Category: Movies

HBO Game of Thrones & Digital Downloading

gotAre you excited for the return of Game of Thrones? I’ve read all of the books, but was a latecomer to the HBO show. I’ve been scrambling to catch up, and what’s been really helpful has been getting Game of Thrones on DVD!

Sometimes I just want to lie on my couch and watch TV on my actual television, not a computer. Other times, I want to stream from my phone or just lie on my bed and watch it from my Android. HBO has the perfect two in one solution for both scenarios.

I picked up HBO Games of Thrones, Season 4. The best part of the DVD is the digital download feature. You can download the episodes to your iTunes account, or to your Flixster account to watch online or on your phone on the go. It’s awesome!

So, if you’re struggling to catch up before season 5, and you like to collect DVDs, pick up the set!

Food on Film at TIFF

Food on Film is back at TIFF! This series marks the beginning of spring for me.

The series kicks off with a film I really wanted to see at TIFF a couple of years ago, but was unable to: The Lunchbox. Check out the trailer.

New this year, Whole Foods Market will sample food inspired by the film being screened. Awesome, right? For The Lunchbox, vegetable pakoras will be featured.

The six-event series is hosted by Matt Galloway (Metro Morning) ​​features a​ lineup of ​internationally​-​known ​culinary experts who will discuss topical and timely food themes, following a screening of a film​ that is used as a springboard for the discussion​. Discussion topics will include food gleaning, processed grain health impacts, rise of urban gardens, green meal​-d​​delivery methods, ​and more.
See below for the entire film series.

March 11 — Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala on The Lunchbox

Indian-born chefs, cookbook authors and restaurateurs Vikram Vij ​(Dragons’ Den) ​and Meeru Dhalwala present the award-winning festival hit The Lunchbox, exploring the art behind crafting Indian dishes and the popular rise of integrating homestyle cooking into restaurant cuisine.

April 1 — Naomi Duguid on The Gleaners & I

James Beard Award-winning travel writer and culinary anthropologist Naomi Duguid discusses the beloved documentary The Gleaners & I, and examines unique approaches to food gathering and agriculture — from the French countryside to Toronto’s organic urban gardens.

April 22 — Jordan Salcito on Somm

Momofuku’s beverage director and Master Sommelier candidate Jordan Salcito presents the documentary Somm, sharing her expertise in wine curation and providing her personal insight into the hallowed halls of the competitive Court of Master Sommeliers.

May 13 — Wylie Dufresne on Delicatessen

Wylie Dufresne, James Beard Award-winning chef and the leading American proponent of molecular gastronomy, introduces the post-apocalyptic comedyDelicatessen and discusses his playfully artful and boldly experimental approach to cooking.

June 3 — Chad Robertson on The Grain Divide

Chad Robertson, James Beard Award-winning baker and co-owner of San Francisco’s legendary Tartine Bakery, presents the intriguing new documentaryThe Grain Divide. He’ll delve into the topical gluten debate and discuss the health impact of over-processed grain consumption.

 June 24 — Jonathan Waxman on Meatballs

California cuisine pioneer Jonathan Waxman pays tribute to Ivan Reitman (his partner in the Toronto restaurant Montecito) with a screening of the comedy kingpin’s classic Meatballs, and will discuss the art and business behind successful collaborations.

Hurry, cause the 150 series subscribers receive a $50 gift card to Momofuku Toronto and a one-year print subscription to Toronto Life magazine.

Snag tickets here:

Dinner at Prenup Pub

Sometimes you just want some comfort food. Not tartare or smoked salmon, but just deliciously filling food that’s familiar. When I was invited to check out the Prenup Pub, that’s exactly what I expected. I got that, but much more. Comfort with a twist, at an affordable prices.

Prenup Pub is in a prime spot for students. The University of Toronto is right down the street, and OCADU isn’t far behind. With over 70 beers on tap, this pub is a popular one and it shows.

The place is packed when we arrive on a weeknight. The pub is split into two floors and has lots of cozy nooks.

1-IMG_0759We started off with a cold salad, Wurst Salad ($9). With nary an iceberg lettuce in sight (I dislike Iceberg lettuce) this salad had sliced sausages, tomato, garlic, parsley, and dill pickles marinated in olive oil and German mustard. Yum!

Divertimentos: The Films of Matías Piñeiro

MatiasI really like watching foreign films. I’ve been known to bounce between Korean drama, French romances and Indian Bollywood just to name a few.

This weekend, TIFF is launching a retrospective of the Films of Matías Piñeiro. This Argentinean filmmaker has been hailed as one of the most distinctive and exciting new voices in international cinema. His “talky, female-centric films explore the romantic puzzles and creative explorations of his generation through elliptical reworkings of classic literary texts.”


How I Live Now TIFF Review


How I Live Now started off with an unexpectedly rocking and upbeat song. As the main character goes through the airport security, you catch snippets of things that seem a bit off. Military personnel are glimpsed on numerous occasions, and a glance at the television shows images of a Paris bombing.

Elizabeth  (Saoirse Ronan) or Daisy, as she prefers to be called, has been sent off to live with her cousins in England for the summer. Her acerbic attitude can be a bit painful to watch sometimes when
up against her wholesome, cheerful cousins. Eventually the countryside charms Daisy and her relationship with her three cousins improves. She also begins to grow closer to the oldest cousin, Edmund (George MacKay).  It’s important to note that they aren’t really blood cousins. FYI.

All is not right however. One of the key scenes of the film is a warm, fun filled river scene juxtoposed with the harrowing aftermath of a nuclear bomb. After that, all bets are off. Idyllic county scenes are peppered with the looming threat (and beghinnings) of World War 3. Eventally, those scenes are gone completely, as Daisy and her youngest cousin Piper (Harley Bird) are stuck together to navigate this new war torn world.  What’s left behind is stark and at times harrowing.

This movie will grab you. It’s emotionally, at times unapologetically stark and beautiful to behold. The acting by all characters was fantastic, and the soundtrack was very fitting.

(I do want to note though, that Daisy’s internal monologue confused me at times, and that I also got the (mistaken?) impression that Emund seemed to be able to read her mind. ) Interestingly, the movie never reveals who the country is at war with.

As someone that didn’t read the book, this film had me at the edge of my seat, hoping for the best. This film was directed by Kevin Macdonald.

The cast and crew were present afterwards for a Q&A, which was great. It was so funny to hear Saoirse’s very Irish accent, and to hear about their favourite scenes. (George and Saoirse both enjoyed the scene where they released a hawk.)

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