Phoebe Reilly

writer

Biography

  • A scene from 'The Entire History of You.'

    The Next British TV Show You Can't Miss

    "White Bear," the most unsettling episode of the British TV series Black Mirror, opens with a distraught woman running through an unnamed town in the English countryside. She cries and begs for help while neighbors file silently out of their houses, unfazed. They hold up their phones — those shiny, reflective surfaces referred to in the series’ title — and simply record her anguish. It's disturbing because it's not disturbing enough: The spectacle of a crowd seduced by a screen is hardly shocking. In The Walking Dead the zombies walk, in World War Z they run, but in "White Bear" they just blankly film you with a handheld device.Each episode of Black Mirror imagines the bleak consequences of modern technology, which is such a compelling and relevant idea for a television show that it's sort of baffling to realize the absence of something similar in our current lineup.

  • Eat It, Affleck: Who Should Really Win the 2013 Oscars

    Eat It, Affleck: Who Should Really Win the 2013 Oscars

    For a while now, television has succeeded in making movies look bad, what with its opportunities for complex characters and enriching plotlines — but not so fast, TV!Movies were pretty damn good in 2012, which means the Oscars have a shot at not being a substitute for Ambien this Sunday night, unlike last year, when everyone except The Artist and Co. went home unhappy. The big winners probably won't surprise anyone, Hurt Locker-style, but neither will they raise the hairs on the back of your neck in anger at the injustice of it all, like Crash's 2005 win did. Argo will likely nab best picture, because Ben Affleck shakes the right hands, and his snub for best director needs to be atoned for (at least if the film's wins at the run-up awards, including the Golden Globes and the Director's Guild, are any indication).

  • 'Before Midnight'

    Loving 'Before Midnight,' Pretending to Understand 'Upstream Color' at Sundance

    At the end of SPIN's Sundance stay, we spotted some unexpected similarities between very different projects: color played a symbolic role in several hyped releases, and someone masturbated in a sleeping bag while in the presence of other people in not one, but two movies. But Richard Linklater's much-anticipated Before Midnight included neither. It was one of the best films we saw and the strongest in the series. Granted, its core fan base has aged along with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julia Delpy), making it more poignant by default, and the probing questions of the comfortably upper-middle class are a favorite Sundance subject: Can romantic love last? Why do we have kids? Are we really happy?

  • 10 TV Moments That Totally Changed Everything in 2012

    10 TV Moments That Totally Changed Everything in 2012

    Now that the second decade of the Golden Age of television is solidly underway, everything's different, right? It's like ever since Tony Soprano started seeing a shrink, we don't have to. What can a therapist tell us that a showrunner can't? Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose — except when we do lose, because power destroys us (see: Breaking Bad), terrorism threatens us (Homeland), the cycle of poverty can't be broken (The Wire), and we are ultimately alone (Mad Men).These days, we grapple with humanity when we watch television, so most of us feel less guilty about neglecting books in order to do it. There are distinctions within the medium, of course, and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo helps us make them. Now maybe sometimes, after a season comes to close and a few months have passed, you think, "Wait, what the hell happened on that show again? How come the world is such a mess?

  • Damien Echols / Photo by Peter Ash Lee/Art + Commerce

    West Memphis Three's Damien Echols on the Music Gave Him 'Life After Death'

    Freed from death row after 18 years, the face of the West Memphis Three has written a book, Life After Death. Here's the soundtrack to his unusual life. Name a song you've listened to in the past 24 hours. "Tomorrow" by Ozzy [Osbourne], while I was on the treadmill. Every morning after I got out, I would watch Ozzy videos. The last album I'd heard was [1991's] No More Tears, so everything after that is new to me. Also, I had never seen YouTube before, and I thought it was the greatest. What did you listen to in prison? I had a little AM/FM radio, but I couldn't pick up much of anything with it because I was under three stories of concrete [in solitary confinement], so the reception was practically nonexistent.

  • Nathan Williams and Bethany Cosentino / Photo by Dan Martensen

    Best Coast and Wavves: Feel Good Inc.

    "Do you know Cabrillo?" asks the cab driver. I don't, but Nathan Williams does. I'm in a van with the Wavves frontman, the band's bassist Stephen Pope, and Williams' girlfriend, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, heading home from dinner in downtown Los Angeles. This conversation started with the GPS that led us north out of downtown and right into — what else? — bumper-to-bumper traffic on the 101. We've since discussed the Magellan system (inferior), the explorer Magellan (no complaints), and finally Cabrillo. "He discovered California, right?" Williams says. The 26-year-old singer-guitarist's grasp of trivia is impressive.

  • Taylor Kitsch / Photo by Reynard Li

    Taylor Kitsch Breaks Down His 'Savages,' 'Friday Night Lights' Playlists

    Name a song you've listened to in the past 24 hours. I just did a full road trip around Hawaii — man, I listened to everything. "The High Road" by Broken Bells. I'm not sure how I got put on to those guys. Living in Austin, which is the self-proclaimed "live music capital of the world," you hear about some new indie band every time you're out and about, although I know they're a lot bigger than the standard indie band. What was the last concert you attended? . Bruce Springsteen. That was legit. I saw him at South by Southwest in March. You go in with such high expectations, and he just killed it. He was up there for three hours, crowd-surfing and drinking beers. I didn't know the new album [Wrecking Ball], but I liked "Jack of All Trades." And "I'm on Fire" is pretty deadly to me. Who on the set of Friday Night Lights had the best taste in music? Me.

  • Aaron Paul / Photo by Jennifer Rocholl

    'Breaking Bad' Star Aaron Paul Is Addicted to Concerts

    Breaking Bad's mouthy, Ed Hardy-wearing meth dealer Jesse Pinkman becomes a different sort of character in real life: Do you remember the first concert you attended? I went with my older sister and her friends to see New Kids on the Block, MC Hammer, and Vanilla Ice. It was pretty epic. I had a crush on my sister's friend, so I was like, "Oh, yeah, I love this New Kids song! We have so much in common. Let's hang out." But she was in high school and I was 12. Who would you want to portray in a biopic? Maybe Eminem. Or Jimi Hendrix. If you were to curate a festival, who would headline? I would have said the Beatles, Radiohead, and maybe Sigur Rós, who could float around in the audience, playing harps or something. But if I had to replace the Beatles, I'd go with Björk. Two bands from Iceland makes sense.

  • Williams / World Peace (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty)

    Why Wavves Had Beef With Metta World Peace

    Metta World Peace may have been suspended for the next seven Lakers game for giving James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder a concussion, but he's regained the favor of Wavves' Nathan Williams in the process. SPIN joined diehard Lakers fan Williams and his girlfriend, Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, for last Sunday's Lakers game against the Thunder, which went into double overtime. Some time in the first quarter, Williams turned to me to say, "Metta World Peace tried to get me kicked out of the VMAs for smoking a blunt. He was like, 'Put it out, now.' " Wavves bassist Stephen Pope, who was also at the game and rooting for the Thunder, had been tossed out of last August's ceremony for marijuana possession. Minutes later, the Thunders' Harden hit the floor after being elbowed in the head by World Peace. (He was later diagnosed with a concussion.) "See?

  • 'Happy Endings' Star Adam Pally on His Favorite Bands, From Beck to NKOTB

    'Happy Endings' Star Adam Pally on His Favorite Bands, From Beck to NKOTB

    What was the last concert you attended? The Black Keys. They played a show in Vegas, and I was there because my wife and I love Las Vegas. I love it: One, because I have a gambling problem, and two, because I like to eat. And I like to get day-drunk. I think that was the weekend of my son's conception, come to think of it. Anyway, the show was awesome. Do you recall the first album you bought with your own money? Pearl Jam's Ten. Growing up, was there anything your parents objected to you listening to? My parents' convictions, when it came to discipline, were not very strong. For my bar mitzvah, I gave out a mixtape of '90s grunge — if you got it now, you would think it was the Singles soundtrack.

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