Pac-Man is right up there with Mickey Mouse when it comes to pop culture celebrity. An upcoming exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum beginning March 16th, 2012 called The Art Of Video Games explores how video games have impacted global culture over the last 40 years and celebrates the visual art of the gaming world. This book is the accompaniment to the groundbreaking historical show.
Yes, you can store all your important files, music, and media in the cloud. But certain things, like the best stupid movies of all time are better kept in hard copy. Monty Python & The Holy Grail comes out on Blu-ray on March 6, 2012. Get it. Then put it up there on the shelf with Airplane, Kentucky Fried Movie, Blazing Saddles, Up In Smoke, well, you get the idea.
Many fans of the groundbreaking graphic novel Watchmen will get a bulge in their Batsuits when they hear this. Some comic purists will turn away in disgust. DC Entertainment is going back in time to tell seven all-new prequel stories that fill in the blanks of the Watchmen characters in the years before the original story. Rorschach, Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl Ozymandias, Silk Spectre and the 1940s-era team The Minutemen will all be featured in the stories created by the genre’s greatest comic creators, which will be released one-per-week this summer.
Detective Theo Kojak was the star of one the 70s most progressive TV-cop series. If you were a fan of this big, bald, Greek, lollipop sucking, New York City cop played by Telly Savalas, you also know there were a bunch of Kojak movies. If you didn’t, now you do. This new collection includes all 8 Kojak flicks including 1973’s The Marcus-Nelson Murders, the film that launched the TV show.
If you’re among the curious who want to know what type of crazy shit has been happening in our shadowy Afghanistan war, this book by Army captain Sean Parnell will blow your mind. Back in 2006, at age 21, Parnell led his unit into the mountains of the Hindu Kush for what they thought was a routine patrol. It exploded into 16-months of deadly hell that Parnell and his 10th Mtn. Division unit—nicknamed the Outlaws—barely survived. This is their tale and it’s true, man, it’s war.
The only way this book could be better is if it were a bit broader in scope. Like maybe 5000 or 10,000 whiskies. But it’s not that bad, after all it does include expert commentary and info on everything from the world’s best Scotches to Ryes to Bourbons, so that’s cool. And Editor Dominic Roskrow knows what he’s talking about. He was the editor of Whisky Magazine for several years and has a written a few other well-respected books on humanity’s finest beverage.
The original Battlestar Galactica was only on TV for a little over a year. Even still a global audience has been watching it in syndication for the past 30 years. It was conceived in the wake of Star Wars’ success but failed to create the same stellar appeal. Maybe you disagree. If so, order up this 6-disc set and host your own BG marathon anytime you feel the urge.
You probably have no idea what the Underbelly Project is. Because the artists behind this project wanted it that way. From 2009-2010 an impassioned crew of urban artists transformed an abandoned New York subway station into the largest underground gallery in the world. Eric Haze aka HAZE is behind the project and this book. Act like you know.
The Bob Marley story has been told and retold again but this new book from photographer David Burnett takes a look at the life of the reggae legend from a new angle. Burnett began shooting Bob on assignment for Time Magazine in ’76 just as the star began to rise; and he kept shooting through the Exodus tour. This book includes over 100 photos from this tumultuous and important period in Marley’s short but incredible life.
Before Robert DeNiro skidded into his current role as an unfunny old Focker he was in some great movies. The Deer Hunter is one of the best. Christopher Walken, whose career has fared much better over the years, is in it too – and he is, as always, his batshit crazy self. It’s a story about coming home from war but never really being home again. Watch it in Blu-ray. You’ll be moved.