How cheap does the Kindle have to get before you’ll actually buy one? How about eBooks & iBooks to read on your phone? For some reason, none of the electronic reading options measure up to good old paper. Especially for those who like an occasional break from the screen. Penguin Books is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their Modern Classics series by releasing a new collection of 50 of the most beloved and important books in literature. The new Mini Modern Classics are small, portable & pack a punch with absolutely no microwave radiation or LED glare. Classic.
Despite warnings of “dog fighting scenes,” Amores Perros—which, roughly translated means “love’s a bitch”—won heaps of international film awards. This offbeat Spanish language film tells the stories of three disconnected characters in Mexico City who are linked only by a random incident. Exploring themes of loss, love & identity, viewers learn about the characters by seeing how each relates to dogs.
Zack Snyder is the director behind blockbuster films like 300 and Dawn Of The Dead. His next action & special-effects-filled film, Sucker Punch will be out in a few weeks. Snyder has teamed up with Titan Books to release a special edition tie-in book of the movie’s art and design. The book features eye-popping concept art, design & photography from Snyder’s creative team. A rich accompaniment for a movie that is sure to blow people’s minds. Only 750 copies available.
The Dropkick Murphys have been making sing-along drinking music for over 15 years. Their raw, honest sound blends a punk rock ethos with flavors of traditional Irish work-songs and manly whiskey-soaked melodies. Going Out In Style is their seventh studio record and the band’s first new release in three years. This record gives you the DM’s at their technical best but nothing, absolutely nothing, beats their live show.
For a few minutes, you’ll almost take this movie seriously. But then Kurt Russell’s bungling character Jack Burton, a truck-driver turned cowboy/kung fu crime fighter gives it away. This 1986 semi sci-fi film by the director of Halloween is thrilling but not in the edge-of-your-seat way, it’s more wacky/stupid. Like, “is this a joke?” ironic funny. Jacki Chan style fight scenes, lots of bullets & swords. Follow it through its ridiculous twists & turns, while admiring the “talents” of 80s vamps Kim Cattrall & Suzee Pai.
Is it possible nearly twenty years have passed since Pearl Jam started kicking rock-n-roll ass? Yes. You’re old, man. PJ’s early albums Vs. and Vitalogy are now certified classics being re-released as a Deluxe Edition 3-disk set that also includes a legendary, hella grungy live show from Boston’s Orpheum. This is seminal soundtrack material for Generation X … and that’s you.
When looking for a new book to read, you’d probably never go back to something you read in preschool, unless of course the children’s story was made into a gory bloodfeast of zombie mayhem. The children’s classic Pat The Bunny has been re-imagined. Instead of tactile features like rabbit fur to pat, stroke eviscerated flesh instead.
Radiohead is the U2 of the 2000s. Stylistic parallels are few, it’s just that they’re so widely popular. Moms, college kids, metros, Euros, radio stations: everyone loves Radiohead. The press are slobbering to outdo each other in realizing the depth of genius in each new release. Same deal on the new record, The King Of Limbs. It’s familiar but new, sad but uplifting, powerful yet serene. Their best yet. It’s everything everyone says it is. Or so we assume.
When was the last time someone you know used a phone book? Your Aunt Mable doesn’t count. She’s 90. Seriously though, the Yellow Pages are a total waste of resources. Technology has made these heavy tomes of dead tree matter obsolete, but for some reason they are still being printed. Maybe if you opt out and your friends opt out, someday the Yellow Pages will just disappear.
From Taxi Driver to Little Fockers. DeNiro. How did it happen? By now, Robert DeNiro has officially shed every micron of self-respect he ever had as an actor. But, before he jumped the shark landing in the murky waters of Holiday blockbuster sequels, he made a few transition films. Ronin was one of them. In his character, there’s a glimmer of the old greatness. There are also some good shoot-outs and a car chase that by itself is worth the price of the rental.