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  • Hairspray

    Hairspray

    ★★★★

    By happenstance, the previous two films I’d watched were Mudbound and Little Shop of Horrors. I’m pretty sure John Waters turned both these films into trains, and travelled forward and backward in time to impishly switch the track rails to cause a head on collision.

    This is Safe For Work Waters, and it’s completely fun.

  • Little Shop of Horrors

    Little Shop of Horrors

    ★★★★

    More fun than I remember it from oh so long ago when it first came out. My girlfriend at the time had seen the off-Broadway musical, and I think she may have over-hyped it back then.

    Through the passage of time I had completely forgotten about the wonderfully soulful Greek Choir .. Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon .. ,soul icon Levi Stubbs voicing of Audrey 2, as well as the now iconic fleet of comedy gods including Bill Murray, John Candy,…

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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…