Walk in the Steps of Superheroes in Vancouver

Superheroes in the city.

You don’t need tights and a cape to enjoy a memorable time in Vancouver, but the city certainly attracts superheroes. Whether Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow or Superman, on big and small screens alike these city streets are a (Hollywood) hotbed of crime-fighting, villain-thwarting men and women of steel. Continue reading:
Walk in the Steps of Superheroes in Vancouver

Capes and Spandex the dress code at 2nd Annual Superhero Ball

Bombshell || Photocredit: Flickr/Florbela

Bombshell || Photocredit: Flickr/Florbela

Do you secretly dress in a cape or don spandex to appease your superhero alter ego? If you muttered, ‘Yes, how did you know?’ Then fly, teleport or walk to the 2nd Annual Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel Superheroes Ball October 24.

Just like superheros they admire, fans often like coming to the rescue of those who need it most: enter the 2nd Annual Superhero Ball. Wannabe Batmans and Bombshells, Supermen and Hawkgirls will coverage on the Renaissance’ 19th floor event space Vistas 360 to raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The dance runs from 7:00 p.m. to midnight and will put the F-U-N in fundraising with drinks, dancing, amazing views and a silent auction.

Last year the sold-out event raised $15,000 for the hospital. This year organizers have raised the stakes and set the fundraising goal at $18,000.  Continue reading:
Capes and Spandex the dress code at 2nd Annual Superhero Ball

Behind the cowl – UBC’s academic look at superhero movies

Cinephile journal cover

Vol. 9, issue 2 of UBC’s film journal is now available.

Like a malevolent villain – the Skrull, say, or Galactus (hey, do I know my stuff or what) – superhero movies have taken over the planet.

It seems you can’t turn on the TV, go to a movie or visit a website without coming across ads, trailers or reviews for the things (of course, some people even go see them in theatres!). Since The Avengers did a billion dollars in box office receipts and the continued success of the Thor and Iron Man series, not to mention the Dark Knight trio of flicks – and isn’t that Spider-Man swinging around the moviehouse this week? – Hollywood has gone comic-book crazy.

But what does it all mean? Sure, some movie critics in the serious mainstream press occasionally talk about the bigger picture, and how the latest X-Men move is actually about racial profiling or whatever. But there’s more going on here, and that’s the idea behind the latest issue of Cinephile.

Vol. 9 No. 2 of the film journal, a quarterly publication from the film studies department at the University of British Columbia, looks at The Superhero Film.

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Behind the cowl – UBC’s academic look at superhero movies

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

The past few days have been a bit dreary… cheer up, the weekend is here!  Check out our list of things to do in Vancouver this weekend!
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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Support BC Children’s Hospital at the Superhero Ball

Photo credit: xmascarol | Flickr

Can’t wait until Halloween to dress like a superhero? Luckily, the first-ever Superhero Ball is this Friday, where you can dress like your favourite superhero while enjoying drinks and live entertainment in the company of the rest of Vancouver’s finest crusaders. The event is in support of the BC Children’s Hospital and will take place at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel.

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Support BC Children’s Hospital at the Superhero Ball