June 10, 2024

WEEKENDER | Brewery and the Beast 2024 x False Creek

Brewery and the Beast 2024 | Concord Pacific Place | False Creek, Vancouver

False Creek—(June 2, 2024) Inauspiciously moved up a month from its usual midsummer date, the 11th annual Brewery and the Beast Vancouver, one of Canada's ultimate all-you-can-eat-and-drink outdoor meat and craft beer festivals, packed another hungry hoard of rainjacket-clad barbecue lovers at Concord Pacific Place on a very wet and rainy weekend.

June 6, 2024

CABLE | 'The Acolyte' Investigates A Fresh 'Star Wars' Mission

"An acolyte kills the dream."
Amandla Stenberg Leslye Headland | Star Wars: The Acolyte | Disney+
Lucasfilm
The Acolyte, Disney's highly-anticipated new prequel series set in the High Republic Era of the Star Wars chronology a century before the events of The Phantom Menace and created by writer/director Leslye Headland, quickly establishes itself as a Jedi procedural thriller centred around an investigation into a string of intergalactic murders that's set to reveal unknown sinister forces throughout its season run.

June 3, 2024

CABLE | LA's Sterling NBA Franchise – How the Rich Got 'Clipped'

"He says a lot of things he shouldn't."
Cleopatra Coleman Gina Welch | Clipped FX
FX Productions
Clipped, FX's sports drama miniseries based on ESPN's 30 for 30 podcast series The Sterling Affairs by sports reporter Ramona Shelburne (also an executive producer), dramatizes the wild ownership scandal that rocked the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team during the NBA's tumultuous 2023-24 season when controversial longtime owner Donald Sterling (Ed O'Neill) sparked a player revolt after his extremely racist remarks were leaked by his notorious media-obsessed, visor-wearing mistress V. Stiviano (Cleopatra Coleman).

May 30, 2024

SCREEN | Faking It – Glen Powell Takes the 'Hit Man'

"I guess I'm just your fantasy."
Glen Powell Adria Arjona Richard Linklater | Hit Man Netflix
Netflix / VVS Films
Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater reteams with his Everybody Wants Some!! star Glen Powell (also a co-writer/producer) to glamourize journalist and Bernie co-writer Skip Hollandsworth's 2001 Texas Monthly magazine article about the real-life, mild-mannered college professor turned fake hitman for hire, Gary Johnson. Hit Man makes for a near-perfect starring vehicle for the endlessly charming Powell that embraces fictionalizing its true crime-adjacent material.

May 27, 2024

FEAST | Italiano x Locanda dell'Orso x Opening x Victorian Hotel

Locanda dell'Orso | Victorian Hotel | Downtown Vancouver

Downtown—(May 13, 2024) A new authentic, family-style Italian restaurant, Locanda dell'Orso (Italian for "Inn of the Bear"), just opened for dinner service. It occupies Autostrada's old iconic downtown location (originally Cinara) underneath the historic Victorian Hotel on West Pender.

May 23, 2024

SCREEN | Digitizing the Afterlife – 'Eternal You' x DOXA 2024

"It's able to hijack the things that we love the most."
Hans Block Moritz Riesewieck | Eternal You | DOXA 2024
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Directors Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck delve into the deeply troubling world of a "digital afterlife" created by artificial intelligence to extend the lives of deceased loved ones in Eternal You. This very real technology allows startups to effectively digitize those who have passed away by generating simulated versions of them in order to comfort grieving survivors.

May 20, 2024

REEL | Fast and 'Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga' – Anya Taylor-Joy Lays Waste

"Do you have it in you to make it epic?"
Anya Taylor-Joy Tom Burke George Miller | Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures
George Miller, the 79-year-old Australian auteur, revisits the post-apocalyptic Wasteland in his blockbuster action prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Alyla Browne as younger versions of the eponymous heroine. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga takes elements from his previous films to build another viscerally exciting and visually exhilarating cinematic experience.

May 16, 2024

GENRE | Suburban Obsession – 'I Saw the TV Glow' x SIFF 2024

"This isn't the Midnight Realm! It's just the suburbs."
Justice Smith Brigette Lundy-Paine Jane Schoenbrun | I Saw The TV Glow  A24
Seattle International Film Festival
Non-binary indie filmmaker Jane Schoenbrun writes and directs the coming-of-age, art-horror fantasy I Saw the TV Glow about how two troubled suburban youths spiral down a sinister path over their shared obsession with a supernatural cult television series from the mid-1990s that doubles as a transcendent examination of gender dysphoria.

May 13, 2024

SCREEN | Saving Cinema – 'The Movie Man' Projects x DOXA 2024

"We're not a destination for anything, really."
Keith Stata Matt Finlin | The Movie Man | DOXA 2024
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Toronto native Matt Finlin poignantly documents an elderly cinephile's life's work in The Movie Man. We follow septuagenarian business owner Keith Stata, the proprietor of the unique forty-year-old Highlands Cinemas located in the small hamlet village of Kinmount (population three hundred) in the backwoods of Ontario near the Kawartha Lakes, as he struggles to run a house-like movie theatre during challenging times without enough customers or residents to justify his self-described "five-screen movie palace."