Sunshine Cleaning (DVD)

Sunshine Cleaning will be one of those movies that garners a wide cult following in the years after it was released. This is due to the fact that a star-studded cast, which includes Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, and Amy Adams, bond together to make a cogent and coherent film. Rose (Adams) and Norah (Blunt) are crime-scene cleaners attempting to make a name for themselves, as well as giving some sort of solid life to Rose’s son, Oscar (Jason Spevack). Raising money to place Oscar in a private school, there seems to be a sort of camaraderie present between the generations of the family that works well with the comedy bits present. Continue reading “Sunshine Cleaning (DVD)”

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days (Sony PSP)

For those individuals that have intimately familiarized themselves with this Disgaea series, Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days is a revamped version of 2006’s Disgaea title (for the Playstation 2). Storyline-wise, it is followed up by Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (released last year for the Playstation 3). However, for those individuals that have already played the Playstation 2 version of the game, NIS America has added a tremendous amount of functionality to the game. Despite the vibrant colors, artwork, and animation present in this title, what will immediately hit players would have to be the dark brush which was used to craft the story. Continue reading “Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days (Sony PSP)”

Ty Ku Sake (30 Proof)

Whether it be at the local sushi buffet or some of the more upscale Japanese establishments that we here at NeuFutur have been to in the last few years, we have made it a point to check out the sake menus. It was quite a pleasant surprise then to received the Ty Kyu Sake for review a few weeks back, so much so in fact that we had to get something special set up to properly try it out. When the event came around, we were able to collaborate and create this review for what is one of the most memorable Sakes that we have ever had. The best way to experience the Ty Ku would have to be through chilling the bottle and sipping it straight, providing one with a tremendously detailed flavor profile. Continue reading “Ty Ku Sake (30 Proof)”

Blur – Midlife: A Beginner’s Guide to Blur (CD)

It’s easy to forget just how long Blur has been around. Thanks to the handy timeline tucked inside the liner notes of the anthology Midlife: A Beginner’s Guide to Blur, you realize that they started before the EU was officially established, before the Soviet Union broke up and just one month after the Internet was opened to the public. The 25 tracks that make up the release – a collection of greatest hits and fan favorites – serve as a great reminder of just how influential this Brit Pop band has been. Continue reading “Blur – Midlife: A Beginner’s Guide to Blur (CD)”

The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses 20th Anniversary (2CD/1 DVD Deluxe Edition)

You’d be forgiven for taking the Stone Roses for granted a bit. They only had one remarkable album (their self-titled debut) and it was released in 1989, at the beginning of alternative rock’s heyday, forcing them to compete with everyone from Depeche Mode to Nirvana. But thanks to Legacy Records, the Manchester-based band gets another shot. Because of the infectious, if a bit mopey single “I Wanna to Be Adored,” the band is technically classified as a one-hit wonder in the U.S. (can you name another Stone Roses song?), but as the 20th anniversary offering proves, the band certainly deserves a second listen. The band blended strong hooks and dance beats, along with psychedelic and often jangly guitars putting them at the forefront of the “Madchester Sound” that also carried with it peers like the Happy Mondays, Charlatans UK and the Inspirational Carpets. Continue reading “The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses 20th Anniversary (2CD/1 DVD Deluxe Edition)”

Smile Smile – Blue Roses (CD)

Despite only having two members, the folk-inspired indie pop duo Smile Smile – comprised of Ryan Hamilton and Jencey Hirunrusme – manage to make some fairly expansive songs on their debut. Blue Roses, originally released in 2006 and re-released this summer, is remarkable in its simplicity. Continue reading “Smile Smile – Blue Roses (CD)”

Wolfenstein (Xbox 360)

Wolfenstein was one of the first video games that I remember playing for the computer that was any bit fun (so, titles like the Oregon Trail are exempt). It is not surprising that I was eagerly anticipating the next release in the line, this 2009 release by Activision. The title is based off the same software that both Doom 3 and Quake 4 were couched in, ensuring some form of context to be had through the three lines. In the single-player version of Wolfenstein, players will get the chance to again play as B.J. Blazkowicz, whom has been with the series since 1981’s Castle Wolfenstein. Continue reading “Wolfenstein (Xbox 360)”

Buffalo Trace Whiskey (90 Proof)

We here at NeuFutur have had the chance of going through a number of different whiskies over the course of the time that we have had the alcohol review section active. Buffalo Trace is the newest of this spirit sent over, and what will immediately hit potential purchasers is the more classic, cowboy-themed feel to the bottle. The rich copper color of the spirit offsets the beige of the label and accents, while the black top will elicit comparisons to a 10 gallon hat. Continue reading “Buffalo Trace Whiskey (90 Proof)”

Various Artists – New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets (CD)

On first blush, it would appear that the architect of the new Love and Rockets tribute album was just pulling random names out of hat. How else do you explain one hit wonders Better Than Ezra, alongside more indie-minded artists like The Dandy Warhol’s, Frances Black and up-and-comers War Tapes? Continue reading “Various Artists – New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets (CD)”

Doug Gillard – Call From Restricted (CD)

As sometime guitarist for Dayton’s favorite sons Guided By Voices and Robert Pollard’s post-break-up solo work, Doug Gillard delivered album after album of satisfying jangly lo-fi pop. On Call From Restricted, his own latest solo effort, Gillard delivers more the of that familiar jangly guitar pop, but with impressively accessible vocals. Continue reading “Doug Gillard – Call From Restricted (CD)”