Todd Haynes's rambling, meditative Bob Dylan film (now out on DVD) sure ain't no biopic. Six actors (including Heath Ledger and Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett) portray the reclusive singer-songwriter during different stages of his long and thorny career. It cuts to the mind of the artist without ever approaching the heart of the man.
Nick Johnstone doesn't really tell you anything you don't already know about the British soul singer: She's a boozing, drugging fuck-up with a dick of a husband and a self-sabotaging streak. But the book does manage to wring some sympathy for the troubled Winehouse, chronicling her childhood and myriad career bumps. Yes, yes, yes.
BOOK – 33 1/3 (Continuum)
The two newest books in the always-captivating 33 1/3 series (which dissects one classic album in 150 pages or so) offers one surprise and one pretty-much-what-you'd-expect. Philip Shaw's Patti Smith's Horses looks at the pivotal punk record that rock critics have been gushing over since 1975. Black Sabbath's Master of Reality, however, pairs Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle with a sludge-metal behemoth. Both volumes totally rock.
We've always liked this series's free-form playbook, which combines few rules and awesome, gravity-defying moves. The latest game (for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) includes more than 80 NBA legends going one-on-one in heated contests. Best new feature: the collectible Shut 'Em Down tricks, which leave opponents snacking on pavement.