Halloween is fast approaching, and everyone who’s coughed up their 8 bucks a month for Netflix is no doubt scanning the Horror section to see what’s available.
Decent scary movies are hard to find, so here’s a quick rundown of 10 now streaming on Netflix Canada that I’d recommend.
They’re listed in order of how freakin’ awesome they are:
1) The Cabin in the Woods (2012) “It’s the best horror flick ever made in Vancouver.” (At least it was until Horns came around.)
Gay history is complicated by the fact that so much was conducted in secrecy, was ignored, or was even intentionally destroyed. Much has been lost or erased. Urban gay history which concentrated in nightclubs and restaurants also tends to disappears as venues vanish and development destroys neighbourhood focal points.
When it comes to media, we may now have numerous TV shows with LGBT characters and even an entire Canadian TV network devoted to LGBT programming (OUTtv). But what came before all of that?
You might not be aware that the first Canadian TV series made by and for LGBT people was produced right here in Vancouver.
Gayblevision, which ran from 1980 to 1986, was the nation's first gay and lesbian cable-access show on West End Cable 10.
An Angel for May is a U.K. film directed by Harley Cokeliss. The film tells the story of 12-year-old Tom, who travels 50 years to the past after discovering a time machine. Tom becomes friends with May, an orphaned World War II evacuee, and once Tom is back in the present day, he realizes he must make one more trip back in time.
An Angel for May is based on the book by Melvin Burgess. The film is rated G, and deals with divorce and violence.
About as much as Vancouver needs more coffee or sushi shops, the dreaded, locally made Ultra Rich Asian Girls series debuted online on October 26.
A mashup riff of the book Crazy Rich Asians and the Real Housewives franchise, the series promised to provide a peek into the lavish lifestyles of the rich and Asian—for no apparent reason. That, in addition to an anticipated unhealthy serving of misogyny and racism, of course, much to the delight of covert bigots across town.
Criticism immediately sprang up in reaction to teasers about the controversial show, with fears of racial stereotyping fuelling latent interracial tensions and more of the catty trashfest otherwise known as the Real Housewives of Vancouver.
If you're still experiencing withdrawal symptoms and existential distress due to the Vancouver International Film Festival wrapping up on October 10 (what—we're just supposed to carry on with our lives?), here's a little bit of post–VIFF chatter to keep you afloat.
Needless to say, it's not every day that Jennifer Lopez shows up as a surprise performer at an event attended by Vancouver students.
That's what happened at We Day Vancouver, held at Rogers Arena on October 22.
The annual event was created to inspire young people to become involved in local and international social issues. We Day events are held across Canada, and in the U.S. and the U.K. It's organized by Free the Children, a charity founded by Canadian children rights activist Craig Kielburger, and features a combination of speakers and performances.
The Heavy Hitting HorrorFest takes place at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on October 30.
The one-night screening of independent short horror films by local filmmakers attracts over 1,100 horror fans and film industry insiders. Five giant screens will showcase gore-soaked indie cinema and DIY savagery.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online in advance.
The festival features a collection of alternative action, horror, science fiction, and fantasy short films, documentaries, and dramas from B.C. and around the world. The Rio Grind Film Fest will feature the B.C. premieres of horror anthology The ABCs of Death 2, The Tribe, Spring, and These Final Hours.
A detailed schedule and advance tickets can be found on the Rio Theatre website.
The third-annual Vancouver Polish Film Festival takes place at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings Street) from Friday to Sunday (October 17 to 19).
The VPFF celebrates the best contemporary Polish films. This year’s selection includes feature-length and short films, as well as documentaries.
The festival will open Friday (October 17) at 6 p.m. with a screening of 2102 drama Miłość (Loving) followed by Pod Mocnym Aniołem (The Mighty Angel) at 8:30 p.m.
If you read my article on Vancouver restaurants accepting Bitcoin, you might still be wondering why businesses would bother with the digital currency.
After all, while over a dozen eateries in town have joined the Bitcoin economy, the restaurateurs I spoke to said they hadn't gained much in the way of customers and revenue from this.