Street, near Olympic Village.

January 19, 2015

Soft Peaks Ice Cream x Soft (Serve) Opening x Gastown

Dessert at Soft Peaks Ice Cream's soft opening in Gastown on January 17, 2015.

Soft Peaks Ice Cream | Gastown, Vancouver

"A twist on milk." Gastown is abuzz with a new dessert treat invading our stomachs. The brothers Kim (Dan and Ken) have not so quietly opened up and launched their soft serve dispensary inspired by Hong Kong/Korean style ice creameries.

January 15, 2015

Review: Oscar Isaac Survives 'A Most Violent Year'

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It's the winter of 1981 in New York City. As the title would suggest, writer/director J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year reflects this era's boiling point of turbulence and crime. Oscar Issac plays an ambitious and righteous businessman strugging to protect his family and interests amidst a culture of corruption and turmoil. It's a captivating, slow-moving character piece and tale of constant struggle.

January 12, 2015

From Beer to Waffles x 33 Acres of Brunch x Mount Pleasant

Brunch at 33 Acres Brewing Co.'s tasting room in Mount Pleasant on January 10, 2015.

33 Acres Brewing Co. | Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

I may be late to the party, but I finally got around to consuming some of 33 Acres' weekend brunch menu.

January 8, 2015

Top 10 Films of 2014

Miles Teller J.K. Simmons | Whiplash
Click on each title for my review of that film.
1) Whiplash * (dir. Damien Chazelle)
2) Boyhood (dir. Richard Linklater)
3) The Grand Budapest Hotel (dir. Wes Anderson)
4) Listen Up Philip * (dir. Alex Ross Perry)
5) Inherent Vice (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
6) Gone Girl (dir. David Fincher)
7) Only Lovers Left Alive (dir. Jim Jarmusch)
8) Selma (dir. Ava DuVernay)
9) Foxcatcher * (dir. Bennett Miller)
10) Nightcrawler (dir. Dan Gilroy)