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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Eternity and a Day
  • 2046
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  • Pig

    ★★★★★

  • Unidentified Objects

  • Yentl

  • In the Soup

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  • Hero

    Hero

    ★★★½

    Definitions:

    whooh onomatopoeia ; sound made by swinging swords, arms, legs, and all forms of sticks or poles ( with, or without metal appendages )in martial arts movies. Sometimes associated with arrows. Usually repeated at least 3 times. whooh whooh whooh

    whowh onomatopoeia; sound made by magically flying protagonists and or antagonists, often found in the Wuxia sub-genre of martial arts films, as they hurl toward their enemy, often somersaulting during the approach. Often repeated at least twice, corresponding to…

  • Le quattro volte

    Le quattro volte

    ★★★★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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  • Yentl

    Yentl

    Had to quit due to buffering issues with the Criterion channel. From what I saw, I think it would have been better as a non-musical.

  • Kajillionaire

    Kajillionaire

    Not rated because Lise and I unanimously decided to stop it one hour ( out of it's 100min runtime ) in.

    Boring, unfunny, and mean. I love me some mean humor, but the whole 'humor' and 'absurd' component was completely missing. This was just such a complete failure on every level.

    Lise and I were fans of July's Me And You and Everyone You Know ... to the complete chagrin of Adam Cook back in the day, but I have to say, he was right about July.

    I can't believe Richard Jenkins and Deborah Winger signed on to this stinker.

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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…