Ben Challoner

Ben Challoner

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East Asian cinema obsessive and co-host of the upcoming Third Window Films Podcast 🤓

Favorite films

  • Rainy Dog
  • License to Live
  • The Man from Nowhere
  • Shin Godzilla

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  • Wishing Stairs

    ★★★½

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★

  • Memento Mori

    ★★★★½

  • Whispering Corridors

    ★★★★

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  • Wishing Stairs

    Wishing Stairs

    ★★★½

    This one gets a bad rap as it loses a lot of the subtlety & intelligence of the previous two films but I still really enjoy it as a sillier genre exercise. It’s more of an entertaining horror experience than a meaningful one.   

    Whilst the choice to put Jo An in a fat suit and a wig was clearly a bad choice it actually reminded me a lot of Stephen King’s THINNER from back in the day. It is the…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★

    I was dragged kicking and screaming away from my Korean horror happy place to go see this last night with some friends. I think going into it with absolutely zero expectations was the the way to do it as I just left my brain at the door and actually had quite a good time with it. 

    They completely underused Lashana Lynch as the new 007 and Rami Malek was a bit of a punchline of a villain but I thought…

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  • Memento Mori

    Memento Mori

    ★★★★½

    This is my favourite of the WHISPERING CORRIDORS franchise by quite some distance & still one of the most effective & intelligent examples of queer Korean horror cinema I’ve ever seen. It is a sequel that genuinely surpasses the original both in how it explores it’s themes and how it is executed. 

    It doesn’t hold your hand at all through the nonlinear narrative and all the complex relationships so you have to pay close attention, and I love it for that! It…

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation

    ★★★★

    The Invitation is certainly a slow burn but the payoff is pretty immense. A daunting look at loss, stability & moving on in dark, crazy L.A.