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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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  • My Favorite Year

    My Favorite Year

    ★★★½

    Ketchup review for a film I Relished.

    My Favourite Year was in the club of films that I ran back in the days that I was a playback op for a Hotel Pay Per View company. 1982 was the end of my tenure in that job before moving on to becoming a video tech for the same outfit. The club was a small group of films that I would watch every shift. It was probably the last of that group,…

  • Holiday

    Holiday

    ★★★★

    My goodness, although Grant is as charming as always, and I even think he did a few of those back-flips, he just couldn't compete with Hepburn's wattage. She is a goddess.

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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…