August 16, 2018

FEAST | Italian-American x Pepino's Spaghetti House x East Van

Pepino's Spaghetti House | Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Grandview-Woodland—The highly touted, old school Italian-American themed Pepino's Spaghetti House opened deep on Commercial Drive earlier this summer and has already made waves in its tight-knit East Van neighbourhood.

August 13, 2018

CINEMA | Looking So 'Crazy Rich Asians' in Love

"You will never be enough."
Chris Pang Sonoya Mizuno Jon M. Chu Kevin Kwan | Crazy Rich Asians

Asian-Americans have been patiently waiting for this. Director Jon M. Chu's adaptation of the super sweet yet sinister romantic comedy, based on Kevin Kwan's internationally bestselling novel, is an exhilarating cinematic experience living up to its audacious subject matter and highly accurate title in spades. Full of universal Asian themes of fractured cultural identities and family obligation, Crazy Rich Asians a smashing ode to Southeast Asian luxury culture.

August 9, 2018

CINEMA | 'BlacKkKlansman' Fights the (White) Power

"With the right white man, we can do anything."
John David Washington Adam Driver Spike Lee | BlacKkKlansman

From iconoclastic filmmaker Spike Lee and producer Jordan Peele comes the unbelievable true story of how the first African-American cop in Colorado Springs history infiltrated his chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Based on the bizarre real-life happenings and memoir by retired undercover detective Ron Stallworth, BlacKkKlansman is a messy yet comically riotous dramatization of racial history.

August 6, 2018

FEAST | Torafuku Modern Asian x 3rd Anniversary x Strathcona

Torafuku Modern Asian Eatery | Strathcona, Vancouver

Strathcona—(July 23, 2018) The team behind Torafuku's funky and modern pan-Asian eatery located near the gates of Chinatown just off the North end of Main Street celebrated their third-anniversary in style with a twelve-course, family style dinner pairing debuting a new menu of dishes and array of specialty cocktails.

August 2, 2018

GENRE | 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' Promises x VQFF 2018

"How the f*ck do you process..."
Chloë Grace Moretz Emily M. Danforth Desiree Akhavan | The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Set in the thick of the early 1990s, director Desiree Akhavan's film adaptation of Emily M. Danforth's popular coming-of-age young adult novel explores the repressive world of a gay conversion camp starring Chloë Grace Moretz as the titular troubled queer teen. The Miseducation of Cameron Post uses mood and setting to establish its story and themes of being an outcast deftly.

July 30, 2018

CINEMA | 'Mission: Impossible – Fallout' Goes All Out

"Please don't make me go through you."
Tom Cruise Henry Cavill Christopher McQuarie | Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Accept Episode 173 of the Vertical Viewing Podcast (available on iTunes) to hear us review Mission: Impossible – Fallout and talk movie news with special guest Thor Diakow from CityTV and Breakfast Television alongside regular hosts Scott Willson and Jared Sargent. (1:02)

July 26, 2018

CINEMA | 'Teen Titans Go! To the Movies' and Joke Around

"I only make movies about real superheroes."
Aaron Horvath Michael Jelenic Peter Rida Michail | Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Warner Bros. Animation's big screen adaptation of the long-running Teen Titans Go! children's animated series on Cartoon Network is just as silly and self-referentially fun as you would expect. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, based on the popular DC Comics team of sidekicks, uses our current age of more sophisticated superhero films to send up some of the more serious elements of their live action counterparts.