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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Music and Movie Monday

With holiday season approaching soon, all of the various segments of the entertainment industry will be rushing to put out present-appropriate stuff. With that in mind, it seemed a fine time to fire up the old blog again. Monday will be devoted to new CDs and DVDs to be released this week. Later on in the week, I'll also look at new books, video games and the weekend's new theatrical movie debuts.

There is a wild amount of variety amongst the new albums coming into the market this week, and I've tried to include a fair amount of variety below. Badly Drawn Boy's new effort isn't necessarily being well-reviewed, but I always rather like him, especially since I have a real affinity for his music in About a Boy. Glenn Danzig is probably forgotten by most since his brand of sludge metal is somewhat outdated; nonetheless, I had to include him because I saw him in concert some years ago and it's an experience I'll not ever forget. EBN-OZN is here for my sitemate Jim Vannest, who remembers that 1984 effort of theirs so fondly and will probably be pleased to see it's finally getting an official issue. My other faves on the list this week are Heaven 17, one of the original whiny bands that I grew attached to as a teen, and a whole slew of country artists. Now, ordinarily I probably wouldn't give much attention to performers from the genre, but it just so happens that a lot of them are guys I like. A lot. Vince Gill is foremost among them, not to mention George Jones and Friends (Gill appears on this album as well) and Dwight Yoakam.

New Albums: October 17, 2006
Badly Drawn Boy - Born in the U.K.
Dierks Bentley - Long Trip Alone
Glenn Danzig - Black Aria II
Chris de Burgh - Story Man
Diddy - Press Play
EBN-OZN - Feeling Cavalier
Tim Finn - Imaginary Kingdom
Vince Gill - These Days
Goldfrapp - We Are Glitter
Heaven 17 - Greatest Hits
JoJo - The High Road
George Jones and Friends - God's Country: George Jones & Friends
Lonestar - Mountains
Sarah McLachlan - Wintersong
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Love Their Country
Primus - They Can't All Be Zingers: Best of Primus
Eddie Rabbitt - Platinum Collection
The Slits - Revenge of the Killer Slits
Sweet - Sweet Chronology
Twisted Sister - Twisted Christmas
Various Artists - The Ultimate James Bond Collection (4CD BOX SET)
Dwight Yoakam - Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.
Xzibit - Full Circle

With only a couple of exceptions, the new DVD offerings this week are on the pathetic side. I'm looking forward to renting American Dreamz, as I love Flopsy and Dennis Quaid, but I'm not quite certain I can recommend it as a buy just yet. I've watched a few episodes of Big Love and am not super enthusiastic about its quality, but it has its moment and the talent involved in the show is quite solid. If you're hoping it matches up to HBO stuff like Deadwood, The Sopranos, Rome and Entourage, however, you're probably going to be disappointed.

The Break-Up isn't a great movie, and it's not an awful movie either. Vince Vaughn fans will probably not be super happy with it, as it's not really a comedy per se. It's much more depressing than commercials would indicate, and as long as you're prepared for a gloomy, realistic look at relationships, have at it. The ending, I thought, was really rough.

A couple of horror films hit shelves in time for Halloween parties. Feast is a result of Project Greenlight, and stars a whole bunch of people you don't know plus Jason Mewes. A bunch of people get trapped in a bar and monsters outside want to eat them. It sounds interesting, anyway. The other scary movie is The Omen, a remake of the genuinely scary 1976 movie about a boy who is the Anti-Christ. The remake has been deemed generally unworthy, but Liev Schreiber's presence probably makes it worth a look.

That '70s Show kept on going and going (even past its expiration date), and it actually has some genuinely funny seasons. Season Five might be on the tail end of things, but if you feel like some warm fluffy comedy, it sure couldn't hurt to put this in the Netflix queue.

Finally, the one movie I do recommend as a sure buy this week is Over the Hedge, the charming and adorable talking animals movie about wildlife animals who suddenly find a human neighborhood encroaching on their habitat. Steve Carell and William Shatner steal the show, mostly, but kids and adults alike will enjoy the cuddly creatures. Also, people of my generation will chuckle at a lot of the Chuck Jones-esque humor.

New DVDs: October 17, 2006
American Dreamz (Widescreen Edition)
Big Love - The Complete First Season
The Break-Up (Widescreen Edition)
The Omen (2006 Widescreen Remake)
Over the Hedge (Widescreen Edition)
That '70s Show: Season 5



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