August 3, 2020

SCREEN | Gillian Jacobs Remembers 'I Used to Go Here'

"Life is not like school. It's not a safe place to try things out."
Gillian Jacobs Jemaine Clement Kris Rey | I Used to Go Here
Gravitas Ventures / Pacific Northwest Pictures
Actor/filmmaker Kris Rey tackles undergraduate nostalgia in her post-adult dramedy I Used to Go Here. Starring Gillian Jacobs as a somewhat unremarkable author in a funk who's getting over her millennial malaise by revisiting her college glory days, the film offers plenty of insight about the pitfalls of real-life after leaving your safe bubble.

August 1, 2020

GRUB | Marukatsu Cuisine Pop-Up x Gyoza Bar x Downtown

Gyoza Bar | Aburi Restaurants | Downtown Vancouver
teishoku (meal set served with miso soup, endless cabbage and steamed rice)
Downtown—(July 22, 2020) For the summer, Aburi Restaurants is offering a new Japanese-Mexican concept in the form of their limited-time Marukatsu Cuisine pop-up and specialty menu at Gyoza Bar.

July 30, 2020

SCREEN | Mortal Contagion – 'She Dies Tomorrow' Passes It On

"There is no tomorrow for me."
Michelle Rodriguez Olivia Taylor Dudley Amy Seimetz | She Dies Tomorrow
Neon / Elevation Pictures
Actress Amy Seimetz writes and directs a darkly surreal character drama about mortality in the very eerie She Dies Tomorrow. Based on the most basic of premises, the arresting film follows various related characters as they become sort of infected with a morbid sense of impending death causing them to question their immediate existence.

July 27, 2020

IMBIBE | Chickadee Room x Juke Fried Chicken x Chinatown

The Chickadee Room | Juke Fried Chicken | Vancouver Chinatown

Chinatown—(July 12, 2020) As a result of BC's Phase 2 reopening COVID-19 protocols, the team behind Juke Fried Chicken established The Chickadee Room run by bar manager Sabrine Dhaliwal—you can usually spot her safely behind the plexiglass-protected bar in a full face shield—as a separated cocktail spot and cozy dining room offshoot to their takeout counter located in the adjacent space (now separated by a spiffy new black and pink wall).

July 23, 2020

SCREEN | Dave Franco Stays the Weekend – 'The Rental'

"I know how to keep a secret."
Dan Stevens Alison Brie Dave Franco | The Rental
IFC Films
Actor Dave Franco makes his debut behind the camera as co-writer and director of the standard but effective vacation horror drama The Rental. Competently directed, the film uses single-location slasher genre conventions to express its relationship themes of paranoia and infidelity.

July 20, 2020

CINEMA | Frontier Capitalism – Kelly Reichardt Milks 'First Cow'

"Some people can't imagine being stolen from."
John Magaro Orion Lee Kelly Reichardt | First Cow | A24
A24 Films
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt returns to her beloved Oregon in her latest feature, a slow western about two travellers during the nineteenth-century Old West. Based on the book The Half-Life written by author and regular collaborator Jon Raymond (who co-wrote the script with Reichardt), First Cow tenderly eases into its story of food and friendship wrapped in frontier capitalism.

July 16, 2020

FEAST | New in Town x Cold Tea Restaurant x Granville

Cold Tea Restaurant | Granville Street | Downtown Vancouver
wok beef (beef tenderloin tips with pineapple, bell peppers, onion, and cilantro)
Granville—(July 7, 2020) Downtown Vancouver's newest pan-Asian eatery, Cold Tea Restaurant—named after the secret post-last call tradition of covertly serving beer in a teapot (aka "cold tea") and not to be confused with the similarly named Toronto bar—takes over the storied, old Tsui Hang Village location right in the heart of the titular Entertainment District.

July 13, 2020

SCREEN | Andy Samberg Lives Hard – 'Palm Springs' Resets

"It's one of those infinite time loop situations you might've heard about."
Andy Samberg Cristin Milioti Max Barbakow | Palm Springs on Hulu | The Lonely Island
Neon / The Lonely Island
Set at the titular California desert resort city over a destination wedding weekend, Palm Springs uses the Groundhog Day repeating day, time loop conceit to mine tons of very highly enjoyable comedy. Starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, a bridesmaid's boyfriend (Nyles) and the bride's sister (Sarah), as wedding guests inexplicably stuck repeating the same day over and over again, first-time director Max Barbakow makes hay of his material.

July 9, 2020

SCREEN | Charlize Theron Outlives 'The Old Guard' on Netflix

"It's not what time steals. It's what it leaves behind."
Charlize Theron KiKi Layne Gina Prince-Bythewood | Greg Rucka's The Old Guard on Netflix
Skydance / Denver and Delilah Films
Director Gina Prince-Bythewood brings levity to the comic book action in The Old Guard based on the graphic novel series of the same created by Greg Rucka who adapted the film's screenplay himself. Charlize Theron (also a producer) stars as the leader of a badass group of near-immortal warriors in a fun but very violent assassin adventure (in the gun-fu mold of John Wick).