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.

TIFF's Festival Street

TIFF 16: The story of my 16th year at the festival, plus ‘Limehouse Golem’, Paul Schrader, Marc Forester, and Noel Clarke

There’s no way to prepare for it–not really–but that’s always what makes TIFF so much fun if you ask me. Before the festival started I saw nine films, I went to two gift lounges, and I had two pre-interviews with filmmakers. Then the real fun started on September 8, with a couple of days filled with interviews and events.