July 1, 2022

CINEMA | Top 10 Films of 2022 So Far

Malea Emma Kogonada | After Yang A24
Each film reviewed where linked below:
1) After Yang (dir. Kogonada)
2) Happening (dir. Audrey Diwan)
3) X (dir. Ti West)
4) Everything Everywhere All at Once (dir. Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert)
5) Top Gun: Maverick (dir. Joseph Kosinski)
6) Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood (dir. Richard Linklater)
7) Fire Island (dir. Andrew Ahn)
8) The Batman (dir. Matt Reeves)
9) RRR (dir. S.S. Rajamouli)
10) Turning Red (dir. Domee Shi)

June 30, 2022

GETAWAY | Weekend x Pearl Hotel x San Diego x California

The Pearl Hotel | Point Loma | San Diego, California

Point Loma—(May 19 to 22, 2022) On a May long weekend "bachelorette party" trip, our group ventured to the Southern California coastal city of San Diego—known for both its large naval fleet next to the Pacific Ocean and proximity to the Mexican border to the South.

June 27, 2022

CINEMA | Searching for 'Marcel the Shell with Shoes On'

"A space in my heart gets bigger and louder every day."
Jenny Slate Dean Fleischer-Camp | Marcel the Shell with Shoes On A24
A24 / Elevation Pictures
Co-creators Dean Fleischer-Camp, who also directs and co-stars, and Jenny Slate adapt their series of stop-motion shorts starring the eponymous anthropomorphic seashell (voiced by Slate) into a rather heartwarming feature-length hybrid live-action animated mockumentary film. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On remains a very cute coming-of-age meets slice-of-life effort full of whimsical charm.

June 23, 2022

CINEMA | Seeking an Abortion in 1960s France – 'Happening'

"I'd like a child one day but not instead of a life."
Anamaria Vartolomei Audrey Diwan | Happening (L'événement) | VIFF Centre
IFC Films / Wild Bunch
Sophomore filmmaker Audrey Diwan adapts French author Annie Ernaux's semi-autobiographical novel/memoir about a bright young literature student facing an unwanted pregnancy while desperately seeking out a dangerous abortion when it was still illegal in a post-war 1963 France. Happening (aka L'Événement) is an unfortunately timely expression of just how essential family planning and a women's ability to choose whether or not to give birth is to the basic fundamental human rights necessary to a functional society.

June 20, 2022

SCREEN | Dakota Johnson Plays It 'Cha Cha Real Smooth'

"You don't even know who you are yet."
Cooper Raiff Leslie Mann Brad Garrett | Cha Cha Real Smooth | Apple TV+
Picturestart / TeaTime Pictures
S#!%house writer/director Cooper Raiff stars as a charming 22-year-old bar mitzvah DJ in his sophomore coming-of-age indie comedy, the unfortunately titled Cha Cha Real Smooth. Raiff continues to explore themes of young adult immaturity and misplaced romance as a recent undergraduate who (understandably) falls for a troubled young mother, an irresistible Dakota Johnson (also a producer), raising her autistic daughter played by a winsome Vanessa Burghardt who is also neurodivergent in real-life.

June 16, 2022

CABLE | Ewan McGregor Awakens 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'

"You have no idea what the Empire is capable of."
Ewan McGregor Hayden Christensen Joby Harold Deborah Chow | Obi-Wan Kenobi | Disney+
An ageless Ewan McGregor returns as the storied Jedi Knight ten years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith in his eponymous six-part miniseries, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Played at least initially much wearier and defeated, this Kenobi tries to bridge the gap between his known character history to varying results.

June 13, 2022

CINEMA | To Infinity – Pixar Travels Beyond 'Lightyear'

"In 1995, Andy got a toy [...] from his favorite movie. This is that movie."
Chris Evans Angus MacLane | Disney Pixar Lightyear
Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation and director Angus MacLane make their version of a space action-adventure in the Toy Story spin-off Lightyear. Starring Chris Evans as the new voice of Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear, this origin story serves as a sort of film-within-a-film on which Andy's action figure is based upon—and presumably watched as a child in 1995—in the world of the original movie—if that makes any sense.

June 9, 2022

SCREEN | Adam Sandler Lays Up 'Hustle' on Netflix

"Never back down."
Adam Sandler Jeremiah Zagar | Hustle Netflix
Happy Madison Productions / SpringHill Company
Indie filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar directs a mostly serious Adam Sandler in the formulaic but kinetic basketball drama Hustle. Playing a road-weary talent scout for the Philadelphia 76ers in search of the next NBA superstar, Sandler brings his natural likability to the standard inspirational underdog sports story mixed with a healthy dose of self-doubt and loathing.

June 6, 2022

GRUB | Aburi Market x Opening x Ambleside x West Van

"Aburi Market is going to be a new kind of grocery experience."
Aburi Market | West Vancouver, BC

North Shore—(May 30, 2022) Aburi Restaurants (operators of Miku and Miniami) opened up its new premium Japanese specialty supermarket concept Aburi Market in the heart of West Vancouver's oceanfront Ambleside neighourhood.