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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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  • The Courier

    The Courier

    ★★★

    A serviceable enough actioner. I was surprised that I didn't like it more, particularly seeing that I lived through these events and heard everything about the Cuban Missal Crisis from Walter Cronkite while eating dinner in front of the TV with my parents.

    Cumberbatch, who I like, was just ok, and the film seemed interminably long. An OK Friday night braindead watch, but nothing to write home about.

  • Lucky Grandma

    Lucky Grandma

    ★★★★

    It takes a special type of skill to make a character that makes a bad moral choice likeable and relatable throughout the film. Writer / Director Sasie Sealy, in her first feature, demonstrates just such an amazing talent. She’s a director to watch, that’s for sure.

    Of course she’s helped out by the master class performance of her lead, Tsai Chin. How this woman didn’t get an Oscar nod for this performance is just unbelievable.

    What won me over was the central message that old folks aren’t to be fucked with.

    I’m old. Remember that. ;)

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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…