∞ Ben(ch)

"when the image is new, the world is new"

Favorite films

  • Mind Game
  • Pulse
  • Certain Women
  • Mon oncle Antoine

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  • Pig

    ★★★½

  • Dead Man

    ★★★½

  • Minority Report

    ★★★★

  • Angel Face

    ★★★

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  • Zola

    Zola

    ★★★★½

    Mirrors, violent men, Tampa/Detroit, deformed dicks and dumb shit. The more I think about Zola the more brilliant--and horrifying, genuinely assaulting--it becomes. If Martin Rev was one of the first musicians to transform the analog drum-machine into an instrument all to its own (divorced from Church ceremonies, lounges, 'real' drums), then Janicza Bravo has accomplished the same transformation of the humble tweet. What emerges from Aziah King's "script" (using scare-quotes here cuz' I am actually struggling to categorize how this…

  • Earwig and the Witch

    Earwig and the Witch

    Dreadful stuff. Sadly, EatW has the misfortune of being the single worst film I've had the displeasure to see in 2021, ranking even lower than any of Goro's previous additions to the Ghibli cannon. Although my heart goes out to Miyazaki the 2nd and his team (for what I have read was a troubled pre- and post-production) there's so little here on a formal level to speak kindly of. Visuals look like a cut-scene for a mobile game from PixelOpus…

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★

    Lost on me, utterly. I think I’m more than a little heartbroken here too, hoping against hope that whatever naïve—& novel, goofy, brilliant, bonkers—grandeur the original trilogy contained would return to us now in full swing. Yet this just feels insecure. Inert. Of course, I empathize deeply with Lana and the trials she and her sister have had to endure, acknowledging full-well how the legacy of their art has been abused by an alt-right echochamber, overrun with red-pill propaganda and…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    "Witness me."

    Cinema of unbridled momentum and diesel fumes. MM;FR is a movie firing so furiously on all cylinders it almost seems redundant now to mention any one of its greatest attributes save to remind whoever's reading that it is, indeed, one damn fine piece of art. But a few more words of praise can't hurt, can they? Let's just say that Miller's latest addition to the Madverse is a case-in-point of 'kinetic' media--revelling in a purely idiosyncratic sense of…