Here’s some of the best and worst films I happened to catch in the cinema this year!
(FYI these are MY faves, it’s totally cool if they’re not yours…)
Best of the bunch:
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels
Based on the book by Andy Weir, The Martian follows astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) after he is left wounded and stranded on Mars, thought dead by his evacuated crew. Now you can imagine this could play out as a “Cast Away 2: Stranded on Mars” but what follows during the next 2 and a half hours is a humanistic, and at times humourous, look at a man surviving alone on an uninhabitable planet with only his intelligence and wit for company – which he uses in abundance. There are few times that you feel sorry for Damon’s character, proving that a trained mind can survive just about anything, while instead you are rooting for his small successes in a big universe. Truly enjoyable and visually fantastic.
Neck Deep released Life’s Not Out To Get You on the 14th of August via Hopeless Records. It definitely lives up to Neck Deep’s former glories. In a way they’ve gotten even better. The lyrics are more powerful, and the music is more intricate, interesting, and catchy.
‘Can’t Kick Up The Roots’ was the first song on the album they released, and it was a good choice for a first; catchy, punchy, and safely pop punk. ‘Gold Steps’ is the stand out of the album, accompanied by a video of the band going down a house estate, playing on a skate ramp on top of a trailer, being followed by their fans. It’s is a lovely homage to the community nature of pop punk, and it was made by Kyle Thrash (another one of our favourite video makers).
Check out our full review here. You can get it here, itunes, or stream it on spotify.
Words by Lissa
The Wonder Years released their fifth studio album on the 4th of September via Hopeless Records. It flits between stadium rock and pop punk, resulting in an epic, catchy, and talented collection of songs.
Cardinals was the first single they released. Accompanying it is a heartbreaking video directed by Kevin Slack (who we’ve talked about before, he’s one of our favourites). This song, like the album is about dealing with loss and the heartache that comes along with it.
Get the album here, on itunes, or stream it on spotify.
Words by Lissa
Copacetic was released on July 31st via Rise Records. They’ve stepped up their music talents with this album, it’s steps ahead of 2014’s While I Stay Secluded.
The second track ‘Disdain’ which was the first song they released, sounds most like their old stuff, structured and sung very much in the way of today’s popular pop punk songs. The highlight is track 6 ‘Evergreen’, an infusion of all the genres present in the album, but the album ends with an unnecessarily long 7:52 minutes of ‘Untitled’.
Cry Baby is the debut album from Melanie Martinez and was released on the 14th of August via Atlantic Records and debuted at number one on the Alternative Albums Chart. It’s an ambitious concept album. The bubble gum exterior is seeped in incredibly dark undertones, tackling subjects such as death, deperession, and abuse.
The Story So Far released their self titled on the 19th of May via Pure Noise Records. While still being aggressive, sorrowful, and punchy, this album also brings a timid and more cleaner sound than what we usually get from a TSSF album.
Minority 905 are an unsigned pop punk 4 piece from Ontario and they released their debut album ‘Broken, Not Beaten’ on December 12th.
The album doesnt start off with its strongest song but it improves as it goes along, combining the sounds of early 2,000s pop punk and modern-day college rock. The vocals sound best when they’re a little bit rougher, like in the chorus of Ripped Me Out.Their Green Day influences are heavy evident in the slowed down Moonwalker, and the album ends with an acoustic ‘Summer Air’.
You can get it here or stream it over on spotify!
‘Wasted’ is from french pop punkers Stay Gone’s upcoming EP Charades due out on January the 6th via No Panic! Records.
Brawlers released their debut album Romantic Errors of our Youth in April via Alcopop! Records. Standing at ten songs in length, it’s full of angst, honesty and good old fashioned punk rock.
Four Year Strong released their self titled on June 2nd 2015 via Pure Noise Records. It’s their first full length since 2011’s In Some Way, Shape, or Form. For the most part this album is a lot lighter than their usual stuff. It opens with a staticy build up into a sort of heavy synth and leads into their familiar aggressive pop punk. It’s the perfect album for live shows, there are plenty of opportunities for jumping and has a plethora of mosh pit worthy breakdowns. Continue reading