michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING

In culture jamming on 09/13/2012 at 8:00 am

TOP PICK

Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Recordings

(Virgin/EMI)

This massive, 10-CD box set gathers all eight of the groundbreaking band’s albums – from 1972’s self-titled debut to 1982’s milestone Avalon.There’s also a pair of bonus discs loaded with non-album singles, B-sides, and remixes. So yeah, it’s pretty much all the Roxy Music you’ll ever need. Best of all, if you have half a day to take it all in at once, you’ll hear a scrappy glam group become the avatars of lush cool in one sitting.

VIDEO

Bel Ami

(Sony)

Maybe Robert Pattinson needed that messy breakup with his ex to distance himself from the Twilight movies. Like Harry Potter‘s stars, he’s gonna have a hard time selling himself in something else. This period drama is a shaky but admirable start. Pattinson plays a young war vet who climbs his way up Paris’ social chain by hooking up with some of the city’s most influential and richest women, including Uma Thurman.

BOOK

Leonard Maltin’s 2013 Movie Guide

(Plume)

While IMDB and other online resource sites have buried most movie guides, Maltin’s annual doorstop continues to be one of the most exhausting and informative books available. It helps that Maltin tells you what you need to know in less than 150 words: the stars, the directors, the plot, and, most importantly, whether or not a film is worth your time. IMDB has more listings, but this book makes a much better bathroom companion.

MUSIC

Mission of Burma: Unsound

(Fire)

The post-punk pioneers’ comeback continues with this blistering and ferocious set that sounds just as crucial and urgent as their classic early-’80s output. They’re taking more chances these days with crazy rhythms and left-field instruments (horns?), which only add to the feeling that things could collapse at any second. But they hold it all together with the same unblinking rage that’s always held them together.

VIDEO

Warner Archive Collection: Swords & Sandals

(warnerarchive.com)

The latest batch of manufactured-on-demand DVDs from Warner Archive is one of their best of the year. The three movies – all made in Italy sometime around 1962-3 – are basically interchangeable strongman adventures: The Slave, Sandokan the Great, and Hercules, Samson & Ulysses. Only the settings and monsters really change. Steve Reeves, the proto-Arnold Schwarzenegger, stars in two of them.

 

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