November 16, 2017

CINEMA | 'Justice League' Reassembles A Team

"The world needs Superman."
Gal Gadot Ezra Miller Jason Momoa Ray Fisher Zack Snyder Joss Whedon | DC Justice League

Messy but fun. That's what director Zack Snyder's much discussed DC Comics superhero team-up mostly is. Re-written and finished by The Avengers filmmaker Joss Whedon after Snyder was forced to leave the film due to personal tragedy, the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice sequel largely aims to apologize for that film's grim, overlong, self-indulgent tone the way it tried to fix the consequences of Man of Steel before that. Does it ultimately succeed? Yes and no.

November 13, 2017

WEEKENDER | Fan Expo Vancouver 2017 x Canada Place

Fan Expo Vancouver 2017 | Canada Place
Thor cosplayer Bob Brocksmilie / Photo | Catherine Jenkins
Waterfront—(November 10 to 12, 2017) The sixth annual Fan Expo Vancouver cosplay and comic book convention took over Canada Place for the Remembrance Day long weekend. The jam-packed, three-day event was another geeked out celebration of fans and followers dressed up to see stars, characters, creators, and artists from their favourite genre properties.

November 9, 2017

CINEMA | 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' Burns

"Raped while dying and still no arrests. How come Chief Willoughby?"
Frances McDormand Woody Harrelson Martin McDonagh | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Irish-British playwright turned filmmaker Martin McDonagh has made another darkly irreverent take on the complex nature of human emotions. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a very funny but disturbing rumination on grief, tragedy, escalation, and retribution. The In Bruges director tackles hot button issues like police brutality, rape/murder, and small-town vigilante justice with a certain bluntness and wit.

November 6, 2017

CINEMA | Justin Chon Riots – 'Gook' Strikes x VAFF 2017

VAFF 2017 | Justin Chon | Gook

Korean-American actor Justin Chon clearly has more talent and ambition than he's been allowed to showcase thus far in his career. For for sophomore directorial effort, the ultra low-budget, black-and-white indie movie provocatively titled Gook, he dramatizes a day in the life of two working brothers and a young African-American girl as the 1992 L.A. riots break out amidst the Rodney King verdict in nearby Paramount, California.

November 2, 2017

CINEMA | 'Thor: Ragnarok' Conjures the God of Laughs

Chris Hemsworth Tom Hiddleston Taika Waititi | Marvel Studios | Thor: Ragnarok

New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi basically resets the largely forgettable Thor franchise, jettisoning most of its notable supporting cast, as a more theatrical series of buddy comedy set pieces all still firmly set within the framework of Marvel Studios' massive filmmaking machine. In Thor: Ragnarok, a livelier than ever Chris Hemsworth unleashes his full comedy prowess and is flat-out hilarious as the film is wholly centred on his demigod character charms.

October 30, 2017

GRUB | Beer and Games x Bells and Whistles x Fraserhood

Bells and Whistles | Fraser Street, Vancouver

Fraserhood—(October 4, 2017) From the team behind restaurants like Wildebeest (team Gooseneck Hospitality) comes the new Bells and Whistles neighbourhood sports bar and eatery located on Fraser Street just south of Kingsway in East Vancouver.

October 26, 2017

CINEMA | Vertical Viewing x Living in 'Suburbicon'

Matt Damon George Clooney | Suburbicon

Listen to my guest appearance reviewing Suburbicon and talking all things movies on the Vertical Viewing Podcast (on iTunes) joined by regular co-hosts Scott Willson, Jared Sargent, and Michael Lynd.