The following is an excerpt from a review of The Jonas Brothers: 3D Concert Experience.

It was clear from the outset that “A Hard Day’s Night” “The Jonas Brothers: 3D Concert Experience” was in a different category from the rock musicals that had starred Elvis and his imitators. It was smart, it was irreverent, it didn’t take itself seriously, and it was shot and edited by Richard Lester Bruce Hendricks in an electrifying black-and-white 3D, semi-documentary style that seemed to follow the boys during a day in their lives. And it was charged with the personalities of the Beatles Jonas Brothers, whose one-liners dismissed the very process of stardom they were undergoing. “Are you a mod or a rocker?” Ringo The cute Jonas Brother is asked at a press conference. “I’m a mocker,” he says.

I have spent much of this season trying to put a Beatles spin on a Jonas Brothers movie. That’s not very helpful. If you’re going to watch the Jonas Brothers movie, you should be prepared for it. It doesn’t help all that much, just like it doesn’t make it hurt less if you are told in advance about the groin shot you’re about to take, but it’s only right that you know what you’re in for.

But sitting back and saying, “This is pretty much the worst video ever made” doesn’t help either because as Kip points out, “like anyone can even know that.”

So, with a level head I will procede with the actual good. The actual bad is far too easy to point out, so I’m ignoring it for today.

It may not need to be said, but Verdell Jones III has made huge strides this season. A month ago I wouldn’t have given him much chance of serious playing time next year, but he has clearly gotten stronger and has a much better sense of what he needs to do with the ball. Shiney bright spot number one.

Nick Williams has had a quietly good season. He hasn’t made the visible strides that VJIII has made, but he’s definitely improved. I’m basing this off nothing more than my memory of the beginning of the year, but I don’t think he had as far to come. He wasn’t making the kind of mistakes VJIII was making and wasn’t getting tossed around quite as much. He is and will be a great asset to this team when he pulls up for mid range jump shots. 12-15 and he’s golden. Inside or outside of that and I’m not thrilled with his shot selection, but if we can get him the ball around the free throw line in the heart of a 2-3 he can really carve it up.

Tom Crean has done a remarkable job game planning this year. It seems like every move he’s made this year, from a strategic stand-point has been the right one. The switching defenses, the decision to go box and one or triangle and two have been hard to prepare for and have kept us in a lot of games. This kids didn’t know how to win at this level. They still don’t, but to have them in so many games against some very good teams, speaks volumes to Crean’s preparation and game planning. We played Michigan State down to the wire and they’re a very possible Final Four team this year.

Tom Crean has also done a tremendous job keeping the spirits of this team up, but even more amazing than that, he’s been able to put on a brave face in front of the cameras. He has never let it slip how hard this has been for him in public where the team could see it. This is killing him inside. How could it not? But he has sounded the right note to keep his team from hanging its collective head all season.

I’m not ready to start talking about next year yet. Give me a week and that’s all I’ll be thinking about, but for right now we’ve got Penn State on Thursday in a winnable game. If we can play MSU tight like that, there’s no reason we can’t beat Penn State. I don’t think we’re going to need anymore Inspire Indiana trivia questions than the ones that have already been written, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see us playing on Friday.

I assure I’ve never once listened to this song. Tell me how bad it is.

This on the other hand is great. I’ve been to Marlybone Station where this was filmed and as an aside, if you run down the street they ran down at the beginning and turn left as they did you will actually be running away from the station, not across the street towards it.

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