Ben Challoner

East Asian cinema obsessive and host of The Third Window Films Podcast 🤓

Favorite films

  • Fudoh: The New Generation
  • Ritual
  • Tokyo Decadence
  • All About Lily Chou-Chou

Recent activity

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  • Summer Time Machine Blues

    ★★★★

  • Street Mobster

    ★★★½

  • Doberman Cop

    ★★★★

  • Men

    ★★★½

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  • Summer Time Machine Blues

    Summer Time Machine Blues

    ★★★★

    I’m a sucker for Japanese teen comedies set in Summer, and when you add time travel to the mix I’m basically a puddle for it! Plus; this one was written by Makoto Ueda who also wrote BEYOND THE INFINITE TWO MINUTES!!!

    The young cast are all brilliant and the script leans into the comedy so hard! I love how despite the near endless possibilities a time machine offers, the thing these muppets want to do is go back to yesterday…

  • Street Mobster

    Street Mobster

    ★★★½

    Far bleaker than I was expecting, but Bunta being a piece of sleazy shit was an absolute blast! It’s crazy to think he became such an icon of the Yakuza genre so shortly after this. The film has all the Fukasaku ingredients that he became synonymous with, but this is grim stuff!

    Once again Kinji puts a surprising amount of energy into the relationship between the central character & his mistreated lover. There’s some really interesting & heartfelt moments but there are…

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    Yup! DRIVE MY CAR is a slow, sad, sexy masterpiece! I went in hyped to the rafters and it still managed to exceed my expectations. A supremely complex study of grief and guilt but also a truly heart-rending look at relationships in general. As of now this is my film of the year!

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    I hope you’re all sitting down for this very controversial opinion I’m about to drop.
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    This film is fucking amazing! Positive nihilism at its absolute finest! I can’t fault it. I need to see it again asap!

    I woke up still thinking about them all. The Daniels, the cast, the googly eyes. In terms of creativity of concept and then creativity of execution it is kind of a miracle. A 139 minute box of magic tricks filled with sweet, sugary existential kisses. It was so much to take in 🥹