Ben Smith [SHELF HEROES]

 
Top Reviewer Ranking: 7,378
Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (126 of 158)
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 7,378 - Total Helpful Votes: 126 of 158
Bullet Ballet [Blu-ray] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Shinya Tsukamoto
Bullet Ballet [Blu-ray] Blu-ray ~ Shinya Tsukamoto
While being photographed in muted monochromatic tones Shinya Tsukamoto’s follow up to the intense Tokyo Fist is no less chaotic and livewire. A jittery handheld camera and relentlessly claustrophobic cinematography plunge us directly into the miserable life of our protagonist Goda (Tsukamoto), an unremarkable jobsworth shaken out of his routine by the unexplained suicide of his longterm girlfriend. Becoming transfixed with the revolver she used to take her life Goda stalks back alleys and internet forums to try and obtain the same gun. He crosses paths with a young street gang who give him frequent beatings and abuse. As indirect revenge for his girlfriend’s death – and to prove his worth –… Read more
Aroused [DVD] [2013] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] <b>DVD</b> ~ Deborah Anderson
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The biggest revelation that comes from Deborah Anderson's dull documentary about female porn stars is that they are `real people' with families and lives. And.... what? She fails even to scratch the surface of the subject, conducting superficial interviews with the actresses (while naked, and softly lit) that provide no insight other than the stock responses they've clearly rattled off hundreds of times before. Completely ignoring the darker truths of a sleazy, damaging industry, Anderson fails to explore porn in any meaningful - or more importantly, interesting - way.

Using the film as basically a promotional tool for her new book, the fashion photographer of the rich and famous… Read more
How To Use Guys With Secret Tips [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Lee Si-Young
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A cute, vibrant explosion of style and colour, this subversive Korean romantic comedy plays around with the genre and is every bit as offbeat and bizarre as the title would suggest. It is centred around the life of Choi Bo-na (Lee Si-young), a hard working 30-year-old assistant director stuck working on commercials. She is continually passed over and demeaned by the men in the industry, with her commitment to work over her appearance winning her no admirers. After being left behind on a shoot the scruffy Bo-Na stumbles across a weird stall selling old VHS self help guides and, after some sharp sales patter, takes home "How to Use Guys with Secret Tips". Despite initial reservations about… Read more