Greatest Hits: A Review of “Bleed For This”
Bleed For This, from writer-director Ben Younger, is yet another in a long line of recently released boxing films. Based on the real-life story of Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, Bleed For This is unfortunately unable to stray from the familiar trappings found in countless boxing films before it. However, it is still successful in many aspects — most notably the dedicated lead performance from Miles Teller and Larkin Seiple’s excellent cinematography — even if it’s never allowed to reach its full potential due to middling fight editing and choreography.

Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller) isn’t soft spoken or humble, and he’s definitely not a Rocky type. Instead, he’s a loudmouth, frequents strip-clubs, and has a gambling addiction. But he’s also freakishly dedicated, and an impressive boxer to boot. Bleed For This moves through the motions in its first 45 minutes, still being entirely enjoyable as Younger shows off the aforementioned traits of Pazienza through a couple of his most pivotal matches.

The downside, however, is that it all feels too comfortable in the beginning; these are scenes and character archetypes that we’ve all seen before. But then we’re thrown a curveball when Pazienza is involved in a horrific car accident that breaks his neck.

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Basement Dwelling: The Top 25 Albums of 2016 (Part 1)

It’s over. It’s finally over (well, almost). I’m ready to say goodbye to you, 2016. You were a cruel year. You killed many of our greatest musicians, actors, and artists, completely derailed our government both here in the US and across the pond, and saw the goddamn deaths of both David Bowie and Prince. Hate has been encouraged in our society at a sickeningly high level, Batman v Superman kind of sucked, and Pokemon Go was popular for like two weeks (which was two weeks too long). Just so many disappointments.

But even through all of that, there was a lot of good music. Music that is not only good on its own, but which also provided an escape to help ease the pain of what has been an absolute shitstorm of a year — something that the best art of any medium you love — film, literature, etc. — should succeed in doing.

There were so many amazing albums that I loved over the past 12 months, but sadly I’ve had to narrow those down to a mere 25. My hope is that as you read my list, you can find some new music to dig into and become just as much of a fan of as I am, because recommending music to people is something that makes me feel good inside. It’s something I love to do because I care so deeply about the medium. So, I introduce you to my top 25 albums of the year — a list of sounds and visuals that give us life, something we all need now more than ever.

Below are my picks for #25-11. Be sure to check back next week for my top 10 list.

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Artist’s Portfolio: Alex Turner

Found below is a collection of intriguing and enveloping paintings by Lewis University student Alex Turner. We’re ecstatic to feature his nine paintings, which we’ve interspersed throughout this post along with Turner’s bio and process piece.
Discover for yourself the awesome work of this young artist.

Alex Turner
Alex Turner

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Artist’s Portfolio: Mervyn John

Found below is a collection of the vibrant, brilliant photography of Mervyn John, a Lewis University student we’re incredibly happy to feature here. We’ve interlaced John’s bio and process piece between the eight hand-picked photographs we’ve highlighted in this post. See for yourself the stunning artistry of this young talent.

Mervyn John
Mervyn John

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Jet Fuel Jukebox for 11/29/16

Jukebox_picThis is a big week for us here at the Jet Fuel Review! Today we have an “Artist’s Portfolio” from a Lewis University student, Mervyn John, so be sure to check out his stunning photography. Tomorrow, come back to see a similar feature focusing on Alex Turner, another Lewis University student artist. And, of course, don’t forget to marvel at the 12th issue of our journal, which drops on Thursday, December 1st!

As for the Jukebox, we have yet another phenomenal playlist (are you surprised?).

Jake and I both picked a song off of The Weeknd’s latest LP, Starboy, which dropped this past Friday. Other remarkable artists this week include A Tribe Called Quest, Chance The Rapper, John Mayer, and Florence + The Machine.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Editor’s Notes #185

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Hello, blog readers! I hope your November has been a pleasant one. Before we look back on some recent posts here on the blog, I want to remind you all that the Jet Fuel Review‘s 12th issue will be released on December 1st. This latest issue will be celebrated at an event at Lewis University, the institution that supports this journal. If you are a student, please consider coming to the launch event!

In recent weeks, there have been several Jet Fuel Jukebox posts. If you’re looking for some new tunes, be sure to check out these posts.

We’ve had several great review posts go up on the blog. These include Michael Lane’s review of “Arrival,” Bree Scott’s review of “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” and Sam Gennett’s review of “Searching for Sugar Man.” In addition, Haley Renison analyzed “Thank God for Girls.”

Here on the blog, we featured several perspectives on the film “City of God.” First, two Lewis University students — Reno Stramaglia, a senior biology major, and Donatas Ruzys, a senior working towards a Bachelors of Science in Biology — reviewed the film. Then, managing editor Sam Gennett reviewed the film as well.

If you missed any of these posts, I encourage you to look back at them now. And be sure to check out the Jet Fuel Review‘s 12th issue this Thursday, December 1st.

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Woodstock’s Loss: A Review of “Searching for Sugar Man”

Most “rockumentaries” follow a standard formula: baby pictures, interviews with family members, the rise to fame, and the tragic drug overdose concluding with the death of the artist.

However, Malik Bendjelloul’s documentary on long, lost musician Sixto Rodriguez breaks this traditional format in Searching for Sugar Man. It’s a film one-part rockumentary and another part mystery, as a music journalist goes on a quest to find out what really happened to the enigmatic singer — did he really set himself on fire at a show? Or was it a bullet to the head?

The beginning of Bendjelloul’s film depicts animations of Rodriguez, an unknown troubadour in America but South Africa’s equivalent to Bob Dylan, walking down a Detroit street.

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