Benjamin Clarke

The secret to a happy moviegoing life is loving David Lynch and Michael Bay at the same time.

Favorite films

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Lion King
  • Moonlight

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  • Swiss Army Man

    ★★★★★

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    ★★★★★

  • Bones and All

    ★★★

  • The Menu

    ★★★

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  • Skinamarink

    Skinamarink

    ★★★★★

    Threw my laptop out of my lap three times and squinted my eyes in terror during the final shot.

    Genuinely feels like the beginning of a new movement in Horror, one that will do away with simply making nightmarish films and go straight for creating actual nightmares. Give this a midnight run like Eraserhead and I guarantee it'll make waves.

    The scariest film in a very, very long time.

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★★

    Did not expect to walk out of this thinking "Bro he just like me for real."

    Yeah, this was a lot. Can't really write about this one traditionally without dissolving into hyperbole because holy cow there just isn't quantifying a talent like Steven Spielberg. Only he could make what could've been another misty-eyed tribute to childhood and image-making feel so genuinely magical without being even a little saccharine. It begins as a high budget home video, but slowly evolves into…

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  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    ★★★★★

    “If you don’t know Jurassic Park, you don’t know shit.”

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    ★★★★★

    "I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life that you're proud of. And if you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again."

    Literally the best movie ever made.

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    I’ve recently come across a few negative takes on this, which all seem to stem from the perspective that this is little more than a neoliberal, nice-core coddle; a pop art lullaby that assures us that, even in a world of infinite possibility and beauty, the life we live is all we’ve got, and that we must make the best of whatever messes it leaves for us to deal with. While I do sympathize and somewhat agree with the worldview…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★★

    Better critics have already summed up how you are probably going to feel about “mother!”, so it would be foolish of me to make a broken record out of the buzz. However, there is something to be said for the consensus, that this polarized reaction is one of the many reasons why Darren Aronofsky’s new film is kind of a big deal. Wait, no…not kind of big; it’s monstrous. The whole thing behaves like a wild animal bursting from its…