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  • The Commitments

    The Commitments

    ★★★★½

    This re-watch of The Commitments brought back a feeling of familiarity. Not from seeing it so long ago when it first came out, though. It was familiar because I had been on that ride before.

    It was early 1977, I was 18 and had been working at my part time job at a hotel pay per view company for a couple of years. One of my friends there was a tech named Joe. Joe was cool. He had his own…

  • The Black Stallion

    The Black Stallion

    ★★★½

    A Ketchup review for a film I kinda Relished.

    It’s probably the Gremlins fault.

    Hoyt Axton as the globe trotting adventuresome dad just reminded me too much of Gremlins dad, Randall Peltzer. I was expecting him to put the Bathroom Buddy up as a stake in the high stakes card game. Perhaps I had greater expectations of The Black Stallion, but Axton came off as too family friendly right out of the gate. I would have expected such a dad…

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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…