Chris Martins

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  • A Most Wanted Man Film Review Sundance

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Is the Spy Who Cared Too Much in 'A Most Wanted Man'

    SPIN is in Park City, Utah, traversing snow and cutting queues to bring you reviews of the next big films (and flops) as they make their Sundance Film Festival 2014 debut.In A Most Wanted Man, Philip Seymour Hoffman is a German anti-terrorism expert with the long game in mind: "It takes a minnow to catch a barracuda, a barracuda to catch a shark," he explains to his Berlin bosses with rightly earned condescension. And when a suspect Russian-Chechen immigrant washes up on the shores of Hamburg under the cover of night, it seems Günther Bachmann has got his guppy.

  • Frank Sundance Film Review Michael Fassbender

    Sundance Premiere 'Frank': A Loving and Hilarious Tribute to Outsider Music

    SPIN is in Park City, Utah, traversing snow and cutting queues to bring you reviews of the next big films (and flops) as they make their Sundance Film Festival 2014 debut.It doesn't take long to realize that Frank is something special. When Leonard Abrahamson's fantastical black comedy kicks off, we hear what seems like standard soundtrack fare: a quaint little ditty about the sea playing over a shot of waves crashing on an Irish beach. But when the singing stops short and shifts gears to what's next in the frame, we quickly infer that we're inside the head of Domhall Gleeson's Jon, a hopeless, aspiring songwriter attempting to squeeze inspiration from his drab surroundings. A woman passes pushing a stroller, and we hear a feeble new song: "Ladies with babies ... that's ...

  • The Sleepwalker Sundance Film Review Sondre Lerche Mona Fastvold

    Sondre Lerche Helps Make Sundance's 'The Sleepwalker' a Sinister Psych-Thriller

    SPIN is in Park City, Utah, traversing snow and cutting queues to bring you reviews of the next big films (and flops) as they make their Sundance Film Festival 2014 debut.Norwegian music video director Mona Fastvold handily makes the jump to feature films with The Sleepwalker, a psychological thriller that probes the relationships of two estranged sisters, their partners, and the decrepit Massachusetts mansion in which the women were raised.

  • Hellion Sundance Film Review Aaron Paul

    Aaron Paul Raises a 'Hellion' in Unflashy Broken-Home Drama

    SPIN is in Park City, Utah, traversing snow and cutting queues to bring you reviews of the next big films (and flops) as they make their Sundance Film Festival 2014 debut.If anyone knows a thing or two about portraying high-drama paternal relationships onscreen, it's the guy who played Breaking Bad's beloved, embattled Jesse Pinkman. But Hellion places Aaron Paul in the role of the paterfamilias, a young blue-collar widower too caught up in his own grief to be the strong single father that his children desperately need.

  • Memphis Sundance Film Review Willis Earl Beal

    Willis Earl Beal Almost Plays Himself in the Listless 'Memphis'

    SPIN is in Park City, Utah, traversing snow and cutting queues to bring you reviews of the next big films (and flops) as they make their Sundance Film Festival 2014 debut.There's a giant, flopping red herring very early on in Tim Sutton's Memphis. Star Willis Earl Beal — a real-life blues eccentric playing an onscreen blues eccentric — sits down for a television interview in which the host asks if he ever, in his wildest dreams, imagined he'd be so famous. "Yeah, I did, very often," the 29-year-old also named Willis deadpans. "I imagined it into existence. [Pause.] The thing about sorcery...." The Sundance crowd collectively chuckled; it seemed like the dude was trolling. But for the rest of the screening, members of the audience quietly sneaked out of the theater, one by one.Memphis is not funny. It is not transcendent. It is not heart-wrenching or harrowing or mysterious.

  • Whiplash film Sundance review

    Sundance Festival Opener 'Whiplash' Is a Bebop 'Black Swan'

    SPIN is in Park City, Utah, traversing snow and cutting queues to bring you reviews of the next big films (and flops) as they make their Sundance Film Festival 2014 debut.The opening moments of Whiplash tell you a lot about where Damien Chazelle's film is headed. First: pitch black with a slow, solitary snare-drum thrum. Then: We're on the floor of a dank hallway, slowly pushing in on a kid beating his drum kit faster and faster in a rehearsal space that resembles a dungeon. That's Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller), a student at the Shaffer Conservatory of Music (Julliard), whose halls are stalked by a jazz teacher as feared as he is revered. Played terrifyingly by J. K.

  • PEP 'Stephen' Video My Baby and Me EP

    PEP Get Their Own Vintage Variety Show in 'Stephen' Video

    While Brooklyn indie-poppers Starlight Girls updated their retro sound last year, their drummer Karys Rhea dwells in an even deeper past with PEP. As the story goes, she started her side-project (a duo on album and a sextet live) after she heard "Runaround Sue" playing over a retail P.A. and subsequently went on a downloading binge, devouring all of the '50s and '60s malt-shop pop she could find.Her devotion pays off with My Baby and Me, an EP due out February 11 that features "Stephen," a Ronettes-owing heartbreaker about that titular cad. Above, you can see the song's video, in which director Jonathan Phelps throws his own vintage variety show to ... well, variable results.PEP, My Baby and Me track list:1. "My Baby and Me"2. "Stephen"3. "I Met a Boy"4. "Be That Girl"

  • Frozen Soundtrack Beyonce Billboard Charts Kid Ink

    'Frozen' Soundtrack No. 1 Again, Queen Elsa Trumps Queen Bey

    First! Beyon—say, wait a minute here... Despite industry projections that Beyoncé's December surprise would return to its rightful place on the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, the soundtrack to Disney's Frozen remains No. 1 for a second week with 86,000 copies sold. In no world (except maybe Candy Land) is that a small feat — the last animated feature score to rule the top 10 was The Lion King, which reigned for 10 weeks back in 1994. Last week's sales bump came courtesy of an iTunes discount, but this week's win is all due to the success of the movie, which has now done $318 million at North American box offices, and been in the top three of top grossers for every week that it's been out so far, since November 27. Beyoncé stayed at No.

  • Acquaintance 'Two Minds' Stream Satellite Album

    Hear Acquaintance's Pillow-Soft Glitch-House Dream 'Two Minds'

    Acquaintance heads up Brighton, England's multitalented Anti-Ghost Moon Ray collective and specializes in a singular mix of busy beatwork and softly androgynous vocals. His 2013 Parapsychology EP displayed plenty of promise, but March 10 brings Satellite Stream, a nine-song set that balances a clear love for '80s pop against the steady pulse of house and the yearning character of '90s R&B.Below, you'll find standout track "Two Minds," in which the man born Chris Griffin sings of science and social interaction over keys, claps, choral cooing, synth strings, and dancing bits of glitch. Look for full-lengths this year by fellow AGMR members Gazelle Twin, Great Pagans, and Bernholz. Visit The Quietus to hear "Making Eye Contact."Acquaintance, Satellite Stream track list:1. "Making Eye Contact"2. "Lifelike"3. "Stray Kids"4. "Living Memory"5. "Telepathic"6. "Before the Wave"7.

  • Akounak Tuareg Prince Purple Rain Guitarist Kickstarter Movie

    Help Fund the African 'Purple Rain'

    Kickstarter users right now have a chance to back the very first Tuareg-language fiction film. Better still, the movie about the guitar-loving nomadic African people is a rock-u-drama modeled after Prince's Purple Rain. In fact it's titled Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, which cheekily translates to "Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It." Also inspired by The Harder They Come, the story follows a young musician who's trying to "make is against all odds."American abroad Christopher Kirkley is directing — the self-described "gentleman explorer" has been archiving music in the Sahel region since 2009 — but the tale was written by Tuareg youth, and the movie is being produced for a Tuareg audience, filmed in Niger with a Tuareg cast and crew.

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