mastertheben

Part-time artist, part-time cinephile, some-time podcaster, full-time servant of God.

Favorite films

  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • 8½
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Gone with the Wind

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  • U2 - From the Sky Down

    ★★★½

  • Ride, Rise, Roar

    ★★★★

  • Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare

    ★★★★

  • Official Competition

    ★★★★½

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  • U2 - From the Sky Down

    U2 - From the Sky Down

    A doco where U2 get all self-examinationy is a good thing. The quality of the doc matches the quality of the realisation of themselves at that time; good, but coulda been better. I've really gone off their music the last few years and their "behind-the-scenes" stuff is often pretentious and self important, but this one really digs deep and mines what matters.

  • Ride, Rise, Roar

    Ride, Rise, Roar

    B&W doco footage and interviews of the conception, visuals and musicality of the stage show? Yes please! Beautiful flourishes of concert footage featuring full song performance, sometimes with the B&W footage interspersed? Lovely!

    My criticism is very basic for this one: not long enough!

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    I wasn't going to review this, but I thought I'd repost an off-the-cuff Facebook response I made which I'm pretty happy with. Frankly, though, the things mentioned here are all general, not specific, and pretty much apply to all movies I find bad these days (especially modern ones). Oh, and as for thinking "duh, it's a satire!" Guess what? I know it's a satire. And I'm saying it's a BAD satire. There is such thing. Satires have to acknowledge one's…

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★★

    Every now and then I bear witness to a movie that so completely floors me that it's an undeniable psychic/psychological reality that I have been in the presence of something of true value and importance. What saddens me always is that the vast majority of these art experiences are movies that nobody knows about and will never really truly experience.

    Not this time.

    'Zack Snyder's Justice League' wowed me every single second of the way.

    Zack Snyder... the man has…