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Sharknado 2: The Second One - Review

It’s the sequel that seemingly everyone has been waiting for. Sharknado was an absolute sensation whenever it first premiered, but the sequel looked to top its absurdity, gore, hilarity, and sheer awesomeness. So does “The Second One” accomplish all of that? Pretty damn much.

Sharknado 2 takes place shortly after the events of the first. Having had quite enough of the beach and their shark related weather disasters, Finn and April are heading to New York to spend time with his family, Finn is almost instantly recognized on the flight, although no longer as a professional surfer, but rather as the hero that got eaten by a shark and lived to tell the tale. April’s famous too as a successful author of her new book “How To Survive A Sharknado” (they have to be in stores soon). However, the film jumps right into the action as the plane is hit by a Sharknado that comes inexplicably out of nowhere. April loses her hand, the pilots become shark lunch, but Fin (the professional surfer) luckily knows how to land planes and saves all the passengers… minus April’s hand but whatever she has a second one. April goes to the hospital, while Finn goes to meet his sister Ellen and her husband and oldtime friend Martin and their kids. The family doesn’t believe Fin when he warns them that the Sharknadoes are coming back, but the family obviously finds that silly and they all go about their day. The movie makes more of an effort than the first to have somewhat of a story as you can see with the relationships the family has with each other which isn’t exactly perfect especially whenever Fin’s sassy old lover Skye comes into the picture. 

After all that boring “plot development,” the Sharknadoes hit and death falls upon the poor New Yorkers. All while this is happening the actual Weather Channel is reporting hourly updates such as “incoming southern shark winds” and “how many inches of shark will be falling per hour.” Because you know, that shit makes total sense! You seriously can’t make this stuff up.

Sharknado 2 decides to pull an Adam Sandler and use dozens (literally) of pointless cameos that serve no purpose to anything relevant. It’s really obnoxious in Sandler’s movies, but whenever the movie isn’t trying to be good in the first place, it’s downright hilarious! Some of the highlights are when Will Wheaton gets decapitated, Jared from Subway gets his friend’s blood on his $5 foot long, and the Michael and Kelly show gets invaded by sharks. Michael Strahan catches a shark with his bare hands and Kelly impales one with her heels! Al Roker even kills one with that terrifying smile he manages to have even when up at 6am.

As you can tell, the action is as outrageous as the original, but does the finale live up to its predecessor? Although it IS good, it’s not quite as outrageously amazing as the original. April gets a chainaw arm, but she totally stole that from Evil Dead.  The discovery Fin makes at the end of “The Second One” rivals Fin pulling out whatever her name was of that shark. 

If one’s going to be serious and make a few criticisms, the film IS almost identical plotwise to the original film. Although hilarious, it’s a tad lazy. That being said Sharknado is the one weather phenomenon you don’t want to miss this year!

8.75/10

Album Review Quickfire

July has been absolutely relentless with their musical releases. In this month alone they’ve released at least as many solid albums as the rest of the year has had to offer! I haven’t been able to keep up with the reviews, so to get back on track I’m going to do mini reviews of the five albums I’ve missed so far!! Let the quickfire begin!

Savages - Theory Of A Deadman: 8.5/10

I’ll admit, I’ve never been the biggest fan of Theory Of A Deadman except a few of their more popular singles, this album though just might change my mind about them. It’s got a really dark tone to it and it’s clear through their vocals that the world is going down. If this is what it sounds like, then count me in! 

Songs to listen to: Drown, Blow, Salt In The Wound

The Black Market - Rise Against: 8.75/10

Being a diehard Rise Against fan, I had high expectations for this album. My expectations were met for the most part, a lot of people will give this album flack because it sounds a tad softer than their past work, but it’s the same Rise Against feel the band has had for the last six albums. There’s also a more personal touch throughout the album that I enjoyed. Lyrically I think it’s one of their best.

Songs to listen to: Tragedy + Time, The Eco - Terrorist In Me, People Live Here

Mandatory Fun - Weird Al - 8.75

Weird Al FINALLY hit #1 on the Top 200 Album Chart!!! Having always been a fan of his work, I was so glad to see that 30 years later, Weird Al is still as amazing as always! His parodies are as sharp as ever and some of his sports songs are on par with the parodies! Also, NOW That’s What I Call Polka is one of his best polkas hands down! Congrats Weird Al! Well deserved!

Songs to listen to: Word Crimes, Sports Song, NOW That’s What I Call Polka

Lowborn - Anberlin - 9.5

Anberlin has held a special place in my heart since I first found out about them four years ago, I’ve always thought their albums were “good” but this is the first time I thought the album was GREAT. Not just great, one of the best of the year so far. The band takes risks with style and there’s a lot of emotion and energy throughout the album that makes this final hoorah from the band absoultely amazing.

Songs to listen to: We Are Destroyer, Armageddon, Birds Of Prey, Dissenter

The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways - Crown The Empire: 8.25/10

Crown The Empire’s first album was a major hit that put the band on the road to fame. Their popularity has increased exponentially since then, and it’s going to keep growing with this album I think. The one major flaw I have with this album though is that it sounds very similar to the first. The themes are different but the sound is very similar, which is something a lot of bands in their genre have issues with. Hopefully it doesn’t continue with their third album!

Songs to listen to: Machines, MNSTR, Johnny’s Rebellion

Stuck - Adelitas Way: 8.25/10

This is a completely different band from their previous works. The band has definitely matured and added more depth to their music. They were always good, but I think they’re definitely on the edge of achieving greatness that’ll earn them that level of fame they’re looking for. If anything, they’ll just keep releasing great albums like this.

Songs to listen to: Dog On A Leash, Blur, Something More

Ten Favorite Anberlin Songs

#1 

Godspeed (Cities)

When I saw them live, they opened with this song and it sounded even more phenomenal live than it does in studio. The opening guitar riff is sick, then it’s followed up by some of Stephen’s great wails and some awesome drumming. The lyrics are really memorable and paint a picture in your head while the chorus sticks with you. Musically it’s simply their best work and there’s basically nothing that I would change about this song! Anberlin will always hold a special place in my heart for several reasons and although I’m sad to see them end, I’m glad they ended on such a phenomenal note. The band is beginning their world tour soon, and I hope to catch them one last time as a final goodbye.

Ten Favorite Anberlin Songs

#2

Feel Good Drag (New Surrender)

This song has a sentimental meaning to me. This is the first Anberlin song I ever heard and I first heard it on Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock. This was the first song I played on the game and it started off the night where I made my first group of friends at college. Those friendships will last the rest of my life, so every time I hear this song I instantly think of all my now fraternity brothers! This song has the best chorus of any of their songs and some of the best lyrics the band has written. That being said I have one more song I like more, and any fan of the band can guess what it is at this point…

Ten Favorite Anberlin Songs

#3

Paperthin Hymn (Never Take Friendship Personal) 

These last three songs were difficult to pick the order for; they’re essentially interchangeable. On the spectrum of their songs, this one falls right in the middle of their slower more emotional songs and their edgier energetic power songs which is why I love this song so much! Also, Stephen’s vocals are at their best in this song for me, and I absolutely love the lyrics!

Ten Favorite Anberlin Songs

#4 

The Resistance (New Surrender)

I know I keep repeating myself, but damn is Anberlin just so damn catchy. I think that’s obviously what made them fairly popular! Although I always thought they were under appreciated. This song set the the standard for what is undoubtedly one of their best albums if not their best. 

Ten Favorite Anberlin Songs

#5

Dissenter (Lowborn)

Now we’re switching from the great to the AMAZING songs! Seriously where the hell did they come up with this song??? There’s no other song of theirs I can think of that showcases this level of intensity and ferocity by the band (maybe ONE other… hehe foreshadowing). Everyone is giving it their all in this song and it’s apparent that there was a lot of emotion behind the writers of this song. It just oozes from Dissenter. Hands down my favorite song on their last album! 

Ten Favorite Anberlin Songs

#6 

Desires (Vital)

Vital was in my opinion one of their weaker albums, but it was by no means terrible. Desires was the standout for me though. Probably the slowest song on the list, Desires is as catchy as the band’s most popular works and has a distinct sound that makes it the most memorable in the album.

Ten Favorite Anberlin Songs

#7

Ready Fuels (Blueprints for the Black Market)

This is the song that started it all! Undoubtedly the most popular song on their debut album, Ready Fuels is a self-explanatory song that showcases the band’s edgy pop rock blend that made them so popular over the years. Stephen Christian is an obvious star in this one!

Ten Favorite Anberlin Songs

#8

We Are Destroyer (Lowborn)

The album featuring this song was released just two days ago and I am already obsessed with it. Honestly I think its their best work besides New Surrender. There’s a great energy with this opening song that counterbalances the slower songs throughout the album. They did a great job changing up their styles as the album progressed. 

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