michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING

In culture jamming on 01/12/2012 at 8:00 am

TOP PICK

Looney Tunes Superstars: Pepé Le Pew Collection

(Warner)

Despite his shout-out in that awful Arthur remake, Looney Tunes’ lovestruck French skunk remains one of animation’s most undervalued characters. The 17 shorts on this DVD pretty much play out the same premise – Pepé mistakes a cat for a fellow skunk and spends the next seven minutes wooing her – but Chuck Jones’ indelible style brings a whiff of brilliance to each.

BOOK

Everything Is an Afterthought

(Fantagraphics)

Back when nobody was taking rock & roll seriously, Paul Nelson seriously wrote about it. And when Bob Dylan’s snobby folk fans turned on him after he plugged in, Nelson applauded the change. This bio digs deep into Nelson’s own demons, which mentally crippled him and his writing. Kevin Avery explores the tragedy, but he also reprints some of Nelson’s best work — freewheeling and still influential.

VIDEO

Evil Dead II: 25th Anniversary Edition

(Lionsgate)

Spider-Man director Sam Raimi made his name with a string of low-budget horror movies in the ’80s, and none reflect his DIY ethic better than this classic zombie flick from 1987. It’s inventive as hell and still a touchstone of the genre (The Walking Dead, for one, owes a huge thank-you to the movie). The Blu-ray debut tags on a new documentary that runs longer than the actual feature.

VIDEO GAME

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

(Microsoft)

The classic Halo game celebrates its 10th anniversary with an HD transfer and an upgrade of sorts. The story doesn’t change much, but this isn’t just a cheap revisit for the quick anniversary cash. Lots of new features – including an online co-op, achievements, and revised multiplayer maps – make this one for your Halo library. Best of all, it feels like a brand-new game again.

BOOK

Highschool of the Dead Color Omnibus

(Yen)

This manga series is one of the best around, and not just because it includes zombies. The story – about a bunch of high-school kids fighting off a walking-dead apocalypse – is rich, engaging, and a bloody good time. This hefty collection gathers the first four volumes, which take the time to build both narrative and characters. There’s dread – zombie and other sorts — lurking around every hallway.

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