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Ben is a former student of cognitive science who is currently trying to improve his writing style and ability to understand and appreciate films containing unfamiliar perspectives. He tries not to hold films to a strict set of criteria, but does believe that strong movies can change your outlook on the world. His favorite films include Whisper of the Heart, Beau Travail, Blade Runner, and Hellzapoppin'.

THE STORY OF THE LAST CHRYSANTHEMUMS: A Devastating Cycle of Sacrifice

Kenji Mizoguchi’s The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum follows Kikunosuke and Otoku, a young couple in late 19th Century Japan. Kikunosuke is the adopted son


Like much of writer/director Taika Waititi's other work, Hunt for the Wilderpeople finds humor in asking us to laugh at its characters. They all have some

A TOUCH OF ZEN: Cosmic Beauty In Discipline

The new Criterion Collection release of A Touch of Zen includes director King Hu's own notes on the film. In these notes, Hu discusses a conversation he had with a

FAAT KINÉ: Modernity In Motion

The opening sequence of Ousmane Sembene's Faat Kiné shows us the complexity of urban motion in a place where modernity and traditionalism are still somewhat at

Pixar's PIPER: A Sentimental Kind Of Independence

To accompany Pixar's latest underwater road movie, Finding Dory, we have a similarly ocean-themed short. Pixar's Piper started as the brainchild of director Alan Barillaro,