Dogtown & Z-boys

January 12, 2010 at 11:57 pm Leave a comment

MOVIE: Dogtown & Z-boys

NUTSHELL: Crazy good documentary about the creation of modern skateboarding by some street punks in Venice, California.

GOOD THINGS: Everything is great. Dream soundtrack and dream story about the most adorablest badasses who are now the most adorablest middle-aged badasses ever. Insane footage and stills and even the talking head parts are awesome.

BAD THINGS: Director looking pensively into the camera puts me off for at least half a second.

FEATURES: Stacy Peralta, Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Charlie’s Angels, Bones Brigade, Sean Penn narrating, my boyfriend Allen Sarlo, Jim Muir, Bob Biniak, Marty Grimes, Peggy Oki, Skip Engblom, Craig Stecyk, Jeff Ho, Glen E. Friedman, Wentzle Ruml, Paul Constantineau, Shogo Kubo, Larry Bertelman, Nathan Pratt, Henry Rollins (I know, just go with it.)

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS: Cuts, scrapes, regrets, knee-high tube socks (Does knee-high take a hyphen? Wow never thought I’d need to know that.)

NOTABLE: If you look too closely at the hairstyles in this film, you will go blind AND need intensive psychotherapy. Only use a small box with a pinhole and a reflective surface to view hairstyles.

BEST PART: I’ve waited my whole life to watch these guys skate on 35mm to Jimi Hendrix. Produced by Vans. Probably one of the only movies that features an L.A. I totally recognize.

BEST LINE: Style is everything.

CROWNS: 5 out of 5

Entry filed under: Documentary, Firebaton review.

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