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.
The Fall of the Oliver Stone Empire: A Director and His Critics | 24 Sep 2010 // 12:15 AM
Until 2004, Oliver Stone could never be accused of shying away from anything. Once he did, the critics pounced.
Californication's Note-perfect Becca | 30 Aug 2009 // 3:59 PM
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.
Melissa McCarthy Leads an All-Star Cast to Its Doom in 'Tammy' | 13 Nov 2014 // 8:10 PM
Don't be fooled by the pretty faces: Tammy is as bad as they come, a major flop that fails to show Melissa McCarthy and her cast's true talents.
'Blended': Sandler's Still Searching for His Sweet Spot | 3 Sep 2014 // 12:59 AM
Reuniting Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore can't spark the magic long lost from the former comedian's flailing career.
Hidden Gems from the First Half of 2013 | 25 Oct 2013 // 4:30 AM
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.
Five Reasons Remaking 'The Great Gatsby' in 2013 Was a Great Idea | 7 May 2013 // 12:00 AM
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?