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Culture Jamming: Bank Shot 

A Botched Heist Tops This Week's Pop-culture Picks

TOP PICK

The Bank Job

(Lionsgate)

This complex movie, based on a true story, weaves together petty thieves, dirty cops, some dude who calls himself Michael X and a member of the royal family caught in a threesome. Things go horribly wrong for everyone involved. The brooding Jason Statham stars as the mastermind behind a bank heist … or is someone else really pulling the strings? The twists and turns pile up in this thrilling DVD.

DVD

Daft Punk's Electroma(

Vice)

The robots from the French electronic duo's terrific live show star in their own movie about a pair of guys, made out of chips and wires, who yearn to be human. Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo wrote and directed the film, but they don't appear in it and, curiously, don't contribute any music. In fact, it's mostly silent. It's also super-pretentious and cold, but the images - like Daft Punk's music - stay with you.

BOOK

Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth

(Da Capo)

Sonic Youth got a big boost last year after being name-checked in Juno. But their impact goes way deeper than all that honest-to-blog talk. Writer David Browne chronicles the N.Y.C. band's quarter-century career - from avant-garde noisemakers to indie-rock pioneers. Members weigh in on the culture that influenced them, but it's the culture that they influenced - ranging from Nirvana to Guitar Hero - that stands as their real legacy.

VIDEO GAME

Hellboy: The Science of Evil(

Konami)

Even though this game (for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PSP) is tied into this summer's Hellboy II: The Golden Army, it has more to do with the original comic book than the moody movie. Gamers play as the demonic hero, who must stop a gang of power-hungry Nazis from conquering the world. There's lots of button-mashing going on here, but once you lay waste to a half-dozen enemies with the lethal Right Hand of Doom, you won't really mind.

VIDEO GAME

 Unreal Tournament 3

(Midway)Last year's PC hit finally comes to the Xbox 360. It's pretty much a 'roided-up Halo, but the arsenal of weapons at your disposal in this first-person shooter is pretty impressive. The one-player campaign doesn't offer much, aside from some smarter-than-usual enemies. The real action comes in multiplayer mode, where bodies pile up in stacks of bloody pixelated flesh.

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