Ben McDonald

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Favorite films

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Thief
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • The Atomic Cafe

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  • Tenet

    ★★★★★

  • Déjà Vu

    ★★★★★

  • Rear Window

    ★★★★★

  • Grounded II: Making The Last of Us Part II

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  • The Curse

    The Curse

    ★★★★

    "Why did you do that?"

  • Beau Is Afraid

    Beau Is Afraid

    ★★★★

    I didn't particularly love this when I first saw it but for better or worse I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since.

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  • As Above, So Below

    As Above, So Below

    ★★

    Turns out the real philosopher's stone was the friends we made along the way.

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

    There's a moment in Taxi Driver when Travis Bickle is balancing his TV set with his foot. There's a light tension in the air as it oscillates back and forth between the force of his foot and gravity. Ultimately it falls over, and its assured destruction is perhaps the film's most obvious parallel to Travis's own downward spiral. Teetering on the edge in his own mental illness and isolation, Travis is very much that TV set.