Ben Rasmin

English graduate working as a Bid Writer in sunny Birmingham. Not really in the Black Lodge, just visiting.

Favorite films

  • Taxi Driver
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Pulp Fiction

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  • A Very British Scandal

    ★★★

  • Nightmare Alley

    ★★★

  • Big

    ★★★

  • Belfast

    ★★★★

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  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★

    At first glance, Nightmare Alley isn't your typical Guillermo del Toro film. Sure, it's first act is set amongst the delinquency of the American carnival. But Freaks this ain't. In fact, any supernatural elements are scant as the Mexican auteur opts for an uncharacteristically straight adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham's 1946 novel.

    And yet, as Nightmare Alley's narrative begins to unfurl, it becomes easier to spot the familiar idiosyncrasies that are more prevalent in films such as Pan's Labyrinth and…

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★★★

    Kenneth Branagh’s deeply personal paean to his hometown reminded me of many things. On one hand, it stirred memories of my own childhood – particularly of time spent with my dearly departed grandparents, and the wisdom they would so casually bestow upon me and my brother while looking after us. It also brought back recollections of my formative years at school, of trying (and failing) to improve my Maths and secretly crushing on the pretty girls in class. More sadly,…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    Mulholland Drive is almost certainly the most fervently discussed entry of the Lynchian canon (if you don't agree, just Google the title) and is in many respects his most intriguing piece of work.

    The dystopian 'dreamplace' of modern day Los Angeles provides the backdrop for this tale of one (or is it two?) woman's descent into the bowels of Hollywood. Interpretations of both Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring's characters have differed over the 13 years that have eluded since…

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★★

    Blue Velvet's is arguably David Lynch's most accessible work, though that's not to say it's easy to write about. With Lynch, you take what you can get and it's almost guaranteed that your interpretation will differ greatly from the person nearest to you in the auditorium. That is the great beauty of Lynch's filmography and what makes this director one of the most enduring enigmas of independent cinema.

    With Blue Velvet, Lynch leads us on an unsettling voyage into the…