Ben Andrews

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21. NY film student. Artist. 

I rate films as individual works of art.

Favorite films

  • Out of the Blue
  • sex, lies, and videotape
  • Lost Highway
  • Eyes Wide Shut

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  • The Last Repair Shop

    ★★★★★

  • The ABCs of Book Banning

    ★★★★★

  • Island in Between

    ★★★½

  • The Barber of Little Rock

    ★★★★½

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  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ★★★★★

    "I think you have to see Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York" twice. I watched it the first time and knew it was a great film and that I had not mastered it. The second time because I needed to. The third time because I will want to. It will open to confused audiences and live indefinitely. A lot of people these days don't even go to a movie once. There are alternatives. It doesn't have to be the movies, but…

  • The Mourning Forest

    The Mourning Forest

    ★★★★★

    The Mourning Forest (Naomi Kawase, 2007) is a meditative and spiritual film following two people leading troubled lives and emotional disconnect traveling across the rich green country of Japan with outstanding lighting work and gracious handheld camerawork. The Japanese traditions are present within precise camera movements and the actor's body language. Other moments feel documentary-esque as the older man and younger woman chase each other in the hills and when the farmers are harvesting their crops and performing other daily…

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  • Oppenheimer

    Oppenheimer

    ★★★★★

    If you get the chance to see Oppenheimer in true IMAX 70mm... DO IT!!!

    Christopher Nolan reiterates more than proves he is the master of big-budget cinema with the latest hit film, OPPENHEIMER (2023).

    Give any other director $100 million to make a film, and nobody's vision will be as true as Nolan's. Oppenheimer is three hours of film, zero seconds of fat. Each scene feeds into the next. Nolan uses the entire IMAX screen to enter deep into the…

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★★

    By putting the events of the Holocaust beneath the backdrop of the life and marriage of German SS officer Rudolf Höss, The Zone of Interest (Jonathan Glazer, 2023) forces us to analyze the atrocities of Auschwitz in the state one may listen to Bach; in absolute frozen silence. Hardly scored with music, the film's atmosphere becomes an everyday ambiance of captive screams and excess smoke from gas chambers assessing the boundary between civilization and hell on earth. Within this horrific zone are the small details hidden in plain sight, bearing as much weight as their magnifications.