The Movielife - Forty Hour Train Back to Penn (Cover Artwork)

The Movielife

The Movielife: Forty Hour Train Back to PennForty Hour Train Back to Penn (2003)
Drive-Thru Records

Reviewer Rating: 3
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Contributed by: soulbleedsoulbleed
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The Movielife's 2000 debut "This Time Next Year" was a refreshing release at the time, despite all the critical bashing that surrounded it. It was everything raspy pop-punk should have been, and with a few minor adjustments, it could have been a near-perfect record, and the band realized this. They .
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The Movielife's 2000 debut "This Time Next Year" was a refreshing release at the time, despite all the critical bashing that surrounded it. It was everything raspy pop-punk should have been, and with a few minor adjustments, it could have been a near-perfect record, and the band realized this. They went into the studio, attempting to build on the style they set on their previous release. The result was "It's Go Time!", which appeared late that same year. In many ways, it was an improvement over their debut, however the formula they had spent so much time working with was beginning to wear out its welcome. Being the quick band they are, they noticed this as well - and when it came time to go in the studio to record their major-label debut, they took an entirely different approach to songwriting, and after a little while they emerged with "Has a Gambling Problem," a trite EP that appeared mid-2001 on the overhyped Drive-Thru label. There wasn't a single memorable moment on the disc, and the songs were worse than having sex with a Herpes-ridden hooker, and that's me being nice.

The band kind of disappeared, and the record was pretty much ignored by even the Drive-Thru fanatics that bought everything MCA marketed, even the untalented-as-all-hell Off By One, which must have come as a huge shock. Well, after all this had settled in their stomaches, they had an album to write, and on top of that: something to prove (displayed best on "Taking It Out and Chopping It Up," arguably one of the band's best songs to date). During the somewhat long recording process, the band discovered they had the same ability to craft memorable pop songs as all of their labelmates, and sometimes even do it better; but before you run and out and buy this record, please look up the word 'sometimes' in the dictionary.

Nearly every song on this album is good, but in this day and age to stand out, you have to do much better than 'good'. The only real gripe I have with this record is that it's painstakingly obvious that this kind of thing doesn't come naturally - the songs are overworked, overdubbed, but below average in creativity. Music will always be close to art in that respect; it's very easy to distinguish the geniuses from the followers, and sadly The Movielife fall into the category sporting the latter. This album will sell thousands of records, without a doubt - but no one will give a shit in a year, and that's why this is a bland, average record.


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Wrongturn (August 14, 2013)

This album brings back memories like crazy. Miss these days. Great album.

I_love_Toe (May 31, 2006)

i loved this cd and i cant even say what song i liked the best cuz they are all so good

Anonymous (June 6, 2004)

Um, It's Go Time came out before This Time Next Year

Anonymous (February 16, 2004)

hate drive-thru because of the reinses'.
they aren't people. they are business-men. they are pawn's for mca. talent scouts. souless

degenerate (March 18, 2003)

This is good, big improvement on the e.p.

Anonymous (March 9, 2003)

i liked this cd... i just got it... much better than almost every other drive thru band out there

krowdsurf (March 6, 2003)

Someone misinterpreted sarcasm and decided to verbally assault you? Holy shit, that's a first for this site.

evildeadalive (March 6, 2003)

Dude, I was totally being sarcastic, and I actually don't mind Nofx or NUFAN either. Seriously man, how could you think I was serious? Did you not read the comment right below mine?

Anonymous (March 6, 2003)

and oh yeah the guy that says fat sucks... then u hate some bands on fat not the whole lable u named about half the label when u named off the band that dont suck. and NOFX doesnt suck neither NUFAN so i hate u evildeadalive or whatever u call ur self bitchface

Anonymous (March 6, 2003)

this album is Great i know they can do better though, songs like, "Kelly Song", "James Town", "Hey", and "Jamaica Next" make it a better then average album but "Spanaway" and "its something" is just so predictable overall theres only about 2 songs on the CD i have to skip through so which gives the album a nine.

Listen to Alkaline Trio if u wanna hear good music... and Alk3 is prolly moving to Fat which will make it the best record lable out there...

evildeadalive (March 5, 2003)

Fat sucks except for Sick of it All, None More Black, Against Me!, Dillinger 4, Lawrence Arms, Mad Caddies, Rise Against, Subhumans, Avail, Swingin Utters, Propagandhi and Good Riddance. God I hate Fat Wreck Chords.

Anonymous (March 5, 2003)

i dont' know when the new bandits comes out, but i sure can't wait. i loved progress. i still like ska, no matter what the critics say. i'm stoked on the new suicide machines too, i heard their going back to ska punk.
ps. i love how many people go 'drive thru sux except for bands x y and z.' Yo, thats a third of the label, like the guy that said he likes
homegrown,finch and rxbandits. theres only like 6 more bands on dtr. funny, people do the same thing w/ fat wreck. 'fat sux, except for dillenger 4, lawrence arms and lagwagon'

Anonymous (March 5, 2003)

When is the new RXB album due? I've heard May, is that still true?

Anonymous (March 4, 2003)

Yeah, it's (the rxb song) one of the reasons why I bought the album. i can't wait for the new album.

krowdsurf (March 4, 2003)

Did anyone check out the new Rx Bandits song on the demo that came with this album? It's the shit.

Anonymous (March 4, 2003)

Thought this album was terrible. DTR, i think, are terrible for the most part. Aside from bands like Finch, Home Grown and the RX Bandits, I could really care less about that label.

This is just really bad stuff.

Anonymous (March 3, 2003)

how come van halen cant keep DLR in the band? yeah, hes a huge walking ego, but its that combustability that draws us to DLR van halen.

the roth is the rock.


Anonymous (March 2, 2003)

what a comeback after that last EP. This CD is pretty good. Like one guy below said, nothing groundbreaking but this is a damn fine listen.

Anonymous (March 2, 2003)

this punk rock hippy below me said it pretty well. the only problem bro, is your one of the few punks who will admit that everyone elses opinion is as valid as your own. most punks think they know everything. and fuck, i used to be the same, i thought i had the best musical opinion of everyone. its just the way it is with 'punk's'. i'm guessing your not a teenager either.as for this album, i think its average. nothing terrible (except scary, that song sounds just liek that sum41 song hell song), but the only real stand out is kelly song. oh well. i've heard worse. i never considered these guys that great anyway. they are very good live though...

Anonymous (March 1, 2003)

Allright this is all that needs to be said: This site is awesome. Punknews.org has achieved its goal. What do you guys think the primary goal of punk is all about- we all get to have our say. Yeah, Soulbleed wrote an ignorant review, but that's the beauty of it. He was able to get his opinions out and we got to blast him. But just don't tell him, "Hey Soulbleed, stop writing reviews." Basically, it's just interesting to get both perspectives. I'm sure Scott will post a more well-informed review later on. And who cares if the Movielife don't get the recognition of being on Drvie-Thru on this one (punknews.org) site. Do you know how many outlets of mainstream Drive-Thu has. And if you've talked or read an interview with Vinny (Soulbleed, he's the singer of Movielife, follow?) you'd understand that he's not in it for the amount of records. Also, they'll sell a plethora anyway. Personally, I love the Movielife, and this is a good record. Get this and This Time Next Year. Support them and listen to them if you want them. That's the beauty of music. There's always something else. If you're that angered by Soulbleed's (another great freedom: ridiculous names!) review, write a justified one. And hey, maybe yours will get ripped but who gives a shit? We can if we want.

Anonymous (March 1, 2003)

This album is way better that anything Drive Thru has put out....ever! All of the songs kick ass. I will agree Taking it out and Chopping it up is my favorite. The bad thing about this website is no one is every pleased with anything it seems. Everyone is too "punk rock" to admit they like something that may in some form be associated with "mainstream". Just grow up and like the music that you want to like and stop caring about how you look to someone else....bitches!-Jason

Anonymous (February 28, 2003)

Jamestown is fuckin greeeaaatttt

krowdsurf (February 28, 2003)

I don't mean to stir up trouble, but wasn't this site still allowing Drive-Thru reviews because you didn't think the bands should suffer for the labels actions? So isn't replacing the words "Drive-Thru Records" with "Label" still kinda hurting the band? Without the name of the label people may not know if this is something they can find at Best Buy or the mall, or if they have to hunt it down somewhere obscure. If they can't find it at a store near them, they'd need the record label so they'd know which website to contact for on-line ordering. That's not much of an issue for bigger bands like NFG or Midtown, but for some of DTR's smaller bands like The Movielife not everyone knows what label they are on.

Anonymous (February 27, 2003)

Soulbleed--Why would you bother to write a review if you have no fucking clue what you're talking about? I'm all for having different opinions, but pretending to be an authority on a band whose history you clearly don't know is pathetic.

Anonymous (February 27, 2003)

Wow that review was really terrible! As for the 40 hour train (the record which you barely commented on) its not as good as "This Time Next Year" but fuck its a helluva lot better than most of the generic drivel "screamo" bands out there right now. The Movielife "Has A Gambling Problem" was poppy alright, some of the instrumentation and general energy on the disc was amazing. The reviewer said "blah blah it sucked" you got nothin bud, you have no argument to back up your claims. Yep The Movielife is a great band. Please do a better review next time! Now lets move on to bashing something that deserves to be bashed like "Somehow Hollow" now thats terrible. Read the Review for their record "Busted Wings & Rusted Halo's" for an equally bad review on par with this Movielife entry. Somehow Hollow sounds like Midtown huh? I don't see it? One thing that is apparent that anybody who knows anything about punkrock will agree with me on: The vocalist from Somehow Hollow sounds like Dave Smalley from All,Down by Law, Dag Nasty etc...but Midtown c'mon thats a direct statement of knowing jack shit/ By the way Barkley has spoken
Luv Barkley

Anonymous (February 27, 2003)

Hey, it's really irrelevant weather or not the reviewer got the history of the band right or wrong. I don't happen to agree with his opinion, but that doesn't make him an idiot! To the people saying, "it's punk rock to be negative," you're not doing anythign different by responding to his rants with rants of your own! Just beacsue he and I see this album differntly, doesn't make any one of us a moron or any one of us more punk then the other. His review had a lot of good points,but I must say I do enjoy this record. From now on instead of attacking one another why can't we realize that not everyone listens to music looking for the same things?

Anonymous (February 27, 2003)

i wonder what that would sound like..... EEEEEEEEH!

Anonymous (February 27, 2003)

you kids would listen to fran drescher getting fucked by a rhino if drive thru put it out...

Anonymous (February 27, 2003)

Hey, lets attack someone's oppinion, that's punk rock. Punk rock is all about being better than everyone else; it's about being the establishment. Oh wait, that is what punk rock isn't; grow up kids.

Anonymous (February 27, 2003)

My skin feels like its dripping off my body right now. I have eaten too many raw sharks to concieve a single thought for more than 3 seconds at a time as well and broken a sweat after seeing a cop biting a tree. I also buy cd's because someone cool (to me) produced them. I like furry camels. -oldpunker-

maverick (February 27, 2003)

To the guy 2 comments down:
I changed it from what you said to "label."

Yeah, I hold grudges.


Anonymous (February 27, 2003)

isn't this supposed to be a review of this record? why the fuck does he take up the whole time going through this shitty band's discography

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

and at the top of the review, it should read "Drive Thru Records" instead of "Label." Idiot.

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

soulbleed: the problem here is, you spent half the review "pretending you were an expert on the band's history" before launching into your shitty review of the "album at hand." That's the kind of thing "ignorant people" do. That is why "you suck," not because you don't like the band. Your opinion is irrelevant here; your lack of skill as a writer is what's in question.

BostonMusicGuy (February 26, 2003)

Oh yea, and by the way. You didnt say anything about this album until the last paragraph. I read this review to learn somehting about the album and find out what it was like. Not to hear a history of the band and then find out that this is bland pop punk. I knew it was bland pop punk, but come on tell me something. Idiot.-BostonMusicGuy

BostonMusicGuy (February 26, 2003)

One of the only decent bands on DTR. RxBandits and these guys. These guys arent even that good... well judging by the Drive Thru EP they released. I can listen to them and everything and This Time Next Year I love but they are nothing more than average now. I will have to check this album out though.This reviewer is a fucking moron. Learn to fucking write you asshole, or at least learn how to win your audience over. Not by telling them that you arent interested in learning anything about this band and you arent interested in much at all. Idiot.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

Ill bet you a $100 bucks that they write a better album then you write a review. How bet we bet that people will forget how much this review sucks lucky for you.

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

soulbleed is a fuckin loser. Write a decent review and stop crying waahhh waaahh

soulbleed (February 26, 2003)

give me a break. like you haven't made one fucking mistake in your entire lives. i'm sorry i messed up the history of this retarded band, and i'm sorry they suck, but the latter isn't my fault. everything i said about the -album at hand- is true, and that's all that matters. so back the fuck up and enjoy your little piece of shit record while you sit there in denial. and i do know for a fact no one will give a shit in a year, and if you want to bet me $100, i'll gladly do it, so stop dragging the dead horse and saying what everyone else has already said to me. christ almighty.

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

I really dont see how they compare to new found glory. people are just pissed that this band is pretty good but part of the whole new punk wave..

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

I had heard terrible things about these guys, and figured it was true,but.... Yes i gave them a chance when i heard that brian mcterrinan(spelling? )produced it(being the producer of snapcase)this is actually good to listen to,nothing groundbreaking,but take it for what it is and its better than alot of other stuff out there-oldpunker-

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

sorry kids.

The kids argument here is very poor, old & boring. How many time we heard that damn thing.

don't really care enough about this band to learn about them,

Why review it then ?

songs are overworked, overdubbed, but below average in creativity

What up with this ? I mean come on, the song overworked ? Shh They still have that powerfull energy with dark melody, nice guitar play and again vocal could be better sometime, but its sound fucking great.

This album will sell thousands of records, without a doubt - but no one will give a shit in a year, and that's why this is a bland, average record

Who are you anyway to say that ? This album is the best thing this year. Next time right down your review on a piece of paper before sending something like this crappy review

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

If you don't care about the band, why you need to review it ? First of all your review suck and you don't even know the band history at all. If you don't know what you talking about, say nothing next time.

soulbleed (February 26, 2003)

sorry kids. i tend to go buy the copyright dates on my cds when i write, and i usually check amg (allmusic.com). i don't really care enough about this band to learn about them, and everything else i said still stands. screw off :D

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

Best record of the year so far. Highlights are Kelly, Scary, Hey, Jamestown and Spanaway. Nice album

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

i don't know why my comment only came up with 2.5 stars i was trying to mark it 8/10

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

don't let the review put you off, it's a good album. jamestown and scary are the best tracks. also (living in england) my copy has sailor tattoos as a bonus track.

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

sucky review by a stupid reviewer: if you don't know when this band's albums were released, don't review them! even if you don't like the Movielife enough to already know a little about their discography, you could have at least gone to their Web site to find out some facts. you suck ass.

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

It's go time - ok
This Time next year - i liked it
Gambling problem - ughh

I'll pick this album up..I thought this band had a lot of potential. I want to see if I was right.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

I'll never understand why your "reviewers" and this site choose to use reviews that were obviously rushed and poorly written, simply so they could be the first to review it.

Lets hope punknews.org posts a review from someone who actually listened to and dissected the record first. Someone who would rather take the time to write a good review than throw something together to impress their friends they were the first one to review it on the site.

This criticism isn't only directed at this reviewer, obviously

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

a god awful review for a god awful band. were you reviewing the new album, or the bands entire catalog? people should write their reviews on PAPER before they submit them for posting. god.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

This review sucks, NEXT !

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

"i'm pretty sure "it's go time" A) wasn't an album, it had 9 songs"

there are albums with 9 songs. check out cursive's domestica- only 9 songs, but QUITE an lp

normiesabadass (February 25, 2003)

Yeah, nice try pretending to know what you are talking about, but your facts are all wrong. The correct order of releases is as follows. These are taken straight from the copyright dates on the actual cds that I own.

Its Go Time 1999
This Time Next Year 2000
Has a Gambling Problem 2001

fracturedstart (February 25, 2003)

and this review is very poorly written. know your facts.

*reffer to the album release order mentioned previously.*

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

This review doesn't even tell me what this CD sounds like... I appreciate a little history sometimes, but please don't write two long paragraphs about past releases and then only half a paragraph about the actual record being reviewed. Oh, the score is for the review, by the way.

fracturedstart (February 25, 2003)

definately the biggest dissapointment of the year so far. sounds more like a shitty New Found Glory rip off. jamestown and face or kneecaps are both great songs. the kelly song is nice as well. taking it out and chopping it up has to be the worste song on the album, that is definately kelly osbourne bullshit at its best.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

another review: THE MOVIELIFE - 40 Hour Train Ride Back to Penn - Jordan Pastepunk

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

They are a: Bland. Boring. Overrated band.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

THis record is definitly not pop punk, i would lean more to the hardcore punk side

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

i agree...someone that has this album please do a review that tells us what the album is like...no need for explicatives that reference a hooker with herpes

TheBouncingSoul (February 25, 2003)

shitty review, someone do this over

MagneticBedhead (February 25, 2003)

I plan on picking this album up tomorrow. I heard good things about it and I'm pretty fucking psyched. In all honesty, I think "The Movielife Has a Gambling Problem" is great disc so I'm not sure what this reviewer is talking about. I

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

This album is the best so far this year, by quite a long way. This review sucked and the reviewer obviously doesn't know anything about this band. Regardless, this album is completely great. Highlights are Jamestown, Hey, Ship To Shore and Kelly Song.

Everybody go buy this album because this is THE best album The Movielife has ever made, they've paid their dues and they deserve it.

krellish612 (February 25, 2003)

i'm pretty sure "it's go time" A) wasn't an album, it had 9 songs, and B) it came out before "This Time Next Year." But whatever. This CD doesn't come close to This Time Next Year but at least its PRETTY good.

NewKid (February 25, 2003)

I can't wait to hear this cd. It should be a good one. Hopefully a little more harder than the Drive Thru EP. But this one should definately kick ass.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

Not to get overly picky - but "This Time Next Year" was widely applauded and critically adored when it came out. A quick search on google will prove that. And now to promote my own wares: new Movielife interview, conducted Feb. 4, 2003. - Jordan Pastepunk

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

THis band never comes out with the same sounding record. I disliked the Gambling Ep, but even Vinny thier lead singer said that the Gambling Ep dident come out the way they wanted and dident capture thier true sound. THis record is the perfect mix between THis Time Nex Year and the Gambling Ep.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

First off this review fucking sucked. You seem to know nothing about this band.....Everyone else to call this record typical drive thru shit is pretty stupid because no band on drive thru has hardcore punk influences and mixing in thier records like the movielife do. If you call them pop punk well they might be but they do it better then most other bands. A huge plus is they put out a different sounding record everytime unlike most punk bands(cough cough nofx,pennywise). IM done later...

Kurt_F (February 25, 2003)

Stupid typos. I meant "It's Go Time"

Kurt_F (February 25, 2003)

I really don't understand how someone can hear "It's Got Time" and think it came out after "This Time Next Year". Regardless, I love both albums. The EP? Eh....

Man, this band has written some diverse songs...Compare the songs "Valens", "It's Something" "This Time Next Year" and "How Could You Even Face Me"

Regardless of the EP, they seemed to have gotten some of their fire back with this one though.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

"This review is littered with factual mistakes and irrelevant statements. Better luck next time.

where are the fact checkers at punknews, jeopardy has them.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

this score goes out to the Herpes-ridden hooker.

-the phantom-

viceroymonarch (February 25, 2003)

This review is littered with factual mistakes and irrelevant statements. Better luck next time.

Melvyl (February 25, 2003)

best release this year so far.

finally the made a record were i could like a WHOLE song, as much as i like the movielife, i have to admit that alot of their previous songs all have these parts i don't like in them. But this cd is fucking ace.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

Hum I didn't like the review at all. But hey, who I am to say that. I think this album is great and every song sound good. I mean they still have lots of energy and powerfull chorus in some song. Take *Jamestown* for exemple, this band didn't loose the energy of their previous work, very good powerfull song. They also got some mellow/pop punk song like *Kelly*(i really love the intro of that song) and *Hey* (again good song) Other highlight are *Scary* & *Face or Kneecaps. but like I said, every song is good. Too bad the reviewer didn't like this album..


pope_schlomo (February 25, 2003)

Album's ok but no "This Time Next Year". Try again Movielife


Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

perfect review. this album is painfully average, and i'm a huge pop punk fan thats starting to lose it. i mean just 3 years ago i remember saves the day, nfg, and shit all being so refreshing. now its getting stale. this album has ists momemnts, ie. kelly song, but overall its just ok. kind of a let down

kluchorama (February 25, 2003)

This is the first thing I've ever even remotely liked by this band, but I like it a lot.

waste_elite (February 25, 2003)

the band sucks

typical drive-thru garbage

BITTER (February 25, 2003)

painful review.

you entirely fucked up the first paragraph though.

it's go time came out before this time next year, hence making your statement about "their formula growing tired" entirely false.

it would, in fact, seem that they built on the sound of it's go time to produce a pretty perfect record.

Drive-Thru is NOT a major, argue as you will, it is NOT, and the movielife DID NOT sign to a major.

Listen to the Comeback Kid.


Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

soooooooommmeeebody sounds a little bitter.....I hope this person is wrong cuz im goin out later today to purchase this album. I've heard one song off the CD and it sounds great. This is also the first negative review I've heard of the album.

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