Category: Reviews

2015 TIFF Film Picks

The TIFF schedule will be released tomorrow- have you taken a look to see what films you want to see? The film list can be overwhelming. I’ve read the entire schedule and picked my favourites, so you don’t have to.

Casual: Shifting to the episodic format after his acclaimed feature-film work, TIFF favourite Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) directs this hilarious and insightful comedy about love and sex in the modern age.

Der Nachtmahr: After a wild night out, a Berlin party girl finds herself haunted by a twisted, repellent litte creature that no one else can see.

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Miss You Already: Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore star in this touching comedy-drama about two childhood friends whose relationship is put to the test when one becomes pregnant while the other receives some tragic news. (more…)

Charge faster on the go with TYLT’s new RIBBN Car Charger

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It may come as no surprise to anyone that knows me that I am obsessed with my cell phone and with keeping it charged! That’s why I love using the TYLT band charger while on the go in the car. It lets two phones charge at once so no one has to fight over the car input. Here’s my review of the original charger.

This year they’ve come out with a new, faster and improved charger, the RIBBN. To test it out, I took it on a bunch of road trips with some friends. I didn’t tell them I was reviewing it, but I just had it plugged into the car for them to use. (more…)

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

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I love when books are unexpectedly amazing, and then you get to fall in love with a brand new author! Laura Dave has written a book that’s perfect for summer. It has food, love, heartbreak and wine. And of course, humour. What more could you want?

Eight Hundred Grapes captivated me. I devoured it and couldn’t put it down. Dave has a beautiful, descriptive writing style that really makes the main character, Georgia, come to life in many unexpected twists and turns. I found something endearing about each character, from her brothers right down to the new lawyer in town. Eight Hundred Grapes is laugh out loud funny in some parts and heartbreaking in others. It has a really satisfying ending that makes me want to read more of her books! You need to read it and I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as I do.

Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands.

But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.

Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on June 2015

Super Mutant Academy by Jillian Tamaki

Another summer, another amazing graphic novel from Jillian Tamaki. Jillian is a truly talented illustrator, from embroideries to her previous works, she tackles a new angle each time and emerges victorious.

SMMAcoverSuper Mutant Academy is a collection of Jillian’s web comic. This (mostly) non-sequential collection of comics is hilarious, heartfelt and truly bizarre. It’s just like high school, if the hot girls, nerds and jocks had super powers. Take a look at the excerpts below. (more…)

Read it! Love May Fail

lovemayfailPortia Kane is not having a good time of it. She’s in a closet about to watch her soon to be ex-husband (perhaps…soon to be dead, husband?) do the deed with a much younger woman. I won’t tell you what happens there, but I will tell you what happens next.

Portia has a mini meltdown and thinks back to high school, to her favourite English teacher. She decides to find him…even if there’s no trace of him. Through a remarkable twist of fate, she ends up tracking down her old high school teacher, Mr.Vernon. (more…)

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