Jonathan White

Jonathan White

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Favorite films

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

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  • Don't Look Up

  • C'mon C'mon

  • Roman Holiday

    ★★★★★

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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…

  • 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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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    2001 Impressions 2022

    Part of Lise's Hal's Birthday Rewatch list.


    The second act is the prototype of all space westerns to follow.



    Also part of my Jonnie's musings on 2001 list

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★½

    For me, it did the exact opposite of what I think the filmmakers wanted. I found the Diana character to be a privileged, petulant child, not a free spirit dragged down by royal duties. I could care less about the Royals, but the subtle indication that Elizabeth secretly approved of her high spirit is pretty much the antithesis of everything reported.

    And on top of all of that, to me, Kristen Stewart gave a B-grade TV movie performance. I've liked her in other roles, but this was both over the top and completely amateurish.

    Poor Sally Hawkins, the only bright light in this piece of crap.

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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…