Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Oh man, can you believe it, guys? Last week, when all those old geezers rose from their coffins* to release albums, I thought it was just a shameless attempt to cash in on their legacies. In fact, it was just a shameless attempt to garner another Grammy (it was the last week to release an album and still be elgibile for the 2011 Grammy Awards), so they could then cash in on their legacies. Oh look, new albums by John Lennon!
This Saturday marks what would have been Lennon's 70th birthday, so Yoko Ono decided
she needed more money to honor his legacy by releasing eight of his remastered solo albums and new titles. They're available individually or in this fantastically expensive boxed set (MSRP $190), which also includes previously unreleased home recordings by John and personal essays from his sons and, of course, Ono. Because if there's one thing true fans of Lennon want to hear, it's more from Ono.
I leave you with two notes: the Huffington Post asked Ono if she felt Lennon respond to her when she would "lay awake at night asking John" if she was doing the right thing. Her response: "The fact that he was not complaining loudly seemed his way of saying I was doing right." No word on if she realizes he's been dead for 30 years. In second-worst-possible-tribute news, Ozzy Osbourne covered** "How" for charity***. I might do my own cover of "How." As in, "how am I suppposed to make fun of things that are already jokes in and of themselves?"
The Secret of Kells
The Secret of Kells is a helluva lot more secretive than Victoria's Secret, which I'm pretty sure everyone has figured out at this point (i.e., she's a brazen harlot). With a limited release in the U.S., Kells was only open long enough to qualify for the Oscars in its first go-around, and still didn't get much love the second time it hit theaters. Regardless, you need to see this movie.
It's the absolute epitome of animation, in that it's a story that could only be told through animation. Even Pixar's greats like Wall-E, the various Toy Story films or Up could — theoretically — have been shot in live-action. Kells takes the animation and makes it part of the story, both in the sense that it's a story about illustrations and the way the movie was drawn.
Check out our review of Kells here, then go over to Amazon and buy the DVD. Right now. Don't worry, I'll wait. (Not really.)
I don't know if it's a commentary more on the state of the NBA today or NBA 2K11†, but the game's cover is graced by none other than Hall-of-Famer Michael Jordan. Y'know, the guy who retired from playing basketball seven years ago (and should have retired for good a few years before that). You'd think that with a de facto All-Star team in Miami they'd be able to find someone who's actually played professional basketball since MySpace was invented...
Actually, the reason they put Jordan on the cover is because of the new Jordan Challenge mode, where you can recreate some of Jordan's biggest moments. Ten sequences gets you on the game cover? Sure, why not? Again, pointless nostalgia to some (me), but others have been fawning over it like they're actually earning a few hundred million from endorsement deals after playing.
Jordan-hating aside (not to be confused with Jordan hating), NBA 2K11 is a very good basketball game. They actually tried to nail some of the improvisational aspects of the game, which is the major complaint of most people who've ever actually watched/played a basketball game then tried to pick up a controller and do the same. Defenders actually switch who they're guarding if necessary, there's more than one layup animation … it's beautiful. If only they could find a current player worth putting on the cover...