by Chris Mason Stearns | 16 days. 9 screens. 365 films from 70 countries. With so much on offer at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, the possibilities can be overwhelming. What to catch? What to skip? Where to start? Thanks to recent improvements like a comprehensive (and free) viewer’s guide, as well as more straightforward ticket sales, navigating your way through the festival isn’t the labyrinth that it was in years past. But the central problem remains: what should you see?
Never fear. We’ve searched through everything on offer and singled out 9 films that should make your shortlist. (Omitted are films you’ve heard about everywhere else, and those which will see a mainstream release in the coming year). Read on for trailers and an introduction to each of the 9, and we’ll be seeing you soon in a darkened room soon… Read more
This new supercut by Jaume R. Lloret splices together iconic POV vehicle shots from the following Wes Anderson movies: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
The GOODS from Market by Jean-Georges
Vancouver, BC | Grab your gourmet popcorn and a seat, and join MARKET by Jean-Georges for a culinary journey with an inspired take on the classic pairing of dinner and a movie. Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver will be opening the doors to its private Blue Moon Theatre for an exclusive screening followed by a private four-course dinner at MARKET by Jean-Georges for. Kicking off the Movies at MARKET series, on April 23 and 24, will be the Vancouver premiere of Spinning Plates, an award-winning documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who bring them to life.
In Spinning Plates, a world-renowned three-star Michelin chef competes for the ultimate restaurant prize in Chicago, while privately battling a life-threatening condition. A 150-year-old restaurant in Iowa is still standing only because of an unbreakable bond with the community. And a fledgling Mexican restaurant in Tucson struggles as its owners risk everything to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another. Details after the jump… Read more
Chef, a new comedy about an executive chef’s life and times following a dust-up with a critic, is coming out next month. From the looks of the trailer above, what makes it authentic isn’t Scarlett Johanssen as a hostess, the food critic’s beautifully expressed assholery (Oliver Platt is always amazing), the social media errors in judgment, Dustin Hoffman’s restaurateur hissy-fit, or all the food porn, it’s John Leguizamo shaking corn starch on his testicles. Whoever their kitchen consultant was deserves an Oscar!
by Treve Ring | From the folks who brought us SOMM comes a series of short, evocative vine vignettes, produced in conjunction with The Guild of Sommeliers. Others in the series include Piedmonte and Tuscany, but I was taken by the above profile of Alto Adige, a lesser-appreciated wine region in northeast Italy (a hop-skip from Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia and Liechtenstein). The wines are distinctly Germanic and Austrian in approach due to Alto Adige’s long history under the Austria-Hungarian and Holy Roman Empires, and further evidenced by the predominance of German-speaking Italian winemakers. As the clip illustrates, the dramatic backdrop of the southern Alps and Dolomites makes for alluring, fresh and exotic wines from grapes not often associated with Italy. Think Müller-Thurgau, Schiava, Lagrein, Sylvaner, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. If the short documentary entices just one person to try Lagrein, eine Traube, die ich liebe, it deserves an Oscar.
We have a bunch of tickets to give away to Vancouver’s advance screening of Wes Anderson’s new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, on the night of Wednesday, March 12th at International Village Cinema (7pm).
The film “recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.” It has an incredible cast, starring Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Harvey Kietel, Edward Norton, Jude law, Owen Wilson, and a great many other talents.
To win a pair of tickets to this exclusive screening, “like” Scout on Facebook (if you haven’t already), follow @scoutmagazine on Twitter and Instagram (if you haven’t already) and retweet the following: “I’m fixing to win tickets to The Grand Budapest Hotel’s advance screening via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-mfD. We’ll put all the names in a hat and pick four winners (four pairs of tickets). They will be contacted with the good news on the afternoon of Monday, March 10th. When notified of their victory, winners must respond by 11:59pm that evening or forfeit to another name from the hat.
BONUS: If you really want to have the odds of winning in your favour, we have two other pairs of tickets reserved for those who send us the best Instagram selfies whilst in some sort of Wes Anderson character garb (no speedos, if you please).
One of my favourite “characters” in the 2007 Helvetica typeface documentary was Massimo Vignelli. The Milanese designer came across as confident, opinionated and uncompromising, plus he had a rad sense of personal style and the greatest quote in the whole film: “The life of a designer is a life of fight. The fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design”. He works with his wife, Lella, and their influence is everywhere, from New York City’s 1972 subway map (with Bob Noorda) and IBM to American Airlines and Benetton. Now there’s a documentary film about them called Design Is One. Check out the trailer above. The release date in October 18th.
Brollywood | Nickname/Place | A portmanteau of Hollywood and brolly (umbrella), Brollywood is a reference to both the rainy climate and the large movie industry in Vancouver.
Usage | ”The X-Files left Brollywood because it was too rainy.”
The 18 minute “Connecting” documentary is an exploration of the future of Interaction Design and User Experience from some of the industry’s thought leaders. As the role of software is catapulting forward, Interaction Design is seen to be not only increasing in importance dramatically, but also expected to play a leading role in shaping the coming “Internet of things.” Ultimately, when the digital and physical worlds become one, humans along with technology are potentially on the path to becoming a “super organism” capable of influencing and enabling a broad spectrum of new behaviors in the world.
Pretty freaky stuff…
The acclaimed documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, is now out in theatres amd if you’re the least bit interested in the art of cooking (or the fetishisation of perfection), you should go see the hell out of it. We know of many local cooks who were quick to check it out, and we’re hearing from them that it’s an inspiring jaw-dropper.
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.
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Honour Bound details the many cool things that we feel honour bound to check out because they either represent Vancouver exceptionally well or are inherently super awesome in one way or another.
There’s a sweet-sounding fundraiser for a beautiful-looking film on West Coast Modernist Architecture by Gavin Froome and Mike Bernard going down in Strathcona next Thursday night. Footage will be shown, plus there will be the inevitable music, dancing and partying to follow. Tickets here, details there, and check the poster after the jump… Read more
Lost & Found Films presents “This Must Be The Place”, a short film series that re-examines the spaces in which he inhabit.
There’s no place like home. It’s where we live, work and dream. It’s our sanctuary and our refuge. We can love them or hate them. It can be just for the night or for the rest of our lives. But whoever we may be, we all have a place we call home.
(via LikeCool) Rob Carter’s “Metropolis” says a lot about the sedentary habit of humanity without saying anything at all. The part where the highway system unfurls from a ball of paper worms would have made Robert Moses turn and cough…