You see, last weekend they sent me to the Munich premiere of Absinthe’s new movie NowHere. I knew I was expected to take a couple of pictures, and I did. It only dawns on me now that I was supposed to write a lengthy review of the movie, too. I can’t dot it. I did not take any notes. I was semi-drunk. I will give you a two-paragraph summary instead. On a positive note this will save you from scrolling through four pages of senseless drivel.
Well, as I said things went down in Munich, or in the cinema at the ‘Sendlinger Tor’ to be more specific. The place was packed with around 400 Absinthe fans, friends, and industry folks. Brusti introduced the crew and the riders present, namely Jules Reymond, Dan Brisse, and JP Solberg, and they stoked the crowd out with a classic product-toss/prize draw spectacle. Then lights went dark and they showed the controversial Nike Snowboarding ad (spoiler: Danny Kass gets devoured by Zombies) and a clip from tour sponsor Bench. And then it was all about the movie. There was no official party afterwards, but most people walked over to the obscure Ksar club, which is where the movie was discussed over a beer or three.
In terms of movie-making it was a classic Absinthe experience: The riding was top notch, the music once again not your everyday electro pop, the parts edited into each other with an excellent flow, and every now and then the Absinthe logo popped up to indicate some bonus section on the DVD (which was kind of weird, considering we were watching it in a movie theatre). Highlights included the shared Blauvelt/Müller pow fest, Bode Merrill’s part (including a one-footed AK descent and a back rodeo to backside boardslide), the girls section (composed of MFR and Annie Boulanger going bigger than any other girl), and Dan Brisse, who seemed to cheat death in more than just one situation and scored the well-deserved movie ender.
Add the usual suspects Wolle Nyvelt (with an unseen mastery of his noboard game), Gigi Rüf (with a great yet small part due to his commitments to his many other movie projects), Jules Reymond, Blair Habenicht, Lucas Debari, Sylvain Bourbousson, Cale Zima (adding some mandatory tight pants steeze), Freddie K, Bjorn Leines, Terje and the YES crew, and mix it with some great footage from a Kamchatka trip and a revisiting of Chad’s gap, and you get way more than you would have hoped for. If anything you might moan about a personal dislike of the soundtrack (which is what some people afterwards actually did – losers!) and maybe the fact that you weren’t blown out of your seat from seeing something totally unexpected. All things considered, though, this flick will make you want to go shredding, and that’s what it’s all about!
Well, I said two paragraphs. That’s it, I won’t stretch your attention span of a five-year-old any longer. Go buy and watch the movie, it is one of the best you will get to see this year! And if you have seen it yourself, use the comments section to tell us what you thought!
Check out the movie teaser if you’re still not convinced: