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  • The Four Times

    The Four Times

    ★★★★½

    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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  • Man of La Mancha

    Man of La Mancha

    ★★★★

    I’ve been seeing reviews of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote pop up here on Letterboxd. I’ve been patiently waiting for the announcement of a Blu release to no avail. These new takes prompted me to search for a stream .. and I squeaked with delight to find it on Amazon Prime.

    I love Gilliam. I know he has his good days and bad days, but with both this and The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Gilliam has had his share…

  • The Longshot

    The Longshot

    After the news that Doris Day, an actress that I grew up with, passed away yesterday, more bad news again today. Another actor that was a big part of my childhood from the Carol Burnett Show, Tim Conway, passed away today.

    Yesterday I paid tribute to Doris with a first time watch of Pillow Talk, her non-sex sex comedy with Rock Hudson. While dated, as well as pretty misogynistic, if you could let those things pass it was a groundbreaking…

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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…