3 items from 2013
Odd List Den Of Geek 20 Mar 2013 - 06:35
Far from the familiar tools we use every day, computers are the stuff of magic, if Hollywood's to be believed...
Computers. What began as gigantic, wayward things the size of a house have been tamed and shrunk, and now live cheerfully in our pockets as mobile phones, in our bags as tablets or laptops, and on our desktops as workstations and gatherers of breadcrumbs.
To almost every one of us, computers are about as mysterious and unfathomable as cucumbers. But cast a casual eye over Hollywood's output of the last few decades, and you might think that computers were a product of the dark arts. In movies, computers make weird noises, possess strange powers, harbour despotic fantasies, and when all else fails, explode into a million fragments.
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Paul Bettany has had it a bit rough the past few years, famously turning down "The King's Speech" (oops) and starring in a handful of forgettable movies like the Charles Darwin flick "Creation," and stuff like "Legion" and "Priest." He had a nice turn in "Margin Call," but mostly he's been better known of late as the voice of Jarvis, Tony Stark's AI butler, in the Marvel movies. He's a talented dude who has always seemed to just keep missing a leap into bigger and better things, but now his time may have finally arrived. Bettany has joined Wally Pfister's secretive, and highly anticipated "Transcendence" with Johnny Depp. Of course, the pair both starred in the pretty awful "The Tourist" (as we detailed today in our 5 Great & 5 Disappointing English-Language Debuts By Foreign-Language Directors features) but we'd wager they're on better ground here. The film will tell the tale of »
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Johnny Cash: Blood, Sweat and Tears (Columbia)
Some of Cash's '60s concept albums were burdened with much too talking between tracks; here the tribute to the American working man gets to mostly stand alone on its musical merits, and shines. Notably, it incluces the top version of the traditional "John Henry"” about the most legendarily heroic working man ever, and the version of "Casey Jones" here is classic as well. Politically and psychologically, Cash was the perfect man for this job.
Byrds: Notorious Byrd Brothers (Columbia)
Sometimes transitional albums, confusing listeners expecting a group's earlier style, are underrated. Not so with this classic. It's true that it didn't sell as well as earlier Byrds LPs, nor did the single from the album chart very high, but for decades Notorious Byrd Brothers has been widely revered, and not just by fans; some critics have even anointed it as the band's best album. »
3 items from 2013
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