michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING

In culture jamming on 03/23/2011 at 8:00 am

TOP PICK – VIDEO GAME

MLB 11 The Show

(Sony)

Get ready for opening day with the world’s best baseball video game. The latest edition of this perennial favorite (for the PlayStation 3 and PSP) adds better detailed training modes, more inclusive online play, and unpredictable weather conditions. It’s just like the real thing, right down to the douchey chains hanging around players’ necks to the unremitting play-by-play chat.

CD/DVD

Billy Joel — Live at Shea Stadium

(Columbia/Legacy)

Joel honors the NYC stadium’s legacy by bringing out Paul McCartney and performing a couple of Beatles songs. But mostly it’s Joel (from a 2008 concert that doubled as a farewell to the venue) rolling through a bunch of his own songs, including tons of older, more obscure ones like “Summer, Highland Falls” and “Miami 2017.” The DVD gives you one last look.

DVD

Last Tango in Paris: Uncut Version

(MGM)

Before No Strings Attached, Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1972 movie (making its Blu-ray debut) took on the whole friends-with-benefits thing. Marlon Brando goes to Paris after his wife’s suicide, gets naked, and spends a lot of time humping Maria Schneider. This “Uncut Version” includes longer, and more intense, sex scenes. You’ll never look at butter the same way again.

LP

X: More Fun in the New World

(Porterhouse)

The latest vinyl-only reissue, from the same label that re-released two other great X albums in the past year, nails the crisp sound of the punk band’s 1983 record. It’s their most polished work, and their most tuneful: “The New World” is almost pop. X’s fourth album is also their most American, surveying roots music via their style of galloping, swashbuckling punk.

DVD

Yi Yi

(Criterion)

This sprawling film from 2000 – directed by the late Edward Yang – chronicles one Taiwanese family over a year. There’s love, life, infidelities, ruminations on art, and, finally, death (the movie ends with a funeral). It’s epic filmmaking – sad, funny, inspiring, and stunning. The Blu-ray debut includes commentary and a look at the New Taiwan Cinema movement.

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