Friday, July 25, 2014

The Five Must See Movies of July 25 - 31, 2014

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Cinecenta is currently offering a great package for the movie lover in all of us. From July 27 - August 2, get 10 movies for $50. It is available to Students, Cinemagic Members, UVic Alumni, UVic Faculty & Staff and Seniors. There is a limit of two per customer. Offer is available weekdays at the Munchie Bar and nightly at the Cinecenta Box Office.

The Vic Theatre has announced their August movie line-up. For film aficianados who missed them the first time around, The Vic will include such titles as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone), Snowpiercer (Chris Evans and Jamie Bell), Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Matthew Goode) and the box office smash (or stomp) Godzilla (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen).

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Five Must See Movies of July 18 - 24, 2014

The weekend is here and we all know what that means. No, it doesn't mean you can sit in front of your computer and play World of Warcraft. It means you can do something better by going out with friends and/or loved ones to your local cinema. The smell of the popcorn, the rattle of candy and the slurping of soda hasn't changed in generations.

Are any of you old enough to remember watching a film from the balcony or seeing your first film in Victoria's Coronet. Do you even remember watching movies in the Royal Theatre? If the answer is no to the aforementioned then you are most definitely not old enough. And if you don't have enough memories of going to the movies then perhaps a Saturday night out is what you've been missing.

Please check media for local showtimes, ratings and admission rates.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Five Must See Movies of July 11 - 17, 2014

Vancouver Island has alot to offer our residents and visitors when it comes to outdoor festivals, foodie events and even a nature walk or two. But for people like me who enjoy a good film over a good hike, I look to our local movie houses. With the Langford Caprice suffering an early death thanks to progress, I lean on the four remaining indie theatres in my area. Although the Roxy may have converted to live theatre, as Blue Bridge at the Roxy, they still show movies from time to time.

Please check media for local showtimes, ratings and admission rates.

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Lesson Learned in A Tale of Samurai Cooking, A Movie Review

No foodie or historian should miss out in learning about the history of Japanese cooking in Bushi No Kondate (A Tale Of Samurai Cooking A True Love Story). Despite it being deceptive film set during the early part of the Edo period (1603-1867) of Japan, the tale being presented is more than just about the budding romance that's being stirred up.

The political upheaval that's happening in the Kaga Domain — a huge tract of land owned by a Shogun — is the social climate that this film's many characters have to struggle to eke out their life in. The civil war that occurred between two Shogun brothers, and its subsequent influence upon the people who live in this region was a spark to the Kaga Disturbance that this movie chronicles.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Looking for that Message in the Bottle in The Lunchbox, A Movie Review

July 1-3
The Vic Theatre
#106 Nootka Court
808 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC

The Lunchbox is a very honest film about the trials and tribulations of two individuals struggling through life in Mumbai (Bombay), India. When Ila (Nimrat Kaur), a housewife struggling to keep her happiness afloat, and Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan), a claims adjuster feeling uncertain for his future, discover each other, the feelings they develop in their correspondence helps them live through difficult times. Interestingly, the way they meet is through a special lunch delivery service.

Unlike the traditional lunch boxes that kids take to school in North America or delivery services in Japan, where bikes with huge square shaped containers are used, the “take-out” system is different in India. Segmented cylindrical containers (known as tiffins) contain a hot food item (typically cooked fresh that morning) in each part, and it’s delivered in a cloth bag to the office worker. Instead of going out to some diner, they can hit the lunch room. When a city is as huge as Mumbai, just how this delivery system can continue without error has to be asked and the answer is simply that all containers are marked with a unique code to insure the food goes to the right office building, desk and person.

But once in a while, a mistake can happen.