Ben Travers is an awards season analyst and prognosticator with a devout interest in all things film & TV. Mr. Travers lives in Los Angeles as an experienced writer and filmmaker with an extensive portfolio of coverage, including thorough reporting on the Academy Awards, weekly box office reports, and more reviews written than will ever be read. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa with degrees in both journalism and cinema.
Friday, September 24 2010
Until 2004, Oliver Stone could never be accused of shying away from anything. Once he did, the critics pounced.
Sunday, August 30 2009
Madeleine Martin reflects on a season of Californication that saw her character, Becca Moody, play an essential part in Hank’s slow transition to adulthood.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
This substantial documentary displays the genre at its most vital: telling a story for a subject incapable of voicing complaint.
Monday, December 2 2013
The heart is in the right place even if the head isn't for Springsteen and I, a "fan-made" homage to the Boss for... who, exactly?
Monday, November 18 2013
Amanda Seyfriend conveys Linda’s blunt, emotional thought process without judgement and is excellent at acting badly. That’s no jab. Acting like a bad actor is no easy feat
Wednesday, October 16 2013
The audience serves as a sounding board for every batshit crazy idea ever thought by anyone who ever thought them.
Tuesday, October 8 2013
Switching genres isn't the cure for the third Hangover, an action film thinking it's a comedy while missing on both fronts.
Friday, October 25 2013
Before we get all caught up in the onslaught of fall films, we should take a few moments to do what the Academy (usually) doesn't: remember the first nine months of the year.
Tuesday, May 7 2013
Some classics are timeless solely for their quality, but The Great Gatsby carries remarkable relevancy for today's audiences. Can Baz Luhrmann make a film worthy of the great Gatsby name?
Thursday, May 2 2013
The family name has long synonymous with independent filmmaking and cinephilia, and now another Cassavetes takes their place behind the camera...
Wednesday, April 17 2013
On the occasion of his newest film, IFC's The Angels' Share, Statuesque highlights some of iconic UK director Ken Loach's best and brightest contributions to cinema. Today Statuesque revisits My Name Is Joe.
Wednesday, April 17 2013
On the occasion of his newest film, IFC's The Angels' Share, Statuesque highlights some of iconic UK director Ken Loach's best and brightest contributions to cinema. Today Statuesque looks back at Cannes-winner The Wind That Shakes the Barley...