Ben Rowland

Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (37 of 44)
Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
Birthday: Sept. 7
In My Own Words:
Opinionated reviewer of music, games, books, and whatever else I decide to blow money on.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 239,707 - Total Helpful Votes: 37 of 44
A Grand Don't Come for Free ~ The Streets
I approached "A Grand Don't Come For Free" without expecting it to be another "Original Pirate Material". To be honest, I liked the grooves and sardonic British approach to the lyrics, but I never gelled with the album as much as others did. This new album is better, in that it is more simplistic in the production, making the lyrics the main attraction. For diehard fans of the first album, this might be a turnoff (judging by the other reviews on Amazon, it is for some).
The lyrical content is largely based on human concerns, seeming to follow the daily trials of Mike Skinner (I imagine before he was famous). Songs like "Could well be in" and "Wouldn't have it any other way" deal with… Read more
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2-DVD Set) [Import] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jessica Biel
2.0 out of 5 stars Chainsaw redux., May 17 2004
My attitude towards horror remakes is probably more generous than most. For every piece of garbage (the countless "Dracula" remakes spring to mind), that are a few good ones ("Night of the Living Dead 1990" and the new "Dawn of the Dead"). The remake of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" falls somewhere in the middle, being a mediocre movie, but nothing that would make me waive my finger at the producers, lambasting them for even thinking about remaking such a good movie. Among many longtime horror fans, I am probably one of the few who didn't.
While the remake is very patchy, it remains faithful to the original in both story and setting. Set in 1973,… Read more
3.0 out of 5 stars A good character drama, but nothing special., March 7 2004
There are some movies where the story, background, and other important devices are totally superfluous, and the only focal point is the characters. "Lost in Translation" is just such a movie. It would probably have worked just as well as a stage play, considering that the movie is basically about two characters. While the praise and Oscar nods may have raised my expectations, I found this movie to be average and insubstantial, but with good performances that elevate it from the status of a fluff piece.
Bill Murray plays perhaps his best performance as Bob Harris, a middle-aged actor who has past his prime, no longer happy in his marriage, and doing a whisky advertisement in Tokyo… Read more

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