Ben Trout

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

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  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★½

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

    I was initially pretty put off that everyone’s life fell apart and not one of these “academics” produced their research or cried “In the name of Psychology!” Totally redeemed by the ending where it is revealed that nothing is really cause and effect so much as it’s a randomly assigned flush of the plus and negative columns, with Mikkelson seemingly reverting to a slightly better self, celebrating his wife’s re-assessment of their marriage by dancing jazz ballet, hammered, with his…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★½

    Zhao fills every exterior frame with empty, interior frame with full, and succeeds in making humans seem small, and van life pure. McDormand feels like a clutch choice here as Fern – it’s a role she could play in her sleep – but with her vulnerability long since bent and twisted every which way onscreen, she finds a delightfully guarded “off”, a vein of (as her sister says) eccentricity and present-minded effort. It’s a great performance, another of her really…

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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.