Movie: Tower Heist
There was a time when Eddie Murphy was a top action star (and not just crossdressing while farting). But after a string of questionable titles, Murphy has teamed up with an all-star cast to try his hand at it again. Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Michael Pena and Gabourey Sidibe get swindled by penthouse-dweller Alan Alda, who they’re convinced is simply keeping the money at the top of their building. The solution? Bring in master thief Murphy, who trains the team to case and rob their very own residential tower in order to get their money back. Murphy and Stiller are top notch, Broderick plays the perfect straight man, and Pena and Sidibe round out the funniest heist movie since that time you watched Ocean’s 11 stoned.
Movies like Kill Bill, Sin City, and Sucker Punch have taken a grab bag of genres and made them work in their own unique worlds. Bunraku is another entrant on the list, mixing the usual story of a drifter seeking revenge with elements of samurai, gunfighters, gang wars and more. Josh Harnett leads a cast of versatile pros – Ron Perlman, Demi Moore, and Woody Harrelson all get to chop it out, slug it out, and everything but shoot it out in the director’s action-friendly vision of a world without guns. As long as you can take Josh Hartnett’s mustache and still think Demi Moore is smokin’ hot (we do!) Bunraku promises a solid two hours of mayhem.
Music: Megadeth – Thirteen
Dave Mustaine was actually an original member of Metallica back in 1982. Kicked out shortly after helping write hit songs like “Hit The Lights” and what would eventually become “Motorbreath”, you could say the man was a bit pissed when they took the world by storm. On the other hand, Mustaine went off and founded Megadeth, who have lasted two decades while selling millions of records and making fans of their own all the world over. So we’d say things didn’t end up too bad? Not that Mustaine and company are ever going to make a happy record, of course. Thirteen has some songs you’ve seen already – Guitar Hero fans will remember “Sudden Death” from the game’s “Battle of the Beast“, and tour favorite “New World Order” finally gets a record release. New songs like “Never Dead” feature all the dizzying guitar lines and pulsing percussion to keep heads of all ages banging.