Friday, November 23, 2012

Review: Dinosaurs Will Die team video

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I picked this video up from iTunes since there are no good, legit snowboard shops in the Pittsburgh area (to my knowledge). This is my first, yes, my first video I've ever purchased from iTunes. I'm the kind of person who likes to own a hard DVD or Blu Ray copy so this was a big step for me. I still want it on DVD but for now this will have to suffice.
From the get go, this video is full force and in your face. Good, raw, snowboarding. This is DWD's first team video effort and it's to die for. The opening montage goes through who you're going to see in the vid and the last rider they name is Jeff Keenan and it rolls right into his part from there. I really wish his part was longer but I'll take what I can get. Keenan let's us know what's up and nearly "kills himself"" in the process. From there we have Chris Larson's part. Lots of tricks. sick music, his part amps you up for the rest of the vid. Now onto Lucas Ovellette, again, sick music and lots of good trick selection. His nollies are the fucking shit. DWD gave Ben Bogart his first pro model board for this season so his part has a lot of expectations, and deliver on those he does. I knew I wasn't getting through this video without some hop hop and Bogart's part was the culprit. Bogart has earned his pro model with this one, good job my friend. The Rats section is basically a part showcasing all of the riders DWD flows boards to. These d00ds rip and deserve their board flow`age for sure. Brendon Hupp is a street/rail annihilator, and I really dig the song he rides to too. Matt Heneghan and Garrett Swenson share a part that opens with hitting a rail for some youngsters, kids love snowboarding. I love this part. Gangsta rap, dogs, rails...nuff said. Second to last part goes to Chris Brewster. I like him, don't know why, I just do. He seems like a nice guy who'd be fun to hang out with. Also, he shreds. Good music, good part. The curtains go to Sean Genovese. Genovese is the main guy we have to thank for this this video, but also, he filmed enough footy for a 2 song curtain closing ender of a part. Rippage. I've gone back and watched his part a number of times already. To me, at least, his part in this video is what a legendary part is made of. I know I'll be coming back to this video year after year for stokage, but Sean's part is the icing on the cake. He's having fun and ripping the world a new asshole all at the same time. He holds down the fort at DWD and still continues to film all of this sick shit. In a way, I idolize what he does. Cheesy to say I know, but whatever...
Do yourself and Dinosaurs Will Die a favor and go pick up this video...whether it's from your local shop or from iTunes, go get it and enjoy it. It's definitely a keeper and will get re-watched countless times I'm sure. You have my personal guarantee.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A dog does not smile.

“[It’s human nature] to ascribe meaning to what is not there. You see what you want to see. You believe what you want to believe, because that’s what your emotions do — they ascribe meaning to what is not there. They fool your perception as to what is real.

A dog does not smile, no matter how many times your kind thinks it does.”

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Review: Absinthe Films "Resonance"

Photobucket Absinthe Films' latest offering, "Resonance," is precisely what the term's definition states; deep, full, and reverberating. From top to bottom, this feature has it all, rails, powder, spins, style, awesome scenery, you name it, it's in there. With a cast of heavy hitters (as always) such as Nicholas Muller, Scotty Lago, Brandon Cocard, Gigi Ruff, Danny Kass, Manuel Diaz, Eric Jackson, Blair Habenicht, Sylvain Bourbousson, Wolfgang Nyvelt, Lucas Debari, and Bode Merrill, you know what to expect, and that is total annihilation (on a snowboard). As always the musical selections are top notch, and compliment the riders and locations extremely well. Nicholas riding to Santogold is akin to bread going well with butter. Maybe somehow I missed the memo, but when Danny Kass graced the screen I was taken by surprise. I had no clue he was even filming with Absinthe last year but I'm glad he did. Style for miles my friends. Brandon Cocard's insanely long 50/50 down who knows how many stairs is freaking reDONKulous. The bonus features are worth a look as well...there are three Flipsides to check out (think "making of" style documentary for this here film), a photo album, sponsor clips, and the Whitelines edit competition winner James Castell's winning entry. Every rider in the video threw down hardcore and they all deserve a well earned pat on the back...as does Justin Hostynek, Patrick Armbruster, and everyone else at Absinthe who poured their hearts and souls into this film.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November 2012 Snowboarder Magazine - Jamie Lynn interview...

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You NEED to get a copy of the November 2012 Snowboarder Magazine and read the interview/feature with Jamie Lynn. Best thing I've read in a snowboard magazine in quite some time. Jamie Lynn was the first pro I looked up to when I started snowboarding. His part in TB2 was rewound and rewatched so many times I'm surprised the tape didn't melt. On top of his riding, his artwork has influenced me from the first time I laid eyes on his brush strokes. His story is incredible and I'll always look up to him, his riding, and his artwork. Please, make sure to check out this feature on him.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

So...

Disney buys Lucasfilm? A new Star Wars movie by 2015? And a new movie every 2-3 years thereafter?
Yes please.