Daily Archives: June 5, 2012
Add It To The Collection: When I first heard The Beach Boys were getting back together to celebrate their 50th anniversary with an album and tour I accepted the news with mixed feelings. Having seen them live with and without Brian Wilson going all the way back to the CNE Grandstand in the early 1980’s, I was glad to hear the guys were getting back together to ‘Do It Again’ for the fans. Too many bands forget it’s the fans who want to see these reunions most (I’m looking at you Axl). But I also questioned what this reunion might do for their growing legacy, hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed 2011 Smile Session reissues. I mean, how could you make a 50th anniversary/reunion record without making it ooze of pure nostalgia? Leave it to a couple of 70 year olds who have spent the better part of 25 years embroiled in law suits, battling illness and mental health issues to do it right.
Nintendo took the stage at 12pm EST (9am PST) with one of the most anticipated shows of E3. They not only had the Wii U system to announce, but also a surging 3DS platform and games.
Yet, somehow, they gave us the most disappointing show so far.
Sony took the stage at 9pm EST (6pm PST) Monday night.
Typical of Sony, they opened with a huge cinematic show, featuring all of their characters and IP’s to a soundtrack of…you guessed it: Dubstep. Seems to be the popular choice this year.
Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Entertainment then took the stage. He started with thanks to the gamers. He thanked them for their loyalty and their dedication to the brand. He also thanked Kaz Hirai, President and CEO of Sony Corp. who stood up and received a short standing ovation.
Then the show kicked into high gear.
If you’re going to check out a movie called Man On A Ledge, it’s safe to say you know exactly what you’re getting. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun watching it all go down. Such is the case with the film staring Sam Worthington as a man…well, you know.
The film, out today on DVD, is actually quite a bit of fun, as long as you ignore some of the gaping plot holes required to make the whole movie work. Worthington’s Nick Cassaday is a convicted ex-cop who claims he’s been framed for a massive heist, and is pulling out all the stops he can for one last chance at freedom. Situating himself on a the ledge of a New York City hotel, he shuts down blocks of the city and refuses to talk to anybody except negotiator Lydia Mercer, played by Elizabeth Banks.
This wasn’t supposed to happen. The Beach Boys weren’t supposed to record their best album in 40 years when four out the five members of the band are averaging seventy years old.
But that’s what they’ve done. That’s Why God Made The Radio, the band’s new album, out today, may not be Pet Sounds, but it’s not that far out of the ballpark.