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Taking Austin for a 'Spin'
TCBlog make the Austin rounds in the new Spin.
DAILY News  April 25, 2007, by Christopher Gray
"...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..."

Exclusive Interview: Spin Modern Thai
What's really behind Spin's failure, and what's next for its chefs?
DAILY Food  July 29, 2013, by Kenny Pailes
"...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..."

Backward 'Spin'
Catherine Berry explains how to reverse engineer your very own musical
Arts Story  August 20, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Spin Doctors
Spin reps Austin.
DAILY News  March 6, 2007, by Christopher Gray
"...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..."

Spin, Spin, Spin!
Postmarks  December 15, 2005
"...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..."

Spin Dr. Mom
Public Relations in the Private Domain
  November 7, 1997, by Marion Winik
"...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...."

A Travesty of Spin
Postmarks  August 2, 2016
"...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 Lamar
Music Story  March 15, 2013, by Abby Johnston
"...'Spin' PARTY: Kendrick LamarStubb's, Friday, March 15..."

The Hightower Spin
Postmarks  September 19, 2011
"...16]. I also agree that Perry is spinning a yarn..."

SXSW Music: Spin Day Party
Listless crowd finally woke up for the headliner, Chvrches
DAILY SXSW  March 19, 2016, by Abby Johnston
"...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..."

MFA and Prevenge Give the Revenge Genre a Feminist Spin
Vengeance is hers
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Sarah Marloff


Little Junior Puts Their Queer Spin on Punk
Canadian band is making pop punk fun (and political) again
DAILY The Gay Place  February 3, 2017, by Rivers Wright


Filthy Animals Take Waterloo Records for a Spin
BookPeople gets back in the Alternative Softball swing
DAILY Sports  July 15, 2009, by Mark Fagan


Cease and Spin
Waxploitation's new situation
DAILY Music  May 27, 2009, by Thomas Fawcett
"...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..."

Page Two: Spin and Cinema
An understanding of the U.S. Constitution by way of Robert Thom
Columns  May 16, 2008, by Louis Black


A Bill Bunch Spin – as Exciting as Anticipated
Postmarks  April 19, 2006


Partisan Republican Spin Not Even Changed From Its Talk-Radio Sources
Postmarks  February 2, 2006


Boilerplate Partisan Spin
Postmarks  October 6, 2004


Partisan Spin
Postmarks  October 6, 2004


Partisan Spin
Postmarks  October 6, 2004


Spin Doctors
Postmarks  September 8, 2003


No Sports, Lots of Spin
News Story  August 30, 2002, by Lee Nichols


Our Brand Is Crisis
Sandra Bullock shines in David Gordon Green's political comedy
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Film Review  October 30, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...”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..."

Broadway: The Golden Age
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.
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Film Review  October 22, 2004, by Rachel Proctor May
"...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..."

The Professional
Enigmatic hitman becomes unlikely caretaker of and mentor to the girl next door. The film features wonderful performances and lots of visual panache.
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Film Review  November 18, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Veronica Mars
Although this isn't a reinvention of the wheel, the beloved TV show gets a spirited spin in this feature.
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Film Review  March 14, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

Winnie the Pooh
Disney returns to Hundred Acre Wood with this animated effort.
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Film Review  July 22, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

Guinevere
Talk about your movie clichés … Have you heard the one about the older man and the younger woman? Do you think you've already seen that tired old formula more...
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Film Review  November 19, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Tommy Boy
As a mismatched pair, Farley and Spade have their comic moments, with the big galoot playing off the little jerk.
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Film Review  April 7, 1995, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Fifty Shades Darker
Oh bondage, I'm yours!
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Film Review  February 17, 2017, by Josh Kupecki
"...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..."

Snowden
Oliver Stone tackles the famous whistleblower
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Film Review  September 16, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Gay Place
Magical Realness, an Austin spin on vogue / drag balls
Columns  July 7, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...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..."

The Huntsman: Winter's War
Modernized fairy tale is a wan follow-up
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Film Review  April 22, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

Cop Car
Two boys go on the lam in Kevin Bacon's cop car
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Film Review  August 7, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Pitch Perfect 2
Lightning may not be rebottled the second time around, but it's still a toe-tapping good time
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Film Review  May 15, 2015, by William Goss
"...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..."

Merchants of Doubt
This doc calls out the spokesmen for Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, and Big Oil, as well as the tactics they use to blur the facts
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Film Review  April 10, 2015, by William Goss
"...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...."

Cinderella
Simple, elegant, and lovely, this live-action fairy tale enchants
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Film Review  March 13, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...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..."

The One I Wrote for You
This filmed-in-San Antonio indie tells a familiar tale about the soul-sucking music industry, but does so with an engaging cast and contemporary spin.
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Film Review  December 5, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Penguins of Madagascar
You can hardly lose with animated penguins … and how about that cameo from Werner Herzog?
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Film Review  November 28, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

The Congress
This live-action/animated hybrid starring Robin Wright is total stoner bait.
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Film Review  August 29, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

Planes
This new animated film is charmless and schematic.
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Film Review  August 9, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...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 Wolverine
With perma-snarl intact, Hugh Jackman is back as the Wolverine hunts new prey in Japan.
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Film Review  July 26, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

Despicable Me 2
Gru exchanges supervillainy for domesticity in this sequel, although the Minions are still the animated film's best selling point.
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Film Review  July 5, 2013, by Steve Davis
"...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..."

Star Trek Into Darkness
The Star Trek reboot may be overly familiar, but it's still a hell of a lot of fun.
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Film Review  May 17, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...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...."

The Possession
A divorced couple reunite in their efforts to save their daughter from an evil spirit.
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Film Review  September 7, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Puss in Boots
As infectious as the latest viral cat video, this animated film has the added slam-dunk of Antonio Banderas purring the voice of the title character.
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Film Review  October 28, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Cyrus
John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, and Marisa Tomei co-star in this Duplass brothers' comedy about a young man's obsessive attachment to his mother.
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Film Review  June 25, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Red Riding: 1974
This is the first of three absorbing adaptations (filmed concurrently by different directors) of David Peace’s linked novels about crime and corruption in Yorkshire, England.
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Film Review  March 19, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2010: Live Action
Judge for yourself among the five films contending for this year's Oscar for live-action short. The five international shorts nominated for Best Live Action Short Film include Patrik Eklund’s “Instead of Abracadabra," Luke Doolan's “Miracle Fish," Juanita Wilson's “The Door,” Gregg Helvey's “Kavi," and Joachim Back’s award-winning “The New Tenants.”
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Film Review  February 19, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"..."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..."

Saint John of Las Vegas
Although the film sounds like a sure bet on paper, this comedy starring Steve Buscemi sadly comes up solid snake eyes.
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Film Review  February 12, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

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