December 9, 2019

CINEMA | Charlize Theron Drops A 'Bombshell' on Fox News

"Sushi is not a liberal food."
Nicole Kidman Margot Robbie Jay Roach | Bombshell

I'm not sure a semi-comedic docudrama about the real-life Fox News sexual harassment scandal focused on problematic anchor Megyn Kelly as the reluctant heroine was such a wise idea. Comedy director Jay Roach recreates much of the drama around the news channel's controversial coverage of recent events for his dramatization of the state of American news and toxic workplace treatment towards women in Bombshell.

December 5, 2019

CINEMA | To Hell and Back – Sam Mendes Remembers '1917'

"I hoped today would be a good day. Hope is a dangerous thing."
George MacKay Benedict Cumberbatch Sam Mendes | 1917

British filmmaker Sam Mendes has crafted a truly stunning WWI drama. Simply titled 1917, the film takes a continuous one-shot, nearly real-time approach to tell its basic men-on-a-mission story. Partially based on Mendes' paternal grandfather Alfred Mendes' own real-life accounts, it captures the absolute grind and depth of the day-to-day horrors of war as seen from the frontline trenches.

December 2, 2019

FEAST | Fresh Sheet x Coquille Fine Seafood x Gastown

Coquille Fine Seafood | Gastown, Vancouver

Gastown—(November 18, 2019) Coquille Fine Seafood has been around now for a minute now after initially opening to much anticipation and fanfare thanks to its sterling pedigree inherited from team L'Abattoir and their renowned "slaughterhouse" location just a few blocks away.

November 28, 2019

SCREEN | Shia LaBeouf Relives His Childhood – 'Honey Boy'

"You wouldn't be here if I didn't pay you."
Shia LaBeouf Noah Jupe Alma Har'el | Honey Boy

Child star turned troubled adult actor Shia LaBeouf fictionalizes his notorious life in the deeply affecting Honey Boy. Written by LaBeouf himself and directed by first-time filmmaker Alma Har'el, the rambling semi-autobiographical film is a both moving portrait of the actor's erratic childhood as a Disney star then a therapeutic exploration of his life and abusive history with his estranged father.

November 25, 2019

CINEMA | Daniel Craig Solves 'Knives Out' – A Joyful Whodunit

"You all love twisting the knife into one another."
Daniel Craig Chris Evans Ana de Armas Jamie Lee Curtis Don Johnson Rian Johnson | Knives Out

Talented filmmaker Rian Johnson returns to original storytelling for his cleverly fresh take on an Agatha Christie whodunit murder mystery detective story. Knives Out unfolds as a purely fun, ensemble picture about one truly awful (very rich and very white) extended family initially assembling for the birthday then unexpected subsequent funeral of the head of the family, an 85-year-old mystery novelist.

November 21, 2019

TREAT | Beta5 Chocolates x Café Opening x Strathcona

Beta5 Chocolates V2.0 Café | Strathcona, Vancouver

Strathcona—(November 14, 2019) After various pop-ups and making the most of the original dessert commissary, the award-winning Beta5 Chocolates and owner/pastry chef Adam Chander have finally opened a proper café space, dubbed "Beta5 V2.0", next door from their home base on Industrial Avenue—finally replacing their makeshift storefront.

November 18, 2019

CINEMA | Mister Rogers Spends 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood'

"You love broken people like me."
Tom Hanks Marielle Heller | A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Director Marielle Heller, in a few short years, has wondrously expressed her talent for retelling and fictionalizing the real-life stories of fascinating people through her first three films. Co-starring America's sweetheart Tom Hanks as beloved children's television host Fred Rogers, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is actually a story about Rogers' followers and the kids across America he helped raise and their feelings as adults.

November 14, 2019

CINEMA | Martin Scorsese Paints 'The Irishman' on Netflix

"You don’t know how fast time goes by until you get there."
Robert De Niro Al Pacino Ray Romano Jesse Plemmons Martin Scorsese | The Irishman Netflix

Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese—has never been shot and won the Oscar for The Departed, 2007—and his storied collaborator Robert De Niro dramatize the violent life of alleged Philadelphia mafia hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran. Based on former prosecutor Charles Brandt's book I Heard You Paint Houses (as the film is actually titled onscreen) and Sheeran's own deathbed confessions, The Irishman is pure Scorsese cinema told through the lens of organized crime and the legacies of corrupt men.

November 11, 2019

KAFFE | New in Town x Flourist Mill & Bakery x East Van

"This is not grocery store flour."
Flourist Mill & Bakery | Kensington–Cedar Cottage | Commercial Street, Vancouver

Kensington–Cedar CottageEast Vancouver's new Flourist Mill & Bakery (formerly known as Grain) is the local brand's first proper brick-and-mortar shop and café from the well-known premium dry good purveyors.