Benji

Benji

Favorite films

  • The Seventh Seal
  • Where Is the Friend's House?
  • You've Got Mail
  • The General

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  • Poor Things

  • Looking for Sally

  • Love Affair

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  • The Prisoner of Zenda

    The Prisoner of Zenda

    Why not swashbuckle in a cozy wool turtleneck?

  • Crazy, Stupid, Love.

    Crazy, Stupid, Love.

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

    Airplane watch.

    To begin with, Gosling's pickup artist is obviously a creep and a chauvinist (albeit with chiseled features), but I don't begrudge that - a character's allowed to have an arc and the movie by the end makes abundantly clear that he may come off as cool and confident but he's definitely not the kind of guy you'd want dating your daughter, so to speak. His character hitting up against the sad hollow core of his life that seems…

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  • The Littlest Rebel

    The Littlest Rebel

    One of the most bizarre and contradictory movies I've ever seen.

    The Littlest Rebel is a progressive milestone. Shirley Temple and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson were the first interracial couple to dance on screen. In some southern states, they edited out any time the pairs hands touched.

    But the movie clearly sympathizes with the South. Northern soldiers are shown ransacking houses and mistreating the Southern women and children and their loyal slaves. Shirley is so afraid of the Northern soldiers treat…

  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★★★★

    I was not expecting this to be so steeped in Tarkovsky: tracking shots of ruined buildings in rain (Stalker), the horse dropping its apples (Ivan's Childhood), Luo carefully carrying the lantern across the room and back (Nostalghia), the references to buildings burning down (Mirror, The Sacrifice), suddenly flying with a perspective shot and voice over (Andrei Rublev), all the railroad tracks and sounds (Stalker), the glass sliding off the table (Stalker), the use of rain and water (Solaris), the spinning…