January 14, 2019

KAFFE | Iktsuarpok Coffee Stand x Downtown Eastside

Iktsuarpok Coffee Stand | Gastown, Vancouver

Downtown Eastside—The tiny, shiny, and new Iktsuarpok Coffee Stand utilizes its compact but bustling 183 square foot to go space and location to serve some precisely brewed coffee.

January 7, 2019

BEERFEST | Funky x Electric Bicycle Brewing x Mount Pleasant

Electric Bicycle Brewing | Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

Mount Pleasant—One of Vancouver's newer and definitely funkier craft breweries, Electric Bicycle Brewing's tasting room has quietly made itself a standout in the crowded beer scene with its uniquely original attitude inside and out of its industrial and well-populated Brewery Creek neighbourhood.

December 31, 2018

CINEMA | Top 10 Films of 2018

Emma Stone Rachel Weisz | The Favourite
Each film reviewed where linked below:
1) The Favourite * (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
2) Roma (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
3) Vox Lux * (dir. Brady Corbet)
4) Wildlife (dir. Paul Dano)
5) Support the Girls (dir. Andrew Bujalski)
6) If Beale Street Could Talk (dir. Barry Jenkins)
7) Suspiria (dir. Luca Guadagnino)
8) Thoroughbreds (dir. Cory Finley)
9) You Were Never Really Here (dir. Lynne Ramsay)
10) First Reformed (dir. Paul Schrader)

December 28, 2018

CINEMA | Paul Dano Tames the 'Wildlife'

"Well, ain't this a wild life, son?"
Carey Mulligan Ed Oxenbould Jake Gyllenhaal Paul Dano | Wildlife

Actor turned filmmaker Paul Dano makes his directorial debut adapting author Richard Ford's 1990 novel. Focused on an emotionally distant married couple and their teenage son, Wildlife proves to be such a remarkable, lovingly-made American slice of life period drama.

December 24, 2018

CINEMA | Barry Jenkins Dreams 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

"Every black person born in America was born on Beale Street."
Stephan James KiKi Layne Barry Jenkins | If Beale Street Could Talk

Moonlight filmmaker Barry Jenkins sensuously adapts renowned author James Baldwin's hopeful but devastating and undeniably romantic 1974 African-American novel, If Beale Street Could Talk. A heart-wrenching portrayal of true love in the face of racial injustice, it's a luminous yet soulful portrait of emotions told with a historical breadth and the literary sophistication of 1970s Harlem.

December 20, 2018

KAFFE | Coffee Break x Small Victory Bakery x South Granville

Small Victory Bakery Bread & Coffee | South Granville, Vancouver

South Granville—Fresh bread and coffee purveyor Small Victory Bakery's very bright and shiny second location in its ritzy neighbourhood is a spacious cavern of stylish baked goods.

December 17, 2018

CINEMA | Jason Momoa Swims into Spectacle – 'Aquaman'

"The time has come for Atlantis to rise again."
Jason Momoa Amber Heard James Wan | DC Aquaman

Everything about Aquaman should be awful yet director James Wan's version of the often maligned DC Comics underwater superhero is such a lively (if bloated), purely fun experience. A mostly shirtless Jason Momoa stars as the half-Atlantean, half-land-dweller hero Arthur Curry as the film rests on his natural swashbuckling, biracial charisma.