Thursday, October 27, 2011

Reviews: Shoot the Moon & Retrospect

This is Videograss' third year of releasing snowboard flicks...this year they upped their ante and released a whopping three different films, Shoot the Moon, Retrospect, and a trick tips video. I had the pleasure of checking out Shoot the Moon and Retrospect, here's what I thunk.


Shoot the Moon, to me, follows suit with the previous seasons Videograss releases. It's more raw and un-polished than most snowboard videos out there today. At times, it reminds me of the Baker and Deathwish skateboards videos...hi-jinx, crazyness, lots of quick cut in the editing. I'm a fan of the past Videograss releases so as you could imagine, Shoot the Moon was right up my alley. It's more of a rail, urban terrain type of video as opposed to a back country, freeriding vid...but I'm okay with that. It's all snowboarding and as long as they're out there having fun and putting out quality material, I'm all for it. Everyone featured in the video shreds, but stand outs for me would go to Justin Benee, Jake Olsen-Elm, Jed Anderson, Louif Paradise, Jordan Mendenhall, Darrell Mathes, and Gus Engle. Go check it out.


Next up is Retrospect. This here snowboard flick is more of an all around, smorgasbord of snowboarding goody goodness. There's something in here for everybody, I'm sure if anyone pops this disc into their player it'll put smile on their kisser. As well as the incredible riding, there's a lot of scenic eye candy that I always enjoy. The riding in this video is incredible...from the rails, to the kickers, to the back's off the charts. The soundtrack is killer as well, kudos my friends, kudos. Stand out parts for me go to Ben Bilocq, Bryan Fox, Ethan Deiss, Jake Blauvelt, Xavier De Le Rue, and Harrison Gordon. Again be sure to check this video out, there's something here for everybody.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Amp not that great...

Out of all the energy drinks that I've tried, Amp is probably my least favorite. Well, it's my least favorite from the full priced, heavy hitters you normally find at every convenience store. I've had many weird, small company energy drinks I've found at dollar stores and bargain type stores and some of those have been horrid (while some have been incredible). But yes, Amp is the worst out of the heavy hitters of energy drinks. It doesn't give me the feeling of a "boost" like others do...and, it's flavor is nothing to write home about. It basically tastes like Mt. Dew. I feel that I get nothing more from drinking an Amp than I would from drink a can of Dew. If I have my choice (which I do, I just bought some Amps because they were on sale at CVS) I always choose NOS sugar free energy drink...incredible taste, incredible boost, and the can looks like a can of rocket fuel.

P.S. I need to be drinking energy drinks as much as I need a new hole in my head. I need to be drinking more water. End of story.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Blackberry problems no mo'...

My Blackberry was about to shit the bed, which is why there's been little updates here (98% of my posts are from my BB). I did some home grown trouble shooting and fixed it myself (knock on wood). Back on track. I just finished watching Videograss' Retrospect and Shoot the Moon, siiiiiiiiick. Reviews to follow shortly.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

First and Last: Phil Jacques

first pet... I never had a pet of my own cause my mom is allergic. My girlfriend had a little white dog called poutchy. So I guess he was my first. 

first car... Saturn SL1 2002. What a bomb!

first trick you learned... Indy

first snowboarder you looked up to... Peter Line

first contest you won... Streetstatic in Montreal in '06

first person to call when you win the lottery... Mom

first mountain... Le Relais, 15 minutes away from Quebec city. 

first snowboard / skateboard... I don't know what brand it was. Maybe it didn't have one. It had a P on it and that's it. 115 cm. Things change haha. / same for skate deck. Whatever complete deal from I can't remember what shop. 

first concert.... Stretch Armstrong way back then. 

first thing you do in the morning... Take a piss

first big purchase... My computer

first sponsor... Sport Radical (shop)

first job... Preparing shipments in a hardware store warehouse. 

last thing you ate... Breakfast sandwich

last person you called... Girlfriend

last text you sent... My boss

last thing you do before going to bed... Close my eyes

last time you said "last time"... Reading this feature. 

last concert... The Black Keys this summer

last mountain... Blackcomb glacier. 

last movie you watched... Little White Lies

last close call... Skating the bowl way too hungover this weekend. 

last trick you filmed... I think the switch bs 7 I have in my part. 

last big purchase... My truck

last thing that surprised you... My girlfriend's new dog brings a new surprise everyday.