July 25, 2016

BEERFEST | Strathcona Beer Company x East Van

Strathcona Beer Company | East Hastings, Vancouver

Strathcona—The aptly named Strathcona Beer Company opened its doors last week serving the public for the first time. Two simple things feel immediately clear about the business and by extension its local moniker: they aim to reflect the style of the neighbourhood they inhabit and serve beer accordingly (if that makes any sense).

July 21, 2016

CINEMA | 'Star Trek Beyond' Into Lightness

Chris Pine Justin Lin J.J. Abrams | Star Trek Beyond

Fast & Furious director Justin Lin takes over for J.J. Abrams (still a producer) in the new Star Trek universe and returns the franchise to its sci-fi adventure roots in the Gene Rodenberry mould. Star Trek Beyond is a rousing an episodic story of teamwork and pure escapist fun with a familiar message of hope and optimism.

July 14, 2016

CINEMA | 'Ghostbusters' – Women 'Answer the Call'

Melissa McCarthy Kristen Wiig Paul Feig | Ghostbusters 2016

Veteran comedy filmmaker Paul Feig takes on the unenviable task of remaking the Ghostbusters franchise, titled Ghostbusters: Answer the Call according to the end credits, through a decidedly all-female focus set in present day. It's a weird movie that works mostly for its top shelf cast and crew, but on the other hand, is largely disappointing as a franchise reboot introducing new elements while referencing a world it doesn't take place in.

July 11, 2016

GRUB | ChineseBites x Dim Sum x Kirin Restaurant x Richmond

Kirin Seafood Restaurant | Richmond, BC

Richmond—(June 26, 2016) Courtesy of ChineseBites signature dining tours, we visited Kirin Seafood Restaurant next door to Richmond Centre mall for some afternoon dim sum service. Regularly named among the best in upscale Chinese dining, Kirin reliably offers an authentic, traditional Chinese style menu pleasing to both eastern and western tastes with an overall pleasant atmosphere and service.

July 7, 2016

CINEMA | On the 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' and Laughs

Sam Neill Julian Dennison Taika Waititi | Hunt for the Wilderpeople

New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi goes to the bush for his latest film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, loosely based on the adventure book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. A hilariously goofy and warm film about outcasts surviving in the wild, it's an undeniably charming film with a wide range of emotions and sophisticated humour.

July 4, 2016

CINEMA | Top 10 Films of 2016 So Far

John Carney | Sing Street
Click on each title for my review of that film.
1) Sing Street (dir. John Carney)
2) The Lobster * (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
3) A Bigger Splash (dir. Luca Guadagnino)
4) 10 Cloverfield Lane (dir. Dan Trachtenberg)
5) Everybody Wants Some!! (dir. Richard Linklater)
6) Green Room * (dir. Jeremy Saulnier)
7) Midnight Special (dir. Jeff Nichols)
8) The Nice Guys (dir. Shane Black)
9) Hail, Caesar! (dir. Joel & Ethan Coen)
10) Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (dir. Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone)