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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'.

GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995): I Believe In Miracles

1995's Ghost in the Shell creates a prescient vision of a connected world that functions as both as character study & social commentary.

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A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY: Fear And The Future

Revisiting Edward Yang's A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY, a complex and emotional film that explores the past and the present in its 4 hour runtime.

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THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT: Where We Meet Music

La La Land was one of last year's big hits, and if you've read much about it, you've probably heard Jacques Demy cited as an influence.

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TONI ERDMANN: Snap Or Stretch

Despite its length, Toni Erdmann succeeds because of the character study at its core, and also contains one of the best scenes of the

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An Interview With Kirsten Johnson, Director Of CAMERAPERSON

Cameraperson interweaves many distinct stories brought to the screen by Kirsten Johnson; it is an unwavering work and truly worth your time.

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MISS HOKUSAI: Images Of An Artist

Miss Hokusai is based on the Japanese manga, and through a series of montages, it tells a powerful story of the struggles of an

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DAGUERROTYPE: A Clinical History

When the title card appears in Daguerrotype, it announces the film as "Le secret de le chambre noire". That title reflects the film's goals as a dark, foreboding

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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

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HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE: The Balmy Wild

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

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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

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