Tuesday, October 7, 2014

TUESDAY TASTE: Sample new releases today including Weezer's return to form, George Takei's emotional doc

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

While many of us consume our entertainment digitally these days, whether it’s a movie, TV show or album (quaint phrase, that), Tuesdays still act as the release date for the vast majority of new goodies for those of us who just have to have our own “official” Blu-ray copy of Sharknado II: The Second One.

Today, that Sharknado dream can become reality — in an “unrated” and “extended version” no less — as the DVD hits stores and online retailers. Each Tuesday, we’re going to make sure you don’t miss out by highlighting a few new music and video releases to help you figure out how to spend your hard-earned home-entertainment dollar.

Here is what’s new and worth your attention, released Tuesday, Oct. 7:

MUSIC

Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. All the Weezheads dreaming of a return to “the blue album” or Pinkerton will find much to love from Rivers Cuomo and Co. after a forgettable few Weezer albums.


The Vaselines, V for Vaselines. Scottish pop-rockers and Nirvana inspirations The Vaselines (they wrote “Molly’s Lips” and “Son of a Gun”) release just their third studio album in their 28-year history.


Field Report, Marigolden. The Milwaukee folk-rockers Field Report, led by former Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) musical partner Chris Porterfield, builds on their buzzworthy 2012 debut that garnered praise from the likes of Emmylou Harris and Aimee Mann.


MOVIES

The Mad Men and baseball fanatics might want to spend some time with the “based on a true story” feel-good flick Million Dollar Arm. And those with a greater tolerance for Seth McFarlane’s smug mug can check out A Million Ways to Die in the West. And Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow (now rebranded as Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow) is the obvious popcorn-pic of this week’s releases. Here are three smaller flicks you should have on your radar:

Obvious Child is easily the most charming rom-com based around an abortion that you’ll ever see, thanks to the star-making turn by former Saturday Night Live and Parks & Recreation actress Jenny Slate as a New York standup who finds herself knocked up from a one-night stand.


To Be Takei is a documentary about everyone’s favorite social-media machine/Star Trek actor, tackling everything from his very public coming out to his efforts to, less interestingly, produce a play.


Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon is the directorial debut of Mike Myers, and tracks the unlikely career of one of Hollywood’s ultimate insiders in Gordon, who befriended Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix in college, and went on to manage the likes of Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper and celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. 


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