I watched this expecting to hate it, but, I was charmed like a kid in a candy store. Sure, the set design is oh so perfect, everything is so meticulously framed and confectionary colours abound, but it tells a good story too. A fun little cunning caper wrapped in pink tissue paper is fine by me.
I like sports documentaries and this one gave me all the feelings. The first part of the film deals with Kevin Pearce’s rise in the world of snowboarding and the second half about his rehabilitation and family life after a serious crash that left him with a serious brain injury. It’s a fascinating and moving story.
It’s hard to hate a movie that just looks so good. This film is a bit cheeseball, from the drippy Mancini score to the overwrought acting, but Jack Lemmon is so likeable and the black and white photography is so rich, plus the opening sequence at the bar is really great. A bit of a buzz kill, meh.
Located at 8 West Pender Street, the Sam Kee building is recognized as the skinniest commercial building in the world. It’s also a prime example of a “spite building.” Chang Toy built it in 1913 after much of his large corner lot was expropriated by the city to widen Pender Street. Toy’s neighbour assumed that he would be able to pick up the remaining six foot wide lot for dirt cheap. Toy wasn’t too fond of his neighbour and so refused to sell and built this instead, just to piss him off. The Sam Kee Building is now owned by Jack Chow Insurance and is currently getting a face-lift.