Tag Archives: Sundance

The Lost SPIN Film Reviews: Hellion, The Sleepwalker, In Fear, and Sweetwater

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Alright, I know I’m milking the 30 minutes I spent with Aaron Paul (revisit our Sundance interview), but Breaking Bad. Also, he was in a movie that showed at the fest which I fairly dug. You can peep that review below, along with a writeup on The Sleepwalker (scored by Sondre Lerche) and the rest of my 2013 critiques.

The Lost SPIN Film Reviews: A Most Wanted Man, Big Sur, Charlie Countryman, and Afternoon Delight

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I’m sure it’s terribly gauche to repost your own trailer quotations, but I’m not a film critic by trade so I reserve the right to indulge. That one above hails from A Most Wanted Man, the John le Carré spy thriller brought to life by music video legend Anton Corbijn that also happened to be one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final movies. I loved it (found it “riveting,” even). Read the full review at SPIN, and peep a handful (in one post) that I never shared from Sundance 2013 too.

The Lost SPIN Film Reviews: Whiplash, Under the Electric Sky, Mud, and The History of the Eagles

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This one’s late, and just on time since everyone’s talking about Whiplash (look Ma, I’m on the poster!). I caught the world premiere of this brutal film last year at Sundance and wound up writing a lot of nice things about it. You’ll find that review and a couple more from my time in Park City (2014 and 2013), below.

SPIN Cover: Mr. Grohl’s Cabinet of Wonder

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In early 2013, I flew to the snowy wilds of Utah in order to track, capture, and question Dave Grohl, the Nirvana drummer, Foo Fighters boss, and Sound City filmmaker notorious for his avoidance of the press… Okay, Grohl loves a camera and a microphone, but still. This is a special story about a special dude making a special movie about a special piece of studio equipment. Very special photos by my shutterbug brother from another mother, Nathaniel Wood. We combined forces to capture Grohl’s big Park City gig with Stevie Nicks too. Also, Slipknot.

Talking Tunes With Aaron Paul and Rose McGowan

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We went to Sundance for SPIN again this year and seriously stepped up our game. While, yes, that included bringing footwear that was actually waterproof (har har), it also means that instead of merely reviewing a snowplow’s worth of films, we also conducted a couple of interviews. There was the chat with Dawn director Rose McGowan in which she admitted to having a habit of hiring brass bands while stoned. And then there was the sit-down with Aaron Paul — we have more photographic proof — who talked about touring with Radiohead. Oh, and each shared a go-to karaoke jam or two. Join us for “Listening In.”

‘The Scenesters’ Movie Goes To Slamdance

This Friday at 10 a.m., and next Tuesday at 8 p.m., The Scenesters will be screening at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. For those who don’t know, Slamdance is the scrappy, indier cousin to Sundance, which happens concurrently in the same city. And for those (perhaps same people, perhaps others) who don’t know, yours truly was the music director for the film. Here’s a trailer. More info on the festival screening here.