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The Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade and Celebration 2014

April 14th, 2014

I love how multicultural our city can be. People come from all corners of the globe, bringing with them all sorts of wonderful traditions and delicious foods. And I got to partake in some of those celebrations over the weekend with the Vaisakhi parade and other festivities along the South Slope in Vancouver. Just as [...]

Movie Reviews – Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Muppets Most Wanted

April 11th, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) You know, as much as I enjoy how they’re putting together the Marvel cinematic universe, I didn’t think the first Captain America movie was all that great. Sure, we got to see how Steve Rogers became a super soldier and we were introduced to Red Skull, but it was [...]

Movie Reviews – 300: Rise of an Empire, Dallas Buyers Club, Frozen

April 4th, 2014

300: Rise of an Empire (2014) In the first movie, we were introduced to the epic warriors of Sparta and how they bravely battled against the “thousand nations of the Persian Empire.” Some people will say that the vicious brutality was gratuitous and self-indulgent, glorifying our barbaric inclinations. That’s completely true, but that’s exactly why [...]

Why I Love and Hate Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson

March 28th, 2014

I’m a big fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson. He’s charismatic, he’s entertaining, and he is genuinely enamored with science. That sense of excitement and enthusiasm is positively contagious, making all of us just as interested and just as captivated by the universe around us. And that’s why I was so stoked when I heard that [...]

Movie Reviews: 12 Years a Slave, Bridesmaids

March 21st, 2014

12 Years a Slave (2013) Slavery and systemic racism are topics that make a lot of people uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean that we should avoid discussing them. It is almost with this kind of mindset that we approached Oscar Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave the other night. It provides a gut-wretchingly brutal [...]