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  • Hellmouth

    Hellmouth

    ★★★½

    Like the cult up-and-comer Pontypool before it, Hellmouth is based on one of the Tony Burgess ‘Kawartha Trilogy’ horror books; in this case the first installment,The Hellmouths of Bewdley.

    Also like Pontypool, Burgess himself re-imagines his novel for the screen, with equally bizarre results. Pontypool, the film, was transformed into an observation from a blind vantage point of his Pontypool Changes Everything. In Hellmouth Burgess and director John Geddes take the opposite course. They weave elements from the disjointed, but…

  • The Loved Ones

    The Loved Ones

    ★★

    Lazy torture porn that could have been so much more.

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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…