"Mommy, why are all these people on our airplane?"
"Don't worry, Eric , they won't eat us ... I hope" .. "And stop calling me Mommy"
Damn. It’s bad enough that this year’s crop of films turned my love of Marge Gunderson to fear, but now sweet Catherine Keener too?!
What a debut! Writer / Director Jordan Peele steers his hybrid horror with laser guided precision, dropping breadcrumbs all along the way, and daring you to outsmart him ( ok, he gives you a win once in awhile just to keep you in the game ). It’s the quirky and unsettled balance of unease, comedy, and…
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
Only Lovers Left Alive $7M
Grand Budapest Hotel $31M
12 Years a Slave $20M
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…