Short Circuits: 'Bad Words' on video; share audio; brain game; top 10 games

  • Updated: July 7, 2014 - 3:09 PM
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Jason Bateman plays a lovable everyman in “Bad Words.”

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Bateman goes ‘Bad’

In “Bad Words,” lovable everyman Jason Bateman plays a despicable misanthrope, Guy, which might explain why, despite Guy’s over-the-top flaws, he’s still worth watching. And maybe there’s some justification for his behavior.

Guy explains in a voice-over at the start of the movie that this is all part of a revenge plot. While “Bad Words” is no “The Count of Monte Cristo,” Bateman’s feature directorial debut is a crafty story with some unpredictable turns. Guy’s mysterious motives are the engine that propels the movie through some truly twisted comedy.

The DVD and Blu-ray (Universal, $30-$35) include commentary by Bateman and deleted scenes.

Washington Post

Also out Tuesday: “Bad Grandpa .5,” “Le Week-End,”

“Maidentrip,” “Nymphomaniac, Vols. 1 & 2,” “The Raid 2.”

 

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Share audio easily

The Wicked Audio Divvy ($10, www.wickedaudio.com) is an audio splitter designed so two people can listen to the same audio with each having an independent volume control.

It’s pocket-sized, it will work with most devices, and there’s no setup. Just plug in the single 3.5-millimeter end into a headphone port, and start listening at your comfortable volume levels.

A great thing: There are no batteries or recharging. It works on its own from the output of your audio source.

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