May 24th, 2015
Film: The Human Centipede: Final Sequence
Starring: Dieter Laser, Laurence R Harvey, Eric Roberts, Bree Olson
Directed by: Tom Six
Tom Six has somehow managed to ruin the fun of body horror and exploitation in just three films. If I wasn’t so pissed about that fact I might applaud him, but then again probably not as I have unfortunately sat through each of his three increasingly unwatchable feature-length creations.
The Human Centipede: Final Sequence serves as the final chapter of Tom Six’s medically impossible trilogy of extreme body modification and the monsters who carry it out. The film stars Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey, the stars of the two previous chapters, only this time they each play entirely new characters who exist in a world where the first two Centipede films also exist. Read more »
May 24th, 2015
The news that Netflix decided to renew Full House was met with equal amounts of confusion and excitement when revealed earlier this year. The confusion came from those who remembered the program for the hit-and-miss collection of oversized family antics it really was, while the excitement was provided by those who were too young to think critically about the program they were watching. We at UTG were fairly on the fence ourselves, opting to not hop aboard the celebratory Netflix bandwagon as we had so many times before, and now it seems we have one (or perhaps two) new reasons to be unsure whether or not Fuller House will be what fans think they want.
Confirmed Friday via Variety, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have decided they will not be taking part of Fuller House in any way, shape, or form. This means the character of Michelle, who the twins portrayed together, will also be absent from the show. Every other character and actor is still scheduled to return.
Shortly after the news broke, Executive producer Robert L. Boyett released this official statement: Read more »
May 24th, 2015
We have not been covering the proliferation of the #FreeTheNipple campaign, but Tove Lo definitely gave us a reason this weekend after flashing a crowd of thousands during the Boston Calling Music Festival.
Yes, the Swedish singer who rose to popularity with her need to stay high while getting over a breakup gave a sold out Boston Calling crowd a reason to be “Talking Body” all weekend long. In the middle of her afternoon set yesterday, May 24, Tove Lo raised her shirt and flashed a crowd of onlookers, many of whom were screaming at the top of their lungs. Tweets and videos from the incident can be found at the end of this post.
Back to #FreeTheNipple, a movement which Tove Lo has been actively supporting for some time. Free The Nipple is a film, an equality movement, and a mission to empower women across the world. Those who support it, including the UTG staff, stand against female oppression and censorship, both in the United States and around the globe. Click here for more information.
Tove Lo is going to be touring a lot this summer, so you better make sure you’re familiar with her music. Head over to iTunes and pick up Queen Of The Clouds today. Read more »
May 23rd, 2015
The teaser trailer for Black Mass we all saw back in April was a good way to introduce Johnny Depp’s take on notorious crime boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger without giving away an ounce of plot. The second trailer, released this weekend, shows just a bit more without giving away the whole shebang.
I never really thought of Rick Ross when reading about the dark and depraved crimes carried out by Whitey Bulger as he held the city of Boston in the palm of his hand, but the latest trailer for Black Mass may have me seeing things differently. Backed by the Jay Z-assisted track “The Devil Is A Lie,” our second look at Depp’s turn as Bulger is filled with violent imagery, smart-ass one-liners, and a general sense of ‘this is going to be make being a vicious gangster look cool.’ You can view the footage below.
Black Mass won’t be out until the end of summer, but it would be nice to see a bit more of the plot before that time comes. There are several frames in this trailer that seem to depict infamous crimes carried out by Whitey, but without any real sense of time it’s hard to know just what we’re seeing at any given time. That said, Depp looks to be giving his all to the role, and that alone gives me a good reason to see the film when it arrives in theaters September 18. Read more »
May 23rd, 2015
Rejoice, Lana Del Rey fans. The queen has spoken, and we have good news to report that will bring great joy to everyone who hears it.
Last night, Lana Del Rey took her summer 2015 tour to Washington State where she performed before a crowd of thousands. Though no video of this moment has surfaced, several fan reports from the event claim Lana told fans that her long-teased new album, Honeymoon, will hit stores in September. That’s just four short months away!
It’s a little hard to tell whether or not anyone is controlling Lana Del Rey’s rollout for Honeymoon up to this point. No single has been released, but the vocalist is currently selling lyric books featuring the title track on her current tour. She’s also reportedly shot a video for the album, not to mention randomly announcing major tidbits, like the release date, while performing in a city other than Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York City. Read more »
May 23rd, 2015
The hits just keep coming…
Just a few days after surprising everyone with the rock-driven vibes of “LSD,” A$AP Rocky has shared another exciting track off his upcoming sophomore release.
“Electric Body” is the kind of song that reminds you why you first fell in love with A$AP Rocky. Backed by unique production that toes the line between trap sensibilities and something a bit more futuristic, Rocky and longtime collaborator Schoolboy Q go in bar after bar with their signature tongue-tying flows. With the holiday weekend upon us, this is definitely the type of song you will want to blast with the windows down while cruising to the beach or a late night rendezvous with friends. You can stream the track below.
At.Long.Last.A$AP hits stores June 2. Read more »
May 23rd, 2015
Film: When Marnie Was There
Starring: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura
Directed By: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Based on Joan G. Robinson’s 1981 novel of the same name, When Marnie Was There is a beautifully affecting – and at times tragically depressive – animated feature from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty) and the iconic studio behind the works of legendary animator/director Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) and other beloved features such as Grave Of The Fireflies, Only Yesterday and most recently, The Tale Of Princess Kaguya.
At an hour and forty minutes, Yonebayashi manages to elicit emotional response from the viewer with ease as we witness our lead, Anna, a seemingly stressed introvert, cope with not just asthma – ostensibly the ailment that sets the plot in motion – but relatable issues for nearly any teen/pre-teen; Read more »
May 22nd, 2015
Mixtapes has always been a favorite around here at UTG, so it broke our hearts last year when the band announced that they’d be calling it quits. Today, the band has released These Are Us, an enormous collection of twenty-three songs from splits, b-sides, rarities, and non-album tracks that almost fill the Mixtapes-sized hole in our hearts.
There are quite a few songs here that don’t surpass the sixty-second mark and were clearly recorded as jokes – look no further than “Chicka Chicka Chicka Chicka Chicka” which features a pitch-corrected Ryan Rockwell singing about a dance, seemingly off the top of his head. Elsewhere, you’ll find some classic Mixtapes songs like the elusive Even On The Worst Nights b-side, “Coffee Party,” and Ryan’s despised “Hey Baby,” which is near impossible to get through without laughing. Even as a big Mixtapes fan, there are a few great songs here that I’ve never heard, like “I Was A Teenage Poltergeist” and a cover of The Hold Steady’s “Your Little Hoodrat Friend.” The compilation ends with an utterly ridiculous, fifteen-minute freestyle.
You can download These Are Us here via Paper and Plastick.
May 22nd, 2015
Have you heard about The Ongoing Concept? Formed in 2010, this four-piece rock band have been garnering a lot of attention for Handmade, their upcoming album release on Solid State Records. Part of the reason for that attention is the band’s unique approach to creating their album, which found them building every instrument used from scratch, and part of it has to do with the fact there are very few bands playing the kind of hard-hitting and emotionally-driven music the band delivers.
Today, May 22, The Ongoing Concept took their DIY approach one step further by releasing their video for “Unwanted,” which marks the first time most people will have heard anything off the band’s upcoming album. It’s a crazy infectious track, which swings from hard rock juggernaut to hook-heavy Warped Tour fodder and back again with seamless transitions, and the video is equally compelling. Using only their own camera skills, as well as a room full of mirrors, the band set to create the visuals for “Unwanted” entirely by themselves. The results are eye-popping to say the least, with quick cuts and sizzling performance footage leading the way, all while each member takes a turn holding the camera. You can view the video below. Read more »
May 22nd, 2015
Earlier this year, music writer Ernest Baker had the opportunity to shadow Drake while working on a feature for the popular site FourPins. In the resulting article, Baker wrote that the Toronto native only had two songs completed for the long-awaited album Views From The Six, including one track that featured Beyonce and had been recorded some time prior to 2015. No one thought we would hear that song any time soon, but late last night a collaborative effort between Drake and Bey titled “Can I” found its way online.
Rolling Stone brought to our attention this morning, May 22, that Drake and Beyonce’s first collaboration since “Mine” was available for the world to enjoy. Though the source of the leak has yet to be identified, the quality of the track is on par with something you would hear on an album. It’s not a collaboration in the classic sense, with each pop star having their individual time to shine, but instead Beyonce’s presence works as more of an accompaniment to the minimalist production. Queen B doesn’t have a verse at all, just repeated samples of the lines “Can I” and “Baby” mixed in amongst romance-tinged verses from Drake. You can stream the track, in full, below. Read more »
May 22nd, 2015
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt
Directed by: Gil Kenan
Thirty-three years after Tobe Hooper sent chills down the spines of audience members everywhere with his unique and thrilling Poltergeist film, a modern reboot has appeared with absolutely nothing new to share.
Directed by Gil Kenan, the 2015 version of Poltergeist borrows its core story from the original title, then attempts to twist the frame just enough with socioeconomic commentary to make things feel a bit more timely. A father, played admirably by Sam Rockwell, moves his disgruntled family into a foreclosure-hit neighbourhood after being laid off from his job with John Deere. The new home is located underneath power lines at the back of a cookie-cutter subdivision in the middle of America, and it doesn’t take long for the family’s three children to find a number of reasons they hate the new location. It’s the only place the family can afford, however, so they decide to try and make the best of it. Read more »
May 22nd, 2015
Starring: Britt Robertson, George Clooney
Directed By: Brad Bird
As the first shot rolls on Tomorrowland, we see Clooney’s Frank Walker talking to the camera about his pessimistic predilections towards the future. Once he is done telling his story, the camera pans over Britt Robertson’s Casey Newton, someone self-dubbed as an optimist as she smiles into the camera while Frank grunts.
It would be fair to say that watching these two ideological agendas play out amongst a swath of beautiful CGI would be fun, to say the least. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here. Brad Bird’s newest has so many worldviews and agendas battling each other in the narrative — some half-baked and some well fleshed out — that the intriguing inspiration behind the concept of Tomorrowland gets sunk under instances of preachy blathering. This is weird since Bird made a joke about the same overly verbose speeches used by villains in The Incredibles. Read more »