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UTG SPECIAL FEATURE: Best Live Photos Of 2011

2011 has been an epic year for UTG and there may be no clearer proof than the shots captured by our amazing photography team. We covered more events this year than any year prior and, after hours of review, have come up with twenty that we feel best encapsulate our journey.

Featuring the work of Melanie Hodgins, Kellie Gannon, Christopher Blincoe, and Tori Thomas, the following shots were selected by the photographers themselves and offer only a taste of their overall skill(s). Click through to see which shots made the cut and keep a lookout for even more coverage in …

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REASONABLE REMAKES: 2011 – A Retrospective

Under The Gun is continuing our efforts to bring you more original and engaging content with REASONABLE REMAKES. Written by film-nerd Justin Proper, this column aims to highlight Hollywood’s forgotten gems and spark debate.

You see, we’ve grown tired of Hollywood rehashing ideas we’re old enough to remember. Why remake something the majority of the planet still remembers and loves deeply when there are tons of films that deserve a chance to be as great as modern technology and skill can make them? If you agree, this column is for you.

2011 was a great year for remakes. …

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UTG LIST: Top 10 Music Videos Of 2011

Continuing our celebration of 2011, Under The Gun Review is excited to unveil our picks for the best music videos of the year.

2011 was a damn creative year for the majority of the music industry. While many still clung to performance clips for dear life, hundreds (probably thousands) of great acts felt the creativity bug and offered up some really compelling visual accompaniments that we felt deserved a bit more of your attention. So without further ado, may we present our ten favorite clips of the year:…

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UTG’s Best Of 2011: Music

2011 is coming to a close and as such, it is time to announce who we think delivered the best entertainment of the year.

This year has been huge, both for entertainment and Under The Gun, so cutting things down to a simple top 10 list proved damn near impossible. To combat this, we decided to let each member of our staff, if they desired, create a list of their favorite albums, Eps, single, and the like. You can view those lists after the jump.

The following lists are only the beginning of UTG’s 2011 celebration. Stay tuned for our …

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Artist

Film: The Artist
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo

In a year filled with stunning cinematic achievements, the one film you truly need to see is faithfully rooted in Hollywood’s glorious past. The Artist, a new silent film directed by Michel Hazanavicius, was made with such profound respect and devotion to rise of cinema that most will not be able to differentiate it from the reels that held Alan Crosland’s The Jazz Singer. It is not for everyone, but the true devotees to the silver screen need look no further for this season’s best pick.…

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REVIEW: Weatherbox – Follow The Rattle Of The Afghan Guitar

Artist: Weatherbox
Album: Follow the Rattle of the Afghan Guitar
Genre: Rock
Label: Youth Conspiracy Records

The intriguingly titled EP Follow the Rattle of the Afghan Guitar is a good, enjoyable release filled with soul-searching and furtive glimpses forward and back. The songs are slow-burning and jazzy, doing their utmost to get the listener bopping, but the EP is a little too ordinary and everyday in its execution to really appeal to me. I like the loose, cool sound and it does make for a relaxing listen, but it doesn’t seem to be saying or doing anything new or particularly …

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REVIEW: Get Scared – Best Kind Of Mess

“I can tell you that there are many who will hate this, as tends to be the case with such wannabe forays into perilously scene territory. Yet, for all its pastiche tendencies, Best Kind of Mess is actually a lot of fun and much better than its silly lyrics and theatrical postering might suggest.”

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MOVIE REVIEW: Midnight In Paris

Midnight In Paris is a movie for people that not only love books, but also those who appreciate the art of filmmaking and literature as a whole. It is one of Allen’s best works, especially in recent years, and has a cast you will not be able to resist swooning over.”

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IFF BOSTON: Wrap-up/Top films

Editor/Founder James Shotwell has finally recovered from IFF Boston and brings us a final review of the festival, as well as he favorite flicks. Click through to learn more about this great indie experience and which films you’ll need to see this Fall!