Ben Harper

Ben Harper

Film loving father who had wannabe dreams of directing once. I have passionate opinions on most things but especially for film. I love to watch. I love to write.

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Ben Harper

Great Article/list. Nice one!

12 Great Films by Older Filmmakers
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By the end of these episodes, Walt cannot be liked, favoured, supported, empathized or even sympathized with. If we do in any way, the creators have failed, and I think from the opening clip of Walt “and the machine gun” at the start of ‘Live Free or Die’ there is no chance of him redeeming himself. What they have achieved with Walt’s arc from a guy you root for, to a guy you despise and potential evil is the true work of genius. If anything, Jesse deserves to have his revenge against Walt. Without Jesse even realising it, Walt has taken everything he ever loved away from him.

I think a lot of people who don’t really appreciate the show probably cannot see what Vince and Cranston (and the writers) have done. It’s ground breaking stuff, and like most truly amazing narratives, it’s the subtly that make sit so good. Nice article btw!

Why Breaking Bad has Been a Success so far
Ben Harper

Interesting list. At first the choice of Jack Sparrow as NO.1 seems a bit ludicrous given how good an actor Depp used to be, but a good justification for it. Pity he has milked the character to the max with FOUR films !

Nice to see his essay of Hunter/Raoul Duke get up so high. I think it is a superb re-creation of the man as opposed to an impression. Probably would have put Joe Pistone and Willy Wonka much further down personally, but good work.

Johnny Depp’s Best Roles: ‘Fugget-aboutit’ to ‘Savvy’
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It’s not made for everybody just like every other blockbuster. What I found unique about it was such a thing wouldn’t have been touched with a barge pole for a summer blockbuster not that long; the only reason Transformers got made was because Bay came aboard. That was my initial point. Yes this is not up to GDT’s best work but it was never going to be. GDT has given himself up as a bit of a director for hire with PR whether he likes it or not. He has always been fairly inconsistent if the we want to be honest.

It worked for me because he delivers where it counts and his design and set piece choreography come from a true love of Mecha and Kaiju films. If Bay or Roland Emmerich made this it would have really suffered – in the details. Picking apart the plot holes is fine if you want too but I don’t see the point. Entertainment factor goes a long way to ranking the final product to me and what I tried to explain in my review was if YOU want a $200 million live action anime epic, you MUST except it’s not there to please just you and the director. I don’t think this film insulted anyone’s intelligence or offend anybody, so I basically accept plot holes and appreciate what it does do well.

Pacific Rim Review: Del Toro's ode to all things Mecha, Monster and Massive
Ben Harper

Not sure if I agree with your actual list completely, but I do like your article, man. Great idea for one to begin with and written with a great tone sense of humour. Nice one.

10 Movies that Make Us Feel Like We Haven't Accomplished Anything in Life
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Nice article, Louise, but count me in as another who feels the absence of any George Romero films a bit surprising/disappointing. World War Z would have never even been written if it wasn’t for his work.

Besides that, the film itself looks interesting, though I feel it may be a clumsy final product, much like ‘War of The Worlds’ (remake) or ‘I Am Legend’; great potential with excellent beginnings, only to be undone and become overall mediocre via confusion of trying to be unique but remain a broad appeal, tent pole blockbuster. Something that is VERY hard to achieve, even for a genre film.

10 Zombie Films To Watch Before Seeing 'World War Z'
Ben Harper

I have read that he is obnoxious and somewhat arrogant, but so are a lot of people, famous or not. Great film makers won’t always have a Romero or Scorsese personality.

The Master Review: The film of 2012 and P.T Anderson's next exhibit on providing what the best American cinema can be.
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Thanks Anna. Boogie Nights will always be my favourite PTA film; Funny, dramatic. One of those films that feels like I’m hanging out with friends when I watch it. There Will Be Blood I think is his grandest and best film so far however. A powerhouse on so many levels. I think “I’m finished” should go down as one of the greatest line lines ever! The Master doesn’t quite reach that level, but is still in the same league.

The Master Review: The film of 2012 and P.T Anderson's next exhibit on providing what the best American cinema can be.