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Vancouver an unspoiled oasis for unconventional design Bocci’s Omer Arbel says he enjoys existing on the periphery of the design scene By Kelsey Klassen


mer Arbel creates poems that can be read in any language, only the words are molten grains of sand, and the paper is the tension that guides them as they harden and cool. There is nothing lost in translation from what the creative director of Bocci imagines, to what he now reaches out to pass me sitting in the light-filled fifth floor of the company’s head office in Vancouver’s Armoury District. “I actually kind of despise the word design, in a way,” he begins, almost by way of introduction. “It hurts me to have to refer to myself as a designer. I think that design implies a separation from the object. It implies abstraction. And a kind of over simplification that comes from regarding something from a removed position.” As he relaxes into his black blazer and three o’clock shadow, his gestures come alive. “I feel much more comfortable with the idea of making things myself. My architectural studio and the design and manufacturing company is built on the idea that that’s the only way of really achieving interesting work. Novel work. Or at least the only way open to us. So we make stuff, we dive in, we rarely draw things.” Mid-sentence he lunges forward to grab a glass bottle of water. “We don’t use parametric modelling technology,” he continues, turning the bottle with his fingertips. “These days computers are very sophisticated and you can make models of things you’re interested and it’s such a temptation, but, because it’s so quick, it’s the opposite of our interests. “On a computer screen, there is no distinction between one material and another.” Arbel instead draws inspiration from the material itself. He puts down my beverage and jumps up to replace it with a 28 series sphere from among the many breakables lying strewn across the table. “Like these pieces, right?” His saltand-pepper eyebrows rise as he lifts the clear globe up to his face. “The reason that these are shaped the way they are is not because we thought of a sphere inside another sphere, it’s because we investigated the technique of glassblowing and discovered that glass interacts in different ways when it’s at different temperatures.” And then they kept asking questions. “People have been glass blowing for

thousands of years but in all that time most of the focus has been on blowing air into a glass matrix and then manipulating it in some way. And it occurred to us what happens if you do the opposite; what happens if you pull the air out of that piece of glass?” And the result is as sensually confusing as catching a fairy in a mason jar — a part of you wants to free the beauty trapped inside, but the savage in you is satisfied that it is yours to display. Born in Jerusalem, Arbel moved to Vancouver at a young age. His background is in architecture but, even as a student, he noticed he obsessed over the way light enters space, going so far as to turn his student housing into living light experiments that were “impossible to move around in.” Over time, Arbel’s tactile approach to design evolved an unmistakable outlier aesthetic. It’s just not the way things are done, or have been done. And he names his pieces chronologically, currently working the 63rd chapter in the unconventional story. “At first the real focus for me was furniture and objects much more so than it was lighting. The first piece of lighting I ever did was 14 [2006]. Every one before that wasn’t even close to being lighting. It just so happens that’s the piece that became very successful. And that’s the way the world works; as soon as you do something that’s successful, people assume you’re an expert at it and they just keep requesting more and more.” Fresh off a presentation at UBC on art and education, he starts pulling demo pieces out of a cardboard box to illustrate how his knowledge of glass has built upon itself through experimentation. The 14 was a transitional piece, an idea about a sphere made of cast glass. He knew nothing about the materials, and initially assumed it amounted to making a mold and pouring the glass in. But you can’t make a sphere with an open-faced mold, so then he planned to make two hemispheres and glue them together. But when he poured the first cast, nature revealed her provocative curves. “I noticed that because glass is liquid, it cools as it’s curing and makes this very beautiful meniscus here at the edge and a bit of a crater in the middle of the piece. When you take two of these and put them together, you get a 14. And two things happen: you get this very distinctive seam that people seem to respond to, and secondly, and more importantly, when you light it, the glass has this watery quality be-

cause the craters create a void in the middle of the piece. We discovered that totally by accident.” Those seductive lessons about temperature then breathed life into 28. But it’s the 57 that actually takes all breath away. With the 57 — the piece they are launching at Euroluce in Milan in April, the lovemaking gets rough, dark, familiar. White and clear glass of different temperatures is fused together and dipped in a thick coating of seemingly opaque, black glass. Air is then pushed into the piece, finding its way through the hot spots, where the glass is the most vulnerable. The end result is a menacing storm cloud that only lifts its curtain to reveal an enchanting hidden universe when lit. It’s an appropriately bold piece to accompany Bocci’s odds-defying début at Euroluce [see page 6]. It’s a date even Arbel thought would never come. “We’ve had to build our own niche in a hostile environment. It’s still a miracle to me that things have gone so well. I always saw myself as an outsider to the system. “That system rejected us very early on, and quite aggressively. So to be showing there this year, among the industry leaders, is not only a coup from a business perspective, a respect perspective, a credibility point of view, but also personally it’s very gratifying.” As for what makes the pieces so successful, Arbel prefers to leave that as a mystery — even to himself. “It leads a designer to a place of stagnation to analyze too much ‘why?’ I think it’s paralyzing. I don’t look at magazines or blogs for the same reason. I think those things limit you. Too much context. “It’s actually one of the reasons I like working in Vancouver. Because it is the periphery of the design scene, there’s less subconscious influence here on my work than there would be somewhere with a richer design culture like New York, or London or Milan or Tokyo. “Here is kind of a vacuum. A wasteland. Like…tumbleweeds.” His booming laugh bounces off the racks, stacked to the rafters with objects of his imagination — intan“I actually kind of despise the word design, in a way,” says gible beauties nestled in tidy white Omer Arbel, creative director of Bocci. “It hurts me to have to boxes all around us. |

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The Wild West goes to Milan Bocci has landed a rare invitation to the world’s most exclusive lighting expo By Kelsey Klassen


he problem with cutting your teeth on design’s most competitive, leading edge, is that sometimes they’re left just a bit too sharp. In 2009, PR specialist Cristina Belmonte arrived in Vancouver (by way of Madrid, London, Milan) overqualified and newly adrift. Her husband was following his career in animation to our shores, so she left London with him. But she had admittedly low expectations for the kind of design scene she’d find here. And she was unsure if she’d even find a challenging role in design PR, after a decade spent working with some of the most high-profile clients in Europe (B&B Italia, Sellar Properties). But three years later, after a fortuitous meeting with Omer Arbel, creative director of Bocci, she is fast-tracking again in her former world, rocketing Bocci’s designs straight into Italy’s most exclusive lighting show — Euroluce. It is the satisfying culmination of a strategy she put into place the moment she took the boutique Vancouver industrial design firm on as a client. In Belmonte’s experience, it takes between seven and 15 years to be invited to exhibit at the show, meaning thousands of talents are rejected every year. “There’s nothing like Milan [Salone Del Mobile/Euroluce], and I know people hate that,” Belmonte

concedes in an accent that pays tribute to both her Spanish roots and UK career. “But they are the masters of design, because they have been doing it forever and because everyone goes there.” She recalls with a laugh how one well-known UK designer, Tom Dixon, got so fed up with trying to get accepted, that he took a bolder approach and rented a nearby design museum, in its entirety, to curate a show himself — at no small expense. But Belmonte has been watching the soaring triumphs and firey failures of designer excess for 20 years. Case and point: exhibiting at Euroluce comes with a price tag of an easy quarter of a million. But none of this fazes the 40-year-old former journalist, who has tossed back beers with Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and the like, and speaks the language of their industry more fluently than her native tongue. So when Bocci told her from day one that her brief was to get them into Euroluce, her response was a reasonable “That’s impossible, you’re nobody.” But a disheartened look around the design ghost town that is Vancouver (i.e. everybody leaves) resulted in an epiphany: When in the Wild West, do as the cowboys do. And she loaded the big guns. She introduced Bocci to the Galleria Rossana Orlandi in Milan, known as “the” discoverer of new talent. In 2010, Bocci had its first

installation there — the 28 series. It was so successful, Bocci has been invited to return every year since — in 2011 with the 19 series bowl, and, in 2012, launching the limitstretching 38 series. She saw Bocci inked into repute via dozens of design magazines (Monocle, Wallpaper, Dwell). It still took three years of being told no for Belmonte to ultimately get the Bocci profile in front of the correct people at Cosmit. And when she finally had that audience, the canon shifted; Old Italy awoke to a young design company, blowing glass in the remote wilds of 1706 W. 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC. And, as surprised and happy as they were, Arbel and the owner of Bocci couldn’t resist adding, “But we’re next to Swarovski. We want to be next to Flos.” So she made that happen too. “Sometimes people don’t understand what PR does,” she says, her unlined, banged brow furrowing. “So when you talk about strategy and lobbying, most of the time people just come to you and say, ‘Are you the girl who writes the press releases?’ And you’re like… ‘Well…No.’ “In the world I move, it’s very niche. You are hired because you are capable to get people to places. You are connected.”

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yrrha Jewelry’s list of celebrity customers reads like a red carpet roll call: Katie Holmes. Julia Roberts. Taylor Swift. Brad Pitt. Jodie Foster. Miley Cyrus. Jeremy Renner. But Pyrrha doesn’t aggressively seek out attention from the A-list. “We’re just as happy with the cool Lower Eastside kid, as we are with the grandmother who buys [one], as we are with the celebrities,” says Wade Papin, who with wife Danielle Wilmore created and operates Pyrrha. Named for a powerful daughter of the gods from Greek mythology, the Vancouver-based jewelry design studio has been creating eye-catching pieces for more than 18 years, but the line for which they’re renowned around the globe — pendants, rings and other items created from casts of antique wax seals and marketed as talismans — has only existed for the last seven. Originally Pyrrha specialized in colourful cat’s eye jewelry, but veered into uncharted territory when Papin and Wilmore snapped up a box of antique wax seals at an estate sale. “We really weren’t thinking in terms of making jewelry from [the seals]; we just really liked them because we liked Victorian stuff,” Papin said over the phone. “But then, as we thought about it, our jewelry is based on melting wax and turning it into silver, so the idea was, ‘Hey, we could attempt this same process with these pieces.’” The couple experimented with the wax seals and precious metals for more than a year before launching their first talisman collection. At the outset, many of their retail partners were less than enthusiastic about the talismans, which looked antique and weathered next to the sleeker cat’s eye line. “A good number [of our retailers] said, ‘This isn’t you, people like the cat’s eye, do what you know,” said Papin. “At the time, I guess, the idea of imperfection of jewelry wasn’t exactly rampant.” But Papin and Wilmore stayed the course, to great success. Today, their talisman collection includes more than 300 designs and is sold via Pyrrha’s website,

retail partners, and, since 2010, a flagship store in Los Angeles. “The flagship was kind of a strange decision but we’ve always liked LA and it’s always been a good market for us, with all the celebrity that we get.” No matter its point of purchase, every piece in the talisman collection is handcrafted in reclaimed sterling silver, bronze or gold in Pyrrha’s East Vancouver studio. Each item is designed and cast around 18th and 19th century wax seals using traditional techniques. Designs range from animals to castles, symbols to initials; customers are free to assign their own meanings to the talismans, which can make the experience of owning and wearing a Pyrrha piece deeply personal, Papin says. What pieces are popular at any given moment depends on geography, the season, and trends in entertainment. When fans of ABC’s hit fantasy series Once Upon a Time noticed that Emma Swan (portrayed by Jennifer Morrison) wore a Pyrrha swan necklace around her neck, the swan talisman necklace went from obscurity to one of Pyrrha’s top selling items. Pyrrha has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception, when Wilmore quit her mall job and Papin left a career in natural

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Vancouver Fashion Week The Four Seasons will be the scene of the March 19 kick-off party for the spring edition of Vancouver Fashion Week. More than 55 designers will be profiled, with special attention paid to Vancouver’s Boboli, an exclusive carrier of top established international designers. Other Vancouver designers include Cindy Xin for Zareen, Dave Singh for Well Groomed and Shelley Klassen for Blushing Designs. More than 20,000 attendees are expected at the Chinese Cultural Centre from March 19 to 24.


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A taste of celebrity Chefs compete for a bite of the A-list life in Almost Famous By Sabrina Furminger


ood television has come a long way since the era of Julia Child and the Galloping Gourmet. No longer are chefs restricted to demonstrating basic techniques on single-camera cooking shows. Today, culinary specialty channels such as the juggernaut Food Network are dominated by nail-biting competitions (including the wildly popular Top Chef and Iron Chef franchises) wherein chefs compete for cash prizes and a shot at fame. Cooking is now a true spectator sport, enjoyed by amateur chefs and armchair foodies alike. Hence the existence and popularity of the Almost Famous Chef Competition. Sponsored by fine folks behind S. Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water, the Almost Famous Chef Competition — now in its eleventh year — invites leading culinary schools from across North America to send their best and brightest to Napa Valley to compete for a taste of celebrity life: $22,000 in prize money, a one-year apprenticeship with a celebrity chef, and the opportunity to recreate their winning dish during a whirlwind media tour. But to get to the final round of the competition, the student chefs must win one of 10 regional competitions. In Canada, that competition will take place in Toronto on February 25. And of the seven student chefs vying to represent Canada, two of them are training right here in Vancouver. On a drizzly February afternoon, a small group of reporters and food bloggers gathered in an Art Institute of Vancouver (AIV) kitchen to observe the two locally trained finalists — Matt Cusano, a student at the AIV International Culinary School, and Kevan Hafichuk, a student at Pacific Institute for Culinary Arts (PICA) — in action. In this new age of competition shows and celebrity foodies, chefs must be equally adept at cooking under pressure and shining in media interviews — thus the format of the meet-and-greet, which found the chefs chatting with reporters as they prepared tasting spoons of the dishes they’ll be showcasing on the national stage. Alternating between his prep table and a stove, Hafichuk, 21, credited the Food Network with launching him on his burgeoning career. In December 2011, Hafichuk was playing football for the University of Calgary when he was sidelined by a career-ending shoulder injury. “I had a bunch of downtime, and during that downtime I started watching the Food Network and cooking at home,” he says. “I started to develop a passion for it, and here I am. I’m not looking back whatsoever.” Hafichuk — whose tasting spoons featured oxtail tortellini with sustainable BC spot prawns cooked in kaffir lime butter sauce with roasted cauliflower and cauliflower puree garnished with baby watercress — secured his spot in the competition by winning a school-wide cook-off. “We were asked to make a meringue in five minutes, but [PICA Executive Chef Julian Bond], being the sneaky guy that he is, spiked all the bowls with grease, and if you have any grease in the bowl, you’re not going to be able to make a meringue,” says Hafichuk. “But I always practise good kitchen principles, and so I wiped my bowl and I made a meringue. There were only five of us of 50 who did that, and out of those five, I had the best meringue.” Over at the other prep table, Cusano was hard at work on his own tasting spoons: miso-glazed poached halibut with chorizo and parsnip puree garnished with celery leaves. For Cusano, 19, competitions have given him the opportunity to explore his love of sophisticated flavours while refining his technique. “I grew up in an Italian household, so food is a big part of my culture and who I am,” says Cusano, who particularly enjoys black box cooking competitions. “I learn a lot about who I am and what I can do from


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Cooking with Vikram Watching a food show can be such sweet agony. While the chef makes something spectacular, you’re at home munching on a bag of rice chips. On March 7, Vikram Vij is turning the tables on traditional food shows. He’s hosting Canada’s first-ever online cook-along. Viewers can log onto the live stream at Vijs. ca and tweet any questions or comments as they follow his every move to make the delicious meal at home.

A foodie’s scavenger hunt Swallow Tail is on the hunt for Vancouver’s most innovative foodies. Beginning March 20, participants will scour the city for special ingredients which they’ll take home to create a unique dish or cocktail. The top 10 cocktail creations and top 10 chefs will then move to the tasting round. Winners will be awarded a privileged spot at the Black Market, an underground culinary event held in a secret location on May 10 to 12, and other prizes. The competition is open to anyone older than 19. For information, email AnnMarie MacKinnon at

Cooking classes The Annex at Choices Floral Shop (2615 W 16th) is hosting a cooking class called Foods to Warm The Heart: Heart Healthy Comfort Foods

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n less than a decade, Vancouver’s Chambar restaurant has become a legendary dining destination for chef Nico Schuermans’ Belgianesque dishes, well-crafted cocktails, a fiercely intelligent beer list and awardwinning wine program. After honing his skills everywhere from Cin Cin to Chicago, and spending the last four years working his way up the Chambar ladder, certified sommelier Jason Yamasaki has lept into role of wine director. The Ladner-raised, energetic and enthusiastic 27-year-old has earned plenty of respect and admiration amongst his Vancouver colleagues over the last few years, so it’s widely assumed he’s gonna knock it outta the park. I sat down with him last week to catch up on his wine list philosophy, get him to recommend a bottle for readers, and pick up some tips for the thousands of people hitting the Vancouver International Wine Festival next week.

On the kind of wine programs that inspire him: [I’m a fan of] confident programs that are über-tight, with every label speaking to the ethos of its dining room and cuisine. It’s not about just offering a list of wines. Every wine needs to be on there for a reason. It’s about highlighting bottles, styles, and producers that jive with the philosophy of the restaurant and ultimately enhance the diner’s experience. Vij’s, Boneta, L’Abattoir, and Wildebeest are some of my favourite models of this philosophy around town. Also, the upcoming all-natural wine program at Andrea Carlson’s Burdock & Co. on Main Street has me intrigued as to how it will be received.

On a BC wine that he’s really been enjoying lately: Naramata’s Nichol Vineyards 2010 9 Mile Red ($25-28, NicholVineyard. com or private wine stores), a blend of St. Laurent and Pinot Noir, is a quirky little curiosity all about cinnamon heart spice and twang. A light and crunchy, bracinglytart blend that offers Pinot-esque familiarity, driven by a shrill note of buzzy cranberry. Despite being a lighter wine, the texture and fruit really flirt with the addition of some mild spice. This blend loves coriander, fennel and caraway. A local gem worth a spot at a spring table.

On what you need to know when hitting the Vancouver International Wine Festival’s International Festival Tasting Room on February 28, March 1 and 2 ( • The room is a time vortex. Arrive very early and use every second. No matter what, it’ll be over too soon. • As an addendum to early arrival, do your homework to visit all the heavy hitters first when the crowd is lightest. These recognizable icons will be at least three deep all night with those precious seconds ticking away. • If you wear fragrances, you will get the stink-eye. Deservedly so. • Eat beforehand. Feast beforehand. Your gut and lack of hangover will thank you. • Make a point to taste mostly wines, regions and producers you have never heard of before. Wine Fest comes but once a year, and this is your best chance to expand your wine horizons. • Spit everything. Except Champagne. Good call on that last one! Congrats on the new gig Jason — we’ll see you around Wine Fest!

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Sean Tyson used the lull in his acting career to direct Stewing for Crazy 8s.

Crazy 8s: Eight days, six films By Curtis Woloschuk


uch has been written recently about the dramatic downturn in film and television production in Vancouver. The Crazy 8s film challenge has managed to temporarily reverse that trend by setting six filmmaking teams loose in the city with eight days (plus the necessary resources) to take their short films from “take one” to the final cut. “During a lull, you can get so dejected from things not happening and people not understanding the business,” confesses Sean Tyson, an actor who’s amassed almost 50 credits on locally-shot productions. “It’s really nice to be occupied with something creative.” In Tyson’s case, he’s used this opportunity BRAINDAMAGE Writer/Director: Matt Leaf A science fiction short with a dark sarcastic edge, Braindamage imagines a future where our minds are no longer our own. IN THE DEEP Writers: Orsy Szabó & Nimisha Mukerji Director: Nimisha Mukerji Jodi’s mother passed away from cancer, and since then, her father has pretty well stopped living as well. With shattering news of her own to share, Jodi is determined they both make the most of the time left to them.

to make his first foray behind the camera. “It definitely was an intensive course.” he says of his baptism by fire. “I looked at this whole event like going back to school without having to pay the outrageous tuition fees and spend four years in a program.” Despite its tight turnaround, Tyson’s Stewing is an ambitious action-comedy in which kicking ass proves the ideal way to mend a broken heart. “When else would I get a chance to shoot an action film in downtown Vancouver without incurring huge amounts of cost?” he suggests. “The support that the city gave us because of the Crazy 8s moniker allowed us to really try for something.” The Crazy 8s gala screening is February 23 at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts. Details and tickets at

MANSTRUATION Writers: Christopher Lee and Ryan Haneman Director: Ryan Haneman A quirk of evolution has caused men to begin having periods, and Peter cannot believe his misfortune. An unapologetic role-reversal comedy. STEWING Writer: Patrick Currie Director: Sean Tyson Danny’s over Jake, but that doesn’t mean that Jake’s over Danny. A dark comedy revenge action movie about kicking ass, letting go and moving on.

UNDER THE BRIDGE OF FEAR Writer/Director: Mackenzie Gray In this homage to film noir thrillers, hard-boiled private eye Hamilton Drake is hired to chase down the rat who’s blackmailing rich dame Georgia Thurlow and her sultry movie star companion, Carrall Cordova. WHEN I SAW YOU Writer/Director: Jane Hancock In a world of missed opportunities, mixed signals and the fear of appearing vulnerable, will anyone be bold enough to start the conversation?

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t Project Limelight, the message is always clear: “You are able to do anything you want to do.” That’s also one of the underlying themes of The Wizard of Oz. On February 24 at 2 and 6pm, Project Limelight presents There’s No Place Like Oz, a multi-media performance at the Goldcorp Centre of the Arts. Performed by children aged eight to 15 from Strathcona, this funny, spoof-like take on the classic story is filled with music and dance. In the background, “incredible” images by Mark Pilon will be shown on a large screen, culminating with a montage of the journey of Dorothy, the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. Tickets: $10 for children and seniors; $15 for adults.


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Amour ���������������������������� Argo ������������������������������� Beasts of the Southern Wild �������������������������������� Django Unchained��������� Les Misérables ��������������� Life of Pi ������������������������� Lincoln ���������������������������� Silver Linings Playbook � Zero Dark Thirty ������������

BEST DIRECTOR Michael Haneke, Amour ����������������������������� Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild ���������� Ang Lee, Life of Pi ���������� Steven Spielberg, Lincoln ���������������������������� David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook ���

BEST ACTOR Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook ��� Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln ���������������������������� Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables ���������������� Joaquin Phoenix, The Master ��������������������� Denzel Washington, Flight ������������������������������

BEST ACTRESS Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty �������������� Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook ��� Emmanuelle Riva, Amour ����������������������������� Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild �������������������������������� Naomi Watts, The Impossible ���������������

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Alan Arkin, Argo ������������ Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook ��� Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master ��������������������� Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln ���������������������������� Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained ����������



Amy Adams, The Master ��������������������� Sally Field, Lincoln ��������� Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables ���������������� Helen Hunt, The Sessions ������������������� Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook ���

“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice ������������������� “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted ����������������������� “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi ������������������������ “Skyfall” from Skyfall ����� “Suddenly” from Les Misérables ��������������

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM Brave ������������������������������ Frankenweenie �������������� ParaNorman ������������������ The Pirates! Band of Misfits����������������������������� Wreck-It Ralph ���������������

BEST FOREIGN FILM Amour, Austria ��������������� Kon-Tiki, Norway ����������� No, Chile ������������������������ A Royal Affair, Denmark War Witch, Canada ��������

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Amour ���������������������������� Django Unchained��������� Flight ������������������������������ Moonrise Kingdom ������ Zero Dark Thirty ������������

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Argo ������������������������������� Beasts of the Southern Wild �������������������������������� Life of Pi ������������������������� Lincoln ���������������������������� Silver Linings Playbook �

BEST COSTUME DESIGN Anna Karenina ��������������� Les Misérables ��������������� Lincoln ���������������������������� Mirror Mirror ����������������� Snow White and the Huntsman�����������������������

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE Anna Karenina ��������������� Argo ������������������������������� Life of Pi ������������������������� Lincoln ���������������������������� Skyfall�����������������������������

BEST DOCUMENTARY 5 Broken Cameras ��������� The Gatekeepers ����������� How to Survive a Plague ���������������������������� The Invisible War ����������� Searching for Sugar Man ���������������������

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Anna Karenina ��������������� Django Unchained��������� Life of Pi ������������������������� Lincoln ���������������������������� Skyfall�����������������������������

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey����� Life of Pi ������������������������� Marvel’s The Avengers � Prometheus ������������������� Snow White and the Huntsman ���������

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Movie Reviews

Die Hard series still going strong A Good Day To Die Hard

Starring Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney Directed by John Moore After 25 years, and an astronomical body count, Bruce Willis returns as reluctant hero John McClane for a fifth installment in A Good Day To Die Hard. This one may be the most ridiculous in the series but it’s also the shortest, making for a quick and dirty, albeit wildly absurd action flick.  Director John Moore wastes no time in getting to the goods — the movie opens with an elaborate undercover sting, a targeted hit and subsequent capture in a Moscow nightclub, all centered around a brawny young American who we soon discover is McClane’s estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney).  Soon enough, Willis appears onscreen shooting target practice, gets debriefed on the whereabouts

of his offspring and travels to Russia to extract young John Jr. It doesn’t take long for the high-octane madness to ensue and Moore makes no bones about it – this is straight up eye candy.  Granted, this adventure has the weakest story and worst script to date but it also retains the playful, manic sense of organized chaos that made the 1988 original so memorable. Willis Thor Diakow and Courtney leap from buildings with superhero precision and an endless barrage of machine gun fire acts as the soundtrack at times (would it have killed them to thrown in a fistfight?).  A Good Day To Die Hard, though not as strong as previous outings, does provide enough silly fun and adrenaline-fueled mayhem to keep the franchise chugging along and ensures Willis still has plenty of fight left in him — yippee-ki-yay.    

Snitch: a cavalier approach to morality SNITCH

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jon Bernthal Directed by Ric Roman Waugh While Snitch professes to be “inspired by true events,” a more accurate claim would be “loosely based on an actual piece of legislation.” Helmed by stuntman-turned-director Ric Roman Waugh, this action flick in drama’s clothing uses harsh mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug offences as a catalyst. It then traipses around without ever stumbling across a meaningful thing to say about America’s misguided war on drugs. When his teenaged son (Rafi Gavron) is busted for receiving a courier delivery of Ecstasy, John (Dwayne Johnson) cuts a ludicrous deal with an opportunistic federal prosecutor (Susan Sarandon, struggling to keep her eyes from rolling): he’ll use Daniel (Jon Bernthal), an ex-con employed at his construction company,

to cozy up with a local drug dealer (Michael K. Williams) and help the DEA orchestrate his arrest. Alas, a scene in which John skims Wikipedia seems indicative of the level of research that went into the script. A similar lack of thought seems to have been given to the ramifications of casting Johnson in a role that demands an everyman as opposed to an action figure. As written, John is supposed to be horribly out of his depth as he consorts with cut-throat killers. However, Johnson’s physical attributes leave him looking (and, in turn, proving) eminently capable of handling anything thrown his way. Despite an abundance of risible dialogue concerning integrity, Snitch grows increasingly cavalier with its morality. That said, one might not be so quick to condemn the clueless film for its indiscretions if it didn’t insist on taking itself so seriously. — C.W.







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As much as West of Memphis disturbs us, the documentary is an uplifting experience exoneration — in 2011. As Berg interviews the acWEST OF MEMPHIS cused, their advocates, and the parents of the little Directed by Amy Berg boys whose grisly murders incited this multifacOn screen, miscarriages of justice often possess the eted tragedy, it becomes abundantly clear that the same allure as a car wreck. As emotional fallout from the bad luck runs headlong into horrifying crime will never ill will, wrongs pile up, and fully dissipate. There can be no lives are destroyed, viewers are closure. incapable of averting their gaze. And while there’s much to Given the injustices suffered by cause dismay here —primarily the “West Memphis Three,” it’s the unwillingness of Arkannot surprising that they’ve alsas authorities to acknowlready been the subject of three edge their failings — West of documentaries: Joe Berlinger Memphis ultimately proves an and Bruce Sinofsky’s celebrated uplifting experience. In part, Paradise Lost trilogy. And yet, a The documentary explores how this is accomplished by illusviewer’s familiarity with their the Arksansa justice system trating how an often apathetic tragic story doesn’t make this failed three young men and how public rallied to create the new telling of it any less enthe world’s “first crowd-sourced “first crowd-sourced criminal thralling or essential. criminal investigation” worked to investigation.” Even more so, Skilfully assembled and save them. it comes from watching Echols fuelled by a muted sense of grow from a petulant outcast outrage, Amy Berg’s documento a scholarly, thoughtful tary takes us from the wrongful Buddhist who, inspired by The Master and Marconviction — after an inept and corrupt investigagarita, refuses to lose his faith in humanity. Rather tion — of teenaged outcasts Damien Echols, Jessie remarkably, this dark tale ends on a note of hope. Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin in 1993 to their — Curtis Woloschuk eventual release from prison — minus an official

VIFF screens Oscar-nominated shorts, documentary


his Sunday, everyone will be glued to their televisions to watch (and watch and watch) the Oscars. WE Vancouver invites you to play along by filling out your predictions in our online contest at (See previous page.) Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen all the nominees, Vancity Theatre is screening the nominated Oscar shorts for animation (Feb. 20 at 8:45pm and Feb. 21 at 6:30pm) and live action (Feb. 19 and 20 at 6:30pm). As well, the Academy Award-nominated documentary, 5 Broken Cameras, a first-hand account of

non-violent resistance in the West Bank, is being screened Feb. 20 at 4pm. VIFF’s celebration of Black History Month continues with Soundtrack for a Revolution on Feb. 25 before it makes way for New Spanish Cinema Week from Feb. 22 to 28. Other screenings to round out February include The Invisible War on Feb. 21 at 4pm, and the 1975 version of The Magic Flute, directed by Ingmar Bergman, on Feb. 21. To get a full list of screenings at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour), including $6 Music Mondays, go to




















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S A new Vancouver fashion startup, Wantering, chooses items online that suit your style profile, and sends them to you daily by email. To make it even easier, Wantering also tells you where they can be bought. Screenshot retailers where you can buy the item. The more you “heart” items within your Wantering account, the more the system learns your taste and adjusts your recommendations for the next day. “Wantering exists to solve the problem of having too many options and no way of filtering out the noise,” says CEO Matt Friesen. “We’re essentially taking the intelligence of fashion blogs and social platforms and helping people shop

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urrounded by Tobias Wong’s provocative work, your first thought is actually of lost possibilities. “At the end of the day, this guy would have been huge. It’s something that Vancouver should be more proud about,” says Vancouver’s Cristina Belmonte, who has spent almost two decades doing design-related PR [page 6]. Wong — a visionary, anti-consumerist, rip-off artist and prankster — was 35 when he died almost three years ago. It was ruled suicide but close supporters suspect sleepwalking. In his short career, the designer created work that tampered with consumer culture, posed uncomfortable questions about desire and responded very much to his enfant terrible reputation in his adopted home of New York City. Gold Pills (capsules designed to tint the swallower’s poop gold), The Ottoman (a more polite title for his bright red ottoman that vibrates and features a fur-lined man-opening) and his lethal take on wedding rings, will have you questioning the lines between theft and inspiration, culture and cliché. The Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut) has all of his work in one room for the first time, and visitors who come before Object(ing): The Art/Design of Tobias Wong closes Feb. 24 will have the opportunity to also see Sex Talk in The City and Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver. — Kelsey Klassen

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Danger on wheels A bike ran into me a year ago. I broke my ankle and a bone in my foot, lost my holiday and had no recourse since the bike had no licence plate for ID. Today, walking down Davie I saw what looked lik a tiny Fiat one-seater car — it was totally enclosed, had rear lights and turn signal. It was keeping pace with cars. No licence plate and nothing to ID the moving machine. What is it going to take to have something done about the speeding bikes on the sidewalk and now uninsured cars on the road? If this is the way it’s going, I’m buying one; after all it’s the insurance that is the most expensive part of driving.

Trees mourned Mole Hill has made no friends by arbitrarily chopping down the 12 cherry trees on the 1100 block of Pendrell. A society which sees itself as considerate and sensitive to its neighbours made no attempt to notify or consult them before having the trees removed. If the cherry trees were indeed diseased, they could have been replaced by healthy ones instead of the usual maple. Every spring I looked forward to walking down the street with the cherry blossoms in bloom. No longer! Raz Pollakis

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CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Jackalopes resemble jackrabbits, except that they have antlers like deer and tails like pheasants. They love whiskey, have sex only during storms, and can mimic most sounds, even the human voice. The milk of the female has curative properties. Strictly speaking, however, the jackalope doesn’t actually exist. And yet Wyoming lawmakers have decided to honor it. Early this year they began the process of making it the state’s official mythical creature. I bring this to your attention, Cancerian, because now would be an excellent time to select your own official mythical creature. The evocative presence of this fantastic fantasy would inspire your imagination to work more freely and playfully, which is just what you need. What’ll it be? Dragon? Sphinx? Phoenix? Here’s a list:

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): People in Sweden used to drive their cars on the left-hand side of the road. But a growing body of research revealed it would be better if everyone drove on the right-hand side. So on September 3, 1967, the law changed. Everyone switched over. What were the results? Lots of motorists grumbled about having to alter their routine behavior, but the transition was smooth. In fact, the accident rate went down. I think you’d benefit from doing a comparable ritual sometime soon, Libra. Which of your traditions or habits could use a fundamental revision?

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): The temptation to hide what you’re feeling could be strong right now. You may wonder if you should protect yourself and others from the unruly truth. But according to my analysis, you will be most brilliant and effective if you’re cheerfully honest. That’s the strategy most likely to provide genuine healing, too — even if its initial effects are unsettling. Please remember that it won’t be enough merely to communicate the easy secrets with polite courage. You will have to tap into the deepest sources you know and unveil the whole story with buoyantly bold elegance. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): The word “chain” may refer to something that confines or restricts. But it can also mean a series of people who are linked together because of their common interests and their desire to create strength through unity. I believe that one of those two definitions will play an important role in your life during the coming weeks, Virgo. If you proceed with the intention to emphasize the second meaning,


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MATTRESSES starting at $99

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PYRAMID CORPORATION is now hiring! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: or fax 780-955-HIRE.



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WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective February 21 toFebruary 27, 2013. We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.

Grocery Department Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread


Meat Department Annie Chun’s Roasted Seaweed Snacks

Whole Specialty Frying Chickens

3.99lb/ 8.80kg

assorted varieties



product of USA

Produce Department Organic California Grown Red or Green Leaf Lettuce PRICING

10g • product of USA

Organic Sirloin Tip Steaks Dairyland Milk

Clif Crunch Bars

value pack



4L product of Canada



Rogers Granola

210g • product of USA

700-750g product of Canada

Uncle Luke’s Maple Syrup

assorted varieties

from 4.99




assorted varieties


375ml product of Canada


product of USA

.50/100g off

regular retail price

170g • product of USA

product of Canada

Bakery Department Organic Multigrain Bread

L’Ancetre Organic Cheese

assorted varieties

from 6.99


Amy & Brian Coconut Juice

TrueBlue or TrueBlack Juice

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

520ml +deposit +eco fee • product of Thailand


assorted varieties

from 3/6.99

product of Canada

Rice Bakery

1.36L +deposit +eco fee • product of Canada

Rizopia Rice Pasta



off regular retail price pack of 3 or 6


Elias Honey Bear Honey Squeeze Bottle

20% off regular retail price

Health Care Department 20% off

regular retail price Shikai Borage Therapy Lotion



For dry skin that just won’t go away use ShiKai’s fragrance free all natural borage therapy lotion.

Green Foods True Vitality

Double Chocolate Fudge Rice Cookies or Bite Size Rice Flour Brownies


off regular retail price 6 -12 pack


assorted varieties


Banana Chocolate Chip or Oatmeal Carrot Walnut Muffins

340-404g product of USA

325g • product of Canada



Udi’s Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

assorted varieties

bags or bins

Radius Toothbrushes



Organic Golden Flax

Choices’ Own Organic Cheese 285g

Wild Planet Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon

assorted varieties

1.98lb/ 4.37kg

Bulk Department

product of India

Eco Max Household Cleaners




650ml • reg 6.99



Organic California Grown Broccoli

Tasty Bite One Step Indian Entrees



Happy Planet Soups or Chili

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

Super Sweet “Gold” Pineapples Grown in Ecuador

Deli Department

Nourishtea Loose Tea


8.99lb/ 19.82kg

assorted varieties

skim, 1, 2 or 3.25%


each product of USA




Designed as an all in one meal, it contains vegetarian protein, omega-3, probiotics, enzymes, carbohydrates, greens, fibre, and 100% of the RDA of the essential daily vitamins.

product of Canada


Seminars & Events at The Annex at Choices Floral Shop 2615 W16th Ave, Vancouver. Cost $30 for each event. Register online or call 604-736-0009.


Monday, February 25, 7:00-9:00pm

Cooking Class: Foods to Warm The Heart: Heart Healthy Comfort Foods With Chef Antonio Cerullo.

Look for our

Wednesday, February 27, 6:30-8:30pm


Cooking Class: Build Up Flavour, Shake Down Salt: Low Sodium Eating With Panache


With Fetter and Fetterly.

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Rice Bakery

South Surrey

2627 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0009

3493 Cambie St. Vancouver 604.875.0099

1888 W. 57th Ave. Vancouver 604.263.4600

1202 Richards St. Vancouver 604.633.2392

2595 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0301

3248 King George Blvd. South Surrey 604.541.3902

Choices at the Crest 8683 10th Ave. Burnaby 604.522.0936


Floral Shop

1937 Harvey Ave. Kelowna 250.862.4864

2615 W. 16th Vancouver 603-736-7522

WE Vancouver, February 21, 2013  

February 21, 2013 edition of the WE Vancouver