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Movie Reviews: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Transformers Age of Extinction, Pompeii

July 25th, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Apes. Together. Strong. Some people have said that Dawn is to the Planet of the Apes franchise as The Dark Knight was to the Batman franchise. I’m almost inclined to agree. Set 10 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of […]

Sunday Snippet: John Oliver

July 20th, 2014

“The reason a British person has to do that is that we’re raised in a rigid class system where we have all hope beaten out of us. And your [American] optimism is overwhelmingly positive, except when it leads you to act against your own best interests.” You are, at least in part, a product of […]

“Today We Celebrate Our Independence Day”

July 4th, 2014

Earlier this week, I celebrated Canada Day by listing five signs you are a real Canadian. If you missed it, I humbly apologize for that. Today, we turn to our neighbors to the south to celebrate their equivalent holiday, the Fourth of July. There is no shortage of inspiring words from inspirational Americans. This is […]

Movie Reviews: Edge of Tomorrow, X-Men Days of Future Past, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

June 20th, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) When you are playing most video games, you don’t have a huge fear of dying. That’s because you know that you’ll simply re-spawn at the beginning of the level to try it all over again. This is fundamentally the power that Tom Cruise’s character inherits in Edge of Tomorrow, a sci-fi […]

Video: Hats Off Day at Burnaby Heights

June 12th, 2014

Many people will tell you that it’s nearly impossible to build a sense of community when you live in a big city. I beg to differ and so does the Burnaby Heights Merchants Association. This past weekend, we experienced the annual Hats Off Day where Merchants along Hastings Street in North Burnaby tip their hats […]

Weekend Movie Reviews: Godzilla, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Syriana

May 30th, 2014

Godzilla (2014) A lot of people absolutely hated the 1998 Hollywood version of Godzilla starring Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria and Jean Reno. I must be in the minority, because I actually didn’t think it was all that terrible. Well, here are some 16 years later and Hollywood is once again revisiting one of Japan’s most […]

Video: The 2014 International Summer Night Market in Richmond, BC

May 23rd, 2014

A few weeks ago, I published a blog post with everything you need to know about the International Summer Night Market for 2014. One of the most notable changes was the introduction of a $2 admission fee, though you now get free parking instead. This is the night market in Richmond, just behind the Home […]

Shipyards Night Market 2014 in North Vancouver

May 16th, 2014

The first thing that strikes me about the Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver is just how confused they seem to be about their branding. The official website for the night market is called North Shore Green Market, the official page is branded as a Twilight Market, and the people at North Shore Tourism refer […]