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.
Also out Tuesday: “Bad Grandpa .5,” “Le Week-End,”
“Maidentrip,” “Nymphomaniac, Vols. 1 & 2,” “The Raid 2.”
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.
McClatchy News Service
Stretch your brain
Everyone needs a mental stretch now and then. If you’re feeling unfocused or in need of a little cognitive pick-me-up, consider Elevate (free for iOS and Android devices), a brain-training program.
The app aims to improve your ability to focus, your reading comprehension and memory with quick exercises. The games take only a couple of minutes and are good for mental breaks throughout the workday. Users are rewarded for accuracy and speed and can track progress over time.
Users can access up to 15 games that are available with a “Pro” subscription, which will cost $7.99 a month or $14.95 a year.
Top 10 video games
1. “Mario Kart 8”
2. “Shovel Knight”
4. “Wolfenstein: The New Order”
5. “Watch Dogs”
6. “Ultra Street Fighter IV”
7. “Tropico 5”
8. “EA Sports UFC”
9. “Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition”
10. “Kero Blaster”