michael gallucci


In culture jamming on 12/29/2011 at 8:00 am


Design for Living


Ernst Lubitsch’s pre-code comedy makes its Blu-ray debut, and it’s still as funny and spicy as it was in 1933. Three Americans in Paris (Fredric March, Gary Cooper, and Miriam Hopkins) enter an open relationship that gets bumpy once the woman in the middle must choose between a playwright and a painter. Extras include a 1964 British TV version, introduced by the story’s writer, Noel Coward.


Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

(Namco Bandai)

It’s more or less Call of Duty in the sky, but we’re not complaining. The latest outing in this air-combat series (for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) is one of the best, even though it looks and plays a whole lot like the other games. The story here doesn’t matter much. What counts are the fleet of jets, planes, and fighters at your disposal for dogfights. Best of all, you now can control helicopters!


It’s So Easy (And Other Lies)


Like everyone else in Guns N’ Roses, Duff McKagan is kind of an asshole. But in this memoir he comes clean (and sober) about his boorish behavior, most of which involves drugs, women, or a combination of them. McKagan’s story includes an exploding pancreas, supermodels, and a mean chicken dish that the former GNR bassist can whip up. By the end of the book, he even halfway redeems himself.


The Smurfs


This CGI/live action update on the tiny blue Belgian mushroom-dwellers isn’t as fun as The Muppets, but it’s way better than most movies aimed at sugar-fueled kids and nostalgic adults. The story takes place in New York, where a handful of Smurfs (including ones voiced by Katy Perry and George Lopez) accidentally end up. The little blue dudes look great in HD.



Some Girls Live in Texas 1978

(Eagle Rock)

You already bought the excellent deluxe edition of the Rolling Stones’ last great album that came out last month, right? Now it’s time to check out this companion Blu-ray and DVD, which compile 17 songs from the band’s stop in Fort Worth that year. The set is a mix of oldies (“Honky Tonk Women,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”) and Some Girls‘ best tracks. And like on the record, the band sounds revitalized here.


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