michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING

In culture jamming on 03/02/2011 at 8:00 am

 

TOP PICK – VIDEO GAME

Mario Super Sports Mix

(Nintendo)

Be sure to play Ninetendo’s latest all-star game for the Wii with some friends. The multiplayer is the best way to enjoy the four games – volleyball, hockey, basketball, and dodgeball – filled with the usual Mushroom Kingdom characters. Basketball is the best, and volleyball has its moments, but we welcome any game where we can throw balls at Yoshi’s fat head.

 

CD

Bright Eyes: The People’s Key

(Saddle Creek)

At first, all the clutter in Bright Eyes’ first album in four years sounds like it’s hiding something. But after a few listens, you realize it’s actually guiding The People’s Key to a moodier, less conventional place than Conor Oberst’s recent solo records. Oberst is still on the spiritual kick he picked up a few years back, but all the electronic hums carry it to higher ground.

CD

Miles Davis: Bitches Brew Live

(Columbia/Legacy)

Jazz legend Davis’ 1970 fusion opus takes the stage in this single-disc set featuring previously unreleased performances. Six tracks come from the Isle of Wright Festival four months after the album’s release. But best are the handful of tracks recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival nine whole months before Bitches Brew came out, including “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down.”

DVD

Mystery Science Theater 3000

(Shout! Factory)

Two classic episodes from the beloved cult show get single-disc reissues. The smartass robots have plenty to say about Beginning of the End, a 1957 movie about giant grasshoppers. But they save the big ammo for The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies, which is way worse than that impossibly long title implies.

DVD

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

(Sony)

It’s no Annie Hall, but it isn’t Celebrity either. Woody Allen’s latest movie (his 837th, we think) stars Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Naomi Watts, and Josh Brolin as couples going through the usual existential marriage stuff found in Allen’s movies. The performances are solid, even if the comedy often falters. At least Woody had the good sense to keep himself out of it.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: