Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

Post by Mark

Not one of the busiest weekends but there are still quite a few things going on. Check out the full list below:

Thursday
Exhibition: Halal Nights by Mohammad Al-Hemd
Fareed Abdal – A Solo Exhibition
Talk: Types & Sizes of Dinosaurs
French Institute of Kuwait Cinema club – “Les Grands Esprits”

Friday
Talk: Types & Sizes of Dinosaurs
Lecture & Workshop: Tree of Life – Birds
The British Ladies Society Winter Bazaar
Doga – Yoga with your Dog

Saturday
Gulf Bank 642 Marathon
Lecture & Workshop: Tree of Life – Birds
Come Play with Us!

If you’d like to share an event on the blog [Email Me]
For a full list of upcoming events click [Here]

Sometimes events get canceled or have details changed so always double-check with the organizers.

2019-11-14T09:24:39+03:00Nov 14, 2019|0 Comments

Movies Showing in Kuwait this Weekend

Post by Mark


Screenshot from Charlie’s Angels

The movies below are now showing at Cinescape, Grand Cinemas and VOX:

New This Weekend:
Charlie’s Angels (3.7)
Frozen II (7.1)
Haunt (6.3)
One Piece: Stampede (8.3)
Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour (8.3)
The Good Liar (6.5)

Other Movies Showing Now:
Abigail (5.0)
Abominable (7.3)
Born a King (8.8)
Countdown (5.3)
Doctor Sleep (7.5)
Gemini Man (5.2)
Joker (9.4)
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (7.0)
Midway (4.9)
Motherless Brooklyn (7.4)
Playing with Fire (5.1)
Terminator: Dark Fate (6.5)
The Addams Family (5.8)

The movies below are also now showing at the Scientific Center IMAX theater:

New This Weekend:
Turtle Odyssey (7.7)

Other IMAX Movies Showing Now:
Amazon Adventure 3D (6.6)
Backyard Wilderness 3D (8.4)
Volcanoes 3D (6.6)

Numbers in brackets refer to the IMDB rating at time of publishing.

2019-11-14T08:12:50+03:00Nov 14, 2019|0 Comments

The Nuqat Conference is Back!

Post by Mark

Nuqat is one of my favourite conferences that takes place in Kuwait and this year will mark their 10 year anniversary which they will celebrate over 10 days with activities including talks, workshops, exhibitions, and entertainment. Over the 10 years Nuqat has evolved and developed to become one of the largest creative conferences in the region and most of their activities are free to atend. Actually, all of their activities from talks to musical events are free to attend with only the workshops that require a registration fee.

This year’s Nuqat conference is titled “State of the Elastic Mind: New Mindset for Old Barriers” and will be taking place from November 20 to 29 at various venues around Kuwait. All the talks will be held from the 21st to 23rd at the Amricani Cultural Centre with the workshops, exhibitions and various music events being held in different places all over Kuwait.

There is A LOT going on and I spent the good part of the morning uploading all the workshops and cultural events to the events page and you can check those out here.

If you’re interested in attending a talk then you could check all the different talks talking place here.

Nuqat 2015

You don’t have to attend every single talk and I tend to pop in and out during the day just to watch a specific talk I’m interested in. It’s an informative and educational conference while also being a great event to network and socialize in. If you haven’t been to Nuqat before then I highly recommend you do.

To register for Nuqat (it’s free) just click here.

2019-11-13T12:28:28+03:00Nov 13, 2019|4 Comments

Rimowa – Kuwait vs Dubai Prices

Post by Mark

Kuwait’s first official Rimowa store opened a couple of weeks ago at the Avenues and I was curious to check out their prices. I bought a Rimowa bag from the Dubai store a couple of months back and so was curious to know the price difference between the two stores. Surprisingly, Kuwait is cheaper!

The Kuwait store is 5% cheaper than the Dubai store and the reason for that is the new 5% taxes you pay on items in Dubai. So a Rimowa Original Cabin size bag in silver aluminum costs KD325 in Dubai after-tax, but KD310 in Kuwait. Not that much of a difference but still a saving. So if you were trying to figure out if you should buy a Rimowa bag locally or abroad, you now know.

2019-11-12T08:10:04+03:00Nov 12, 2019|15 Comments

Movie Review: Doctor Sleep

Post by Tarek J

Review written by Tarek J

Last Tuesday I was invited to the premiere of Doctor Sleep by my favorite movie theater, Vox Kuwait at the Avenues Phase 4, and as usual for their premieres, the event was a pleasure for film geeks (full of thematic decor and even two little twin girl actresses which were adorable in their attempts to scare guests). After walking on a red carpet designed after the famous carpet from The Shining, we took our seats and the lights went down.

Regarding the elephant that’s always in the room, censorship, this film has been cut in a few places, but not in a way that makes it unwatchable. It doesn’t affect the plot and you’re aware of what’s going on, but some cuts do come at some moments where you’re really drawn into the film. But all the cuts were momentary, nothing like whole scenes removed. Anyway, onto the review.

You’ve got to have quite a pair to think you can pull of a sequel to The Shining. Not only is it a horror masterpiece, but it is perhaps one of the most obsessed over films in history (watch the documentary Room 237 for proof). Up until now, director Mike Flanagan has been a solid horror filmmaker with a fresh voice and a couple of strong entries under his belt, but he hasn’t attempted anything quite so ambitious as Doctor Sleep. Does it pay off? Well yes… and no.

To be fair, it’s near impossible to create a satisfying sequel to The Shining especially since Kubrick veered way off the Stephen King novel it was based on, creating instead an intimate horror film with a singular vision which benefits most from its ambiguity and its lack of a need for a sequel. So when adapting Doctor Sleep (King’s sequel to his Shining), Flanagan decided to take a route where he bridges the gap between King and Kubrick. The result feels like two interesting films in their own right mashed up messily. The script suffers a lot from it and it’s the script itself which is the weakest link in this film.

The storytelling and filmmaking, however, is where the film shines (ahem). Flanagan does an excellent job of building tension, creating mood, and allowing scenes to be paced calmly and correctly. He doesn’t rush you into “scares”, but rather allows you to get invested into the characters. This is most evident in the first 40 minutes or so where very little plot is divulged, and we are just getting to know our three main characters. These were some of my favorite scenes in the film because Flanagan directs them maturely and really allows us to connect to Danny Torrance’s struggle with his demons. I very much appreciated that the film did not rely on The Shining nostalgia or fan service to create excitement. In fact, the only time we are really given that kind of nostalgia is in the last 30 minutes of a 2.5 hour film, so by then you’ve already emotionally invested into this new story entirely.

Aside from the filmmaking, the performances stand out as well. Ewan McGregor is perfect in the title role, and Kyliegh Curran gives an Excellent child performance that is exciting and convincing. But really it’s Rebecca Ferguson as the antagonist who steals the film. I was worried from the trailers as her storyline looked cheesy, but she is somehow convincing and gives a very interesting performance of a character that is at once cold blooded but somehow understandable. I like her work in the Mission Impossible films, but now I’m a full on fan.

In the end, I felt Doctor Sleep was an entertaining film with some really strong sequences (the Astral Projection moment was visionary, and the Baseball boy sequence was extremely disturbing and effective), but it’s nods to the Shining only reveal how much stronger that film is. To me, this is a pretty weak Kubrick tribute, but a very strong Stephen King film adaptation. It’s different than most films coming out in cinemas these days, and some of it’s inventive filmmaking makes up for its flaws. I still recommend a watch to horror and film fans as it has an original voice and style to it that is a breath of fresh air amongst the hundred of cynical cash grabs posing as cinema today.

2019-11-11T08:08:31+03:00Nov 11, 2019|8 Comments

Princi Opening in Kuwait (Update)

Post by Mark

Back in September I posted that the popular UK based Italian bakery Princi was coming to Kuwait but didn’t know where they were opening. Well, they’re opening in Avenues Phase 4 since the store hoarding went up recently in the Grand Avenues. Princi was created by the restaurateur Alan Yau who is behind other popular brands like Wagamama and Hakkasan.

2019-11-11T07:54:52+03:00Nov 11, 2019|16 Comments

Snow Park in Kuwait

Post by Mark

Baroue the kids store recently opened a snow park inside their Avenues store called Frostland. I passed by it over the weekend to check it out and was actually impressed. Mostly because I was not expecting their snow park to be so big but also because I didn’t think they would have actual snow.

Frostland is fairly huge considering its located inside a store but the Baroue store was always huge to begin with. The whole top floor of Baroue has now been converted to Frostland with different snow and ice related activities like ice slides, ice cars and the snow dome. Kids and parents are given winter gear to wear because its actually winter in Frostland and you’ll need to be properly dressed to play in the snow.

The ticket price for Frostland is 11KD for 2 hours and 6KD for guardians. If you want to check out some videos and more pictures of their snow park check out Frostland on instagram @baroue_frostland

2019-11-10T08:39:06+03:00Nov 10, 2019|16 Comments

Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

Post by Mark

The Improv Comedy Show by Staged in Kuwait is back again this weekend. If you’ve never been to one of their shows before then you should and there are still some tickets available if you haven’t already booked. Check out the full list of this weekends events below:

Thursday
Exhibition: Halal Nights by Mohammad Al-Hemd
13th World Bowling Tour – Kuwait International Open 2019
Happy Hour Live at Oktoberfest 2019
Improv Comedy Show

Friday
Discover America Run/Walk 2019
Happy Hour Live at Oktoberfest 2019
Hot Rod Car Show

Saturday
Exhibition: Halal Nights by Mohammad Al-Hemd
KTAA Fall Bazaar
Come Play with Us!
Sustainability Event

If you’d like to share an event on the blog [Email Me]
For a full list of upcoming events click [Here]

Sometimes events get canceled or have details changed so always double-check with the organizers.

2019-11-07T09:06:03+03:00Nov 7, 2019|0 Comments