Spinal Tap, Goblin, Chuck D. and more at Vancouver International Film Festival Live

A group of local musicians will perform live along to the classic mockumentary This is Spinal Tap Sunday night at the Rio.

The 38th Vancouver International Film Festival kicks off tonight. Besides hundreds of movies, the annual festival (Sept. 26-Oct. 11)  is presenting a number of live events. These include live band accompaniments to the greatest of all mockumentaries, This is Spinal Tap, and a Dario Argento horror film, a live podcast with Public Enemy’s Chuck D, and more.

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Spinal Tap, Goblin, Chuck D. and more at Vancouver International Film Festival Live

30 Days of IPA Returns for another Hoppy Year This August

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Third annual celebration includes beers never tapped before in BC!

While craft beer trends come and go, India Pale Ale, better known as IPA, remains the signature style of Pacific Northwest craft beer culture. With the Donnelly Group’s third annual 30 Days of IPA set to kick off August 1st, now is the time for fans of this iconic beer style to pick up a calendar and start planning their month of hops.

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30 Days of IPA Returns for another Hoppy Year This August

Beer Could Be Coming to Vancouver’s Cineplex Cinemas Fifth Avenue

Photo credit: rpb1001 | Flickr

Photo credit: rpb1001 | Flickr

Vancouver moviegoers may soon be able to enjoy a beer with their popcorn at one of the city’s larger theatres.

City council is currently considering granting a liquor license to Cineplex Cinemas Fifth Avenue. Located on Burrard Street, the five-screen theatre is owned by one of Canada’s biggest entertainment companies and would be the first multiplex in the city to allow drinking.

In an interesting twist, however, the 849-seat theatre would also become an adults-only venue under the new plan. Only 19+ patrons would be admitted into the cinema, where they could enjoy wine or beer from noon to 11 p.m., provided that movies are screening at the time. Continue reading:
Beer Could Be Coming to Vancouver’s Cineplex Cinemas Fifth Avenue

Posh movie night returns to Market by Jean-Georges

The elegant dining room at MARKET by Jean-Georges Vancouver.

The elegant dining room at MARKET by Jean-Georges Vancouver.

Should George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin ever find themselves in Vancouver with an urge to go see a movie, here’s an option fit for Hollywood royalty. Movies at MARKET by Jean-Georges is back, and it’s no ordinary trip to the multiplex.

The event series, which premiered as Film FEAST during last winter’s Dine OutTM Vancouver Festival, combines a screening in the plush private theatre of the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver with an elegant meal at MARKET by Jean-Georges restaurant–the first restaurant in Canada for the three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

After a hiatus for the glorious summer, the series resumes twice monthly through December starting this Friday and Saturday (October 2 and 3). The evening involves plush leather seats, sparkling wine, gourmet popcorn, and four courses prepared by a top Vancouver chef …oh, and a motion picture, of course.

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Get Ready for the 2014 FIFA World Cup at Vancity Theatre

Linha de Passe plays at Vancity Theatre June 30

Linha de Passe plays at Vancity Theatre June 30

Gooooooo-aaaaa-lllllllllllll! The fervent shouts of soccer broadcasters worldwide is just around the corner and so is the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Football (I’m not talking CFL here) fanatics will be setting their PVRs or even better, their alarms to watch World Cup matches starting June 12.

If you’re both a fan of the ‘beautiful game’ and cinema, then Vancity Theatre is the place to be June 11-July 2. For three weeks, Vancity Theatre will present five films focused on football plus a World Cup match during their Beautiful Game film seriesContinue reading:
Get Ready for the 2014 FIFA World Cup at Vancity Theatre

5 Must-See Movies at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Fest

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Film Festival website

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Film Festival website

It’s Cannes, TIFF and Sundance all rolled into one (well, for Vancouver, at least).

The 32nd instalment of the Vancouver International Film Festival runs Sept. 26-Oct. 11. The event features more than 340 films from 70 countries, screened at nine theatres across the city.  An estimated 150,000 viewers turn out for the best in world and Canadian cinema.

Top Canadian flicks will be profiled by our blogger Miranda. (Stay tuned!)  In the meantime, here are five international films not to be missed at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival.

The LunchboxFrom India comes this feel-good movie about an unlikely romance between a neglected housewife and widowed office worker.  Every morning, Ila prepares her cold fish of a husband extra-special lunches, delivered to his office by Mumbai’s lunch couriers.  When the orders get mixed up, however, her lovingly prepared meals end up going to solitary Saajan, and a tiffin-based romance is born.  Showtimes.

Ilo IloWhen a poor Filipino maid arrives at the home of a middle-class Singapore family, all of their lives are changed forever.  The bittersweet drama explores the relationship between maid Teresa and the family’s rascal of a son, Jiale, which is put to the test when the parents face economic and personal crises.  This debut film from Singapore’s Anthony Chen took home a Camera d’Or at Cannes this year.  Showtimes. Continue reading:
5 Must-See Movies at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Fest

Picks of the Vancouver International Film Festival 2012, SEPT. 27-OCT. 12

A still from the film Somebody Up There Likes Me, starring Nick Offerman, best known as Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec.

When my mother came to visit me from Toronto one fall five years ago, she was pleasantly surprised to discover her trip coincided with the Vancouver International Film Festival. As someone with a passion for films outside of the mainstream (read: American blockbusters) and little patience for anything glitzy, Mother Lev soon became quite keen on our city’s official celebration of cinema.

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Picks of the Vancouver International Film Festival 2012, SEPT. 27-OCT. 12