Austin Trunick

Writings on music and film
Album Review: Esben and the Witch - A New Nature
"Press Heavenwards" opens A New Nature with three minutes of beautifully spacious and dark atmospherics before the meat of the song even begins; this slow burn intro echoes Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” more than anything we’ve heard heretofore from this post-punk trio.
Read the full review here.

Album Review: Esben and the Witch - A New Nature

"Press Heavenwards" opens A New Nature with three minutes of beautifully spacious and dark atmospherics before the meat of the song even begins; this slow burn intro echoes Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” more than anything we’ve heard heretofore from this post-punk trio.

Read the full review here.

The Guest's Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett Talk Music and Filmmaking
The Guest is the latest feature from director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett. Their 2013 home invasion flick, You’re Next, made the two filmmakers household names among horror fans, but their creative collaboration spans eight films, including segments of theV/H/S and ABCs of Death anthologies. One of the unique aspects of their partnership is the way they use music to communicate ideas to each other during the writing phase of a project. While developing The Guest, Adam and Simon were mainlining a steady diet of vintage goth tracks and 1980s synth music. This playlist was culled from artists and songs mentioned during our conversation, and includes several tracks that appear in the film itself. Hit play, sit back, and check out our interview with Adam and Simon.
Read the interview (and listen to the playlist) here. 

The Guest's Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett Talk Music and Filmmaking

The Guest is the latest feature from director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett. Their 2013 home invasion flick, You’re Next, made the two filmmakers household names among horror fans, but their creative collaboration spans eight films, including segments of theV/H/S and ABCs of Death anthologies. One of the unique aspects of their partnership is the way they use music to communicate ideas to each other during the writing phase of a project. While developing The Guest, Adam and Simon were mainlining a steady diet of vintage goth tracks and 1980s synth music. This playlist was culled from artists and songs mentioned during our conversation, and includes several tracks that appear in the film itself. Hit play, sit back, and check out our interview with Adam and Simon.

Read the interview (and listen to the playlist) here

Film Review: The Guest
The Guest takes the tight action of the first Terminator, bathes it in Dario Argento’s feverish, kaleidoscopic color palette, and adds a pulsing John Carpenter-esque electronic soundtrack.
Read the full review here.

Film Review: The Guest

The Guest takes the tight action of the first Terminator, bathes it in Dario Argento’s feverish, kaleidoscopic color palette, and adds a pulsing John Carpenter-esque electronic soundtrack.

Read the full review here.

Film Review: 20,000 Days On Earth
The opening of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s film is a triumph for the movie’s editing department. With the screen divided into tiny, individual cells, we speed through the first 54 years of musician Nick Cave’s life as a counter ticks upward. It’s counting off the days from childhood to his Birthday Party years, and through three decades with The Bad Seeds. It stops, the movie begins, and we follow Nick Cave on his 20,000th day on Earth.
Read the full review here. 

Film Review: 20,000 Days On Earth

The opening of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s film is a triumph for the movie’s editing department. With the screen divided into tiny, individual cells, we speed through the first 54 years of musician Nick Cave’s life as a counter ticks upward. It’s counting off the days from childhood to his Birthday Party years, and through three decades with The Bad Seeds. It stops, the movie begins, and we follow Nick Cave on his 20,000th day on Earth.

Read the full review here

There’s a new issue of Under the Radar. It’s great! The September/October cover artist is Alt-J. I wrote features on Terry Gilliam (discussing The Zero Theorem), Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch (re: his debut film, God Help the Girl), Ben McKenzie (who plays a young Commissioner Gordon on the new Gotham TV series), and the UK band Coves. And just a few of the other great features I had no hand in but wish I did: Lush, Jessie Ware, Bear in Heaven, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Foxygen, a Peter Gabriel/Arcade Fire joint interview, Hooray for Earth, and a bunch more I haven’t even had the chance to read yet. Excellent stuff! Pick it up, won’t you? 

There’s a new issue of Under the Radar. It’s great! The September/October cover artist is Alt-J. 

I wrote features on Terry Gilliam (discussing The Zero Theorem), Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch (re: his debut film, God Help the Girl), Ben McKenzie (who plays a young Commissioner Gordon on the new Gotham TV series), and the UK band Coves. 

And just a few of the other great features I had no hand in but wish I did: Lush, Jessie Ware, Bear in Heaven, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Foxygen, a Peter Gabriel/Arcade Fire joint interview, Hooray for Earth, and a bunch more I haven’t even had the chance to read yet. 

Excellent stuff! Pick it up, won’t you? 

Interview: Rose Leslie on Her First Lead Role in Honeymoon
Leigh Janiak’s utterly creepy Honeymoon, Rose Leslie plays a young newlywed who is (quite literally) losing her mind. Portraying a character undergoing such a dramatic transformation would be a challenge for any actor, let alone one taking on a lead role for the first time. But Rose Leslie is up to the task, and Honeymoon should rightfully be her breakout role. She’s best known to this point for her television roles as a housemaid on Downton Abbey and the wildling warrior Ygritte on Game of Thrones.
Read the full feature here.

Interview: Rose Leslie on Her First Lead Role in Honeymoon

Leigh Janiak’s utterly creepy Honeymoon, Rose Leslie plays a young newlywed who is (quite literally) losing her mind. Portraying a character undergoing such a dramatic transformation would be a challenge for any actor, let alone one taking on a lead role for the first time. But Rose Leslie is up to the task, and Honeymoon should rightfully be her breakout role. She’s best known to this point for her television roles as a housemaid on Downton Abbey and the wildling warrior Ygritte on Game of Thrones.

Read the full feature here.

Interview: Leigh Janiak, Director of Honeymoon
Newlyweds Paul and Bea head into the Canadian wilderness to spend their honeymoon at a family cottage. It’s early in the season and aside from a few locals, the two have the picturesque lake community to themselves. But strange things start to happen; one night, Bea wanders into the woods. Her behavior shifts. Quickly, their honeymoon becomes a nightmare. That’s all we can tell you up front about Leigh Janiak’s incredibly creepy first feature, Honeymoon.
Read the full feature here.

Interview: Leigh Janiak, Director of Honeymoon

Newlyweds Paul and Bea head into the Canadian wilderness to spend their honeymoon at a family cottage. It’s early in the season and aside from a few locals, the two have the picturesque lake community to themselves. But strange things start to happen; one night, Bea wanders into the woods. Her behavior shifts. Quickly, their honeymoon becomes a nightmare. That’s all we can tell you up front about Leigh Janiak’s incredibly creepy first feature, Honeymoon.

Read the full feature here.