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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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  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    ★★★½

    Anchorman was a film I was convinced I would never watch. While I liked Will Ferrell well enough on SNL, snips that I’ve seen from his subsequent film career didn’t really compel me to want to watch. I hated Bridesmaids and especially The Hangover, and Anchorman seemed to be a member of that club.

    By the magic of Letterboxd, a member, Chris, commented on Lise’s Her review, noting that Lise’s challenge about ‘what if Samantha was a lamp’, that it…

  • Soylent Green

    Soylent Green

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A few years ago we had some friends over, and in chuckling about bad sci-fi, one of the friends burst out with the iconic ‘SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!!!!’. Drat, I thought, I’ll never be able to show it to Lise now, as she hadn’t seen it, and after all, it is kind of a spoiler. It did twig me to look for it online for a copy, though.

    Flash forward to today. From time to time Lise conscripts me for…

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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…