Maynard James Keenan is known as the front man for tool, a perfect Circle puscifer. In the mid 90s, on a whim, the reclusive rock star left Los Angeles moved to an Arizonas ghost town (population 300). A wine enthusiast, Keenan began to envision a world class wine region on the Verde Valleys craggy slopes with wine mentor Eric Glomski (former David Bruce winemaker current owner of the award winning Page Springs Cellars), Keenan began the long road to bringing credibility notoriety to Caduceus Arizona Stronghold Vineyards amidst wine industry prejudice and the harsh Arizona terrain. Take a look inside the life of 1 of rock music s most mysterious figures.
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I must admit that I was skeptical at first, but I completely loved this documentary. It was great on so many levels! Whether you are a wine geek or just in for a good ride - you will enjoy this.
This doc is mostly about wine and a bit about puscifer.I'm not a wine drinker and I dont really like puscifer.It has a few funny parts, but if you are watching this as a tool fan and hoping for appearances from other Tool members other than Keenan then you will be disappointed. Also, the Tool fans that they chose to show in the doc seem like extremely creepy losers. Would have been better if they hadnt shown any Tool fans at all.It is pretty much what I expected (I wasnt expecting much) If you are primarily a Tool fan and not a wine fan, then you shouldnt waste your time unless you've got time to waste, but definitely do not buy. Save your cash for the new Tool album that is probably never going to come out.
I'll admit, I was never much of a Tool fan, but am a fan of A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. I never knew he had a Vineyard till i visited family in Jerome, AZ. I didn't even know he had a Puscifer store there either. The first question i had when i discovered this was "How the hell does a guy like Maynard get into making wine?" and the other question was "Why Jerome?" This documentary answers these questions along with alot of other interesting info. It does have Maynards sense of humor sprinkled throughout the documentary, so some people might not enjoy it as much as others. I say rent it.. If you like it, than buy it.
Maybe I'm biased because I'm a giant TOOL fan, but I really enjoyed this documentary. For those of you who know much about Mr.Keenan, he is not a people person and he relays that message a few times in this film. He is a very passionate person and it is portrayed very well in this documentary. You learn a lot about the politics in wine making and Mr.Keenan does a great job of staying true to himself, even though the cameras are on him. Tim and Eric from Adult Swim was a great addition too, it added a bit of humor to the humdrum life that Maynard seems to be portraying.
This review is from: Blood into Wine (DVD) I work in the wine industry, that could be why I enjoyed it as much as I did. I am also a huge MJK fan, maybe THAT's why I enjoyed it as much as I did. Either way, I enjoyed this movie/documentary at all levels. The documentation was very well done with lots of humor and the naked truth about being a winemaker. On the front cover there is a media blurb that calls Blood into Wine "the rock and roll version of sideways", I assure you it is NOT! Blood into Wine is tastefully done and is about the passion of wine and wine-making. "Sidways" is not about that at all. I love the way this documentary revealed Maynard Keenan as a deeply passionate, intelligent man who has reason and is conscious of everything he does. Eric Glomski is also a brilliant viticulturist and winemaker. Milla Jovovich is adorable and adds spice,humor and talent to the movie as well. Definitely one of my all time favorite movie /documentaries. I own it and have given it out as gifts...It's that good.
This review is from: Blood into Wine (DVD) This docu is definitely worth the time regardless of your background knowledge on any of the content presented. I mostly...
It was humorous at times, but overall it was more disappointing and only the most rapid MJK fan will probably find it more than average.
When I read the synopsis I almost rolled my eyes, thinking the premisesounded hoaky. But I remembered how awesome Maynard was, the lead forTool and other bands.So I did addition: Maynard + Wine = The was relatively low budgetmovie, but you couldn't tell at all. It was well made and wellconceived. I tell you the show stealer was not Maynard but his partnerin the wine business, Eric. Eric was a geologist and you can feel hisenthusiasm for all things that grow. Listening to him made me inspiredabout the technical aspects of making wine, geographic location, etc.Maynard inspired me on why 'he' or 'one' should make wine. It is aboutthe journey within yourself, so basically there was a duel message inthe film that I thought was a perfect message.This movie was also quite funny and I won't give any of that away. Sofor an hour and a half I was totally entertained and felt inspired todrink wine, specifically wine from Arizona.I gave it an 8 because nothing gets a 10 unless with very fewexceptions.
The concept of a documentary based around the entrepreneurial venturesof a rock star may not be to everyone's palate, one only has to thinkof the excited anticipation which 'Salmon Farming with Roger Daltrey!'or 'Cheese Making with the floppy haired posh boy who used to be inBlur' would arouse to confirm such a fact.'Blood Into Wine' is about Maynard James Keenan (frontman with Tool, APerfect Circle and Puscifer); well to be more precise, it's about hisvineyard in Arizona. A place where he has been toiling for over adecade to produce a unique and remarkable range of wines. This is aproject in which he has partnered with Eric Glomski, an exceptionallyaffable and knowledgeable expert in the field of challengingcultivation.The documentary very soon focuses less about the man and more about hisendeavour and becomes something altogether more fascinating than youraverage 'rock star' feature. Keenan is an interesting individual andhis musical exploits are attested to by a barrage of talking heads, butthe real interest lies in the meticulous and challenging procedure bywhich wine is conceived, grown and processed.The location of Arizona is one which baffles most wine critics, yetupon inspection, the volcanic residue and limestone rich soil evokes asimilar planting ground as that of southern Sicily. Different criticsand writers are used throughout the film and each brings their ownparticular observations of the wine industry and the pretensions thatexist around it.It will probably be a bit of a let-down for anyone who is seeking adocumentary about Tool, but Puscifer get a bit of screen time,including a brief conversation with sometimes vocalist Milla Jovovich.It would be best to approach this with an open mind and an open bottle.Read more at zombiehamster.com
It was intetesting to see Maynard James Keenan working on his new passion, wine. It was almost like a documentary but blended in with some silly humor. For a person that is usually a reclusive rock star, this film gives you a very transparent look into the new life of a wine maker. Don't skip the deleted scenes.
This review is from: Blood into Wine (DVD) even if you don't love maynard like i do, it really is a great documentary and is worth watching so check it out. :)
This review is from: Blood Into Wine (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray) if you believe in maynard james keenan, and if you believe in the vision that he's shared with his wine producing partner eric glomski, then this documentary is for you. furthermore, if you believe in TOOL, a perfect circle, or puscifer, then this documentary is for you. blood into wine shows maynard as human as the rest of us, yet shows glimpses of his humility, and his humour. a truly gifted and spirited individual. and then there's eric glomski and his views on senses!!! wow!!! pure honest raw, rare. an insight into an honest pursuit of oneself.
We saw it in the theater when it came through town and it was wonderfully entertaining, informative and at times even touching. If you love Maynard, if you love Puscifer, if you love wine....you will LOVE this movie. GET IT.
This review is from: Blood into Wine (DVD) Following around a retired rock star and watching him prune gapes and ferment them, makes for a lot of laughs and an interesting spin on farming in Arizona.It was sad to hear about his financial difficulties and all the grapes that had to be sacraficed in the name of the Bigger Picture.I am certainly his BIGGEST fan and am happy to see he's still doing something.
This review is from: Blood Into Wine [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) Part doc, part comedy sketch, this documentary is as informative as it is funny and insightful. Maynard James Keenan makes the case for his transition into becoming a winemaker; his growth as a human being has led him to search for a more "grounded experience" that connects him with the earth far more than driving around in a tour bus, "surround by decadence."Eric Glomski, Maynard's partner at the Arizona Stronghold and his wine making mentor is a delightfully informative individual. There are two deleted scenes on this disc where Eric talks in great detail about the bottling process, and taste/smell and it's evolutionary development/importance (the deleted scenes are much longer versions of what appears in the film).If you like Maynard's endeavors, you'll get something out of watching this. If you're into wine/wine making, you'll definitely get something out of this. If you're into both (like me), then I highly recommend this doc.
This review is from: Blood Into Wine [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) I really did not know what to expect from this movie. It had a good amount of humor and is a must see for any wine drinker.It was as inside look at the challenges of small wine makers in Arizona with some twists. I highly recommend the Blu-Ray version to appreciate the Arizona landscape. I can't wait to book a trip to Arizona and drive up to Paige Springs and their other spots.If you enjoyed the movie "Sideways", I think you would like this.Gary
Nice film. I learned a lot about wine. Not much here for die hard Tool or APC fans. Some cool Puscifer tracks drift in and out. Nice to see Milla!
Informative, Hilarious, Rockin and Entertaining.Seriously, it has something for everyone. Wine people. Music People. Documentary people. Maynard people. Arizona people. Non-Arizona people. All people.The scenery is GORGEOUS, the visual quality and sound is AMAZING, so pick it up on BluRay RIGHT NOW!
This review is from: Blood into Wine (DVD) This documentary is funny, smart, entertaining, and insightful. Maynard has proven his genius once again with yet another brilliant masterpiece. We love you Maynard, keep reaching for the random and bending the envelope!!
This review is from: Blood into Wine (DVD) A great story about a performer who invests his time and resources into growing vinyards. It will show you how labor intensive wine producing really is.