Now that I’ve stopped running around screaming her name for the better portion of a day, I’ve actually had a chance to sit down and really listen to the album we all freaked out over yesterday. Yes, as everyone and their grandmother knows, the Queen B unexpectedly dropped a bomb on the music industry with the surprise release of her fifth studio album, the self titled Beyoncé.
After a year of album releases from our pop princesses that were “just okay”, Beyoncé has served up a game changer in every sense of the word, just in time to ruin everyone’s end of year lists. Normally I’d talk about the highlights and low points of the album, but on an album with no filler, no remixes of the lead single or a previous hit, a track-by-track review is in order.
Can you believe it’s already OCTOBER? I can’t. But that means awards season is here in movie land and we’re in for some killer movies in the next couple of months. After last month’s abysmal screening of Getaway I was scared to ever see another movie. These movies, however, have got me super excited!
Without delay, here are my picks for must see movies this month (with some serious awards contenders)
After last month’s Getaway I was really looking forward to a good movie to review. Unfortunately for Runner, Runner, this isn’t it. The gambling themed thriller doesn’t even live up to the genre, has a boring hero, an equally boring plot and an ending as predictable as rain in Vancouver.
The film is about Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake), who is a student and teaching assistant at Princeton University who gets all of his tuition money cheated from him by a poker website. Richie then heads to Costa Rica with proof that he was cheated to convince the site’s billionaire owner, Ivan Block (Ben Affleck) to give him his money back.
September is here and so is the rain (at least in Vancouver). That means it’s back to school for me, and also more time to check out movies, as there’s not much else to do in the rain. September looks like an exciting month for movies considering we’re now done with all the big summer blockbusters.
Here are my picks for this month…
Wednesday night I had the unfortunate opportunity to see the embarrassingly terrible film Getaway, a film that packs an hour and a half with so many crashes, wrecks, flips, stunts and swerves that the audience barely knows where they are or what is going on at any given moment. After about 20 minutes I was nauseous with a headache.
Allegedly there was a very thin plotline somewhere underneath the crashes and explosions but I found it hard to keep track of or give enough attention to. The film follows retired racecar driver Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) who comes home to find his wife has been kidnapped. He soon learns that if he doesn’t follow the instructions of a mysterious man on a phone (Jon Voight), his wife will be killed. His first instruction is to steal a car, and this is where the film goes downhill. Magna soon picks up an unexpected passenger (Selena Gomez), who turns out to the owner of the car attempting to steal her own car back from Magna. If this sounds as stupid to you as it did to me, you might as well stop here.
It’s officially August and with Vancouver having a record breaking zero rain month of July, it’s been hard to get into a theatre but I’m sure after this weekend’s pride festivities a movie will be just what I need.
Here are my picks for this month…
Close your eyes. Imagine everything you were just looking at disappears and you’re left in complete darkness. This is the experience you get at Dark Table, which offers its guests a truly unique blind dining experience that has been increasingly popular in cities like Montreal, Toronto, London, Paris, L.A. and New York. I recently got a group of friends together to try out this new restaurant, which opened last fall in Vancouver. According to their website, “with an unemployment rate of 70%, the blind face obvious challenges in a society that is preoccupied with visual communication, but in a dark dining environment, the tables are turned—the non-sighted servers guide the sighted.”
When we arrived at the restaurant, the hostess greeted us at the door. She provided us with menus and we made our selection before even entering the building. There are 2 course and 3 course options ($33/$39). The appy and dessert are always a surprise, and you have the option of choosing to be surprised for your main course as well.
Melissa McCarthy returns to the big screen today alongside Sandra Bullock in the new comedy, The Heat. Bridesmaids director Paul Feig directs the film, so naturally I went in expecting another hilarious comedy.
The story has Sandra Bullock reprise her role from Miss Congeniality 1 and 2 as the stuck up FBI agent Sarah Ashburn, while McCarthy plays her unlikely, rough around the edges partner Shannon Mullins. The two have been unwillingly paired up and assigned to catching a drug lord. The two clashing personalities make for a hilarious combination and while predictable, garnered many laughs from yours truly.