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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 Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    ★★★★

    Goddammit I wish Gilliam had a trusted creative partner that could rein in his more indulgent strains. There was so much of this film that I loved, and so much that I felt was Gilliam just going overboard without a rope around his waist.

    I came into this knowing from the Cannes buzz that 'it wasn't his worst film' despite garnering a 15 minute standing ovation. Well, that ovation was more than well deserved. While I feel similarly about this…

  • Lost in La Mancha

    Lost in La Mancha

    ★★★½

    Rewatched this on the run-up to watching Who Killed Don Quixote.

    Rewatching this is just a reminder how cursed Terry Gilliam has been throughout his career. There was the famous standoff between Gilliam and Universal Studios president Sid Sheinberg about re-cutting Brazil to make it ‘feel good’, the Weinstein brothers trying to pull the same crap with The Brothers Grimm, Heath Ledger dying while filming The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, and in 2015, Variety ( mistakenly ) published his obituary.…

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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…