Jet Fuel Jukebox for 2/21/17

Jukebox_picYet again it is Tuesday, signifying the update for our Jet Fuel Jukebox playlist!

This week, Jake and I have each highlighted a brand new track that opens each of our halves of the playlist. Jake’s pick is “Love” by Lana Del Rey, while I’ve chosen “High” by Little Dragon. Other than that, the other 18 songs include artists like Syd, The Naked And Famous, and Banks. You won’t want to miss this one!

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Jet Fuel Jukebox’s Valentine’s Day Spectacular

Jukebox_picHappy Valentine’s Day, listeners! In honor of the holiday, Jake and I have put together a playlist brimming with love songs.

I’ve gone old school for this, choosing all of your mom’s favorite romantic tracks, with highlights from Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, and Elton John. Jake, on the other hand, has included recent love songs from pop icons like Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Carly Rae Jepsen.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Jet Fuel Jukebox for 2/7/17

Jukebox_picYou know what day it is, don’t you? Yeah, it’s Tuesday, and it’s time for a new Jukebox.

This week I updated my half of the playlist (the second half) with only K-pop songs, since I’ve been on a real bad K-pop kick lately. If you’re looking for more domestic tunes, then I’ll point you to Jake’s half of the playlist, which features the likes of Lady Gaga, Kehlani, and Drake.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Welcome Home: A Review of “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard”

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It’s been a little more than 20 years since the release of the original Resident Evil changed the landscape of video games forever. It’s a game series I literally grew up with, as it saw its original American release mere months before I was born. My initial encounters with the game were through watching my older brother and cousins play it for countless hours, all before I even had any idea how to handle a controller in order to experience it myself, which I later would many times. It, along with some of its sequels, are among my favorite games of all time, and it’s safe to say that Resident Evil holds a special place in my heart. While I was eagerly anticipating Resident Evil 7, I did so with bated breath following several missteps among the series in recent years. But, I’m glad to say that Resident Evil 7 is the game that fans of the series have been waiting years for.

Resident Evil has been one of gaming’s most successful, important, and influential franchises, having introduced several groundbreaking ideas to the medium throughout its storied existence. With its latest iteration, developer Capcom hoped to revitalize their survival horror series after some not-so-stellar efforts that have come as of late. Resident Evil 7 incorporates a perfect mixture of ideas both old and new, effectively re-introducing mechanics that the earliest entries were originally built upon as well as instituting entirely new concepts that, for the most part, work, including the major shift from a third-person perspective to first-person.

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Jet Fuel Jukebox for 1/24/17

Jukebox_picJake and I have officially returned to school, so we thought it appropriate to return to the Jukebox as well.

This week’s playlist features new songs from Run the Jewels, Halsey, and Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, as well as older favorites from J. Cole, Sky Ferreira, and The xx.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Michael Lane’s Top 10 Films of 2016

Don’t even try to tell me that 2016 was a bad year for film. I found myself falling in love with new films week after week from the beginning of the year until its final days. Be it the year’s biggest blockbusters, the indie-est of horror flicks, or those found in between, the output from filmmakers in 2016 was absolutely remarkable.

I ended up condensing this down from a lengthy list of 35, and it wasn’t easy. Actually, ranking these films could’ve been an even harder task, but I sadly didn’t get to see every film I wanted to in 2016 — the most unfortunate among them being Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, and Jackie, which I’m sure would have all been strong contenders. And before I get to the actual list, below you will find a number of standouts that just barely missed the cut for the top 10.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Captain America: Civil War – Dir. Anthony Russo, Joe Russo (streaming on Netflix)
  • The Witch – Dir. Robert Eggers (streaming on Amazon Prime)
  • Zootopia – Dir. Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush (streaming on Netflix)
  • Hacksaw Ridge – Dir. Mel Gibson
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane – Dir. Dan Trachtenberg

Like I said before, there were plenty of films I loved this year. Here are the best of the best:

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City of Stars: A Review of “La La Land”

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Movies are supposed to feel magical. They transport us to worlds both familiar and alien, relay stories ranging between grandeur and intimate scale, and introduce us to an array of characters we’ve known our entire lives along with those we’ve yet to meet. La La Land, from Whiplash writer-director Damien Chazelle, is 2016’s most magical and completely marvelous film. From start to finish, La La Land pays homage to classical Hollywood musicals in a wholly engaging and visually stunning tribute — one that features class performances from co-leads Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, who impressively dance and sing along to its wonderful soundtrack.

Emma Stone plays Mia, a young, aspiring actress desperately hoping to make her break in Hollywood, but is unfortunately stuck working a barista job on a soundstage lot. Opposite her, Ryan Gosling’s Sebastian is a down-on-his-luck pianist whose admiration for jazz guides his desire to manage his own jazz club in L.A., but is rather left performing renditions of Christmas songs at a local restaurant.

The two eventually find what they’ve always needed in each other, but as these things always go, there’s initially some chance encounters in which the two butt heads and express how uninterested they are in each other. But it’s apparent that the pair has wonderful chemistry, brought to light early on in one of the film’s best pieces, “A Lovely Night.” The couple elegantly dances around an L.A. street corner as the sun sets — the scene not only being gorgeous to look at, but Stone and Gosling’s voices evoke similarly as much beauty.

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