Ben Armington

Ben Armington

Favorite films

  • The Rules of the Game
  • Chinatown
  • Heat
  • Don't Look Now

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  • The Settlers

    ★★★★★

  • L'Argent

    ★★★★★

  • Madame Web

    ★★★★★

  • Black God, White Devil

    ★★★★★

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  • The Marvels

    The Marvels

    ★★★★

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

    I think the (social) media narrative of failure surrounding this film is silly. It's probably because for me all of the Marvel Studios films have the same quality of amiable sci-fi sitcom mediocrity, and I'm just as happy to watch Brie Larson bug her eyes out in reaction shots of comic disbelief as I was to watch Robert Downey Jr do the same. This installment has the good sense to be under two hours in runtime and to prominently feature…

  • The Hunted

    The Hunted

    ★★★★★

    I remember seeing this in the theater when it came out and thinking it was a snore. Watching it 20 years later it boggles the mind that I didn't recognize and appreciate it for what it is: a rather awesome fast-paced unsentimental thriller with a nervy-nerdy remarkable performance from Tommy Lee Jones at it's center. Would make an interesting double feature with Ted Kotcheff's First Blood.

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  • Detective vs. Sleuths

    Detective vs. Sleuths

    ★★★★★

    I think this movie broke my brain. It's like someone put all of the elements of every rainy-city serial killer/cop melodrama ever made into a blender, cranked the blender to the highest setting, then left the blender on forever. Better than The Batman.

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★★

    Not so much screaming-over-the-top bizarre as fully invested in the stoner-metal mythology that inspires it imagery, and willing to follow that mythology all the way to Valhalla. Which is maybe the same thing? Anyways, I really enjoyed it. Nicholas Cage chews the psychedelic scenery as perhaps no other actor could, and for once a movie is there to meet him and share the kool-aid. Recommended!