Top Shelf Tuesday - August 25

August 25, 2009

Tuesday is here, and you know what that means--it's time to head out and pick up the latest hot releases. Luckily, we're here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.

Source: Rogue Pictures/Universal Studios


In Fighting, small town boy Shawn MacArthur, played by G.I. Joe’s Channing Tatum, travels to the nasty streets of New York City and gets wrapped up in the brutal underground world of bare-knuckle street fighting. After meeting the crooked hustler Harvey Boarde (Terrence Howard), Shawn decides that he has something worth fighting for and puts everything on the line to knock out his opponents. If you want a Rocky-like tale filled with drama and hardcore knockouts, Fighting is the flick for you. 
Staring Jesse Eisenberg, Ryan Reynolds, and Kristen Stewart, Adventureland takes us back to 1987 where recent high school grad James Brennan is forced to take on one of the worst summer jobs imaginable. While manning a game booth at a Pennsylvania amusement park, James meets a slew of wacky characters and the love of his life, Em Lewin. This isn’t just a laugh-out-loud indie comedy, it’s also a brilliant coming-of-age tale about a young dude just trying to find his way in the world. Buy the ticket, take the ride!



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Looks like things are getting a little bit dodgy in Gotham City with the release of Batman: Arkham Asylum. When the clown prince of crime and his number one gal Harley Quinn take over the Arkham Asylum for the criminally insane and trap Commissioner Gordon within, only Batman can save the day. Battle a host of the Dark Knight's greatest enemies, including Poison Ivy, Bane, and Killer Croc. Riddle your way through challenge maps and even take control of the Joker himself in the PlayStation 3 version of this third person brawler-meets-stealth-style action game.

Dissidia Final Fantasy combines the heroes and villains from the first 10 proper Final Fantasy titles into the largest collection of Final Fantasy characters ever. The result is a sprawling, Super Smash Bros.-style battle game of "light versus darkness" which takes the form of one-on-one brawls to determine the fate of the Cosmos.



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Humbug is the third LP by the Brit group Arctic Monkeys, and it sees the band taking a much darker route down the rock ‘n’ roll road. In their past two releases, the Monkeys have put together more poppy alternative efforts. With Humbug, the band is diving into much heavier territory than they have in the past. Their first single “Crying Lightning” is a brilliant alt-rock track filled with nutty lyrics and dark compositions. Even though they are changing up their sound a bit, Humbug might be the band’s best release to date.

The classic Beastie Boys LP Hello Nasty is now digitally remastered for the very first time. The reissue also features a bonus CD of b-sides and rarities that have also been remastered. Hello Nasty was originally released in 1998 and features such jams as "Intergalactic" and “Body Movin.” This is a must-have for all Beastie lovers and might not be a bad grab for newcomers to the New York trio. From the addictive funk breakdowns to the Latin-soul jams, this is yet another brilliant release from the Beasties. Yeah!

Did we miss anything? What are you looking forward to picking up this week?