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Sunday, 20 January 2019

V6A

This is going to be an unpopular opinion perhaps, but I just have to say that the film V6A is a mess. It has heart and its intention is good, but as a documentary, I wanted more of a narrative to it. Instead, we get clips of people from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver that seems to be all shot in one day. Yes, they are characters and they deserve the on screen time, but I just wanted some more substance and direction to what the filmmaker was aiming to do. Showcase the folks in the Downtown Eastside? Make a statement about poverty in Vancouver? Or was he putting mental illness on display? Or did he exploit these people just so he could make a film? I don't know the answers to this because it isn't really clear. The filmmaker is not even from Vancouver, so is that also something to take into consideration?


With all that being said however, it's just my opinion and judging from the sold-out showings of the film, V6A is doing just fine and my humble review here won't really make much impact. It's just my thoughts and maybe the film wasn't for me, but could be for you. (Though the friend who went with me had similar thoughts on the film.)

One storyline I really wished the filmmaker had explored more was the homeless gay man that gets interviewed for a mere 5 minutes. I wanted to know his story, how he got to where he was, etc.

If you want to catch V6A, there are several more times scheduled at the Vancity Theatre with tickets going fast.

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes


Before Jane Goodall made a name for herself, there was a woman - a CANADIAN woman - who had gone off to Africa in 1956 to study animals in the wild, specifically giraffes. This uplifting documentary of Anne Dagg is exactly what the world needs right now. It's a celebration of a
pioneering woman who went ahead and made her mark on the world, despite the sexism she encountered along the way.

With superb footage of her trip in 1956 and present-day filming of giraffes, this film is just an absolute delight and will inspire you and fill your heart right up.

It has been selling out at the Vancity Theatre, but luckily they have added several more screenings, so get your tickets now before they're gone!

Roma


Holy smokes. ROMA is amazing.

Yes, yes, I know it's on Netflix. But to see it on the big screen? Do NOT miss your chance to do so. It's a beautiful - nay, GORGEOUS  - film.  I was enraptured from the very first minute of the movie. To me, the direction and the way this was all filmed is downright BRILLIANT.

Story-wise, it's also fascinating. It's the story of a nanny in Mexico City during the 70s. The movie is in black and white, in Spanish with English subtitles. Just utterly amazing and probably going to win more awards once the Oscars roll around.

From what I know, the Vancity theatre is the only theatre in town who is showing this on their screens, so make sure you  make it to one of the many added screenings now before it's too late!


Nothing Like a Dame

I was quite excited to see this film for some reason. I like Judi Dench and Maggie Smith and had no idea who the other two were, but it seemed deliciously catty and gossipy so I thought Yes I want to go see this!


However, the moment the film started, I thought to myself, "I think I've made a huge mistake."

It's not that the film was bad. I did find out some interesting information. There's some stuff in there about Laurence Olivier that seemed a bit questionable to me. But mostly, it was just watching these four actresses chat with one another. It just wasn't as interesting as I had hyped it up to be in my mind.

However, Nothing Like a Dame has been selling out at the Vancity Theatre and they've added extra screenings, so that shows you how much I know!


Sunday, 11 November 2018

Red Birds



"This play is a bittersweet comedy about three generations of dirt-poor women whose lives are thrown into chaos when a birth mother is revealed who is both incredibly wealthy and ready to marry a charming gold-digger. “Red Birds” is a sister piece to the incredibly popular “The Big Blue Bird”, written by Aaron Bushkowsky, then given a workshop reading by Western Gold more than 12 years ago. “The Big Blue Bird” looked at the sad but poignant relationship between three generations of men: a grandfather, father and son. It was subsequently nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script."


Red Birds is on now at the PAL Studio until November 17! 



Friday, 26 October 2018

Kill Me Now


You only have one more chance to see Brad Fraser's astonishing and controversial play Kill Me Now, about a father raising his physically disabled son when things take a turn for the worse. This production blew me away, not only with the story, but the acting and the set design.


Touchstone Theatre should be commended on the diversity in the casting of this show. There are scenes that will make you want to look away, but because the writing is so strong and emotional, you won't be able to.

From assisted suicide to a father jerking off his son, there is no stone left unturned here. You don't want to miss the chance to see this play, and you only have one more night to do so!

Kill Me Once ends its run at the Firehall Arts Centre on Saturday Oct 27.


Saturday, 20 October 2018

The Wolves

There's a slight foreshadowing in the music selection that greets you as you take your seat at Pacific Theatre for a performance of the play The Wolves. Among the chosen tunes are songs by the likes of Kesha, Robyn, and other female pop singers whose music many might find to be fluffy and light. But take a closer listen. Kesha's "Woman" is a feminist rally cry with the refrain, "I'm a motherfucking woman!"  Meanwhile, Robyn's "Dancing On My Own" is a national anthem for heartache.



Like Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves, one might be initially led to believe that you're watching a group of teen girls gabbing on the soccer field for two hours rather than seeing an actual play. But as we witness subject matter that ranges from bloody tampons to bulimia, anxiety to politics, masturbation to death, we realize that this show is much more than just seeing a soccer team do their warm up.

The Wolves is about family, community, and teamwork. It highlights bullying and acceptance, weaving in the mundane with the serious, and forces the talented cast to go through a roller coaster of emotions that one would with any chosen family.

The Wolves is on now at Pacific Theatre until November 10.