October 31st, 2013
We admit: when it comes to scary movies, we're a little on the wimpy side. These Halloween picks are definitely more silly than scary - but at least we'll sleep soundly tonight.
Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock play sisters who inherit a magic touch and must fight off a curse that dooms every suitor to certain death. They also drink margaritas at midnight, which is just the sort of witchy behaviour we love. Find it on iTunes.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler are amazing together in this very funny Halloween movie. I would always try to re-create Bette Middler's witchy lipstick and had a major crush on Max Dennison. Find it on iTunes.
We are always so impressed when someone pulls off this costume - walking around with shear fingers can't be easy. Of course a Tim Burton film would make its way onto this list; he is the master of quirky if unconventional tales that toe the line between reality and fantasy. Another reason to see it: vintage Johnny and Winona! Find it on iTunes.
And two absolutely terrifying picks, because it is Halloween:
A secluded cabin, a knock on the door late at night. Scary enough to make you have nightmares for weeks. You've been warned. Find it on iTunes.
This will take a few minutes to find and require some creative downloading, but Juliette and Lewis and William Hurt star in this creepy movie about a young woman who rents an apartment, only to be terrorized by her neighbour on the 4th floor.
September 25th, 2013
Suffering from BBF (big blockbuster fatigue)? It may have been a lacklustre summer at the box office, but fall films are when the award contenders make their debut. The Vancouver International Film Festival has done the legwork, now all you need are tickets (and popcorn). Herewith, our 5 festival must-sees:
Blue is the Warmest Colour won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and had plenty of buzz at TIFF. But now it's getting attention not just for its coming-of-age lesbian storyline, but also for the cast, crew and director drama (as chronicled by Vanity Fair). Showtimes and tickets here.
Sure to be a popular one, Canadian film All the Wrong Reasons stars Cory Monteith (in his last role before his untimely death) as the manager of a department store, where the lives of four fractured people intersect. Showtimes and tickets here.
From the director of Notting Hill, Le Weekend follows a Brit couple on a trip to Paris for a contentious anniversary weekend. Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum star (reason enough to see it, of course). Showtimes and tickets here.
Short films always stump us on the Oscar party ballot, but not this year! Crisis Management is a series of 10 short films (ranging from 1-15 minutes) that tackle addiction, divorce, unemployment and goodbyes in poignant and bite-size pieces. Showtimes and tickets here.
If possible, try to catch a gala screening - it really is a uniuqe way to see a film in a large venue with cast and crew members usually in attendence. This year, Nebraska, starring SNL's Will Forte and veteran Bruce Dern (best actor winner at Cannes) and directed by Alexander Payne of Sideways, About Schmidt and The Descendants, is making its Canadian premiere at The Centre for Performing Arts Showtimes and tickets here.
August 21st, 2013
Prediction: trips to Italy are about to get booked post haste.
If you ever went to Europe in your youth (or fell in love fast and hard in your early 20s - or both) you will love the gorgeous and romantic new Kate Bosworth vehicle And While We Were Here, set on the Amalfi Coast. With all that stunning warm light, blue water, dramatic cliffs and cobblestones that you'll remember from The Talented Mr. Ripley, it's reminiscent of the Italian neo-realists in style but utterly modern in story. In this film, Bosworth (a magazine writer working on a WWII memoir) accompanies her anal, viola-playing husband on a business trip only to get seduced by a younger American man (payed to excellent effect by newcomer Jamie Blackley) who is volunteering with an environmental project on a nearby island. Many cliff jumping, Vespa riding, and clothes-removing scenes ensue, but the film manages to be a profound essay on marriage, trust, grief and love.
Oh and Kate's granny-chic wardrobe is awesome, too. —Sarah Bancroft
Watch the trailer here.
Available now on iTunes. Theatrical release September 13, 2013.
May 17th, 2013
The spectacle of summer, (with a killer Jay-Z produced soundtrack to match), The Great Gatsby is Baz Luhrman’s technicolor take on the classic American novel. Herewith, our favourite Roaring Twenties-inspired pieces.
Summer weddings will be awash in head pieces, we predict. Make sure to pair with loose pin curled hair and a convertible roadster. $281 on Etsy.
The Twenties also marked the rise of the painted face: smokey eyes, rosy cheeks and bold brows and upper lips were all the rage. MAC's Veluxe Brow Liner ($23), the sophisticated Dame blush ($25) and palette of bright shadows like Contrast (purplish blue) and Humid (dark green with shimmer) will have you looking very Daisy Buchanan.
He may not have Leo’s matinee idol face, but even the dude-iest of boys would look dapper in this Pink Strip Linen Jacket ($698) from Brooks Brothers’ The Great Gatsby Collection.
For brooding by a big picture window overlooking your estate, slip into this silk, bias-cut gown Long Luxe Gown ($310) from Vancouver's own Christine Lingerie. At Holt Renfrew in the fall.
Prohibition is history, but long live forbidden cocktails! We’ll be serving up Southsides (gin, lime, mint and simple syrup) in this sophisticated Lady Diamond Pitcher ($49). For total authenticity, consult this Vintage Cocktails book ($50). Both at The Cross Décor and Design.
September 11th, 2012
Seinfeld reruns, DVD sets of My So Called Life and catching The Way We Were on TV… sometimes an oldie but a goodie is much more enticing than another superhero movie.
With that in mind, we're marking our calendar for the first-ever Vancouver Retro Cinema Fest (September 23-30), which is stacked with classics and cult favourites like Pulp Fiction, Ghostbusters, The Big Lebowski and Back to the Future. A full throwback cultural experience, there'll be costume competitions, trivia contests, prizes and themed drinks.
And if you really wanna kick it old school, find somebody to make out with in the back row. —Maria Tallarico
September 23-30 at Denman Cinema, tickets $20-$25, www.vancouverretrocinema.com
December 26th, 2011
Over the holidays there is nothing quite as indulgent as spending an afternoon watching your favourite movie, our editors share their top picks:
The Future begins with a thirty-something couple adopting an injured cat and continues through 30 days of questioning mortality, the need for attention and profound loneliness, all told through the poetic mind of writer/director/ star Miranda July. $34.95 at www.amazon.ca —Jaelyn Molyneux, Calgary editor
Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Christmas tradition I look forward to the most is my annual viewing of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I always opt for the extended version, and it takes me a few days to watch since I usually fall asleep a couple times. There is nothing better than lounging on the sofa watching good looking, burly guys riding horses and saving Middle Earth. $68.99 for the Special Extended Edition Trilogy at www.amazon.ca. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg, Vancouver fashion editor
I’m only slightly ashamed of my addiction to Jersey Shore, but I’ll break open the boxed wine to enjoy the gang’s pre-rehab antics in Italy from Season Four. $19.99 at www.amazon.ca —Jennifer Nachshen, Montreal editor
Age of Innocence
Martin Scorsese may be best known for his dark, brooding crime dramas, but this adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 Pulitzer Prize-winning, melancholy, yet cleverly funny novel about New York's high society is just as complex. “Period drama?” he’ll ask. “It’s Martin Scorsese,” you’ll explain. $9.49 at www.amazon.ca — Anya Georgijevic, Vancouver beauty editor
Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet
I can’t wait to grab my girlfriends and reminisce about a time when “Love Fool” was all over the radio, Claire Danes looked all of 14, and Leo was like ohmigod so cute. $16.98 at www.chapters.indigo.ca —Kelsey Dundon, Vancouver lifestyle editor
Bill Cunningham New York
The Christmas holidays can be crazy, but if I finally get to watch the Bill Cunningham doc in a quiet room with leftover turkey and trimmings, I’ll be very chuffed. $23.99 at www.amazon.ca —Athena Tsavliris, Toronto editor
This beautiful French film (shot in Paris) takes you along on a quirky love story just perfect for a snowy day. You'll want to practice your French on your sweetie after watching this adorable film. $15.68 at www.amazon.ca —Kelsey Mulyk, Managing editor
September 27th, 2011
Roll out the red carpet. These are five flicks we can’t wait to see at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Go fly a kite. Better yet, go fly millions of them. This richly woven tale of six lives set against the backdrop of India’s largest kite festival will have its Canadian premiere at VIFF.
Based on true events, this Canadian-Polish co-production tells the story of a Polish sewer worker who risks his life to help Jewish families escape from the Nazis by keeping them hidden in a sewer system during the Second World War. Oscar buzz has already begun; this is Poland’s submission for the Best Foreign Language film Oscar.
Road trip! This quiet Argentinian film follows a truck driver as he travels from Paraguay to Buenos Aires with a woman and her baby. It earned the Caméra d'Or at Cannes.
One Lucky Elephant
Bring your tissues. This moving documentary follows a circus producer as he tries to find a home for a beloved ten-thousand-pound performer who’s retired from the ring.
You’ve been Trumped
Jonsi’s beautiful soundtrack will make up for spending 95 minutes looking at Donald Trump’s hair in this documentary about the Donald’s plan to develop a golf course in one of Scotland’s most beautiful and ecologically sensitive areas. —Kelsey Dundon
VIFF runs September 29 until October 14, www.viff.org
June 21st, 2011
It seems that Woody Allen had to move away from New York City to get his mojo back. Following his flings in London and Barcelona, Allen set his eyes on Paris in what is essentially a love letter to the city.
Midnight in Paris’ Woody Allen-esque protagonist Gill (Owen Wilson) is a Hollywood writer who longs for the Parisian jazz era. Sans the Delorean but in true Marty McFly style, Gill ends up jumping back and forth between the present and the past, rubbing elbows with Paris’ most colourful citizens like Hemingway, Stein, Picasso and Dalí.
Lit and art history weren’t this entertaining in school. —AG
February 10th, 2011
Some say the best way to cure a Saturday night hangover is to drink more on Sunday. We say sure, with a side of movie matinee.
The Waldorf Hotel’s new admission-by-donation Sunday film series, “Day for Night”, plays a range of eccentric indies, cult classics and art films, with a few NFB shorts to warm-up, in their laid-back lower-level clubhouse. There’s cocktails too. When we went to watch Johnny Depp in Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man, Caesars were the popular order.
This weekend, it’s a Valentine’s Day double bill of the Quentin Tarentino-scripted flick True Romance and Terrance Malick’s Badlands. Not your regular romance fare and we like it.
“Day for Night,” Sundays, starting at 3 p.m., The Waldorf Hotel, 1489 E. Hastings St., Vancouver, 604-253-7141, www.waldorfhotel.com
January 14th, 2011
If you can’t go somewhere, go Somewhere.
The latest quietly-told film from Sofia Coppola follows Jonny Marco (played by our schoolgirl crush, Stephen Dorff), a Hollywood bad boy holed up in Chateau Marmont, slowly being changed by the presence of his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning).
It’s the cure-all to the nightmares you had because of Black Swan and the nausea 127 Hours gave you.
Opens today at Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 2110 Burrard St., Vancouver, 604-734-7469, www.festivalcinemas.ca