Top Shelf Tuesday - March 23

March 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 get through the nasty junk and bring hand you the true funk.

Source: Avalanche Studios/Square Enix


Take the ground, road, and air to wreak maximum havoc in Just Cause 2. The tropical background of the island of Panau creates a false sense of serenity as the palm trees and soothing sounds of the beach quickly give way to explosions, gunfire and high speed chases in this seemingly endless 600-virtual-square-mile open-world environment. With literally hundreds of objectives and an arsenal of weapons that would make Rambo jealous, Just Cause 2 will keep your thirst for combat quenched.

The sequel to the original Wii shooter-meets-swordfighting game, Red Steel 2 returns with new and improved flavor. This time the battle is taken to the Wild West where Samurai skill will collide with the blunt force of the reolver. Now utilizing the Wii Motion Plus controller add-on, Red Steel 2 provides true 1:1 motion action, capturing every movement on screen with vastly improved accuracy in order to help you dispatch your foes.


Source: Warner Bros./Alcon Entertainment

As you may already know, The Blind Side is a drama–sports film written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side. The dramatic storyline features Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who now plays for the Baltimore Ravens. The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringing, through his years at Wingate Christian School, his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, and on to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football. For her great work on the film Sandra Bullock won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Fantastic Mr. Fox
is Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. Fox features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray. It’s actually the first stop-motion animated film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox. In the Fantastic flick, Mr. Fox (George Clooney) and his wife Felicity (Meryl Streep) trigger a fox trap while raiding a squab farm and become caged. Felicity reveals to Fox that she is pregnant and pleads with him to find a safer job should they escape. It might not sound like much, but this film is rich, charming and completely unique. Get it, y'all.


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The Big To-Do is the ninth studio album by the alternative country badasses Drive-By Truckers It’s the band’s their first album released on ATO Records. Patterson Hood commented recently on the record stating: “[It’s] very much a rock album. Very melodic and more rocking than anything since disc 2 of Southern Rock Opera." The Big To-Do features thirteen new songs from the Truckers and was produced by their long time producer, David Barbe. With great tracks like "You've Got Another" and "The Flying Wallendas," The Big To-Do is an obvious choice for fans of real rock.

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