Posts Tagged ‘editorial’


The 6 Must See Films Of IFF Boston 2014

It’s that time of year again!

Today marks the beginning of the 2014 Independent Film Festival Boston, and per usual UTG is on the scene with two writers who will be bringing you reviews and insight into this year’s screenings. There are over 100 films playing this year, but you and I both know there is no way in hell anyone has the time or physical ability to see them all. So, in an attempt to lessen the frustration caused by pouring over schedules and choosing between conflicting features, we have compiled a list of six films you absolutely must …


No Scrubs Allowed: TLC’s ‘Fanmail’ Turns 15

When I was in fifth grade my teacher asked everyone in class to fill out a form that listed our interests and hobbies. When I graduated high school, that same teacher returned everyone’s forms, allowing us a few moments to reflect on the even younger people we once were. My favorite food was pizza, my favorite pet was my cat, Ivy, and my favorite song, which for some reason I felt the need to write in all caps, was TLC’s “No Scrubs.” You know, typical 10-year-old boy stuff.

I woke this morning to a tweet from our good friends …


Editorial: ‘So Far Gone’ Turns 5

Taking a second look at the mixtape that sounded like an album.


Editorial: 3 Ways to Improve Movie Trailers That Would Better The Theater Going Experience

A story in The Hollywood Reporter this week revealed that the National Association of Theater Owners are currently working on a new set of guidelines for the exhibition of movie trailers in cinemas across the country. The changes come as a response to complaints theater owners have received from patrons claiming current standards allow trailers to be both too long and often far too revealing.

In order to improve the theater going experience for audiences nationwide, NATO is currently proposing a plan that will limit the length trailers are allowed to be from two-and-a-half minutes to only two minutes. Additionally, …

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EDITORIAL: When Keeping It Drill Goes Wrong

There was a voice in the back of my mind that told me as soon as I ran a piece on my love of ludicrous hip-hop that I would then find myself inundated with tracks that would make me regret having ever opened my mouth. If you read UTG on a regular basis you already know we ran that editorial, and today I am here to tell you that little voice was right.

Yesterday afternoon, a song by the name of “Go Crazy” was brought to my attention by someone familiar with UTG’s appreciation for over-the-top rap music. The …

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EDITORIAL: Why ‘August: Osage County’ Had The Biggest Emotional Effect On Me Of Any Film From 2013

As of this morning, I have now experienced all three films adapted from Tracy Letts’ screenplays spanning the past 7 years. Bug and Killer Joe, both directed by William Friedkin, were wildly unsettling in very different ways. Led by phenomenal acting from Michael Shannon and Matthew McConaughey, respectively, both films are ones I’ve found myself returning to solely for the utterly terrifying, often darkly comedic, yet ultimately shocking results. Letts’ most recent screenplay, August: Osage County, is a straight-forward look into the lives of a highly dysfunctional family, and while some themes found in his earlier works could …


Editorial: The Reason I Love Ridiculous Rap Music

This will probably come as no great surprise to people who have followed my writing, but I absolutely love ridiculous rap music. Label it as trap, gangster, or straight-up ego overload set to music, I don’t care what it is called as long as the bass hits hard and the lyrics ooze a sense of confidence that likens whoever is delivering the verse to a deity (or better). I want to close my eyes and picture myself surrounded by my closest friends at the greatest party imaginable while fulfilling every goal I have set for myself, and I want it …


Hopes Are The Future Of Czech Hardcore

There is nothing I love more than waking up to find a great song or video waiting in my inbox from a band I was yet to discover. Maybe it’s just me, but I have always found that experiencing good art (music/literature/etc) early in the day motivates me to do more with the hours ahead. My mind is still curious in the morning. I’m not weighed down by the stresses of the day or distracted by work I have waiting. In the morning I am just trying to put myself into motion, and for whatever reason good art makes me …


EDITORIAL: My Love/Hate Relationship With ‘The Ring’

Hi, I’m Senior Staff Writer Justin Proper and I am completely terrified of The Ring. This is not a joke, this is an honest confession from an avid horror lover about one of the only movies to ever scare me. I have only seen the film in it’s entirety three times. Once in theaters, once a year after that to face my fears, and then I never watched that motherfucker again until tonight.

Even now as I write this (an endeavor I took part in at this hour to distract myself) I am overly aware of every little sound …

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EDITORIAL: Dear Record Labels – Please Upload And Maintain Your Video Archives

December is typically a slow month for music news, but this week was given a jolt of life in recent days when country icon Garth Brooks announced he will be touring next year for the first time in over a decade. When I initially saw this headline I first spent thirty-sixty seconds in a fanboy daze of the return of the man who delivered “Standing Outside The Fire,” and when that buzz began to die down I headed to YouTube in search of the song’s official video. After multiple searches, some including the term ‘HD,’ the best version I could …


James Shotwell’s ‘Best Of 2013′ In Music

When 2012 was coming to a close I distinctly remember the majority of alternative music critics commenting that the year had been ‘something special.’ As 2013 begins to wind down I have found the same thing being said from the same people, and I think I too have to agree. For reasons entirely my own, this year offered a diverse selection of fantastic music, with countless releases possessing the power to change lives. I thought long and hard about the releases that made the following lists, but in the interest of brevity decided to only write at length about the …


Don’t End 2013 Without Falling In Love With These 5 Pop Songs

The year seems to be winding down faster than usual, and it feels like every time I get a minute to surf the net I stumble across a new ‘best of’ lists that commands me to give a portion of precious free time to an album someone I more often than not have never met believes has the power to change lives. They may be right, but if I’m being perfectly honest there is rarely a day when I have the time to add an entire new release to my listening routine. Some days I don’t listen to any album …