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5 Movies That Mishandle Future Tech As Badly As ’Transcendence’

The future is both incredibly exciting and horribly terrifying at the same time. You never know what breakthroughs will be discovered from one day to the next, nor do you know who will be in control of said innovation once it has been found, and over the last several decades Hollywood has made many promising attempts to bring the idea of future tech and all its crazy possibilities to the big screen. Some work, like Looper or The Fifth Element, but others are so facepalm worthy the sheer idea of revisiting them makes you want slap yourself silly. This post is dedicated to the latter.

I really wanted to love Transcendence, but sitting in Boston press screening earlier this week I found myself slowing growing frustrated with numerous errors, flubs, and otherwise stupid things taking place on the giant screen in front of me. The idea of the singularity is one of the most talked about potential innovations of the modern age, and the possibility for its existence to do irreparable damage to our culture is very real, but somehow filmmaker Wally Pfister fails to bring any of that to life on screen. At least, not in a way that one would deem entertaining (or in some cases, even watchable).

Should I be upset? Not really. It’s just a movie after all, and there are bound to be a handful every year that are so maddening I feel moved to scream in a crowded theater. What I feel is disappointment, and it’s certainly not the first time a film featuring future tech managed to have that impact on me. I would average 40% of all science fiction films released in the last three decades, if not more, are completely laughable. Here are 5 examples: Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Jay Mohr On Stand-Up, George Carlin, And His “Hotel California”

“If anyone thinks my show was ‘pretty good,’ then I’ve completely failed.”

It’s hard to edit down an interview when the person you’re talking to is an incredible interviewer himself. Not only did Jay Mohr devote time to our conversation, but he often turned the table, asking me my opinion on various issues.

Furthermore, it is impossible to define Mohr in a succinct way, given that he’s done so many different things so well. You may recognize him as a stand-up comedian or an actor. You may have seen him on Saturday Night Live or listen to his podcast Mohr Stories, which has risen to the top of the ranks.

Regardless of what medium you’ve used to experience the charisma that Jay has to offer, it is undeniable that he is wholehearted and honest in all of his approaches. On April 5, after his stand-up performance at The Space in Westbury, NY, we talked to Jay about his ever-growing approach to success in an over-saturated world of comedy and media. Check out below the jump for a UTG exclusive interview, photos from Mohr’s set, and to see his upcoming tour dates. Read more »

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STREAM: Fun. – ‘Point And Light’

Record Store Day is almost upon us, and pop superstars Fun. will be participating in this year’s event with the release of Point and Light, a collection of demos recorded prior to the group’s 2009 debut album, Aim and Ignite. Physical copies will be available exclusively at independent stores tomorrow, but you can stream the five-song EP right now after the break.

Fans will no doubt be familiar with the final versions of these songs, but it’s still interesting to hear the progression that the arrangements went through before the official recording. “Light a Roman Candle With Me,” for instance, is stripped down to piano and vocals, which gives it an entirely different feeling.

In other Fun. news, vocalist Nate Ruess talked with Rolling Stone earlier this week about the state of the band’s upcoming third album, which is in the early stages of writing, and guitarist Jack Antonoff debuted his new project, Bleachers. Check out their first single and music video right here. Read more »

The Final Member

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Final Member’

Film: The Final Member
Directors: Jonah Bekhor, Zach Math

“More and more penises kept coming into the house,” Sigurour “Siggy” Hjartarson’s wife said of her husband’s growing habit. “Then it just got out of control.”

No, Siggy wasn’t turning his home into a brothel — he was merely gathering specimens for what would eventually become known as the Icelandic Phallological Museum. The Final Member is a documentary that focuses on Siggy, his museum, and his search for the one penis that has eluded him for nearly 40 years — that of a human being. Read more »

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Movie Review: ‘Wolf Creek 2′

Film: Wolf Creek 2
Directed by: Greg McLean
Starring: John Jarratt

There was a not a lot left at the end of Wolf Creek to warrant the creation of a sequel, but filmmaker Greg McLean has pulled off something akin to a flawed miracle with Wolf Creek 2. It’s bigger, slicker, and far bloodier than the original, but it also expands the universe found in the first film in ways that are wacky and – for the most part – genuinely entertaining. Read more »

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Move Over Batman, “Trapman” is The Hero Pop Music Needs

If you have never heard of Astro Safari USA before this moment you’re about to have a very, very exciting Friday.

A lot of people have been fortunate enough to portray Batman over the last hundred years. Christian Bale, George Clooney, Adam West, an eccentric billionaire named Bruce Wayne, and more. Only one person has ever been so blessed that the unseen powers that control the universe saw fit to dub them Trapman, and fortunately for the rest of us that person has decided to share their gift for wordplay with the rest of the world via Astro Safari USA’s new single. It’s modern pop-funk with the rap prowess of something akin to a genius lion with the opposable thumbs necessary to hold a microphone and a hook that just won’t quit. Experience “Trapman” for yourself, below: Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: The Tontons @ Middle of the Map Fest

When you think of Houston, TX, what do you think of? ZZ Top? Destiny’s Child? Maybe…Blue October? Some southern gospel…maybe? But chilled-out indie isn’t necessarily the vibes I get when I think about one of the largest cities in the country. But The Tontons deliver just that. The band just released their latest album, Make Out King and Other Stories of Love, and have caught some glances, not only with the album itself, but with their relaxing, yet in-your-face live show that leaves nothing in its path.

As they made their way to Kansas City for Middle of the Map Festival, Under the Gun had a chance to sit down with them to talk about the record, their huge summer plans, and the future. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Authors Anonymous’

Film: Authors Anonymous
Directed by: Ellie Kanner
Starring: Kaley Cuoco, Chris Klein, Dennis Farina

Good or bad, Authors Anonymous would still be worth watching if for no other reason than it represents the final performance of Dennis Farina. The criminally underrated actor passed away in July, left behind more than 30 years of memorable film and television performances, and I still haven’t gotten over his egregious omission from the “In Memoriam” tribute at this year’s Academy Awards.

As much as I love complaining about the Oscars, I’m sure there will be another time for that. This is a film review, after all. But Farina’s performance in this film, adding a lovable and relatable layer to an otherwise smarmy, narcissistic and slightly delusional aspiring novelist is exemplary of his excellent body of work. Read more »

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SINGLE REVIEW: Benny Benassi & John Dahlback – “Blink Again”

In 2014, John Dahlback and Benny Benassi have little left to prove. While Dahlback has been a staple within the electro house music scene for years through his productions and record label, Benassi has reigned as an international superstar whose popularity has transcended electronic music and bled over into the mainstream. Thus, both artists could easily throw in the production towel and perform at clubs across the globe for the rest of their days, but it appears their intentions lie elsewhere on their Ultra Records backed single, “Blink Again.” Read more »

Famous Last Words

Watch Famous Last Words’ Trailer For Upcoming ‘Two Faced Charade’ Film

Famous Last Words‘ most recent album is titled Two Faced Charade. This particular album is a story, and a lengthy one at that. In addition to the album, the band supplied a written story to go along with it. It seems that storyline is not done quite yet, and the band will be releasing a Two Faced Charade film. The band hasn’t revealed what the film will necessarily be about, except for the “true story” behind the album. You can watch the teaser below the break.

According to the band, the film will be available through InVogue Records’ YouTube channel. They haven’t indicated when that will come out, but we imagine it will be pretty soon. Read more »

Sylar

Sylar Stream ‘To Whom It May Concern’ In Full

It recently came to light that Sylar‘s upcoming album, To Whom It May Concern, leaked online nearly a month early. Once an album has leaked, there really isn’t much a band can do to fix it. One step that can be done though is to host an official stream of the album. This helps draw fans to their official page(s) and will hopefully inspire them to purchase the album legally instead of downloading it. This is what Sylar and their label have done, and you can stream To Whom It May Concern below the jump.

Physical pre-orders are available to purchase by heading to their MerchNow page. If you prefer to just grab a digital copy, you can also pre-order it on iTunes. Read more »

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‘Jersey Boys’ Trailer: Another Broadway Classic Attempts Big Screen Glory

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the upcoming big screen adaptation of the musical known as Jersey Boys.

I am not sure anyone knew what to think when Clint Eastwood announced his next project would be the adaptation of globally acclaimed musical about The Four Seasons, but witnessing the first footage this evening it’s clear the material is in good hands. The deep blacks and bright lights of the silver screen icon’s more recent directorial work is present here once again, and truth be told it works well to set the tone of a alternative reality where people bursting into musical numbers seems completely normal surprisingly well. I want to ramble more, but let’s get to the footage first: Read more »