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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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  • Shadow in the Cloud

    Shadow in the Cloud

    ★★★★★

    I've upped my rating from 4.5 to 5.

    Not only does director Roseanne Liang create a compelling and captivating actioner, but she also turns the actioner genera on it's head with a female forward lead that in the final scene makes the little boys cry.

  • There Is No Evil

    There Is No Evil

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is not a review.

    These are just my random thoughts on Mohhamad Rasoulof’s latest masterpiece. He took the allegorical gloves off after being arrested for The White Meadow, and this is likely his most direct social criticism to date.


    First Segment

    Right from the first scene, Rasoulof demonstrates brilliance by one of the most brilliant uses of misdirection that I’ve ever seen in film. We’re in an underground parking garage, and two men are carrying something heavy in a…

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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…