January 24, 2020

WANDER | 'Towers of Tomorrow with Lego Bricks' x Science World

Towers of Tomorrow with Lego Bricks | Science World | False Creek, Vancouver

False Creek—(January 23, 2019) Science World unveiled its latest first-of-its-kind, limited-engagement exhibition Towers of Tomorrow with Lego Bricks to much excitement and interest. Visitors of all ages are invited to step into a larger-than-life Lego wonderland showcasing twenty of the world's most iconic and astonishing skyscrapers and towers in specially built toy brick replica form—a real treat to see.

January 23, 2020

TREAT | New in Town x Mello Donut Shop x Chinatown

Mello Donut Shop | Chinatown, Vancouver

Chinatown—(January 12, 2020) The new and modern Japanese Mello Donut Shop opened up next door to Umaluma Gelato at the tail end of last year to an already exciting reception.

January 20, 2020

SCENE | For Rent – 'House and Home' x Firehall Arts Centre

Andrew Wheeler Jillian Fargey Jenn Griffin | 'House and Home' | Vancouver Downtown Eastside | Firehall Arts Centre
Andrew Wheeler and Jillian Fargey / Photo credit | Matt Reznek
Downtown Eastside—(January 18, 2020) Playwright Jenn Griffin's new stageplay House and Home, loosely inspired by her own experiences as a homeowner, explicitly addresses our much obsessed about Vancouver housing crisis from the very heightened perspectives of its struggling characters. Running now after premiering at the Firehall Arts Centre in East Vancouver, the twisted comedy directed by Artistic Producer Donna Spencer bravely ventures into the troubled waters of affordability and livability from all sides.

January 13, 2020

CINEMA | Guy Ritchie Rounds Up 'The Gentlemen'

"It's not enough to act like the king, you must be the king."
Charlie Hunnam Colin Farrell Guy Ritchie | The Gentlemen

Filmmaker Guy Ritchie retreads his British crime story roots to tell another gangster yarn framed as a tabloidy movie script about drug kingpins and underworld crime bosses entangled in a turf war. The Gentlemen actually feels overly cleverly told as Ritchie plays with typical narrative troupes to unfold a stylish action comedy meets crime drama full of stars.

January 6, 2020

GETAWAY | Aloha! Honolulu x Waikiki Beach Bum x Oahu, Hawaii

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve | East Honolulu | O'ahu, Hawaii

Waikiki—(November 19 to 22, 2019) Aloha! For four gloriously tropical days and nights, I visited the scenic city of Honolulu on the third-largest island of Oahu (aka the "Gathering Place") in the remote Hawaiian Islands—squarely located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Let's relive a few sunny highlights.

December 30, 2019

CINEMA | Top 10 Films of the 2010s

Jesse Eisenberg David Fincher | The Social Network
Each film reviewed where linked below:
1) The Social Network (dir. David Fincher, 2010)
2) Parasite (dir. Bong Joon-Ho, 2019)
3) The Handmaiden (dir. Park Chan-wook, 2016)
4) The Favourite (dir. Yorgas Lanthimos, 2018)
5) Her (dir. Spike Jonze, 2013)
6) Frances Ha (dir. Noah Baumbach, 2013)
7) Once Upon A Time in… Hollywood (dir. Quentin Tarantino, 2019)
8) Lady Bird (dir. Greta Gerwig, 2017)
9) Phantom Thread (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017)
10) Roma (dir. Alfonso Cuarón, 2018)

December 26, 2019

CINEMA | Top 10 Films of 2019

Cho Yeo-jeong Lee Sun-kyun Bong Bong Joon-ho | Parasite
Each film reviewed where linked below:
1) Parasite * (dir. Bong Joon-ho)
2) Once Upon A Time in… Hollywood (dir. Quentin Tarantino)
3) The Farewell (dir. Lulu Wang)
4) Uncut Gems (dir. Josh & Benny Safdie)
5) The Irishman (dir. Martin Scorsese)
6) Portrait of a Lady on Fire * (dir. Céline Sciamma)
7) Marriage Story * (dir. Noah Baumbach)
8) 1917 (dir. Sam Mendes)
9) Her Smell (dir. Alex Ross Perry)
10) Little Women (dir. Greta Gerwig)

December 23, 2019

GENRE | Adam Sandler Wins It All – 'Uncut Gems' Hustles

"This is me. This is how I win."
Adam Sandler Josh and Benny Safdie | Uncut Gems

Indie filmmaking brothers Josh and Benny Safdie return to their propulsive, nerve-wracking style of New York cinema for their long-in-development passion project, Uncut Gems. Set in 2012, the hard-driving crime drama follows Adam Sandler's Diamond District jeweller meets degenerate gambler as he tries to hustle his way out of his numerous business and personal problems.

December 19, 2019

CINEMA | Our Last Hope – 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Ends

"Confronting fear is the destiny of the Jedi."
Daisy Ridley Adam Driver J.J. Abrams | Star Wars: Episode VII – The Rise of Skywalker

Blockbuster filmmaker J.J. Abrams returns to a galaxy far, far away to (definitively) end the Star Wars sequel trilogy he restarted in The Force Awakens and cap off what's become known as the nine-episode Skywalker Saga. Consider it unfortunate how much Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker is full of such wild highs and lows, overdone fan service, and some egregious retconning. It's hard to believe where the film went in ending the new Star Wars trilogy.