Ben Travers

Ben Travers

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TV Critic at IndieWire 

"Because 'livin's' a verb."

Favorite films

  • The Godfather
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Moulin Rouge!
  • Babe

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  • No Sudden Move

    ★★★★

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    ½

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★

  • Zola

    ★★

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  • No Sudden Move

    No Sudden Move

    ★★★★

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

    Watching this the same weekend “Space Jam 2” came out is like seeing a bonus heist, after the credits roll.

    So Don Cheadle is Soderbergh/the audience, and Matt Damon is WarnerMedia? (Or Jon Hamm is HBO Max, and Matt Damon is WarnerMedia? Either way, Benecio del Toro is just having a great time.)

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Even the courtside Warner Bros. “fans” — the white walkers, the flying monkey, Agent Smith — looked like shit. Hollywood Blvd. buskers dress better than these clowns.

    And come on: This is a feature-length ad for all WB IP — they know it, we know it, no one is hiding it — but they don’t even spend the time to make the characters they’re promoting look good?!! That’s bad advertising! Not only did they fail to make a passable movie, they failed to make a decent commercial.

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  • The Nest

    The Nest

    ★★★★½

    Both a gorgeous study of marriage at a crisis point and an enlivening evisceration of the institution's sexist standards in society, "The Nest" is meticulously made, brilliantly acted, and rich with subtext. Jude Law's ferocious ego is hysterical. Carrie Coon inhales cigarettes and coffee, often in the same breath, then exhales a perfect "fuck you" to the patriarchy. What a gem. I would watch 10 hours of this.

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★

    A unique experience in two areas, one technically remarkable while the other frustratingly plain, "Boyhood" is a marvel in its innovative shoot. Richard Linklater's patient deliberation on time is something to ponder and discuss long after the film (finally) ends, but the proxy characters he creates are so maddeningly plain and predictable an emotional attachment can only be found when reflecting on oneself. The boy and his family don't bring the film to life -- you do (the viewer). Does that make it worth watching? Yes. But does it make "Boyhood" superior to films with more personality, and thus true originality ? No, it does not.