Film

The ‘Long Strange Trip’ of Amir Bar-Lev and the Grateful Dead

Documentarian and long time fan and admirer of the Grateful Dead Amir Bar-Lev knows that the idea of a four hour documentary chronicling the lucrative, beloved, and artistically forward American rock band sounds daunting and overwhelming to the uninitiated. The culture that surrounded the Grateful Dead at the peak of their popularity – as well as the psychedelic, bluesy tunes they cranked out every night on their seemingly never ending tours – are like doctorate level classes in musical theory, appreciation, and history. There might not have been a more truly and uniquely American rock band than the Grateful Dead, but “getting into” their extensive catalogue comes with a huge learning curve.
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Review: ‘Chuck,’ starring Liev Schreiber and Elisabeth Moss

Plenty of notable films have been made about scrappy, wannabe boxers, which is probably why Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau has no trouble resting heavily on the laurels of Rocky and Requiem for a Heavyweight throughout his latest effort, the biopic Chuck. That decision to coast on already established conventions might have made another film seem tedious, but makes perfect sense when talking about Chuck Wepner. His favourite movie was Requiem for a Heavyweight, and in 1975 the unlikely heavyweight sensation became the unlikely inspiration for Sylvester Stallone's Oscar winning crowd pleaser.

Television

12 Monkeys Season 3 - Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull

’12 Monkeys’ interview: Monkey business with Amanda Schull, Aaron Stanford, Emily Hampshire & Terry Matalas

The fate of the timeline and the world hang in the balance in 12 Monkeys. The show began in 2043 with scavenger Cole (Aaron Stanford) splintering back to the year 2015 in order to prevent the Army of the 12 Monkeys from unleashing a virus that would wipe out mankind. Along the way, virologist Cassie Railly (Amanda Schull) and enigmatic math genius Jennifer Goines (Emily Hampshire) joined the cause and have proven integral in thwarting their enemies.
Nicholas D’Agosto in Trial & Error

Nicholas D’Agosto talks murder mystery and comedy in ‘Trial & Error’

Murder has never been funnier than in NBC’s Trial & Error. The series follows Nicholas D’Agosto as Josh, an eager New York defense lawyer who ventures to the small Southern of East Peck Hill for his first case. Could beloved and eccentric poetry professor, Larry Henderson (John Lithgow), who constantly incriminates himself by saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, possibly have murdered his wife? Hilarity ensues as Josh’s ragtag legal team of bumbling misfits piece together the clues and mount a defense. Tonight’s two-part finale will reveal who the killer is--and whether Josh has a future as a lawyer.

Food & Style

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old

Sampling The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old Scotch

Sampling a fantastic Scotch is an experience that requires nothing more than a few moments to relax and let the flavours play across your palate. All you need is a good whisky, and the time to enjoy it, but having the right location, good company, and great food can make a whisky moment truly a soulful experience that goes a step beyond. Commemorating the launch of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old, which is now available in Canada, I was fortunate to enjoy a memorable whisky moment recently with the company of The Macallan's emeritus ambassador, Marc Laverdiere, and an excellent mix of cheeses, chocolates, and food pairings.

Technology & Gadgets

Ford Moto Dreams

Ford unveils Max Motor Dreams concept crib

Parents have been there time and again: it's bed time and your little one just won't fall asleep, but when they're in the car, they seem to be able to fall asleep almost instantly. Some parents may resort to driving their wee ones around to get them to sleep, but Ford has unveiled a concept crib that may make bed time even easier.
Silent Mary ghost ship from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Lego debuts Silent Mary ghost ship & BrickHeadz from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

Ready, Pirates of the Caribbean and Lego fans? This past weekend, during the NYC Toy Fair, Lego debuted the new Silent Mary ghost ship from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, including a look at the new BrickHeadz of Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Armando Salazar. The ship features an impressive 2,294 pieces, includes eight minifigures, and will retail for $249.99 Canadian.

Travel

The Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina

Regina’s historic and regal Hotel Saskatchewan

Historic hotels are doorways into a city, where you not only peer into the past and future, but live a part of the story the city has to share. Across Canada, some of the most incredible stories and spaces started with the stunning Canadian Pacific Railway hotels that were opened in the years following Confederation, like Regina's Hotel Saskatchewan.
Mama Shelter cafe and bar

Mama Shelter Los Angeles with Hamilton Watches

Often my discoveries of cool new hotels come as a part of a larger or much different purpose for my actually being there. Sometimes a cool interview with an actor or director brings me to their favourite hotels which then gives me the opportunity to explore and develop an appreciation for that hotel independently and sometimes it is a special occasion that is either specific to the hotel or specifically related to the hotel.

Music