December 13, 2018

CINEMA | Alfonso Cuarón Remembers 'Roma' on Netflix

"We women are always alone."
Yalitza Aparicio Alfonso Cuarón | Netflix Roma

Celebrated filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón beautifully dramatizes the intimate semi-autobiographical stories of his childhood growing up in the eponymous Mexico City neighbourhood in 1971 through the lens of his family's live-in caretaker who helped raise him. Through observations of daily life and struggles, Roma paints a sumptuously vivid portrait of true life experiences.

December 10, 2018

SOUND | Childish Gambino x This Is America Tour x Rogers Arena

"I want you to get loose and weird."
Donald Glover + Childish Gambino | This Is America Tour | Rogers Arena, Vancouver

False Creek—(December 7, 2018) Beloved rapper Childish Gambino (aka actor/filmmaker Donald Glover) finally brought his This Is America Tour—reportedly his last ever under this rap moniker—to Rogers Arena after previously rescheduling the final leg due to injury.

December 6, 2018

CINEMA | 'Bumblebee' Transforms into Throwback '80s Fun

"They literally call themselves Decepticons."
Hailee Steinfeld Travis Knight | Bumblebee

Laika animation director Travis Knight has completely refreshed the noisy live action Transformers franchise taking over from the bombastic Michael Bay (a producer here) for this prequel spin-off. Stripped down and set in the 1980s heyday of the actual toy and its cartoon spin-off, Bumblebee is a totally charming, scaled-down take on the transforming robots in disguise.

December 3, 2018

CINEMA | 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Crosses Over

"There's only one Spider-Man!"
Shameik Moore Jake Johnson Phil Lord & Christopher Miller | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

From producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the new animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is such a joyous celebration of the character's storied history and many interpretations as it exquisitely recreates the imaginative highs of reading a comic book come to life. It's a particularly refreshing take on the otherwise tired superhero origin story with plenty of original, self-referential twists and turns that make it as comically sharp as it's visually inventive.

November 29, 2018

BEERFEST | 33 Brewing Exp(eriment) x Mount Pleasant

33 Brewing Experiment | Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

Mount Pleasant33 Acres Brewing Co. quietly opened a secondary experimental craft brewery next door to its original tasting room location. 33 Brewing Exp only further heightens the brand's taste for simple design and refreshing beer.

November 26, 2018

GENRE | Christopher Abbott Takes A 'Piercing' x Rio Grind

"Can we eat first?"
Christopher Abbott Mia Wasikowska Nicolas Pesce | Piercing | Rio Grind Film Festival 2018

The Eyes of My Mother director Nicolas Pesce takes on some disturbing S&M horror/comedy material for his second feature based on the novel by Japanese author Ryū Murakami's novel. Piercing is a truly daring piece of work about sexual violence. Sufficed to say, there are no trigger warnings strong enough to prepare you for the explicit depiction of trauma in the film.

November 22, 2018

CINEMA | Michael B. Jordan Gets His Rematch – 'Creed II'

"Break him."
Michael B. Jordan Sylvester Stallone Steven Caple Jr. | Creed II

What makes Creed II so satisfying is how it's precisely almost nothing else but a true, full-on super sequel in the grand tradition of the enduring Rocky film franchise. Michael B. Jordan continues to cement his undeniable movie star status in what is unabashedly a direct continuation to both the first Creed and the over-the-top events of Rocky IV with more callbacks, references, and dense continuity than your average Marvel shared-universe film.