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  • The Commitments

    The Commitments


    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


    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


    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…