Benjamin Yosei

Benjamin Yosei

Top 4 is interchangeable and varies according to what films I consider sacred to me at the respective and particular space and time.

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    "Kill one, only bring more and more like dead explorers
    I put a neat hole in Indiana Jones' fedora
    For that Somali Torah, we lit up the night like Sodom and Gomorrah
    Left out, face forward"

    — Billy Woods, on "Indian Summer" by Armand Hammer & The Alchemist



    The personification of the reduction of the study of precious sites to mere grabby hunts for superfluous treasures, all in the name of Progress and Civilization. Indiana Jones films rarely spend any time…

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    I was just watching the Cosmonaut Quickie for this one and they basically gave this the most centrist and absolutely cowardly review one possibly could extend to a film without saying anything about it, that it's dumb blockbuster fun and nothing more than that, that it "transcends being viewed with a critical mind".



    I am jaded, exhausted and sick of it.



    No, this film does not "transcend criticism". No, you're not boring because you take cinema - or anything -…

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  • The Room

    The Room

    It's fine.

  • Taste of Cherry

    Taste of Cherry

    A work both celestial and unfathomably down-to-earth, grounded in its perspective of cinema, art, life, death and everything in between. An endless fountain of wisdom that gives, gives, gives and asks not for anything in return. This film teaches, nourishes with realism and nurtures with insight. This film knows the ephemeral nature of everything, how limited and finite everything is and how the knowledge of those two things doesn't detract from life but makes it worth living. Hell, this film…