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  • A Place to Stand

    A Place to Stand

    ★★★★★

    Connections.

    With hopes as high as the tallest tree.

    That’s what it was like back in 1967, although only eight years old at the time, I remember it well. Montreal in 1967 was the future unbridled. The world, and the national citizenry, would be descending on Canada’s heart to celebrate our centennial. There was the optimism of the mid-sixties, an optimism that was painted vividly by what was probably the last grand Worlds Fair.

    Aside from the futuristic predictions that…

  • In the Labyrinth

    In the Labyrinth

    ★★★★★

    It was fifty years ago today that Expo ’67 opened its gates to the public, generally acknowledged as the greatest Worlds Fair of the 20th Century.

    My Dad was transferred from Toronto to Montreal, which was the Canadian head office for RCA, the company he worked for, in the summer of ’66. By this time there was nothing but Expo in the news … how the construction was progressing ( very late ) and previews of what we were going…

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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…