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  • The Four Times

    The Four Times


    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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  • La Pirouette

    La Pirouette


    Short Takes - An NFB short I watched on a short flight home.

    The Nation Film Board is a Canadian treasure.

    The NFB always supports filmmakers who turn out art that's worth a look. A fine example are the three short films I chose for a quick one hour in the air flight last week. The first two, Dinner for Two, and Get a Job were wonderful, entertaining little shorts.

    Then there's the feeling when you find a gem.


  • Dinner for Two

    Dinner for Two


    Short Takes - An NFB short I watched on a short flight home.

    Simply charming.

    The uncomplicated parable of sharing is made so much more by brilliant animated characterizations. Each shot is simply delightful, and you can't help but smile.

    Watch it here

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  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel


    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

  • 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…