Dan Solomon

Dan Solomon lives in Austin with his wife and dog. He’s written for MTV, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Vulture, the AV Club, Fast Co.Create and Texas Monthly. He is but a simple boy from Texas. @dansolomon

Posts by Dan Solomon

Tom Hanks

Where Are the Tom Hanks Haters?

Calm down, most of the world. We know Tom Hanks is aggressively charming. We live in a fractured culture, where establishing any sort of mass consensus is nearly impossible. Debating who’s the greatest basketball player of all time can get people from Chicago and Cleveland throwing chairs at each other. Bring up poké and you can see otherwise mild-mannered people turn into warring Scottish clans. And politics? Let’s not even start with politics or we’ll        …read more

Dwayne Johnson

Talking Myself into Voting for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

Could we really be looking at a President Dwayne Johnson in 2020? In May, The Rock was on the cover of GQ to promote his two blockbuster films of the summer — the record-shattering The Fate of the Furious and the, er, less-than-record-shattering Baywatch adaptation. But whatever he had to say about the two films was overshadowed by the news he made in the story: that he was seriously considering the idea of running for        …read more

What It’s Like to Sit through a 12-Hour ‘Fast and Furious’ Marathon

My absurd initiation into full-fledged ‘Fast and Furious’ fandom. The Fast and Furious franchise is one of the most successful properties in Hollywood, but aside from a late-night screening of Furious 7 that I was barely awake for, I’ve managed to remain ignorant of its mythology. So when the Alamo Drafthouse announced the Fast & Furious: Second Gear marathon on April 13, screening the five last films in the series’ chronology — more on that in        …read more

SXSW 2017

8 Can’t-Miss Events at SXSW 2017

From keynote speakers to live music, here are 8 highlights to add to your SXSW 2017 lineup. When someone tells you they’ll be at SXSW 2017, a fair question to ask is “Which one?” The gargantuan festival, which overtakes seemingly the entire city of Austin (or, at least, the area surrounding downtown) for 10 days in March, isn’t just one thing. It started as a music festival, but that hasn’t been its primary identity in at        …read more