Ben McEachen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Biography:
Ben loves movies. Not in an unnatural way, but he’s been a big fan of the big screen since he was a wee lad. Former street press writer (Rip It Up and Onion magazines, Adelaide) and sub-editor Ben broke into film writing by being the first film editor at South Australia’s The Advertiser newspaper. Four years of reviewing, interviewing and breathing film led to his becoming editor of Empire Online, Empire magazine’s website. He has contributed articles to the Sunday Mail in SA, and FHM magazine, and has weekly radio spots including The Edge FM Sydney and 2CC Canberra. He has also been a film commentator for 5AA in Adelaide, ABC Radio National, and JJJ. Ben has been a selection judge for the Shorts Film Festival, and SA Short Screen Awards.
Publications:
Daily Telegraph (Australia) , Empire Magazine Australasia , Sunday Mail (Australia) , Sunday Times (Australia)
Total Reviews:
74
Location:
Sydney, Australia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5 83% The Snowtown Murders (2012) " It's almost impossible to describe how distressing, intense and finely crafted this undeniably controversial drama is. Proceed with caution. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Jul 4, 2011
4 84% Get Low (2010) " Highly unusual drama - with black comedy elements - which allows Duvall to showcase his refined skills." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Jul 4, 2011
4 36% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) " Cinemas, quake in fear! Michael Bay has conceived yet another screen-smashing spectacle which sets the bar even higher for what blockbuster action can provide. Ignore all the annoying cliches and stupid bits - and just get some big-budget exhiliration." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Jul 4, 2011
2 84% The Tree of Life (2011) " Apart from a middle section which reveals moments of clarity and actual emotion, this is a bloated, self-indulgent bore of fine imagery. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Jul 4, 2011
3/5 55% The Conspirator (2011) " A solid historical drama that carries a few too many political messages." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2011
3 88% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) " A film about people discussing people, which attempts to do something different? Believe it - or not. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Mar 25, 2011
4 67% The Company Men (2011) " Takes an unpopular group - upper management! - and humanises their involvement in screwing the world. Quite the achievement, really. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Mar 25, 2011
4/5 87% Blue Valentine (2010) " Not first-date material, this sombre portrait of failed dreams is buoyed by excellent leads and a yearning heart." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Dec 27, 2010
5/5 94% The King's Speech (2010) " With the calendar almost closed, the best mature drama of 2010 arrives. Firth and Rush are majestic, as is Hooper's handling of touching history." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Dec 22, 2010
5 97% GasLand (2010) " Virtually guarenteed to make your blood boil, debut documentariab Fox's remarkably likeable investigation pours forth a persuasive call-to-arms." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Dec 6, 2010
4 79% Fair Game (2010) " Watts and Penn work their magic, as Liman avoids Bush bashing, to present well argued and personable "intel"." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Dec 5, 2010
3 52% Devil (2010) " Entertaining, spirited mystery which mercifully avoids the grisly path, but loses its way in simplified sermons." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Dec 5, 2010
3 49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) " A spirited and visually resplendent fantasy adventure that is let down by it's youthful cast. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Dec 5, 2010
2 38% The City of Your Final Destination (2010) " Looks like a Merchant Ivory movie. Bores like a lesser one, too." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Oct 15, 2010
2 0% Sagan (2008) " Glum, grey portrait of an unhappy life." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Oct 4, 2010
3 55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) " The time is right for the return of Gordon Gekko, but making him a sidekick in a convoluted revenge plot, loaded with GFC history and allusions, stifles his totemic comeback. Less might well have been more, Mr Stone. " — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Sep 21, 2010
3 81% Despicable Me (2010) " Trying to turn bad into good-bad results in wonky entertainment." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Sep 21, 2010
1/5 —— Second Hand Wedding " This tragic effort at a homegrown comedy delivers second hand laughs." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Jul 27, 2010
1/5 50% Second Hand Wedding (2008) " This tragic effort at a homegrown comedy delivers second hand laughs." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Jul 27, 2010
2.5/5 66% The Karate Kid (2010) " The new Karate Kid runs with the original's underdog structure, mixed with on-screen fights and words of wisdom, but major changes rip the heart out of what was a touching coming-of-age journey anyone could relate to." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jul 6, 2010
5/5 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) " The pain of goodbye is beautifully balanced by the trademark excellence of the Toy Story series. A fantastic way to go out." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Jun 26, 2010
4/5 84% Rocket Science (2007) " Well worth the wait, Rocket Science is a winning coming of age comedy with a difference." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Jun 16, 2010
2/5 73% Get Him to the Greek (2010) " It must try all manner of bizarre/obscene/silly things to sustain itself beyond stating the obvious about celebrity excess." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 14, 2010
3/5 58% Shrek Forever After (2010) " All in all, it's not the spectacular send-off Shrek deserves but, as a way to get out, it's not too shabby either. " — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 14, 2010
5/5 47% The A-Team (2010) " If you have a problem and no one else can help, you must see The A-Team. Action excellence guaranteed." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Jun 9, 2010
2/5 36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) " Prince of Persia largely avoids action blasts and trudges through dull episodes. Not exactly a princely start to an aspiring franchise." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted May 25, 2010
3/5 77% StreetDance 3D (2013) " Foot tapping fun that makes the most of the third dimension." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted May 24, 2010
2/5 30% The Kings of Mykonos " Fully sick -- only if you are a Wog Boy fan. Yes, we do blame you." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted May 18, 2010
2.5/4 43% Robin Hood (2010) " Learning what made Hood is well and good, but couldn't that have taken 30 minutes, with the rest of the movie being about a wanted philanthropic criminal?" — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted May 17, 2010
2/5 35% New York, I Love You (2009) " As a whole, this movie is a mediocre postcard you keep hoping will become the enthralling slide show it thinks it is." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted May 10, 2010
73% Iron Man 2 (2010) " Iron Man 2 injects more heroes and villains without losing sight of what made its predecessor a surprise smash hit in 2008." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted May 3, 2010
54% I Love You Too (2010) " Humorous, charming and quaint, I Love You Too has the goods to earn more than just patriotic affection." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted May 3, 2010
52% Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010) " This presentation of two artists pursuing passion without concern for social or marital rules becomes a well-groomed melodrama that deflates interest by closely guarding the feelings of those involved." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Apr 19, 2010
48% The Book of Eli (2010) " Washington is always watchable and will hold your gaze during a highly ambitious but ultimately wonky attempt to inject spiritual depth into the blockbuster flock." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Apr 19, 2010
28% Clash of the Titans (2010) " Where's the excitement, thrills and dizzying nonsense promised by its rockin' trailers?" — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Apr 19, 2010
3.5/5 71% The Last Station (2010) " This handsome, well-tuned adaptation of Jay Parini's Tolstoy biography avoids being a dour subtitled slog by its strong casting, layered contrasts of love and duty, and admirable air of enthusiasm." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Apr 8, 2010
76% Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) " Thompson's poise and charm always keep her supernanny away from being a poor Poppins clone." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Apr 1, 2010
74% Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010) " Micmacs is Jeunet in every way -- except the daffy if slim story of Bazil (French comedy king Dany Boon) isn't as rich or memorable as past Jeunet efforts." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Apr 1, 2010
98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) " Dragon burns to satisfy a broad audience with a searing blend of rollercoaster action, winning comedy and actual emotion." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Mar 25, 2010
13% The Bounty Hunter (2010) " The woeful shell of a romantic comedy, a motionless movie which shows no attempt to do anything but point a camera at shapely Aniston." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Mar 25, 2010
4/5 34% The Wolfman (2010) " Despite massive production troubles including key personnel changes, elaborate CGI and substantial reshoots, this long-delayed update of a classic 1940s monster movie finally hits screens with an exuberant roar." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Feb 15, 2010
4.5/5 69% Shutter Island (2010) " While Scorsese overcooks the final stages of explanation and recollecting critical events, it doesn't alter how grand a job he has done of covering tracks. Excellent." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Feb 15, 2010
4/5 91% Crazy Heart (2009) " Jeff Bridges' consuming, complete performance ranks among the finest works of his considerable career." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Feb 15, 2010
4/5 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) " With politics and philosophy largely absent from James's tour of extreme duty, it settles into a somewhat comforting pattern of danger and mild relief, which can diffuse the knots in your stomach." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Feb 15, 2010
3.5/5 49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) " Whether audiences will get behind The Lightning Thief is hard to predict. Overall, it's an entertaining introduction to a promising new world -- but will the consuming shadow of Potter be too big to break free of?" — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Feb 9, 2010
2/5 18% Valentine's Day (2010) " Valentine's Day is like a box of fancy chocolates from a secret admirer. Intentions may be genuine, but knowing nothing about the other party kills off meaning or a reason to care." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Feb 9, 2010
3.5/5 91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) " Such an overtly dramatic movie always runs the risk of being overrated and Precious isn't the life-changing outing it has been declared to be. But it's also very difficult to shake off." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Feb 1, 2010
4.5/5 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) " Gibson remains as rough and tough as ever, yet his older figure and stern demeanour provide a personable core to what could have spiralled out into a violence frenzy or incomprehensible whodunit." — Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Feb 1, 2010
4.5/5 75% The Road (2009) " A bleak, depressing odyssey you can firmly admire and marvel at, even as it rips your heart out." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Jan 26, 2010
3.5/5 37% Nine (2009) " Nine is bold enough to embrace Fellini's self-defeating smirk about movies being "dead" as soon as they leave their creator's mind." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Jan 17, 2010
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