February 2, 2023

CABLE | Natasha Lyonne Solves 'Poker Face' Week-to-Week

"Easier than being broke, harder than doin' just fine."
Natasha Lyonne Benjamin Bratt Adrien Brody Rian Johnson | Poker Face Peacock
T-Street Productions / MRC Television
Knives Out writer/director Rian Johnson and star Natasha Lyonne offer their contemporary throwback to the bygone entertainment of the episodic murder-of-the-week crime drama procedural. Poker Face very much acts like a successor to classic network mystery series like Columbo or Rockford Files with the serialized format of The Incredible Hulk plus a little more style.

February 1, 2023

SCREEN | Anna Kendrick Controls 'Alice, Darling' x TIFF 2022

"He wouldn't love me if he knew how bad I am."
Anna Kendrick | Alice, Darling
Toronto International Film Festival
Anna Kendrick stars in British actress-turned-director Mary Nighy's disquieting relationship drama Alice, Darling. Kendrick gives a gripping yet restrained performance as the titular young woman struggling to leave her emotionally abusive and controlling boyfriend (Charlie Carrick) after he expertly manipulates their toxic co-dependency.

January 30, 2023

GRUB | Cheeseburger and Shake x Burger Crush x Downtown

Burger Crush | Downtown Vancouver

Financial District—Victoria's popular throwback to the fast-casual style burger and shake joint, Burger Crush, just opened its second (forty-seat) location in the old Johnny Rockets space only a stone's throw away from the infamous Granville strip.

January 26, 2023

CABLE | 'The Last of Us' Survives the Zombie Apocalypse on HBO

"Save who you can save."
Nick Offerman Murray Bartlett Craig Mazin Neil Druckmann | The Last of Us HBO
Sony Pictures Television / PlayStation Productions
HBO's television drama series based on the acclaimed 2013 Naughty Dog video game franchise The Last of Us is a triumphant screen adaptation thanks to the vivid and compelling portrait of its grounded characters. From episode to episode, we follow an intimate group of survivalists who go on missions to maintain a semblance of life and humanity after a zombie apocalypse.

January 23, 2023

GENRE | Alexander Skarsgård Drowns – 'Infinity Pool' x Sundance 2023

"It's like a new skin working itself into place."
Mia Goth Brandon Cronenberg | Infinity Pool
Sundance Film Festival
An emasculated Alexander Skarsgård and truly unhinged Mia Goth star as privileged resort guests on an all-inclusive luxury vacation in Toronto filmmaker Brandon Cronenberg's third sci-fi body horror feature, a dystopian piece of pure nightmare fuel. Set in the fictional impoverished Eastern European nation of Li Tolqa with a strange ritual of punishing foreign lawbreakers, Infinity Pool envisions both a descent into psychological madness and piece of twisted gratification.

January 19, 2023

SCREEN | 'You People' – Jonah Hill Comes to Dinner on Netflix

"Do you just come up here for our food and women?"
Eddie Murphy Jonah Hill Sam Jay Kenya Barris | You People Netflix
Khalabo Ink Society / Strong Baby
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris directs comedian Jonah Hill (also co-writer/producer) in the mismatched interracial romantic comedy riff on the Guess Who's Coming to Dinner formula with shades of Meet the Parents. You People is a refreshingly amusing take on contemporary racial tensions while injecting hot topic elements of our current social climate.

January 16, 2023

CINEMA | Mother vs. Son – 'When You Finish Saving the World'

"Everyone around me is a narcissist."
Julianne Moore Finn Wolfhard Jesse Eisenberg | When You Finish Saving the World A24
A24 / Sphere Films
Acclaimed actor/playwright Jesse Eisenberg makes his screenwriting and directorial debut in the indie coming-of-age cringefest, When You Finish Saving the World, based on his 2020 audio drama of the same name. Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard star sublimely as a high-strung do-gooder mother and her self-involved teenage consumerist son with a contentious relationship due to their generational divide and shared tendencies of oblivious narcissism.

January 12, 2023

GENRE | 'Searching' for a 'Missing' Person on Screen(s)

"I'm not giving up on my mom."
Storm Reid Nick Johnson Will Merrick | Missing
Stage 6 Films / Screen Gems
From the same creative team behind the sharp 2018 "screenlife" mystery thriller Searching comes a standalone sequel, the appropriately titled Missing. Written and directed by Nick Johnson and Will Merrick, editors of the first film, the follow-up stars Storm Reid as a teenager left alone trying to find her missing mother (Nia Long) after she fails to return from a Colombian vacation with her shady new boyfriend (Ken Leung).

January 9, 2023

GENRE | Hayley Law Traps 'Door Mouse' – Stylish Neo-Noir Pulp

"It was a full pack of cigarettes type of night."
Hayley Law Avan Jogia | Door Mouse
Gravitas Ventures / Elevation Pictures
Vancouver native Hayley Law stars in fellow local actor turned filmmaker Avan Jogia's stylish debut feature behind the camera in an indie neo-noir dripping with contemporary pulp. Door Mouse mines gumshoe detective genre fare with a modern gloss (not unlike the 2005 film Brick) for a rathr oddball mystery genre effort.