February 26, 2024

REEL | Timothée Chalamet Crowns 'Dune: Part Two' – A Spice Empire

"This prophecy is how they enslave us!"
Timothée Chalamet Austin Butler Denis Villeneuve | Dune: Part Two
Warner Bros. Pictures / Legendary Pictures
Dune: Part Two, the latter half of French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve's staggering two-part film adaptation of science-fiction author Frank Herbert's classic 1965 novel, about an interplanetary empire's rebellion, expands the scope and storytelling beyond Part One's spice opera. Its visionary spectacle makes sense of the thorny, dense literary mythology into a groundbreaking cinematic blockbuster saga.

February 22, 2024

WEEKENDER | Patti Harrison Live x Just For Laughs x Vogue Theatre

"You better start agreeing with me right now!"
Patti Harrison: My Huge Tits Huge Because They Are Infected Not Fake! | JFL Vancouver 2024 | Vogue Theatre
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
Granville—(February 17, 2024) On Saturday night, I spent over an hour witnessing Ohio-born actress/comedian Patti Harrison perform her truly bizarre but side-splitting My Huge Tits Huge Because They Are Infected Not Fake! show—previously seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and New York Comedy Festival—alongside hundreds of other fans seated inside the Vogue Theatre as part of the annual ten-day-long eighth annual Just for Laughs Vancouver live comedy festival.

February 19, 2024

GENRE | 'Drive-Away Dolls' Takes A Lesbian Crime Caper Detour

"Tomorrow can wait a day."
Margaret Qualley Geraldine Viswanathan Beanie Feldstein Ethan Coen Tricia Cooke | Drive-Away Dolls
Focus Features / Working Title Films
One-half of the Coen brothers, Ethan Coen, co-writes and co-directs a queer joyride crime caper alongside his lesbian film editor wife/collaborator Tricia Cooke, in the breakneck but shaggy road trip comedy, Drive-Away Dolls (originally titled Drive-Away Dykes). Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan star as mismatched best friends driving from Philadelphia to Tallahassee in 1999 who get entangled in a convoluted political extortion conspiracy.

February 15, 2024

SCENE | Speaking 'Child-ish' – Adults Talking Like Kids x Pacific Theatre

"Playgrounds would be made entirely of mushrooms!"
Tasha Faye Evans James Yi Craig Erickson Maki Yi Tom Pickett Sara Vickruck | Child-ish by Sunny Drake | Pacific Theatre Vancouver
Photo credit | Chelsey Stuyt
South Granville—Celebrated Australian-born and raised (now Toronto and Los Angeles-based) queer/trans playwright Sunny Drake undertook his ambitious Child-ish project to painstakingly document the real-life thoughts and feelings of forty-one different Toronta area children (ages 5 to 12). First adapted into a fun four-episode web series and now translated into a feelgood live theatrical meta adaptation of his findings for a thoroughly amusing stage play presented by Pacific Theatre in its world premiere starring grown-ups as composite characters drawn from his exhaustive pool of interviewed kids and very much made for adult audiences.

February 12, 2024

SCREEN | Clara and Ewan McGregor Drive Past 'Bleeding Love'

"I could never keep up with you."
Clara McGregor Ewan McGregor Emma Westenberg | Bleeding Love | You Sing Loud, I Sing Louder
Vertical Entertainment / Sobini Films
Bleeding Love (formerly titled You Sing Loud, I Sing Louder) unites actress Clara McGregor, a producer on the film who also shares a story credit, and her famous actor father, Ewan McGregor, in a family road trip drama about addiction trauma from sophomore director Emma Westenberg.

February 8, 2024

REEL | Daisy Ridley Daydreams – 'Sometimes I Think About Dying'

"Do you wish you could unknow me?"
Daisy Ridley Dave Merheje Rachel Lambert | Sometimes I Think About Dying
Oscilloscope Laboratories / Point Productions
Indie director Rachel Lambert expands the coastal Oregon-based, quiet romantic dramedy Sometimes I Think About Dying about the everyday anxieties of social interactions, adapted from the 2013 play Killers by playwright Kevin Armento and originally turned into the 2019 short film of the same name, starring Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley (also a producer) as a nondescript cubicle worker struggling to maintain a basic office romance.

February 5, 2024

CABLE | Donald Glover Marries 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' on Prime Video

"I thought you were the prettiest lonely girl I'd ever met."
Donald Glover Maya Erskine Francesca Sloane Hiro Murai | Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2024 | Amazon Prime Video
Amazon MGM Studios / New Regency
Mr. & Mrs. Smith, starring Donald Glover (also co-creator) and Maya Erskine as married assassins, reworks the premise of the 2005 action movie of the same name famous for uniting Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie both professionally and personally, into a loose but episodic spy-themed romantic comedy series. Only barely inspired by the film, this show inverts the original concept by having two strangers turned covert agent recruits posing as a couple into its ongoing marital throughline along the lines of The Americans.

February 1, 2024

REEL | Such 'Perfect Days' Cleaning Toilets x TIFF 2023

"Next time is next time. Now is now."
Koji Yakusho Tokio Emoto Wim Wenders | 'Perfect Days | TIFF 2023
Toronto International Film Festival
Renowned German filmmaker Wim Wenders directs the slice-of-life Japanese tale, Perfect Days, about the everyday value and life-affirming joy of hard work. Starring acting great Koji Yakusho as a middle-aged public washroom cleaner for the Tokyo Toilet Project, we follow his repetitious daily habits and routine.

January 29, 2024

SPOTLIGHT | Jia Tolentino x "Who's Afraid of Eating the Rich?" x UBC

"Capitalism is a machine for capturing descent."
Jia Tolentino Sarah Silverman | The Daily Show
Photo credit | Justin Man
UBC—(January 25, 2024) Toronto-born, Brooklyn-based culture critic and The New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino paid a visit to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts as part of The Phil Lind Initiative's speaker series for the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs discussing political life through pop culture. Her half-hour talk, "Who's Afraid of Eating the Rich?" dissected our cultural obsession with the trend of popular entertainment dramatizing the sad depravity of being ultra-rich (think Succession and the like).