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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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  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    ★★★★

    The third film I saw theatrically as a kid. All three were a particular quirk of the early to mid 60’s cinema … the big budget 70mm family friendly roadshows, complete with all the pomp and circumstance of walk-in music, an intermission with entre-cart music, and walk out music. This really shaped my early vision of cinema as something that would amaze you.

    What I never remember between watches is that this is an Ian Fleming story, brought to the…

  • Eating Raoul

    Eating Raoul

    ★★★★

    I’m pretty sure I first saw Eating Raoul at The Festival of Festivals, the precursor to TIFF. I had roommates that worked as volunteers, and took me to films with their free passes. This, along with many other films, really opened my eyes to low budget independent film, and just how marvelous it could be.

    Tonight’s watch with our neighbours was inspired by last week's pick with them, The Green Butchers … our Danish pick for 30 countries. They loved…

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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…