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  • The Four Times

    The Four Times

    ★★★★½

    After watching Le Quattro Volte it was early evening. I walked outside and pulled some small splits from our wood stack in preparation to build the evening fire. I brought them into the kitchen, laid them near the stove, and gathered some dry kindling like I always do.

    I opened the stove door, and delicately shoveled the top layer of fine ash and dust and carefully deposited it into the ash pail beside the stove like I always do. The…

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  • One from the Heart

    One from the Heart

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This really is Frances Ford Coppola’s masterpiece.

    The 1 second of separation, the visual style, and the longing that WKW would adopt. The absurdity that the Coens and Lanthimos would observe.

    And Raul Julia’s chest, Teri Garr’s gams, and Kinski’s dance are some hot!

    I’m ashamed to say that the city on this planet that I’ve probably visited the most is Las Vegas. Likely between 30 and 40 times due to trade shows. I’ve always had a fascination and revultion…

  • Miss Sloane

    Miss Sloane

    ★★★

    A serviceable and topical drama, and Chastaine is great as usual.

    I just wish they didn't use the 'legal gun owner saves victim from bad guy' device, as it just plays into the gun nuts hands. How often does that really happen in real life compared to toddlers shooting their mothers?

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  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

    $225,000,000

    Two Hundred And Twenty Five Million Dollars.

    The budget for this turd was Two Hundred And Twenty Five MILLION dollars.

    What else would this sum buy you? I checked; a random search for 2014 / 2013 favourites lists here on LB. I looked at 30 or so, and picked out what I saw as peoples favourites.

    Under the Skin $16M
    Boyhood $2.4M
    Only Lovers Left Alive $7M
    Grand Budapest Hotel $31M
    Her $23M
    12 Years a Slave $20M
    Dallas…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Before my parents married, my father was studying to be a concert pianist at the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto; the upper echelon of musical academies up here in the Great White North. Before that, while still at home in New Brunswick, he would spend his weekends playing in a swing dance band; This is where he met my mum. He spent his weekday evenings practicing at home.

    My grandfather, a colonel in the Canadian army, advocated his…