Ben Trout

I've referred to Astronaut Ice Cream as "Space Food" from a very young age

Favorite films

  • Citizen Kane
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • GoodFellas
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

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  • Westworld

    ★★★

  • The Bitter Stems

    ★★★★

  • The Man From Laramie

    ★★★½

  • The Big Sleep

    ★★★

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  • The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    ★★★

    I should worry when my biggest takeaway from a remake is that, compared to the original, the remake makes almost perfect sense. (Regardless, no one will mistake this adaptation of Chandler's labyrinthine novel for a superior film. Sometimes confusion is better.)

    However, the London locales, with their 70s neat, gentlemanly grime do give the proceedings an alien feel, as if the intention was to be merely Chandleresque, not a direct bloodline. At any rate, Mitchum is a good enough Marlowe,…

  • Night Moves

    Night Moves

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Aside from the personal stuff - Harry's inability to be straight with his wife, who is cheating on him - the strange marriage of stunt work and detective work gave off the odd odor of self-aware cinema, but in the best way. (For instance, at one point Harry tells Paula he's tired of her "ping-pong talk". It's close to the end, but the movie recognizes that "yes and-ing" cleverness with more cleverness eventually just amounts to nothing.) And everybody seems…

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  • Pumpkin

    Pumpkin

    ★★★½

    Or, Character Arc: The Movie. (Okay, the smugness is out of the way). Joking aside, Pumpkin defies something that obvious. It's like an after school special played as satire. It's like a teen flick bathed in the attention to detail and sensibility usually reserved for Merchant and Ivory. It's like Beauty and the Beast with no agenda. It's like a movie Todd Solondz might make if he'd grow the hell up. It's like, surprisingly remarkable.

    What sets Pumpkin so daringly…

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★★

    With every passing year, this film seems more and more special - and more and more rare.