2 items from 2011
On the commentary track for 2002’s Gigantic (A Tale Of Two Johns), They Might Be Giants’ John Linnell wonders aloud whether the documentary will serve as the band’s tombstone. It was a valid concern—even for a band that deals so gleefully with death—and eerily prescient, considering Tmbg’s middling output following the film’s release. The weird, eclectic Join Us, however, serves as a refreshing corrective to years of kiddie albums and so-so grown-up discs, and reestablishes Linnell and John Flansburgh as geek-rock explorers of the highest order. The sparkling “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” kicks »
For better or worse, in terms of entertainment this year is all about 3D. In a break from the blockbuster norm, the likes of Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have made movies in the format, prompting new cries of its coming of age as a respectable art form. Elsewhere, advertising for Nintendo’s new 3Ds games handheld has been ubiquitous, whilst Sky continues to tout its 3D TV subscription service with almost religious fervour. Meanwhile, consumer electronics companies are shouting increasingly loudly about their latest range of 3D capable displays and Blu-ray players.
Before 2011 is over, the chances are that we may be closer to knowing whether James Cameron’s most recent claim – that conversion to stereoscopy will be total within five years – is at all credible.
In keeping with this theme, recent months have seen a great volume of stereoscopic Blu-ray back catalogue titles released in the UK, »
- Robert Beames
2 items from 2011
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