Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me You've never heard of power pop band Big Star? Well, you're hardly alone. You may, though, have heard of its singer, Alex Chilton, who at 16 was behind 1967's biggest hit "The Letter" (the Box Tops: "Gimme a ticket for an aeroplane/Ain't got time to take a fast train") and in 1971 cofounded the Memphis alt-rock band that should have achieved greatness but instead sank into obscurity. Plagued by personal demons and infighting, Big Star failed dismally with record buyers but lived on in the CD players of music critics, rockers like R.E.M. and the Replacements (which cite the band as an influence) and indie fans that revere it, from its Beatles-esque pop beginnings to its avante garde end after only three albums.
RED 2 No, not one of the year's worst-reviewed movies, but certainly not one of the best. Sadly it falls way short of the original, with a thin plot taking unnecessarily convoluted twists, too many characters, too much bombast, a truly annoying Mary-Louise Parker and Catherine Zeta-Jones working a terrible Russian accent. The novelty of crime-blasting oldsters has pretty much worn off--only Anthony Hopkins as an incarcerated mad scientist seems to be having much fun. Time to put this franchise out to pasture.
Jobs It's a PC world out there, and we're not talking about Alec Baldwin's latest apology. Despite the unwavering popularity of any device with a small letter "i" in front of it, there were not new-iPhone-sized lines at the Cineplex waiting to see Ashton Kutcher play Apple messiah Steve Jobs. Too bad the man himself wasn't around to send this one back to the drawing board.
Getaway Now THIS is one of the worst-reviewed movies of the year, at least on Rotten Tomatoes, which scores it 3% Fresh (the lone positive review calls it a "latter-day B movie rather fun in its preposterousness and bargain-basement style"). Ethan Hawke (who's enjoyed a comeback of late, with well received turns in The Purge and Sinister) stars as a race-car driver who needs help from a hacker (Selena Gomez--you've been warned) to rescue his kidnapped wife.
What else is new? Fast 6 and Despicable Me, now on VOD
Two of summer's biggest hits come home on Blu-ray next week: Fast & Furious 6 and Despicable Me 2 (both are available now on VOD). Missed them in theaters? Here are a couple of clips to remind you, and put them on your radar for next week!
Now for the Good Stuff
Sadly, Breaking Bad is gone from the airwaves, but you can catch it on Netflix or the sweet box set coming just in time for Christmas. Missed the finale, or skipped a few episodes and just want to see how it ends? We have three (3) Blu-rays of the final season to give to three winners. Comment below and tell us why you loved the show. We'll pick the winners at random on December 6; winners have three days to claim the prize before alternate(s) are chosen. U.S. residents only, 18 and over.