Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Five Must See Movies of July 18 - 24, 2014

The weekend is here and we all know what that means. No, it doesn't mean you can sit in front of your computer and play World of Warcraft. It means you can do something better by going out with friends and/or loved ones to your local cinema. The smell of the popcorn, the rattle of candy and the slurping of soda hasn't changed in generations.

Are any of you old enough to remember watching a film from the balcony or seeing your first film in Victoria's Coronet. Do you even remember watching movies in the Royal Theatre? If the answer is no to the aforementioned then you are most definitely not old enough. And if you don't have enough memories of going to the movies then perhaps a Saturday night out is what you've been missing.

Please check media for local showtimes, ratings and admission rates.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Five Must See Movies of July 11 - 17, 2014

Vancouver Island has alot to offer our residents and visitors when it comes to outdoor festivals, foodie events and even a nature walk or two. But for people like me who enjoy a good film over a good hike, I look to our local movie houses. With the Langford Caprice suffering an early death thanks to progress, I lean on the four remaining indie theatres in my area. Although the Roxy may have converted to live theatre, as Blue Bridge at the Roxy, they still show movies from time to time.

Please check media for local showtimes, ratings and admission rates.

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Lesson Learned in A Tale of Samurai Cooking, A Movie Review

No foodie or historian should miss out in learning about the history of Japanese cooking in Bushi No Kondate (A Tale Of Samurai Cooking A True Love Story). Despite it being deceptive film set during the early part of the Edo period (1603-1867) of Japan, the tale being presented is more than just about the budding romance that's being stirred up.

The political upheaval that's happening in the Kaga Domain — a huge tract of land owned by a Shogun — is the social climate that this film's many characters have to struggle to eke out their life in. The civil war that occurred between two Shogun brothers, and its subsequent influence upon the people who live in this region was a spark to the Kaga Disturbance that this movie chronicles.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Looking for that Message in the Bottle in The Lunchbox, A Movie Review

July 1-3
The Vic Theatre
#106 Nootka Court
808 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC

The Lunchbox is a very honest film about the trials and tribulations of two individuals struggling through life in Mumbai (Bombay), India. When Ila (Nimrat Kaur), a housewife struggling to keep her happiness afloat, and Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan), a claims adjuster feeling uncertain for his future, discover each other, the feelings they develop in their correspondence helps them live through difficult times. Interestingly, the way they meet is through a special lunch delivery service.

Unlike the traditional lunch boxes that kids take to school in North America or delivery services in Japan, where bikes with huge square shaped containers are used, the “take-out” system is different in India. Segmented cylindrical containers (known as tiffins) contain a hot food item (typically cooked fresh that morning) in each part, and it’s delivered in a cloth bag to the office worker. Instead of going out to some diner, they can hit the lunch room. When a city is as huge as Mumbai, just how this delivery system can continue without error has to be asked and the answer is simply that all containers are marked with a unique code to insure the food goes to the right office building, desk and person.

But once in a while, a mistake can happen.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Victoria's Foodie Friday Recap with
The Race for the Golden Scallop

Victoria 2nd Annual Foodie Film Festival
June 20-23

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel's fabulous Chef Ian Rennie prepared a delectable taste-testing extravaganza with mini fried fish cakes that was very tangy to the senses and some excellently made mini-portions of halibut and fries (accented perfectly with cilantro). Both are to die for. These were not fries, but frites! These thinly slices morsels had all the right soft and crispy textures to define a fried potato. And the fish was fresher than catching it out of the ocean yourself.

These morsels helped kickstart the later evening of Victoria Film Festival's Annual Foodie Film Fest. The first film offered was Jadoo: Kings of Curry, and one festive film monger couldn't want and previewed it through VoD for a teaser for what's to come. With this show now into its second year, this summer program is definitely going to be a delightful annual event.

Today, three more films (none of them sold out at time of press) and mouth-watering foodie delights will soon be offered. If last night was any indication, yes, even the Two Hungry Blokes may need a third stomach to handle everything that's offered. Sadly, even we need a break but will return to look at the final day of the festivities.