Top Shelf Tuesday - Febuary 23

February 21, 2010

Tuesday is almost here, and you know what that means--it's time to start thinking about the latest hot releases. Luckily for you, we sift through the mess so you don't have to stress.

Source: Quantic Dream/Sony Computer Entertainment


Remember Dragon’s Lair? Yeah, that old school arcade machine where you controlled a cartoon? Well finally the spiritual successor to that game is on the way in the form of Heavy Rain. It’s only for the PlayStation 3, but this choose your own adventure has tons of nudity to go along with a gripping story that has you trying to solve the mystery of the origami killer. Played from several different perspectives, this isn’t a traditional action/adventure game. The majority of play centers around entering button commands as they pop on the screen, but it’s done in a very clever way. This game is strictly for us big kids, and our brothers over at love it, so if you want to try something new we highly recommend it.



Source: Participant Media/Warner Bros. Pictures

The Informant! features the latest pairing of director Steven Soderbergh and Matt Damon. This is one of the rare cases where Soderbergh (and Damon) venture into the land of the comedy, which makes it worth checking out if only for that reason alone. Some of the bonus features include additional scenes and a trailer. It’s not too often we get to see Damon this pudgy, before you know it he’s going to be in another movie as a lean, mean, killing machine. But in this one he plays a doofus. It’s nice to see an actor with a little bit of range.

The Box is the newest film from writer/director Richard Kelly, the guy who brought us Donnie Darko. In this sci-fi thriller a man and his wife are offered a box that can change their lives, but the consequences of using the eponymous box become much higher than they ever imagined. This one’s available on DVD and Blu-ray, so grab a copy in your preferred format. Who knows when Kelly’s going to be able to make another movie.



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This Addiction is the seventh studio LP by the Chicago-based punkers Alkaline Trio. Described as a return to the band's punk rock roots, it was recorded at Atlas Studios in their hometown of Chicago with Matt Allison, with the same location and producer used for much of their early material. The deluxe version of This Addiction has DVD of Alkaline Trio live at the House of Blues, Las Vegas 2008, and six additional bonus tracks. Get it!

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