Tian Tan Buddha in Hong Kong

Best of 2016

Thank-you, 2016. Yes, it was a tough year, both personally and as a fan of popular culture and its icons, but it was also one of The GATE's best years. It's worth taking a moment now at the end of 2016 to look back on some of the awesome that came our way over the last 365 days.
Clea Duvall and Natasha Lyonne in The Intervention

Clea Duvall on ‘The Intervention’ and the creative process

As Clea Duvall puts it, she now has spent more time in her life working in film than not, and it's led her to a new creative direction focusing not just on acting, but also on writing and directing. Her film The Intervention, starring herself, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, and Vincent Piazza, to name a few, arrived on DVD recently, and she chatted with me about the experience of making her first film.
Hamilton Jazzmaster Face 2 Face II

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: 5 Luxury Gift Ideas

Spread the cheer this holiday season with special luxury gifts from some of The GATE's favorite brands, including two special timepieces from Hamilton Watch, the latest Samsung Curved 4K SUHD TV, Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine, and cognac from Courvoisier.
La La Land

Movie montage: 25 best films of 2016

Do you know what I love the most about the Oscars? It's not really the awards for me, but the frame that it puts around the year in cinema. It's about the love of movies, and in particular I love the way their montages make films come to life again, like you're seeing them for the first time. They're fresh, exciting glimpses into the real heart of cinema--those heart-racing, action-packed, emotional core moments that keep us going back for more stories time and again.
Sonos Playlist Potluck

A meal and everyone’s favorite music with Sonos Playlist Potluck

Good food and great music go together like best friends, and this holiday season Sonos has a new way to make your parties extra festive by inviting your guests to supply the music. Sonos calls it a Playlist Potluck, and recently I had a chance to experience it first-hand with Notable founder Julian Brass, who hosted the party, and Eatertainment's Sebastien Centner catering the special event.