September 22, 2022

VIFF 2022 | 10 Most Anticipated Films (You Should See)

"VIFF is back with an incredible program dedicated to the power and potential of cinema."
VIFF 2022—Our city's eleven-day arthouse cinema showcase in the 41st annual Vancouver International Film Festival is back at the end of the month with a return to full-scale in-person cinematic programming. Once again, VIFF is celebrating all forms of multimedia storytelling by showing hundreds of local, Canadian, and international films dedicated to furthering contemporary world cinema.

September 21, 2022

VIFF 2022 | Losing Basketball – Kat Jayme Shoots for 'The Grizzlie Truth'

"My love of basketball started and ended with the Grizzlies."
Kathleen S. Jayme | The Grizzlie Truth | VIFF 2022
Vancouver International Film Festival
VIFF 2022Finding Big Country director Kathleen S. Jayme revisits her love of the long-departed hometown basketball team, the Vancouver Grizzlies, in a new documentary (her fourth Grizzlies-related project) with a light true-crime approach, The Grizzlie Truth. Despite ostensibly documenting facets of multi-billion dollar sports industries, Jayme takes a personal touch to telling her own story, what many other (at the time) young fans felt, and how the city was abandoned by the NBA.

September 19, 2022

VIFF 2022 | Park Chan-wook Makes the 'Decision to Leave'

"Treat me like a suspect."
Park Hae-il Tang Wei Park Chan-wook | Decision to Leave | VIFF 2022
Vancouver International Film Festival
VIFF 2022—South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook investigates at least one possible mariticide in his latest neo-noir mystery wrapped in a bittersweet detective romance. At first, Decision to Leave seems more concerned with mood than dramatic turns yet there's a building sense of tension derived from its damaged characters.

September 15, 2022

GENRE | 'X' Marks 'Pearl' – A Killer Origin x TIFF 2022

"If only they would just die."
Mia Goth Ti West | Pearl X
Toronto International Film Festival
Actress Mia Goth (also a co-writer) and horror director Ti West both return to the slasher world of X (released earlier this year) in the blood-soaked, WWI-era origin story, Pearl. As a prequel about one of the previous film's elderly homicidal farmhouse villains in the 1970s also played by Goth in heavy makeup and prosthetics, we see her as a young woman getting the taste for killing.

September 12, 2022

CINEMA | A Bowie Trip – 'Moonage Daydream' Believer x TIFF 2022

"Chaos is meaning in our lives."
Brett Morgen David Bowie | Moonage Daydream Documentary | TIFF 2022
Toronto International Film Festival
Documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen assembles legendary rock star David Bowie's deep archive of filmed material including rare, previously unseen footage into a singularly kaleidoscopic musical experience, Moonage Daydream. It's a sprawling, multi-sensory mediation on the many lives and unknowable personalities of the enigmatic artist and his legacy.

September 8, 2022

CINEMA | 'See How They Run' Inspects A Whodunit Comedy

"So there we have it, sir. Cherchez la femme!"
Sam Rockwell Tom George | See How They Run
Searchlight Pictures
Set around London's West End theatre district in 1953, director Tom George helms the amusing post-war British detective comedy, See How They Run. Starring Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan as a mismatched pair of investigators looking to solve the murder of a rather detestable American film director (Adrien Brody) backstage during the cast party after a performance of Agatha Christie's long-running stage play The Mousetrap.

September 5, 2022

FEAST | Smokehouse BBQ x H2 Kitchen & Bar x Westin Bayshore

H2 Kitchen & Bar | The Westin Bayshore Hotel | Coal Harbour, Vancouver

Coal Harbour—(July 20, 2022) The newly revamped and renamed H2 Kitchen & Bar (formerly "H2 Rotisserie") family restaurant located inside The West Bayshore hotel recently refocused its dining offerings from a primarily rotisserie chicken-based array (still available) to an exciting all-new southern-style smokehouse barbecue menu.

September 1, 2022

CABLE | Tatiana Maslany Defends 'She-Hulk: Attorney at Law'

"That is for billionaires and narcissists and adult orphans for some reason."
Tatiana Maslany Benedict Wong Patty Guggenheim Jessica Gao | She-Hulk: Attorney at Law | Disney+
Marvel Studios
Saskatchewan native Tatiana Maslany stars as the Hulk's lawyer cousin, Jennifer Walters, in the half-hour superhero legal comedy, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Much more of a self-aware, fourth-wall-breaking series, this Hulk very much plays up its sitcom premise with a strong, quirky vibe from the female-focused late-90s, early-2000s-era of network workplace comedies—think Ally McBeal only with superpowers.

August 29, 2022

SCREEN | Drawing Comedy – 'Funny Pages' Colours Grime

"No one in this room is an artist!"
Daniel Zolghadri Matthew Maher Owen Kline | Funny Pages A24
A24 / Sphere Films
First-time writer/director Owen Kline (son of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates) shoots the abrasive Funny Pages about a particularly dickish New Jersey high school dropout (Daniel Zolghadri) desperate to become a comic book artist through an appropriate griminess to the world he captures on grainy 16mm film.