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Ben Travers
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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.


Features

Friday, September 24 2010

The Fall of the Oliver Stone Empire: A Director and His Critics

Until 2004, Oliver Stone could never be accused of shying away from anything. Once he did, the critics pounced.


Sunday, August 30 2009

Californication's Note-perfect Becca

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.


Reviews

Thursday, November 13 2014

Melissa McCarthy Leads an All-Star Cast to Its Doom in 'Tammy'

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.


Wednesday, September 3 2014

'Blended': Sandler's Still Searching for His Sweet Spot

Reuniting Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore can't spark the magic long lost from the former comedian's flailing career.


Wednesday, April 30 2014

'Grudge Match' Proves It Ain't Over for De Niro or Stallone

Three decades later, Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are still the stars they were at 35, and it's their efforts that carry Grudge Match over the top.


Wednesday, April 2 2014

How Did 'Frozen' Become so Popular?

Now the highest grossing animated film in history, there's no denying a certain appeal to Disney's Frozen. That doesn't make it a quality film, though.


Tuesday, January 7 2014

It's the Same Ol' Jack Ryan, and I Guess That's OK

This new box set of all four Jack Ryan films features proves it's hard to resist everyone's favorite CIA analyst turned field agent.


'Flipped' Off [4.Jan.11]
Brothers [24.Mar.10]
Howards End [9.Mar.10]
Black Dynamite [24.Feb.10]
Hard Rain [22.Feb.10]
The Running Man [17.Feb.10]
The Phantom [14.Feb.10]
The Mask of Zorro [17.Jan.10]
Gimme Shelter [13.Jan.10]
Imagine That [7.Dec.09]
My Life in Ruins [1.Dec.09]
Rudo y Cursi [7.Sep.09]
Sunshine Cleaning [23.Aug.09]
The Soloist [12.Aug.09]
For All Mankind [28.Jul.09]

Blogs

Friday, October 25 2013

Hidden Gems from the First Half of 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

Five Reasons Remaking 'The Great Gatsby' in 2013 Was a Great Idea

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

Love Bites: An Interview with 'Kiss of the Damned' Director Xan Cassavetes

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

Director Spotlight: Ken Loach: My Name Is Joe

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

Director Spotlight: Ken Loach: The Wind That Shakes the Barley

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...


The Rise and Fall of the Precursors (Statuesque) [8.Feb.13]
'The Sessions' Dilemma (Statuesque) [16.Jan.13]
No Love for a 'Dark Knight' Yet Again (Statuesque) [16.Jan.13]
Best Picture Power Rankings (Statuesque) [14.Jan.13]
Best Original Screenplay: 'Looper' (Statuesque) [18.Dec.12]
Oscar Odds for November: Best Picture Power Rankings (Short Ends and Leader) [26.Nov.12]
Five for Five: 'Rock of Ages' (Short Ends and Leader) [12.Jun.12]
SXSW Film Festival Day 4: '21 Jump Street' (Notes from the Road) [15.Mar.12]
SXSW Film Festival Day 3: The Streak Continues (Notes from the Road) [14.Mar.12]
SXSW Film Festival Day 2: 'Killer Joe' (Notes from the Road) [13.Mar.12]
In Defense of Terrence Malick (Short Ends and Leader) [22.Feb.12]
The Best of the Rest, 2011 Edition (Short Ends and Leader) [9.Jan.12]
The Five Best Movie Surprises of 2011... So Far (Short Ends and Leader) [13.Oct.11]
The 10 Best Fight Films of All Time (Short Ends and Leader) [13.Sep.11]
10 for '11: The Best Trailers for Upcoming Films (Short Ends and Leader) [8.Aug.11]
Michael Bay and the Five Tricks Up His Sleeve (Short Ends and Leader) [11.Jul.11]
The Top 5 Suspects in AMC's 'The Killing' (Channel Surfing) [3.Jun.11]
Five Reasons to Boycott Home Premium (Channel Surfing) [16.May.11]
Goodbye Michael. Hello Cal? (Short Ends and Leader) [26.Apr.11]
Super Spots or Big Blunders (Short Ends and Leader) [8.Feb.11]
Whatever Simon Says (Short Ends and Leader) [19.Jan.11]
South Park: A Little Box of Butters (Consuming Consumables) [9.Dec.10]
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