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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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  • Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical

    Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical

    No, YOU bought pot minutes after it became legal at ocs.ca.

    Now, on to start playing the piano really fast and murdering people.

  • Where Do We Go Now?

    Where Do We Go Now?

    ★★★½

    A Ketchup review for a film I Relished.

    Things were busy just after I watched this 2001 TIFF surprise people’s choice winner last week. It’s a lovely Lebanese story of differences and commonalities in a tiny community composed of Muslims and Christians. I really wish I had made better notes about this one.

    It’s both wonderful and flawed, but my strongest remembrance is that Director / Co-Writer / Co-Star Nadine Labaki is a director to watch.

    Although it’s from seven years ago, the message it delivers couldn’t be more timely.

    Highly recommended.

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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…