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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.
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.
OppoSuits Christmas Suits

All I want for the Holidays is a Christmas Suit

Christmas is my favorite time of year because it starts around mid-November and goes all the way until the end of December. While I'm no fashionista, I do love getting dressed up for the right occasions, and this year I have to point out a new love for the holidays from to OppoSuits: Christmas suits. They're stylish and seasonal, and for $129 they're actually pretty cheap if you ask me. I've seen ugly Christmas sweaters for almost the same price.
Hong Kong

Hong Kong in a week

Hong Kong. For nearly a week I've been exploring the city, and taking in the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix, and it's been a truly incredible place to discover, and there's no simple way to sum up the experience.
Disney's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Real magic at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is almost like nothing I could have expected. My wife and family had prepared for our trip, and we had watched some videos on YouTube even to get ready, but the experience is something else entirely. It's almost everything you could ask for in a vacation.
Robbie Amell for ARQ

#TIFF16: ‘Below Her Mouth’, ‘Free Fire’, and early highlights from the festival

Happy Day 3, TIFFers! It's one of my favorite times of year in Toronto, and the film festival is in full swing. For press and publicists, mind you, it's more like week three, because of all of the pre-festival screenings, but it's hard to complain about that when it makes the front-end of TIFF so much more productive. I rarely get time to screen much in the first few days of TIFF, but that's usually because I'm interviewing, and there have been some good ones already.