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  • Saturday Night Fever

    Saturday Night Fever

    ★★★★

    Back in 1975, I used to watch quite a bit of TV. Most of the popular stuff of the day like Happy Days, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family, MASH, Manix, The ABC Mystery Movie ( Columbo, McMillan and Wife, and McCloud), the Rockford Files, Sanford and Son, The Streets of San Francisco, Barny Miller, Adam 12 and it’s companion show Emergency, and Marcus Welby M.D. ( holy smokes I watched a lot…

  • 84 Charing Cross Road

    84 Charing Cross Road

    ★★★★½

    Lise and I are taking a vacation with our good friends and neighbours, the ones we have over for movie night most Thursdays, in a couple of weeks (great timing that a long time friend needed a place for the first half of June who could house/cat sit for us ) . The first stop is London, a city we both love. Lise made the arrangements for our modest accommodations quite a few months ago, and I only really looked…

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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…