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A Pop Culture Guide to the 2023 Victoria Film Festival

10 Jan

Victoria Film Festival Current LogoThe 2023 Victoria Film Festival is getting old. Twenty-nine years to be exact, and they aren’t showing signs of stagnation. Not only do they continue to support the local filmmaking community with Arnold Lim’s latest, “My Name is Arnold,” but also bring the love for independent film to Vancouver Island. And whether they do attract cineastes from abroad is something they should include in their guide to say why this event is important on a global scale. That’s mostly because there’s lovers of film from afar who often ask that.

If travelling to the wet and wintry garden city is not possible to show support, then I suggest checking out if your local film festival or art house theatre will play them. Thankfully, there’s three works in this list which are more accessible than others (see below). One is already on home video, and I’ll never tire of watching on a traditional basis.

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Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is West-Coast Beginning March 2023!

24 Nov

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.NEON and Paquin Entertainment Group are launching an exhibit of Super Hero proportions, Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training And Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) is scheduled to open March 3, 2023 at The Amazing Brentwood in Burnaby, BC for a limited time engagement. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, November 24, at avengersstationcanada.com. Special Early Bird discount pricing is available until November 28 ONLY, so buy early and save!

After sold out runs and millions of fans in London, New York, Seoul, Paris, Singapore, China, Las Vegas, Toronto and India, Avengers: S.T.A.T.I.O.N., an interactive experience, is on its way to thrill audiences across British Columbia!

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Fan Expo Vancouver’s First Wave of Guest Announcements is Here!

10 Nov
Fan Expo Vancouver

Feb 18-23, 2023 at the Vancouver Convention Center

Fan Expo Vancouver may well be gearing up for a big 2023 year. They’ve begun their wave of guest announcements so that holiday gift givers can show their love for the pop culture enthusiast in the family by buying them a pass. In the early weeks of November, they reported Stephen Amell of Arrow fame and Matthew Lewis from the Harry Potter movies will appear.

For now, the official website information is stating they will be signing autographs and doing photo ops for one day only.

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Top 3 Hits of The Paranormal Network’s We Want to Believe Series

31 Oct

We Want to BelieveTwenty episodes and about nine different locations later, The Paranormal Network’s (formerly JoBlo Horror Network) We Want to Believe is showing it has staying power. Even after a hiatus due to the pandemic, this short form version of many paranormal reality television shows has resumed. Since mid 2022, the team have been visiting places off the beaten track in the heartland of British Columbia. After approximately nine cases, this group continues to show how dedicated they truly are!

This homegrown program follows the Canadian Paranormal Society in Kamloops. What they’ve done is more than just providing peace of mind for some. There are supernatural forces at work up in them thar hills. In some instances, it’s to also solve a mystery of why they caught an EVP in the middle of nowhere! I need to rewatch those episodes and the follow-up they’ve done all in one night. I’ve put together the playlist to watch on All Hallow’s Eve to truly appreciate how the veil is thinner in the woods. The Irish believe that once when you step into the forest, you’re in faerie territory!

Apparently, what I wrote (that the producers read) made them decide to figure out where that voice came from.

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Drinkwater is Rich with Lots of John Hughes style References

19 Oct

drinkwater

Oct 21, The Vic Theatre (808 Douglas St)
Oct 25, Cineplex International Village (88 W Pender St)

Mike Drinkwater (Daniel Doheny) fails at everything he does, and the only person Wallace (Louriza Tronco) trying to encourage him to do better, he’s completely oblivious to. This coming of age comedy, appropriately titled Drinkwater, is very adorable. It may well stem from how this surname developed, where “a pauper is said to be unable to afford beer.”

In this film’s case, it’s about how Mike can find a way to be able to afford post-secondary. This plot is important since he feels uncertain about the road ahead as he finishes high school. The last year is often tough, since each youth has to decide on what his next step is. Is it to live out the dreams of what their parents set out for, like Luke Ryan (Jordan Burtchett), or to do something else? Although they aren’t immediate rivals, it’s easy to see they both have daddy issues.

But there’s more to this story than just how two generations can deal with life in a quiet town. Not only was this film made in the backyard world of Penticton, British Columbia but also there’s a 80s nostalgic connection with the music used. As the action builds, we hear tracks from Doug and the Slugs, Men Without Hats and Loverboy. Regarding what got me hooked is with how ‘in the zone’ the tune selection is. I loved how Corey Hart‘s “Never Surrender” helps wrap this tale up.

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