Reviews

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Nightcrawler’ Is A Visceral Thrill Ride

Film: Nightcrawler
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal
Directed by: Dan Gilroy

Nightcrawler brushes with greatness before settling for a solid story with one truly great performance.

When we first meet Lou Bloom at the top of Nightcrawler he is a lonely man desperate for work. Portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, Bloom is a quiet and reserved man who has spent far too much time on the Internet. He’s smart, but a lack of social skills prevents him from ever forging lasting connections with other people. To make ends meet, Bloom is a thief, taking everything that isn’t nailed down in order to keep …

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REVIEW: Seaway – ‘All In My Head’ EP

Artist: Seaway
Album: All In My Head
Genre: Pop Punk

I love a good album as much as the next person, but there is something far more exciting about stumbling across an almost perfect EP. When you only have four or five songs to work with, every note of every song matters. These releases can make or break careers, and in the case of Seaway’s latest release it seems an extended play may be just what the band needs in order to reach the next echelon of pop-punk popularity.…

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REVIEW: Pianos Become The Teeth – ‘Keep You’

Artist: Pianos Become The Teeth
Album: Keep You
Genre: Indie Rock
Label: Epitaph

The change felt on Keep You, the third full-length from Pianos Become The Teeth, was bound to happen. With the instant popularity of the draining end to The Lack Long After, listeners of the Baltimore area act were shown a new level of sonic illumination, something the band had always glimpsed at, but never fully realized until the end of their momentous work. With Keep You the band embraces the light at the end of the tunnel. Gone are the screams of anger and sorrow, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: You Have Never Seen Anything Quite Like ‘LFO’

Film: LFO
Starring: Patrik Karlson
Directed By: Antonio Tublen

Mind control becomes a lot more complicated than one amateur inventor expects in the new film LFO.

It’s been awhile since a foreign film swept me off my feet in its opening moments, but over the weekend that exact experience returned to my life in the form of Antonio Tublen’s LFO. It’s a tale of a man who stumbles upon a way to control people using frequencies akin to those that impact people with tinnitus. His efforts are somewhat noble at first, but things quickly take a turn for …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘John Wick’ Delivers Thrilling Action And Little Else

Film: John Wick
Starring: Keanu Reeves
Directed by: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski

Hell may have no fury like a woman scorned, but neither can hold a candle to the rage that fuels John Wick after losing everything he loves.

The world is a very cold and cruel place when we first meet John Wick, and rarely in the 96 minutes that follow do things ever look up. Hidden away from society after years spent in a life of crime, Wick is a strong and quiet man who is trying his best to mourn the untimely loss of his wife. Her …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Enter Shikari – “The Last Garrison”

Artist: Enter Shikari
Song: “The Last Garrison
Album: The Mindsweep

By the time Enter Shikari release The Mindsweep in early 2015 nearly three years will have passed since A Flash Flood of Colour arrived in stores. Enter Shikari have released material in the time between these releases, but any fan of the band knows there is a world of difference between the group’s singles and how they approach full-length recordings. The records Enter Shikari create are as much about delivering a cohesive listening experience with a clear message as they are keeping listeners on their toes from track …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Bring Me The Horizon – “Drown”

Artist: Bring Me The Horizon
Song: “Drown
Album: TBA

Eighteen months have passed since Bring Me The Horizon released their critically acclaimed album Sempiternal, and in that time the band has rarely had more than a moment to rest. From appearances, to sold out performances around the world, the men of Bring Me The Horizon have spent very little time at home in the last year. Somewhere along the line they did manage to enter the studio, albeit only long enough to produce one new song, and earlier this week that material found its way online.

One …

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REVIEW: Florida Georgia Line – ‘Anything Goes’

Artist: Florida Georgia Line
Album: Anything Goes
Genre: Country/Pop

Filled from front to back with anthems for a generation of music fans that grew up with a cornfield in their backyard and the internet in their pocket, Anything Goes solidifies Florida Georgia Line as an unstoppable force in the world of music.

If Here’s To The Good Times ushered in an age where phrases like ‘bro country’ are thrown around in regards to music sub-genres, Anything Goes proves Florida Georgia Line are capable of writing about things far more meaningful than parties. They still write about those as well, of …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Nymphomaniac Uncut’ Is Lars Von Trier’s Best Work

Film: Nymphomaniac Uncut
Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Directed By: Lars Von Trier

A year after releasing a distributor approved version of his finest work to date, filmmaker Lars Von Trier has finally shared the unflinching and completely uncut vision of Nymphomaniac with audiences worldwide.

There was never anything wrong with the version of Nymphomaniac that began to make its way through North America in winter 2013, but the two-part affair was not the film Lars Von Trier wanted audiences to experience. It was close, but not entirely complete. Nymphomaniac Uncut fills in the missing segments, offering more metaphors and gratuitous sex …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Automata’ Delivers A Familiar Story With Unforgettable Visuals

Film: Automata
Starring: Antonio Banderas
Directed By: Gabe Ibáñez

Robots have once again broke the protocols man set for them in the new film Automata.

Starring Antonio Banderas as Jacq Vaucan, Automata takes place in the not too distant future. Life on Earth has taken its typical dystopian turn, causing the worldwide population to dwindle to a mere 21 million. To aide us in our survival, mankind develops robots to build the machines needed to help sustain life on Earth and Jacq makes a living checking up on reports of faulty machines across his bustling city. These calls range …

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REVIEW: Hoodie Allen – ‘People Keep Talking’

Artist: Hoodie Allen
Album: People Keep Talking
Genre: Hip-hop

After half a decade of free tracks, mixtapes, and a slew of critically acclaimed EPs, Hoodie Allen is finally sharing his long-awaited debut album with the world. To say the results were worth the wait would be a massive understatement.

People Keep Talking is the culmination of countless miles, thousands of fans, millions of streams, and several years of hard work. Hoodie Allen, known to his mother as Steven Adam Markowitz, has been crisscrossing the globe since 2009 with a unique take on urban music that challenges the white boy rapper …

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LIVE REVIEW: Coheed And Cambria – ‘Neverender: In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3′

Under The Gun Review sent staff writer, Drew Caruso, to the House of Blues in Boston to experience Coheed And Cambria’s monumental album ‘In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3′ in full. Late on an Autumn evening, the fiction saw the real.

It was certainly difficult to ascertain the correct words to attribute my emotions upon heading to the House of Blues in Boston to experience one of the most influential and monumental albums of my short lifetime. Being only 12 when it first hit my ears, it was the album that made me question how I thought rock music …