"...One of Austin scenesters' favorite gripes is how we don't get enough national recognition and that for as much coverage local bands get from the coasts, Antone's might as well be in Dallas and Emo's in Waco. (OK, maybe it's not that bad.) But judging by the May 2007 Spin magazine, which hit newsstands this week, we're going to have to find some other complaint..."
"...When Spin Modern Thai's managing owners Alphonso Dryer and Kuantan Vo announced that their relatively young restaurant was suddenly closing, it was quite a surprise for the local food community. In the 16 months that Spin had been open, the eatery earned coveted spots on multiple "Best Of" lists, including the Austin Chronicle's First Plates Awards..."
"...Thus was born Spin, a musical that weds songs by the likes of Stephen Sondheim, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Brel, Shelby Lynne, Kurt Weill, and Amy Rigby with original monologues by such playwrights as Lisa D'Amour, John Walch, Jessica Hedrick, Cyndi Williams, Jennifer Haley, and Catherine Berry's brother, Refraction Arts Artistic Director Ron Berry. Catherine Berry is calling Spin an inverted musical, because her process for creating it was an inversion of the traditional method of write the book, find out where the story needs music, write songs, and insert them..."
"...Big up to Austin's Zykos, whose "sprawling indie rock from the Lone Star State" won them Spin.com's "Band of the Day" today. Elsewhere on the site, someone wrote up Explosions in the Sky's big sold-out psych-fest at Emo's last night; apparently our Friday Night Lights heroes have "one of the most accurate band names in music today." There are new Spoon tour dates on there, too, but nothing in Texas..."
"...Dear Editor, Today, as the U.S. Senate, that bastion of the gullible and the culpable, votes to extend the USA PATRIOT Act, I'm thinking about spin..."
"...Every family needs a dentist, a pediatrician, a barber shop, a babysitter -- and, I believe, a public relations specialist. I am the family spin doctor...."
"...Dear Editor, I remember The Austin Chronicle when it was a true source of accurate information on world affairs in addition to entertainment news. Louis Black: Wow! Where do I begin? You claim to be a progressive paper, yet your column “Page Two: Darkness on the Edge of Town” [July 29] is a travesty of spin and outright propaganda. Shame on you for trying to soft-pedal the blatant and illegal actions of the DNC against Bernie. Your words here: "Claiming election fraud – the elections, candidate, and party were disparaged," as if those enraged about the corruption were the bad guys! This is the ongoing mind control BS of the DNC: "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." "Isn't it awful that all those Bernie supporters don't just fall into line, lock-step and support Hillary, (the figurehead of corruption) in today's political world?" You expect us all to be so easily fooled that we buy into your screwed-up viewpoint and then go on listening to your blatant bias against Trump? "Hey everybody, keep hating Trump, cause he is all about hate! So pay no attention to the abject corruption of the Democratic party – just hate Trump." Pathetic. Not even a real article of news coverage about the horrific betrayal of all those enthusiastic Bernie supporters..."
"...'Spin' PARTY: Kendrick LamarStubb's, Friday, March 15..."
"...16]. I also agree that Perry is spinning a yarn..."
"...Spin’s annual SX day party at Stubb’s seldom disappoints. Attendees have learned to count on a stacked lineup of cutting-edge acts (recall Kendrick Lamar a couple years back), carefully curated crowd favorites, and a free supply of whatever beer partner they find that year..."
"...The Los Angeles-based label/artist management company of the same name didn't see it that way and has been harassing the soul spinners with threatening letters, emails, and phone calls for the past year. Looking to avoid a lawsuit, DJs Little Danny, Greg Most, Dr..."
"...”Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” That’s a maxim from artful warrior Sun Tzu, whose bellicose playbook is referenced many times over in the course of Austin-based director David Gordon Green’s semi-comedic, overtly cynical drama about soulless American political strategists spinning a Bolivian presidential election into a personal grudge match..."
"...This is Broadway: The Golden Age, Rick McKay's epic oral history of the heyday of the Great White Way as told by the people who were living on graham crackers and dreams back when it was all going on. Consisting of five years' worth of interviews illustrated by a mountain of archival footage, the film sails on the actors' consistent ability to spin a good yarn – as well as their seemingly bottomless repository of good yarns to spin..."
"...Starring: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman and Danny Aiello. For his American debut, French director Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Big Blue) gives us what at first appears to be a film composed entirely of cinematic clichés, but then has the good sense to give them a friendly spin, thereby knocking our preconceptions off kilter and into a whole new realm..."
"...To the uninitiated, the Veronica Mars movie might seem like small potatoes: a modestly budgeted spin-off of a short-lived TV show about a teenage private eye that dazzled its tiny viewership with its wittiness, withering cut-downs of wealth and the cult of celebrity, and feisty, feminist hero. But the stakes are much higher for fans of the original series (self-described “marshmallows”) – and for its creator, Rob Thomas..."
"...The voices, yes, are a touch off: While Jim Cummings uncannily re-creates Sterling Holloway’s special pitch and cadence of the honey-hungry Pooh Bear, his Tigger sounds like Jimmy Durante, if Durante had been a dockworker. (The more famous voices have a leg up; their familiarity breeding comfort, as with late-night TV talk show host Craig Ferguson’s likable spin on Owl with a Rex Harrison-like singsong.) The slim but narratively fecund plot begins with Pooh waking with the knowledge that he has a Very Important Thing To Do, but he's at a loss for what, precisely, that thing might be..."
"...Yet the model persists in the movies, as in real life. The movie Guinevere, however, takes this familiar cliché out for a spin, and finds there's still a lot of unexamined life left in the old chestnut..."
"...If so, the movie would have been a lot quieter and a lot less frenetic. As it is, this latest Saturday Night Live movie spin-off is a whole lot better than it has to be, but consider the past standards Tommy Boy has to live up to..."
"...Her billionaire ex, Christian Grey succeeds in seducing Ana once again, because despite his traumatizing childhood (shown briefly in a prologue that deftly combines every conceivable stereotype of child abuse in two minutes), he wants to love her, and she wants to love him. But the deal here is, she also needs to heal him, and while I see that resolution coming down the pike, this second film really has nothing to do except spin its gears, and wait for the conclusion..."
"...If you’ve been following the Snowden story since it broke, then chances are you already know much of the narrative Stone spins. It’s in the way he and his rock-solid cast spin it, thrillingly, that makes Oliver Stone’s Snowden the top-notch nail-biter that it is..."
"...This weekend, Mouthfeel, the Q, House of Kenzo, and numerous performers are aiming to prove me right. Saturday marks the third installment of Magical Realness – an Austin spin on vogue/drag balls..."
"...Not so much a sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman as a sandwich, this spin-off begins before the first film’s action, then leapfrogs to seven years after it. Snow White figures in here in name only – actress Kristen Stewart wasn’t invited back to the party, I guess – but we do reunite with the titular Huntsman (turns out his name is Eric), played as before with brawny, cocky cool by Chris Hemsworth..."
"...It’s here, in this flat, desolate landscape that we meet 10-year-old best friends and apparent runaways Harrison (Wellford) and Travis (Freedson-Jackson), traversing a blank spot on the map while daring each other to say the worst swear words they can think of. Cute, no? Well, sure, right up until the moment they stumble across the titular cop car, seemingly abandoned, and decide to take it for a spin...."
"...Thankfully, characters like the proudly brash Fat Amy endure, and even Kendrick’s Beca has traded in her pouty-loner routine for something a bit dorkier. Anyone already enamored of this gang of girls won’t leave Pitch Perfect 2 any less fond of them; they just may quote it a little less often and not spin its soundtrack as much..."
"...Revealing little new about the political lobbyists that Thank You for Smoking slyly skewered a decade ago, Merchants of Doubt adopts a similarly glossy visual persona, playing up motifs of card games and con artists as director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) identifies and dismantles the recurring representatives and tactics used to spin the agendas of Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, and Big Oil in Congressional hearings and the media over the course of several years...."
"...Grimm, indeed. Lately, movies and television have taken the genre for a postmodern spin, reimagining the backstories of glamazon villainesses, empowering damsels with feminist ideals, and flattening the abs of muscled-up Prince Charmings..."
"...This San Antonio-shot indie feature tells a familiar story about the crass commercialism of the music industry, but does so with an engaging cast and contemporary spin. And, refreshingly, The One I Wrote for You is a family-friendly cautionary tale that refrains from seeking divine messages or the outlines of God’s handiwork in the foibles of His creations..."
"...What’s black and white and, at first, a bit of a blur? That’d be the penguin leads of this latest feature from DreamWorks Animation. Regular viewers of the Emmy Award-winning Nickelodeon series The Penguins of Madagascar – a spin-off of 2005’s Madagascar, which also spawned two film sequels – should have no problem identifying old friends..."
"...Folman’s English-language feature puts an intriguing spin on the story, framing it around the story of an aging Hollywood actress – played by Robin Wright, playing a version of Robin Wright (she also produced) – who is contemplating the last contract offer she’ll ever receive. Confronted by her loving but frustrated agent (Keitel) with Robin’s long career of “lousy choices” (“lousy movies, lousy men”), Robin eventually shakes hands on a unique deal with the devil – here, el diablo is played by Danny Huston’s “Miramount” studio boss..."
"...What a clunker. Though billed as coming from “the world of Cars” – that would be Pixar’s 2006 hit about talking race cars – this spin-off is a co-production of DisneyToon Studios and India’s Prana Animation Studios..."
"...The second Wolverine movie to spin off from the original X-Men film franchise casts the perma-snarling, adamantium-clawed Logan (Jackman) as a wolf without a pack, in self-imposed exile after the ruinous losses of 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Familiar faces are few and far between, save for brief appearances by Janssen’s Jean Grey and an end-credits tack-on you’ll want to stick around for..."
"...When the Minions transmute into crazed purple people eaters as part of a nefarious plot only Gru can foil (with the help of a lady friend), DM2 finally finds its groove. The rumor is that the planned spin-off of this franchise will feature only these unintelligible bundles of id..."
"...A franchise all his to play with, and all he wants is to run a familiar plot through a funhouse mirror? The galaxy at his fingertips, and he imagines a far-flung planet populated with ... Japanese cherry blossom trees? (They’re lovely, very nearly fragrant in 3-D.) Abrams’ space isn’t the final frontier: The landscape reads more like, “Haven’t we been here before?” Well, yes, but a whirligig doesn’t go anywhere, either, and it’s still fun to watch it spin...."
"...Is this the start of a new subgenre? Probably not – 2009's The Unborn traded in Jewish mysticism, too – but it's considerably creepier than it has any right to be and, to be sure, righteous rabbis can be pretty terrifying in and of themselves. Matisyahu brings a spirited performance that gets pretty meshuggah in its own right, and while Bornedal's film isn't going to make any genre fans’ heads spin around, the director nonetheless delivers a fitfully jumpy entry into the already crowded kid-thing field...."
"...This animated spin-off from the completed Shrek trilogy presents the origin story of the green ogre’s sidekick, Puss in Boots. Puss in Boots is as irresistible as the latest viral cat video prowling the Internet and has the added slam-dunk of Antonio Banderas purring the voice of the title character..."
"...The addition to their work of an Oscar-tier cast raises the Duplasses’ off-kilter material to a new high, though the team’s visual improvements remain less noticeable and more predictable. As with the brothers’ previous features, The Puffy Chair and Baghead, they manage in Cyrus to spin an appealing yarn from thin narrative threads..."
"...I don’t mention that deeply addicting HBO show for nothing: It’s another precedent for Red Riding’s grim business (as are TV’s State of Play miniseries and Prime Suspect, as well as films like Zodiac and Chinatown). So, no, Jarrold and his crew aren’t reinventing the wheel here – but, oh, they give it a hell of a spin..."
"..."Kavi" concludes with a sobering statistic – that 27 million citizens of the world are trapped in modern slavery – and writer/director Gregg Helvey does an admirable job dramatizing that plight via Kavi (Sagar Salunke), a young boy who dreams of playing cricket and attending school but must instead clear bricks night and day to pay off his father’s indentured servitude. Director Joachim Back’s “The New Tenants” doesn’t exactly lighten the mood, but it does give it a wicked black-comedy spin..."
"...Written and directed by first-timer Rhodes, this comedy evidences little narrative logic or coherence, zero chemistry among the actors, and most sinfully, a scarcity of genuine humor. Beloved character actor Buscemi here takes the lead as the film’s title character, a casting decision that at first causes elation but only leads to massive disappointment as we watch a great actor steadily spin his wheels in monotony..."