June 18, 2018

VIEW | Deutch and Powell 'Set It Up' for Romance on Netflix

"We're full on Parent Trap'ping hard."
Claire Scanlon | Netflix Set It Up

Director Claire Scanlon and screenwriter Katie Silberman, both making their feature debuts from television, have crafted a straight-up delightful studio-style romantic comedy like they use to make. Set It Up starring Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, who both broke out in the underrated Everybody Wants Some!!, as dynamite young screwball romantic leads feels like a throwback to late '90s to early 2000s Manhattan buddy romances.

June 14, 2018

CINEMA | 'Incredibles 2' Feels Like Familiar Family Fun

"Suit up! It might get weird."
Craig T. Nelson Brad Bird | Incredibles 2

Fourteen years later, Pixar Animation and writer/director Brad Bird pick up exactly where they left off with the original superhero family adventure sequel, Incredibles 2. By tackling the ordinary, the delightful but muddled film very much explores domestic stress exaggerated through superpowers and dastardly evil plans.

June 13, 2018

WANDER | Getaway x 'Cabin Fever' x Vancouver Art Gallery

'Cabin Fever' | Vancouver Art Gallery

Downtown—(June 7, 2018) The Vancouver Art Gallery opened Cabin Fever, their summer art exhibition on the second floor, celebrating the history and tradition of the cabin as both an architectural form and cultural construct in North America from frontier times to contemporary millennial interpretations.

June 12, 2018

CINEMA | Mister Rogers Loves You – 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?'

"Love is at the root of everything."
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood | Fred Rogers Morgan Neville | Won't You Be My Neighbor?

National treasure Fred Rogers, creator and host of the adored educational kids public television program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, was a somewhat radically kind man. Documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville takes Rogers' life and work molding Won't You Be My Neighbor? into an entirely heartwarming and wholesome portrait of a man who loved children and made it his mission to protect them. In this way, it feels wholly subversive in its earnestness.

June 11, 2018

CINEMA | 'Tag' Plays with Physical Comedy

"We grow old because we stop playing."
Jon Hamm Ed Helms Jake Johnson Jeff Tomsic Isla Fisher Annabelle Wallis Hannibal Buress | Tag

Tag, the preposterously premised story very much inspired by a true story and accompanying Wall Street Journal article about the eponymous decades-long childhood game carried well into adulthood, is a supremely dumb and pretty fun broad, slapstick physical comedy. Director Jeff Tomsic's hyperactive film is basically Home Alone for adults with a touch of Game Night (also a New Line Cinema film) with its high concept hijinx centred on middle-aged male friendship.

June 7, 2018

GRUB | The DownLow Chicken Shack x Commercial Drive

The DownLow Chicken Shack | Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Commercial Drive—(June 7, 2018) Nashville style hot fried chicken is coming to East Vancouver by way of Merchant's Workshop chefs/owners, husband-and-wife duo Doug Stephen and Lindsey Mann, with their brand new The DownLow Chicken Shack.

June 5, 2018

CINEMA | The Cast Steals It But 'Ocean's 8' is Not Enough

"Do not run a job in a job."
Sandra Bullock Cate Blanchett Gary Ross | Ocean's 8

Director Gary Ross does his best Steven Soderbergh—a close friend of his, the director of the Ocean's Eleven trilogy that loosely remade the original 1960 Rat Pack film, and a producer here—impression in the all-female led Ocean's Eight (as the title appears in the film) heist caper film. It's a worthy yet somehow too conventional a spin-off of the utterly watchable 2001 heist comedy.