Sting: Brand New Day

Sting: Brand New Day.Brand New Day exhibits about as many musical styles as there are tracks, all encased in dense, meticulous production. The album begins promisingly. “A Thousand Years” pulses atop a lush, two-note foundation. “A Desert Rose” folds trilling Algerian pop into trip-hop. This is not Sting as you are used to hear him – this is Sting on Acid – and it’s good.

The Fifth Element

The Fifth Element.A visual feast combining ancient mysticism, cyberpunk sensibilities, flamboyant entertainment personalities, and gun-toting alien mercenaries. In the 23rd century, Korben Dallas, an ex-special forces agent who now practices as a down-and-out cabbie, when suddenly a mysterious woman falls into the back seat of his cab and Dallas finds himself caught in a struggle to defy a prophesied Evil from destroying the Earth. Pursued by both the government and a powerful magnate enlisted by the forces of Evil, the woman is the key to Earth’s salvation, known only as the Fifth Element. Luc Besson’s first offering with Hollywood backing. Academy Award Nomination: Best Sound Effects Editing.

Gone in 60 Seconds

Gone in 60 Seconds.What’s better than driving your Ford at a 100 miles per hour on an deserted country road? It’s driving some one else’ Porsche 911 Turbo at a 160 miles per hour in downtown LA with the cops breathing up your ass.

"Hi. I’m a bad guy with a terrible british accent, who’s got you brother and if you don’t get me these 50 cars on this list here within three days I’ll have to kill him. OK, so I know that you’ve retired and all that shit, but hey — you still know your trade don’t you? Just call some of your old pals (don’t forget to call that beautiful blond woman you used to sleep with), get them together and get to work. Call me when you’re done. See ya!"

That pretty much sums up the story in the movie. Take your average action film add a few more rather good car chases, take away some shooting and add a dog who eats car keys and you’ve got Gone in 60 Seconds. It’s got lots of good music, good filming, good sound and last but definitely not least, it’s got Angelina Jolie. And who will not go see a movie with Angelina Jolie, car chases and a dog who eats car keys?

Live: The Distance to Here

Live: The Distance to Here.Until this day, I have not heard a single bad song from Live. Their new album, The Distance To Here, is no exception. If you are a Live fan, I guess you have this album already – if you want to listen to the best pop/rock ever made, I strongly recommend this album.

Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers.A gung-ho war picture turned special effects sci-fi actioner. Some time in the future, a group of friends joins Earth’s military forces after high school graduation to battle the insectoid Klendathu. One fights for the chance to be a renowned pilot, one for revenge, and one for the love of a good man, but interpersonal relationships take a backseat to the firepower leveled against (and returned from) the chitinous aliens. Adapted from the classic science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. Academy Award Nominations for Best Visual Effects.