August 18, 2022

GRUB | Potluck Hawker Eatery x 2nd Anniversary x Cambie

Potluck Hawkery Eatery | Cambie Street | Vancouver, BC

Cambie—(August 13, 2022) To commemorate and celebrate their second anniversary, the folks over at Potluck Hawker Eatery have teamed up with Via Tevere Pizzeria for a tantalizing and tasty "Two Nights in Bangkok" fried chicken sandwich collaboration.

August 15, 2022

GENRE | Aubrey Plaza Steals 'Emily the Criminal'

"You're a very bad influence."
Aubrey Plaza John Patton Ford | Emily the Criminal
Roadside Attractions / Vertical Entertainment
Novice filmmaker John Patton Ford crafts a tension-filled working-class neo-noir crime drama starring the captivating Aubrey Plaza (also a producer) as a struggling millennial woman riddled with debt—the eponymous Emily the Criminal. It's a stirring lead performance focused on situational desperation set against the thick of the current gig economy.

August 11, 2022

GENRE | Let the 'Bodies Bodies Bodies' Hit the Floor

"You're always gaslighting me."
Amandla Stenberg Maria Bakalova Chase Sui Wonders Halina Reijn | Bodies Bodies Bodies A24
Stage 6 Films / A24
Dutch actress turned filmmaker Halina Reijn savages today's toxic contemporary discourse in a horror movie form of performative political arguments in the faux-woke slasher comedy Bodies Bodies Bodies. In it, the film blisteringly satirizes Gen Z's cultural anxieties with a high body count influenced by online video trends.

August 8, 2022

CABLE | 'Paper Girls' Bikes Into the Future on Prime Video

"You don't know who you're about to become."
Riley Lai Nelet Ali Wong Christopher Cantwell Christopher C. Rogers Brian K. Vaughan | Paper Girls | Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Studios / Legendary Television
Based on writer Brian K. Vaughan and illustrator Cliff Chiang's action-packed (also very weird and very fun) 1980s time-travel comic book series of the same name, Paper Girls' television adaptation is a breakneck mix of coming-of-age sci-fi adventure and emotional young female preteen future drama.

August 4, 2022

GENRE | Brad Pitt Derails A Killer Ride – 'Bullet Train'

"I gotta get off this train."
Brad Pitt David Leitch | Bullet Train
Sony Pictures / 87North Productions
Brad Pitt stars in his former stunt double turned hotshot director David Leitch's action-packed hitman comedy, Bullet Train, based on Japanese author Kōtarō Isaka's crime thriller novel, Maria Beetle. Full of oddball assassin mythology about the violent Japanese underworld, Pitt's jovial but hapless snatch-and-grab criminal, codenamed "Ladybug", gets in way over his head by accidentally stumbling into an international blood feud—imagine John Wick (which Leitch co-directed) but as a comedy set on a high-speed train from Tokyo to Kyoto.

August 1, 2022

SCREEN | Lena Dunham Keeps A 'Sharp Stick' x Fantasia 2022

"Men love a problem."
Kristine Froseth Dunham | Sharp Stick | Fantasia 2022
Fantasia International Film Festival
Girls creator Lena Dunham returns to independent cinema by crafting another provocative portrait of a young female desire in coming to terms with a sexual awakening through a detour of youthfully misguided self-destructive behaviour. Sharp Stick feels like both a slightly tamer or innocent but clearly more blunt narrative alternative to her acclaimed HBO series refocused on a singular protagonist.

July 28, 2022

GENRE | Taking 'Vengeance' – B.J. Novak Podcasts Texas Life

"I don't avenge deaths."
Boyd Holbrook B.J. Novak | Vengeance Blumhouse
Focus Features / Blumhouse Productions
Comedian B.J. Novak, a writer/producer on The Office, teams up with micro-budget horror label Blumhouse for his impressive feature directorial debut in the clever true-crime riff, Vengeance. Novak directs himself as a shallow coastal liberal elite writer type who decides to exploit small-town middle America in a whip-smart reversal of rural red state politics set deep in the oilfield heartland of West Texas.

July 25, 2022

FEAST | Mediterranean Fusion x Oo La Cha x Versante x Richmond

Oo La Cha Restaurant | Club Versante Hotel | Richmond, BC

Richmond—(June 1, 2022) Just a stone's throw away from YVR airport and a short walk from my apartment (true story), the swanky, year-old Versante Hotel is secretly brimming with luxurious culinary flavours and indulgent libations from the still relatively newish Mediterranean-inspired seafood fusion restaurant, Oo La Cha, found across the hall from the cavernous Cask Whisky Vault lounge—both located inside the recently established Club Versante complex attached to the hotel.

July 21, 2022

CABLE | Squashing the (Italian) Beef – 'The Bear' Sizzles

"Let it rip!"
Jeremy Allen White Joanna Calo Christopher Storer | The Bear FX on Hulu
FX Productions
Created by veteran television producer/director Christopher Storer, the awkwardly titled The Bear is a blistering Chicago-set half-hour dramedy about cooking in the dysfunctional kitchen of a rundown family restaurant. Starring Jeremy Allen White as a hotshot chef from the toxic world of fine dining taking over his deceased brother's sandwich shop, FX's frenzied series is just as stressfully chaotic as it is enthralling to watch.