Benjamin Clarke

Benjamin Clarke

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

Switched to full-star ratings.

Favorite films

  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Batman Returns
  • Eyes Wide Shut

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  • Mandy

    ★★★★★

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★★

  • Bad Trip

    ★★★

  • Marnie

    ★★★

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    (70mm)

    Right out the gate, Licorice Pizza earns its place alongside meandering, slice-of-life masterpieces like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and the Before Trilogy, unfolding as an episodic tale of a fidgety, budding young romance and other endless delights (including but not limited to: awkward casting calls, the waterbed business, an atheist attending Shabbat, sudden inquiries about penis size, and a hilariously nerve-wracking incident involving a truck running on empty). It's exactly the kind of groovy, adorable, freewheeling picture…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★

    An interesting companion piece to Pablo Larraín’s Jackie as a psychological drama detailing the mental gymnastics endured by a beautiful woman of mythic status. Much of its successes lie in Larraín’s passion for the most intimate and specific gestures (i.e. Diana tearing sewn curtains open like a binding corset), and, most apparently, the strength of its cast, led by Kristen Stewart putting in major overtime. Everyone on both sides of the camera does well to impart the stress and unwavering…

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  • 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…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★

    "I had a vision of a world without Batman... and it was so boring." - The Dark Knight

    On the surface, Joker has a lot more going for it compared to its big-budget peers. It's shot with a distinctive color palette, an excellent use of light and shadow, and crafted with the kind of precision seen in films that are unburdened by thousands and thousands of visual effects. It also borrows (quite deliberately) from like-minded psychodramas, namely Martin Scorsese's Taxi…