May 28, 2024

FEAST | Italiano x Locanda dell'Orso x Opening x Victorian Hotel

Locanda dell'Orso | Victorian Hotel | Downtown Vancouver

Downtown—(May 13, 2024) A new authentic, family-style Italian restaurant, Locanda dell'Orso (Italian for "Inn of the Bear"), just opened for dinner service. It occupies Autostrada's old iconic downtown location (originally Cinara) underneath the historic Victorian Hotel on West Pender.

May 27, 2024

SCREEN | Faking It – Glen Powell Takes the 'Hit Man'

"I guess I'm just your fantasy."
Glen Powell Adria Arjona Richard Linklater | Hit Man Netflix
Netflix / VVS Films
Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater reteams with his Everybody Wants Some!! star Glen Powell (also a co-writer/producer) to glamourize journalist and Bernie co-writer Skip Hollandsworth's 2001 Texas Monthly magazine article about the real-life, mild-mannered college professor turned fake hitman for hire, Gary Johnson. Hit Man makes for a near-perfect starring vehicle for the endlessly charming Powell that embraces fictionalizing its true crime-adjacent material.

May 23, 2024

REEL | Fast and 'Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga' – Anya Taylor-Joy Lays Waste

"Do you have it in you to make it epic?"
Anya Taylor-Joy George Miller | Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures
Australian auteur George Miller revisits the post-apocalyptic Australian Wasteland in his blockbuster action Mad Max: Fury Road prequel, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Alyla Browne as younger versions of the eponymous heroine. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga takes elements from his previous films to build another viscerally exciting and visually exhilarating cinematic experience.

May 20, 2024

GENRE | Suburban Obsession – 'I Saw the TV Glow' x SIFF 2024

"This isn't the Midnight Realm! It's just the suburbs."
Justice Smith Brigette Lundy-Paine Jane Schoenbrun | I Saw The TV Glow  A24
Seattle International Film Festival
Non-binary indie filmmaker Jane Schoenbrun writes and directs the coming-of-age, art-horror fantasy I Saw the TV Glow about how two troubled suburban youths spiral down a dark path over their shared obsession with a supernatural cult television series from the mid-1990s that doubles as a transcendent examination of queer/trans dysphoria.

May 16, 2024

CABLE | 'The Sympathizer' Betrays South Vietnam on HBO

"All wars are fought twice."
Vy Le Kieu Chinh Park Chan-wook Don McKellar | The Sympathizer HBO
A24 / Rhombus Media
The unlikely international filmmaking pairing of Korean auteur Park Chan-wook and Toronto director Don McKellar adapt Vietnamese-American professor Việt Thanh Nguyễn's bestselling 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel The Sympathizer (aka Cảm tình viên) into dizzingly postmodern historical miniseries dissecting the complex political machinations in the immediate aftermath of a post-Vietnam War United States in the late-1970s.

May 13, 2024

SCREEN | Digitizing the Afterlife – 'Eternal You' x DOXA 2024

"It's able to hijack the things that we love the most."
Hans Block Moritz Riesewieck | Eternal You | DOXA 2024
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Directors Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck delve into the deeply troubling world of a "digital afterlife" created by artificial intelligence to extend the lives of deceased loved ones in Eternal You. This very real technology allows startups to effectively digitize those who have passed away by generating simulated versions of them in order to comfort grieving survivors.

May 9, 2024

REEL | Battle for the 'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes'

"Apes together strong."
Owen Teague Freya Allan Wes Ball | Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes
20th Century Studios
The Maze Runner director Wes Ball takes over the durable Planet of the Apes series in a worthy but unnecessary extension of the simian-based franchise's mythology. Set several generations after Caesar's reign in the previous trilogy, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes manages to establish a relatively exciting new direction for the sci-fi action series that evolves the storyline into a biblical yarn involving a slave uprising against a tyrannical ape king.

May 6, 2024

SCREEN | Saving Cinema – 'The Movie Man' Projects x DOXA 2024

"We're not a destination for anything, really."
Keith Stata Matt Finlin | The Movie Man | DOXA 2024
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Toronto native Matt Finlin poignantly documents an elderly cinephile's life's work in The Movie Man. We follow septuagenarian business owner Keith Stata, the proprietor of the unique forty-year-old Highlands Cinemas located in the small hamlet village of Kinmount (population three hundred) in the backwoods of Ontario near the Kawartha Lakes, as he struggles to run a house-like movie theatre during challenging times without enough customers or residents to justify his self-described "five-screen movie palace."

May 2, 2024

SCREEN | On Tamio Wakayama's Life 'Between Pictures' x DOXA 2024

"My boyhood years were a kaleidoscope of joy and pain."
Between Pictures: The Lens of Tamio Wakayama | DOXA 2024
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Multimedia artist Cindy Mochizuki chronicles the remarkable life and career of the Japanese-Canadian photographer in Between Pictures: The Lens of Tamio Wakayama. Told through the framework of Wakayam's own family history of being imprisoned in internment camps, the Telus documentary follows his tireless efforts to capture the 1960s civil rights movement in the American South.