Ben Lott

Ben Lott

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I'm interested in escapism in my movies. You'll see a lot of sci-fi and action films in my list of favorites. I tend to hate the artsy-fartsy nonsense…

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  • Vanishing Point

    Vanishing Point

    ★★

    There isn’t much story to Vanishing Point. It’s a movie about a guy who is delivering a car 3 states away and he’s determined to get it there on time, despite the fact that police are trying to chase him down for reckless driving. The way he puts so many lives at risk doesn’t exactly make him endearing for me, even though they always make a point of showing that he hasn’t actually hurt anyone. There are some interesting elements…

  • Rounders

    Rounders

    ★★★

    I remember back in the 1990s when Texas Hold ‘Em Poker reached its pinnacle of popularity. I was even sucked into watching some matches on TV because I was fascinated by the way the professionals could manipulate a table of opponents and win big. Rounders was probably made when all this was big news, to capitalize on the craze. I think the first problem with the movie was that, despite the popularity of the game at the time, they felt…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ½

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

    I can’t do it. I can’t pretend to be one of the film intelligentsia who talk about the genius of Tarkovsky, and all the deep meaning behind his work. In my opinion, Stalker is artsy-fartsy nonsense. For one thing it moves at a pace that will rival paint drying. It’s as if the film is just daring you to fall asleep (which I did 3 times before I ever made it through this thing.) And, let’s be clear, it’s not…

  • Quigley Down Under

    Quigley Down Under

    ★★★★

    I'm pretty sure that if you ever asked me in my younger years if I liked Westerns I would have said "no way." However when it comes to films like Quigley Down Under I realize my Dad was indoctrinating me from a young age to like Westerns anyways. This is one of the films that he had me watch and I still like it to this day. What sets this one apart from others in the genre is that they…