March 21, 2019

CINEMA | Zachary Levi Powers 'Shazam!' Fun

Zachary Levi Mark Strong David F. Sandberg | DC Shazam!

Shazam!, the goofy Fawcett Comics golden age story with its own complicated history, tells the tale of a runaway foster kid emboldened with the magical powers of an ancient wizard when he shouts his name. Its joyous film adaptation proves to be a surprisingly entertaining and original take on the contemporary superhero genre told with the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, the speed of Mercury.

March 20, 2019

GENRE | This Isn't 'Us' – Jordan Peele Doubles the Horror

"It's us!"
Winston Duke Lupita Nyong'o Jordan Peele | Us

There's something so deeply unsettling about how masterfully crafted the slow burn doppelgänger terror in Us is. Thanks to the runaway success of the acclaimed Get Out, comedian turned horror filmmaker Jordan Peele's seemingly natural storytelling prowess feels even more confident as his precise use of doubles as a motif strikes every frame of his sophomore effort superbly.

March 19, 2019

FEAST | Québécois Cuisine x St. Lawrence Restaurant x Railtown

St. Lawrence Restaurant | Vancouver Downtown Eastside

Railtown—After being named one of Canada's best new restaurants by various outlets including enRoute Magazine last year, I recently finally got around to dining at the much ballyhooed, award-winning St. Lawrence Restaurant to sample some of their fine French-Canadian cuisine from Chef J.C. Poirier and the team behind Ask for Luigi for myself.

March 18, 2019

CABLE | Meek Meets Chic – Aidy Bryant Acts 'Shrill'

"There is a small person inside of you dying to get out."
Aidy Bryant Ian Owens Lindy West Ali Rushfield | Shrill Hulu

Longtime Saturday Night Live standout Aidy Bryant stars in the new six-episode Hulu original comedy series loosely based on writer Lindy West's bestselling 2016 memoir collection of essays, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, inspired on her own experiences as a fat woman navigating single and professional life in Seattle—switched to Portland (where it's filmed) for the show.

March 14, 2019

GRUB | ¿CóMO? Taperia x Spanish Tapas Bar x Mount Pleasant

¿CóMO? Taperia | Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

Mount Pleasant—Vancouver's newest Spanish tapas restaurant ¿CóMO? Taperia, located just off 7th and Main in the still yet to be completed Ellsworth Building, certainly opened with high expectations, lofty ambitions, and a sterling pedigree to live up to.

March 11, 2019

SCREEN | Julianne Moore Dances with Herself – 'Gloria Bell'

"Grow a pair!"
Julianne Moore Sebastián Lelio | Gloria Bell

Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio remakes his own 2013 Spanish-language drama, Gloria, beat for beat for American audiences. This time, the film stars a glowing Julianne Moore as the titular mid-fifties divorcée. Gloria Bell feels like a rather refreshing take on the older, single female experience filled with equal parts joy and sadness.

March 7, 2019

CINEMA | Brie Larson Feels the Need for 'Captain Marvel'

"There's nothing more dangerous to a warrior than emotion."
Brie Larson Anna Boden Ryan Fleck | Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios' latest foray into the more intergalactic space elements of their massive interconnected comic book franchise, Captain Marvel, is a perfectly fine and aggressively underwhelming entry thanks to some rather blandly generic feeling storytelling despite some highs. Brie Larson stars as the titular fighter pilot Carol Danvers (aka "Vers") turned alien energy power source and reluctant weapon of cosmic destruction.

March 4, 2019

IMBIBE | Vancouver International Wine Festival 2019

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018 | Vancouver Convention Centre West

Waterfront—(February 28 to March 2, 2019) The 41st annual Vancouver International Wine Festival wined and dined over thousands of guests last week with various special events, tastings, and pairings hosted all over our fair city's many venues—but as always anchored by the multi-day and night International Festival Tasting Room all you can drink smörgåsbord inside the Vancouver Convention Centre West ballroom.

February 28, 2019

CINEMA | Astonishing 'Apollo 11' Documents the Moon Landing

"The Eagle has landed!"
Todd Douglas Miller | CNN Films | Apollo 11

Documentarian Todd Douglas Miller has impressively assembled together previously unseen but near-pristine 70mm large-format archival film footage from the famed NASA space mission for his striking new CNN Films documentary. Apollo 11 features some truly crisp, stunning source material documenting the events surrounding the landmark journey to the moon superbly.