I’m a big fan of Absinthe snowboard movies: Futureproof and More are among my favourite shred films. Consequently the bar is high when I watch one of their new productions. Unfortunately, this one didn’t hit the spot for me. Find out why…
Twel2ve by Absinthe
Gigi Ruf opens the film. He’s got some sweet lines in there – just like you’d expect. Maybe not blessed with great weather days for filming, but you can still apreciate the sick skills. Lots of pillows. Very smooth, distinctive style.
But I didn’t really like the song, nor some of the filming techniques for that matter.
Next rider – Lucas Debari. Wow he had some good shots too. Starting with some sick back 3 tail grabs… This part leads into Blair Habenicht, the first hanging-wire-sequence was very impressive. He also had some good big mountain shots.
Song was ok, but I was starting to wonder where they were going with the soundtrack…
Dan Brisse. Powerful rider with good style, I like that combination. He doesn’t hold back, that’s for sure. It’s another urban assault. I think the song from his part was used way back, in White Balance? Probably the musical highlight of the film for me.
After that, I kind of lost the plot.
Soundtracks and composition
One of the reasons I really like a number of the Absinthe productions is that I’ve connected with their composition. The way they put sounds and images together has worked really well for me. The flow of the movie; the overall feel. I simply didn’t get that with Twel2ve, it didn’t work for me.
I’m not knocking the riding, there are some awesome shots in this film; sick riding. Above, I didn’t even get as far as mentioning Wolle Nyvelt; are you supposed to be that good with no bindings? I could watch him noboarding all day.
Not to mention Bode Merrill. He’s on his game right now. He closes the film with two sections. The first is a fully loaded jib-fest, top notch urban shredding. Then he switches songs and fills another part with backcountry freestyle. Insane one-footers – are you kidding me? Great style with creative tricks and imaginative lines. Maybe the best part; sick.
But I couldn’t get past the soundtrack. It seemed disconnected from the riding. If I’m watching a series of bangers – I want to like the music, the vibe. This wasn’t for me. Maybe it will connect for others?
If the soundtrack is important to you, I’d recommend listening to some of the songs below. Music aside, it didn’t shine like some of the previous productions from Absinthe. Maybe the filming wasn’t quite so special; maybe I’m swayed by my dislike for the overall theme. It was good, not stand out awesome.
I can’t argue with the snowboarding though; there’s a lot of good riding. Personally, I won’t watch this movie too many times; it may not get another viewing…
Trailer for Twel2ve and Availability on iTunes
If you do like the sound ot the movie, or you’re interested, here’s the trailer. Plus, you can buy it on iTunes, which is a great option (what I did). Another good option is to rent it on iTunes. In this case that would have been a better option for me; if you’re not sure, could save a bit of cash…
Soundtrack to Twel2ve
Following are the songs from the film. Like I said above, I’d recommend trying the sample to some of them if the soundtrack is important to you…
- Intro: “The Feeling Begins” by Peter Gabriel
- Gigi Ruf: “The Logical Song” by Supertramp
- Lucas Debari & Blair Habenicht: “Pepper” by Butthole Surfers
- Dan Brisse: “Press Rewind” by Del the Funky Homosapien
- Johnnie Paxson: “Suburban War” by Arcade Fire
- Sylvain Bourbousson & Mat Schaer: “Reservoir Park” by The Dutchess & The Duke
- Constatinople part: “Intro” by The xx
- Annie Boulanger: “Love My Way” by The Psychedelic Furs
- Wolfgang Nyvelt / Taka Nakai / Chris Carr: “Cretin Hop” by Ramones
- Nicolas Muller: “Sabil” by Amadou and Miriam
- Gigi Ruf & Nicolas Muller: “Electricity” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark
- Romain DeMarchi & JP Solberg: “Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare)” [feat. MGMT & Ratatat] by Kid Cudi
- Bode Merrill 1st part: “Disappointed” by Morrissey
- Bode Merrill 2nd part: “Classical” by Gucci Mane
- Credits: “All Blues” by Miles Davis
I’ve added most of these to my snowboarding playlist – make sure to save it before you ride!